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Nov 11

Popular ’92

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I give a mark out of 10 to every track – this poll is for you to tick all the songs you’d have given 6 or more to, and you can discuss the year in general in the comments box.

Which of these Number Ones Of 1992 would you give 6 or more to?

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A year of few number ones, though it took me an age to finish. My highest marks were 8 for Shakespear’s Sister and Charles And Eddie; lowest was a 2 for Wet Wet Wet. Onwards!

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    Billy Smart on 25 Nov 2011 #

    Three out of twelve! (Shamen, Tasmin, Charles & Eddie) Although there are a few things in there that I can objectively see as being sort of good and might have given a six rather than a five to… In number one terms, 1992 strikes me as being a pretty dull transitional year. Roll on the rapid turnover of sparky chart-toppers of the mid-nineties.

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    Billy Smart on 25 Nov 2011 #

    The NME Critics’ Poll for 1992 seems to feature a disproportionate amount of long-forgotten indie to me. The Joyriders? Moonshake?

    1. The Drowners – Suede
    2. Sheela Na Gig – PJ Harvey
    3. Motorcycle Emptiness – Manic Street Preachers
    4. Creep – Radiohead
    5. Drive – REM
    6. Jump Around – House Of Pain
    7. Television – The Drug Of The Nation – Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy
    8. My Loving – En Vogue
    9. Pretend We’re Dead – L7
    10. Metal Mickey – Suede
    11. Babes – Pulp
    12. Straight To You – Nick Cave
    13. Avenue – St Etienne
    14. Changes – Sugar
    15. Armchair Anarchist – Kingmaker
    16. Connected – Stereo MC’s
    17. Free Range – The Fall
    18. Little Baby Nothing – Manic Street Preachers
    19. Didgeridoo – Aphex Twin
    20. Old Red Eyes Is Back – The Beautiful South
    21. Revenge – The Jesus & Mary Chain
    22. Deeply Dippy – Right Said Fred
    23. Would I Lie To You? – Charles & Eddie
    24. Goin’ Out West – Tom Waits
    25. It’s A Shame About Ray – The Lemonheads
    26. It’s Not What You Know – New Fast Automatic Daffodils
    27. King Of Gasoline – The Joyriders
    28. Second-Hand Clothes – Moonshake
    29. Steamroller – The Family Cat
    30. Brenda’s Got A Baby – 2-Pac
    31. Dixie-Narco Ep – Primal Scream
    32. Middle Of The Road – Denim
    33. Remedy – The Black Crowes
    34. Geek Love – Bang Bang Machine
    35. I’m On My Way – Betty Boo
    36. Rich & Strange – Cud
    37. Hold It Down – Senseless Things
    38. People Everyday – Arrested Development
    39. Mid-Life Crisis – Faith No More
    40. Little Bird – Moose
    41. The Impossible Dream – Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine
    42. Summer Babe – Pavement
    43. Theme From M*A*S*H – Manic Street Preachers
    44. Medication – Spiritulized
    45. Join Our Club – St Etienne
    46. Gradually Learning – The Rockingbirds
    47. Everybody Loves Me But You – Juliana Hatfield
    48. This Is Not A Song – The Frank & Walters
    49. Slow Dog – Belly
    50. I Love Your Smile – Shanice

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    Billy Smart on 25 Nov 2011 #

    Much of the Melody Maker critics’ poll for 1992 has little truck with commercial mass appeal.

    1. The Drowners – Suede
    2. Sheela Na Gig – PJ Harvey
    3. Taillight Fade – Buffalo Tom
    4. Metal Mickey – Suede
    5. Fast Piss Blues – Come
    6. Trigger Cut – Pavement
    7. Scum – Bark Psychosis
    8. My World Is Empty Without You – The Afghan Whigs
    9. Weekender – Flowered Up
    10. Car – Come
    11. Avenue – St Etienne
    12. Drive – REM
    13. Papua New Guinea – The Future Sound Of London
    14. Pretend We’re Dead – L7
    15. Dusted – Belly
    16. Leave Them All Behind – Ride
    17. The Blue Room – The Orb
    18. Gravity Grave – Verve
    19. Connected – Stereo MC’s
    20. Rubbing The Impossible To Burst EP – Huggy Bear

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    Kat but logged out innit on 25 Nov 2011 #

    BUMPER year! Also is this in the Blog 92 series on purpose?

