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Forum - Personal Charts: Your Special Occasion Charts - Benji's Personal Hottest 100 thread Pt 1 (1975-92

Hi everyone

In 2015 I first did a retro Hottest 100 thread, covering the years 1975-92, where I tried to predict what the actual Hottest 100 of each of Double/Triple J's first 18 years of existence might look like, with a few personal favourites getting moved a bit higher. I revised these lists in 2017.

That list is available here:
http://www.australian-charts.com/forum.asp?todo=viewthread&id=50141


Then from 1993 I kept going, but as there were actual versions of these lists in existence, I did these lists purely from personal preference, while including the actual Hottest 100 to make up lists of 150-200 songs for each year. I slowly went through the '90s/'00s/'10s and up to 2020 this way.

The lists from 2006-2020 (and beyond) are available here:
http://www.australian-charts.com/forum.asp?todo=viewthread&pages=&id=54656

At the start of 2020, in tandem with OBOne's personal '90s lists, I decided to actually take some more time and revise my lists from 1999 back to 1993, do some more research in doing them and extend these lists to 200 songs.

These revised lists from 1993-1999 (along with the original lists from 2000-2005, which I plan to revise also at some stage) are available here:
http://www.australian-charts.com/forum.asp?todo=viewthread&id=50375

That brings me to where we are at now - revising the 1975-92 lists purely from my own personal POV, in line with 1993-2020. I'll leave the predictive lists from 1975-92 in their original thread (though will tweak them slightly to be more from my head and not my heart), and leave the personal choice to this thread.

Tomorrow morning I'm going to stay in step with OBOne and start posting my 1992 list (hopefully finishing on Monday), then slowly work backwards to 1975. I'm not going to do 200 songs each year any more, but will post at least 100 for each year back to the late '70s at least.

Hope you enjoy....


1992

The grungiest of grungy years, and the year I turned 18

There was some debate over whether Pearl Jam's Ten hit in in 1991 or 1992, but I'm putting the songs from it in 1992 as that's the year they were everywhere. Besides, my 1992 shortlist was thinned out considerably when I made the call to include the 1992 releases that made the 1993 Hottest 100 in the 1993 list.

Still some fantastic music/albums released that year tho.

Here are 125-101 to kick things off:
My H100 posnSong
125THEM BONES Alice In Chains
124SO WHAT'CHA WANT The Beastie Boys
123BLACK TICKET DAY Ed Kuepper
122THE LIFE OF RILEY Lightning Seeds
121WE THE PEOPLE Hunters & Collectors
120YOU JUST GOTTA KNOW MY MIND The Hummingbirds
119TEEN ANGST Cracker
118NOTHIN' BUT A G THING Dr Dre
117WE HATE IT WHEN OUR FRIENDS BECOME SUCCESSFUL Morrissey
116TEXAS NEVER WHISPERS Pavement
115OUT OF SPACE The Prodigy
114INCINERATOR Falling Joys
113FOR LOVE Lush
112MONEY LOVE Neneh Cherry
111NOT SLEEPING AROUND Ned's Atomic Dustbin
110KARMADROME Pop Will Eat Itself
109I PALINDROME I They Might Be Giants
108ANGRY CHAIR Alice In Chains
107HAPPINESS IN SLAVERY Nine Inch Nails
106DJAPANNA Yothu Yindi
105ORDINARY ANGELS Frente
104N.W.O. Ministry
103THE BALLAD OF PETER PUMPKINHEAD XTC
102STEP IT UP Stereo MCs
101REMEDY Black Crowes


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Here are #100-51:
My H100 posnSong
100PAPA WON'T LEAVE YOU HENRY Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
99LOW SELF OPINION The Rollins Band
98GREEN MACHINE Kyuss
97THESE ARE DAYS 10,000 Maniacs
96HOLIDAY Ratcat
95HOLIDAY Underground Lovers
94THIS LOVE Pantera
93MOTORCYCLE EMPTINESS Manic Street Preachers
92BABIES Pulp
91THE SWEETEST DROP Peter Murphy
90A LETTER TO ELISE The Cure
89UNSUNG Helmet
88SUCK YOU DRY Mudhoney
87BLOOD MAKES NOISE Suzanne Vega
86LOVE The Sundays
85SUMMER BABE Pavement
84TELEVISION, THE DRUG OF THE NATION The Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy
83ANTHEM The Clouds
82ALL I WANT Toad The Wet Sprocket
81SLASH N BURN Manic Street Preachers
80BLACK GOLD Soul Asylum
79BLACK BANDAGES Falling Joys
78TRIGGER CUT/WOUNDED KITE AT :17 Pavement
77SHE'S A DISH The Hard-Ons
76GLAMOUROUS GLUE Morrissey
75WEIRDO The Charlatans
74DREAMS The Cranberries
73LOVE SEX INTELLIGENCE The Shamen
72JUST ONE FIX Ministry
71BITCHES BREW Inspiral Carpets
70DRAGGING ME DOWN Inspiral Carpets
69PEOPLE EVERYDAY Arrested Development
68POPSCENE Blur
67SAY IT The Clouds
66DON'T CALL HOME The Breeders
65GOT OFF ON IT Underground Lovers
64WALK ON THE OCEAN Toad The Wet Sprocket
63HIGH The Cure
62PRETEND WE'RE DEAD L7
61GRAVITY GRAVE The Verve
60DOWN IN A HOLE Alice In Chains
59WATER FALLS Glide
58HUSH Tool
57A SMALL VICTORY Faith No More
56GHOST OF A TEXAS LADIES MAN Concrete Blonde
55IT'S A FINE DAY Opus III
54IN BLOOM Nirvana
53TENNESSEE Arrested Development
52UNDERWHELMED Sloan
51WATER PJ Harvey

