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Summer Of '93: Writer Rob Sheffield; Mandela Day; Savoir Adore, In The Studio

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

U2's 'Zooropa' was released on July 5, 1993. U2's 'Zooropa' was released on July 5, 1993. (Courtesy of the artist)

Join Soundcheck all this week as we revisit landmark albums, singles and watershed moments that sizzled in the summer of 1993. Plus, special guests join us to look back at movies, pop culture and city life from the steamy months of '93.

Today, Rolling Stone contributor and author Rob Sheffield reflects on a few important albums and favorite songs from the time -- from Janet Jackson's janet. to U2's Zooropa to Radiohead's single "Creep."

Plus, former South African president Nelson Mandela is celebrating his 95th birthday today. We talk with Jim Kerr, of Simple Minds, about the band's hit song "Mandela Day."

And, Brooklyn-based dream pop duo Savoir Adore drops by the Soundcheck studio to play songs from its recently re-issued album Our Nature, which has found wider audiences thanks to the YouTube success of its summery hit "Dreamers."



Rob Sheffield

Rob Sheffield's Summer '93 Albums

Rolling Stone contributor and author Rob Sheffield reflects on a few important albums and favorite songs from the time — from Radiohead's Pablo Honey and Pet Shop Boys' Very to U2's Zooropa and even Janet Jackson's single "That's The Way Love Goes."

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Celebrating Mandela Day

Every July 18, people around the world celebrate Mandela day. We talk with Jim Kerr, the lead singer of the Scottish rock band Simple Minds, who wrote the song "Mandela Day" for a Nelson Mandela 70th birthday concert in 1988. 


Savoir Adore: Blissful Electro-Pop

Watch electro-pop duo Savoir Adore perform "Beating Hearts" in the Soundcheck studio.


Yuck has regrouped as a trio and is set to release its sophomore album later this year.

Yuck Regroups With A New Song, And New Frontman

Hear "Rebirth," a new song from the noisy, '90s-leaning band Yuck.


Download This: Minor Empire

The psychedelic Turkish band Minor Empire plays at Drom on Thursday. Download "Firat Turkusu."

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