Sep 12

Popular ’93

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The year that broke Popular! (nearly)

I gave every song a mark out of 10, now you can say which you’d have given 6 or more to, and reminisce about the year in general, post lists, discuss the merits of Back To The Planet, etc etc.

Which Of These 1993 Number Ones Are Any Good At All?

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    Mark G on 18 Sep 2012 #

    This “Popular” poll needs to be under the “Popular” tab

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    old man sukrat grrr on 18 Sep 2012 #

    my heart says blobby but my fingers say nobby

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    thefatgit on 18 Sep 2012 #

    Voted for 10…must be getting soft!

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    lonepilgrim on 18 Sep 2012 #

    I struggled to vote for four – which is as much a reflection on my investment in 1993 chart music as the songs themselves, although they don’t seem a vintage bunch.

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    lonepilgrim on 18 Sep 2012 #

    Here’s the top fifty singles for 1993 as voted by The Face (according to http://www.rocklist.net/)

    1. The Pharcyde – Passin’ Me By
    2. Bjork – Venus as A Boy
    3. Ice Cube – It Was A Good Day
    4. Naughty By Nature – Hip Hop Hooray
    5. Robin S – Show Me Love
    6. Onyx – Slam
    7. Paul Weller – Wild Wood
    8. Sub SubAin’t No Love
    9. Belly – Feed The Tree
    10. Nirvana – Heart Shaped Box
    11. One Dove – White Love
    12. Breeders – Cannonball
    13. Jamiroquai – Too Young to Die
    14. Jamiroquai – Blow My Mind
    15. David Bowie – Jump They Say
    16. New Order – Regret
    17. St Etienne – Hobart Paving
    18. Suede – Animal Nitrate
    19. Espiritu – Los Americanos
    20. Dr Dre – Ain’t Nothing But A G Thing
    21. Moby – Move
    22. Pet Shop Boys – Go West
    23. Gabrielle – Dreams
    24. M People – Moving On Up
    25. Future Sound Of London – Cascade
    26. Snoop Doggy Dogg – What’s My Name
    27. Oui 3 – For What It’s Worth
    28. Pet Shop Boys – Can You Forgive Her
    29. Mariah Carey – Dream Lover
    30. Rage Against The Machine – Bullet In The Head
    31. D:Ream – U R The Best Thing
    32. M People – How Can I Love You More
    33. SWV – I’m So Into You
    34. Juliet Roberts – Caught In The Middle
    35. Smashing Pumpkins – Today
    36. Paul Weller – Sunflower
    37. Cypress Hill – Insane In The Membrane
    38. Urban Cookie Collective – The Key, The Secret
    39. Radiohead – Creep
    40. Terence Trent D’Arby – Delicate
    41. Sabres Of Paradise – Smokebelch
    42. Chaka Demus & Pliers – Tease Me
    43. Shaggy – Oh Carolina
    44. The The – Slow Emotion Replay
    45. Lemonheads – It’s About Time
    46. Prince – Peach
    47. Janet Jackson – That’s The Way Love Goes
    48. Secret Knowledge – Sugar Daddy
    49. One Dove – Transient Truth
    50. Disco Evangelists – De Niro

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    Chelovek na lune on 18 Sep 2012 #

    And the John Peel Festive Fifty (from http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/johnpeel/festive50s/1990s/1993/)

    1. Chumbawamba & Credit To The Nation – Enough Is Enough
    2. Madder Rose – Swim
    3. Huggy Bear – Her Jazz
    4. PJ Harvey – Rid Of Me
    5. Stereolab – French Disco
    6. Voodoo Queens – Supermodel Superficial
    7. Sebadoh – Soul & Fire
    8. Breeders – Cannonball
    9. Palace Brothers – Ohio River Boat Song
    10. Eggs – Government Administrator
    11. The Fall – Why Are People Grudgeful
    12. Credit To The Nation & Chumbawamba – Hear No Bullshit
    13. New Order – Regret
    14. Pulp – Razzamatazz
    15. PJ Harvey – 50ft Queenie
    16. New Bad Things – You Suck
    17. Cornershop – England’s Dreaming
    18. PJ Harvey – Wang Dang Doodle
    19. The Fall – Lost In Music
    20. The Fall – Glam Racket
    21. Senser – Eject
    22. The Fall – I’m Going To Spain
    23. Archers Of Loaf – Web In Front
    24. Credit To The Nation – Call It What You Want
    25. Hole – Olympia
    26. The Fall – Service
    27. Tindersticks – Raindrops
    28. Chumbawamba – Timebomb
    29. The Fall – Ladybird (Green Grass)
    30. Tindersticks – Marbles
    31. Radiohead – Creep
    32. PJ Harvey – Naked Cousin
    33. Heavenly – At A Girl
    34. J Church – Good Judge Of Character
    35. Boo Radleys – Barney & Me
    36. Madder Rose – Beautiful John
    37. Tindersticks – City Sickness
    38. Elastica – Stutter
    39. Stereolab – Jenny Ondioline
    40. Nirvana – Scentless Apprentice
    41. The Fall – A Past Gone Mad
    42. Dinosaur Jr – Get Me
    43. The Fall – Behind The Counter
    44. Madder Rose – Lights Go Down
    45. Nirvana – Rape Me
    46. Pulp – Lipgloss
    47. Hole – Beautiful Son
    48. The Fall – It’s A Curse
    49. Transglobal Underground – Syrius B
    50. The Fall – War

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    Jim5et on 18 Sep 2012 #

    Fucking hell, Voodoo Queens made the top 10?

