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BBC R2 - Your Ultimate 90s Album Revealed!

Discussion in 'music' started by tuga, Oct 17, 2020.

  1. tuga

    tuga Legal Alien

    I quite enjoyed reading the other thread about the '80s, it helped me discover interesting new music.
    This one lists the best '90s albums according to Radio 2 listeners' preference.

    1. Radiohead – ‘OK Computer’
    2. Oasis – ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?’
    3. Nirvana – ‘Nevermind’
    4. Oasis – ‘Definitely Maybe’
    5. R.E.M. – ‘Automatic For The People’
    6. Pulp – ‘Different Class’
    7. Alanis Morissette - ‘Jagged Little Pill’
    8. The Verve - ‘Urban Hymns’
    9. Primal Scream - ‘Screamadelica'
    10. U2 - Achtung Baby
  2. tuga

    tuga Legal Alien

    For me, ‘Automatic For The People’, ‘OK Computer’ and ‘Nevermind’ are definitely top 10 material.

    For my '90s favourites I'd probably choose the following in alphabetical order:

    Ben Harper - 'Fight For Your Mind'
    Grant Lee Buffalo - 'Mighty Joe Moon'
    Mazzy Star - 'So Tonight That I Might See'
    Morphine - 'Yes'
    Nick Cave - 'The Boatman's Call'
    Nirvana - 'Nevermind'
    R.E.M. - 'Automatic For The People'
    Radiohead - 'OK Computer'
    Red House Painters - 'I (Roller-Coaster)'
    Tom Waits - 'Bone Machine'

    Runners up:

    Pearl Jam - 'Ten'
    Spain - 'She Haunts My Dreams'
    The Sundays - 'Reading, Writing and Arithmetic'
    Tindersitcks - 'II'
    U2 - 'Achtung Baby'
  3. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Not in any order:

    The Orb - Journey Beyond The Ultraworld
    Sigur Ros - Ágætis Byrjun
    Boo Radleys - Giant Steps
    Cocteau Twins - Heaven Or Las Vegas
    The Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy - Hypocrisy Is The Greatest Luxury
    Massive Attack - Mezzanine
    Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin
    The Dismemberment Plan - Emergency & I
    L.S.G. - Rendezvous In Outer Space
    Air - Moon Safari
    Stereolab - Dots And Loops
    Eels - Beautiful Freak

    I could obviously ram a load of amazing ECM jazz in there, but given these things are intended as rock/pop market lists I’ll stick to those broad genres.

    PS Yes, my top 10 has 12 albums in it. Sue me. I’ll likely add more. MBV Loveless being an obvious omission.

    PPS Damn it, I’ve just realised I missed the opportunity of having no less than eight volumes of Pete Namlook & Klaus Schulze’s Dark Side Of The Moog!
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  4. fegs

    fegs pfm Member

    Don’t get me started :D

    out at the moment, I’ll return later with my list

    great thread BTW
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  5. gavreid

    gavreid pfm Member

    The stab at the 90s is better than the 80s effort!

    I prefer The Bends to OK Computer, agree with Beautiful Freak

    Wild Wood or Stanley Road
    Everything Must Go
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  6. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    It’s got two Oasis albums in it FFS! One is bloody careless, but two?!
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  7. Weekender

    Weekender pfm Member

    Portishead - Dummy
    Jeff Buckley - Grace
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  8. mondie

    mondie pfm Member

    There is Rage Against the Machine's self-titled and then everything else. The 90's was the best decade for music and there are so many great albums that I could list, but Rage is easily my number 1.
  9. gavreid

    gavreid pfm Member

    I hate Oasis! I did like 5-8 and bought them, which was rare for me then - too busy stuck in a lab with no daylight for hours on end.
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  10. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    I think I’ve got all but 2, 4, 8 & 10. The problem with many of them is they aren’t even the best album by that band, e.g. I’d take Kid A, Amnesiac or In Rainbows over OK Computer, any IRS REM over Automatic (though it is still a great album, as is OK), Bleach over Nevermind, His ‘n’ Hers over Different Class, Boy over any other U2 album, which kind of makes Screamadelica the winner there by default!
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  11. gavreid

    gavreid pfm Member

    I like AftP a lot, played it for days at the time. It's a really complete album but couldn't have existed without Document. Nirvana has to be MTV unplugged. Common People and Disco 200 are greats.