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#50-21:
My H100 posnSong
50JUMP AROUND House Of Pain
49IT'S A SHAME ABOUT RAY The Lemonheads
48IT'S LUNACY Ed Kuepper
47OH MY LOVER PJ Harvey
46LIGHT SPEED COLLISION Def FX
45O.U. (GONE, GONE) Pulp
44I WAS RIGHT Underground Lovers
43CRUCIFY Tori Amos
42PERFUME V Pavement
41ALL IN THE MIND The Verve
40TOMORROW Morrissey
39CUT The Cure
38BRUISE VIOLET Babes In Toyland
37EVERGLADE L7
36ALWAYS SOMETHING Yo La Tengo
35BLACK METALLIC Catherine Wheel
34ALIVE Pearl Jam
33EVEN FLOW Pearl Jam
32100% Sonic Youth
31TEMPLE OF LOVE Sisters Of Mercy
30WORLDS AWAY Glide
29JACK THE RIPPER Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
28GOODBYE The Sundays
27SUPERBLAST! Lush
26BILL AND BEN Catherine Wheel
25ACID RAIN Tumbleweed
24SUNDIAL Tumbleweed
23PRECIOUS THINGS Tori Amos
22RIPPLE The Church
21PEARL Throwing Muses

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20BORN OF FRUSTRATION James
At #20 (the same position as 1994) are indie stalwarts James with their very catchy (well all of their songs are very catchy) 'Born Of Frustration'
19MIDLIFE CRISIS Faith No More
Faith No More returned with their stomping first single off of Angel Dust, Midlife Crisis. It was following the Epic (pun intended) The Real Thing, so it needed to be good, and was.
18CONNECTED Stereo MCs
Aye, aye, aye. 'Connected' was all over the dancefloors and JJJ in '92, and it takes me stragiht back. It took them nine years to follow this one up.
17STRAIGHT TO YOU Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
The big single of the troubled Henry's Dream album, Nick Cave comes in at 17 wiith his sublime, straightforward, 'Straight To You'.
16SHEELA-NA-GIG PJ Harvey
Closely following Nick Cave at #16 is PJ Harvey with Sheela-Na-Gig, her first ever charting single, and one of her most wonderfully vicious
15YOUR EYES Underground Lovers
If you've seen my 1993 list, you may recall how I consider the 4 minute remix of this song that came in at #2 that year, and this still excellent 8 minute guitar driven version off of the Leaves Me Blind album as different songs. So, here it is at #15.

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14DRIVE R.E.M.
Automatic For The People is regarding by many as REM's finest album and it's certainly up there. A couple of songs from it appeared in 1993, but lead single Drive remains my favourite track from it, especially with Peter Buck's 'driving' guitar.
13SHE'S A SUPERSTAR The Verve
At #13 are t'Verve with another brilliant psychedelic, shoegaze epic from A Storm In Heaven (with the single predating the album).
12TWO WORLDS COLLIDE Inspiral Carpets
From Wigan we move to Oldham and their finest Madchester band, the Inspiral Carpets with their protest anthem Two Worlds Collide. So cool that Noel Gallagher was their roadie for a few years Great Clint Boon keyboard - tick. Great film clip - tick. Impassioned Tom Hingley vocals - tick.

11TRUE TEARS OF JOY Hunters and Collectors
At 11 is the Hunnas best song since Ghost Nation (and one that lives too much in the shadow of freakin' Holy Grail that came immediately afterwards), the beautiful, passionate True Tears of Joy. One of Mark Seymour's finest vocals and great instumentation from the rest of the band.

I'm going to be out for most of tomorrow, so won't be doing a lot of posting, but I might get a couple of songs out if I'm lucky. I'll only be posting one at a time for the Top 10. I should be able to finish this list on Monday.
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10LITTLE EARTHQUAKES Tori Amos
"Oh these little earthquakes
Here we go again
These little earthquakes
Doesn't take much to rip us into pieces
Doesn't take much to rip us into pieces"

In something of an antidote to all the grungy guitars, Tori Amos released her piano-tinged, soul-baring first solo album, Little Earthquakes in early 1992. The sprawling album-closing (yes another closing track) title track comes in at #10.

9JEREMY Pearl Jam
"At home drawing pictures of mountain tops
With him on top, lemon yellow sun
Arms raised in a "V"
And the dead lay in pools of maroon below"

At the turn of 1991-92, Ten by Pearl Jam was released. There's been some debate which year to put it in to, but I've gone with 1992 as that's when the singles from this album were released and the year that Pearl Jam really entered my consciousness

At #9 is the disturbing Jeremy (see lyrics. Eddie Vedder does disturbing very well indeed), with it's fantastic dual-guitar intro.

