Don't say I don't include pop in my lists. I fell in love with this band the very first time I heard the debut single on Radio 1 while I was working and I was like who is that???!!! Luckily it was no fluke and the followup was arguably even better. Just a perfect pop record. The album was a Worldwide smash reaching number one in the Us and #2 in the UK.
Probably The Wonderstuff's most complete album totally stuffed with bangers although I have a spot spot for 'Hup'. This was their 3rd album and biggest hit reaching #3 in the UK. I didn't really buy much by them after this.
Yes I did buy a Marilyn Manson album, I was completely obsessed with 'Beautiful People' just the most amazing song and like nothing else around for years cant say I remember much about this album apart from that song to be honest and I really bought it quite late I think it was about 2000 when MTV2 just played him to death. It reached #3 in the US and #73 in the UK.
A bit of a cheat this one as its a compilation of EPs but I am allowing this due to a certain Beta Band record we will have later and to be honest its better than many proper albums. Released mainly for the US and Japanese market sit did not chart but who cares when it is so good.
One of my favourite bands of the Brit Pop era who cares if they were basically a repackaged Smiths that is a very good thing. Their debut album is brilliant but this album has my favourite song of theirs on it and comes pretty close to the quality of the debut. It reached #8 in the UK in 1997.
I have to say I really wasn't a big fan of Divine Comedy and if you have this album, you really don't need anymore by them as it has most their biggest and best songs before they became more of a 'Divine Parody'. They really still had their charm on this record. It reached #13 in 1997.
More than just a one hit wonder, this is a bloody good album. They were quirky and odd but not annoying like some other nerdy comedy bands in the 90s. This was actually their 2nd album, I need to get round to listening to their debut sometime as it was very well received. This album though reached #2 in the US and #9 in the UK.
I loved Natalie Imbruglia at this time, she was my favourite character in 'Neighbours' and was really glad she made a brilliant album more in the rock singer/songwriter style than a pure pop or dance record. It was great that 'Torn' was not a one off and the album was great as well. The album reached #5 in the UK and #10 in the US in 1997.
Mercury Rev had been around for quite a few years but in 1998 their sound was suddenly in vogue thanks to bands like Flaming Lips and The Verve. Still going strong today this was their biggest hit album in the UK up to this point. It was even album of the year in NME. It reached #27.
I must admit I was quite slow to warm to Hole, I was just really cynical about them but of course Courtney Love had been making rock music in her previous band Babes In Toyland and it was hardly surprising she would go grunge next. I absolutely love Hole now , once you can separate the celebrity from the music. It reached #13 in the UK and just #52 in the US.
Next a brilliant UK rock band that have kinda been forgotten over the last twenty years, heavier than Feeder or Idlewild but masters of big powerful rock ballads as well. Sadly they split soon after the had their biggest hit with the song I will feature. The album reached #17 in the UK.
Some groups (Dubstar, Ace of Base, Hole) in the last part are mostly well-known for me, based on their good singles discography.
Hole always was my favourite rock group. I even bought Courtney's solo debut. "Mono" sitting comfortably in my top 5 favourite songs of 2004. Melissa's debut was a little weaker, but I like her album too.
309 Faith No More - King For A Day ... Fool For A Lifetime
Now we have the albums that just missed the top 300 cut, Faith No More have another entry to come of course and I must admit I haven't listened to this album for years and giving it a quick spin,m its a bit all over the place from great, to very odd , to really not very listenable but that's why we love them. It reached #5 in the Uk and #31 in the US in 1995. Personally I love FNM when they slow it down.
This should probably be higher but we have more Beck to come but I played this album a lot at the time so really I have been a bit hard on it. It actually sounds brilliant still so fresh for a twenty year old record. It reached #19 in the UK and #34 in the US in 1999.
Last appearance for the British REM with their first hit album which spawned them their first top 75 hits. I didn't actually know they had been going since 1984. They were pretty big in my life in 1992 and I was so sure they would break with this song.
When people talk about forgotten Brit Pop bands, Rialto are nearly always one of the first that people mention. I guess they just didn't have enough of their own identity kind of being the middle ground between Suede and Pulp. This album reached #21 in 1998.
Hmm 'Zooropa' the album that will always been the one like 'Achtung Baby' but not as good. Playing it now really doesn't help its case, where 'Achtung Baby' still dazzles, 'Zooropa' just sounds flat and lifeless. But its U2 so we still get to #305 and it was still a number one album in the UK and US.
One of the oldest albums on the list from the shoe gazing band that often get forgotten although they do sound a lot like Boo Radleys on this album as well. The two singles do tower above everything else, it reached #40 in the UK.
Their best album released in 1990 and anyone who missed out on this because they only heard their top 40 hits really is missing a treat. I am not a great lyrics fan but the humour and twisted words in these songs just cant help make you happy, even the titles are amazing 'Love In a Hollow Tree' what a great title, your imagination just goes into overload. I don't want to give the link to 'Magic' as its just a conventional baggy song , need to give you a weirder one. Think will Earl Purple like this one.