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    Tom on 25 Nov 2011 #

    No! Gosh I wonder how it ended up there.

    I was back into reading the weekly music press by this point, for sure – I remember almost all of the tracks in #2 and #3. History has not smiled on some of them: I am fonder of more than I probably should be. A pretty fair snapshot of how much – 6 years after the hip-hop wars, 4 years after acid house – dance music and black music had dropped off the inkies’ agenda.

    Here’s the Select list – my favourite music mag at the time, and probably the most trusted by my fellow students too.

    1. Suede – Metal Mickey
    2. The Orb – The Blue Room
    3. The Klf – America: What Time Is Love?
    4. Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy – Television (The Drug Of The Nation)
    5. Stereo Mcs – Connected
    6. L7 – Pretend We’re Dead
    7. Future Sound Of London – Papua New Guinea
    8. Erasure – Abba-Esque
    9. Primal Scream -Dixie-Narco Ep
    10. Rem – Drive
    11. Pj Harvey – Sheela-Na-Gig
    12. Mouse Of Pain – Jump Around
    13. Denim – Middle Of The Road
    14. Arrested Development – Tennessee
    15. The Shamen – Ebeneezer Goode
    16. Sugar – Changes
    17. Suede – The Drowners
    18. Electronic – Disappointed
    19. Jesus And Mary Chain – Reverence
    20. Julian Cope – Fear Loves This Place
    21. U2 – Even Better Than The Real Thing (Perfectomix)
    22. Flowered Up – Weekender
    23. The Levellers – 15 Years
    24. Nick Cave – Straight To You
    25. En Vogue – My Lovin” (You’re Never Gonna Get It)
    26. Spiritualized – Medication
    27. Frank And Walters – The Happy Busman
    28. Joey Negro – Enter Your Fantasy Ep
    29. St Etienne – Join Our Club
    30. Madonna – Erotica
    31. Sonic Youth -Youth Against Fascism
    32. The Aphex Twin -Digeridoo Ep
    33. Morrissey – You’re The One For Me, Fatty
    34. Nirvana – Lithium
    35. The Shamen – Boss Drum
    36. Orbital – Halcyon
    37. Opus 3 – It’s A Fine Day
    38. Finitribe – Forevergreen
    39. Paul Weller – Uh-Huh Oh Yeah
    40. Carlene Davis – Dial My Number (Morales Mix)
    41. Ce Ce Peniston – Finally
    42. Come – Fast Piss Blues
    43. Right Said Fred – Deeply Dippy
    44. Shut Up And Dance – Raving I’m Raving
    45. Model 500 – The Passage
    46. Sl2 – On A Ragga Tip
    47. Smashing Pumpkins – I Am One
    48. The Sisters Of Mercy – Temple Of Love 1992
    49. Tc1992 – Funky Guitar
    50. Strangelove – Visionary Ep

    Uncomfortably straddling an NME/Face/Smash Hits/Q audience there.

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    Rory on 25 Nov 2011 #

    Four from me: Shakespear’s Sister, Shamen, Charles & Eddie and Jimmy Nail.

    Australia’s number ones of 1992 had little overlap with the UK’s – some of which you should be very happy about indeed:

    Michael Jackson, “Black or White”, 3 weeks (after 5 in 1991)
    Salt-n-Pepa, “Let’s Talk About Sex”, 4 weeks
    Euphoria, “Love You Right”, 2 weeks
    Julian Lennon, “Saltwater”, 4 weeks
    The Twelfth Man featuring MCG Hammer, “Marvellous!”, 2 weeks
    Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Under the Bridge”, 4 weeks
    Mr. Big, “To Be with You”, 3 weeks
    Euphoria, “One in a Million”, 1 week
    Girlfriend, “Take It from Me”, 2 weeks
    Kris Kross, “Jump”, 3 weeks
    Vanessa Williams, “Save the Best for Last”, 1 week
    Richard Marx, “Hazard”, 3 weeks
    José Carreras and Sarah Brightman, “Amigos Para Siempre”, 6 weeks
    Bobby Brown, “Humpin’ Around”, 1 week
    Billy Ray Cyrus, “Achy Breaky Heart”, 7 weeks. Highest seller of the year.
    Boyz II Men, “End of the Road”, 4 weeks
    Whitney Houston, “I Will Always Love You”, 2 weeks (plus 8 in 1993)

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    lex on 25 Nov 2011 #

    A year that finished strong after a largely dreadful start: Shakespear’s Sister is the only thing in the first 7 months that isn’t repulsive, but after that it’s all amazing all the time with Snap/Shamen/Tasmin Archer/Boyz II Men/Charles & Eddie/Whitney.