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    DV on 18 Sep 2012 #

    I think this may have been one of those years where pop music had its ass handed to it by indie, dance music, and that lot. Pretty thin selection of number ones, really apart from the awesome 2-Unlimited, with Ace of Bass just about making up the numbers.

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    wichita lineman on 19 Sep 2012 #

    It’s clearly the year I bailed out of listening to John Peel. French Disko, Cannonball and Her Jazz I’d expect to see in there, even the Voodoo Queens, but I don’t think I ever heard a note by Madder Rose, and where the heck did the surge in votes for Chumbawumba suddenly come from?

    Who are Eggs? I should know, I wasn’t yet 30. Frightening.

    I’ll rest easy in the knowledge the Festive 50 could be manipulated – the Membranes featured in the Top 10 one year and Peel mentioned the rather large number of votes it got with a Blackpool postmark.

    The Face’s early support for Jamiroquai and M People aside, that list’s proof that it was a far from stinky year.

    But even though they’re really different lists, there’s an almost total lack of rave/hardcore in both – I’m not sure where I’d look for a handy Top 20 for ’93… any suggestions? More than any year before, there was no agreed centre-ground for the music press in 1993 (= why B**tp*p had to happen).

    Here a bunch of things that didn’t make it onto the Popular, Fest 50 or Face lists on a David Holmes Essential Mix from December ’93:


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    Tom on 19 Sep 2012 #

    “Government Administrator” by Eggs is one of the best things on there. or at least it is in memory – lost Gen X classic, dripping with contempt for THE MAN and his SO CALLED JOBS. It gets loud then it gets quiet! etc etc.

    Dare I play it again? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMXHIpQGzj0

    (I dared. Still good!)

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    swanstep on 19 Sep 2012 #

    Wow, I voted for only 4 (easily my lowest total ever I’d say), moreover three of the four I voted for are in the bottom 6 in the poll so far. My tastes no longer track Popular’s at all! Let’s hope this is a temporary blip.

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    Rory on 19 Sep 2012 #

    I had to go back through the entries to check what scores I’ve given things over the past 10 months, and surprised myself by finding eight with 6 or more. So I’ve voted for those: “No Limit”, Shaggy, “Five Live”, Ace of Base, “Dreams”, Freddie, “Mr Vain” and “Boom!”. But of those, I think only Freddie and “Boom!” are tracks I would return to, so my sixes must have been influenced by how infrequently we were rating entries. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, and all that.

    And because I know you’re all breathlessly waiting for the Australian number ones of 1993…

    Sonia Dada – “You Don’t Treat Me No Good” – 4 weeks
    Ugly Kid Joe – “Cat’s in the Cradle” – 1 week
    Lenny Kravitz – “Are You Gonna Go My Way” – 6 weeks
    Faith No More – “Easy” – 2 weeks
    Janet Jackson – “That’s the Way Love Goes” – 1 week
    Snow – “Informer” – 5 weeks
    UB40 – “(I Can’t Help) Falling in Love with You” – 7 weeks
    Billy Joel – “The River of Dreams” – 1 week
    Meat Loaf – “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” – 8 weeks
    Culture Beat – “Mr Vain” – 1 week
    Ace of Base – “All That She Wants” – 3 weeks
    Bryan Adams – “Please Forgive Me” – 5 weeks in 1993, 2 weeks in 1994

    Popular music for me in 1993 doesn’t mean many of those, it means this, the first Triple J Hottest 100 compilation album on double CD. Triple J was just making the transition from a Sydney-based youth station to a nationwide one, and from 1993 onwards became the arbiter of teen and twenty-something musical taste in Australia. You’ll see a few oddities there from a UK point of view, like Gabrielle (which is probably why I rated her song more highly than most here; for me it had a totally different context). And there are so many other great tracks that typify the year for me, like the Smashing Pumpkins, King Missile, Porno for Pyros, and most of disc 1… in fact I think I’ll dump into onto the iPod tonight and relive it all.

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    Alan not logged in on 19 Sep 2012 #

    ISTR Eggs did the rounds with Tortoise which always looked funny on the posters

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    Brendan on 19 Sep 2012 #

    I’m still working my way through the old entries (currently at the end of ’75) so haven’t seen any of the comments for these (except Mr Blobby to see if (and when) the next entry was going to appear). But, based on my own experience as a 21 year old, this was surely one of the most dire years for number 1s. I could only bring myself to vote for 2 of them (Bluebells and Take That’s least worst song Pray).

