25 Years ago, the most exciting year in music of my formative years.
There was this lame 80's hangover, but with the kickoff of Lollapalooza, everything seemed to shift, with a murder's row of brilliant albums dropping all through the Summer and Fall. It's a cliché, but hearing 'Nevermind' was as generation defining as I imagine it had been to hear 'Meet the Beatles' or 'Sgt. Pepper's'.
(I was in some club in ATL when I heard "Smells Like Teen Spirit" for the first time ..you could feel the collective buzz of Woooooah!)
People take shots now, but I can't tell ya how fresh and exhilarating the funk of Chili Peppers' Rick Rubin produced 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik' was.
'Out of Time' was a big one. 'De La Soul Is Dead'. 'Niggaz4Life' had mind-blowing production, upping the ante for gangsta rap, and meeting the challenge of the gauntlet thrown down by Ice Cube and Geto Boys the previous year.
The 'Jungle Fever soundtrack featuring a revitalized Stevie.
Cypress Hill's debut.
'Temple of the Dog'.
Neil Young's live defiant proto-Grunge statement.
Ice-T debuting his Black metal band Body Count which seemed so cool at the time.
And of course Teenage Fanclub.
So old heads ...share your memories and favorites of that year...