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The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Bellbottoms (1994)

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In 1994, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion were the artistic zeitgeist of blues-laden rock’n’roll. So while the likes of the Beastie Boys and Beck were hanging out at their concerts, others incl. UNKLE, Wu-Tang Clan and Moby, were lining up to remix their latest album Orange. The long player opens with the insane ‘Bellbottoms’.

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Blur – End Of A Century (1994)

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It’s 1994 again and it was Parklife’s ‘End Of A Century’. Waking up in a bug-infested flat, putting on the same clothes all your mates are wearing… there is something beautiful about capturing drab everyday life. How English were Blur? Up there with The Kinks and The Jam.

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Oasis – Cigarettes & Alcohol (1994)

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I chatted a lot about Oasis this week. A definite case of nostalgia. ‘Cigarettes & Alcohol’ featured on their classic album Definitely Maybe. A Noel Gallagher said, “It mentions drugs and shagging birds, social comment, boozing and drinking and listening to tunes. You know, what more do you want?!”

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Gravediggaz ‎- 1-800 Suicide (1994)

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Gravediggaz was an ill conceived joke. ‘1-800 Suicide’ featured on their first album 6 Feet Deep, which was also titled Niggamortis for its Europe release. But what redeems their music from buckets of bad taste… well, the truth is that it’s just so catchy.

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Jeff Buckley – Lover, You Should Have Come Over (1994)

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An extra track for this first week back from the summer hiatus. Jeff Buckley tended to be silent about the subject matter of his songs, but it’s believed that he wrote this one about the breakup with singer Rebecca Moore. They dated for a while before Buckley released his debut album Grace, which features this song. On 28 May 1997, the day before Buckley died, he called Rebecca Moore and left a message on her answering machine.”Think of me and smile. I’m gonna work my ass off, baby. I’ll see you on the other side.”

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Massive Attack feat. Tracey Thorn – Protection (1994)

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Good morning. The title track off Massive Attack’s 1994 album Protection was s a collaboration with Tracey Thorn (and James Brown, you could say). The track borrows its rhythm through a sample of the classic wah-wah guitar from the Godfather’s ‘The Payback’. Have a great week.

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The Dust Brothers – Chemical Beats (1994)

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After their first single ‘Song to the Siren’ under the name The Dust Brothers, Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons released their EP Fourteenth Century Sky in 1994. It features ‘Chemical Beats’ and in that moment The Chemical Brothers were born.

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Gravediggaz – Diary Of A Madman (1994)

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From one marginal sound to another… guitar-lick-laden rock’n’roll is now followed by horrorcore hip hop. Gravediggaz released 6 Feet Deep (aka as Niggamortis anywhere outside the US). ‘Diary of a Madman’ is one of the album’s standout tracks, featuring Scientific Shabazz on guest verse and RZA providing the beat only a few months after the release of Wu-Tang’s classic 36 Chambers. “I’ve been examined ever since I was semen/They took a sonogram and seen the image of a demon/At birth the nurses surrounded me with needles/and drugged me all up with the diseases of evil.” Yeh man; Johnny B. Bad.

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Nirvana – The Man Who Sold The World (1994)

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Kurt Cobain

Nirvana’s 1993 performance of Bowie’s ‘The Man Who Sold The World’ song for MTV introduced his early work to a new audience. Kurt Cobain’s TV performance was recorded 5 months before his death. The song would be released a year later on the MTV Unplugged in New York.

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Blur – To The End (1994)

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On this side of The Pond, Blur’s third album Parklife had such an impact. In 1994, it sounded like the quintessential Britpop album. Part concept, part social commentary, the album did more to define Britpop than all that followed. For all the the happy-chappy singalongs, nestled at the heart of the album was ‘To The End’. Slightly sophisticated, slightly psychedelic, and ever so slightly sounding like Saint Etienne, the band would revisit the same style with their classic ‘The Universal’ from the following LP The Great Escape. Have a great weekend. 

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Portishead – Roads (1994)

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Beth Gibbons

In fact, Danger Mouse had made waves before the Grey Album, working with Jemini on Ghetto Pop Mix. Included on the mixtape was Danger Mouse’s remix of Nas’s ‘It Ain’t Hard To Tell’ which he’d spliced with Beth Gibbons singing ‘Roads’. (Now that’s what I call a segue.) ‘Roads’ had originally featured on Portishead’s classic debut Dummy. It is/was a contemporary alt-hip-pop masterpiece.

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Jeff Buckley – Grace (1994)

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Jeff Buckley 1994

‘Grace’ was the title track and first single from Jeff Buckley’s masterful debut long player. Buckley based the soaring vocals on how he felt saying goodbye to a girlfriend on a rainy dayat the airport. The result is engaging and brilliant. The sound was also greatly influenced by a previous work ‘Rise Up to Be’ written by his collaborator Gary Lucas.

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Grant Lee Buffalo – Mockingbirds (1994)

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Grant Lee Buffalo

Another under appreciated alt rock gem… Grant Lee Buffalo had already glamoured critics with their debut album Fuzzy, and then, a year later, Grant Lee Phillips and his merry men wrote this evocative song. Full of mystery, Americana and imagery to match.

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Palace Songs – Christmastime In The Mountains (1994)

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Will Oldham

Before be became Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Will Oldham recorded under many pseudonyms. As Palace Songs, he released Hope in 1994. The EP includes the fans’ favourite ‘Agnes, Queen of Sorrow’ and the melancholic ‘Christmastime in the Mountains’. The latter opens with the heartbreaking lyric “Should I play ball with the dogs, or should I walk away?”. It’s a forlorn start to the festive week, but it’s a beautiful piece of music and I’m spending Christmastime in the mountains.

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Salt-N-Pepa – Shoop (1994)

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“Here I go here I go here I go again (again?)” Classic. I think that’s enough damage to what little credibility I had. See you in August.

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