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Lost '90s Songs Houston's The Zone Should Play

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A few weekends back, Craig's Hlist spent his whole weekend driving around town running errands listening to 106.9 The Zone, Houston's newest "alternative gold" radio station. In those 48 hours, our entire adolescence flew into our ears, reminding us of most every good and bad moment, at least those related to radio-rock.

We are unrepentant '90s music junkies. There exists a pocket in that decade, from about the time Nirvana hit MTV until at least late 1999, permanently marked into our brain as ground zero for all that would come after.

Most things pop, rock, and hip-hop we cherish in 2011 are somehow divined from those eight years. All the music and entertainment magazines we pored over for those days, weeks, and months form a sort of bedrock in our musical knowledge, leading to what we do today.

We get the warm and fuzzies thinking about elementary, middle, and junior high, and early high school, but not so much our friends, as much as seeing the Smashing Pumpkins premiere a music video, or taping "Heart-Shaped Box" off the radio endlessly, waiting with our finger on the "REC" button.

So when a radio station came along like The Zone, touting '90s and early-'00s rock as the jump-off point for its playlist, we tuned in immediately, and soon found out that playlist wasn't as deep as we hoped.

As that weekend went on, we heard more Creed and Linkin Park than Squirrel Nut Zippers and Luscious Jackson. Where was Matthew Sweet? Props go out to playing Nirvana's "Polly," and especially all the Nine Inch Nails.

That being said, CHL made our own Rdio playlist of songs we wants to hear on The Zone. We aren't sure, but this might be our inadvertent audition for our own Rocks Off: The '90s weekly radio show. Come on, a new generation of listeners need to know who and what a Spacehog is.

Man, when "In The Meantime" kicks in we feel like a junkie extra from Trainspotting. Better than sex.

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