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Top 10 Videos that Scared Me as a Kid

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Let’s face it, as a kid the silliest things can scare us. Anything from trees to weird looking food could scare our pants off. Like most kids of the 90s, I watched a lot of television. There was a point where I ventured away from Nickelodeon to MTV. Most of the videos had no effect on me. Some of them I even liked (“Smells Like Teen Spirit”), but then there were the “scary” ones. Videos I had no business watching, yet kept my eyes glues to the screen until it scared me. Looking back at these ten clips now, none of them are scary in the least, not even disturbing. Then again, I was only a dumb kid then. So let’s take a look at the top ten videos that scared my pants off as a kid.

10. “Nothing Compares 2 U” – Sinead O’Connor

There’s a subtle beauty to this video that makes it timeless. The concept is simple: O’Connor lets her haunting vocals carry the video mixed with gothic imagery of her walking through a cemetery. Pretty tame. But the one part that I still remember freaking me out comes at the very end. It’s a brief flash of what looks like a skeleton. Looking at it now, I think it’s an intricate headstone, but the face still looks like a skull. Being so young and not able to grasp the thought of death, this scene horrified me. Keep in mind, at the same time I thought the Crypt Keeper was pretty cool. Yeah, I was a weird kid. Now, I wouldn’t call the image scary at all. It just has a morbid beauty to it I can fully appreciate.

9. “Role Model” – Eminem

Similar to the “My Name Is” video, this one is a barrage of various images and situations featuring the rapper meant to shock viewers. Nothing about this video is scary or even disturbing in the least aside from how much of the song is missing when watching the clean version. So why did I cringe when I watched it as a kid? The damn ending where Eminem, after attempting a Houdini-like escape attempt, fails. The video ends with his lifeless body swinging in the water as the crowd looks on in disgust. This mixed with the sepia silent movie effects (some of those still creep me out) was enough to make me skip this video. I can’t really explain it. I just remember hating this part of the video whenever I saw it and I did my best to change the channel before it ended.

8. “Nookie” – Limp Bizkit

I didn’t really know what to think of Limp Bizkit when they invaded my daily TRL watching in the late 90s. I remember thinking how dumb this song was and wondering what the fuck cookies had to do with the nookie anyway. But the one thing I will always take away from this Limp Bizkit song is the video. The majority of the clip is pretty tame and predictable. It’s Wes Borland that freaked me out. When he cocked his head to the side and stared into the camera with those soulless eyes, I shivered. I’ve never seen someone with pure black eyes and no pupils. Of course, now I know it was just contact lenses. Still, it shook me enough to where I closed my eyes whenever the video came on. Why didn’t I just change? Well, I didn’t want to miss my daily dose of Nsync and BSB.

7. “Waterfalls” – TLC

I was a huge fan of TLC when I was younger and seeing as this was one of the best videos of the 90s, it was always on MTV. Sure, some of the graphics are outdated now, but it’s still an iconic clip. Yet, I hated watching it. Why? Because of how fucking depressing it is. First, we see a young boy killed in blood and his mother a ghostly figure crying over him. Then, we see a man fade from existence through an unknown case of AIDS. By the end of the video the boy tries to reunite with his mother and the woman who infected her lover, is gone as well. I get it, the video is supposed to leave impact with its message. But I was five at the time. And yeah, I probably shouldn’t have watched it. But those two scenes scared me even if I didn’t fully understand what they meant. Sometimes TLC were a little too good at getting their messages across as this isn’t the last time they spooked me out.

6. “The Way I Am” – Eminem

I probably shouldn’t have been listening to or watching Eminem at 12 years old, but I did and yes, my mom thought it was fine. Very little about this video is scary; it’s kind of disturbing, but there’s nothing outright horrifying about it. I remember actually enjoying it and being confused by Marilyn Manson in the background. Was it really him or not? After all, Em did previously portray the rocker in “My Name Is.” The thing that freaked me out was the end when the rapper is about to make contact with the concrete. It was at that second that I realized what he was doing. I flinched and closed my eyes not wanting to see the awful splatter. And the ground turns to rubber. Eminem is okay. I let out a sigh of relief. The fact that two Eminem videos scared when I was young was probably a punishment for listening to his music in the first place.

