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8manpick’s OFFICIAL list of top bands from the 90’s

by 8manpick


I only considered music that was released in the 90’s, and it was heavily weighted towards bands with good CDs (<--90's music storage/playback device). Even today I prefer to listen to whole albums rather than songs because that's just what I like. As such, bands whose CDs I don't listen to, I didn't really consider even if I think they have some good songs (Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Live, etc.) I picked the fifteen bands I liked best, listed their CDs, then ranked the CDs in order of my preference. Then I used math to come up with a score to rank all the bands based on how much I liked their CDs. Then I said fuck math, and ranked those bands however the fuck I felt like it.

Honorable Mention:

–The Lemonheads: Evan Dando is great. If you have only heard their cover of “Mrs. Robinson”, go listen to the rest of It’s a Shame About Ray.

–Rage Against the Machine: So much anger, so much guitar.

–Alice in Chains: Jar of Flies is a great EP. Layne and Jerry’s haunting harmonies were something special. Second best MTV Unplugged performance.

–Bush: Sixteen Stone is so good. Unfortunately the rest of their stuff is incredibly meh.


–Incubus: I really like S.C.I.E.N.C.E and Make Yourself. If the list was 1995-2004, they would definitely make it.

#10. Elliott Smith
Such sad but beautiful music. May he rest in peace. My favorite CD of his is his self-titled, and my favorite song is Say Yes.

#9. John Frusciante
Would be in my top three favorites all-time but the only good music he put out in the 90’s was the double CD Niandra Lades / Usually Just a T-Shirt. His music is strange, complex and raw. It’s weird but I love it.

#8. Foo Fighters
The Colour and the Shape is great. There is some great stuff on the self-titled as well.

#7. Green Day
Hate all you want on current Green Day, but you all loved 90’s Green Day unless you were an old balls loser or a too cool for fun musicer. Either way, if you haven’t listened to 1039 / Smoothed out Slappy Hours, it is an interesting change of pace from their radio music.

#6. The Offspring
Four CDs in the 90’s, I like all of them. Americana was the first CD I bought for myself. Try Staring at the Sun.

#5. Weezer
Their two CDs in the 90’s are completely different but Weezer (Blue Album) and Pinkerton are both classics.

#4. Sublime
Some people don’t like them. I don’t know why. Their songs can be fun and silly or dark and emotional. It’s not all “Date Rape” and “Wrong Way” but those are pretty good songs anyway. Wish I’d gotten a chance to see Bradley live. I really like S.T.P. Pool Shark is great too.

#3. Radiohead
Probably the “best” band on this list. Three CDs in the 90s. OK Computer is incredible and The Bends and Pablo Honey are both excellent. All wildly different.

#2. Third Eye Blind
Haters gon’ hate, but front to back, their self-titled album is incredibly good, and Blue is great too. God of Wine and Wounded are my favorite songs by them.

**They will be in KC on the night before Thanksgiving, buy a ticket and come binge with gE’s #1 binger!**

#1. Red Hot Chili Peppers
There was never any doubt. This is my favorite live recording I’ve ever seen of any song by anyone.

Bonus maths (8manalysis)

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Stevesie60’s FTSOAT

T-Y to Stevesie60

As the late, great Gene Simmons once said, “You wanted the list? You got the list.” The long-awaited Stevesie60’s Favorite Ten Songs Of All Time. Do NOT go straight to the bottom. The floor is yours, Stevesie.

Keep in mind this is a list of songs based on favorites, not best. So you can argue all you want, but you’re wrong.

10. Coming in hard at #10; Dissonance and tempo changes together form perfect beauty – Chiodos’ “All Nereids Beware.”

9. Taking things down a notch, I have Miike Snow at #9 with “Silvia.” I’ve never heard desperation summed up so well.

8. Billy Corgan’s voice and violins somehow mix together perfectly. “Tonight, Tonight” by Smashing Pumpkins

(Alternate version suggested by nicname)

7. The perfect build-up. 10 cool points if you’ve heard it before. “Midwestern Dirt” by Dear and the Headlights.

6. The best song of the past 5 years is at #6. “Itchin’ on a Photograph” by Grouplove.

5. I honestly believe this album changed the course of alternative when it came out. It used back-up vocals as instruments, something no one had seen (heard) done before but a trend that has continued since. Not to mention how prominent the style was immediately after “Tell All Your Friends” came out. Don’t even get me started on how amazing the music video is. Okay, do. Here it is, “Cute Without the “E” (Cut From The Team) by Taking Back Sunday.