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    wichita lineman on 19 Sep 2012 #

    Eggs! Rotten! But I was quite taken with New Bad Things’ I Suck, a Portland pisstake of indie self-loathing that reminded me of the Lollapalooza kids in the Simpsons:
    “Are you being ironic?”
    “I don’t even know anymore!” (sobs)

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    wichita lineman on 19 Sep 2012 #

    Those (decidedly non-rock) US number ones of ’93:

    “I Will Always Love You” Whitney Houston
    “A Whole New World” Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle
    “Informer” Snow
    “Freak Me” Silk
    “That’s the Way Love Goes” Janet Jackson
    “Weak” SWV
    “Can’t Help Falling in Love” UB40
    “Dreamlover” Mariah Carey
    “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” Meat Loaf
    “Again” Janet Jackson
    “Hero” Mariah Carey

    The big Euro hit that Popular (only just) missed was 4 Non Blondes’ What’s Up, no.1 for ten weeks in Holland and eleven in Norway.

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    Alan not logged in on 19 Sep 2012 #

    A Whole New World there – the filthiest Disney song ever

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    lonepilgrim on 19 Sep 2012 #

    for myself I suspect that finally owning a CD player meant that most of my music purchases in 1993 consisted in buying albums that I already owned on vinyl and a growing detachment from what was current. The arrival of Mojo magazine reinforced that pattern for me and many others.

    Looking at 1993 in music on wikipedia, the only new records I bought were Dylan’s ‘World Gone Wrong’, Rickie Lee Jones’ “Traffic from Paradise’ and Sheryl Crow’s debut – none of which were cutting edge – although I still love the first two of those albums.

    Outside of music 1993 also saw the debut of ‘The X-Files’ and the release of ‘Groundhog Day’

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    Tom on 19 Sep 2012 #

    Select’s 1993 list – this is preeeety representative of what was reaching my student ears. Some of it is absolutely DREADFUL. Some of it certainly stands up.

    1. Suede – Animal Nitrate
    2. Leftfield Lydon – Open Up
    3. Aphex Twin – On
    4. Blur – For Tomorrow
    5. Bjork – Venus As A Boy
    6. Pulp – Lipgloss
    7. Sabres Of Paradise – Smokebelch II
    8. St Etienne – Who Do You Think You Are?
    9. Pj Harvey – 50ft Queenie
    10. Pet Shop Boys – Go West
    11. M-People – One Night In Heaven
    12. Polygon Window – Quoth
    13. New Order – Regret
    14. Rage Atm – Bullet In The Head
    15. Faith No More & Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. – Another Body Murdered
    16. Pet Shop Boys – Can You Forgive Her?
    17. Elastica – Stutter
    18. Manic Street Preachers – La Tristesse Durera (Scream To A High)
    19. Lemonheads – Into Your Arms
    20. Billie Ray Martin And Spooky – Persuasion
    21. Boo Radleys – I Hang Suspended
    22. Therapy? – Screamager
    23. Apache Indian – Boom Shak A Lak
    24. Kingmaker – Ten Years Asleep
    25. Sub Sub – Ain’t No Love (Ain’t No Use)
    26. Sven Vath – L’esperanza
    27. Faith No More – Easy
    28. Credit To The Nation – Call It What You Want
    29. New Order – World (The Price Of Love)
    30. Paul Weller – Sunflower
    31. One Dove – Breakdown
    32. James -Sometimes
    33. Nirvana – Heart.Shaped Box
    34. Secret Knowledge – Sugar Daddy
    35. The Wonder Stuff – On The Ropes Ep
    36. Teenage Fanclub – Radio
    37. Cypress Hill – When The Shit Goes Down
    38. Voodoo – Queens Supermodel Superficial
    39. Belly – Feed The Tree
    40. The Fall – Why Are People Grudgeful?
    41. 2 Unlimited – No Limit
    42. Back To The Planet – Teenage Turtles
    43. Collapsed Lu Ng – Thundersley Invacar
    44. Depeche Mode – Walking In My Shoes
    45. Dinosaur Jr – Start Choppin’
    46. Echobelly – Bellyache
    47. Fluke – Electric Guitar
    48. Frank Black – Hang On To Your Ego
    49. Disco Evangelists – De Niro
    50. Fun’da’mental – Countryman

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    Lazarus on 19 Sep 2012 #

    Own up then, who voted for Blobby?

    #11 – hah, my thoughts exactly, four for me too. I wonder if they’re the same? Bloobs, AoB, Gabby and Loaf. I’m never really sure though if you should mark according to how much you liked the record at the time, or how much you like it now. There can be a marked difference.

    #14 – Brendan is reading through from start to finish. Have most people done that? I’ve been dipping in, reading the 10s and 1s, and favourite songs and years (I think I’ve done most of the 70s now).

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    wichita lineman on 19 Sep 2012 #

    Re 18: “Outside of music 1993 also saw the debut of ‘The X-Files’ and the release of ‘Groundhog Day’”

    And Muzik magazine, and Mojo… a real tug between recycling the past over and over again, and trying to make sense of a troublesome near-future.

