Sassy Magazine Cute Band Alert 1990 - 1994

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As compiled by Mark Richardson

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Unrest (May 1992) 6
Poison Idea (June 1992) 6
Sloan (February 1993) 5
Luscious Jackson (November 1992) 5
Helium (February 1994) 3
Velocity Girl (September 1992) 3
Guided by Voices (August 1994) 2
That Dog (October 1993) 2
Chavez (November 1994) 2
Bettie Serveert (April 1993) 2
Evan Dando/Lemonheads (February 1991) 2
Heavenly (January 1994) 2
The Beautiful South (July 1992) 1
Mary Lou Lord (October 1992) 1
Ween (April 1992) 1
Run Westy Run (January 1991) 1
Blonde Redhead (June 1994) 1
Buffalo Tom (May 1991) 1
Trash Can Sinatras (June 1991) 1
Chapterhouse (July 1991) 1
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (October 1994) 1
Bikini Kill (March 1992) 1
Bratmobile (January 1992) 1
Jale (July 1994) 0
Barbara (November 1993) 0
Noise Addict (March 1994) 0
Roger Manning (April 1994) 0
Your Majesty (September 1994) 0
Bullet Lavolta (February 1990) 0
Scarce (May 1994) 0
Magnapop (September 1993) 0
Skunk (September 1991) 0
Beggar Weeds (November 1991) 0
Miracle Legion (February 1992) 0
Bad Trip (January 1993) 0
Daisy Chainsaw (August 1992) 0
Shudder to Think (March 1993) 0
Quicksand (May 1993) 0
Mystery Machine (June 1993) 0
Raymond Listen (July 1993) 0
The Devlins (August 1993) 0
Dharma Bums (April 1991) 0


breakfast josiah (los blue jeans), Saturday, 3 January 2015 19:43 (seven years ago) link

Voting for Ian Svenonius as a write-in.

Tay-Tay Brooklynpants (Murgatroid), Saturday, 3 January 2015 19:49 (seven years ago) link

Blonde Redhead is my favorite but it doesn't seem fair to pick them. I remember liking Jale. And Magnapop, haven't heard that name in an eon.

Whitney Di-Ennial (I M Losted), Saturday, 3 January 2015 19:59 (seven years ago) link

Are we voting on the music, or on the cuteness?

Because, you know... Sloan.

Branwell with an N, Saturday, 3 January 2015 20:03 (seven years ago) link

Helium obv.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Saturday, 3 January 2015 20:03 (seven years ago) link

There's a ton of bands I genuinely love here (Chapterhouse! Velocity Girl! Luscious Jackson! That Dog! Heavenly! )

But... like, Sloan in 1993 were cuter than any power on earth could withstand.

Branwell with an N, Saturday, 3 January 2015 20:05 (seven years ago) link

I'm too lazy to do a bunch of google image searches so if you have a selection of cutest pics to share I'm sure no one would mind

breakfast josiah (los blue jeans), Saturday, 3 January 2015 20:07 (seven years ago) link

surely gbv were the cutest

mookieproof, Saturday, 3 January 2015 20:10 (seven years ago) link

when asleep maybe

touch of a love-starved cobra (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 3 January 2015 20:15 (seven years ago) link

I always feel sad when I read these old articles and see how powerful alternative music had gotten. That they had enough charisma to be a "cute band". Times are much more cynical.

Whitney Di-Ennial (I M Losted), Saturday, 3 January 2015 20:37 (seven years ago) link

i have most of those issues. anyone want to see the actual "article"?

Mistah FAAB (sarahell), Saturday, 3 January 2015 20:42 (seven years ago) link

I thought those old Sassy magazines were online somewhere. I remember reading them a few years ago. I'll look...

Anyhow, here's a blast from the past. I like this. The singer looks like Belinda Carlisle:

http://youtu.be/Nnjd939cVWI

Whitney Di-Ennial (I M Losted), Saturday, 3 January 2015 20:48 (seven years ago) link

And Jale, from Subpop, also cute:

http://youtu.be/NF_9R2xCP2o

Whitney Di-Ennial (I M Losted), Saturday, 3 January 2015 20:53 (seven years ago) link

I think Sassy did a lot to drive that transition, of positioning indie rock bands as "cute bands" a la teen mags, in a teen mag.

Sassy was such a weird cultural artefact of the 90s -like I was just slightly too old for its target audience, and saw it as slightly cynical. But in retrospect, it seemed like such an astute positioning.

