Top 40 – A Retrospective -1994

I’m back, and with quite a bit of music for you — I’m going to try to give you some personal history on these, because it’s all about #BeReal apparently.

Weezer – Blue

Buddy Holly. Best music video ever? Perhaps. But the Sweater Song, with it’s perfect metaphor about breaking up, has stuck with me all these years. I made reference to it in Memoirs of a Dilettante in a story about my time in Halesowen, where I overdosed on painkillers. It wasn’t about a breakup, though, it was far more complicated than that. It always is.

Tori Amos – Under the Pink

I remember discovering Cornflake Girl in a tiny little town in Iowa, of all places — I’d been (is shipwrecked the right term in a landlocked state?) marooned there for three months after my time in England, and someone there had this album, and I listened to it incessantly.

Green Day – Dookie

First year of college I couldn’t escape this album. It was being played everywhere, and for anyone who’d never heard the Clash, it was a big deal. I’d heard the Clash, but still enjoyed the album.

Marillion – Brave

You could say this is the album that launched my ‘career’ as Helena. I’d gone to Montreal to see Marillion perform this album live. See Also: Couche Tard and the Jumping Asians

Beck – Mellow Gold

You know… I just put this album on here for Loser. It’s not really representative of his best work.

Elvis Costello – Brutal Youth

A RETURN TO FORM!!!!! I really had lost interest with Elvis during the ’80s (I’ve since gone back and picked out the gems) but THIS album is amazing.

Nine Inch Nails – Downward Spiral

It would take the film Se7en to get me to really listen to Nine Inch Nails. They frightened me — Trent Reznor is a creepy dude.

Soundgarden – Superunknown

Another album you just couldn’t ignore, even if you wanted to.

Pink Floyd – The Division Bell

I happen to like post-Roger Waters Pink Floyd, thank you very much.

Milla – The Divine Comedy

You wouldn’t believe it, but Milla Jovavich was actually a singer — her family is very musical — before she was ever a model/actress.

BNL – Maybe You Should Drive

Again, I like Barenaked Ladies’ early stuff. They get shit upon (and sometimes for good reason) but you’re missing out if you just listen to the detractors.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Sleeps with Angels

The story is, Neil Young spoke to Kurt Cobain before he died. This is a strange, sometimes hit and miss Neil Young album, but I still like it.

Portishead – Dummy

I wouldn’t discover this until a few years later, but fell instantly in love with Beth Orton’s voice, which could be so anti-pop at times that it gave me chills.

Jeff Buckley – Grace

I love Jeff Buckley. I’ve made no secret of this. It’s a tragedy that he died so young, leaving us with so little of his genius.

Manic Street Preachers – Holy Bible

Nasty album. After this, Richey Edwards disappeared, never to resurface. Would you believe they toured with Guns N Roses? Weird.

Eric Clapton – From the Cradle

A blues cover album, after the man who was once referred to as god had gone all adult contemporary for most of the ’80s. This album kicks ass.

Massive Attack – Protection

Again, discovered this years later — love love love British trip hop.

REM – Monster

Michael Stipe et al tried to bring back glam. Lenny Kravitz and David Bowie tried to help them, but it only lasted for a heartbeat.

Cranberries – No Need to Argue

The last really good Cranberries album.

Nirvana – Unplugged

This is what we got as an epitaph. A snapshot of Kurt as an artist.

Tragically Hip – Day for Night

When it comes to the Tragically Hip, I’m much more a fan of their singles rather than whole albums, but this one is fantastic.

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7 responses to “Top 40 – A Retrospective -1994

  1. Wow, so much great stuff! I guess I was gelling that year or something. I will say that “Sulky Girl” is one of my all-time favorite EC songs (the line “she’s discovered wearing last night’s dress” is killer!), but I wonder if “All This Useless Beauty” outdoes Brutal. We shall see what you think in ’96!

  2. Ah, the year I graduated from high school and the songs of my forthcoming college years! Weezer! I still don’t understand it, but while I knew every word from Little Earthquakes by heart, I missed Under the Pink entirely.

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