Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Best Albums of 1992


We are back with another Best Albums feature from a year gone by - if you missed 1987, check that out after you're done here. So let's go back 25 years... to 1992. If you owned a PC back then, you were most likely using the Windows 3.1 operating system. The first George Bush was in his final year as the President of the United States, until Bill Clinton beat him and Ross Perot out in November's election. After 30 seasons, Johnny Carson signed off for the last time as host of The Tonight Show. The Los Angeles Riots broke out after the acquittal of 4 police officers responsible for the beating of Rodney King. Sinead O'Connor caused a massive fuss after ripping up a photo of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live. Wayne's World, The Bodyguard, Basic Instinct, Sister Act (yes) and Home Alone II were tearing it up at the box office. As the world lost Marlene Dietrich and Anthony Perkins, Miley Cyrus was entering the world like a wrecking ball.

On to the lists. As always, Sarah and I enlisted the help of several of our regular contributors & friends to select Top 15 albums. In addition, everyone handpicked a track from each album for you to enjoy in our Best Albums of 1992 Spotify playlist at the bottom of the page (unfortunately there are a few albums not available on Spotify - we encourage you to locate those elsewhere). If you'd like to share your own 1992 favorites, please comment below. We will be back at the end of the week with a list of our honorable mentions. Oh yeah, stay tuned to see which year is coming next!

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Bret Helm
Life on this Planet | Audra

15. Shelleyan Orphan - Humroot
14. Blind Mr. Jones - Stereo Musicale
13. Social Distortion - Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell
12. Ride - Going Blank Again
11. The Jesus and Mary Chain - Honey's Dead
10. The Sugarcubes - Stick Around for Joy
09. Red House Painters - Down Colorful Hill
08. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Henry's Dream
07. The Church - Priest=Aura
06. R.E.M. - Automatic for the People
05. The Cure - Wish
04. Morrissey - Your Arsenal
03. James - Seven
02. Peter Murphy - Holy Smoke
01. Gin Blossoms - New Miserable Experience

Sarah Quarrie
Life on this Planet

15. The Sundays - Blind
14. The Mission - Masque
13. Daniel Ash - Foolish Thing Desire
12. Screaming Trees - Sweet Oblivion
11. Social Distortion - Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell
10. The Jesus and Mary Chain - Honey's Dead
09. Inspiral Carpets - Revenge of the Goldfish
08. The House of Love - Babe Rainbow
07. Spiritualized - Lazer Guided Melodies
06. Faith No More - Angel Dust
05. The Charlatans - Between 10th and 11th
04. Pulp - Separations
03. Peter Murphy - Holy Smoke
02. James - Seven
01. Curve - Doppelganger

Jesse Deitermann
Saturday Night Music Club

15. Xymox - Metamorphosis
14. The Farm - Love See No Colour
13. The Mission - Masque
12. Peter Murphy - Holy Smoke
11. The Jesus and Mary Chain - Honey's Dead
10. Catherine Wheel - Ferment
09. Inspiral Carpets - Revenge of the Goldfish
08. Ian McCulloch - Mysterio
07. The Sugarcubes - Stick Around for Joy
06. Morrissey - Your Arsenal
05. Pulp - Separations
04. Lush - Spooky
03. Ride - Going Blank Again
02. The Cure - Wish
01. The Charlatans - Between 10th and 11th

Jason Jones
Okinawa, Japan

15. Madonna - Erotica
14. Darkthrone - A Blaze in the Northern Sky
13. Ministry - Psalm 69
12. Sade - Love Deluxe
11. The Church - Priest=Aura
10. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Henry's Dream
09. Daniel Ash - Foolish Thing Desire
08. Ian McCulloch - Mysterio
07. The Cure - Wish
06. The Jesus and Mary Chain - Honey's Dead
05. Public Image Ltd - That What is Not
04. Death in June - But, What Ends When the Symbols Shatter?
03. R.E.M. - Automatic for the People
02. Peter Murphy - Holy Smoke
01. Morrissey - Your Arsenal

