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It was thirty years ago, today.

Postby Matt Wilson » 12 Jan 2022, 18:30

1992, when rock was still a going concern for those inclined. I'm sure I'll get the usual "it was all shit" responses from folks who think everything sucks musically after 1980 or whatever cut off you subscribe to but for those with rose-tinted glasses there were still gems to be found, LP-wise. Here's a list of what I was into at the time, with some additions added posthumously:

Automatic for the People - REM
Ingenue - K.D. Lang
It’s a Shame About Ray - The Lemonheads
Slanted and Enchanted - Pavement
Nonsuch - XTC
Check Your Head - The Beastie Boys
Harvest Moon -Neil Young
Your Arsenal - Morrissey
Dry - PJ Harvey
Dirty - Sonic Youth
You Turn Me On - Beat Happening
Dirt - Alice in Chains
Insesticide - Nirvana
Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine
The Future - Leonard Cohen
Lucky Town - Bruce Springsteen
Dayglo - Love Battery
Singles (soundtrack) - Various Artists
Hormoaning (EP) - Nirvana
Lazer Guided Melodies - Spiritualized
The Chronic - Dr. Dre
Amused to Death - Roger Waters
Live in Japan - George Harrison
Kiko - Los Lobos
Sweet Oblivion - Screaming Trees
Slippery Domestic (EP) - Pavement
Human Touch - Bruce Springsteen
Bricks are Heavy - L7
Of Magic and Loss - Lou Reed
The Southern Harmony &... - The Black Crowes
Vulgar Display of Power - Pantera


I got married that year, was still a substitute teacher, and felt I still had my ear to the ground (musically speaking) at 27. Later on I would become more jaded/cynical in terms of current music.
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Re: It was thirty years ago, today.

Postby Walk In My Shadow » 12 Jan 2022, 18:39

Of course there were worthwhile albums that year just as there are every year.

I may not like all your choices but I do some of them.

For instance, you have a Los Lobos album there. Well, they released on in 2021 too. Longevity.
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Re: It was thirty years ago, today.

Postby mudshark » 12 Jan 2022, 18:54

Automatic for the People - REM
Nonsuch - XTC
Harvest Moon -Neil Young
Dry - PJ Harvey
Lazer Guided Melodies - Spiritualized
Of Magic and Loss - Lou Reed
The Southern Harmony &... - The Black Crowes

Are in my opinion good or decent albums. The rest I don't care for and/or don't like.
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Re: It was thirty years ago, today.

Postby C » 12 Jan 2022, 19:04

Matt Wilson wrote:Pavement
Spiritualized


I really rated those two bands.

I have all their albums (and Spaceman 3)

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Re: It was thirty years ago, today.

Postby Mike Boom » 12 Jan 2022, 19:23

Automatic for the People - REM
It’s a Shame About Ray - The Lemonheads
Slanted and Enchanted - Pavement
Nonsuch - XTC
Your Arsenal - Morrissey
Dry - PJ Harvey
Dirty - Sonic Youth
Lucky Town - Bruce Springsteen
Lazer Guided Melodies - Spiritualized
Live in Japan - George Harrison
Kiko - Los Lobos
Watery Domestic (EP) - Pavement ( :) Slippery when Wet!)
Human Touch - Bruce Springsteen
The Southern Harmony &... - The Black Crowes

The above are all pretty great in my book

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Re: It was thirty years ago, today.

Postby Hightea » 12 Jan 2022, 19:45

mw LIST

IN 92 I was splitting my time between living in NYC and living in Hoboken (girlfriends place).

