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1990 in music.

Discussion in 'Music Forum' started by phaynes12, Nov 15, 2021.

  1. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    The Cure's Disintegration won 1989. Let's see who wins 1990.

    Billboard chart-topping albums of 1990:
    Phil Collins - But Seriously (cont. from '89)
    Milli Vanilli - Girl You Know It's True (cont. from '89)
    Paula Abdul - Forever Your Girl (cont. from '88)
    Bonnie Raitt - Nick of Time (cont. from '89)
    Sinead O'Connor - I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
    MC Hammer - Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em
    New Kids on the Block - Step by Step
    Vanilla Ice - To the Extreme

    Billboard chart-topping singles of 1990:
    Phil Collins - Another Day in Paradise (cont. from '89)
    Michael Bolton - How Am I Supposed to Live Without You (cont. from '89)
    Paula Abdul - Opposites Attract (cont. from '89)
    Janet Jackson - Escapade (cont. from '89)
    Alannah Myles - Black Velvet (cont. from '89)
    Taylor Dayne - Love Will Lead You Back (cont. from '89)
    Tommy Page - I'll Be Your Everything
    Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U
    Madonna - Vogue
    Wilson Phillips - Hold On
    Roxette - It Must Have Been Love
    New Kids on the Block - Step by Step
    Glenn Medeiros - She Ain't Worth It
    Mariah Carey - Vision of Love
    Sweet Sensation - If Wishes Came True
    Jon Bon Jovi - Blaze of Glory
    Wilson Phillips - Release Me
    Nelson - Can't Live Without Your Love and Affection
    Maxi Priest - Close to You
    George Michael - Praying for Time
    James Ingram - I Don't Have the Heart
    Janet Jackson - Black Cat
    Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby
    Mariah Carey - Love Takes Time
    Whitney Houston - I'm Your Baby Tonight
    Stevie B - Because I Love You

    What are your top three albums for 1990? We will keep a running tally and eventually have some sort of bracket. For me it would be:
    1. Ride - Nowhere
    2. Sonic Youth - Goo
    3. Entombed - Left Hand Path

    What are some of the forgotten gems from the year? What is overrated? What did you discover at a young age and what did you discover later?

  2. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    rest of the top 10:
    4. uncle tupelo - no depression
    5. pixies - bossanova
    6. the breeders - pod
    7. fugazi - repeater
    8. the la's - the la's
    9. jane's addiction - ritual de lo habitual
    10. alice in chains - facelift

    other honorable mentions:
    afghan whigs - up in it
    bad religion - against the grain
    black crowes - shake your money maker
    bob mould - black sheets of rain
    danzig - ii
    galaxie 500 - this is our music
    helmet - strap it on
    judas priest - painkiller
    mark lanegan - the winding sheet
    megadeth - rust in peace
    mother love bone - apple
    the replacements - all shook down
    slayer - seasons in the abyss
    superchunk - superchunk

    stuff to check out:
    cocteau twins - heaven or las vegas
    cowboy junkies - caution horses
    depeche mode - violator
    eric b and rakim - let the rhythm hit em
    goo goo dolls - hold me up
    ice cube - amerikkka’s most wanted
    jeff lynne - armchair theatre
    living colour - time’s up
    mazzy star - she hangs brightly
    mc hammer - please hammer, don’t hurt ‘em
    nick cave - the good son
    prefab sprout - jordan: the comeback
    public enemy - fear of a black planet
    rosanne cash - interiors
    sinead o’connor - i do not want what i haven’t got
    suicidal tendencies - lights camera revolution
    teenage fan club - a catholic education
    a tribe called quest - people’s instinctive travels and paths of rhythm
    the waterboys - room to roam
    yo la tengo - fakebook
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  3. OhTheWater

    Let it run Supporter

    1. A Tribe Called Quest - People’s…
    2. Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet
    3. Fugazi - Repeater
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  4. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    i doubt we have a runaway winner this year. hard to identify one. maybe goo.
  5. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    Zero records from this year I’ve spent a lot of time with (which is odd, since it’s my birth year). Going to have to do some serious exploring!
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  6. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    craig you’d love nowhere. andy (one of the singers and guitarists) played bass for oasis from heathen chemistry on and wrote a handful of songs on those handful of albums
  7. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    one of the best songs of the 90s/ever
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  8. Contender

