Buzzfeed helpfully lists a bunch of albums that came out in 1993, which means that they're younger than the Pirates' last winning season. The idea of the list is to make you feel old because these records still somehow seem near to us, but for me, a lot of these records seem very far away, Radiohead's Pablo Honey, Salt 'n' Pepa's Very Necessary, and The Cranberries' Everybody Else is Doing it, So Why Can't We? (just to name three) among them. I vaguely remember clandestinely looking at the liner notes to Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle at a friend's birthday party soon after that record came out. You know, the kind of birthday party where you're psyched because your parents won't be around to stop you from drinking Sprite. The album probably belonged to someone's older brother. I was looking over my shoulder, hoping an adult didn't sneak up behind me and see all the swear words.
I wasn't nearly old enough to drive in 1993, but I had cassette copies of a bunch of these albums -- including Nirvana's In Utero and Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream, and I'd crank them on my Walkman in the backseat on long car trips, until the batteries started to give way and the sound got all funny. I remember thinking the Breeders' "Cannonball" was weird and dangerous and kind of awesome.
The Pirates' streak of losing seasons was already underway when all this was happening. I'm in my early 30s now.