Best British Albums (1989-1997)
1989-1997 was a fantastic time period for music, for me. The ‘80’s were when I first started developing an ear for the obscure, but it was undoubtedly the ’90’s where my obsession really took off. Those 9 years or so were so important that I find myself still listening to the albums from that time more than any other. Most of my favorite albums came from British bands. Grunge, coming from a punk rock background, just seemed like watered down Black Flag to me. I had no interest in it. House, electronica and any hybrid thereof, did interest me. And then Britpop, and the Madchester scene in general, interested me. It seemed like all of the early ‘80’s experimentation had come to a head, to a peak, and I was right in the middle of it. Late ’89-’91 was my psychedelic era and there was nobody doing it better, with more imagination or talent, than the Brits. Here, then, is my Top 20 list of the best British albums released between the years of 1989 to 1997, in order. It’s interesting to note that each year’s entries were fairly even, with 1990, 1993 and 1995 leading with three, 1989, 1991, 1994 and 1997 with two and 1992 and 1996 trailing the pack with one classic per year. Truthfully, I thought 1991 would have had more.
#1. Boo Radleys, Giant Steps (1993): You all know how I feel about this album, so let’s not bother with a rehash of why it’s so great, ok? Just know that it deserves to be here.
#2. Blur, The Great Escape (1995): Parklife usually gets the nod, but I actually prefer this, the dark twin of the former. Bloated and beautiful beast that it is.
#3. Happy Mondays, Pills, Thrills and Bellyaches (1990): Scuzzy, funked up hooligan dance rock of the highest order.
#4. Primal Scream, Screamadelica (1991): Still the perfect fusion of Stones-style gospel and House music ever produced.
#5. Pulp, Different Class (1995):
#6. Teenage Fanclub, Bandwagonesque (1991)
#7. Supergrass, In It For The Money (1997)
#8. Stone Roses (1989)
#9. Underworld, Dubnobasswithmyheadman (1993)
#10. Super Furry Animals, Fuzzy Logic (1996)
#11. Spiritualized, Lazer Guided Melodies (1992)
#12. New Order, Technique (1989)
#13. Black Grape, It’s Great When You’re Straight, Yeah (1995)
#14. Charlatans, Some Friendly (1990)
#15. Oasis, Definitely Maybe (1994)
#16. Inspiral Carpets, Life (1990)
#17. The LA’s (1990)
#18. Paul Weller, Wild Wood (1993)
#19. Suede, Coming Up (1997)
#20. Ride, Carnival Of Light (1994)