    Possibly no one looking at this thread can help, but were there any publications covering nascent jungle? My memory of living in Clapton in ’93 is that it was EVERYWHERE. But – beyond a few copies of Ravescene, which aren’t that helpful – I can’t find any record of what was being played, or what sold. Any advice welcome!

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    Brendan on 19 Sep 2012 #

    #19 – after looking at the list of number 1s I wondered how I ever got through this year (all most of them managed to do was remind me of my How Soon Is Now phase (go… leave… go home and you cry…)) but that list reminds me that I did have a life in this year after all (but I still can’t for the life of me understand how anyone could have enjoyed 2 Untalented (guess I need to read their entry).

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    Tom on 19 Sep 2012 #

    #21 Muzik pretty much refused to cover it IIRC! You’ll have to ask Simon R :)

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    wichita lineman on 19 Sep 2012 #

    I think you’re right – Muzik, DJ, Mixmag and everyone else! Simon R had loads of pirate radio tapes, the contents of which were mostly a mystery to him. But hats off to him for trying to keep up, as no one else in what David Essex called “the rock media” seemed interested.

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    Rory on 19 Sep 2012 #

    #22 I always find it worth reminding myself what a relatively low bar a 6 is:

    “Good. Enjoyable pop record, if it came on the radio you’d say you liked it. You probably wouldn’t want your own copy but you’d have no problem hearing it fairly regularly.”

    It’s a fair step down to “Pleasant for a listen or two, certainly nothing to switch off, but not anything you’d return to either”, which is a 5, and as a generous sort I tend to give the benefit of the doubt when deciding between 5 and 6. Personally, I’d find 7+ a better indicator of tracks I enjoyed enough to be worth singling out. But these polls are what they are…

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    Cumbrian on 19 Sep 2012 #

    Various gems from those long end of year lists:

    Hip Hop Hooray
    Ain’t No Love
    Heart Shaped Box
    Nuthin But A G Thang
    50 ft Queenie
    La Tristessa Durera
    Open Up

    Some really great things I’ve not had time to list as well. 1993 seems to have been a pretty good year to my ears.

    Separate question: did the Pet Shop Boys’ Go West precipitate the football chants to it or was the tune still on holdover from the 1970s and brought out when required? I remember Fantasy Football League doing a sketch around all the different terrace songs following the tune. I wonder where it comes from – gay anthem appropriated on the terraces, hooligans on e, other assorted cliches to be inserted here…

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    Kat but logged out innit on 19 Sep 2012 #

    Best year ever, viz I ticked everything except UB40 and Blobby.

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    Chelovek na lune on 19 Sep 2012 #

    “Razzmatazz” by Pulp stands out for me, jumping out for attention of all of these lists

    And to a lesser extent “It Was A Good Day”

    With “Very” probably being my album of the year

    And then (living out on the East Fife coast, with only Radio Tay as musical accompaniment) I kind of drifted away from pop music for a few years, no doubt in part influenced by the mediocrity of much of 1993’s crop….

    Intrigued by the Billie Ray Martin and Spooky track, which I don’t recall at all….

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    Brendan on 19 Sep 2012 #

    Rory – that’s about my criteria too and even that couldn’t apply to any more than 2 of this sorry bunch.

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    glue_factory on 19 Sep 2012 #

    @28 – as I recall the Spooky and Billy Ray Martin track was on the Trance Euro Express CD/Magazine (techno off-shoot of those indie Volume CD/Magazines you used to get). It’s a cover of the Throbbing Gristle track but don’t remember it adding much to the original.

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    a tanned rested and unlogged lørd sükråt wötsît on 19 Sep 2012 #

    Having a senior moment here, thinking “wtf, Billy Ray Cyrus covered a Throbbing Gristle song?!!!!¡¿??”

    “Achey Breakey Zyklon B Zombie”

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    wichita lineman on 19 Sep 2012 #

    Re 26: pretty certain the terrace chant came with the PSB version. Village People orig was a relatively minor hit, virtually forgotten by the 90s when ‘one nil to the Arsenal’ became depressingly familiar. Sitting through the ’93 League Cup final between Arsenal and Sheffield Wednesday was a singularly miserable experience.

    ps I like Arsenal, just not the George Graham era.

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    Erithian on 19 Sep 2012 #

    Yes, agreed about “Go West”. Strange how some songs are adapted for football chants straight away while others are “sleepers” – certainly never heard reworkings of “Sloop John B” at football until recent years.

    I’m voting for four as well, with several others borderline at best. Not a great year.

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    Cumbrian on 19 Sep 2012 #

    #32. Of course it was “1 nil to the Arsenal” that started it – I’d totally forgotten that. I had in my head the (much more vulgar) “you’re shit and you know you are” but that could just be because it was what I heard sung at us by the away fans at Brunton Park for years! Around now in Popular years was the high water mark for Graham’s Arsenal – a couple of league championships, success in the cups and they beat Parma in the (now defunct) European Cup Winner’s Cup Final. Of course the score was 1-0.

