How Good Was The Year (in music) - 1991?

One of the greatest tracks of all time.

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Not sure if weve had any of these yet


Was considering this one.

Feel like I’ll miss the deadline if I don’t do nominations before sleep.

Nominate album:
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magik

Nominate song:
Nirvana - Drain You


Alb nom: de la soul - de la soul is dead

Track nom: mc breed - ain’t no future in your frontin


17-year-old me would be disappointed if I didn’t, so

nominate album: Primal Scream - Screamadelica

Yeah, Primal Scream are divisive and pretty much the definition of patchy. I remember the first time I heard Rocks in 94 and thought it was a joke.
Yeah, Bobby Gillespie hasn’t covered himself in glory. The Kulkarni tweet in the HGATR thread, for example.

But Screamadelica was ground-breaking, hugely enjoyable and significant.

This one’s for you, Lord Sabre!


Right-o, must get onto this before the door slams shut.

Cracking year. Lots of good stuff nominated above. Taking those out of the equation, my album nomination shortlist ended up as follows:

Cypress Hill - s/t
MC Solaar - Qui Seme Le Vent Recolte Le Tempo
Lenny Kravitz - Mama Said
Prince - Diamonds and Pearls
Lisa Germano - On the Way Down from Moon Palace
The Innocence Mission - Umbrella

And, my Album Nomination is:

The Innocence Mission - Umbrella.

Thanks, as ever, for this great thread @Octobadger and all contributors. Great stuff!


Album nomination: Mudhoney: Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge

Song nomination: Pearl Jam: Black


Poll time! These will all close at 22:15 GMT on Tuesday 17th May.

Vote for your favourite (up to 3) albums of 1991:

  • Slint - Spiderland
  • Julian Cope - Peggy Suicide
  • Teenage Fanclub - Bandwagonesque
  • Dinosaur Jr - Green Mind
  • Nirvana - Nevermind
  • American Music Club - Everclear
  • A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory
  • Talk Talk - Laughing Stock
  • KLF - The White Room
  • Orbital [Green Album]
  • R.E.M. - Out Of Time
  • Throwing Muses - Real Ramona
  • My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
  • Electronic - Electronic
  • Single Gun Theory — Like Stars in My Hands
  • The Wedding Present - Seamonsters
  • The Smashing Pumpkins - Gish
  • Massive Attack - Blue Lines
  • Saint Etienne - Foxbase Alpha
  • Pixies - Trompe Le Monde
  • Ned’s Atomic Dustbin - God Fodder
  • U2 - Achtung Baby
  • Soundgarden - Badmotorfinger
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magik
  • De La Soul - De La Soul Is Dead
  • Primal Scream - Screamadelica
  • The Innocence Mission - Umbrella
  • Mudhoney - Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge

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And up to 3 songs:

  • REM - Losing My Religion
  • Soundgarden - Rusty Cage
  • Velvet Crush - Ash and Earth
  • The Jesus Lizard - Mouth Breather
  • Carter USM - After the Watershed
  • PJ Harvey - Dress
  • Clouds - Hieronymus
  • Dinosaur Jr – The Wagon.
  • The Smashing Pumpkins - Siva
  • My Bloody Valentine - Only Shallow
  • Sebadoh - The Freed Pig
  • Saint Etienne - Nothing Can Stop Us
  • My Bloody Valentine - Sometimes
  • De La Soul - A Rollerskating Jam Named “Saturdays”
  • Talk Talk - New Grass
  • Slint - Good Morning, Captain
  • Orbital - Belfast
  • Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy
  • Geto Boys - Mind Playing Tricks on Me
  • Future Sound of London - Papua New Guinea
  • Nirvana - Drain You
  • MC Breed & DFC - Ain’t No Future In Yo’ Frontin
  • Pearl Jam - Black

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And finally rate the year out of ten!

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10

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Lol can you up it to ten picks each instead of three?


Afraid the poll edit window is only five minutes so we’re too late for that. Usually about now that somebody points out which nominations I’ve missed actually, I’ll add a side poll if that happens again!

Surprised nobody nominated Pearl Jam in the album poll, thought Ten would be a popular album with parts of the board (quite partial to it myself).


This is such a good album


I didn’t get around to nominating cos of busy work times, but also would have been in the difficult position of having to nominate things that I probably wouldn’t vote for, knowing that some of my absolute favourites were already in the mix. However, if I had have got round to it, I might well have gone with The Orb’s Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld for the album poll, and probably gone all nostalgic hands-in-the-air for the track poll with Rozalla.

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Hi @Octobadger seeing as you nominated Mind Playing Tricks On Me, could I nominate Smells Like Teen Spirit if it’s not too late? Seems a bit churlish to leave it out tbh. If I’ve missed the cutoff no worries at all.

Thanks as always for these threads - really enjoy 'em

Sorry @Radbitt, meant to reply yesterday! Can’t add to the poll once it’s been open five minutes and I’m going to try and stick to only opening up side polls if it’s due to my mistake rather than deadlines passing.

But that said, it’s a very big song so let’s see where it would place:

  • Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit (will mean you only get two vote counted in the song poll above)
  • Voted for other songs

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1991 storms to the top of the table with a hugely impressive 8.98! No wonder, looking at the albums that didn’t make the podium. Wonder if any year will ever break 9.00…

DiS users’ favourite albums of 1991 were:
:1st_place_medal: Slint - Spiderland
:2nd_place_medal: My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
:3rd_place_medal: Nirvana - Nevermind

and our songs of 1991 were:
:1st_place_medal: Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy
:2nd_place_medal: Future Sound of London - Papua New Guinea
:3rd_place_medal: My Bloody Valentine - Only Shallow

Next thread will be up tomorrow some time, thanks to all of you for your contributions!


Wow, UK was 100% white in 1991 going by those ads

Who knew?

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Really pleased to see Spiderland top a strong table.


Excited for the next one now

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WTF? Why didn’t my votes register?