4. Beautiful, Heart Breaking. Incredible metaphor that they stick to for the entire song. A break up summed up in a song about a ship wreck. This is the first song I ever learned on guitar. It’s so simple but hey, some of the most beautiful songs are. “Play Crack the Sky” by Brand New.

3. Short and to the point. Impossible to not get pumped up to this song. I love the complexity that they go through, as the song has 4 very distinct parts, yet the transitions blend together so well. I even got to listen to it while driving down Hollywood Boulevard, which was very fitting. It’s “I Am Hollywood” by He Is Legend.

2. I’m not sure I can pinpoint why I love this song so much. The outro is by far the best I’ve ever heard. Up until that point it’s a pretty basic, raw metal song. Like, if, someone had no concept of what metal was you could show them that song and they would comprehend it perfectly. And the fact that two of my favorite bands worked together on a song couldn’t be ignored. The first runner-up is “Memphis Will Be Laid To Waste” by Norma Jean.

1. This has been my favorite song for about the past 10 years, and I doubt it will ever change. I guess I’ve always found piano fascinating because I have no idea how to play it, so there’s extra mystique when I hear it. I can’t help but listen to it and picture some guy just like me spilling his heart without worrying whether it’s a good song or not, he just needs to get something off his chest. But as Andrew McMahon does, he made something beautiful without even trying. The coolest part about this song is that they never released it on an actual album, so it makes fans feel extra cool when they have a copy of it. At least it did in 2004 when it wasn’t as easy to find unreleased music. At number one, (it’s okay Dlew, don’t cry) it’s “Konstantine” by Something Corporate.

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goEMAW was founded upon a basic premise: A website by the fans, for the fans. It was the motto of kstatefans before it was sold, ksufans before it was sold and this ownership group has vowed to never sell out. The forum’s very purpose was to build a community where the users ran the show, users generated the content, free speech reigned and the fans came first.

These core beliefs inform our policy of rarely intervening to moderate content on the site. We do not ban users unless they are spamming. Period. People are responsible for their own posts and we believe that the marketplace of free speech will help determine whose words hold value and whose are foolish. This policy of our members policing our own as a group became our code. They will “poster intimidate” those who are racist, sexist, homophobic, ill-informed or fail to understand that our tongues are forever poking through our cheeks. This has been done with such fervor that today goEMAW is, by far, the most inclusive venue for Kansas State discussion that you will find on the internet.

That attitude and our moderation (or lack thereof) have resulted in some times when people really, really, really didn’t “get” goEMAW. When multiple news outlets in Arkansas and West Virginia and now our own University’s president feel compelled to “report” on goEMAW’s thoughts on an opposing team’s fans, then perhaps our voice has been heard further than we could have ever envisioned and we need to help some out there to “get it.”

At goEMAW, you’ll find ksu_FAN, who provides the most informed, accurate and in-depth Xs and Os coverage of Kansas State sports available on the internet. goEMAW also provides a home to a variety of people that follow and report on both basketball and football recruiting, many times breaking news and following stories better than anywhere else. Our valued sources scoop many professional, for-profit businesses on student-athlete injuries, suspensions and the machinations of our athletic administration. Our name has come to be associated with quality information and we take pride in the fact that it is what it will always be: crowd sourced, user generated, free of charge. That is what we set out to do, and that is what we have all collectively accomplished.

We are also home to artists creating some of the best satire on the internet. Countless dedicated videographers like poetwarrior, _33, chunkles and fatty craft visual narratives that fill our EMAW hearts with joy. When tragedy struck our own, we became more united than ever and helped rally support for each other and the Alkhatib family. We’re proud of the fact that we have helped raise more than $25,000 for charity between Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sedgwick County and the Shwan “Fatty” Alkhatib Memorial Fund. Donations have come from coast to coast, from all ages and means.