    Those critic lists are mostly dreadful (Suede at No 1, kmt) but some awesome memories dotted among them: En Vogue, Madonna, PJ Harvey (first step on her way to National Treasure status 19 years later!), Shanice (how this wasn’t every publication’s No 1 I have NO IDEA kmt), Pac, St Etienne, Opus III, CeCe Peniston, SL2…

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    Billy Hicks on 25 Nov 2011 #

    Voted for Shakespear’s Sister, Shamen, Charles & Eddie, Snap, and the quirky awesomeness of Jimmy Nail. Felt awful not voting for Erasure, one of my fave bands ever, but it really isn’t one of their best releases.

    For me it’s another year where the rave ruled all, my fave track of ’92 is ‘Out of Space’ by The Prodigy. I didn’t discover it until 2004, but when it did it introduced me to a whole era of music I still love today – from there I discovered Opus III, SL2, etc, totally kicking ass over the mundane dross in the then-current pop charts.

    Praga Khan’s ‘Injected With A Poison’, Felix’s ‘Don’t You Want Me’ and KLF’s ‘America: What Time Is Love’ also all stand out for me!

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    lonepilgrim on 25 Nov 2011 #

    Voted for four – and one of those was a sympathy vote.

    The Face singles of 1992 (courtesy of http://www.rocklist.net) were:

    1. Jamiroquai – When You Gonna Learn
    2. Arrested Development – People Everyday
    3. Prince – Sexy MF
    4. Us3 – Cantaloop
    5. Martine Girault – Revival
    6. Arrested Development – Tennessee
    7. House Of Pain – Jump Around
    8. Ministry – Jesus Built My Hotrod
    9. Flowered Up – Weekender
    10. Inner City – Hallelujah
    11. Stereo MC’s – Connected
    12. Yothu Yindi – Treaty
    13. St Etienne – Avenue
    14. Paul Weller – Uh Huh Oh Yeh
    15. DOP – Rockin’ To The Rhythm
    16. Jah Wobble – Vision Of You
    17. Future Sound Of London – Papua New Guinea
    18. Right Said Fred – Deeply Dippy
    19. Pete Rock and CL Smooth – Troy (They Reminisce…)
    20. Manic Street Preachers – Motorcycle Emptiness
    21. One Dove – Transient Truth
    22. Chaka Demus & Pliers – Murder She Wrote
    23. Tito Puente – Ran Kan Kan
    24. Primal Scream – Dixie Narco EP
    25. Nirvana – Lithium
    26. The Rockingbirds/St Etienne/Flowered Up – The Fred EP
    27. The Sandals – Nothing
    28. Kriss Kross – Jump
    29. Dina Carroll – Ain’t No Man
    30. Secret Life – As Always
    31. Young Disciples – Move On EP
    32. Inner City – Pennies From Heaven
    33. Wreckx N’ Effect – Rumpshaker
    34. Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy – Television
    35. Mombassa – Cry Freedom
    36. U2 – One
    37. Brand New Heavies – Stay This Way (remix)
    38. Sylvian/Sakamoto – Heartbeat
    39. Degrees Of Motion – Do You Want It Right Now
    40. L7 – Pretend We’re Dead
    41. Madonna – This Used To Be My Playground
    42. Melissa Morgan – Still In Love With You
    43. Des’ree – Feel So High
    44. EPMD – Crossover
    45. Teenage Fanclub – What You Do To Me
    46. Tom Waits – Goin’ Out West
    47. The Orb – Assassin
    48. The Rockingbirds – Gradually Learning
    49. World Series Of Life – Spread Love
    50. Shabba Ranks – Mr Loverman

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    weej on 25 Nov 2011 #

    A SEVEN for me, though to be honest most of them were 6/10 jobs.