5. “Gimme Some More” – Busta Rhymes

The weird thing about this video is at the time I only saw about five seconds of it. It was some sort of countdown on MTV or maybe it was the VMAs, doing a recap of videos. It flashed to a clip of this song where it focused on the blue, yellowed eyed creature that terrifies the woman in the video. It’s actually not a surprise this one scared me as a kid; the monster is still freaky looking today. Still, it’s something I’ll always remember as shaking me to my core. From then on I associated Busta Rhymes with scary videos. Now….not so much.

4. “Thriller” – Michael Jackson

This video has scared all of us at some point in our lives. Though it’s a timeless clip and still outstanding by today’s standards, it’s not exactly scary. I wasn’t even that afraid of it when I first saw it at 5 years old. Despite this, there were still bits that creeped me out. One thing that always unnerved me was the heavy breathing during the title card. I always found it weird and knew it signaled bad things to come. The part where Jackson transforms into the werecat looks a bit dated, especially the parts featuring a static dummy head. But the part that always made me jump was him screaming “Go away!” with the sharp teeth sticking out of his mouth. Though I always expect it now, when I was little I somehow forgot it was coming and it always scared me. The zombies for the most part I thought were cool, except for two specific ones. First, the one that comes strolling out of mausoleum door, whites of his eyes showing. Then the one with blood spilling of its mouth. Both of these zombies freaked me out. And the way the latter one smiles after the blood spills, just makes it all the more creepy. It still freaks me out a bit now.

3. “Unpretty” – TLC

Similar to “Waterfalls,” TLC aims to promote a positive message of loving yourself and not letting anyone else make you feel ugly. Sounds good, so what about the video is terrifying? The part where a woman gets her silicone implants removed. When I first saw the doctor remove the silicone and the pained expression of the girl, it gave me chills. Every other time I saw the video I shut my eyes right as Chili steps into the hospital. TLC spares no one and shows the painful removal up close trying to teach young girls a lesson. And at least for me, it fucking worked. Even watching it now after not seeing the video in years it made me cringe. I forgot how graphic the scene was and it’s disturbing as hell. I never thought a TLC video would leave me scarred for life.

2. “Tourniquet” – Marilyn Manson

As much as I love Marilyn Manson now, I thought he was the creepiest dude when I was ten. I still remember finding my brother’s copy of Mechanical Animals and being utterly confused by the cover. As if that wasn’t bad enough, I accidentally saw this video while watching Celebrity Deathmatch. After Manson won against Charles Manson, they decided to show this clip. And man did it give me nightmares. Though it’s now one of my favorite videos, I still don’t know what the hell is going on. Manson’s movements along with black eyed semi-human/semi-mannequin creatures scared the piss out of me. But it still intrigued me; I’d never seen anything like it before. When I saw the video again, I watched while covering my eyes and peeking out every now and then. Years later, I turned into a dedicated fan. Gotta admit I didn’t see that one coming.

1. “Oh Father” – Madonna

I’ve talked about how accidentally terrifying this video is in the past, so I’ll be brief about it here. I saw this video at a very young age and when it reached the part where the little girl, who is supposed to be Madonna, reaches her mother in the casket terrified me. Not because she was dead, but because of the fucking close up of her lips sewn shut. It’s not grotesque and it doesn’t even stay on the screen that long. But it was enough to disturb me and haunt me ever since. Because of that scene, I rarely revisit the video. It still gives me the chills today. The rest of the video is beautiful and timeless. Yet, that one scene has stayed with me for years. For that reason along it gets the top spot.

