Toronto can this season celebrate the twenty fifth anniversary of its last World Series Championship, the second of its back to back titles coming in the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies. This 1993 event was very important because of what happened the next season, once the officials at Major League Baseball canceled the World Series because of a work stoppage.
That 1994 fiasco involving the national pastime is only one of the reasons the preceding year was better, even beyond the realm of sports. Some great music came out in 1993, including dozens of influential albums from various genres of rock.
Here are ten of these records that ought to be celebrated in their twenty fifth anniversary this year.
Evan Dando and his group hit their peak with this disc, which included gems such as”Into Your Arms” and”Great Big No.”
Modern Life Is Rubbish by Blur
Followed by Parklife and The Great Escape, this record was the first of the trio of lifestyle albums that showcased Britpop at its peak, helped along by singles such as”Sunday Sunday” and” Chemical World.”
Unplugged by Neil Young
The majority of the acoustic episodes arranged by MTV were forgettable, but Young’s was so sharp that it helped rejuvenate his career.
As always Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar split the songs on the alt country band’s third album, but it’s the former’s”New Madrid” that has endured as the best track.
Inspired by Teenage Fan Club
These Scottish alternative rockers were just coming into their own in this record, highlighted by Gerard Love’s tribute to legendary songwriter Gene Clark.
Alapalooza by Weird Al Yankovic
Rather than see the location Richard Harris called MacArthur at which the cake was left out in the rain, Weird Al changed it into”Jurassic Park” here and even threw in a tribute to the home city of the Flintstones on”Bedrock Anthem.”
Dreamland by Aztec Camera
Fans desiring to listen to Toddy Frame return to the sound of the debut album had to be pleased when their ears beheld”Spanish Horses”,”Black Lucia” and”Vertigo” on this record.
Transmissions from the Satellite Heart by the Flaming Lips
After five from the mainstream releases, Wayne Coyne somehow scored one with”She Don’t Use Jelly” from this album.
Where You Been by Dinosaur Jr..
As soon as J Mascis told us to start choppin’ he nabbed his band’s first major hit.
Tuesday Night Music Club by Cheryl Crow
She became a star with this debut by admitting that all she wanted to do was have some fun.