14. Leonard Bernstein – “Bernstein in Berlin : Beethoven Symphony No. 9”

DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHONE – charted at #54 on 4th February 1990 This was recorded at the Christmas Day concert in 1989 in Berlin celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall. Famous for West Side Story this was his last performance before retirement. He died just 5 days after announcing his retirement. Now I know nothing aboutContinue reading “14. Leonard Bernstein – “Bernstein in Berlin : Beethoven Symphony No. 9””

13. The Lightning Seeds – “CloudCuckooLand“

GHETTO – charted at #50 on 4th February 1990 Ian Broudie gets 20 automatically because he produced “I Am Kurious Oranj”. He was also in “Big In Japan” and “Original Mirrors”….but that was the 80’s!! In the 90’s he was a one man music project, The Lightning Seeds, and it feels like it’s a lessonContinue reading “13. The Lightning Seeds – “CloudCuckooLand“”

12. Inner City – “Paradise Remixed”

10 RECORDS – charted at #17 on 4th February 1990 Detroit House from a band that became legends in US dance music circles. They must have been small circles. Inner City have…what’s the nicest way to say it…a definite style! Paris Grey’s vocals sound as bored as I was after a couple of tracks. “GoodContinue reading “12. Inner City – “Paradise Remixed””

11. Fish – “Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors”

EMI – charted at #5 on 4th February 1990 It’s just after 6pm on VE 75 Day which means most of the UK are just one pint away from their social distancing driveway high teas becoming a massive national wedding reception. For some reason the local dogs have had a unified mad half hour…. …andContinue reading “11. Fish – “Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors””

10. Tanita Tikaram – “The Sweet Keeper”

EASTWEST – charted at #3 on February 4th 1990 “Ancient Heart” was my first cassette album. I got it with a Walkman for Christmas and so I listened to it over and over again. The smoky deep voice is there, the Argent/Van Hooke influence is there and the songs are nice enough, with lead singleContinue reading “10. Tanita Tikaram – “The Sweet Keeper””

9. The Quireboys – “A Bit Of What You Fancy”

PARLOPHONE – charted at #2 on February 4th 1990 They started life as “The Choirboys”, then for some reason, changed to “The Queerboys” before someone had a word and they became “The Quireboys”, ‘quire’ being the word for 4 pages of parchment…so they’re ‘The Old Paper Boys” This is their first album and the onlyContinue reading “9. The Quireboys – “A Bit Of What You Fancy””

8. The Jungle Brothers – “Done By The Forces Of Nature”

ETERNAL – charted at #41 on 28th January 1990 Another album I’m afraid to say I’ve never heard before, I’ve had a look around the internet at different reviews and profiles and the common thought seems to be that this is a great album BUT it’s doing too much and they missed the bus inContinue reading “8. The Jungle Brothers – “Done By The Forces Of Nature””

7. Loop – “A Gilded Eternity”

SITUATION TWO – Charted at #38 on 28th January 1990 Why the hell haven’t I heard this before? Obviously I didn’t listen to enough John Peel when I was 13 because this is right up my street! 3rd and final album that topped the Indie Chart. Loop apparently brought “Space Rock” back to the charts.Continue reading “7. Loop – “A Gilded Eternity””

5. The Sundays – “Reading, Writing and Arithmatic”

ROUGH TRADE : Charted #4 on 21st January 1990 Oh, hello jingly indie guitar! Hey there 6th form common room tape machine. It’s Newman and Baddiel favourites, Bristol alumni, David Gavurin and girlfriend-wife & pre-Wener indie boy crush Harriet Wheeler…and others, “The Sundays”. Apparently, the “Reading” is a reference to Wheeler’s home town so I’veContinue reading “5. The Sundays – “Reading, Writing and Arithmatic””

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