Did any of these videos scare you as a kid? What videos gave you chills? Let me know in the comments!

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Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Soundtrack

Release Year: 1992

Rating: 7/10

Believe it or not, Christmas is only a week away. Though the holiday is meant to bring cheer and joy, sometimes the days leading up to Christmas are more exciting than the holiday itself. Drinking hot cocoa, listening to Christmas music, seeing pretty lights strung up everywhere, and, of course, Christmas specials. Every year without fail, I watch the first two Home Alone movies. Yes, I can practically quote both movies. It’s a holiday tradition and I love wearing a holiday shirt, sitting next to the tree, and watching Kevin McCallister take down some bumbling criminals. Even though I’ve seen the movies more times than I can count, I never thought about their soundtracks. There’s four in the series: an original score for each movie, a soundtrack for the second, and the last one a re-release of the Home Alone 2 soundtrack. This year, I thought it’d be fun to give the Home Alone 2 soundtrack a spin and see what it’s about.

The soundtrack is mix of traditional holiday songs with some modern (at the time) interpretations. What I like most about the soundtrack is how it has songs taken straight from the movie. You’ll hear Bobby Helm’s rendition of “Jingle Bell Rock,” which is my favorite version solely because of this movie. Played during the scene where Kevin loses his shorts in the pool, I always end the song with him exclaiming “Yikes!” in my mind. The album also features Jonny Mathis singing “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas,” which always makes me think of Tim Curry’s smug smile when he learns of Kevin’s credit card fraud. There’s also Alan Jackson’s version of “Holly Jolly Christmas,” which I don’t remember from the movie at all. It’s a pretty standard cover with a lot of country twang; nothing too spectacular.

But for traditionalists, there are also the classical holiday songs, many of which were also included in the movie. There’s “My Christmas Tree,” which you may remember from the beginning of the movie. Personally, I found this song boring without Kevin attacking Buzz in the middle of it. If anything it serves its nostalgic purpose. There’s also “Somewhere In my Memory” sung by Beth Midler, better known as the song that plays throughout the first two films. Again, not really my type of Christmas music. It’s pretty, but also sappy and too slow.

One of the best, but admittedly odd additions is “Cool Jerk” by The Capitols. But that’s not a Christmas song, you say. Home Alone fixes this by mixing in bits from the movie, mainly Uncle Frank singing in the shower. While listening to the song, you’ll hear Uncle Frank say “You’re cooking Frankie!” and of course the hilarious line “Get out of here you little pervert before I slap you silly!” Being one of the best scenes in the movie, there’s no question this is one my favorites on the album. But the best song on the album is TLC’s “Sleigh Ride.” This has always been one of my favorite Christmas songs and I was surprised to learn it was on this soundtrack. Something about it is cool and makes you want to dance. Left Eye’s raps are funny and sick, filled with her offbeat humor and awesome flow.

The album ends with two more sappy, slow holiday songs: “Christmas Star” and “Come All Ye Faithful.” I’ve never been a fan of these big, over the top, drawn out Christmas songs better suited for church. I find them boring and sometimes they’re just sad. They’re pretty, but not something I really want to sit through. The same goes for the more upbeat, but annoying “Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas.” It’s a beautiful score, but not very fun and jolly, which is how I prefer my holiday music. Plus, hearing a choir shriek “Merry Christmas” at the top of their lungs gets old really fast.

If anything, this soundtrack is a blast of nostalgia. Most of the songs I had a hard time thinking about them outside the movie. There are some genuinely good Christmas tunes here, but I found most to be boring, bland, and too slow. If I saw this soundtrack, I would buy just because I love the movie so much. I mean, I have a Home Alone 2 board game I have yet to play. But it’s not something I would put on while trimming the tree. The original scores for both films are much better being both joyful and beautiful. You want a good Christmas album? Look elsewhere. You want an injection of nostalgia? This is the record to pick up.