    Then the chant would get turned on it’s head for Arsenal the following year. “Nayim, from the halfway line”.

    If I never hear another football chant to the tune of Sloop John B it will be too soon. What on earth inspired that? Fairly certain it was Arsenal again (he scores when he wants, Robin Van Persie, he scores when he wants) but who picks this tune up and how is it disseminated around the terraces? At some point, some brave soul is going to have start a brand new song and hope he doesn’t get ridiculed right?

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    wichita lineman on 19 Sep 2012 #

    There was a consciously retro/edgy use of Hello Hello I’m Back Again and Leader Of The Gang at Wingate & Finchley the other week.

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    Erithian on 19 Sep 2012 #

    There’s a guy called Pete Boyle at United who’s the chantmeister-in-chief: he came up with “Eric the King” (“Lily the Pink”) back in the 90s and his latest promotion, addressed mainly to Arsenal fans and Wenger, is “Don’tcha wish your striker was RVP?” And many more in between including the rude one about Park Ji-Sung and Liverpudlian diets…

    Good choir following the ‘Leafe last Saturday though, Lino…

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    Jimmy the Swede on 20 Sep 2012 #

    I think there were four ‘Leafey herberts at Erith and Belvedere last Saturday. But they were in good voice and they went home happy.

    Alex Ferguson (that well-known font of virtue) announced recently that there should be an end to United fans making “jokey” chants about Hillsborough as a quid pro quo for Scousers dropping references about Munich. Horrible histories.

    The Sloop John B thing is just as bizarre as the chant United picked up to The Entertainer a season or two ago. Why doesn’t everybody just stick to Son of my Father?

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    Ed on 20 Sep 2012 #

    @34 I claim I was present for the birth of a new one: “Vi-era, whoa-oh”, to the tune of “Volare”. There was a guy a few rows behind us at Highbury who used to sing it at the top of his lungs, with absolute conviction, entirely solo. That went on for several weeks, and then gradually other people started to join in, and by the end of the season the whole stadium was singing it. (Including, by that point, me.) But he had to have the guts to persist for quite a long time on his own before anyone else went with it. In its original version it was quite sophisticated, with verses and everything (“when the ball hits the net like a big Jumbo jet, that’s Viera”), but it got dumbed down to achieve mainstream success.

    @31 I would have thought TG were absolutely kindred spirits with Billy Ray.

    Also, I think Miley may be modelling herself on Genesis P. See:


    and (on the right)


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    swanstep on 20 Sep 2012 #

    @Lazarus, 20. My 4 were AoB, Gabrielle, Take That’s Babe, and Five Live.

    @wichita, 9. Thanks for that mix-link. I really like the first track, Bandulu’s Phaze In Version. Kewl.

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    Steve Mannion on 20 Sep 2012 #

    Re jungle coverage in the music press, Muzik were actually fairly supportive of it from the off but the magazine didn’t start until ’95 so by then it was more of a thing generally. Rave-centric Eternity magazine may have been the biggest supporter but I didn’t start reading that until ’94.

    My own hazy memory is that Jungle as a term was still more controversial at this point and not quite the default/catch-all term to describe the flux state post-CJB breakbeat-based scene at this point. Some big tunes in that vein tho, ranging from euphoric fantasia to yer ominous vibes:

    Apollo Two – Atlantis (I Need You) – LTJ Bukem Remix
    Orca – 4AM
    Emanation & The Magi – Everybody Say Love (The Prodigy Remix)
    The House Crew – Euphoria (Nino’s Dream) and The Theme (which they aired a clip of on The Big Breakfast – amazing)
    Studio 2 – Who Jah Bless
    Rufige Kru – Terminator
    Foul Play – Finest Illusion
    DJ Solo – Darkage
    Bay-B-Kane – Rhythm ‘93
    Mole The Dipper – Ecstatic House
    DJ Red Alert & Mike Slammer – In Effect
    D-Force (aka RA and Mike again) – Ruff!!!
    DJ Trax – Infinite Vibes
    Top Buzz – Living In Darkness (Remix)
    Krome & Time – The Slammer
    XLR8 – Dub Plate
    Doc Scott – NHS (Remix)
    Omni Trio – Renegade Snares (Foul Play VIP) and Mystic Stepper
    Nookie – Shining In The Darkness
    Origin Unknown – Valley Of The Shadows
    Deep Blue – The Helicopter Tune

    The last few of those were bigger in 94 tho. Hear all of those and a few more on a mix I did a while back if interested: http://www.mixcloud.com/ghostfood/ghost-food-ultramix-9306/

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    thefatgit on 20 Sep 2012 #

    #31, #38, Things we’d like to see (part 458): Miley Cyrus performing “Hamburger Lady”

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    wichita lineman on 20 Sep 2012 #

    Thanks Steve! The neighbours are going to love me. I spent most of yesterday listening to darker hardcore things like Scottie (which is pretty terrifying) and other things which are now ‘legendary’ but I have no memory of. I’m guessing much of what I heard on the radio in Clapton in early/mid ’93 would have been dubplates.