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8WISH Nine Ince Nails
"Wish there was something real wish there was something true
Wish there was something real in this world full of you"

Never mind The Downward Spiral, at eight is Trent and NIN at their most angry and angsty with Wish, from the Broken EP, complete with it's famous "Beyond Thuderdome" film clip

7WILD HORSES The Sundays
"I watched you suffer a dull, aching pain
And now you've decided to show me the same
No sweeping exits or offstage lines
Could make me feel bitter or treat you unkind"

The Sundays come in at 7 with their beautiful cover of the Rolling Stones classic (as heard on Buffy The Vampire Slayer).

Nothing complicated about it, just a beautifully sung cover, with great, laid back instrumentation

If 100% pure, crystal clear water fresh from a spring could sing, it would sound like Harriet Wheeler
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6SUGAR KANE Sonic Youth
"I'm back again in love, I'm back again a dove
Where'd you get your light, your smilin' sugar life
Another lovers day, another cracked up night
Every night I say, the light is coming"

Indie veterans (and some say grunge pioneers) Sonic Youth came into their own in grungy 1992 and come in at 6 with their six-minute third single from their Dirty album, Sugar Kane.

5JESUS BUILT MY HOTROD Ministry
"Soon I discovered that this rock thing was true
Jerry Lee Lewis was the devil
Jesus was an architect previous to his career as a prophet
All of a sudden, I found myself in love with the world
So there was only one thing that I could do
Was ding a ding dang my dang a long ling long"

Back to the industrial metal again. At #5 is Ministry with 'Jesus Built My Hotrod' aka 'the Speeding Fine Song' , the first single from their Psalm 69 album and their best known 'industrial era' song. Looking more closely, it could have made the 1991 list, but 1992 was the year I got my driving licence, so here it is
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4BLACK Pearl Jam

"And now my bitter hands chafe beneath the clouds
Of what was everything
Oh, the pictures have all been washed in black
Tattooed everything"

At #4 is the fourth song from Ten on this list, Black. Eddie Vedder's ode to letting go. So raw for Eddie in particular that the band refused to release it as a single.

3SAFARI The Breeders
"He didn't cry on a safari
In over his knees
He couldn't leave a finer life
Always hugging the ground
And crying out for me"

In third place is my favourite all-time Breeders song, Safari, from the EP of the same name, with one of their last releases with Tanya Donelly and Britt Walford in the band. This one just builds up nicely to the big guitar outro.


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2WINTER Tori Amos
I hear a voice,
"You must learn to stand up for yourself
'Cause I can't always be around."

Runner-up is Winter from Tori Amos. Subtitute me for Tori and my late mother for Tori's Dad and it sums up our relationship pretty well Just beautiful. The orchestration is stunning in and of itself.

1LEAVE THEM ALL BEHIND Ride

"Wheels turning around into alien grounds
Pass through different times, leave them all behind"

Edit: Sorry...didn't have time to put my blurb in this morning, but it did give the post a bit of gravitas...I had forgotten about this stunning song, and when I did hear it again courtesy of OBOne, the fact that it came out in 1992 (thought it was a couple of years earlier)!

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Nice one. I can fully support Ride for #1!!
Here is the Spotify version of the 1992 Top 100 (minus #99, #77, #48, #26, #25, #24 Leaving 94 songs).
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2DaUluDNNxbvz7tTIJU4HR?si=1TQmZVMkSPuwFcG-7y6sPw

And the YouTube version:
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0OBJnkPDKR2xLVDsQ7hWSAfawbNx3fQ6
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The YouTube playlist was an enjoyable list, thanks! Although the playlist that played included Euphoria's One In A Million and that doesn't feature in your chart! A few differences between the two but still a good listen!
Finally, at long last, I have put my 1991 list together.

At this stage, I'll commence posting #150-#101 tomorrow, #100-#51 on Wednesday, #50-#21 on Thursday, #20-#11 on Friday, #10-#1 on Saturday.
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1991 (sorry about the delay)
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Grunge meets shoegaze meets indie
My first year of Uni, and what an eye-opening year it was in so many ways.

Featuring many, many good albums.

I've managed to put together 150 songs, and I'll begin with posting #150-#101.
NumberSong
150EYEBALL IN MY MARTINI The Cramps
149FEEL EVERY BEAT Electronic
148THE GLOBE Big Audio Dynamite II
147A ROLLER SKATING JAM NAMED SATURDAYS De La Soul
146CREAM Prince
145HIT Sugarcubes
144RUSTY CAGE Soundgarden
143TRUTH IS OUT OF STYLE MC 900Ft Jesus
142SHADOWTIME Siouxsie and The Banshees
141AMERICAN MUSIC Violent Femmes
140WILD HEARTED SON The Cult
139LET THERE BE ROCK The Hard-Ons With Henry Rollins
138RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW Jesus Jones
137JERRY WAS A RACE CAR DRIVER Primus
136UNITY Sound Unlimited Posse
135IT'S ONLY THE BEGINNING Deborah Conway
134HONEY STEEL'S GOLD Ed Kuepper
133BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU'VE GOT Massive Attack
132CIRCLE K Spiderbait
131GET THE MESSAGE Electronic
130WEATHER WITH YOU Crowded House
129COUNTING BACKWARDS Throwing Muses
128TREATY Yothu Yindi
127THE FLY U2
126KD Templebears
125GO Moby
124CHASING A BEE Mercury Rev
123GIRLFRIEND Matthew Sweet
122SET ADRIFT ON MEMORY BLISS PM Dawn
121PLANET OF SOUND The Pixies
120TOP OF THE POPS The Smithereens
119A GIRL LIKE YOU Wolfgang Press
118SEXUALITY Billy Bragg
117SATISFIED Died Pretty
116TRAVOLTA Mr Bungle
115CAN YOU DIG IT Mock Turtles
114IF A VOW The Hummingbirds
113NOT TOO SOON Throwing Muses
112MISS FREELOVE '69 Hoodoo Gurus
111SUMMER OF LOVE Tall Tales and True
110GREEN AND BLUE Club Hoy
109RUSH Big Audio Dynamite
108BABY BABY Ratcat
107LOVE'S SWEET EXILE Manic Street Preachers
106TWO WEEKS WITH A GOOD MAN IN NIAGARA FALLS The Hummingbirds
105STAR SIGN Teenage Fanclub
104BEAUTIFUL GIRLS AND BEAUTIFUL BOYS Rob Clarkson
103DON'T WANT TO BE GRANT MCLENNAN Smudge
102THANK YOU Cleopatra Wong
101CRUISE CONTROL Headless Chickens



