How Good Was The Year (in music) - 1997?

1997 - fucking brilliant year.

Was well into Britpop:
Be Here Now, Urban Hymns, Tellin Stories and Blur (s/t) at the time.
Also the following amazing albums from bands I would later really like were released:

Modest Mouse - The Lonesome Crowded West
Mogwai - Young Team
Grandaddy - Under The Western Freeway
The Apples In Stereo - Tone Soul Evolution
Eels - Beautiful Freak
Wilco - Being There
Built To Spill - Perfect From Now On


Some other albums:

Mariah Carey: Honey
Deftones: Around The Fur
Company Flow: Funcrusher Plus
Squarepusher: Hard Normal Daddy


My first festival that year - Reading 97. I was 18. £70 for a weekend ticket. I saw lots of indie bands and drank warm Carling by our tent.


1997 = 10 for this


also Brighten the Corners is my favourite Pavement album so a fan of 97

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I turned 18 in 1997, and the year was absolutely nuts for me for music.

Every one of the following is a 9 or 10 imo:

Spiritualized - Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space
Yo La Tengo - I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - The Boatman’s Call
Grandaddy - Under The Western Freeway
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - F♯ A♯ ∞
Chemical Brothers - Dig Your Own Hole
Mansun - Attack Of The Grey Lantern
The Prodigy - The Fat Of The Land
Pavement - Brighten The Corners
Supergrass - In It For The Money
Super Furry Animals - Radiator
The Sundays - Static & Silence
The Flaming Lips - Zaireeka
Radiohead - OK Computer
Portishead - Portishead
David Bowie - Earthling
Elliott Smith - Either/Or
Daft Punk - Homework
Mogwai - Young Team
Plaid - Not For Threes
Cornelius - Fantasma
The Orb - Orblivion
Misfits - Static Age
Björk - Homogenic
GAS - Zauberberg

Absolutely impossible to choose.


That’s one really satisfyingly laid out list.


Such an aesthetically pleasing post.




Best song of 1997:


1997 was a strange one. We were really getting the arse-end of Britpop by this point, but there was some good stuff around and some good stuff coming through. It got much worse as we neared the end of the century.

Anyhoo, I’ll nominate as album

and for single / EP, it has to be this one


Album- most of my favourites have already been mentioned but this is so good



I turned 19 in '97 and its one of my favourite years music wise

Prodigy - Fat Of The land
Photek - Modus Operandi
Mansun - Attack Of The Grey Lantern
Roni Size Reprazent - New Forms
The Verve - Urban Hymns
Blur - Blur
Wu-Tang Clan - Wu-Tang Forever
Portishead - Portishead
Charlatans - Tellin’ Stories
Daft Punk - Homework
Chemical Brothers - Dig Your Own Hole
Texas - White On Blonde
Bentley Rhythm Ace - BRA
Supergrass - In It For The Money
Oasis - Be Here Now

Plus loads of other good stuff

As for nominations I’m going for…

Nominate Album: Roni Size Reprazent - New Forms

Nominate Song: Lamb - Gorecki


A brilliant year for albums. I don’t think there has been one as good since. Lots of my favourties already mentioned but also:

Thingy – Songs about angels, evil and running around on fire
Bowery Electric – Beat
The Dismemberment Plan – Is Terrified
OP8 – Slush
Swell – Too many days without thinking
Electric Wizard - Come my fanatics

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Good year.

I nominate Portishead-Portishead for the album poll

And The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly) by Missy Elliott for the song poll.


One of the great one-hit wonders was this year, in White Town’s Your Woman.


T’was a good year…

Squarepusher released 3 beauties that year with Hard Normal Daddy, Big Loada and Burning’n Tree, but they sit just on the edge of my 1997 indie kid heart and around the, 9, 10 spot in my 1997 top 10.

I like Brighten the corners a lot, and under the western freeway but prefer other albums by both, I love mogwai - young team, Built to spill - perfect from now on, and Modest Mouse - Lonesome Crowded west but they’ll likely get a lot of love and there are others that I equally love that probably won’t.

The Dismemberment plan - …is terrified (ice of boston - definitely up there for tracks fo the year) and Les Savy Fav - 3/5 are both definite contenders but both bands smashed it further on their next albums imho, so I’m totally torn by 3 other albums, which are Smart Went Crazy - Con Art, Mineral - Power of Failing and The Van Pelt - Sultans of Sentiment which are all brilliant.

I’m gonna put down Smart Went Crazy - Con Art as album

and Van Pelt - The Good, the Bad and the Blind as the track

and feel really conflicted about not choosing mineral for the rest of the day.


1998 was the year that I transitioned from musical husk just listening to Oasis and whatever compilations I got for Xmas to an actual person who likes music (Nu-metal, and assorted metal genres) so this year captures an interesting sort of pre-transition point for me musically.

Deftones - around the fur already got a nod in here so I’m going to add Strapping Young Lad - City here (paging @Choccy1983 ).

Absolutely incredible album that still blows me away every time I hear it (despite the Room 429 cover which I always find very weird but am prepared to tolerate for the rest of the album).

Devin Townsend also released his Ocean Machine project in 97 which is full of incredible songs but the sound and production hasn’t really held up that well IMO…

My nominated song is Ween - Mutilated Lips from their seminal 1997 ocean themed album The Mollusk.

I don’t actually think this is the best song of 1997 by any stretch but I also suspect that DiS is too cool to express any interest whatsoever in Ween and so I’m putting this in as an experiment (prove me wrong) and am emotionally prepared to see both my choices crash and burn.

Nominate Album: Strapping Young Lad - City
Nominate Song - Ween - Mutilated Lips


Now i know this and Dandy Warhols Come Down were 97, I’m upping to a 6