We are directly in the middle of the 90s now, and 1995 was a year where many bands had to prove themselves worthy of the hype to avoid the dreaded sophomore slump. Other artists were already well past their second albums and looking to get back into the mainstream music scene. These albums are in no particular order, they are just some of the great albums from ’95.
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1995: Radiohead – The Bends
After a successful debut record (Pablo Honey), Radiohead looked to avoid the sophomore slump. The Bends was subject to more criticism than their previous record due to its success, but still the album won over both fans and critics. Although the record didn’t have the instant sales that Pablo Honey received, it managed to go triple platinum in both the UK and Canada, and reached platinum status in the US as well. This record was filled with songs that would go on to be huge for the band including “Just”, “High And Dry”, “Fake Plastic Trees”, and “My Iron Lung”.
1995: The Chemical Brothers – Exit Planet Dust
This is the debut record from the British electronica duo, featuring three singles: “Song to the Siren”, “Leave Home” and “Life Sweet”. This is also the first album the group released since they changed their band name from The Dust Brothers to The Chemical Brothers, and the title Exist Planet Dust, is an homage to that. The album ended up being voted second best dance album of all time by UK dance magazine “Muzik”.
1995: Foo Fighters – Foo Fighters
This self titled record is what introduced the Foo Fighters to the world, featuring 6 singles including “Big Me”, “This Is A Call”, and “Exhausted”. Dave Grohl wrote and recorded the entire album himself, with the exception of a guest guitar spot done by Greg Dulli for the song “X-Static”. Grohl said that initially the album was purely made for fun, but ended up being a cathartic experience for him to recover from the death of his longtime Nirvana bandmate Kurt Cobain. The name Foo Fighters was originally chosen to hide Grohl’s identity but after passing out demo tapes, he gained a lot of label attention, and subsequently recruited a full band and signed to Capitol Records.
1995: Morrissey – Southpaw Grammar
This was the fifth studio album from Morrissey, and it managed to chart at #66 in the US and #4 in the UK. The record featured two singles, “Dagenham Dave” and “The Boy Racer”, and in 2009 the album was remastered, expanded upon and re-released through Sony-BMG. The new album included 3 previously unreleased songs, a b-side and new album art.
1995: The Flaming Lips – Clouds Taste Metallic
It was only September 1995 and already The Flaming Lips were releasing their 7th album. Clouds Taste Metallic was the last album to feature guitarist Ronald Jones and was the last to showcase the group as more of a guitar driven alt-rock band. One of the songs on the record that gained a lot of attention was “They Punctured My Yolk”, which was latered sampled on the Beastie Boys album To the 5 Boroughs. One of the singles, “Bad Days”, landed a spot on the Batman Forever soundtrack.
1995: Sonic Youth – Washing Machine
Washing Machine is the 9th studio album from Sonic Youth and was recorded shortly after they had headlined Lollapalooza in 1995. The record only ended up having 2 singles; “The Diamond Sea” and “Little Trouble Girl”, which features vocals from the Pixies‘ Kim Deal. This record wasn’t recognized for it’s commercial success but more so for the groups maturing and more cohesive sound.
1995: Oasis – What’s The Story Morning Glory?
What’s the story? (Morning Glory) is the follow up to the hugely successful and critically acclaimed debut album Definitely Maybe. This record sold over 347,000 copies in the first week alone and propelled the group from brit-rockers to a world renowned musical force. The album ended up having 6 singles including the massive hits “Don’t Look Back in Anger”, “Champagne Supernova” and “Wonderwall”. What’s the Story? (Morning Glory) has now sold over 22 million copies world wide and was honoured as the “Best Brit Album of the Last 30 Years” at the 2010 Brit Awards.
1995: Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness was released on October 24, 1995, and is a 28 track, double disc CD/triple LP. The album’s first single, “Bullet with Butterfly Wings”, helped the record debut at #1 which was the only time this happened for the band. Other singles that did extremely well include “1979”, “Zero”, “Tonight, Tonight”, and “Muzzle”, with some even hitting the top 40 by crossing over to pop radio stations. The record earned praise from critics for its ambition and scope, which landed them 7 Grammy nominations including album and record of the year.
1995: David Bowie – Outside
David Bowie’s 19th studio album, Outside, was released September 26, 1995. This was the album that reunited Bowie with Brian Eno, who he had worked with on his famous Berlin Trilogy in the 1970s. Outside is a concept album that centres around the characters of a main stream dystopian world on the eve of the 21st century. The singles from the album include “The Hearts Filthy Lesson”, “Strangers When We Meet”, and “Hallo Spaceboy”, all of which helped put Bowie back into the mainstream scene of music.