Playlist: B-day Nostalgia

My music taste has changed over the years. Rappers replaced boy bands and rock bands replaced rappers. There are some throwback songs I still listen to on a regular basis, but there are plenty I’ve forgotten and haven’t paid attention to since I was 12. Since it’s my birthday this month I decided to look back at songs I was obsessed with at one point. These are songs I thought were so amazing I would listen to them forever. Get ready for a wave of nostalgia!

“Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” – Will Smith

If you asked me who my favorite rapper was in the late 90s, my response would most likely be Will Smith. All because of this song. Looking back on it, the whole thing is kind of silly, but I can get why I liked it so much. It’s fun, catchy, and still makes you want to copy Smith’s dance moves (even though they weren’t that great). This single, along with the equally fun “Miami,” is what prompted me to buy the album Big Willie Style. Though I haven’t listened to it in years, I remember thinking it was hella cool. Perhaps I’ll need to revisit it some day…

“All Star” – Smash Mouth

This was my top song for about two years. It was all over the radio and Nickelodeon and I loved every minute of it. I don’t even remember that it appeared on the soundtrack for the mediocre film Mystery Men. All I cared about was that it was catchy, easy to remember, and fun to sing. I don’t think the song is terrible now, but I definitely overdid it.  It makes me nostalgic for a time when Nicktoons ruled the airways and buying the latest Beanie Baby were my only worries, but I don’t listen to it so much anymore.

“Every Morning” – Sugar Ray

Honestly, any song by Sugar Ray would work here, but I think this one was my favorite. This was one of those songs I jammed out to in my mom’s car on the way back from my uncle’s house. No matter how shitty I was feeling, Sugar Ray were there to pick me right back up. There was even a point when I wanted their album (I never got it, btw). Not only were they cool, but frontman Mark MacGrath was hot or at least I thought so at the time. I still love their songs and they still know how to put me in a good mood, but I’ve moved on to better bands.

“No Diggity” – Blackstreet

I have no idea what it was about this song that made me dance and bob my head so much. Something about the intense piano riff and the chorus of “no diggity” stuck in my head. Even now it’s still one of my favorite throwback songs from the 90s. The “Hey-yo” part was infectious and the video with the puppets was just weird. (Why were they puppets?) Of course I had no idea what the song was about at the time and now I have no idea why my mom let me listen to it so much.

“Drive” – Incubus

This was one of my first forays into rock music or at least I thought so at the time. “Drive” was the first song I ever heard by Incubus and I was addicted to it. I just loved singing the chorus as loud as Brandon Boyd did. When I got older, it was this single that convinced me Incubus was worth getting into and I don’t regret it. It’s still one of my favorite Incubus songs and I still sing the chorus as loud as I can. Also, I had a little crush on Boyd. I should’ve expected that since he was shirtless in the video.

“No Scrubs” – TLC

As I revealed in my CrazySexyCool review, TLC were my absolute favorite girl group before the Spice Girls. I loved them even more when they released this snarky, catchy song. When this song hit, all the girls in my class sang on the school playground with the faintest idea of what a scrub actually was. Another reason I loved the song so much was Left Eye’s verse. She was always my favorite in the band, so I sat and practiced her rap to impress everyone at school. It’s still a great song and I’m glad I never got rid of my Fanmail album.

“All Day” – Lisa Loeb

The adorable Lisa Loeb is most remembered for her single “Stay ( I Miss You),” but I’ll always remember her for this song straight from the Rugrats Movie Soundtrack. I can’t remember where I first heard the song, but I went crazy for it. Not only did I buy the soundtrack just for it, I even started wearing my hair in loop braids like she does in the video. I even stole a pair of my mom’s glasses because they looked like hers. I was completely enamored with her and the song. I still think she’s adorable as hell and the song has aged rather well.

