1995. Nintendo, Toy Story, OJ Simpson – and of course another great year for rock music! Some of the most memorable rock albums of the 90’s have seen the light of day exactly twenty years ago. Let’s go through five of them:
Oasis – (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?
Oasis‘ second album remains the fifth best-selling album in the UK history to this day. “Morning Glory” has elevated Oasis to worldwide stardom, with the hit singles “Wonderwall” and “Don’t Look Back In Anger“. It is considered to be one the of best rock albums of all times, and as of 2015 the album has sold about 22 million copies worldwide.
Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill
After releasing her first two albums while still in high school, Alanis Morissette signed to Maverick Records and unleashed her first international album “Jagged Little Pill”. The album was only expected to sell enough for Alanis to make a follow-up album, but it all changed once Los Angeles rock radio station KROQ-FM started playing her single “You Oughta Know“, which led the music video to heavy rotation on MTV. A total of six singles were released from “Jagged Little Pill”, while the fourth single “Ironic” became Morissette’s bigget hit.
Red Hot Chili Peppers – One Hot Minute
The early nineties saw the Red Hot Chili Peppers rise to international fame with their milestone album “Blood Sugar Sex Magik”. Following the departure of guitarist John Frusciante, the Peppers experienced short tenures with guitarists Arik Marshall and Jesse Tobias. In late 1993 they were joined by then-former Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro. The only album to feature Navarro, 1995’s “One Hot Minute”, was described by the band as “darker” and “sadder” comparing to their previous efforts. Bassist Flea’s solo performance “Pea” is the only song from “One Hot Minute” that RHCP have played in full since Navarro’s departure from the band in 1998.
No Doubt – Tragic Kingdom
Formed in Anaheim, California in 1986, No Doubt have been around for ten years before achieving major success. Seven singles were released from their breakthrough album “Tragic Kingdom” over a period of two and a half years, and during that time the band was constantly touring to promote the album. The most successful single from that album was the number-one hit “Don’t Speak“. The song was written by singer Gwen Stefani about bassist Tony Kanal shortly after he ended their seven-year relationship.
Radiohead – The Bends
While considered to be outsiders to the Britpop scene at the time, Radiohead finally found success in their home country with their second album “The Bends”. Although the singles from the album failed to reach the popularity of their debut single “Creep“, the UK band had still managed to develop an ever-growing fan base with songs like “Fake Plastic Trees” and “High and Dry“.