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I am looking forward to seeing this list!
Thanks K8! Good to hear from you.

Finding that the further back I go, the more these lists are a weird blend between the songs that I was into then (to give it that authentic flavour), and the songs I am into now.

Here is #100-#51 (Decided to spread it out more, but do the Top 10 all on Saturday)
NumberSong
100CHARLY The Prodigy
99MISTADOBALINA Del The Funkee Homosapien
98LABOUR OF LOVE Frente
97DON'T FIGHT IT, FEEL IT Primal Scream
96MONOCHROME Lush
95BENEATH Ride
94FADE Glide
93GREY CELL GREEN Ned's Atomic Dustbin
9292 DEGREES F Pop Will Eat Itself
911000 MILES AWAY Hoodoo Gurus
90LIFEBOAT Tall Tales and True
89ALEC EIFFEL Pixies
88JENNIFER Falling Joys
87PEARL Chapterhouse
86OPERAA HOUSE Malcolm McLaren
85SLIP INSIDE THIS HOUSE Primal Scream
84DON'T GO NOW Ratcat
83LYIN' The Meanies
82DULL The Hard-Ons
81THE UNFORGIVEN Metallica
80LOVESICK Gang Starr
79PEOPLE ARE STILL HAVING SEX La Tour
78CAR WASH HAIR Mercury Rev
77LET IT SLIDE Mudhoney
76JACK Moose
75DEAD ROO Cosmic Psychos
74SENNEN Ride
73BUTTER A Tribe Called Quest
72WE ARE NOW Def FX
71THE GIRL WITH THE LONELIEST EYES The House Of Love
70THE DALAI LAMA Damian Lovelock
69ONLY SHALLOW My Bloody Valentine
68DISAPPOINTED Electronic
67DEATH II Pulp
66DC Died Pretty
654PM The Clouds
64UNDER MY SKIN Deborah Conway
63RIPE Underground Lovers
62THE WAY I MADE YOU FEEL Ed Kuepper
61CLIPPED Curve
60THIS IS NOT THE WAY HOME The Cruel Sea
59CHASE THE DRAGON Beasts Of Bourbon
58FALL AT YOUR FEET Crowded House
57LOSING MY RELIGION R.E.M.
56NEAR WILD HEAVEN R.E.M.
55THOUGHT THAT I WAS OVER YOU Jack Frost
54LICK THE BOOT Underground Lovers
53ASCENSION DAY Talk Talk
52SIVA Smashing Pumpkins
51SANDBLASTED Swervedriver

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Here is #50-#21.

At this point I'll confess to liking U2 at the time, before Bono disappeared arsewards. I thought Achtung Baby was their last good album.

Of course, Nevermind is also making it presence felt, as well as a couple of early singles from Little Earthquakes

NumberSong
50LITHIUM Nirvana
49ONE U2
48CONFECTION C.R.O.W.
47FROM A MILLION MILES Single Gun Theory
46MESMERISE Chapterhouse
45COME AS YOU ARE Nirvana
44KISS THEM FOR ME Siouxsie And The Banshees
43SWEETHEART Died Pretty
42UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD U2
41GONE FOR SURE Sea Stories
40ME AND A GUN Tori Amos
39A MIDLIFE'S TALE (GET IT BACK NOW) My Friend The Chocolate Cake
38COUNTDOWN Pulp
37FROM LITTLE THINGS, BIG THINGS GROW Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody
36HIGHER THAN THE SUN Primal Scream
35TIGHTEN UP Electronic
34THE BLACK AND THE BLUE The Bats
33MOVE ANY MOUNTAIN The Shamen
32UNDER THE BRIDGE Red Hot Chilli Peppers
31SURFERS OF THE MIND Def FX
30RHINOCEROS Smashing Pumpkins
29LAST TRAIN TO TRANSCENTRAL The KLF
28OUTSHINED Soundgarden
27SILENT ALL THESE YEARS Tori Amos
26NOTHING ELSE MATTERS Metallica
25COAST IS CLEAR Curve
24SUZANNE Moose
233AM ETERNAL The KLF
22SOMETHING IN THE WAY Nirvana
21LOVE IS BLINDNESS U2

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20MOVIN' ON UP Primal Scream
Everybody in da club! This groove was around during my early clubbing days and takes me back there. Stil sounds great.

