1993 Retrospective

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Using best of lists from 1993, I've compiled an interesting list of what people almost 24 years ago thought was good. Some of it is great still, some of it less so, but it's all interesting. One song per album, and never the "big" single, just to keep things interesting.


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Continuing from the [posts](https://www.reddit.com/r/indieheads/comments/5px9m9/tuesday_daily_music_discussion_january_24_2017/dcum44d/) I made [before](https://www.reddit.com/r/indieheads/comments/5rfui5/wednesday_daily_music_discussion_february_01_2017/dd77f26/), I'm going to do another installment of albums from a specific year, continuing on with 1993. The project is to delve into what people liked in the year itself, which may not be necessarily what we still consider good. In parenthesis is the ranking on an aggregated list that I made using sixteen publications that released lists in 1993, NOT my personal ranking of them. *Suede* - Suede (6) The debut album, Suede did a good job of combining the early trend of Britpop with glam rock influences. While Suede may not be recognized as much as Oasis, Blur, or even Pulp now are, their first two albums are still pretty great and the yelp of Brett Anderson remains one of the more memorable parts of the Britpop movement. ["Metal Mickey"](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rbw5FaCAzw) *Siamese Dream* - Smashing Pumpkins (7) I actually find this odd that it's not higher. For an album with alternative rock hits like "Today" and "Cherub Rock", placing below Suede and The Lemonheads seems odd to me. An album that despite it's length still holds up today, *Siamese Dream* remains one of my favorite albums from the year. With songwriting as good as any other top band from the decade and a perfectionist production style, the album still sounds great going on 24 years later. ["Mayonaise"](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MElfYleGIVU) *Gentlemen* - The Afghan Whigs (8) An album that I hadn't listened to before this project, I really enjoyed it. Though the singles would suggest that the album is grungier and more rocking, the rest of the album tracks paints in a different light. With some slower songs to counterbalance the faster ones, it's an easy listen that doesn't sound too samey. In my opinion though, the slower songs are much more palatable and have aged better, but the album is still good overall. ["When We Two Parted"](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wg7sWNKxu9I) *Exile In Guyville* - Liz Phair (9) This a really interesting album because it didn't appear on a few of the best of lists, but when it did it was always ranked highly (Three publications named it number 1, more than albums like *In Utero* and *Rid of Me*.) A feminist statement against *Exile On Main Street*, it's a lo-fi ode raw with a unique feminine persona. It's a bit long due to it being the same track length of the Stones' album (18 tracks), but all the tracks are good or unique in some way. A strong album that still has unique and interesting things to say in 2017. Highly recommend. ["Fuck and Run"](https://open.spotify.com/track/4MSdFtD1JPc2W3J13uJPeS) *Black Sunday* - Cypress Hill (10) The highest ranked hip hop release, it brings up the interesting question of when mainstream rock publications started representing hip hop. Albums like *Reachin' (For a New Refutation of Time and Space)* by Digable Planets and the Pharcyde's *Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde* are criminally low on the list (28 and 32, respectively), but the album with "Insane in the Brain" is top 10. It may be due to their appeal in some alternative circles, but even then it's still hard to understand. It's not a bad album, actually the songs themselves are pretty good, but even at 43 minutes the album begins to overstay its welcome. The production style that separates them from other hip hop artists, does kind of where thin, especially due to some weak choruses in the songs as well. Again, not a bad album but not one that I would put head and shoulders above other hip hop releases from the year, as most publications did. ["When the Shit Goes Down"](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I826gxc8TvI) (featuring a sample that was also used in another 1993 hip hop album - "Eye Patch" off of De La Soul's *Bulhoone Mindstate*) I will continue to update this if there is interest, but people can check out the [Google Doc](https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1c-KNZ31YEH3s_F1CB15ndmUEFt7Fn3FLIaUYgYM_1EY/edit?usp=sharing) I made to look over it, and check out the playlist on Spotify [here](https://open.spotify.com/user/brendanwmalone/playlist/1v41ZcEgF4MA0YbE0KTd4X)





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