“Mambo No 5” – Lou Bega

I’m not even ashamed I liked this song so much. I even recorded it off the radio just to hear it daily. I can’t really explain what it was about it aside from it’s an earworm of a song. Even now it’s still a lot of fun. I remember there being a Disney version with Mickey Mouse, which was just ridiculous and couldn’t top the Bega version. And yes, I did try to fit my name in the song somewhere and it never worked. It’s probably better that I never figured it out.

“Bring it All” – Blaque

It seems back in the 90s I was a sucker for girl groups. I even had the terrible Dream album; I don’t even want to go there. But this was another one of those groups where I rushed to get the album. They had a good number of hit songs, like “808,” but this is the one I still love. And yes, it is because it features JC Chasez AKA my favorite member of Nsync. Honestly, he’s the best part of the song, which is why it’s a shame the video doesn’t feature him singing the verse. Similar to TLC, rapper Natasha was my favorite from the band and oddly enough Left Eye was her mentor. Unfortunately, she passed away also. Kind of weird.

“Heartbreaker” – Mariah Carey

Since my mom had all her albums at the time, I was a bit of a Mariah Carey fan back in the day. I was amazed she could hit those high notes and even asked my mom “How does she do that?!” There’s no doubt about the amount of number one hits she has, but this one captivated my young heart. The video was funny, Mariah sounded great, and the song was fun to dance to. This was another one of those times I begged my mom to get me the Rainbow album just so I could listen to this on repeat. In case you were wondering, no, I never got it. And just for the record, I don’t think Ariana Grande is the next Mariah Carey.

“Ride Wit Me” – Nelly

In the early 2000s as the boy band phase disintegrated, I got more into rap and Nelly was at the forefront. I actually followed his career up until Sweat/Suit. Though I don’t listen to him anymore this will remain my favorite song of his. This is another one I can’t explain aside from I thought Nelly was cool at the time. Plus, it was fun to yell “Ay, must be the money” during long car rides. Of course since I was used to the clean version of the song, I was in for a shock when I got the unedited album. Oops.

“Party Up (Up in Here)” – DMX

Before he got in trouble repeatedly for petty crimes, DMX gave us one of the best songs of the 2000’s. The song is just so damn infectious, especially with the memorable chorus of “Y’all gon make me lose my mind/up in here/up in here.” It’s funny the song became so popular since the clean version was made up of random sound effects, like DMX barking and for some reason I loved it. Every time it came on the radio, I cranked it up slightly annoying everyone in the car. It’s this song that made DMX one of my favorite rappers at the time, even though I didn’t really like his other songs. Listening to it now, it’s still a great track and one I won’t hesitate to turn the volume up.

“If I Ever Fall in Love” – Shai

I realize I was way too young to really understand what the song was about, but when I was 11 this song blew me away. I loved the harmonies, the singing, and the fact it was acapella. At the time, I didn’t know many groups who did that and thought Shai was pretty special. I still think it sounds good as hell years later, but as someone who was into bubblegum pop at the time, I don’t understand how this song became one of my favorites.

“Candy Rain” – Soul For Real

I think I first heard this song on Nickelodeon when they played the video between shows and it was too damn catchy not to fall in love with. Sure, they had dumb dance moves, weren’t the best singers, and seemed to be going for a Jackson 5 thing, but for a small time in the 90s, it was the best thing I ever heard. Since it was released in 1994 it foreshadowed my love of Nsync and BSB that would come later in the decade. Guess I’m a sucker for five guys harmonizing.

“Jump” – Kriss Kross

No matter what decade it is, the media is always floored by kids who can rap. In comes Kriss Kross, two boys who decided wearing their pants backwards was hella fly. This is another song I’m not really sure how I got into. Maybe it was the simple command of “jump jump” I found so intoxicating. It’s easy to follow and something I knew how to do. I’m sure part of the reason I liked the song was the duo made a cameo in Michael Jackson’s “Jam” video. If Michael Jackson thought they were okay, then they were okay in my book too. Now, the song reminds me of the loss of Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly, who died in 2013. R.I.P. Kelly.

