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Doof's Deep Dive Series: 1994

The first of a MULTI part series of lists, starting at my favourite year for music and the era I feel most at home. This is a countdown of my top 100 1994 albums, all are rated 3.5 or above (10 rate at a 5), and to find this many albums I enjoy I went pretty deep (yup). Career Bests get a {CB}, and a New Entry (found during the deep dive) is marked [NE] and also there's a mixtape of 10 songs that particularly impress me that are a little obscure (possibly). Enjoy! Next up will be 1995...then 1993...then 1996...then 1992....etc etc, and I'll give each a month of exploration. Recs for the next list (1995) welcome.
1Low
I Could Live in Hope


5/5 {CB}
2Therapy?
Troublegum


5/5 {CB}
3Nine Inch Nails
The Downward Spiral


5/5 {CB}
4Portishead
Dummy


5/5 {CB}
5Pavement
Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain


5/5 {CB}
6Lambchop
I Hope You're Sitting Down


5/5
7The Grifters
Crappin' You Negative


[NE] 5/5 {CB}

Wasn't sure what to expect after clappin eyes on the cover, but this is some great lo-fi indie rock with some more expansive tendencies too.
8Guided by Voices
Bee Thousand


5/5 {CB}
9Lisa Germano
Geek The Girl


5/5 {CB}
10Smoke (USA)
Heaven On A Popsicle Stick


[NE] 5/5 {CB}

Another new 5, and this is your typical Doof album - I believe every year probably has a Doc Corbin Dart 'Patricia' style cult classic and this is another in the style. The vocals are somewhere between Nick Cave, Tom Waits and Michael Fassbender as 'Frank'. Also the most gay 'not gay sounding' album ever - I mean one of these songs is a love song to Luke Perry's feet.

CLASSIC SONG OF THE 90s YOU PROBABLY HAVEN'T HEARD: 'Freak'
11Manic Street Preachers
The Holy Bible


4.5/5 {CB}
12Soundgarden
Superunknown


4.5/5 {CB}
13Pearl Jam
Vitalogy


4.5/5 {CB}

Sometimes I think 'Nothingman', 'Immortality' and 'Corduroy' are their three best tunes, underrated disc.
14Kyuss
Welcome to Sky Valley


4.5/5 {CB}
15Bedhead
WhatFunLifeWas


4.5/5 {CB}
16The Tiger Lillies
Births, Marriages and Deaths


4.5/5
17Bark Psychosis
Hex


4.5/5 {CB}
18Stone Temple Pilots
Purple


4.5/5 {CB}
19Gravediggaz
6 Feet Deep


4.5/5 {CB}
20Alice in Chains
Jar of Flies


4.5/5 {CB}
21Jeff Buckley
Grace


4.5/5 {CB}
22The Necks
Aquatic


[NE] 4.5/5
23Tom Petty
Wildflowers


4.5/5
24The Bottle Rockets
The Brooklyn Side


4.5/5 {CB}
25Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
Let Love In


4/5
26Aphex Twin
Selected Ambient Works Volume II


4/5
27East River Pipe
Poor Fricky


4/5
28Sebadoh
Bakesale


4/5 {CB}
29Nas
Illmatic


4/5 {CB}
30Pram
Helium


[NE] 4/5

CLASSIC SONG OF THE 90s YOU PROBABLY HAVEN'T HEARD: 'Blue'
31The Prodigy
Music for the Jilted Generation


4/5 {CB}
32Arthur Russell
Another Thought


[NE] 4/5
33Mayhem
De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas


4/5 {CB}
34Mark Lanegan
Whiskey For the Holy Ghost


4/5 {CB}
35Burzum
Hvis lyset tar oss


4/5
36Grant Lee Buffalo
Mighty Joe Moon


4/5
37Emperor
In the Nightside Eclipse


4/5 {CB}
38Thinking Fellers Local 282
Strangers From the Universe


[NE] 4/5 {CB}

This is about as good as their other albums, a little more polished sure, but then you have (the amazing)...

CLASSIC SONG OF THE 90s YOU PROBABLY HAVEN'T HEARD: 'Cup of Dreams'
39Autechre
Amber


4/5
40Peter Jefferies
Electricity


4/5
41Tetsu Inoue
Ambiant Otaku


4/5
42Digable Planets
Blowout Comb


4/5 {CB}
43The Notorious B.I.G.
Ready to Die


4/5 {CB}
44Global Communication
76:14


4/5 {CB}
45The Future Sound of London
Lifeforms


[NE] 4/5
46Underworld
dubnobasswithmyheadman


4/5 {CB}
47Prolapse
Pointless Walks To Dismal Places


4/5 {CB}
48Gang Starr
Hard to Earn


4/5
49The Fatima Mansions
Lost in the Former West


4/5
50Frank Black
Teenager of the Year


4/5 {CB}
51Organized Konfusion
Stress: The Extinction Agenda


4/5
52Silver Jews
Starlite Walker


4/5
53Richard Thompson
Mirror Blue


4/5
54Loreena McKennitt
The Mask and Mirror


4/5 {CB}
55Common
Resurrection


[NE] 4/5
56Woob
1194


4/5 {CB}
57Today Is the Day
Willpower


[NE] 4/5 {CB}
58Codeine
The White Birch


4/5
59Warrior Soul
Space Age Playboys


4/5 {CB}
60Soul Coughing
Ruby Vroom


3.5/5 {CB}
61Elliott Smith
Roman Candle


3.5/5
62Massive Attack
Protection


3.5/5
63Giant Sand
Glum


[NE] 3.5/5
64Palace Brothers
Days In The Wake


3.5/5

CLASSIC SONG OF THE 90s YOU PROBABLY HAVEN'T HEARD: '(Thou Without) Partner'
65Pride and Glory
Pride and Glory


3.5/5 {CB}

Best thing Zakk Wylde has ever been involved in imo

CLASSIC SONG OF THE 90s YOU PROBABLY HAVEN'T HEARD: 'Losin Your Mind'
66korn
Korn


3.5/5 {CB}
67Meat Puppets
Too High To Die


[NE] 3.5/5

Really surprised by this, never a huge fan of MP - this more polished album works so well for them it is close to being my favourite of theirs.

