Turning 20: 6 Albums from 1995
What do you recall of 1995? Were you even born yet? Were you in school? Were you giggling at the thought of something called ‘the internet’ and how you could sit on a computer and talk to people on the other side of the planet?
1995 was 20 years ago and boy does that make us feel older than the Queen. It may have been some time ago, but there are just some albums that were released in 95 that still feel like it was just last year that they were causing a stir on the radio waves (because streaming wasn’t even a sparkle in the internet’s eye yet).
These were the days you would have to actually go to a brick and mortar to buy your music, and records sold in the MILLIONS with ease.
With the resurgence in popularity of grunge and the nineties trends in general, we at Vulture thought we would take a peek back through time and touch back on some of the best albums to come out of the year that was 1-9-9-5.
1. Alanis Morissette- Jagged Little Pill
Ahhh angsty Alanis. Morissette‘s third studio album, Jagged Little Pill, to this date has sold a massive 33 million copies worldwide and spawned incredibly iconic songs such as ‘Ironic’, ‘You Oughta Know’, ‘Hand in My Pocket’ and ‘Head Over Feet’. At 21 years of age, Morissette took out 6 Grammy’s for the record and cemented herself as a force to be reckoned with. The infamous aggression that taunted Morissette’s reputation actually came from being robbed at gunpoint whilst in Los Angeles.
2. Smashing Pumpkins- Mellon Collie and the Infinte Sadness
Noted as the Smashing Pumpkins’ most successful album to date, the double CD with the prolific illustrative album art work moved many with it’s variety of hard hitting head bangers (‘Zero’, ‘Bullet with Butterfly Wings’) to beautifully melodic (‘Tonight, Tonight’, ‘Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness’). The record also spawned the classic ‘1979’ which still to this day hits our nostalgia bone over and over with the memories of after school antics- sneaky cigarettes and the beach at dusk. Earning 7 Grammy nominations, the album saw the post-grunge rockers make the cross over to commercial success, but also began the bands decent into demise.
3. Oasis- (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?
This is the album the introduced the world to aggressive British brothers, Noel and Liam Gallagher. Their playful innuendo record title alone was enough to garner attention. But was the world ready for ‘Wonderwall’? No. No one was prepared for how successful that song would become, and how infamous it is to this day, so much so that there is an entire meme movement devoted to it. Though the Oasis lads had been previously semi-successful with Definitely Maybe, it was Morning Glory that made the world stand up and really listen to what they were fighting about. ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ and ‘Champagne Supernova’ also came off this record. Pun intended.
4. Foo Fighters- Self Titled
Hellooooo Dave Grohl. This piece of mastery began as a demo cassette and circulated its way around so quickly, that the music industry was buzzing before it even was a proper recording. Grohl wrote, sang, and played every instrument on the entire album except for one guitar guest spot. He even released it on his own damn record label. Can you get more entrepreneurial than that?!? Fresh off a hiatus after the suicide of his band mate and close friend Kurt Cobain, Grohl penned hits like ‘Big Me’, ‘This is a Call’ and ‘I’ll Stick Around’ whilst he was still a member of Nirvana. Fun Fact: Grohl was considering giving up on music altogether before he started this record. Can you imagine a world without Foo Fighters? Let’s not pull at that thread.
5. Radiohead- The Bends
With the song ‘Creep’ soldily under their belt, UK alt band Radiohead released The Bends at a time when the success was starting to eat away at the morale within. After touring endlessly in support of Pablo Honey, Radiohead felt massive pressure to match the success. Although The Bends did capture some critical acclaim as previous work, in the U.S it was only met with mediocre chart success. It still lives on as one of the better pieces of work of the era with the beautiful ‘Fake Plastic Trees’ and the timeless ‘High and Dry’ as standouts and was the beginning of a microscopic look into singer Thom Yorke’s complicated and intricate thought process in songwriting and lyrical exploration.
6. silverchair- Frogstomp
One of Australia’s most famous rock outfits, silverchair came from the small, industrial town of Newcastle and won their way into the public’s hearts via Nomad, a demo contest held by Triple J and SBS. ‘Tomorrow’ landed the then 15 year olds into the spotlight in a big way, and then with it came Frogstomp, arguably the trio’s most seminal work. Yes, they were young and had so much to learn and grow into, but you cannot argue that songs like ‘Israel’s Son’, ‘Pure Massacre’ and ‘Shade’ don’t make you want to get on a skateboard and emo your way back into ’95. Lead singer Daniel Johns is now held as one of the country’s finest songwriters and musicians, drummer Ben Gillies is a wine glass accessory on a shitty reality show and who knows where Chris Joannou is.