    Goodness is Nowhere Supporter

    1. Depeche Mode - Violator
    2. LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out
    3. Cocteau Twins - Heaven or Las Vegas
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  9. George Nov 15, 2021
    (Last edited: Nov 16, 2021)

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    1. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - Mustt Mustt
    2. Sonic Youth - Goo
    3. Fugazi - Repeater

    I can't remember where I heard Mustt Mustt the first time, but it absolutely blew me away. Nusrat is a Pakistani musician who makes Qawwali music. This record is an accessible fusion record with sharp production and 4 minute songs instead of 20. His voice is incredible, an absolute force, really remarkable.

    Goo is my favourite Sonic Youth album, a perfect blend of their chaotic nature, with a bigger recording budget and slightly poppier sensibilities. Opener Dirty Boots is one of the all time great album openers, and Kim Gordon's tracks are the best she ever wrote. Killer album cover too.

    Repeater is the first "proper" Fugazi record, and just absolutely brilliant and consistent from start to finish. It's complicated, jagged punk that really helped move punk / emo / post hardcore into new and interesting directions.

    Honourable mentions;

    Cocteau Twins - Heaven or Las Vegas: Cocteau Twins are probably the best discovery or new artist I've heard in the last couple of years - hadn't heard them until relatively recently, like ~2018 or something, and now I'm a huge fan. This was the first record of theirs I heard, and I love the whole atmosphere of it. Beautiful, shimmering songs.

    Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet: Public Enemy's follow up to It Takes a Nation of Millions, and this is a fantastic, incendiary album, that's hugely political (obviously), but great songwriting. Burn Hollywood Burn is one of the best PE tracks.

    Paul Simon - The Rhythm Of the Saints: Simon following up Graceland with an album of samba-infused folk music, featuring musicians from Brazil and South America. Great fun.

    A Tribe Called Quest - People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm: I often get these and De La Soul muddled in my head, and this is a lovely golden age era hip-hop record, laid back and positive.

    Jawbreaker - Unfun: Actually quite fun. Jawbreaker's debit, and while they'd do better pretty quickly after, this shows their potential and talent in hook filled pop punk, with introspective lyrics.

    Björk Guðmundsdóttir & tríó Guðmundar Ingólfssonar - Gling Glo: Try pronouncing that... This is Bjork's jazz standards album, sung in Icelandic. Not one on regular rotation, but the production is great, and Bjork sounds great. Icelandic is a fun language to listen to, too.

    Bad Religion - Against The Grain: Just a great, classic Bad Religion album.

    Gray Matter - Food for Thought: A fantastic proto sort of emo band, making Dischord emotional post-hardcore music, that you'd hear throughout the mid 90s. (Edit - this was actually released in 1985, they were way ahead of their time!)
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  10. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    never heard of your first pick. adding to the list!
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  11. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    This sounds awesome.
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  12. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    ride is the poppiest/most brit-pop of the big shoegaze bands for sure, unless you consider the verve for the one album they did shoegaze
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  13. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    I can tell immediately from track 1 why Liam and Noel were eventually like "Yeah, let's call that guy."
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  14. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    that one was actually sang by the group’s other singer haha. but yeah, he’s one of the main songwriters. it became more even on other albums but the guy who joined oasis sang tracks 7 and 8 (the single)
  15. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    This song makes me feel a lot of things.
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  16. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    i love to hear it
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  17. williek311

    @wearthicksocks Prestigious

    1. Ice Cube - Amerikkka’s Most Wanted
    2. Cocteau Twins - Heaven or Las Vegas
    3. Entombed - Left Hand Path
  18. irthesteve

    formerly irthesteve Prestigious

    1. Jane's Addiction - Ritual de lo habitual
    2. Jellyfish - Bellybutton
    3. Wilson Phillips - Wilson Phillips
    4. Depeche Mode - Violator
    5. Beats International - Let Them Eat Bingo
    6. Paul Simon - The Rhythm of the Saints
    7. Prince - Graffiti Bridge
    8. Styx - Edge of the Century
    9. George Michael - Life Without Prejudice Vol. 1
    10. Traveling Wilburys - Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3
    11. Fleetwood Mac - Behind The Mask
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  19. irthesteve

    formerly irthesteve Prestigious

    1990 mix

  20. cshadows2887 Nov 15, 2021
    (Last edited: Nov 19, 2021)

