Now That The Mark McGrath Cruise Exists, We Can Forget The ’90s Ever Happened

Remember around this time about eight years ago when ’80s nostalgia reached its peak and VH1 had that show Bands Reunited, where a bunch of one-hit wonders either did or didn’t get back together and it was equal parts delightful and deeply upsetting? No? Well, it looks like we’ve hit that point in the #Rememberthe90s craze, the veritable Olduvai Cliff of our green slime-coated, Internet-fueled nostalgia. And the party responsible is Sugar Ray frontman and one-time Law and Order: SVU guest star Mark McGrath, who has curated a music cruise lineup that is part S.S. Coachella, part Buzzfeed rewind post.

The Mark McGrath & Friends Cruise will sail from Miami to Nassau from October 18th to 21st, 2013, on a Carnival ship. And the lineup features some key players of alternative rock radio of then and now, including Sugar Ray (who are kind of the ultimate lying-buzzed-on-a-deck-somewhere band, when you think about it), musical Guy Fieris Smash Mouth, Gin Blossoms, Spin Doctors, Vertical Horizon, Marcy Playground, The Verve Pipe, Cracker and the lead singers of Collective Soul and Live doing acoustic sets. If my visions of this cruise are accurate, then every TV on the damn boat is either playing Daria or the early seasons of The Real World, and somewhere, the "Bee Girl" from the "No Rain" video will be traversing the ship, serving up cocktails and yarns from her glory days.

I don’t know about you, but the best part of that for me is obviously the special acoustic set featuring Ed Kowalczyk, frontman of alternative radio staples Live. Sing to me, O muse, of the angst of bros at sea, the songs of many an aspiring busker playing to the lunch crowd at Potbelly. 

Sundance Music Notes: 50 Cent, Richie Rich, Goo Goo Dolls, Gin Blossoms?

imageWeirdest mix ever. It’s still a bastion of progressive filmmaking, but this year’s Sundance Film Festival is stuck in a time warp when it comes to music guests. While there were a handful of credible singer-songwriters on tap — the achingly beautiful Rachel Yamagata and Damien Rice both put on memorably moving performances — the biggest name draws at the Sundance Music Café this year were the frontman of the Goo Goo Dolls and a performance by the Gin Blossoms. Seriously.

The most culturally relevant music star, 50 Cent, who was in town to tout his new film production company, performed at a private party earlier in the week at Tao. But the real VIP ticket was a morning workout with the rapper. Pumping iron with 50 Cent (while Russell Simmons did his yoga in an adjacent room) might have sounded like a great idea, but skinny white boy designer Richie Rich missed out on his grunting session. “I showed up as he was toweling off,” the adorable Rich told us, glitter sparkling around his eyes. “He thought I chickened out, but we just overslept.” He had a good excuse: The night before Rich performed his “Celebutante” single at the Queer Lounge and hosted a dance-off between fans. It was Britney, bitch, vs. Madonna. Old school Vogue-ing, he reports, beat out Brit-Brit’s Toxic dance moves.

Meanwhile, at least music buffs got some quality screen time at the festival: It Might Get Loud, a guitar godhead doc about Jimmy Page, The Edge, and Jack White generated the loudest buzz, while Adam Bhala Lough’s The Carter, a documentary about rapper Lil Wayne (which we are still waiting to see) is said to be riveting.