Albums I was digging in 92
Automatic for the People - REM absolutely
It’s a Shame About Ray - The Lemonheads - heard about them from living in Hoboken around 92-93
Slanted and Enchanted - Pavement - had the album but didn't really listen to it.
Nonsuch - XTC one of my favorite from that year
Harvest Moon -Neil Young - didn't listen to it much thought it was a weak album by Neil - still do except a song or two.
Your Arsenal - Morrissey - yes
Dry - PJ Harvey - Didn't get into PJ until late 90's but love the album now
Dirty - Sonic Youth another band picked up by living in Hoboken might have been 93
Dirt - Alice in Chains was on the radio but didn't really care for it until later in the 90's
Insesticide - Nirvana would have been listening to Nevermind in 92
Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine - never cared for this band much
Singles (soundtrack) - Various Artists - stable album for me.
Lazer Guided Melodies - Spiritualized - missed the boat until late 90's - classic album for me now.
Amused to Death - Roger Waters liked it then but never listen now
Sweet Oblivion - Screaming Trees - yes
Bricks are Heavy - L7 - saw them live but never had the album
Ingenue - K.D. Lang - sure my brother was playing it.
Check Your Head - The Beastie Boys - friends were playing it I hated it. okay now

missing
Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes - love it then and now
PJ - Ten - came out in 91 but was a fan in 92.
Peter Gabriel - Us - loved it then and now
ANglagard- Hybris - love it now no clue then
Buffalo Tom-Let Me Come Over
STP - Core
JOhnny Lee Hooker - Boom Boom
Cracker- Cracker

I'm sure there is more
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Re: It was thirty years ago, today.

Postby robertff » 12 Jan 2022, 19:47

Got twelve of those Matt.

I still try and buy current albums if they appeal, sadly it’s become diminishing returns in the last ten+ years, although there are still newer bands out there that I like. It used to be I’d know the names of most bands/artists but they all seem so ephemeral today - here today gone tomorrow, no longevity and there are just so many. Some current bands I like are Wolf Alice, Temples and Wolf People to name a few.

Also I’m happy with what I’ve got and I enjoy discovering music from bands/artists from my earlier years Forever Amber, Complex and Keith Cross/Peter Ross immediately come to mind, all great albums.



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Re: It was thirty years ago, today.

Postby Matt Wilson » 12 Jan 2022, 19:59

Like most people our age (I'm 56), I tend to live in the past musically. I don't tend to reach for much '90s music when I want to hear something. But what I do enjoy is playing my iTunes on random or shuffle. That throws everything into the mix and forces me to listen to things I'd never dream of playing. The best tracks from any of those albums listed above would be welcome intermixed with all the '60s/'70s stuff I usually dote on. Same with '50s music. Throw it all into the blender and see what sticks with you.
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Re: It was thirty years ago, today.

Postby Hightea » 12 Jan 2022, 20:16

I'm 58 but still listen to plenty from the 90's prefer it over most 80's music (although there are exceptions).
I've got a bunch of playlists in spotify (my main source these days)
I've got an anything goes playlist with over 2000 songs and that is mostly what I play on shuffle.
But also have decade playlists
Driving playlist (lots of 90's in there)
Singing playlist ( all songs that I sing along to - or yell) lots of 90's in there too
Women who rock playlist (lots of 90's in there too)

I would say I listen more to 67-81 then anything but after that I'm thinking
92-05 is my second most listened to now years
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Re: It was thirty years ago, today.

Postby Mike Boom » 12 Jan 2022, 22:56

Some more faves from 92

Wish - The Cure
Going Blank Again - Ride
Copper Blue - Sugar
Let Me Come Over - Buffalo Tom
In Ribbons - Pale Saints
Priest=Aura - The Church
Blind - The Sundays
Between 10th and 11th - The Charlatans
Everythings Alright Forever - The Boo Radleys

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Re: It was thirty years ago, today.

Postby der Freiherr » 13 Jan 2022, 04:42

It was a big year for me . . . Senior year of HS, Freshman year of college. Just hitting my stride. I'll post up some of my favorites when I have time to think and remember.

Automatic for the People - REM - This is a really superb REM record, one of their best. It's really remarkable that they had so many monster hits from this record. I credit the videos. I saw them on this tour and it kinda sucked.

Ingenue - K.D. Lang - I've never owned a kd Lang record, but there are a few songs of hers I absolutely adore.

It’s a Shame About Ray - The Lemonheads - they were always on the periphery of my world and I never paid them much attention. I've really gotten into "Confetti" in recent years. I should go back to these records and give them a chance.