    So it seems I wasn’t alone in losing track of what to buy in ’93 (aside from Euro techno/2 Unltd/chart techno). I picked up the baton again with Renegade Snares and The Helicopter Tune which I’m guessing would have been in ’94 (and were d&b rather than jungle to my ears).

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    Steve Mannion on 20 Sep 2012 #

    Always forget ‘Scottie’ – I see one release of it was backed with a track called ‘Golden Hen’. Looking forward to hearing that now :)

    A good way to join the dots and ID stuff I find is to look up tracks you do know on Discogs and then see what compilations they featured on around the time.

    It’s a good job I couldn’t really afford to buy many records in 1993, partly for the choice paralysis, yet one of the few cassettes I did splash out for was that first Jamiroquai LP – partly because I suspected I wouldn’t be able to copy it off anyone at school (unlike Pearl Jam, RATM, Pumpkins, Kravitz and other big rawk). One of the few others was 808 State’s ‘Gorgeous’ which felt like much more of a disappointment at the time.

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    swanstep on 21 Sep 2012 #

    Wildly off-topic, but thought this political piece (from a few weeks ago) by Michael Kinsley on US VP-candidate Paul Ryan and Ayn Rand might amuse/be of interest. Recommended.

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    Martin F. on 21 Sep 2012 #

    @38 The chorus of “That’s Amore” commandeered in lieu of the (actually rather lovely) verses of “Volare” itself? I welcome the dumbing-down that eliminated this travesty!

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    Ed on 21 Sep 2012 #

    @45 You know, all these years and I’d never noticed that. Of course the aesthetes of the North Bank would have shuddered at such barbarism. My neighbour was just a few years ahead of his time, though: pretty soon they would have embraced it as mash-up culture.

    @41 ‘Hamburger Lady” could be a Miley Cyrus track, couldn’t it? With a cute video set in a middle school canteen. Maybe Joan Cusack as the hamburger lady? Might need to change the lyrics, though, I guess.

    @44 That is hilarious. The thing that got to me about Ryan was him saying that his iPod went all the way from AC/DC to Zeppelin. He’s 42 years old, for God’s sake. Zeppelin were past their peak before he could walk. He was 18 years old in 1988: his iPod ought to go from A.R. Kane to the Young Gods.

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    Cumbrian on 21 Sep 2012 #

    #46: It’s good first half of the alphabetism too. Surely if his iPod went all the way from AC/DC to Zeppelin, he’s going to struggle to listen to anything past Led?

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    a tanned rested and unlogged lørd sükråt wötsît on 21 Sep 2012 #

    Yes there was a brief burst of (politically skewed)* mockery in the US on that point — what kind of a dweeb spends the time needed to refile Led Zeppelin as Zeppelin, Led?

    *Skewed against procrastination, which is a sin all across modern politics.

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    Mark G on 21 Sep 2012 #

    Maybe he means the Romanian hip hop group Zeppelin.

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    enitharmon on 21 Sep 2012 #

    Only one vote from me I’m afraid. There were only two I had any recollection of at all and one of those would be a big round zero.

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    Mutley on 21 Sep 2012 #

    @44: Another Paul Ryan wrote a UK #1 (although not in this chart) called Eloise and recorded it with his twin brother, Barry in 1968, and it was later covered by the The Damned. Unfortunately, that Paul passed away in 1992.

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    thefatgit on 21 Sep 2012 #

    #46 Ed, I am sure if you took the title of the song at face value alone, you could imagine the video that you described. However, Genesis P. Orridge “wrote” (for he was quoting pieces of text from a letter from Blaster Al Ackerman) “Hamburger Lady” about a victim of an horrific car crash.

    I’d still love Miley to cover it though!

    (edit: reading back Ed, I guess you knew that already!)

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    Ed on 21 Sep 2012 #

    @44 Also, if I were a top Democratic strategist, I would point out that he chose to name bands from Australia and the UK, and ask: why does Paul Ryan hate America?

    And what’s wrong with ZZ Top?

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    Steve Mannion on 21 Sep 2012 #

    A lot less since they recently covered DJ DMD ft. Lil Keke & Fat Pat’s ’25 Lighters’

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    Cumbrian on 21 Sep 2012 #

    And like good Republicans they did it for a film based around the military (Battleship) before selling it off for commercials (Jeremiah Weed).

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    a tanned rested and unlogged lørd sükråt wötsît on 21 Sep 2012 #

    The internet does seem to be saying ZZTop are Republican in bent: or at least that Republicans love the noise they make and feel they must be of the same flesh. Is there any less ambiguous evidence?

    I ask partly because one of their classic LPs is called “Deguello”, which is a bit like calling it “Remember the Alamo — which we LOST haha and everyone died horribly!” So — once upon a time at least — they had a fairly sardonic take on routine US military attitudinising.

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    Cumbrian on 21 Sep 2012 #

    mmm. Dunno. I was being a bit flippant to be honest – and trying to tie it into the tangential discussion of Paul Ryan and that he should have mentioned them (as Ed pointed out at 53). I had no real idea of their politics. If I’d had to take a guess, based on the members of ZZ Top’s demographics and the fact that they’re Texan (? – or at least Southern), I’d have probably said that they were Republican – but using such generalisations is perilous.