CLASSIC SONG OF THE 90s YOU PROBABLY HAVEN'T HEARD: 'Backwater'
68Orbital
Snivilisation


3.5/5
69Cherubs
Heroin Man


[NE] 3.5/5 {CB}
70Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Orange


[NE] 3.5/5 {CB}
71Luna
Bewitched


[NE] 3.5/5 {CB}
72Pantera
Far Beyond Driven


3.5/5
73Edge of Sanity
Purgatory Afterglow


[NE] 3.5/5

These are almost new metal heroes for me, something about their genre switching seems very 'millenial metal' but hey, these dudes did it first and better. I was thinking 'here they're ripping off Draconian Times a little bit...then realised this came out before that album. Not quite as good as Crimson but very close.
74A.C. Acoustics
Able Treasury


[NE] 3.5/5

Solid alt rock band
75Tiamat
Wildhoney


[NE] 3.5/5

This was also another unexpectedly decent metal album.
76Brainiac
Bonsai Superstar


3.5/5
77Unwound
New Plastic Ideas


[NE] 3.5/5

Like Fugazi in just how damn consistent they seem to be
78The Church
Sometime Anywhere


[NE] 3.5/5

Expected the worst but this has a bit of magic. You need to drop the three worst songs from the album to really enjoy it (too long, some songs don't fit).

CLASSIC SONG OF THE 90s YOU PROBABLY HAVEN'T HEARD: 'Loveblind'
79Ian McNabb
Head Like A Rock


[NE] 3.5/5 {CB}

Being a bit of a silly billy putting this above the Neil Young & Crazy Horse album...but this does feature Crazy Horse and I don't know it is just more enjoyably cheesy.

CLASSIC SONG OF THE 90s YOU PROBABLY HAVEN'T HEARD: 'Fire Inside My Soul'
80Neil Young
Sleeps with Angels


[NE] 3.5/5
81Machine Head
Burn My Eyes


3.5/5 {CB}

All these years later, still burns my thighs
82Nature and Organisation
Beauty Reaps the Blood of Solitude


[NE] 3.5/5 {CB}

Want to like this more but the vocals aren't 100% my thing. Instrumentally very appealing though.

CLASSIC SONG OF THE 90s YOU PROBABLY HAVEN'T HEARD: 'Tears for an Eastern Girl'
83Drive Like Jehu
Yank Crime


3.5/5 {CB}
84David Byrne
David Byrne


3.5/5
85Terrorvision
How To Make Friends And Influence People


3.5/5 {CB}

Yes it's a cheesy and dated album but it's still a classic of sorts, certainly their best.
86Daniel Johnston
Fun


[NE] 3.5/5
87Shellac
At Action Park


[NE] 3.5/5

Might be underrating this one.
88Cranes
Loved


[NE] 3.5/5

Deserves to be loved a bit though not as intriguing as their earlier material.
89Danzig
Danzig 4


3.5/5

A little underrated this one.
90sugar
File Under: Easy Listening


[NE] 3.5/5

Hmmm, not far below 'Copper Blue' and actually it sounds a bit meatier...just that it has more songs than CB and not as many good songs as CB. Still, much better than anticipated.
91Further
Sometimes Chimes


[NE] 3.5/5 {CB}

Real scrappy but there's a great album hidden in here.
92Spectrum
Highs, Lows and Heavenly Blows


[NE] 3.5/5 {CB}

Spacey fluff but i enjoyed it.
93The Wedding Present
Watusi


[NE] 3.5/5

Another band I'm not blown away by but even though this was more polished I think it might be my favourite by them. Sorry.
94Disco Inferno
D.I. Go Pop


3.5/5
95Jeru the Damaja
The Sun Rises in the East


[NE] 3.5/5
96Julian Cope
Autogeddon


[NE] 3.5/5

Not a great album until the 11 minute long....

CLASSIC SONG OF THE 90s YOU PROBABLY HAVEN'T HEARD: 's.t.a.r.c.a.r.'
97Johnny Cash
American Recordings


[NE] 3.5/5

It's solid, it won't change your life.
98Method Man
Tical


3.5/5 {CB}
99Helmet
Betty


[NE] 3.5/5 {CB}

Nostalgia for a few of these tunes gets it over the line.
100The Sabres of Paradise
Haunted Dancehall


[NE] 3.5/5 {CB}

Late replacement entrant.
101Silverchair
Frogstomp


'94 Deep Dive 10 Song Playlist:

1. Pride & Glory - Losin Your Mind
2. Meat Puppets - Backwater
3. Smoke - Freak
4. Ian McNabb - Fire Inside My Soul
5. The Church - Loveblind
6. Pram - Blue
7. Nature and Organisation - Tears for an eastern Girl
8. Palace Brothers - (Thou Without) Partner
9. Thinking Fellers Local 282 - Cup of Dreams
10. Julian Cope - s.t.a.r.c.a.r.
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