Friday, April 13, 2012

Charting 1997: Album chart 19th April

01.(NE) The Chemical Brothers - Dig Your Own Hole (Spotify)
The single may have fallen off the top fairly quickly, but there was never any real doubt that Tom & Ed would get their first Number One album with this second set, one of the key works in the crossover of dance music to rock audiences. Obviously, part of the reason would have been the guest appearances by the likes of Noel Gallagher, Beth Orton and Mercury Rev, as well as the duo's reputation as remixers, but there is a sense of melody and riffage that distinguishes this from less NME-friendly fare like Haddaway and Clock.
02. (1) Spice Girls - Spice
03. (2) Wet Wet Wet - 10
04. (9) Texas - White On Blonde
05. (3) No Doubt - Tragic Kingdom
06. (4) Lisa Stansfield - Lisa Stansfield
07. (5) The Beautiful South - Blue is the Colour
08. (6) Manic Street Preachers - Everything Must Go
09. (7) Reef - Glow
10.(18) Blur - Blur
11.(11) Lighthouse Family - Ocean Drive
12.(14) Fun Lovin' Criminals - Come Find Yourself
13.(NE) Damage - Forever
Boy bands have indeed been with us forever, although few seem to have combined this level of success with such little impression on the public memory.
14.(12) The Bee Gees - The Very Best Of
15. (8) The Bee Gees - Still Waters
16.(NE) INXS - Elegantly Wasted
The last proper INXS album, though they've done at least one without Michael Hutchence.
17.(13) U2 - Pop
18.(26) Erykah Badu - Baduizm
19.(17) Jamiroquai - Travelling Without Moving
20.(19) Alisha's Attic - Alisha Rules The World
21.(15) Kula Shaker - K
22.(21) George Michael - Older
23.(16) Eternal - Before The Rain
24.(20) Sheryl Crow - Sheryl Crow
25.(22) Original Soundtrack - Evita
26.(24) Beck - Odelay
27.(32) The Monkees - The Greatest Hits
28.(10) Erasure - Cowboy
29.(31) Mansun - Attack of the Grey Lantern
30.(33) Toni Braxton - Secrets
31.(34) Skunk Anansie - Stoosh
32.(27) Robert Miles - Dreamland
33.(25) Ocean Colour Scene - B sides seasides and freerides
34.(29) Fugees - The Score
35.(NE) Heart - These Dreams Greatest Hits
36.(30) Celine Dion - Falling into you
37.(23) The Smurfs - The Smurfs Hits 97 Vol 1
38.(51) Suede - Coming Up
39.(35) The Notorious BIG - Life After Death
40.(38) Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill

46.(NE) Gorky's Zygotic Mynci - Barafundle(Spotify)
Is there any greater sign of the influence Britpop had on the record industry than the fact that a major label signed up these Welsh psychedelic oddballs with a name barely pronounceable to Anglophones, and paid for an album which is partly in Welsh, partly in English and just a little bit in Latin. There are even chunks of mediaeval music and what sounds like a sample of Patrick Moore. 
Of course they were dropped by the end of 1998, but they did leave behind this, one of my favourite albums of this or any other year. Behind all the quirks, Euros Childs must be one of our most underrated songwriters. 
55.(NE) Bis - The New Transistor Heroes
In those days you could sometimes get cassette versions of albums cheap as a form of promotion, and thus it was that I paid £4:99 for this on my brother's behalf. Yes kids, there was a time when that was considered cheap for a cassette.
56.(RE) Bryan Adams - 18 til I Die
63.(RE) Kenny G - The Moment
69.(RE) The Lightning Seeds - Dizzy Heights
74.(RE) Cast - All Change

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