At this point Green Day were one of my favourite bands and 'Nimrod' didn't disappoint, yes eh singles are the best tracks but what singles!!! The rockabilly 'Hitchin a Ride', their best ballad yet 'Good Riddance' and the solid bangers 'Nice Guys Finish Last ' and 'Redundant'. The album reached #10 in the Us and #11 in the Uk in 1997.
Ok first error in a while, this album is too low!!! My flat mate bought it and I checked it out after 'Girl You'll Be a Woman' soon became a hit and I was so angry with myself, how did I miss them!!! I think I played this more than any other of her albums!! It really is a bit of a cult album as they only got to #146 in the US. This is the brilliant 'Positive Bleeding'. Like a cross between Weezer and Kings Of Leon, great band.
We are only in the 260s but these records are getting so good!! I first discovered Julianna Hatfield through her Lemonheads collabs, I missed Blake Babies. She was my total indie crush!!! This was her gorgeous debut album from 1992 and sadly not on Spotify but I have it on vinyl, not on mp3 though She is so cute gawd...more to come later from her. Damn it have two songs. This is why my 1992 retro charts will be so hard no idea when either of these were issued.
Everybody Loves Me But You
I See You
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Nearly everyone's 2nd favourite Swedish 'Brit Pop' band but they were actually my favourite. Ok this album doesn't do anything better than 'Be a Girl' but it is just brilliantly more of the same, literally as they feature 'You And Me Song' again!!! It reached #37 in 1997.
I loved Kingmaker in 1991 and thanks to Steve Lamacq they still get a bit of airplay on 6Music. They were basically a Wonderstuff rip off band but they had a few great singles. The album reached #29 in 1991
260 Spiritualized – Ladies And Gentleman We Are Floating In Space
One of the major Brit Pop come down bands along with Verve and Radiohead, this is one of those albums that many blokes of a certain age hail as a masterpiece of that era. Plenty psychedelia, dream pop, ambient, jazz, electronica and Brit Pop. It was NME's album of the year in 1997 and reached #4 in the UK.
Very mellow for s Sunday morning we have this lovely chilled out classic, her all most as good fdollow up 'Central Reservation' just missed the cut. This is totally one of those 3am records or hangover albums. This album is really quite groundbreaking in that it mixes 60s and 70s style folk music with electronica, a sound that we can still hear in artists today such as Lucy Rose. The album only reached #69 in the UK, all her followups fared better chart wise but this is her best.
258 Alanis Morissette - Supposed Former Infatutaion Junkie
From a great British female vocalist to a great Canadian one. The followup album to 'Jagged Little Pill' a very tough thing to do. But this album does its best. But for em its just not angry enough and its a bit samey but still has some really good songs but it is telling that while I was playing tracks from this album, I just switched to 'Jagged Little Pill'. There is nothing on this album a 10th as good as 'You Oughta Know' sadly. My interest in her waned a lot after this album. This was still a big album number one in many countries but it sold a 1/5 of 'Jagged Little Pill'
Another album that had to follow a classic and there is nothing wrong with this record at all, its basically more of the same. If you love Soundgarden, you will love this but it will hardly get them new fans. The singles are all decent but not particularly memorable. It reached #1 in the US and #4 in the UK.
Hmm seem to be a thing here , with weaker followup albums by acts I love. Most people thought that this was a poor Ride album , with its more 60s feel, but it still better than many 2nd and 3rd rate Brit Pop bands that were to come. How this is bad when you compare it to Seahorses for example!! Listening to it now I think it was ahead of its time. Honestly why isn't this a Brit Pop classic, just a lost song now.. The album reached #5 in the UK.
The 2nd album from Leftfield which pushed them higher up the Festival bills and an album that is pretty close to matching their debut 'Leftism'. They were definitely one of the finest electronic acts in the late 90s. this album contains the classic 'Phat Planet' of course and was the backing track to many a Glastonbury stall. It was nominated for a Mercury prize in 2000 and reached #1. This album also introduced me to the brilliant Roots Manuva.
Trying to be fair here and if I made this list twenty years ago, this would probably be in the top 50 but I really don't like The Verve as much anymore. But you can't deny that is is finely crafted album and certainly ,more adventurous than your average Oasis album but I think I would like Richard Ashcroft more if he was as mad as he was made out to be, as listening to him now he doesn't seem that mad at all, compared to say Flaming Lips or Mercury Rev who treaded a similar vibe. The album reached #13 in the Uk. This is actually still a tune though.
After loving their debut album so much, I had kind of moved on by the time the followup was released and yes I loved 'Monsters And Angels' but I didn't bother checking out the album. Haven Factor though, I thank for making me finally check this album out and its damn good. It reached #17 in the UK.
252 Cranberries - Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
Oh wait a minute this is too low but we are pretty much in the business end of the list now so anything that gets this high was basically one of my favourite 25 albums of that year so that's a pretty solid result. Released in 1993 , I loved this band so much at the time especially the single 'Dreams'. I even saw them live I think they had Sultans Of Ping supporting them, they wont be in this list hehe. The album reached #1 in the UK and #18 in the US.
I loved this band, so different from anything else I liked. I didnt even know what genre they were in , I kind of classed them as 60s psychedelic indie but according to Wikipedia this is post-rock ok, I have never understood that genre as to me, Sterelab were not really rock in anyway. They were like a band that would perform on Stingray or Captain Scarlet, futuristic-retro or something i dunno. If I every wanted to cheer myself up while Djing I would stick on 'Ping Pong'. But we will feature the psyche shoegaze moog monster that is 'Wow & Flutter' what a track, Here is the Peel Session version. The album reached #16 in the UK.
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What album will start the top 250 well after all those weird bands, here is a straight down the middle US country rock band
250 Gin Blossoms - New Miserable Experience
Yes I played this to death and made everybody sick of 'Hey Jealousy' but it wasn't even my favourite song, this album was full of killer tracks, everyone an anthem. It is not surprising that they struggled to follow it up its success, they are still going btw. Riding on the fringes of grunge and Generation X alternative rock they were such an important band for me at the time. You can hear in this next song the influence they have had in my future taste and even what I like now. The album reached #30 in the Us and #53 in the Uk.
More a collection of the best tracks from their various EPs but this was a quality record. One of the best indie rock bands in 1991-1992, I saw them support James. Again a bit ahead of their time as they would really have fitted in better with Brit Pop as you can see from the Shed Seven like track attached.
The first album I heard all the way through by the band and definitely one of their best. This was their first major label album and reached #36 in the UK. It contains this super cover of one of the best Cure songs.
Dodgy are one of those bands, I listened to loads at the time and now I rarely listen to but this is a really good album, when you are in the mood for some summery Brit Pop although i usually skip 'Good Enough'. It reached #7 in the UK.