The same is true of our support of K-State Athletics. We are home to a number of season ticket holders in multiple sports and a significant number of people on our board donate to the Mike Ahearn Scholarship Fund. At our best, we represent what is possible through the collective passion of K-Staters.

In today’s sports environment, fans rarely come first. At goEMAW, we demand they do. That will never change. Our commitment to free speech is unyielding. When our members “cross the line,” our members police it. We will not compromise, be bullied, nor change what we set out to accomplish. goEMAW is far from an immaculate conception, but we are here.



Registration (upstairs) 1:00PM-2:00PM

Donation is $20/person, $10 with a KSU ID

Everyone is welcome to attend, bring your friends and form your own team or get paired up with a group of goEMAW heroes.

2:30PM  FattyFest Begins

First Break-  We will have several items available for live auction, as well as a few items that will be raffled off.  Trivia participants as well as all attendees are welcome to bid or buy raffle tickets.  Raffle tickets will be $1 a piece and 12 for $10.

At the conclusion, attendees are invited to attend an informal Pub Crawl beginning with a meal at Hibachi Hut.

Press Release: “Fanning Situation” Resolved

goEMAW is pleased to announce a resolution of the unfortunate matter involving fanning and fledgling website “jug of snyder.” After an initial lapse in judgment, fanning has seen the light and reaffirmed his status as an exclusive goEMAW writer. Accordingly, we have suspended assertion of our commercial appropriation claims, presuming “jug” keeps our name out their mouf.

Look for future long-form (zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzip) content from fanning to be published here on the goEMAW blog in the weeks to come. And don’t forget to make plans to attend the trivia event at FattyFest on June 23 at Auntie Mae’s in Aggieville, Manhattan, KS, for a chance to win prized memorabilia from fanning’s filly relationship, all in support of the Shwan “Fatty” Alkhatib Memorial Fund.

Go Cats.

Austin on fatty

Austin Meek reflects on fatty4ksu

If I’m ever feeling discouraged, I try to remind myself how fortunate I am to make a living writing about sports, something many people happily do for free. It’s ridiculous, if you think about it, and the only reason our economy supports such a job is because of the true, passionate fans in this world. These are the people who read every word, know every recruit and use sports as a way to create community with others. People like Shwan, in other words.

I didn’t know him well, but I remember meeting him several years ago at the old Manhattan Classic AAU tournament. I was relatively new on the beat and still hadn’t found my place. I recognized him by his Internet moniker, which is a testament to his talent and creativity. (I didn’t recognize Trim; nothing personal, pal.) He wasn’t the guy I’d pictured, which seems like a common response from people meeting him for the first time. He probably knew far more about the beat than I did, but he went out of his way to be nice and make me feel at home covering K-State. I always remembered that.

I won’t deny having mixed feelings about how the Internet has affected discourse in sports. At its best, though, the Internet can be an outlet for creativity, a home for humor and insight, and a place where people come together in genuine community. Shwan embodied all of those things.

J-Mart on fatty

Jeffrey Martin reflects on fatty4ksu

He was different.

Not in a disturbing way, but Shwan was, well, odd. I’d never met someone like him, and that, in retrospect, must only be interpreted as a compliment. He was unique, someone whose passion for whatever struck his interest was unbridled and genuine.

I’ll admit it – his love for all things K-State, especially athletics, disturbed me at first. I thought he was messing me, being a new beat writer, and I wasn’t privy to much of the slang and backstories that permeated the various message boards he frequented.

I was a little defensive because here was this odd yet intensely curious K-State fan who wanted to know everything about his beloved Wildcats, and he wanted me to tell him. He cared so deeply, yet my initial reaction was one of insecurity – I recoiled.

But if Shwan was anything, he was persistent. And over the years, I embraced his idiosyncrasies. There were phone calls in addition to the e-mails. He’d pop up at the strangest times when I was in Manhattan.

After a while, I started looking forward to those meetings.

And now he’s gone.