    Do you like Brad Mehldau? The first Art of the Trio albums were terrific, a highly unfashionable thing at the time...
  12. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    I’ve not got anything, but I’m aware of his existence - I remember hearing a Radiohead piece which was very good. Just found a gig on YouTube...
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  13. gavreid

    gavreid pfm Member

    Yeah he did Exit Music - I think it was volume 3. He plays Paranoid Android too
  14. htm_1968

    htm_1968 pfm Member

    I would not be able to consider any list of 1990s LPs that omits Ladies and Gentlemen We are Floating in Space by Spiritualized as complete, let alone definitive. Mezzanine by Massive Attack would have to feature too. So in no particular order, and valid only today for when I change my mind tomorrow:

    Cocteau Twins: Heaven Or Las Vegas
    Spiritualized: Ladies and Gentlemen We are Floating in Space
    The Heads: Relaxing With...
    Portishead: Dummy
    Massive Attack: Mezzanine
    The Orb: The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld
    Mogwai: Young Team
    Slint: Spiderland
    Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros: Global a Go-Go
    My Bloody Valentine: Loveless or Primal Scream: Screamadelica (Both should really be in)
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  15. misterc6

    misterc6 Wasted and wounded, it ain’t what the moon did

    Despite every one of my teenage years falling in the 1960s I still rate the 1990s as the best decade for music.

    In alphabetical order by artist:

    Ash - 1977
    Blur - Parklife
    Elastica - Elastica
    Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci - Barafundle
    Manic Street Preachers - Everything Must Go
    Mogwai - Come On Die Young
    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - The Boatman’s Call
    Ocean Colour Scene - Moseley Shoals
    Pixies - Bossanova
    P J Harvey - Rid Of Me
    Portishead - Dummy
    Pulp - His ‘N’ Hers
    Suede - Dog Man Star
    Super Furry Animals - Radiator
    Supergrass - I Should Coco
    The Prodigy - The Fat Of The Land
    The Verve - Urban Hymns
    Tom Waits - Mule Variations

    and many, many more!
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  16. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    Said it before but I consider Bleach one of the worst albums ever made!!
  17. kendo

    kendo Prussian bot

    Got 8 off the list but where's -

    Cobalt Blue - Michael Brook
    Dog Man Star - Suede
    Fuzzy - Grant Lee Buffalo
    The Real Ramona - Throwing Muses
    Anutha Zone - Dr John
    Sex And Death or Obey The Time - The Durutti Column
    Dead Cities or Lifeforms - Future Sound Of London
    Bothy Culture - Martyn Bennett
    Civilization Phaze III - Frank Zappa
    Dubnobasswithmyheadman - Underworld
    Strange Cargo III - William Orbit
    Leftism - Leftfield
    Ragged Glory or Weld - Neil Young
    Aubrey Mixes : The Ultraworld Excursions - The Orb
    Chill Out or The White Room - The KLF
    Maya or Last Train To Lhasa or Big Men Cry or The Magical Sounds of... - Banco da Gaia
    A Place Among The Stones - Davey Spillane
    Blood - This Mortal Coil Mule Variations
    The Mule Variations -Tom Waits
    The Sky Moves Sideways - Porcupine Tree
    Into The Labyrinth - Dead Can Dance

    ...hey the 90's were no' that bad eh? :)
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  18. blossomchris

    blossomchris I feel better than James Brown

    Primal Scream - Screamadelica
    Tricky - Maxinquaye
    Orbital - Snivelisation
    Boards of Canada - Music has the Rirht to Children
    David Byrne - The Forest
    Leftfield - Leftism
    LFO - Advance
    Orb - Orbivilion
    Portishead - Dummy

    Clost to being included
    Cypress Hill - Insane in the Brain
    Guru - Jazzamatzz vol.1
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  19. Conan

    Conan Loop digger

    play by Moby, Debut by Bjork, Dummy by Portishead and Massive Attack are missing but theni It is BBC2 afterall
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  20. tuga

    tuga Legal Alien

    In Rainbows is 2007 but very good.
    I don't particulalrly like electronic Radiohead, or anyone else electronic for that matter.

    I agree with the IRS vs Warner in regard to R.E.M.
    They gave a warning shot that they'd go commercial with Pop Song '89, the first track on their first Warner album...
    I do like Green a lot though.

    Haven't listened to some of the stuff on your list, will have a listen.

    Achtung Baby impressed me when it came out. My wife still likes listening to it, me not so much.

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