1990s

Tori Amos – Little Earthquakes

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Released in 1992, Little Earthquakes allowed Tori Amos to emerge as a fully formed performer and quickly established her as an amazing singer-songwriter-pianist talent. Across it’s twelve tracks she ran the range of emotions, at points tender at others enraged, which gave many a listener an almost personal confession. From the opener ‘Crucify‘ onwards Amos…

Liz Phair – Exile In Guyville

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One of my favourites here, following some early praise for her Girly Sound tapes Liz Phair released her debut album on Matador records way back in June 1993 (which means it’s nearly 20 years ago…yikes). Taking it’s title cue from the Rolling Stones album ‘Exile In Guyville‘ was praised by press and fans alike and…

Chemical Brothers – Dig Your Own Hole

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Second album from Tom and Ed, Dig Your Own Hole was preceded by the single release of the Noel Gallagher led tune Setting Sun . Featuring their, by now  signature big beat, electronica sound, it was a bigger and bolder move than on their debut Exit Planet Dust. Dropping vocals from Keith Murray on Elektrobank…

KLF – The White Room

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Somebody out there requested ‘Chill Out‘ from these cats, but I’d already committed pen to paper on this one, so apologies to Scaramanga Silk but you’ll have to make do with The KLF’s classic The White Room. Fourth and final release from Jimmy Cauty and Bill Drummond under their KLF guise and was originally conceived…

Radiohead – OK Computer

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OK Computer brought Rock music into an enlightened digital age, combining electronics and densely layered sound in a way which had rarely being heard before, the sheer scope of Radiohead’s third album from 1997 was staggering. Encompassing a pre-millenial tension and employing cultural references whilst dealing with subjects of consumerism, alienation and fear it took…

R.E.M. – Automatic For The People

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Stipe, Mills, Buck and Berry. Automatic For The People was the 8th album by R.E.M. and was released in 1992. From it the singles ‘Man on the Moon‘, ‘The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite‘, ‘Everybody Hurts‘, ‘Drive’ and ‘Night Swimming’ featured some of best, pivotal video work of the 90’s. A classic album from start to finish…

Primal Scream – Screamdelica

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Pivotal in many ways, straddling the divide between rock and dance the 1991 release of Screamadelica by Primal Scream heralded a new age. Produced by Andrew Weatherall, songs whose original structures laid in blues rock took meandering journeys into dub, rave and blissed out ambience. Featuring the tunes like Don’t Fight It (Feel It), Movin’…

DJ Shadow – Endtroducing

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On the MoWax label from 1996, DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing LP marked Turntablisms move into the big time, sampling and vinyl destruction were brought to the fore and the nations celebrated in revival of ‘crate digging’. The cover depicts, a sadly fading, scene of folk browsing and leafing through the vinyl in a big store. In…

Sonic Youth – Goo

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Goo from Sonic Youth arrived fully formed in June 1990 and was wrapped in a brilliant slice of pulp, pop, comic art.  Artist Raymond Pettibon‘s illustration is reportedly based on a paparazzi snap of witnesses Maureen Hindley and her first husband on their way to the Moors Murders trial in 1966. This was the bands…

A Tribe Called Quest – The Low End Theory

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Originally seen in glowing hues of red and green body paint, the stylish cover for ATCQ’s classic second album from 1991 ‘The Low End Theory’ really made a splash. Here’s my grey and black version, as part of the hand drawn album covers project. Number 6 in the series.