Ron Marrs
New Orleans, Louisiana

15. White Zombie - La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. 1
14. Drop Nineteens - Delaware
13. Ultra Vivid Scene - Rev
12. Peter Gabriel - Us
11. Shadow Project - Dreams for the Dying
10. Diamanda Galas - The Singer
09. Rage Against the Machine - s/t
08. Curve - Doppelganger
07. Sonic Youth - Dirty
06. Beastie Boys - Check Your Head
05. The Afghan Whigs - Congregation
04. Daisy Chainsaw - Eleventeen
03. The Jesus and Mary Chain - Honey's Dead
02. PJ Harvey - Dry
01. Come - 11:11

Tim Brown
London, England

15. Alice in Chains - Dirt
14. R.E.M. - Automatic for the People
13. k.d. lang - Ingenue
12. Stereo MC's - Connected
11. Annie Lennox - Diva
10. Cowboy Junkies - Black Eyed Man
09. The Sundays - Blind
08. Bruce Springsteen - Human Touch
07. Bruce Springsteen - Lucky Town
06. The Cure - Wish
05. The Sugarcubes - Stick Around for Joy
04. Everything But the Girl - Acoustic
03. 10,000 Maniacs - Our Time in Eden
02. Beautiful South - 0898
01. Arrested Development - 3 Years, 5 Months & Days in the Life of...

John Magness
Uttoxeter, England

15. Lindsey Buckingham - Out of the Cradle
14. The B-52's - Good Stuff
13. Manic Street Preachers - Generation Terrorists
12. Indigo Girls - Rites of Passage
11. R.E.M. - Automatic for the People
10. The Lemonheads - It's a Shame About Ray
09. Sugar- Copper Blue
08. Gin Blossoms - New Miserable Experience
07. Neil Young - Harvest Moon
06. Bruce Springsteen - Human Touch
05. The Cure - Wish
04. Morrissey - Your Arsenal
03. Bruce Springsteen - Lucky Town
02. Everything But the Girl - Acoustic
01. The Sundays - Blind

Rob Clark
Rockford, Illinois

15. Arrested Development - 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life of...
14. The Charlatans - Between 10th and 11th
13. Peter Murphy - Holy Smoke
12. Cowboy Junkies - Black Eyed Man
11. Uncle Tupelo - March 16-20, 1992
10. Soul Asylum - Grave Dancers Union
09. Shawn Colvin - Fat City
08. Lucinda Williams - Sweet Old World
07. Concrete Blonde - Walking in London
06. Gin Blossoms - New Miserable Experience
05. XTC - Nonsuch
04. Del Amitri - Change Everything
03. Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes
02. The Tragically Hip - Fully Completely
01. Peter Gabriel - Us

Sierra Anna Jones
Okinawa, Japan

15. Catherine Wheel - Ferment
14. Drop Nineteens - Delaware
13. PJ Harvey - Dry
12. Ride - Going Blank Again
11. Current 93 - Thunder Perfect Mind
10. Pale Saints - In Ribbons
09. Skinny Puppy - Last Rights
08. The Church - Priest=Aura
07. Peter Murphy - Holy Smoke
06. Curve - Doppelganger
05. The Cure - Wish
04. The Jesus and Mary Chain - Honey's Dead
03. Lush - Spooky
02. Death in June - But, What Ends When the Symbols Shatter?
01. Morrissey - Your Arsenal

Jaymz Todd
Saturday Night Music Club

15. TLC - Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip
14. Ministry - Psalm 69
13. Rage Against the Machine - s/t
12. Dr. Dre - The Chronic
11. PJ Harvey - Dry
10. Nine Inch Nails - Broken EP
09. Leather Strip - Solitary Confinement
08. Morphine - Good
07. Soul Asylum - Grave Dancers Union
06. Danzig - Danzig III: How the Gods Kill
05. Blind Melon - s/t
04. Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes
03. James - Seven
02. Catherine Wheel - Ferment
01. The Cure - Wish

STATS
86 different albums appeared in this feature
Which ones made it onto the most lists?
The Cure (7), Peter Murphy / The Jesus and Mary Chain (6), Morrissey (5) and R.E.M. (4)



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