Branwell with an N, Saturday, 3 January 2015 21:05 (seven years ago) link

SASSY.

http://byt.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/05/2247505092_bca7be5e8b_o.jpg

http://brightestyoungthings.com/articles/dc-nostalgia-how-sassy-changed-ians-life.htm

The Sassiest Boy in America is, at the moment, not sounding at all sassy. He is unfailingly polite, kind and patient. It’s a bad sign.

Ian Svenonius, a 20-year-old Washington musician, has just been named the first winner of a nationwide search for the “most perfect boyfriend material a girl could ask for” by Sassy magazine, one of the country’s hottest teenage guides to life, love and the pursuit of guys like Ian.

The editors are pretty hyper about their choice: a “total babe” vegetarian punk philosopher with greased-back hair and a sweet, crooked smile-a genial rebel without the caustic. Imagine Tom Hanks doing James Dean.

Branwell with an N, Saturday, 3 January 2015 21:08 (seven years ago) link

I thought that was a young Chris Ott for a moment

soref, Saturday, 3 January 2015 21:11 (seven years ago) link

that book is pretty good!

Mistah FAAB (sarahell), Saturday, 3 January 2015 21:30 (seven years ago) link

I remember seeing a Nation of Ulysses show a few months after that came out and either a bunch of folks had brought it to the gig for him to sign or he was selling them. I honestly don't remember which one, only that there were I'd guess a dozen or more people carrying copies of Sassy magazine.

EZ Snappin, Saturday, 3 January 2015 21:46 (seven years ago) link

Man that list makes me more nostalgic than a million listicles about how great 94 or 95 was

d'angelo's liaisons (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 3 January 2015 22:28 (seven years ago) link

Like I even need to say SLOAN all the way. But I just did. Lots of great bands here though (That Dog for second place, Jale third).

agincourtgirl, Saturday, 3 January 2015 22:55 (seven years ago) link

voting poison idea obv

Bill Nighy the Science Gighy (get bent), Saturday, 3 January 2015 23:58 (seven years ago) link

i used to have a sassy subscription but i threw away all the issues when i moved -- i thought '90s alternative culture was pretty silly even though i liked the music.

Bill Nighy the Science Gighy (get bent), Sunday, 4 January 2015 00:02 (seven years ago) link

UNREST UNREST UNREST

maura, Sunday, 4 January 2015 00:10 (seven years ago) link

but man what a list

maura, Sunday, 4 January 2015 00:11 (seven years ago) link

In 1991 I entered Sassy's contest to become a staff member for a month, and won a spot. Then had to bow out due to a tonsillectomy. One of my greatest regrets in life. I'll go with Bratmobile for the crush vote for Allison Wolfe, Unrest for music. Wasn't Ian actually like 46 when he won Sassiest Boy.

dlp9001, Sunday, 4 January 2015 00:31 (seven years ago) link

I would love to see the pictures/articles that accompanied these. For nostalgia research purposes uh no reason.

As a large person it would be extremely hypocritical of me to be surprised that Poison Idea are on the list so, yeah, you go, Sassy magazine, 22.5 years ago! (Oof... that number is... probably bigger than the age I am in my head if I'm honest)

I got the biggest nostalgia punch reading That Dog's name and the bands from the list I can remember listening to in 2014 are Unrest, Scarce and Blonde Redhead, so maybe one of those is the right answer. Or maybe not.

club mate martyr (a passing spacecadet), Sunday, 4 January 2015 00:40 (seven years ago) link

voted for Sloan but what a bunch of 90s hot bands

un chill goon (some dude), Sunday, 4 January 2015 00:42 (seven years ago) link

(xp I should probably point out before someone else does that I'm British and didn't read Sassy at the time and don't get things, so feel free to fill me in on the so-90s ironic ~context~ but maybe my post can stand as a self-clowning edifice without anyone needing to do it for too many posts)

club mate martyr (a passing spacecadet), Sunday, 4 January 2015 00:44 (seven years ago) link

I hated pretty much everything about Sassy at the time but this list still hits the nostalgia button hard

The Complainte of Ray Tabano, Sunday, 4 January 2015 00:57 (seven years ago) link

voting poison idea obv

― Bill Nighy the Science Gighy (get bent)

that last push creates an amount of pleasing froth on (contenderizer), Sunday, 4 January 2015 00:59 (seven years ago) link

please don't let chavez get robbed though!

