I can’t quite make the argument yet, because my Twitter Pal @Winnerbowzer suggested I also make sure it investigate 1982, 1989, and 1991, but 1993 was, quite possibly, the best year of music in Gen X’s life. I haven’t quite gotten to the investigation yet because I decided to take a bath and listen to Pete Townshend’s autobio and then make a delicious Chicken Chick Pea Stew.
However, earlier this afternoon I noticed that both Uncle Tupelo’s “Anodyne” and Matthew Sweet’s “Altered Beast” came out in 1993. Add that to the fact that I already knew that both Pearl Jam’s “Vs.” and Liz Phair’s “Exile in Guyville” were turning twenty that year and you’ve already got at least two albums that would make my Top 10 All Time Favorites list and two more that would give the entirety of rock and roll a good run for their money when it came to the list.
So then after discovering all that greatness came out in 1993 I decided to take a look to see what else came out that year. After you take a look at the list, you could probably make a case for it being the best year of Gen X’s musical life, especially if we think of it in terms of music Generation X was actually making. Here’s a partial list. Also, feel free to think “OMG I’m OLD!” because all these albums will be around for 20 years sometime this year.
- Where You Been, Dinosaur, Jr.
- Pablo Honey, Radiohead
- Everybody Else is Doing it, So Why Can’t We? The Cranberries
- Beaster, Sugar
- Rid of Me, PJ Harvey
- Exile in Guyville, Liz Phair
- Sweet Relief: A Benefit for Victoria Williams
- Altered Beast, Matthew Sweet
- Debut, Bjork
- Siamese Dream, The Smashing Pumpkins
- Become What You Are, The Juliana Hatfield Three
- Kerosene Hat, Cracker
- Last Splash, The Breeders
- August and Everything After, Counting Crows (shut up you know you bought it too)
- In Utero, Nirvana
- Anodyne, Uncle Tupelo
- Gentlemen, The Afghan Whigs
- Come on Feel The Lemonheads, The Lemonheads
- Vs., Pearl Jam
- Fumbling Toward Ecastasy, Sarah McLachlan
- The Red Shoes, Kate Bush
- 14 Songs, Paul Westerberg