Slanted and Enchanted - Pavement - I was a big fan of this record and still am. Fall records were pretty rare in my world, but the comparisons made me curious about them.

Nonsuch - XTC - This is a real sleeper record in their catalog, isn't it? I'm still sleeping on it. Some day.

Check Your Head - The Beastie Boys - I really hated the Beastie Boys and their ubiquity, but I did like a few of the cuts on this record. They had an earthy, sort of orange feel at the time that I dug.

Harvest Moon -Neil Young - Wonderful NY record. I never bought it, but my friends did.

Your Arsenal - Morrissey - I didn't have the time or money for Morrissey solo records when I didn't even have all the Smiths records at the time. I was probably wrong.

Dry - PJ Harvey - I liked the initial single, it almost sounded like more fallout from the MBV record. When I realized it probably wasn't, I lost interest.

Dirty - Sonic Youth - Sonic Youth records sounded pretty crappy until they made this one, which is comparatively luxurious. I was very into it and even bought the singles (which I never did). Still one of their best, popular backlash notwithstanding.

You Turn Me On - Beat Happening - I knew Beat Happening from a Sub Pop comp and liked them, but not enough to spend money on them when there were so many other records to buy.

Dirt - Alice in Chains - They were too heavy metal to be grunge, weren't they? I remember this being a very strong record, but I tired of it very quickly when the hits from it became ubiquitous.

Insesticide - Nirvana - Yeah, gotta have it. They were so great.

Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine made terrible music. A pox on their house.

The Future - Leonard Cohen - This had some bizarre production choices, didn't it? I think my mom may have had it.

Lucky Town - Bruce Springsteen - I've never paid for a Bruce Springsteen record, but if people say this is a good one, I believe them.

Dayglo - Love Battery - I knew them from some singles and very much liked them, but never got around to plunking down for one of their full lengths. I regret not seeing them, or not remembering seeing them, which is equally plausible.

Singles (soundtrack) - Various Artists - This and Alice in Chains spelled the end of grunge. I do like a lot of songs on it. Never owned it or saw the movie.

Hormoaning (EP) - Nirvana - I didn't have the money for Nirvana eps at the time.

Lazer Guided Melodies - Spiritualized - What a terrible let down Spiritualized were. So much promise, so little delivered. They repeatedly fell short of my expectations.

The Chronic - Dr. Dre - What a splendid record this was. The sound of everything for a time. I flinch at some of the really grotesque misogyny these days. It's hard for me to enjoy it, but the production and Snoop's rapping were just perfect. What a disappointment Snoop turned out to be. He never came close to the Chronic on his solo records. Alas.

Amused to Death - Roger Waters - I strongly dislike Roger Waters and most of his music following DSOTM.

Live in Japan - George Harrison - I was not listening to post-Material World George Harrison records in 1992. I'm still not, to be fair.

Kiko - Los Lobos - A really strong record from Los Lobos. This was about the time of Latin Playboys too, as I recall.

Sweet Oblivion - Screaming Trees - Their commercial breakthrough and sellout record? I love almost every minute of it. Perfect music.

Slippery Domestic (EP) - Pavement - I believe this is Watery Domestic, and while I didn't have the cash for other things, I did have the cash for this one and it was very good, indeed. Texas Never Whispers.

Human Touch - Bruce Springsteen - See Bruce Springsteen comments above.

Bricks are Heavy - L7 - Again, I liked Butch Vig's production for certain things. L7 was one of them. What a titanic record.
Of Magic and Loss - Lou Reed - Oof, no tunes, as I recall.

The Southern Harmony &... - The Black Crowes - They were never better. A wonderful record. I really regret missing seeing them on this tour. All my friends went. I don't know why I didn't.

Vulgar Display of Power - Pantera - I remembered Pantera as a hair metal band. It took me a long time to realize they turned into something legit. It was too late when I did.
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Re: It was thirty years ago, today.