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    a tanned rested and unlogged lørd sükråt wötsît on 21 Sep 2012 #

    Related: what remains of Lyrnyrd Skynyrd — not actually that much — have apparently just recently apologised for using the Confederate flag on-stage, and promised not to any longer.

    (Disclaimer: I read this on the internet very recently, but can’t remember where.)

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    Cumbrian on 21 Sep 2012 #

    Not much of Skynyrd has remained since October 20th 1977.

    Looking it up on Google – there’s a small article from the Wall Street Journal talking about it.

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    lonepilgrim on 21 Sep 2012 #

    didn’t one of ZZ Top study with Pierre Boulez in Paris for a while?
    Fraternising with cheese-eating surrender mionkeys doesn’t sound like typical Republican behaviour

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    thefatgit on 21 Sep 2012 #

    Look! Nicki Minaj! Just look at what you’re (allegedly) aligning youself with!

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    Steve Mannion on 21 Sep 2012 #

    The clue is in the name re ZZ Top – advocates of an automonous socialist democracy from the bottom up, aiming to turn the capitalist system upside down. Thereon all would wear shades and long beards (real or not) and drive those rad purple cars to symbolise equality.

    However, the plot thickens: http://www.freakingnews.com/pictures/7000/ZZ-Top-7337.jpg

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    Ed on 22 Sep 2012 #

    @58 Yes, you’re right about Skynyrd: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-lynyrd-skynrd-denounces-confederate-flag-angering-some-fans-20120920,0,4023988.story

    Good for them. Or for him, anyway. I am a bit surprised, because I thought that the modern-day Skynyrd was just Tea Party by numbers. (Eg this: http://www.metrolyrics.com/that-aint-my-america-lyrics-lynyrd-skynyrd.html, which really is the Fox News anthem. Compare that to the sharpness of pre-20/10/77 Skynyrd, not least in the mighty, and mightily misunderstood, ‘Sweet Home Alabama’: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/l/lynyrd+skynyrd/sweet+home+alabama_20086081.html)

    As for ZZ Top, I know nothing about their politics, but they are certainly not just rednecks. Billy Gibbons is a trustee of the Houston museum of contemporary art, and a great collector himself. I’d not heard about the studying with Boulez, but I guess it’s not impossible. “Le Tush Sans Maitre”, anyone? And Wikipedia tells me the new album is influenced by DJ Screw.

    And Nicki Minaj: I think the consensus now is that she was just putting it on about Romney, in character. I mean, she’s not really Eminem’s mum either, you know

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    enitharmon on 22 Sep 2012 #

    @ 58 Not much of Skynyrd has remained since October 20th 1977.

    No, I think predators will have accounted for anything left unburnt.

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    DV on 22 Sep 2012 #

    Thinking back, this must be the year when I stopped engaging with the mainstream charts. From here on in the indie music and dance music are my pop music.

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    Mark M on 23 Sep 2012 #

    Lots and lots of tremendous hip hop on those end-of-year lists – I think 1993 was better in retrospect than I remember it being at the time.

    Re 9: Madder Rose were a bit dull – I think I’ve still got their album for some reason. Swim (aka Madder Rose) is likable enough – bears some resemblance to a more indie take on Edie Brickell’s What I Am – but I’m baffled that it ended up so much higher than say, Cannonball, on the Peel list. And I can’t remember anything about their other songs at all.

    Also, what the hell are M People doing on the Select list?

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    weej on 24 Sep 2012 #

    Madder Rose were one of the first bands I really got into when I was really exploring the world of music for the first time. First album is fairly interesting alt-indie, nothing too special but not bad either, second album (Bring It Down) is easily their best – it has a woozy, sleepy heroin high feel to it, but still launches into jagged paranoid rock every now again, so never gets boring – and the singer’s voice is just amazing. Then they joined the great trip-hop exodus of the late 90s and churned out a couple of CDs of the kind Texas & EBTG were making.

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    swanstep on 24 Sep 2012 #

    Thinking over again what I was listening to in 1993, one thing that hasn’t come up here is stuff like The Lemonheads, the Juliana Hatfield Three, Matthew Sweet. There was a lot of attempted hype over this stuff both for the cutie-pie-ness of the lead singers as well as more generally for being a sweeter indie alternative to the new grunge/rock mainstream. It never really took off, mostly because the records weren’t that great, and minor problems like Hatfield not being able to sing for nuts live. Anyhow, I still have those albums, Become Who You Are, Altered Beast, It’s a Shame About Ray in my collection and the former in particular is one of the sounds of 1993/early 1994 to me… Notwithstanding their occasionally lumpen lyrics, the four or five best tracks on that record still seem fun to me. (Can’t recommend much on youtube – mainly a few characteristically poor live performances seem to be there, not even original videos in most cases.)

