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(Onion AV Club)   On Mark McGrath & Co.'s '90s alt-rock cruise, "you might find yourself contemplating your own distant youth and wasted potential while watching the guy from Smash Mouth eat a crepe"   (avclub.com) divider line 74
    More: Silly, Mark McGrath, Spin Doctors, Joseph Conrad  
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2013-01-17 10:08:02 PM  
I think that would be a lot more entertaining than TFA thinks it would be.
 
2013-01-18 12:12:17 AM  
Man overboard!

Another man overboard!

You know they have a point....

*jumps overboard*
 
2013-01-18 12:44:28 AM  

brap: Man overboard!

Another man overboard!

You know they have a point....

*jumps overboard*


I'll follow you down but not that far
 
2013-01-18 02:23:48 AM  
Wake me when the Rage Against the Machine, Soundgarden, and Tool boat tour happens.
 
2013-01-18 02:24:38 AM  
Sugar Ray, Spin Doctors, Smash Mouth, other '90s bands to be set adrift on the ocean

That has got to be one of the most disappointingly misleading headlines I've ever read.
 
2013-01-18 03:23:37 AM  

fusillade762: Sugar Ray, Spin Doctors, Smash Mouth, other '90s bands to be set adrift on the ocean

That has got to be one of the most disappointingly misleading headlines I've ever read.


pretty much

"In addition to denying '90s alt-rock radio the dignity of a Viking funeral... "

It wasn't alt-rock, it was pop. If you heard it on the radio, it's pop, end of discussion.
 
2013-01-18 03:37:51 AM  
According to the press release, the ship is expected to return.

*snort*
 
2013-01-18 03:42:08 AM  
How dare you speak ill of the Gin Blossoms, Collective Soul, and Live.

Some of the best music of the 90's came from those artists.
 
2013-01-18 03:43:40 AM  

cretinbob: fusillade762: Sugar Ray, Spin Doctors, Smash Mouth, other '90s bands to be set adrift on the ocean

That has got to be one of the most disappointingly misleading headlines I've ever read.

pretty much

"In addition to denying '90s alt-rock radio the dignity of a Viking funeral... "

It wasn't alt-rock, it was pop. If you heard it on the radio, it's pop, end of discussion.


because everyone knows there is only one format of radio.
 
2013-01-18 03:44:17 AM  
I feel like it's confession bear time. I actually like some of those bands. And I've always had a crush on the dude from Smash Mouth. I see he lost weight. Shame, I liked him plump.
 
2013-01-18 03:48:01 AM  

NicoFinn: And I've always had a crush on the dude from Smash Mouth. I see he lost weight. Shame, I liked him plump.


Hey now, he's an all star.
 
2013-01-18 03:50:19 AM  

KrispyKritter: cretinbob: fusillade762: Sugar Ray, Spin Doctors, Smash Mouth, other '90s bands to be set adrift on the ocean

That has got to be one of the most disappointingly misleading headlines I've ever read.

pretty much

"In addition to denying '90s alt-rock radio the dignity of a Viking funeral... "

It wasn't alt-rock, it was pop. If you heard it on the radio, it's pop, end of discussion.

because everyone knows there is only one format of radio.


San Diego's Rock 105.3 is pretty good. At least, it's better than the shiat in DC and Seattle.
 
2013-01-18 04:01:19 AM  
I read this article tongue in cheek. Was I wrong or just jaded?
 
2013-01-18 04:44:10 AM  
Well, it beats touring shopping mall parking lots, I guess.
 
2013-01-18 04:51:59 AM  
The great thing about Smash Mouth is that all their songs are so unique.

/If there was ever a time for a real-life "Speed" scenario, this would be it.
 
2013-01-18 05:41:44 AM  
Ooof.. That's uh... Yeah... That's something.
 
2013-01-18 05:47:38 AM  
4.bp.blogspot.com

These guys need a hotline.
 
2013-01-18 05:53:26 AM  
Now, when they say Cracker they mean Uncle Cracker, right? Right?
 
2013-01-18 06:12:21 AM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: How dare you speak ill of the Gin Blossoms, Collective Soul, and Live.

Some of the best music of the 90's came from those artists.


By best you mean blandest, right?
 