    Some great stuff in those magazine polls – Jump Around, Metal Mickey, Babies, Avenue, Didgeridoo, Middle Of The Road, Scum, Weekender, Jump, Papua New Guinea, Television (The Drug Of The Nation), The Blue Room… and elsewhere a great year for rap (Dr Dre, Snoop, Ice Cube) and rave (The Prodigy and many others we talked about on another thread)

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    Steve Mannion on 25 Nov 2011 #

    Nice surprise to see ‘The Passage’ crept into that Select list – gorgeous work. Can’t say I am familar with ‘Fast Piss Blues’ tho.

    Ticked eight but only Snap and the Shamen are 8+

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    LondonLee on 25 Nov 2011 #

    Only four for me. A combination of getting old, moving to the States/being disengaged from charts, and a lot of them being rubbish.

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    Billy Smart on 25 Nov 2011 #

    Re #11. Neither was I… I was intrigued;

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoVBCwzGwm0

    Hm. I can see how if you really liked Husker Du, Dinosaur Jr and Nirvana, you’d think that all of your Christmases had come at once if you heard this. For someone like myself, I can’t say that its a towering work on the scale of Avenue or Weekender, though.

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    thefatgit on 25 Nov 2011 #

    Peel list here:

    1. Bang Bang Machine Geek Love
    2. PJ Harvey Shee-La-Na-Gig
    3. Ministry Jesus Built My Hotrod
    4. Wedding Present Come Play With Me
    5. The Fall The Legend Of Xanadu
    6. The Fall Free Range
    7. Sonic Youth Youth Against Fascism
    8. Pavement Trigger Cut
    9. Babes In Toyland Bruise Violet
    10. Pavement Here
    11. Future Sound Of London Papua New Guinea
    12. The Fall Ed’s Babe
    13. The Jesus And Mary Chain Reverence
    14. Wedding Present Flying Saucer
    15. Suede The Drowners
    16. Sugar Changes
    17. Sonic Youth Sugar Kane
    18. Wedding Present Silver Shorts
    19. Wedding Present Love Slave
    20. The Orb Blue Room
    21. Sugar A Good Idea
    22. Babes In Toyland Handsome & Gretel
    23. Sonic Youth 100%
    24. Wedding Present Blue Eyes
    25. Dr Devious Cyber Dream
    26. Sonic Youth Theresa’s Sound World
    27. Pond Young Splendor
    28. Drop Nineteens Wynnona
    29. Datblygu Popeth
    30. Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy The Language Of Violence
    31. Frank & Walters Happy Bus Man
    32. Arcwelder Favour
    33. Therapy? Teethgrinder
    34. The Fall Kimble
    35. Pavement In The Mouth A Desert
    36. Love Cup Tearing Water
    37. Pavement Summer Babe
    38. Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy Television The Drug Of A Nation
    39. Boo Radleys Lazarus
    40. Ride Leave Them All Behind
    41. Wedding Present Sticky
    42. Pavement Circa 1762
    43. Drag Racing Underground On The Road Again
    44. KLF & Extreme Noise Terror 3AM Eternal
    45. Buffalo Tom Tailights Fade
    46. Wedding Present Falling
    47. Pavement Conduit For Sale
    48. Sugar Helpless
    49. Verve All In The Mind
    50. The Fall The Birmingham School Of Business School

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    Billy Smart on 25 Nov 2011 #

    #5 MOUSE of Pain?

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    tonya on 25 Nov 2011 #

    With swelling national pride over having a record about big butts atop the charts for FIVE weeks I present the US #1s:

    “Black or White” – Michael Jackson
    “All 4 Love” – Color Me Badd
    “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” – George Michael and Elton John
    “I’m Too Sexy” – Right Said Fred
    “To Be with You” – Mr. Big
    “Save the Best for Last” – Vanessa Williams
    “Jump” – Kris Kross
    “I’ll Be There” – Mariah Carey
    “Baby Got Back” – Sir Mix-a-Lot
    “This Used to Be My Playground” – Madonna
    “End of the Road” – Boyz II Men
    “How Do You Talk to an Angel” – The Heights
    “I Will Always Love You” – Whitney Houston

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    tonya on 25 Nov 2011 #

    And here’s Pazz and Jop:

