I hear what you’re saying about blur being unknown in the US before “Song 2″ but would add that the Leisure album was definitely known by the college rock crowd and “Girls and Boys” was a pretty big dance hit. Most of my friends are DJs and whether they are into techno, house, hip hop, etc – they all love that track.
I remember hearing the name Animals That Swim at the time but never got around to checking them out. that youtube song you posted is great! thanks for posting.
Great article! I turned 19 in 1994 and Britpop was the first real music scene that I hit on right from the get-go and still identify with the most. The writing above truly captured that rush of excitement that existed at that time, chasing down EPs and trying to figure out who the next big thing was going to be.
While living in London in the late 90s I met Miki from Lush. Came and sat with me and a friend for several minutes to talk about music, really sweet girl.
My two memories of Live are:
Buying Throwing Copper on the same day as Jesus and Mary Chain’s Pscychocandy, then busing it to Lollapalooza ’94 the next day. I still do like Selling the Drama, which is why I bought it, but hated everything else. I think I gave it to my brother’s g/f at the time… JAMC is in my top 10 albums of all time.
The second memory is reading a magazine article about Live and someone wrote in the next issue to say something like – “every high school in America has a total jack-ass named Chad that goes to it. Now I discover that Live has two guys in the band named Chad” Still cracks me up.
1994 was an amazing year, great list! For me, I’d also add Twice Removed, Definitely Maybe, and Live Through This.
As others have mentioned, I definitely would have had “Jenny…” and “Smile Like…” on there.
The random one for me is “Why do I keep counting?” which would be in my Top 5.
Bought this on a trip to Minneapolis to see Lollapalooza “94. Still one of my favourite albums right down to the cover art.
Who exactly was that thought having Grimes on Boiler Room was going to mean that she would spend weeks crate digging to find ultra rare records then scour the internet for the newest in new remixes to play? If you want that, get an actual DJ to play.
Like what’s been noted, she talks about ultra mainstream pop music all the time. If people want to get bent out of shape about her playing, blame Boiler Room and Richie Hawtin for having her on. I’m sure within a one mile radius of the spot in Ibiza there were about 20 big name DJs just sitting around… like a DJ bullpen of sorts.
I travelled to see them play in NYC last year. I think they played everything from A Different Class, would like to have heard a slightly more scattered set list but other than that, had a great time!
10.Do You Remember the First Time?
9. TV Movie
8. Night that Minnie Timperley Died/Trees (go hand in hand for me so it’s a toss-up)
7. She’s a Lady
6. Pink Glove
5. Sorted for E’s and Whizz
4. Disco 2000
3. Glory Days
2. Something Changed
1. Common People
No doubt! I’m definitely not going to listen to any of their songs I got for free off the internet last year because of this.