1990s at the Bowery Ballroom during CMJ

March is quite the loaded month for must-hear releases.  On March 24, 2009, Rough Trade Records will release Kicks, the second album by one of the catchiest of Glaswegian rock trios, otherwise known as 1990s. It’s hard to believe, but the group’s infectious, now-classic debut, Cookies, came out back in 2007.  It’s about time 1990s gave us some spiky new tunes.

Kicks promises more sassy, sing-along pop rock songs about love and gals and urban lads in Scottish cities, but also approaches such vast and seemingly alien subjects as Mongolian Warlords, bears, Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, Baader-Meinhoff and Scientology.

The album, recorded at Edwyn Collins’ West Heath Yard studio in London, was produced by Bernard Butler (ex-Suede).  Inspiration for Kicks was taken from everything from Scary Monsters/Golden Years-era Bowie and his work with Eno & Visconti to Jay-Z, Hall & Oates, Hot Chocolate and even the folky Richard Thompson.

1990’s are Jackie McKeown (vocals, guitars), Dino Bardot (new on bass, vocals), and Michael McGaughrin (drums and vocals). 1990s myspace page

photo by Tear-n Tan

  1. I love you Jackie!!! I can’t wait to run aorund the city at night like wolves (i know that you can’t hear me but a small fraction of the world can).
    I am super excited for Kicks, Cookies was dope in my opinion (and Payless, obviously too). Why didn’t Cookies get much press? Could it be pop-rock is dead? Glasvegas hadn’t blown up yet drawing attention to the region as a musical melee to the masses?

    All I know is I am super stoked for this next album, tour, back of the truck with….


  2. Just got a sneaky listen to the album, seriously impressed.