The past 20 years has brought us an abundance of great albums. We’ve seen debut records, final pieces of work, and everything in between. Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting great albums from the past 2 decades. This is not a best of list, we simply want to showcase some amazing albums.
This kicks off with 1993, a year that grunge and punk rock music dominated disc-mans worldwide, but there was a lot more happening musically than just power chords. These records are in no particular order and are just some the great albums 1993 had offered us.
Nirvana – In Utero
1993 brought the world the third and final album from grunge superstars Nirvana, In Utero, dropped on September 13th. Little did everyone know this would be the last time we would get a record full of new original tunes. The album had countless hits including “Rape Me”, “Heart Shaped Box” and “All Apologies” just to name a few. In Utero debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 and received critical acclaim as a drastic change from Nevermind.
Radio Head – Pablo Honey
On February 22nd, 1993, Radiohead introduced themselves to the world with their debut release Pablo Honey. The record featured three charting singles: “Anyone Can Play Guitar”, “Stop Whispering” and one of, if not the most recognizable Radiohead song to date “Creep”. The album got its name from a Jerky Boys skit which is sampled in the track “How Do You?”.
Yo La Tengo – Painful
In late 1993, Yo La Tengo changed up their sound for their sixth studio album Painful. The group added more of an atmospheric, ambient sound to the noise rock that they’re known for. The record features two very different versions of “Big Day Coming” a 7 minute version that kicks off the album and a shorter version that comes later on.
The Cure – Show
Show is a live album that was recorded over two nights at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan during The Cure’s very successful Wish Tour. This album focused on more of their mainstream pop tunes such as “Just Like Heaven”, “Pictures of You” and “Friday I’m in Love”. The two disc set was released on October 19th, 1993.
Mazzy Star – So Tonight That I Might See
This is the 2nd studio album for Mazzy Star and it was released on October 5th 1993. The records leading song “Fade Into You” was the only song to crack the Billboard top 100, peaking at #44. Pitchfork disagreed and listed “Fade Into You” at #19 on their top 200 best songs of the 90s.
Iggy Pop – American Caesar
Following the success of Brick by Brick, Iggy Pop took his lyrical concept from that album and brought it along for American Caesar. This album wasn’t nearly as commercially successful as its predecessor but is still looked at as one of Iggy’s better albums of the 90s. The big songs on this album were “Wild America”, “Beside You” and his cover of The Kingsmen’s 1960 classic “Louie Louie”.
The Cranberries – Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?
On March 1st, 1993, Irish rock band The Cranberries released their debut album. The band had previously released 4 EP’s but this was their first official studio record. The entire album was written by the band’s lead singer Dolores O’Ridordan and Guitarist Noel Hogan. It reached #9 in the Irish charts and #1 in the UK.
The Flaming Lips – Transmissions From The Satellite Heart
1993 brought about the sixth studio album from The Flaming Lips. This album held their first charting radio single, “She Don’t Use Jelly”. The song gained a lot of attention after being used on an episode of Beavis and Butt-Head almost a year after the song was released. The album marked the departure of Jonathan Donahue and Nathan Roberts, and the addition of guitarist Ronald Jones and drummer Steven Drozd.
David Bowie – Black Tie White Noise
This is the eighteenth studio album by Bowie and his first solo record in the 90s after spending time with his hard rock band Tin Machine. The album was said to be inspired by his own wedding that happened earlier in the year and features a song called “The Wedding”. The album is viewed as the start of an artistic renaissance for Bowie, whose creativity and career had suffered in the late 1980s after a series of poorly received albums.
Dinosaur JR – Where you Been
February 9th, 1993 is when Dinosaur Jr released their fifth studio album. The biggest hit from all 10 tracks was “Start Choppin”, hitting number 3 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart in the U.S. This was the last album the group released with their original line up before getting back together on the 2007 release Beyond.