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NINETIES CHECKLIST

A list of the 100 albums I’ve covered, with links to each page, plus the reference/notes I’ve written regarding the decade

 

Reference and Notes Page – Nineties

My shortlist of albums you probably already know enough about, and my general impressions of the decade

 

Exile in Guyville – Further Thoughts

A more extensive look at what I consider one of the touchstone albums of the Nineties

 

ALBUMS

Note – The albums aren’t arranged in preferential order.  They’ve been deliberately randomised to prevent any kind of ‘system’ being applied to them. 

First Ten Albums

  • Soul Coughing: Ruby Vroom (1994)
  • Liz Phair: Exile in Guyville (1993)
  • Flaming Lips: The Soft Bulletin (1999)
  • Wu Tang Clan: Enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers) (1993)
  • They Might Be Giants: Flood (1990)
  • Frank Black: Teenager of the Year (1994)
  • Sugar: Copper Blue (1992) 
  • Tricky: Maxinquaye (1995)
  • Supergrass: In it For the Money (1997)
  • Neutral Milk Hotel: In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (1998)

Second Ten Albums

  • R.E.M: New Adventures in Hi-Fi (1996)
  • Primal Scream: Screamadelica (1991)
  • Teenage Fanclub: Bandwagonesque (1991)
  • Super Furry Animals: Fuzzy Logic (1996)
  • Moby: Play (1999)
  • The Breeders: Last Splash (1993)
  • Public Enemy: Fear of a Black Planet (1990)
  • Nas: Illmatic (1994)
  • Massive Attack: Blue Lines (1991)
  • Me’Shell Ndegeocello: Peace Beyond Passion (1996)

Third Ten Albums

  • Guided By Voices: Bee Thousand (1994)
  • Lucinda Williams: Car Wheels on a Gravel Road (1998)
  • A Tribe Called Quest: The Low End Theory (1991)
  • Bob Dylan: Time Out of Mind (1997)
  • Mogwai: Young Team (1997)
  • The Charlatans: Up To Our Hips (1994)
  • The Afghan Whigs: Gentlemen (1993)
  • Cocteau Twins: Heaven or Las Vegas (1990)
  • Sebadoh: Bakesale (1994)
  • Spiritualized: Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space (1997)

Fourth Ten Albums

  • Orbital: Orbital 2 (1993)
  • D’Angelo: Brown Sugar (1995)
  • Nightmares on Wax: Smokers Delight (1995)
  • Aphex Twin: Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (1993)
  • Maxwell: Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite (1996)
  • Beck: Odelay (1996)
  • Yo La Tengo: I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One (1997)
  • Manu Chao: Clandestino (1998)
  • Death in Vegas: The Contino Sessions (1999)
  • Barry Adamson: Oedipus Schmoedipus (1996)

Fifth Ten Albums

  • Happy Mondays: Pills ‘n Thrills ‘n Bellyaches (1990)
  • The Magnetic Fields: 69 Love Songs (1999)
  • The Sugarplastic: Bang! The Earth is Round (1996)
  • Air: Moon Safari (1998)
  • The Chills: Submarine Bells (1990)
  • Elastica: Elastica (1996)
  • Garbage: Garbage (1995)
  • Eels: Beautiful Freak (1996)
  • Soundgarden: Superunknown (1994)
  • Cornershop: When I Was Born for the Seventh Time (1997)

Sixth Ten Albums

  • You Am I: Hi Fi Way (1994)
  • Frente: Shape (1996)
  • Portishead: Dummy (1994)
  • Weezer: Weezer (1994)
  • Ween: The Mollusk (1997)
  • Dr Dre: The Chronic (1992)
  • Slint: Spiderland (1991)
  • Dr. Octagon: Dr. Octagonecologist (1996)
  • My Bloody Valentine: Loveless (1992)
  • Belle & Sebastian: The Boy with the Arab Strap (1998)

Seventh Ten Albums

  • Depeche Mode: Violator (1990)
  • Ben Folds Five: Ben Folds Five (1995)
  • Pavement: Slanted and Enchanted (1992)
  • Pulp: Different Class (1995)
  • PJ Harvey: Dry (1992)
  • Jane’s Addiction: Ritual De Lo Habitual (1990)
  • Mercury Rev: Deserters Songs (1998)
  • Sonic Youth: Goo (1990)
  • Neil Young: Sleeps With Angels (1994)
  • Fatboy Slim: You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby (1998)

Eighth Ten Albums

  • The Clouds: Penny Century (1991)
  • Ride: Nowhere (1990)
  • Built To Spill: There’s Nothing Wrong With Love (1994)
  • The Chemical Brothers: Dig Your Own Hole (1997)
  • Billy Bragg and Wilco: Mermaid Avenue (1998)
  • Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy: I See a Darkness (1999)
  • Boards of Canada: Music Has the Right to Children (1998)
  • Snoop Dogg: Doggystyle (1993)
  • Tortoise: Millions Now Living Will Never Die (1996)
  • Elliott Smith: XO (1998)

Ninth Ten Albums

  • Beth Orton: Central Reservation (1999)
  • DJ Shadow: Endtroducing… (1996)
  • GZA: Liquid Swords (1995)
  • Leftfield: Leftism (1995)
  • The Prodigy: Fat of the Land (1997)
  • Red Hot Chilli Peppers: Blood Sugar Sex Magic (1991)
  • Sigur Ros: Agaetis Byrjun (1999)
  • The Verve: Urban Hymns (1997)
  • Tool: Aenima (1996)
  • Tori Amos: Boys For Pele (1996)

Last Ten Albums

  • Le Tigre: Le Tigre (1999)
  • Tom Waits: Mule Variations (1999)
  • Fiona Apple: Tidal (1996)
  • KLF: The White Room (1991)
  • Stereolab: Emperor Tomato Ketchup (1996)
  • The Fall: The Marshall Suite (1999)
  • Cypress Hill: Cypress Hill (1991)
  • Ron Sexsmith: Ron Sexsmith (1995)
  • Ministry: Psalm 69 (1992)
  • The Orb: The Orb’s Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld (1991)

 

I intend to add an Overflow page, of albums that should also be considered.  They’ll have shorter capsules, or perhaps simply constitute a list.

 

 

 

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