1992, Part 2: Once Upon A Time There Were Records For The Children To Buy…
1992 was a year when most people didn't own a computer. You had one at work. Your phone was in your house and MTV still played videos. In fact, they were playing very different videos from the ones they were playing just a year and a half earlier. "Generation X" was a term that saw actual use -- seriously by aging pundits and ironically by the kids!
Were things better in 1992? I certainly felt better.
25) Rage Against The Machine -- Rage Against The Machine: Paul Ryan's favorite band, Rage raged against people like Ryan, making the irono-meter pin deeply into the red and smoke uncontrollably. Yet, it makes complete sense to me. I don't care what your politics are. Rap-metal is a crime against humanity.
24) Tori Amos -- Little Earthquakes: It turns out Tori could read. She studied Kate Bush pretty darn close for the blueprint and then took things from there. She'd make better records, but few albums felt apart of the era like this one. Or maybe you never rode in a car with a twenty-something girl in 1992.
23) PJ Harvey -- Dry: Ha, ha! Remember when "PJ Harvey Is A Band" was the assertion. Pure coincidence that their songwriter, singer and guitarist was named -- get this -- Polly Jean Harvey. OK, so she dispensed with the band once she had the funds to pay her session cats. It wasn't like there weren't thousands of bassists and drummers who would work for scale and bring similar results. Anyone who doesn't insist on singing and writing songs for the band they're in deserves what they get. You've been warned!
22) Morrissey -- Your Arsenal: Moz had a band that mattered with the Smiths and he sent them packing, teamed up with Alain Whyte, who agreed to write most of the music to songs like "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful," "You're The One For Me, Fatty" and "Seasick, Yet Still Docked," while the legendary Mick Ronson produced it right before he died. Morrissey's the Tom Sawyer of his generation. Catch the spit!