1) Wicked Game, Chris Isaak, 1990
Chris Isaak kicked off the decade with one of the sexiest videos of all time (sand, ocean, Helena Christensen). Watch it now from the safety of your own computer without worrying that your mom or dad will enter the room. Christensen won't likely make an appearance at Massey Hall, but the acoustics will surely do the rockabilly singer/songwriter justice.
At Massey Hall (178 Victoria), Wednesday (August 27), doors 7 pm, all ages, $39.50-$99.50. LN, RTH, TM.
2) Into The Great Wide Open, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, 1991
You might think of Tom Petty as a 70s heartland rocker, and, yes, that's true. But two of his biggest songs came out on 1991's Into The Great Wide Open: the title track, plus Learning To Fly. Could you imagine a greatest hits album without them?
At the ACC (40 Bay), Tuesday (August 26), doors 6:30 pm, $80-$166. LN, TM.
3) Black Or White, Michael Jackson, 1991
This Friday, local soul/funk/Motown outfit the St. Royals pay tribute to the King of Pop in Rhythm & Soul Revue: A Tribute To The Music Of Michael Jackson, which includes all his greatest hits, including our favourite from the 90s, Black Or White.
At the Mod Club (722 College), Friday (August 22), 9 pm, $10. picatic.com/MJTribute
4) Show Me Love, Robyn, 1997
Something tells me that badass 2014 Robyn is not going to play jams from her first (epic) release, 1997's Robyn Is Here. We'd be satisfied with her current Röyksopp collabs as well as hits from Body Talk, of course. But still. Here's hoping a miracle will happen.
At Echo Beach (909 Lake Shore West), Monday (August 25), doors 7 pm, all ages, $49.50-$80. LN, RT, SS, TM.