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    1. Mary Chapin Carpenter - Shooting Straight in the Dark
    2. Heart - Brigade
    3. Ride - Nowhere

    Others I love:
    Bruce Hornsby and The Range - A Night on the Town
    Goo Goo Dolls - Hold Me Up
    Garth Brooks - No Fences

    Good ones:
    Megadeth - Rust in Peace
    Dwight Yoakam - If There Was a Way
    Prince - Graffiti Bridge
    Black Box - Dreamland
    George Michael - Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1
    Dan Fogelberg - The Wild Places
    Cocteau Twins - Heaven or Las Vegas
    Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet
    Depeche Mode - Violator
    AC/DC - The Razor's Edge
    Sinead O'Connor - I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
    Ice Cube - AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted
    The Replacements - All Shook Down
    Hindu Love Gods - Hindu Love Gods
    Whitney Houston - I'm Your Baby Tonight
    Steve Winwood - Refugees of the Heart
    Alice in Chains - Facelift
    Wilson Phillips - Wilson Phillips
    Joshua Bell - Presenting Joshua Bell
    The Sundays - Reading, Writing and Arithmetic
    Blake Babies - Sunburn

    Archival releases that would make the list:
    Bix Biederbecke - Vol. 1: Singin' the Blues
    Robert Johnson - The Complete Recordings

    Targets for Listening:
    Neil Young with Crazy Horse - Ragged Glory
    Mariah Carey - Mariah Carey
    The Lemonheads - Lovey
    The Black Crowes - Shake Your Moneymaker
    Dee-Lite - World Clique
    Digital Underground - Sex Packets
    Happy Mondays - Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches
    Jane's Addiction - Ritual de Lo Habitual
    The La's - The La's
    LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out
    Pixies - Bossanova
    Shamen - En-tacts
    A Tribe Called Quest - People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm
    The Allman Brothers Band - Seven Turns
    MC Hammer - Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em
    Paul Simon - The Rhythm of the Saints
    Damn Yankees - Damn Yankees
    Fugazi - Repeater
    Pantera - Cowboys from Hell
    Lou Reed and John Cale - Songs for Drella
    Uncle Tupelo - No Depression
    Steve Vai - Passion and Warfare
    Concrete Blonde - Bloodletting
    Jeff Lynne - Armchair Theatre
    Brand Nubian - One for All
    Cinderella - Heartbreak Station
    Ravi Shankar and Philip Glass - Passages
    Dave Stewart and the Spiritual Cowboys - Dave Stewart and the Spiritual Cowboys
    Living Colour - Time's Up
    Roseanne Cash - Interiors
    The Shillls - Submarine Bells
    Lisa Stansfield - Affection
    Robin Holcomb - Robin Holcomb
    Texas Tornadoes - Texas Tornadoes
    Nusrat Fatteh Ali Khan - Mustt Mustt
  21. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    You magnificent unicorn of a man. I don't even love Wilson Phillips, but I love it getting a vote.

    How's that Styx album?
  22. irthesteve

    formerly irthesteve Prestigious

    Honestly, I didn't even grow up with Wilson Phillips other than Hold On which is a magnificent song, but the whole album is actually really good, like shockingly so. I've never heard anything else from them, but I definitely dig it.

    As for Styx, I don't even remember why this album was one of the two I have heard in full (the other is Paradise Theater), but it's pretty good cheese rock. Definitely fits a certain mood well
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  23. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    add the breeders to your targets list. it's kim deal from pixies and her sister. very good.
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  24. Gianni28

    Regular Supporter

    Nice! This one features one of my picks for underrated gem of this year. So much childhood nostalgia for me on this one, and what a beautiful voice she has.

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  25. Gianni28

    Regular Supporter

    This is my other pick for underrated, oft-forgotten gem. Anyone else recall this song?

    I don't really know too much about the band other than that this is from their debut record, which I plan on checking out this week.

    Also may be a bit of a stretch here but I can't help but hear a bit of this song in The 1975's "Me & You Together Song", particularly the jangly guitars. Love it.