Thursday, May 16, 2013

Top 20 Albums of 1993

In 1993, the alternative music boom was entering its second year of existence and the musical landscape was in a bit of a transitional period.  For the most part, longstanding underground acts like Dinosaur Jr. and The Lemonheads and groups made up of scene veterans like The Breeders and Belly were still getting picked up and pushed by the major labels.  At the same time, the majors were starting to learn how to manufacture their own “alternative” bands without having to dive into, what I’m sure the executives saw as the ugly, the underground scene (the first such band being Stone Temple Pilots whose debut Core was released in late 1992 and from which they scored more than a few hit singles in 1993; bands such as STP and Candlebox [who I admittedly like] were a sign of what was to come).  Despite being a time in flux (not only in the music industry, but also in my own life…I graduated high school that year), 1993 produced some stellar albums (including my personal all-time favorite).  You can also check out similar lists that I put together for the years 1991 and 1992.

20.  Become What You Are by The Juliana Hatfield Three
19.  Saturation by Urge Overkill
18.  Last Splash by The Breeders
17.  Sound of White Noise by Anthrax
16.  In Utero by Nirvana
15.  Four by Seaweed
14.  Icky Mettle by Archers of Loaf  
13.  On the Mouth by Superchunk  
12.  Kerosene Hat by Cracker
11.  Recipe for Hate by Bad Religion
10.  Come On Feel The Lemonheads by The Lemonheads
9.  Out the Shizzy by 7 Seconds
8.  In On The Kill Taker by Fugazi
7.  Where You Been by Dinosaur Jr.
6.  Transmissions From The Satellite Heart by The Flaming Lips
5.  Vs. by Pearl Jam
4.  Siamese Dream by Smashing Pumpkins
3.  Superstar Car Wash by Goo Goo Dolls
2.  Big Red Letter Day by Buffalo Tom
1.  Breaking Things by ALL

Other Notable Releases  –
Camels, Spilled Corona And The Sound Of Mariachi Bands by J Church  
Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell by Meat Loaf
August And Everything After by Counting Crows
Gentlemen by The Afghan Whigs
Laid by James
Wiggle by Screeching Weasel
Anthem for a New Tomorrow by Screeching Weasel
Candlebox by Candlebox
14 Songs by Paul Westerberg
Is It ... Man or Astroman? by Man or Astro-man?
Vampire on Titus by Guided by Voices
So Tonight That I Might See by Mazy Star
Black Sunday by Cypress Hill
Star by Belly
Slip by Quicksand
19 Naughty III by Naughty by Nature
Mr. Machinery Operator by fIREHOSE
Stain by Living Colour
Frank Black by Frank Black
This Time by Dwight Yoakam
Beaster by Sugar
The Full-Custom Gospel Sounds of the Reverend Horton Heat by The Reverend Horton Heat
Republic by New Order
Rancid by Rancid
Pottymouth by Bratmobile
Exile in Guyville by Liz Phair
Chrome by Catherine Wheel
Mexican Moon by Concrete Blonde
Doggystyle by Snoop Doggy Dogg

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