Growing up in the 90s, one of the coolest albums I ever bought was DGC Rarities Volume 1. I played the heck out of that thing! Through the magic of the Internet I recently re-discovered this awesome compilation and now, nearly 20 years later, it’s one of my favorite things.
Released in 1994, it was very much a product of its time—full of grunge and college radio tunes by some of the biggest (and some of the most obscure) bands of the era.
Chock full of covers, B-sides, and demos, DGC Rarities featured some of my favorite songs of all time. This album is worth a listen for the inclusion of Pay to Play by Nirvana alone (released under the name Stay Away with updated lyrics on the classic Nevermind), but there’s much more to enjoy if you’ve got the inclination.
A complete track listing is provided below in case you need any additional convincing.
- Teenage Fanclub, Mad Dog 20/20
- Nirvana, Pay to Play
- Weezer, Jamie
- Cell, Never Too High
- Hole, Beautiful Son
- Beck, Bogusflow
- Sonic Youth, Compilation Blues
- that dog., Grunge Couple
- Counting Crows, Einstein on the Beach (For an Eggman)
- The Posies, Open Every Window
- Sloan, Stove/Smother
- St. Johnny, Wild Goose Chasing
- Murray Attaway, Allegory
- The Sundays, Don’t Tell Your Mother
Sadly, there never was a DGC Rarities Vol. 2, but if it had been released, which songs do you think would have made the cut? Sound off in the comments below.
Album art courtesy of Geffen Records