CrazySexyCool – TLC

Release Year: 1994

Rating: 8/10

Before there were the Spice Girls there was TLC. These three sexy ladies hit the scene in the early 90s with their funky clothes and sexual awareness. For their second outing they showed how they matured, were still sexually aware, but also knew what they wanted out of a relationship. The result is an R&B classic filled with hits people still love and sing today. Though the LP isn’t perfect, it’s aged extremely well and remains the essential TLC record.

TLC were never afraid to talk about sex as seen on songs like “Ain’t too Proud to Beg” and “Baby Baby Baby,” but here they did it with style, class, and sensuality. This is first seen on the ultra cool track “Creep.” It’s a mix of R&B, hip hop, and New Jack Swing, but it’s the jazzy horns heard at the beginning that really make the whole thing pop. And the way T-Boz sings “Oh I, Oh I, Oh I-I” is beyond infectious. The song also presents a different perspective on the cheating partner. Rather than getting revenge on her man, she chooses to have an affair herself with no shame. Somehow these girls make cheating sound sexy and sensual. Because of its timelessness, it remains one of their best tracks.

Kick Your Game” has always been my favorite from the album because it’s so damn smooth. It’s another track that mixes R&B and hip-hop to get its smooth, sleek vibe. The whole groove of it gets you moving to the music. The girls talk about how a guy has to be able to kick his game well in order to take her home. It’s also one of the few times on the album where we get a stellar verse from Left Eye. She is noticeably missing from most of the tracks because at the time of recording she was in rehab for her arson conviction. But this is one of the places where she shines as she has a tight flow and presents clever wordplay. “Diggin on You” is another great song from the trio that has more of a mellow groove that puts you at ease. This one has a simple hook that easily gets lodge in your head. Also, who doesn’t love the image of T-Boz chilling with her Kool-Aid? That whole line makes you think of summer, which isn’t too far off (unless you’re in Chicago).

If you’ve been following the blog for long enough, you know I have little patience for interludes. Unfortunately, they’re all over the place on this album. The record kicks off with “Intro-Lude,” which features a rapper talking about how sexy the girls are. This theme comes back on “CrazySexyCool,” which repeats those words for a short amount of time. It’s so short that it’s useless. The only thing that’s interesting about these tracks is how they feature P.Diddy and Busta Rhymes. Otherwise, they don’t add anything to the album. They’re often boring and try to set up a sexy mood, but the songs themselves are better at doing this.

What I love so much about the album is how the girls aren’t shy with their sexuality. They weren’t the first girl group to talk about sex and love, but they do it so boldly on tracks like “Red Light Special” and “Let’s Do it Again.” They know what they want out of their partner and they’re not afraid of asking for it. They have no shame in it; women are sexual beings and they wanted you to know that. But they also knew the repercussions that can come with sex as they showed on the classic “Waterfalls.” Though the music is cool and groovy with a hint of funk, the song is really bleak. What’s eerie is how relevant the message remains today. This is another place where Left Eye gets to shine and show what a talented rapper she was. Her verse is one of the most memorable of the entire track. It’s a shame she wasn’t featured more on the LP.

One of the underrated tracks has to be “Case of the Fake People.” Right off the bat it has a catchy beat that instantly pulls you in and is another track with an awesome groove. It’s a catchy song about getting rid of all the phonies and fakes from your life. What makes it so good is how it works on a simple grooving beat that repeats throughout the song. TLC kick it old school on “Switch.” It takes a sample of “Mr Big Stuff” by Jean Knight to give the track that vintage Motown vibe. The girls sport so much attitude here as they preach on not giving in to anybody. Left Eye makes an appearance and even has a cool shout out to “Rapper’s Delight” during her verse: “At the hotel motel Holiday Inn/I said if your man starts actin’ up/Switch and take his friend.” The whole thing is cheeky and lots of fun, which fits the mood of the album.