Postby Neige » 13 Jan 2022, 07:38

Automatic for the People - REM
Ingenue - K.D. Lang
Nonsuch - XTC
Harvest Moon -Neil Young
George Harrison - Live in Japan
The Future - Leonard Cohen
Kiko - Los Lobos
Of Magic and Loss - Lou Reed
The Southern Harmony &... - The Black Crowes


These are the ones I own (and rate) - the early Nirvana stuff might be a gap in my collection, but otherwise, nah!

conservative music taste? Moi??? :lol: :lol: :lol:



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Re: It was thirty years ago, today.

Postby toomanyhatz » 13 Jan 2022, 07:52

Kiko and Magic and Loss are great albums. The XTC, kd lang, Neil, Nirvana, and REM (one of the better ones, I'm not much of a fan) are good ones. So's Cohen's, in retrospect, though I was sure disappointed by it at the time.

Some good ones not mentioned above:

Infamous Angel - Iris DeMent
I, Jonathan - Jonathan Richman
Skin and Bone - Carthy/Swarbrick
Good as I Been to You - Bob Dylan (though the sequel was better)

And is it OK to admit to liking Sublime? I would never own 40 Oz. to Freedom, but I'll take 'em over most of the 'alternative' stuff there.
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Re: It was thirty years ago, today.

Postby slightbreeze » 13 Jan 2022, 10:30

Automatic for the People - REM
It’s a Shame About Ray - The Lemonheads
Slanted and Enchanted - Pavement
Harvest Moon -Neil Young
Your Arsenal - Morrissey
Dry - PJ Harvey
Insesticide - Nirvana
Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine
Lazer Guided Melodies - Spiritualized

Can't believe no Copper Blue, which is probably the best out of all of them

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Re: It was thirty years ago, today.

Postby John_K » 13 Jan 2022, 13:51

I turned 23 in late 1992, the Top 3 that have stayed with me as constant companions in the intervening 30 years have been;

The Lemonheads - It's a Shame About Ray (For me, a pure joy from start to finish..!)
Sugar - Copper Blue (Bob's masterpiece)
R.E.M. - Automatic for the People (Possibly the last great R.E.M. album)

Honourable mentions, and in no particular order;

Neil Young - Harvest Moon
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Henry's Dream
PJ Harvey - Dry
XTC - Nonsuch
Morrissey - Your Arsenal
The Jayhawks - Hollywood Town Hall
Tom Waits - Bone Machine
Lou Reed - Magic and Loss
Sonic Youth - Dirty
Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy - Hypocrisy is the Greatest Luxury
Leonard Cohen - The Future
k.d. Lang - Ingénue

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Re: It was thirty years ago, today.

Postby The Fish » 13 Jan 2022, 14:12

Mike Boom wrote:
Blind - The Sundays


John_K wrote:
The Jayhawks - Hollywood Town Hall
Tom Waits - Bone Machinee


All great and obvious omissions. I'd add Uncle Tupelo - March 16-20 1992
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Re: It was thirty years ago, today.

Postby Positive Passion » 13 Jan 2022, 14:26

I only own ingenue from that list, and someone gave it to me.

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Re: It was thirty years ago, today.

Postby C » 13 Jan 2022, 15:31

Matt Wilson wrote:(I'm 56)


Hightea wrote:I'm 58


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Re: It was thirty years ago, today.

Postby robertff » 13 Jan 2022, 19:05

No love for The Cure’s Wish, the Manic’s Generation Terrorists or Eric’s Unplugged?



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Re: It was thirty years ago, today.

Postby Tom Waits For No One » 13 Jan 2022, 19:34

I bought lots of the ones mentioned above but also bought these:

Juliana Hatfield - Hey Babe
The Fall - Code: Selfish
The Sugarcubes - Stick Around For Joy
Curve - Doppelganger
Graham Parker - Burning Questions
Stereolab - Peng!
The B-52's - Good Stuff
Chumbawamba - Shhh
Peter Gabriel - Us
10,000 Maniacs - Our Time In Eden
Julian Cope - Jehovakill
Therapy? - Nurse
Denim - Back In Denim
Ned's Atomic Dustbin - Are You Normal?
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