RIP to Denise Johnson, who provided the powerful backing vocals to this and several other PS songs.

19FOUR SEASONS IN ONE DAY Crowded House
Just another sublime Neil Finn/Crowdies creation. They seemed to have a beautiful song like this on each of their albums.

(Apologies for the delay - busy day)
18SOUL EATER Clouds
Music is littered with songs having a dig at the predatory nature of the music business, and here is The Clouds' entry - Soul Eater.
It still rocked when they played it in a concert in 2018.

17THERE'S NO OTHER WAY Blur
It wasn't their first single, but There's No Other Way was my introduction to Blur, complete with bowlcutted Damon Albarn. It sounded so cool (still does), though to me, they wouldn't sound quite so cool again until 1995.

16SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT Nirvana
It feels weird not having this song at #1 for a 1991 countdown, but here we are. Confession: I didn't like this song at the time, and without the aid of insleeve lyrics sheets or internet-based lyics websites, didn't have a clue what Kurt was banging on about. But over years I've come around to everyone else and realised what a game changer this song was and still is.

15FROM HERE KNOWS WHEN My Bloody Valentine
At #15 is the big hit from Loveless, From Here Knows When. They went all Cocteau Twins on this one. It's a bit of a Marmite song but I'm a fan of it, very hypnotic.

14RUMOURS OF WAR Billy Bragg
The Bard Of Barking released his Don't Try This At Home Album in 1991 and made an impression on this little first-year uni student. At 14 is the solemn, short but beautiful string-based warning of impending doom which still resonates today, Rumours Of War

13HUMAN NATURE Gary Clail and On-U Sound System
Another club classic. I thought it sounded so much like the future in 1991! With a special appearance of Lana Pellay on backing vocals. Still bangs today I have to say.

12HIERONYMOUS The Clouds
Their biggest hit, huge on JJJ, and still sounds good and fresh today. It's still a favourite to several other Aussie musicians from the time. A nice nod to Hieronymous Bosch's artwork.

11NOTHING NATURAL Lush
The one that started my love affair with Lush, and you can certainly tell Robin Guthrie of the Cocteau Twins produced it. Love it, especially the harmonic vocals from miki and Emma, even despite the corny film clip which they themselves hated, evidently even while filming it.
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10DRESS PJ Harvey

"Put on that dress
I'm going out dancing
Starting off red
Clean and sparkling he'll see me"

The first single from PJ Harvey, and she started as she meant to go on.
I could tell she was different from the beginning. Awesome guitar and I don't recall too many solo female artists before this that were are ballsy as this.
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9TAPHEAD Talk Talk

"When do you know
You know you learn
D'you die in sin
Born again
With will to wind & wander
Climb through needle neck to consent"

Coming in at 9 is Talk Talk with the serene opening track, Taphead, from their final album, Laughing Stock. Time (and his passing in 2019) has shown what a genius Mark Hollis was.
8ENTER SANDMAN Metallica

"Say your prayers, little one
Don't forget, my son
To include everyone
Tuck you in, warm within
Keep you free from sin
'Til the sandman, he comes"

You can take the boy out of the southern suburbs of Adelaide etc...and yes I did see them live two years later.

Still one of the great opening riffs, and the rest of the song rocks too - despite some of the lyrics. It was slowly downhill from here, though some say The Black Album was already on a downhill slope.

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7GIVE IT AWAY Red Hot Chilli Peppers

"I can't tell if I'm a kingpin or a pauper
Greedy little people in a sea of distress
Keep your more to receive your less
Unimpressed by material excess
Love is free love me say hell yes"

I'm not a huge Red Hot Chilli Peppers fan, but this is their finest moment. They reached peak funky here.
6GODBLESS Died Pretty

"So here I am, alone with you
The Sunnyboys? - God bless them
And God bless you"

My favourite single from Died Pretty's acclaimed Doughboy Hollow album. The nod to The Sunnyboys is worth the price of admission alone, but the rest of the song bops along nicely with a great vocal (as always) by Ron Peno.
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5SAFE FROM HARM Massive Attack

"Midnight rockers
City slickers
Gunmen and maniacs
All will feature on the freakshow"

The opening track on Blue Lines, and what an intro to that album, and trip hop in general. Featuring a sublime vocal from Shara Nelson, backed by some smooth samples from Funkadelic, Herbie Hancock and Billy Cobham.
4JESUS CHRIST POSE Soundgarden

"Arms held out
In your Jesus Christ pose
Thorns and shroud
Like it's the coming of the lord"

At #4 is Track 4 from Soundgarden's Badmotorfinger, Jesus Christ Pose. What an introduction to them...and Chris Cornell's vocal range. And the playing easily matches the vocals. Like OB said, a brutal song, but one that left an impression.
3TANK PARK SALUTE Billy Bragg

"I closed my eyes and when I looked
Your name was in the memorial book
And what had become of all the things we planned
I accepted the commiserations
Of all your friends and your relations
But there's some things I still don't understand"

Number three is Billy Bragg's sad, but beautiful, Tank Park Salute, which he wrote in honour of his late faher who passed away in the mid-70s. I can tell you it works for mothers just as well as fathers, and was one of my go-to songs when my own mother passed away a few months ago
2UNFAMILIAR Ride

"Losing sight of that familiar touch you know,
Sinking into unknown beauty for a day,
Living everything as it comes and goes,
The only times you know have passed away."

