91: June – Genius (1994, Squealer Records)

    June was a wonderful and unique band; a fortuitous confluence of music, craft and chemistry from a special time and place. Hailing from Chapel Hill’s vibrant music scene of the 1990’s, June was never that quaint little musical mecca’s loudest, coolest, most experimental or even most popular band. But out of the dozens…

92: Milltown Brothers – Never Come Down Again

Here’s to the times that we’ve lived in Here’s to the colour of your skin Here’s to me and here’s to you Here’s to us all A copy of Slinky rolled through our letterbox yesterday afternoon. Had to find it somewhere, found it on eBay. That plethora of early nineties bands… well I feel Milltown…

93: Fun-da-mental – Seize The Time

  Some great tunes on this album. Tagged under ‘hip-hop’ but these things are all rather loose and it’s my call. I could easily include the likes of Underworld in all of this but I’m attempting to stick to alternative rock! Jab Jab, Chakk and Fun-Da-Mental: the great Yorkshire bands you’ve probably never heard of…

94: Cocteau Twins – The Hollow Men

My shortlist for a Cocteau Twins entry (only one song, one band allowed) for this project included Lorelei, Blood Bitch and, yes, Frosty The Snowman! But in The Hollow Men there is just so much going on, listening through cans is a must. For all I suppose he is For all other hollow aura And…

95: Solar Race – Get Ahead

I first encountered Solar Race at the Reading Festival. Went out and bought Homespun and this is my favourite song. The sheer desperation of it all. In fairness it ought to rank higher in this list of a hundred but there are so many more great songs to come. The tragic story of Elidh unfolds…

96: Jale – I’m Sorry

A bit like Bivouac’s Tuber, Jale’s Dreamcake is another of those albums where one song in particular stands out and I just don’t get one with the rest of the tracks. Dreamcake was the first album by the Halifax (Nova Scotia) band Jale. It was released in 1994 on Sub Pop Records. The only Jale…

97: Th’ Faith Healers – Don’t Jones Me

Th’ Faith Healers ‎– Don’t Jones Me Label: Elektra ‎– 9 66327-2 Format: CD, Single Country: US Released: 1993 Genre: Rock Style: Indie Rock Imaginary Friend is a terrific album and I could have easily picked a track from that but this version. released on the ST compilation Pop, Do We Not Like That, is…

98: The Screaming Trees – Iron Guru

Screaming Trees ‎– Iron Guru Label: Native Records ‎– 12NTV 23 Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM Country: UK Released: 1987 Genre: Electronic Style: Experimental, New Wave, Ambient Akin to a few other tunes in this project, I first heard this track on a John Peel radio programme and later went and bought another release. Tangiers…

99: The Southern Death Cult – All Glory

The Southern Death Cult ‎– All Glory   Genre: Rock Style: Goth Rock Year: 1983 “All Glory” is the opening track on the first and last Southern Death Cult album. It was a pretty decent affair too with songs like “Fatman” and “Moya”. The first incarnation of the goth punks and later metal heroes known…

100: Theatre Of Hate – Legion

In this rock version of my top 100 tunes (hence the tag I-tunes), we begin with Theatre Of Hate’s “Legion” which was their very first single, coupled with “Original Sin” released on the SS label in 1980. Kirk Brandon formed Theatre Of Hate from the ashes of heralded punk band The Pack.  Joining Kirk on…