This is the essential TLC album that shows what made the girls so talented. They’re fierce, sexy, and don’t wanna put up with your shit. Though some of the songs are more catered to R&B fans, there are still a lot of well loved classics on the record. 20 years later, the LP sounds as fresh, smooth, and cool as it did when it first came out. The message of strong, independent women not having in shame in their sexuality still rings true. There’s no doubt that T-boz, Chilli, and Left Eye were pioneers in the 90s Girl Power movement that the Spice Girls would later claim.

SNL: The Musical Performances Volume 2- Various Artists

51HDwlQVCiL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Release Year: 1999

Rating: 6/10

These days it seems like Saturday Night Live is only known for their musical performances. In the past they’ve have some of the biggest names in music and even gave the world some of the most memorable moments, like Ashlee Simpson doing a ho-down when her prerecorded tape started early. 1999 marked 25 years of the show and to celebrate they released a compilation album with several notable performances from the show’s time. While some of these are interesting, most are boring and make you wish they picked different artists for the disc. Still, I thought I would check it out since I randomly have it in my music collection.

The biggest draw to the collection is Nirvana’s “Rape Me.” Not only is it notable for the fact that the song was rarely performed live on television, but it marks a highlight during the band’s career. Honestly, I’ve heard better versions of the song live. It’s interesting to hear at least, but fans will have more fun watching the actual performance. Also, this is around the time where Cobain’s drug use was loud and clear and it seems to be affecting his singing. I personally think another Nirvana song would have fit better on the collection, such as “Territorial Pissings” or “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Not only do these two songs represent their first time on SNL, but they sounded their best.

Another highlight from the collection is Green Day‘s “When I Come Around.” As always the guys sound good, but again there’s nothing remarkable about this live performance. The only thing that makes it special is it was their first time on the show and it occurred during their peak in 1994. I would’ve preferred if “Longview” was here instead seeing as that’s the more energetic song of the two, but at least they sound good. For anyone who hasn’t seen it before, it’s kind of a thrill to hear, but again fans would get more enjoyment seeing the actual performance.

The best song from the disc is Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage.” What makes this rendition so great is you can feel the thumping bass when the song starts and when they start rapping, they have you’re full attention. They’re so energetic and aggressive with the delivery it’s hard not to get into the song. Plus, it’s one of their best singles, so there’s nothing better than hearing it live. The one artist that should’ve been left off the disc for numerous reasons is Hole. There’s nothing remarkable about them and they don’t even sound good on the track. Also, so many fantastic musicians have performed on SNL they easily could’ve picked someone else like Queen. In fact, this is the biggest problem with the album. There have been better guests on the series, yet instead they choose to highlight Mary J Blige and Oasis on the collection.

The rest of the songs here are just okay. It’s always great to hear REM’s “Losing my Religion” live, but what’s the point if you can’t see Michael Stipe’s spastic dance moves? Dr. Dre does a great job with “Been There Done That,” and TLC‘s “Creep” never gets old. While I do like Janet Jackson’s sensual and sexy “Any Time, Any Place” one of her more well known, faster numbers should’ve closed out the record. And even though the Pretenders are legendary, surely there was a better song to pick than “I’ll Stand By You.” These fifteen tracks just don’t cover the expansive history of the show and some of the biggest names in music that have actually graced their stage. And before you think about checking out volume 1, don’t waste your time. The artist picks there aren’t any better.

Overall, the album gets 6/10. If you really want to have this in your collection for the Nirvana or Green Day track, make sure you don’t pay anything more than $1.50 for the album. While there are some great artists here, there’s nothing remarkable about the performances. Even though they were great to watch, they don’t translate as well on a disc. Some of the artists should be left off completely, while others had better song choices to be highlighted. If you come across this one it’s better to leave it alone and see the performances on Youtube.