I read somewhere that the beauty of shoegaze music is that you can shut the other senses out and concentrate on making good music. This is very much in evidence in Ride's Unfamiliar, where it matches OBOne's position. Just a great showcase of distorted guitars, and harmonic, ethereal vocals.
1UNFINISHED SYMPATHY Massive Attack

"Really hurt me, baby, really cut me, baby
How can you have a day without a night?
You're the book that I have opened
And now I've got to know much more"

Topping one of my yearly lists for the third time are Massive Attack with Unfinished Sympathy. Although they were simply known as 'Massive' at the time of the song's release. This is the one that brought trip hop to the world and still sounds amazing, still makes Hottest 100 of All Time Lists, has another great Shara Nelson vocal, and some nice string sections (which I seem to be a sucker for these days).

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Awesome top 5 there benji! 1991 was a pretty fine year for music.
The YouTube playlist (#100-1) from my 1991 list is available here:
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0OBJnkPDKR3JMbt21TuUF51Z5RO048qH

The Spotify version (minus #94, #82, #72, #65, #63, #55, #54, #51 and #13) is available here:
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3Frlx62az7sOK7kbkG1rJZ?si=4DjFRJZtRBiQHVeVGEWHPw&dl_branch=1
Finally - my 1990 'indie' Hottest 150 list is (just about) ready to go, save for some minor tweaking - watch the space below.

I'm planning to post #150-101 on Thursday 28/10.
#100-51 on Friday morning 29/10
#50-21 on Friday evening 29/10
#20-11 on Saturday 30/10
#10-1 on Sunday 31/10
Woo hoo! My favourite year for music! Looking forward to it.
1990: Madchester was in full swing, as was shoegaze. Some notable acts of the old 80s indie guard were still releasing good music, and grunge was making some small steps.

Me, I was in my last year of high school and it was the first full year of JJJ availability where I lived. Very, very eye opening.

Here are #150-101:
My H100 posnSong
150MONEYTALKS AC/DC
149CHRISTO The Plunderers
148BEEN CAUGHT STEALING Jane's Addiction
147TOUCHED BY THE HAND OF CICCIOLINA Pop Will Eat Itself
146WORLD IN MOTION New Order
145BEING BORING Pet Shop Boys
144WHERE DID SHE COME FROM? The Hard-Ons
143ALL TOGETHER NOW The Farm
142OMEN Orbital
141STEP ON Happy Mondays
140FEELIN' The La's
139THE HISTORY OF WESTERN CIVILISATION TISM
138THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES Sinead O'Connor
137FORGOTTEN YEARS Midnight Oil
136HIPPYCHICK Soho
135ON AND ON Club Hoy
134PEACE BY PIECE Sound Unlimited Posse
133WORD GETS AROUND The Hummingbirds
132NOVEMBER SPAWNED A MONSTER Morrissey
131KING OF THE MOUNTAIN Midnight Oil
130TOM'S DINER Susanne Vega and DNA
129VOGUE Madonna
128I AM ONE Smashing Pumpkins
127DIG FOR FIRE The Pixies
126DON'T GO IN THE WATER Ratcat
125WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW Ed Kuepper
124A DREAM'S A DREAM Soul II Soul
123METROPOLIS The Church
122I'M FREE Soup Dragons
121RIDE IT ON Mazzy Star
120SHE COMES IN THE FALL Inspiral Carpets
119LOVE SCHOOL Divinyls
118THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
117LOVE ITSELF Curious (Yellow)
116RIBBONS Sisters Of Mercy
115I SOAR The Chills
114TIME TO GET READY The Bats
113UNBELIEVABLE EMF
112I TOUCH MYSELF Divinyls
111ONE LOVE The Stone Roses
110LOVE REARS ITS UGLY HEAD Living Colour
109PART PAST PART FICTION The Chills
108IT'S ALRIGHT NOW The Beloved
107COME TOGETHER Primal Scream
106SACKVILLE Inspiral Carpets
105NEVER TOO POPULAR Crash Politics
104ALL OVER THE WORLD The Pixies
103FORTUNE PRESENTS GIFTS NOT ACCORDING TO THE BOOK Dead Can Dance
102WHEN YOU DON'T SEE ME Sisters Of Mercy
101BIGGEST MOUNTAIN Inspiral Carpets
#100-51:

