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 1989
Author: breno 
Date:   11-25-13 15:06

Results:

http://www.slicingupeyeballs.com/2013/11/25/best-albums-of-1989/

I don't really have any bellyache with the results here, beyond Bleach's ridiculously high placement - I would be willing to bet that less than 1/4 of .001% of the people who voted it that high had any clue it even existed back in 1989.

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 Re: 1989
Author: HollowbodyKay 
Date:   11-26-13 08:54

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I would be willing to bet that less than 1/4 of .001% of the people who voted it that high had any clue it even existed back in 1989.


How many people would that actually be?

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 Re: 1989
Author: breno 
Date:   11-26-13 09:18

I suspect that at most one person who voted may have known of that album's existence in 1989. I suspect that no one who voted for it actually heard it back then, and I suspect that fewer than zero would have thought much about it one way or the other if they had.

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 Re: 1989
Author: Delvin 
Date:   11-26-13 12:03

I don't remember the Batman soundtrack being on the nominees list. Was it a write-in? Strange for that Prince album to make the list, after such a does-it-or-doesn't-it-qualify attitude toward Prince's previous '80s releases.



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 Re: 1989
Author: Heff 
Date:   11-26-13 12:27

Yeah, the Batman soundtrack was on the list. I remember because I was torn about putting it on or not. It didn't make it, I can only remember three or four songs from it.

I was surprised I missed Ministry - that was in heavy rotation back then.



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 Re: 1989
Author: MrInteresting 
Date:   11-26-13 15:07

yeah, I agree.. Bleach's ranking obviously was a result of the Nevermind tsunami that hit the scene two years later

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 Re: 1989
Author: HollowbodyKay 
Date:   11-26-13 17:44

I can recall seeing the adverts (for "Bleach") in various music rags from back in the day ... but could not have possibly cared less. I wasn't (ever) much into grunge. Man.

Honest-to-goodness questions from that era:

1.) Isn't there a band called Bleach?

2.) Nivana? Like that song by The Cult?

Yawn!

...

Who knew that Cobain would one day reinvent the @#$% wheel? Not me, certainly.

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 Re: 1989
Author: rhettlawrence 
Date:   11-26-13 19:32

I listened to a ton (or whatever the liquid equivalent is) of Bleach in 1989 and voted for it, but only had two of my other votes make the top 10 (Pixies and Beasties). It's a fairly uninspiring list for me. And who coulda guessed that the Cure would be #1 again?!?

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 Re: 1989
Author: Jermoe 
Date:   11-27-13 14:40

I don't have much love for The Cure, so my perspective could be off, but Disintegration is so much better than the rest of their catalog it's sort of amazing. It just has a rich texture all the way through.

Not the best album of 1989, though.

Peter Murphy at #8 surprised me.

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 Re: 1989
Author: BCE 
Date:   11-27-13 20:30

Very surprised at how high NIN ranked. They are/were very mainstream, so much so that (I could be mistaken) Casey Kasem counted down to them on AT40 before he retired. And not Billboard's Modern Rock charts, either, but the actual "Top 100" singles - "Casey, could you please play 'Head Like a Hole'?' It could have been a long distance dedication.



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 Re: 1989
Author: Delvin 
Date:   11-28-13 15:47

I have no issues with this list either, even with the retroactive credibility imparted to Bleach. See, if more readers had voted only for the albums they actually bought and listened to that year, we wouldn't be having this discussion. (So I guess it's kinda worthwhile that those voters didn't.)

Anyway, eight of my ten votes made the list, including, yes, Disintegration. Overall, I'd say Oranges & Lemons was my favorite album that year.



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 Re: 1989
Author: zoo 
Date:   11-28-13 20:52

I thought we were voting for best albums from that year...not ones we actually listened to at that time. That would really skew the list. I listened to RHCP like crazy back then, but that was because I was a misguided teen. Twenty-plus years of hindsight (and discovering new music from decades prior) has changed my mind about what (I think) is "good." There are plenty of bands I ignored in the '80s that I have just come to really appreciate in the past decade.

All of that said, I DID buy and listen to Disintegration back then, along with others that I still listen to (Kate Bush, TFF, Wonder Stuff), and others I have since discarded (Oranges & Lemons, RHCP, Ministry, B-52s).

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 Re: 1989
Author: breno 
Date:   11-29-13 02:05

Quote:

I thought we were voting for best albums from that year.


Yeah, we were. I just don't think anyone who voted for Bleach honestly stuck to that criteria. Nevermind was not so good that it retroactively made Bleach one of the the best albums of its year. Nevermind boosted the debut's significance, but it didn't do a damn thing for its quality.

It remains a middling album with one pretty great original and one decent cover tune and a whole lot of "meh" filler, whether or not the same band (more or less) recorded "Smells Like Teen Spirit" two years later.

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 Re: 1989
Author: STEVE 
Date:   11-29-13 21:38

1989 the year that started the nineties!

SHANE McGOWAN & the POGUES 'peace and love' is still a firm favourite.

also...LES NEGRESSES VERTES!
more please...

my turn already?
ROBERT MAPFUMO 'corruption'



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 Re: 1989
Author: mats84 
Date:   11-29-13 22:41

Stone Roses for me is the class of that year, I loved that record insanely and all of the assorted non-album tracks they'd been releasing from-87 onward and I still do. I distinctly remember at that time being more drawn to The Stone Roses and The La's (though that's later) than anything American that more overtly resembled the spawn of my beloved REM/Replacements/Husker Du.

I still feel that way really, that the songs of the Stone Roses and The La's resonated more to me than the "sound" of Dinosaur Jr./The Pixies and eventually Nirvana.

It's that weird feeling of thinking you already had a band that did "this" better in your lifetime and not wanting more of it. But also, in a way starting to be close-minded - something about the Stone Roses felt more comfortable and relatable to me than whatever The Pixies were screaming their heads off about in the late 80s.

That's probably the first time, musically where I started to turn into my grandfather.......




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 Re: 1989
Author: M. Johnson 
Date:   11-30-13 03:11

Grade 10 and beginning grade 11, small city Canadian east coast.
The albums I listened to the most in 1989 were

THE STONE ROSES

The Arista re-release of Sarah Mclachlan's Touch.

The great but disappointing (compared to INFECTED or VIVA HATE) MINDBOMB.

DISINTEGRATION

"SHE'S HAVING A BABY" soundtrack

ORANGES AND LEMONS

The Sundays' "Can't Be Sure"

WELCOME TO THE BEAUTIFUL SOUTH

The Primitives' PURE

THE SENSUAL WORLD (the cassette release didn't have "This Woman's Work" or "Walk Straight Through The Middle")

Pale Saints "Barging Into The Presence Of God"



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 Re: 1989
Author: rhettlawrence 
Date:   12-02-13 18:41

Replying to Reno, I've mostly been voting on these things on what I thought was the best album in that year and what I was listening to the most. So yeah, I don't necessarily regard Bleach as one of the ten best albums of 1989 now, but I sure as shit did then.

And if I could only take one Nirvana album to the desert island, I'd take Bleach before Nevermind, but that's just me. Actually, what I'd really take is the first Foo Fighters album.

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 Re: 1989
Author: STEVE 
Date:   07-21-17 16:52

BIG AUDIO DYNAMITE - Megatop Phoenix (and the ghost of rhettlawrence).



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 Re: 1989
Author: STEVE 
Date:   07-27-17 21:57

Mrinteresting threads are cool.

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