April 1996

In April 1996, I was closing in on the end of my first year at Humberside University. I was trying to convince my first girlfriend that she should go out with me and that I wasn’t really hard work and needed constant validation (Spoiler: I do) and I had all of my record collection stolen from my room at the Grange Halls of Residence on Beverley High Road in Hull. I thought that the smell of my socks would stop anyone from breaking into the room but obviously the tykes of West Hull are hardier than I had imagined.

My blood group was “Bass Bitter/Two Dogs Shandy”

  • GEORGE MICHAEL – Fastlove
    The video had someone wearing “Fony” headphones in a snipe at Sony who he’d fallen out with. That told them!
  • OCEAN COLOUR SCENE – You Got It Bad
    Moseley Shoals was one of the albums that everyone has in the Halls of Residence had, alongside “Stanley Road” by Paul Weller. I’m surprised by how despite never owning it I still know every single word.
  • GIN BLOSSOMS – Follow You Down
  • PRESIDENTS OF THE USA – Peaches
    All about a girl the singer Chris Bellew had a crush on. It’s the age-old story of stalking a girl by sitting under the nearest peach tree to your crush waiting for them to leave the house. I used to just cycle around the block of my crushes….and that’s one of the reasons I was single until I was 20.
  • 2 PAC – California Love
    Tupac’s comeback single after his prison stint. I loved this – 2Pac’s “A Life In Ten Pictures” https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000v5hv/a-life-in-ten-pictures-series-1-2-tupac-shakur
  • ASH – Goldfinger
    Tim Wheeler says it the best song Ash ever wrote.
  • 3T – 24/7
    Michael Jackson’s nephews. Doesn’t open as many doors today as it did…
  • MANIC STREET PREACHERS – A Design For Life
    Not about Spanish revolutionaries for once. Just class struggle.
  • ALANIS MORRISSETTE – Ironic
    Ed Byrne was one of the first to point out that the situations she presents aren’t Ironic, just annoying and that the only ironic thing about the song is the title.
  • SLEEPER – Sale Of The Century
    Billboard said it’s one of the most thrilling singles of 1996. Was 1996 that bad in American music?
  • ADEVA – I Thank You
    Adeva scared me!
  • KULA SHAKER – Grateful When You’re Dead
  • TONY RICH PROJECT – Nobody Knows
  • BLAMELESS – Breathe (A Little Deeper)
    I was sure they were Australian, but they’re from the Steel City. This was a song my brilliant friend Pippa introduced to me. I hadn’t heard of them and I haven’t heard anything since but I bought a Shine compilation purely because it was on there.
  • SWV – Use Your Heart
  • THE CRANBERRIES – Salvation
    Some reviewers thought it was too preachy. Ah, the 90’s!
  • PURESSENCE – India
    I didn’t really get into them at the time. I think that if I’d have still been in Manchester I’d have loved them earlier but I am only just really discovering them.
  • SHED SEVEN – On Standby
  • REPUBLICA – Ready To Go
    I saw them supporting Fun Lovin Criminals.
  • EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL – Walking Wounded
    The first single released after Missing blew up.
  • TERRORVISION – Celebrity Hit List
    Other famous people from Keighley. Eric Pickles, Kiki Dee, Denis Healey and Mollie Sugden
  • JOE – All The Things Your Man Won’t Do
    Written for the soundtrack of the Wayans Brothers’ parody of gangsta rap films Don’t Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In the Hood.
  • LONGPIGS – On and On
    Now known as “Richard Hawley’s band”
  • MAXWELL – Ascension
  • HOOTIE AND THE BLOWFISH – Old Man And Me
    Huuuuge in America. This is from their second album Fairweather Johnson which sold 4 million copies over there. Very much passed me by.
  • BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – The Ghost Of Tom Joad
    It’s been covered by Rage Against The Machine!

Published by fatmancunian

I used to work on the radio. Now I talk to myself for free!

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