    1.Arrested Development – Tennessee
    2.House Of Pain – Jump Around
    3.Kris Kross – Jump
    4.En Vogue – My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)
    5. Arrested Development – People Everyday
    5. Cypress Hill – How I Could Just Kill A Man/The Phuncky Feel One
    7.Sir Mix-A-Lot – Baby Got Back
    8.U2 – One
    9.The Klf – Justified And Ancient
    10.Sophie B. Hawkins – Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover
    11.L7 – Pretend We’re Dead
    12.Tlc – Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg
    13.R.E.M. – Drive
    14. Das Efx – They Want Efx
    14. K.D. Lang – Constant Craving
    14. Prince & The New Power Generation – Sexy M.F.
    14. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Under The Bridge
    14. Pete Rock & Cl Smooth – They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)
    14. Wreckx-N-Effect – Rump Shaker
    20. Ministry – Jesus Built My Hotrod
    20. Nirvana – Lithium
    20. Lisa Stansfield – Real Love
    20. Utah Saints – Something Good
    24. Arrested Development – Revolution
    24. The Cure – Friday I’m In Love
    24. Madonna – Erotica
    24. Bruce Springsteen – Human Touch
    24. Paul Westerberg – Dyslexic Heart

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    AndyPandy on 25 Nov 2011 #

    My first ever “None of Them”* – very ironic considering the vast amounts of 1992 hardcore I have – nb the amount of music I really love released this year probably rivals any other year…I even found Number 1’s to tick in the overall musically dire years of 1985 and 1986.

    *The nearest was Jimmy Nail but I’m quite a strict judge and ‘AND’ isn’t really a 6.

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    heather on 26 Nov 2011 #

    Looking at that MM list, this was actually my indiest year, not 1989 as I previously thought. I think I could sing you about 85% of that list even now.

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    Mark M on 26 Nov 2011 #

    Not a great year, was it? When records as weary and wearying as the Mary Chain’s Reverence and REM’s Drive score so highly in various charts, you have to worry. Obviously, as in any year, there are some blinders: the Rockingbirds’ Gradually Learning, Pete Rock & CL Smooth’s TROY, Jump & Jump Around, My Lovin’, Arrested Development’s Tennessee…

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    Mark M on 26 Nov 2011 #

    Re 2: Moonshake were formed by Dave Callahan, once of The Wolfhounds (combative C86 band much loved by the Manic Street Preachers). They leant in a then-fashionable Krautrock-and-dub direction, and as I remember were more admirable than actually enjoyable.

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    swanstep on 26 Nov 2011 #

    @20, Mark M.. Reverence and Drive seemed pretty great to me at the time and I still play ’em today, but, hey, pace Lex, The Drowners b/w My Insatiable One & To the Birds is (on balance) the best single I’ve ever actually bought, so I’m in agreement with the UK critics lists on that front too.

    When I look at the lists, however, I’m struck by no Alice In Chains, Dirt, no NIN, Broken and no Tori Amos, Little Earthquakes. These were transformative records where I was (and they remain in pretty high rotation).

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    swanstep on 27 Nov 2011 #

    Looking back, 1992 was Alison Krauss’s breakthrough year. I wasn’t listening to Bluegrass at the time, but Every time you say goodbye is the 1992 release I listen to most often now.

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    DV on 29 Nov 2011 #

    hi dere. I am shocked at how well Shakespeare’s Sister (or SS – DYS?) are doing. They are enemies of pop, the ultimate rockist bollocks of someone leaving a much loved pop act to start making music for grown ups and suddenly reap critical kudos.

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    weej on 30 Nov 2011 #

    If “rockist bollocks” is respecting someone because they’ve left a much loved pop act to start making music for grown-ups, then does “popist bollocks” mean automatically hating someone for doing the same?

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    Pete on 30 Nov 2011 #

    Like Charlie Busted?

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    The Vicar asserts that pop is only for kids: none more rockist! Indeed, #TROLLFAIL

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    wichita lineman on 30 Nov 2011 #

    Drive, an odd first single, was apparently written with David Essex’s Rock On in mind. I can’t say that Drive or Reverence are REM or J&MC’s best singles but there’s plenty more to love, and experimentation to admire, in those lists.

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    Tom on 30 Nov 2011 #

    Oddly enough I do think Drive is my favourite REM song, I couldn’t quite put my finger on why as clearly it’s also a dirge, but I keep coming back to it in a way I never do the rest of their stuff.

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    Tom on 30 Nov 2011 #

    Single, not song. “You Are The Everything” is my favourite REM song I’m pretty sure.

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