2013-01-18 06:15:02 AM  
90s pop could have been hard rock if the bands hasn't been so afraid to turn the gain on their amps up past 2.
 
2013-01-18 06:32:36 AM  

relaxitsjustme: I think that would be a lot more entertaining than TFA thinks it would be.


I think it would be reasonably enjoyable, though I haven't heard their stuff for a while, so I don't know how well it has "aged".
 
2013-01-18 06:51:38 AM  
This actually sounds pretty awesome.
 
2013-01-18 07:26:18 AM  
Will there be sex and candy? If so I'm all in!
 
2013-01-18 07:34:32 AM  

Spartapuss: Now, when they say Cracker they mean Uncle Cracker, right? Right?


The 90's band Cracker that sang Low. The song about the million poppies and the Cosmonaut. At least thats what I remember of it.
 
2013-01-18 07:40:34 AM  

thunderchunk jones: Spartapuss: Now, when they say Cracker they mean Uncle Cracker, right? Right?

The 90's band Cracker that sang Low. The song about the million poppies and the Cosmonaut. At least thats what I remember of it.


I heard it's like being stoned.
 
2013-01-18 08:03:04 AM  
I went to mcgrath's 90s band extravaganza. Him and Everclear were crap but the Gin Blossoms were really good.
 
2013-01-18 08:08:37 AM  
Marcy Playground was also great. I fear Art Alexakis has emphysema or chronic bronchitis or something because he can't sing all the words to his songs anymore.

//I'd gladly play in Ed Roland's band for free, don't know why he can't find members
 
2013-01-18 08:10:01 AM  
No thanks. if I'm going to go on a boat to the 90's, I'll do sister hazel's Rock Boat. they usually have a more entertaining lineup and even artists that are new (or at the very least still writing music).
 
2013-01-18 08:12:22 AM  
Saw Marcy Playground perform at the Pensacola Fair about a year ago. It was like watching the movie 'The Wrestler' in band form. They were playing for a crowd of around 20 people passing by. Bloated, balding, depressing (and not in the cool 90s kinda way), and out of tune.

The horror. The horror.
 
2013-01-18 08:16:03 AM  
I worked in a few radio stations through high school and college. At the college station, I helped organize a couple of big concerts. One of them was Smash Mouth. I was shocked at how much of a dick that guy was. He was lascivious any time he interacted with a woman (most of them college freshmen and sophomores that he was way too old for) and had a huge list of ridiculous demands for his dressing room. He didn't put on a good show either.

There are lots of bands from that era that I still like to listen to. Weezer did a cruise last year and I would have liked to go on that one. If they can keep Billie Joe sober enough, a Green Day cruise would be fun. But I can live without the pop music from the mid-90's.
 
2013-01-18 08:23:26 AM  
I am saving all my derision for the people who pay to take a Third-Wave Ska cruise.
 
2013-01-18 08:35:20 AM  
sitting poolside with Robin Wilson of the Gin Blossoms, "taking requests and singing music."

freebird!
no, frankenstein!
no, freebird AND frankenstein!
 
2013-01-18 08:43:52 AM  

zedster: brap: Man overboard!

Another man overboard!

You know they have a point....

*jumps overboard*

I'll follow you down but not that far


I wanna sink to the bottom with you
 
2013-01-18 09:08:55 AM  
The only one of those bands I saw back in the day Sugar Ray because I was hoping to hear him play some of the hard rock stuff from their first album (that and I was offered a free ticket), one of the worst sounding bands I've ever heard. The Goo Goo Dolls were there too and they were incredibly boring. A whole cruise with that kind of music? I'd call that a suicide cruise
 
2013-01-18 09:13:10 AM  
I saw Smashmouth at Disney world. It was better than a Led Zeppelin reunion.
 
2013-01-18 09:15:05 AM  
Long before Fark.com and its obsession with ranking people's faces by punchability1, I believed that Mark McGrath's face was eminently punchable. There was just something unlikeable about it.


1. it's a hobby on the Politics Tab, at least.
 
2013-01-18 09:16:00 AM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: How dare you speak ill of the Gin Blossoms, Collective Soul, and Live.

Some of the best music of the 90's came from those artists.


I can't say any of those artists are that bad, but that's a rather depressing opinion.
 