    One other big indie-ish thing at the time in the US that hasn’t appeared on any lists here so far is Liz Phair’s Exile in Guyville. I didn’t really pay attention to it until 1994 but it was definitely the more cred. Chicago alternative to Smashing Pumpkins in 1993. Anyhow, I’ve listened to Exile a lot over the years since, whereas the Hatfield/Dando/Sweet pop-indie stuff has only warranted very occasional ear-peeks back.

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    Rory on 24 Sep 2012 #

    @68 The records weren’t that great?!? Matthew Sweet’s Girlfriend is a drop-dead classic. Altered Beast suffered from follow-up syndrome, and I don’t listen to it at all nowadays, but he got his mojo back with 100% Fun, Blue Sky on Mars and especially In Reverse.

    But a good point. I never got into the Lemonheads, but tried with Juliana Hatfield and Liz Phair – the Phair album of choice for me was Whitechocolatespaceegg, which is still a few Popular years off. Also worth mentioning here is Aimee Mann’s reinvention (1993’s Whatever, although 1995’s I’m With Stupid is my favourite).

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    Cumbrian on 24 Sep 2012 #

    #66. Weren’t M-People pretty highly regarded at the time – at least critically? Won a Mercury (if that is worth anything) and people seemed to think Elegant Slumming was good (and to a lesser extent Bizarre Fruit). I think they might have got drowned in the upcoming wave of retro-guitar bands that seemed to have very little space for what M-People were doing. I’m no great fan but think they were alright (I think I lost patience with the ubiquity of Search For The Hero – and lost everything with the overkill of Heather Small’s Proud on the BBC coverage of some Olympics or other – Sydney possibly).

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    Tom on 24 Sep 2012 #

    Exile was huge in the music press so I’m very surprised it hasn’t cropped up on the lists (not that I’ve clicked back to check). Rightly huge, though I only learned that a lot later. I was very disenchanted w/American indie at this point, a disenchantment which became a default after a bit, and I think the only records I bought in that category this year were by ex-Pixies.

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    Tom on 24 Sep 2012 #

    #70 M-People had some good singles (“Renaissance”, “One Night In Heaven”, “Sight For Sore Eyes”), some which outstayed their welcome (“Moving On Up”), an awful lot I can’t remember at all, and “Search For The Hero” which grrr arrgh.

    Their Mercury win caused a certain amount of music press (and fan) outrage, mostly along the now very familiar lines of “Of course I don’t care about the Mercury BUT….”

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    thefatgit on 24 Sep 2012 #

    “Proud” was one of those songs that would be played over Lenny Henry dishing out mosquito nets to families in some village in Mali for Comic Relief, or Darren Day spreading good cheer in a children’s ward for Children In Need. If I heard it now, it would sound exactly like nagging.

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    Alan not logged in on 24 Sep 2012 #

    Proud would be the song used in Sarah Hadland’s Heather M People impression on Miranda/Miranda Hart’s Joke Shop. pop fact.

    Also clearly an excuse to pile in on how funny/unfunny a telly show is – cos that’s always entertaining.

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    swanstep on 24 Sep 2012 #

    @Rory, 69. I agree that Girlfriend (with one of the all-time great covers I must say) is better than Altered Beast, but AB was the 1993 cd so I thought I should stick to that. That said, neither Girlfriend nor 100% Fun struck me as solid all the way through (so I wouldn’t myself describe them as classics). Mann and Phair both much better for that in my view (I prefer Exile to SpaceEgg though), although I wasn’t quite switched on to them until 1994 IIRC.

    1994 felt v. exciting and surprising to me at the time – things like Weezer and the Pulp Fiction s/track and The Downward Spiral and Aphex Twin’s double cd and, ahem, one ginormous bunnied record seemed to emerge out of nowhere and become social cornerstones almost overnight!

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    Rory on 24 Sep 2012 #

    @75 I was just looking at what lies ahead for Popular in 1994 and thinking how nonplussed I am by it… I’m intrigued to wonder what your ginormous bunnied record is.

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    Cumbrian on 24 Sep 2012 #

    #72 Yep, when I think of M-People I think of those early singles and the later stuff that set my teeth on edge. No middle ground really. “Moving On Up” sounds like something entirely designed to live forever at aerobics classes.

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    swanstep on 24 Sep 2012 #

    @Rory, 76. Oh, I meant the Wets’ Troggs cover: 4 Weddings was a surprise massive hit in the US. (Checking now, the song didn’t do well chart-wise in the US but it certainly felt like it was all over MTV and everywhere else.)

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    Rory on 24 Sep 2012 #

    Oh, right, I hadn’t registered that one. (Or the dates… three months? Crikey. Will shut up now.)

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    Brendan on 1 Oct 2012 #

    I’ve done all the year-end votes now and I can confirm that, for me, this was easily the worst so far, especially as the previous years in the 90s had produced 10,10 and 7 no 1s that I considered worthy of a 6 or more. Being that there were only 2 in this year it was a truly shocking list of number 1s which I guess I was too busy enjoying listening to great music elsewhere to care about at the time.

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