Toronto can this season celebrate the twenty fifth anniversary of its last World Series Championship, the second of its back to back titles coming at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies. That 1993 event was very important because of what happened the following season, when the officials at Major League Baseball canceled the World Series because of a work stoppage.
That 1994 fiasco involving the national pastime is just 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 those records which should be celebrated on their twenty fifth anniversary this year.
Come on Feel the Lemonheads
Evan Dando and his group hit their peak with this disk, 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 life albums that showcased Britpop at its peak, helped along by singles such as “Sunday Sunday” and ” Chemical World. ”
Unplugged by Neil Young
Most of the acoustic episodes organized by MTV were forgettable, but Young’s was so sharp that it helped rejuvenate his career.
Anodyne by Uncle Tupelo
As always Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar split the songs on the alt country band’s third album, but it is the former’s “New Madrid” that has endured as the best track.
Thirteen 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 visit the place Richard Harris called MacArthur where the cake was left out in the rain, Weird Al changed it to “Jurassic Park” here and even threw in a tribute to the home town of the Flintstones on “Bedrock Anthem.”
Dreamland by Aztec Camera
Fans desiring to hear 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 out of the mainstream releases, Wayne Coyne somehow scored a single 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 big 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.