2013-01-18 09:19:32 AM  
I remember getting talked into going to a show where Third Eye Blind opened for the Goo Goo Dolls, because I wanted to nail the girl with an extra ticket.

/Didn't nail the girl with an extra ticket
//I felt I deserved at least something on the car ride home for enduring that.
///Third Eye Blind covered Stairway to Heaven. I feel I deserved to put it in her pooper for that.
////Vanessa Carlton opened for both of them. I feel I deserved to stab the girl to death for not telling me such would be the case in advance.
//I am a sad man with slashes as my only consolation. Yes, I work in IT, why do you ask?
 
2013-01-18 09:20:10 AM  
I, for one, like the Gin Blossoms, Marcy Playground, AND Vertical Horizon. Sure, they're mostly one-hit-wonders, but those hits were iconic in my teenage years.

Would I spend a vacation on a cruise ship with them? Nope.

Would I enjoy the hell out of those acts at a festival? Absolutely.

/Couldn't catch me dead on a cruise ship. Spent enough time in the Navy to see how things are run by professional surface warfare officers, would not pay to be on a ship of European registry, run by rando "officers," and crewed by SE asians...don't trust the DC, etc...
//Do I smell sex and candy, here?
 
2013-01-18 09:26:15 AM  
Also, first person to figure where my use of "rando" comes from earns a month of TF.

/And by a month of TF, I mean two Icehouse tallboys, plus a bag of UTZ salt and vinegar chips. Shipped.
 
2013-01-18 09:32:45 AM  
VGA Hole

I saw Vanessa Carlton open for Third Eye Blind (IIRC, she was dating the lead from Third Eye Blind). Went to the show to be "ironic." Carlton was great, playing to a crowd of 1,000+ dudes ("Is my thong showing....good!). Meant to leave when Third Eye Blind played, but they actually put up a decent show.
 
2013-01-18 09:33:43 AM  
This article packs so many great zings into such little space.  Bravo, AV Club.
 
2013-01-18 09:39:35 AM  
The Mark McGrath And Friends Cruise, a Joseph Conrad-esque voyage into the bowling shirt-clad heart of darkness that is mid-'90s nostalgia.

I love this sentence so much.
 
2013-01-18 09:48:24 AM  

Where wolf: No thanks. if I'm going to go on a boat to the 90's, I'll do sister hazel's Rock Boat. they usually have a more entertaining lineup and even artists that are new (or at the very least still writing music).


Sister Hazel seriously does this too? Holy crap.
 
2013-01-18 09:49:10 AM  
Most of these guys were pretty much "AAA" or "Adult Alternative" and later "Hot AC" wit hthe addition of other female-friendly artists such as Third Eye Blind, Sarah McLaughlin, Alanis Morisette, etc etc..

If Limp Bizkit goes with them, remind the skipper that there's some good sailing around Somalia....
 
2013-01-18 09:57:07 AM  
In my opinion, if you feel that teenaged nostalgia connection to 90's bands them you're too young for these melancholy "pretend to be young again" cruises. Can the target demographic even afford a cruise?

Decent pop bands, though.
 
2013-01-18 09:59:44 AM  
I saw Smashmouth and Sugar Ray play a show together back in '97.

Once was enough.
 
2013-01-18 10:01:05 AM  
Marcy Playground remains one of my favorite bands.

They're way better than their one hit would suggest.
 
2013-01-18 10:22:14 AM  

m053486: VGA Hole

I saw Vanessa Carlton open for Third Eye Blind (IIRC, she was dating the lead from Third Eye Blind). Went to the show to be "ironic." Carlton was great, playing to a crowd of 1,000+ dudes ("Is my thong showing....good!). Meant to leave when Third Eye Blind played, but they actually put up a decent show.


Not really 90's music, but on a similar csb, I once went to a show with Jason Mraz and Talib Kweli -- it was interesting hearing people leave the show saying "Hey, that Mraz kid ain't half bad"
 
2013-01-18 10:26:24 AM  

TheSelphie: Where wolf: No thanks. if I'm going to go on a boat to the 90's, I'll do sister hazel's Rock Boat. they usually have a more entertaining lineup and even artists that are new (or at the very least still writing music).

Sister Hazel seriously does this too? Holy crap.


www.therockboat.com
 they've been doing it for a long time. it usually sells out in days.
 
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