My H100 posnSong
100ALL I WANT The Lightning Seeds
99LET'S FORM A COMPANY TISM
98A LIFE OF SUNDAYS The Waterboys
97BLUE FLOWER Mazzy Star
96TAKEN BY SURPRISE Curious (Yellow)
95ISTANBUL They Might Be Giants
94SHINE ON The House Of Love
93OUT THERE Blake Babies
92SMOKING HER WINGS The Bats
91WASH YOUR FACE IN MY SINK Dream Warriors
90COOL FIRE Beasts Of Bourbon
89LIKE A DAYDREAM Ride
88RAIN Not Drowning Waving
87CAROLINE Concrete Blonde
86DE-LUXE Lush
85AFTERGLOW Loop
84BRAND NEW LIFE Toys Went Berserk
83ICE BLINK LUCK The Cocteau Twins
82PUT THE MESSAGE IN THE BOX World Party
81THE ONLY ONE I KNOW The Charlatans
80JUSTIFY MY LOVE Madonna
79WAITING FOR THE NIGHT TO FALL Depeche Mode
78X, Y AND ZEE Pop Will Eat Itself
77THE KIAP SONG Not Drowning Waving
76DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
75CANDY Iggy Pop and Kate Pierson
74COMMERCIAL REIGN Inspiral Carpets
73HEAVENLY POP HIT The Chills
72MAN IN A BOX Alice In Chains
71HELLO The Beloved
70THRIVE The Crystal Set
69TIMELESS MELODY The La's
68CUTS YOU UP Peter Murphy
67YOU'RE STILL BEAUTIFUL The Church
66WAY DOWN NOW World Party
65CHELSEA GIRL Ride
64DOE The Breeders
63CIRCLESQUARE The Wonderstuff
62GET TO NOTICE Underground Lovers
61HALO Depeche Mode
60EVERYTHING'S NOT WHAT IT SEEMS Crash Politics
59LUCY Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
58BLUE SKY MINE Midnight Oil
57HEAVEN OR LAS VEGAS The Cocteau Twins
56THUNDERSTRUCK AC/DC
55EVERY HOUR GOD SENDS Jack Frost
54EVERYTHING I'VE GOT BELONGS TO YOU Ed Kuepper
53WHEELS IN MOTION Toys Went Berserk
52CLOUD FACTORY The Clouds
51DAYDREAMING Massive Attack

#50-21:

You may have worked out by now that 1990 was an excellent year for indie music. Such a mix of styles at the time.

And I could relate to Scatterbrain, as my younger brother was heavily into the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at the time

My H100 posnSong
50SADENESS PART 1 Enigma
49BLACK WATER Not Drowning Waving
48DON'T CALL ME DUDE Scatterbrain
47SWEETNESS AND LIGHT Lush
46CUBIK 808 State
45HERE'S WHERE THE STORY ENDS The Sundays
44VAPOUR Loop
43SO HARD Pet Shop Boys
42ONE COUNTRY Midnight Oil
41RAVINE C.R.O.W.
40DIRTY BOOTS Sonic Youth
39SOON My Bloody Valentine
38BAD NOTE FOR A HEART Straitjacket Fits
37FROU-FROU FOXES IN MIDSUMMER FIRE The Cocteau Twins
36BLACK SUN Dead Can Dance
35SON OF MUSTANG FORD Swervedriver
34IRIS The Breeders
33SEA OF SORROW Alice In Chains
32SORROW'S CHILD Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
31VELOURIA The Pixies
30CROWN OF THORNS Mother Love Bone
29THANK YOU WORLD World Party
28CRAZY Seal
27NEVER ENOUGH The Cure
26SHE HANGS BRIGHTLY Mazzy Star
25IS SHE WEIRD? The Pixies
24LOADED Primal Scream
23THIS IS HOW IT FEELS Inspiral Carpets
22LOOSE FIT Happy Mondays
21FOR A THOUSAND YEARS Sea Stories

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20JOEY Concrete Blonde
The big hit from Bloodletting. I must admit that I wasn't much of a fan of this one at the time, but it sounds a lot better with age, due in no small way to Johnette Napolitano's sweet vocal.

19TUNIC (A SONG FOR KAREN) Sonic Youth
A tribute to Karen Carpenter from Kim Gordon, this song packs a punch in more ways than one. Another song covering someone's tragic situation.
18KINKY AFRO Happy Mondays
#18 comes from the maddest of the Madchester bands, the Happy Mondays, with Kinky Afro from their Pills, Thrills and Bellyaches album. As OBOne mentioned, it was quite the groove over the summer of 1990-91, and still is a groove.

17THE WEEPING SONG Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
1990 saw Nick Cave clean, living in Rio De Janeiro and releasing (along with the bad Seeds of course) the divine The Good Son album, which was much lighter than their previous two. The bouncy second single, The Weeping Song, comes in #17, along with its corny film clip featuring Nick and Blixa singing long in a very unconvincing boat. Despite that, it was one of the first of Nick's songs I remember hearing and has always been amongst my favourites.
16MORE Sisters Of Mercy
I didn't quite like the Sisters Of Mercy's Vision Thing album as much as their previous two, but there are still some good songs on there. The standout is 'More' and it comes in at #16. Mix Andrew Eldritch with Jim Steinman's production and you were only going to get an intense epic.

15THE PROMISED WOMB Dead Can Dance
Dead Can Dance's Aion album embraced centuries old lyrics and instrumentation, and when you combine this with Lisa Gerrard's vocal ability, you get some stunning music. The Promised Womb is far and away the best example of this.
14KOOL THING Sonic Youth
Kim Gordon is totally what it says on the label. Even though it was their first album for a major label, Goo is my favourite Sonic Youth album and Kool Thing is my favourite track from it. Even Chuck D gets in on the act without the song missing a beat. Worrd up.

13GROOVE IS IN THE HEART Deee-Lite
AKA the big hit of my Year 12 formal. Packed the floors then and if I went to any floors these days, I'm sure this one would still pack them. De-groovy.


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12THEN The Charlatans
Number 12 doesn't quite get to Madchester, but the West Midlands. It's 'Then' from The Charlatans' debut album, and the driving bassline with Tim Burgess' soaring vocal has ensured that it remains my favourite Charlatans track to this day.