Bill Nighy the Science Gighy (get bent), Sunday, 4 January 2015 01:03 (seven years ago) link

BTW, is that Barbara Manning in November 93. I'm guessing it has to be?

dlp9001, Sunday, 4 January 2015 01:05 (seven years ago) link

Unrest 4eva

Οὖτις, Sunday, 4 January 2015 01:46 (seven years ago) link

Bands on this list I have never even heard of:

Beggar Weeds
Bad Trip
Quicksand
Mystery Machine
Raymond Listen
The Devlins

Ottbot jr (NickB), Sunday, 4 January 2015 02:01 (seven years ago) link

Unrest! Just look at these cuties:

http://cdn.stereogum.com/files/2010/05/Unrest-Reunites.jpg

kate78, Sunday, 4 January 2015 02:02 (seven years ago) link

I have no clear idea of what Sassy actually was, but it is striking how not especially grunge this list is for its era

Ottbot jr (NickB), Sunday, 4 January 2015 02:05 (seven years ago) link

Bands on this list I have never even heard of:

Quicksand

You should listen to Slip immediately.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 4 January 2015 02:05 (seven years ago) link

Ok!

Shouldn't have to add to my last comment but I will that the lack of non white folks is obviously even more striking, but you know that already

Ottbot jr (NickB), Sunday, 4 January 2015 02:19 (seven years ago) link

There was some more diversity on the Sassy / Sire Sampler from 1991:

Side One:
Betty Boo "Where are You Baby?"
Depeche Mode "Sea of Sin"
Bigod 20 "The Bog"
Book of Love "Alice Everyday"
Primal Scream "Come Together"
Ride "Vapour Trail"
The Ocean Blue "Between Something & Nothing"
Morrissey "Piccadilly Palare
The Might Lemon Drops "Unkind"
John Wesley Harding "Save a Little Room for Me"

Side Two:
Ice-T "Escape From the Filling Fields"
Paul Lekakis "You Blow Me Away"
S'Express "Nothing to Lose"
Danielle Dax "The Id Parade"
Merlin "I Like the Way That You Love Me"
Royal Crescent Mob "Time Bomb"
The JudyBats "Don't Drop the Baby"
Throwing Muses "Counting Backwards"
The Replacements "One Wink at a Time"

http://i.imgur.com/Vvy3nRh.jpg

breakfast josiah (los blue jeans), Sunday, 4 January 2015 02:52 (seven years ago) link

Samplers containing last throw of the dice Replacements tracks = dud

Master of Treacle, Sunday, 4 January 2015 04:44 (seven years ago) link

Heavenly (is the Heavenly option)

rip van wanko, Sunday, 4 January 2015 05:24 (seven years ago) link

Everyone sleeping on some 90'S HOT:

http://blurtonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Luscious-Jackson-90s.jpg

Οὖτις Δαυ & τηε Κνιγητσ (Phil D.), Sunday, 4 January 2015 13:40 (seven years ago) link

^Trent Reznor's sister second from right.

MaresNest, Sunday, 4 January 2015 14:06 (seven years ago) link

Luscious Jackson are awesome

d'angelo's liaisons (Drugs A. Money), Sunday, 4 January 2015 19:15 (seven years ago) link

Chavez is scientifically the correct vote because 2 members were in other Cute Bands (Bullet Lavolta & Skunk).

Cannonley Adderall (InternationalWaters), Monday, 5 January 2015 02:50 (seven years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Saturday, 31 January 2015 00:01 (seven years ago) link

Fuck totally missed Poison Idea on there! Damnit!

BlackIronPrison, Saturday, 31 January 2015 00:41 (seven years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Sunday, 1 February 2015 00:01 (seven years ago) link

Many xp's to dlp9001 -- I still have a copy of that reader-produced issue! My sister won a spot too, in the art dept. She did some construction paper cutout illustrations for it. I was in school in NYC so she came out to stay for a few days and we visited the mag's office and met everyone. Good times! Sorry about your tonsillectomy.

I definitely remember that Sassy/Sire sampler kicking around my sister's tape collection.

early rejecter, Sunday, 1 February 2015 03:10 (seven years ago) link

You will never see the Beautiful South look as conspicuous in any poll ever again.

Master of Treacle, Sunday, 1 February 2015 04:19 (seven years ago) link

I have a physical copy of the sire sampler (inspiration for the poll), where would one u/l an mp3 in 2015?

breakfast josiah (los blue jeans), Sunday, 1 February 2015 05:19 (seven years ago) link

I remember seeing beautiful south cds prominently displayed in a best buy in new jersey in 1995 and thinking that they might be a band that I should get around to checking out at some point. Have yet to do so. Even at the time they somehow looked remaindered at full price

breakfast josiah (los blue jeans), Sunday, 1 February 2015 05:22 (seven years ago) link


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