Continuing into some of my favourite music — the early ’90s was especially good for music, returning to a focus on guitars — again, the UK saved rock and roll with Britpop.
Radiohead – Pablo Honey
You all know Creep, and while they have certainly surpassed this album many times now, there’s no reason to ignore it — it’s still a fantastic album.
The Cranberries – Everybody Else is Doing it, So Why Can’t We?
In 1993, the Irish invaded, what with the Corrs, and the Rankin Family — and then this band. Their first two albums are classics, if only as great studio albums. Live, they lost all the layering of Dolores’ voice and they sounded rather flat.
Lenny Kravitz – Are you gonna go my way?
The first person that mentions that “this is the guy from Hunger Games” loses an eye.
Daniel Lanois – for the Beauty of Wynona
Ever wonder where U2’s sound comes from? Part Eno, part Lanois. His own work (and he’s actually from the city I live in) is beautiful.
Blur – Modern Life is Rubbish
Blur’s masterpiece. It doesn’t have the familiar singles you might know, but it’s their best album. Okay, maybe Parklife comes close, too.
U2 – Zooropa
This album was supposed to be a throwaway — a postcard from the road while they were busy being the biggest rock show circus in the world. It’s still one of my favourites of theirs.
Bjork – Debut
TRY not to smile as you watch this cute little pixie dance joyfully through this video.
Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream
The Pumpkins finally found their cohesive sound on this album — still sounds great today.
Counting Crows – August and Everything After
A friend of mine bugs me for liking Counting Crows… she seems to think they were a one hit wonder band. Of course, she listens to Hansen. Almost EVERY song on this album was on the radio, and you couldn’t escape them. New rock poets.
Nirvana – In Utero
Love this album. The video is directed by Anton Corbijn, who also did a lot of famous work with U2, Depeche Mode, later on, The Killers. He has a real eye for the unsettling, proved with this piece.
James – Laid
They’re not a one hit wonder band. But here’s that hit for you nonetheless.
Sarah McLachlan – Fumbling Towards Ecstacy
One of my favourite albums of all time. Here’s the title track, followed by a piano-only version of Possession, whose lyrics were actually taken and adapted from a stalker fan’s “love” letters to Sarah — he later tried to sue her for songwriting credit. Creepy.
10,000 Maniacs – Unplugged
Is this a Bruce Springsteen song? Or a Patti Smith song? After this, it will forever be a 10,000 maniacs song.