Thanks to the miracle of the internet, we now live in an accelerated era. Cycles of hype that once took years to play out—the arc of an artists’ career, for instance—now run their course in a matter of weeks. Few corners of the world are as concerned with keeping up than we are here in the music industry, with our insatiable thirst for the Next Big Thing.
One symptom of an accelerated lifestyle is the endless proliferation of ridiculous subgenres: refresh your SoundCloud in a few minutes and you’re likely to see a new label like fluffstep, pookeydonk, or chungleblink slide into your feed. Like the silly genre descriptors of decades past, these too will soon be lost to the ages, and I’d like to take this moment to commemorate some of my favorites from the 90s and 00s before they are completely written out of history—from absurdist in-jokes to acquired tastes.