One of my favorite movies is “Rushmore,” and while maybe it cheapens the memory of Shwan to compare him to a celluloid character, I can’t help but think of him whenever I watch the flick. He reminds me so much of the central figure, Max Fischer, who loved nothing more than his time at the fictional titular private school.

At one point, Max is asked what the secret, presumably to life, is.

“The secret, I don’t know…,” Fischer says. “I guess you’ve just gotta find something you love to do and then… Do it for the rest of your life. For me, it’s… Rushmore.”

Substitute “K-State” for Rushmore, and that was Shwan.

Rake on fatty4ksu

Jeff Rake reflects on fatty4ksu

I was at Hale Library one night, tired and cranky because I had to grade papers for my job as a teaching assistant, and that’s when I heard a voice behind me.

I checked the time. It was 1 a.m.

“Rake,” the voice said.

The place was empty. I didn’t recognize the voice.

I turned around and it was Fatty.

“You’re a counterpuncher, Rake!” he said. “A counterpuncher!”

I had no earthly idea what he was talking about.

“You’re a counterpuncher in tennis,” he said. “I hate counterpunchers!”

We had met just one previous time at the rec center tennis courts. Fatty watched me play for three or four points — maybe five. And somehow, in that short amount of time, he had figured out that I was a “counterpuncher,” his way of saying that I do nothing but play defense.

“Well,” I told him, “I do play fairly conservatively.”

“You’re a counterpuncher!” he said again.

* * *

I would estimate that I’ve had a dozen encounters with Fatty. There was the time at the tennis courts (he was practicing his serve by himself), and then there was a time at the Cat’s Den convenience store when he criticized my purchase of a bottled Diet Mountain Dew. (“Rake,” he said. “Fountain Drinks are cheaper. And you get more for less. And ice!”)

The other 10 encounters were at Hale Library.

“Look at this place,” he told me during one conversation. “I mean, how awesome is it here?”

“At the library?” I asked.

“Yeah,” he said. “It has, like, everything.”

He then proceeded to point out all that the library had to offer: Hundreds of computers (“Both PC and Mac”), scanners, PDF creators, millions of books, journals, magazines, a coffee place, a bagel shop, a 24/7 study area, couches, atriums, secret mystery rooms. Oh, and also: It looks like a castle.

“What, no love for interlibrary loan?” I asked.

“Everything,” he said. “This place has everything.”

Our conversations weren’t conversations. They were quiz shows. Fatty would ask me a question, I would provide an answer, and then he’d interrupt.

“Wait” he’d say. “How do you not like to fly?”

Or, “How do you not like Frank Martin?”

He’d answer questions with questions and statements with questions and would question my statements. He’d finish my sentences and he would spot my insecurities — in much the same way that he was able to quickly identify my style of tennis.

Fatty was brilliant.

And now he’s gone.

When I first got the news, I was profoundly sad. Fatty loved his life and he loved Kansas State and he loved to make people laugh — on message boards, where he became somewhat of a celebrity, but also in person, where he touched so many people in so many ways.

Our conversations were always a joy. Sometimes we’d talk for 20 minutes. Sometimes a half hour. Once, we must have talked for two hours.

He did not change my life, but he made it better.

He will be missed.

Manbeck on fatty4ksu

Cole Manbeck reflects on fatty4ksu

I never personally met Shwan, but I always felt like I knew him, which I think is part of his charm. If I had to guess, there are thousands of people who felt like they knew him just through his posts on the message boards. Honestly, his posts were some of the funniest things I’ve ever read. Anytime I saw a post from him, I’d click on it because I knew I was in for a laugh. Someone that can bring laughter to so many is a special character trait, and I really can’t imagine not having those posts anymore — the ones where he would set up hypothetical situations with the announcer calling a moment in a K-State game days before the game actually occurred — to him constantly talking about winning the Dr. Pepper (loved how he referred to the championship game as that).

I remember back when I was in college, I was on the way home from a Royals game and we stopped late at IHOP. I had a fascination with who this “fatty” character was on the message boards, so I was talking about him with them. Then one of my friends says she knows him — she went to high school with him at MHS, and I was fascinated to find out about what he was like. From then on, I would involve him with personal messages about topics I thought he might care about. He was always very kind in his responses, and often times funny.

