20th Century Popcast is a podcast that tries to understand the present by living in the past.  Each week hosts Bob and Tim take a sociological look at the pop culture of the '80s and '90s.  Its a ruining of their childhood that hopefully explains how they became adults.

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LIST-A-RAMA-A-GO-GO: "Its a rattled off hit list of the highest fidelity." (1994-1999)  We can thank Nick Hornby (or curse John Cusack) for that middle-aged, music-snob curation of  "The Dessert Island Top Five."   And, while the typo leans toward a bunch of "Cake" references, Bob and Tim have actually put a lot of thought into compiling this compilation.  So much, in fact, that its going to take TWO episodes to get though.   So man-overboard with Part One ... Bob's definitive discs of the 1990s.

00:00:00  PRE-SHOW PRATTLE - Hanna Barbarians at the gate
00:01:06  POP FILTER IMPEDIMENTS - and spotlighting Bob
00:05:47  FINDING MODERN MUSIC IN THE 1990s - and a couple of caveats
00:10:44  A SMARMY PIANO MAN - fifth on the list
00:18:23  OFF THE ADVICE OF NOEL GALLAGHER -fourth on the list
00:23:03  MIX-TAPE FOR A COOL GIRL - but why do we make them?
00:34:31  A CURATION-ISH PARTY - oh, here’s why we make them
00:38:02  THE LONG, LONG LONGER WAY HOME - third on the list
00:45:20   WE BUILT THIS GEOCITY ON ROCK AND ROLL - second on the list
00:51:39  TIM THINKS HE KNOWS WHAT IT IS - first on the list
01:02:35  90S OR NOSTALGIA - and that’s where Tim’s Jagged Little Pill went
01:04:56  CLOSINGS - Contacts, plugs and no catchphrase 

SPOILER WARNING: The following Show notes ruin the episode reveal of Bob's five album choices.  So, if you wanted to be surprised by the episode, head back to the episode.

Name-check Bob's favorite track (with accompanying low-res still) off Ben Fold Five's "Whatever And Amen" HERE.

Watch Ben Folds and the two other members of his quintet lip-synch along to their original recording of "One Angry Dwarf And 200 Solemn Faces" on British television HERE.

Get mixed up before coming down to the tune of Bob's favorite Cotton Mather (at least from this particular album) track HERE.

Squint against the grainy cable-access-like quality of this Cotton Mather live set HERE.

Put on you slicker, take off your dumb hat and get wet with the Bob-approved Gomez track HERE.

Compile your own mix-tape (just like Bob and Tim) with this often used and totally worth it Built To Spill track (complete with Bowie shout-out) HERE.

Envision a world where Brett Gelman's body fronted Built To Spill with the live performance of "Car" HERE.

Slip and this song with one of Bob's many favorite Oasis tracks HERE.

Stick your hand down your pants and pull a stiff Al Bundy during the live Oasis performance HERE.

Expand your Oasis horizon by learning this track from the same album as "Wonderwall"  HERE.

See if you recognize any of the faces in the audience of this live performance of "Roll With It" HERE.

And, finally, cash out with another of Bob's favorite Oasis tracks you should probably know HERE.

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“Super Poupi ” (opening theme) and "Poupi Great Adventures: The Arcade Game" (closing theme) performed by Komiku from the 2018 album POUPI'S INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES available at Freemusicarchives.org.   

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20TH CENTURY POPCAST will return next week with the list-bearing conclusion to their first two parter episode ... in that its this week's topic ... again ... only this time from Tim's CD collection .. so ... maybe no real cliff-hanger melodrama just ... ahm .. just .. the same topic ...  repeated .. again.