11LOOKING GLASS The La's
We now move slightly north to Liverpool for #11, and the epic 8 minute album closer for the La's acclaimed self-titled album, Looking Glass. Such a shame that this was the last song they put to record. But what a way to go out.
And now the Top 10

10NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O'Connor

"It's been so lonely without you here
Like a bird without a song
Nothing can stop these lonely tears from falling
Tell me baby, where did I go wrong?"

I didn't see this coming from Sinead O'Connor in 1990. I only knew her from Mandinka. But it was stunning and full of heart then, and still sounds that way today.
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9GASKRANKINSTATION The Headless Chickens

"My name's Ivan. My occupation?
Well I've been working 20 years at the gaskrankinstation downtown.
I love the cars, y'know
Without me they wouldn't go very far"

We're off to New Zealand and Flying Nun Records for #9.
Another song that evaded me at the time (I was more familiar with their Cruise Control/Mr Moon/Juice/Choppers era), but was brought to my attention relatively recently.

Not only is it a brilliant piece of social commentary on the state New Zealand at the time, but it works its way up to a anarchic, killer climax.
8DOWN IN SPLENDOUR Straitjacket Fits

"And save your face of changing colour
And your smile of fading colour
'Cause you'll never know another
Who will give you ever after"

For #8 we stay in New Zealand, and with Flying Nun Records. A little bit of an atypical song from them, but one I've come to appreciate over time. Just a beautiful, straightforward love cons. Rightly named as one of the best New Zealand songs of all time.
6LOCK IT The Falling Joys

"Sat on the steps and we watched the view
The house was full but there was only you
Time was right because you told it to"

Off to Canberra for #6, with easily the Falling Joys' best song, Lock It. It's the singalong chorus, Suzie Higgie's vocals and the bass guitar that does it for me.
7TOOK THE CHILDREN AWAY Archie Roach

"Teach them how to live they said
Humiliated them instead
Taught them that and taught them this
And others taught them prejudice"

We move now to Melbourne, via Balranald, NSW. Uncle Archie comes in at #7 with his signature song, 'Took The Children Away'. The lyrics are uncomfortable reading, but the song has not lost any impact 31 years later. Still hits me in the 'ol feels.
6LOCK IT The Falling Joys

"Sat on the steps and we watched the view
The house was full but there was only you
Time was right because you told it to"

Off to Canberra for #6, with easily the Falling Joys' best song, Lock It. It's the singalong chorus, Suzie Higgie's vocals and the bass guitar that does it for me.
5TOMORROW WENDY Andy Prieboy and Johnette Napolitano

"I told the priest, don't count on any second coming
God got his ass kicked the first time he came down here slumming
He had the balls to come, the gall to die and then forgive us
No, I don't wonder why, I wonder what he thought it would get us"

Back to the depressing songs (about the titular character dying of AIDS). But a very beautiful one. The Concrete Blonde version of this song is better known, but seeing as Andy Prieboy wrote the song and I like a good duet, and it still contains Johnette's vocals, this is the version that I'm including. I seem to recall both versions getting heavy airplay on JJJ.
4THREE DAYS Jane's Addiction

"True leaders gone,
Of land and people.
We choose no kin but adopted strangers.
The family weakens by the length we travel...'

I'll admit to not being the biggest Jane's Addiction fan, and that this masterpiece eluded me at the time. It also keeps my run of 8+ minute songs in the Top 10 going. Take a bow Dave Navarro - two epic guitar solos, and you too Perry Farrell. The definite highlight of Ritual de lo Habitual.

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3VAPOUR TRAIL Ride

"First you look so strong then you fade away
The sun will blind my eyes, I love you anyway
Thirsty for your smile, I watch you for a while
You are a vapour trail in a deep blue sky"

A love song this time. I'm relatively new to the Ride 'ride', but this is their most famous song, and it's easy to see why. In several other years this could have topped the list. The ultimate shoegaze song.
2THE SHIP SONG Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds

"We talk about it all night long
We define our moral ground
But when I crawl into your arms
Everything, it comes tumbling down"

Runner up is Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds with The Ship Song. It's a close thing between this, The Mercy Seat and Into My Arms as to my favourite song of his long career. It's just beautiful, right up the piano and chime outro. I sometimes wish that he could have come up with a more imaginative name for it though.

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1THAT AIN'T BAD Ratcat

"They told me that you were a really bad news.
They said you were no good for me.
They told me you were a bad bad person.
But you seem alright to me"

Topping the chart is That Ain't Bad by Ratcat. I rocked out to this song as a teenager and still do now - it bodes well for these type of countdowns when I have a consitently good reaction to a song. I didn't realise at the time but it did signpost grunge a fair bit. A classic. Shame that they never really approached this level again.
That list ain't bad
Here is the YouTube playlist of my indie Top 100 of 1990 : https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0OBJnkPDKR260-kK1Df4n79Te_T4El9Q

Here is the Spotify version (minus #96,#70,#55):
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6GLY3uI4dEliMADY8ddfQg?si=iFJyKCTASYCuI_k2MLGD9A

I’ll be working on my 2021 list primarily in the next few months, but as that is ahead of schedule, I should be able to work on 1989 sooner rather than later.


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