The best recollection I have — and I say I never met Shwan — but a couple years ago I was in my first few months at The Mercury. I was out jogging on a summer evening, and apparently I ran by Shwan. Later on, I was cruising the message boards (I think it was ksufans) at the time, and I see a post from Shwan talking about how I had run by him and he told me I looked good after losing weight. Some people may have been creeped out by that, but I thought it was hilarious. I told him next time he sees me, make sure to stop me and say hi and I’d love to talk K-State sports with him. Unfortunately, I never ran past him ever again — I really wish I would have.

Reading all the accounts and personal recollections from those of you who personally knew him on goemaw, it’s kind of a nauseous feeling to know he’s gone at such a young age. There will be a lot less laughs around K-State nation and Big 12 country with his passing.

Aside from everything he did on the message boards, the K-State videos, etc., to know what he was doing for his brother in California, that speaks volumes to the type of human being he was as well.

I would say this about him: If there was a separate heaven for K-Staters, Shwan might just be the God of it.


_FANframes: Arkansas Running Schemes (with video)

The Arkansas Razorback offense has plenty of diversity, so in order to a thorough breakdown of what Petrino and his staff like to do I broke things out a bit different than normal. The 3rd best match-up of the bowl season deserves a complete breakdown, and just picking a couple of plays with screen shots really doesn’t do justice to the many facets of running and passing K-State will see January 6th. Therefore, this series of  _FANframes will give you a  look at several aspects of the Arkansas’ run offense, pass offense, and goal line offense. Each video was cut from various highlights from the season, taken from 6 different SEC contests. The breakdown is then simplified with labels to each of the basic schemes being used in each video. The video is also slowed down to hopefully allow the viewer to easier follow the action of the clips.

Arkansas Running Game – 1 Back

The Razorback running game often will feature formations with 1 running back and various combinations of their very talented receivers and tight ends. Often times they will utilize a pistol set, lining the back up behind the quarterback in the shotgun.

Inside Zone

The first set of clips show a basic inside zone scheme, something the Razorbacks like to use a lot. Arkansas’ big, talented backs run downhill behind solid zone blocking from their talented offensive line.

Inside Zone/Trap

The next clip shows a twist on the inside zone concept by pulling a guard around and trapping the inside linebacker. Because the formation spreads the defense, Arkansas is able to “gain a man” between the tackles by pulling the lineman.

Inside Zone/Draw

The next clip shows the inside zone concept, but with a more pronounced draw look. The offensive line gives a pass block look initially, then gets into run fits. Their tackles often use pass block technique to influence edge rushers (in several of the inside zone clips above), but here its more of a true draw look with the guards also giving a pass block look.

Off Tackle Power

Arkansas also likes to utilize some power concepts with their zone blocking. In these clips they pull both guards, getting two big bodies out in space with a vertical cut off tackle from the running back.

Off Tackle Kickout

The next couple of clips show another off tackle power concept, but with a slight difference. Run to the strong (tight end) side of the formation, the tight end and tackle block down and release to the linebacker while the guard (playside) pulls and kicks out the defensive end.

Power Toss

The last clip is a quick toss the tight end side, again pulling the playside guard to get an additional blocker to the edge.

Arkansas Running Game – 2 Back

The Razorbacks also possess some big, bruising full backs and they utilize them well in their two back running game.

Zone Lead (Iso)

The first several clips show Arkansas’ favorite two back running play, using zone blocking schemes up front and leading the fullback, usually isolating him (thus “Iso”) on a linebacker. The big Arkansas fullbacks are great getting run fits, often punishing inside linebackers (see the lost helmet in clip 3).

Off Tackle Zone Lead

The next clips uses the same concept, but instead of running between the tackles, the fullback leads off tackle.

Fullback Trap

The next clip shows a classic fullback trap, pulling the backside guard to trap the linebacker and running the fullback right up the middle.

Off Tackle Power

The final clip borrows from the power concepts (pulling the playside guard) used in some of the 1 back running game. However, this is really a gadget play as well. Arkansas’ lines up their dynamic punt returner and receiver Joe Adams at tailback and he takes it 92 yards for the touchdown.

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