U2 – Achtung Baby (The ’59) #203

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U2 – Achtung Baby (1991)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 33 – 1991.

Achtung Baby was the seventh studio album from U2. Produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno, it was released on 18 November 1991 on Island Records.

Seeking inspiration from German reunification, U2 began recording the album at Berlin’s Hansa Studios in October 1990. The sessions were fraught with conflict, as the band argued over their musical direction and the quality of their material. After tensions and slow progress nearly prompted the group to disband, they made a breakthrough with the improvised writing of the song “One” and both morale and productivity improved during subsequent recording sessions in Dublin, where the album was completed in 1991.

Achtung Baby is one of U2’s most successful records; it received favourable reviews and debuted at No.1 on both sides of the pond. Five songs were released as commercial singles, all of which were chart successes, including “One”, “Mysterious Ways”, and “The Fly”.

The album has sold over 18 million copies worldwide and won a Grammy Award in 1993 for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

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Massive Attack – Blue Lines (The ’59) #202

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Massive Attack – Blues Lines (1991)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 33 – 1991.

Blue Lines was the debut studio album from Massive Attack, released on 8 April 1991 by Wild Bunch and Virgin Records. It reached No.13 on the UK album charts.

Founding member Danny G had this to say on the making of the album

We were lazy Bristol twats. It was Neneh Cherry who kicked our arses and got us in the studio. We recorded a lot at her house, in her baby’s room. It stank for months and eventually we found a dirty nappy behind a radiator. I was still DJing, but what we were trying to do was create dance music for the head, rather than the feet. I think it’s our freshest album, we were at our strongest then

A remastered version of the album was released on 19 November 2012.

Pearl Jam – Ten (The ’59) #201

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Pearl Jam – Ten (1991)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 33 – 1991.

Pearl Jam’s debut album ‘Ten’ was released on August 27, 1991 through Epic Records.

Following the disbanding of bassist Jeff Ament and guitarist Stone Gossard’s previous group – Mother Love Bone –  the two recruited vocalist Eddie Vedder, guitarist Mike McCready, and drummer Dave Krusen to form Pearl Jam in 1990. Most of the songs began as instrumental jams, to which Vedder added lyrics about topics such as depression, homelessness, and abuse.

The album wasn’t an immediate success, but by late 1992 it had reached No.2 on the Billboard 200 chart and No. 18 in the UK album charts. It produced three hit singles though: “Alive”, “Even Flow”, and “Jeremy”.

Whilst Pearl Jam was accused of jumping on the grunge bandwagon at the time (despite the fact that Ten had been both recorded and released before Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’) it was instrumental in popularizing mainstream alternative rock.

Nirvana – Nevermind (The ’59) #200

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Nirvana – Nevermind (1991)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Today we’ve reached year 33 – 1991.

And what more can be said. Nevermind – Nirvana’s second studio album – the ‘Grunge’ statement and the host of one of the best singles of all time – ‘Smells like teen spirit’.

Released on September 24, 1991 and produced by Butch Vig, it was Nirvana’s first release on DGC Records and the first album to feature drummer Dave Grohl.

The album produced three other successful singles: “Come as You Are”, “Lithium”, and “In Bloom” and was in part responsible for bringing both alternative rock and grunge to a mainstream audience.

The Pixies – Bossanova (The’ 59) #199

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The Pixies – Bossanova (1990)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 32 – 1990.

Bossanova was the Pixies’ third studio album, released on August 13, 1990 on 4AD.

4AD was founded by Ivo Watts-Russell and Peter Kent in 1980. It was originally funded by, and an imprint of, Beggars Banquet

Two singles were released from the album, “Velouria” and “Dig for Fire”.

Depeche Mode – Violator (The ’59) #198

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Depeche Mode – Violator (1990)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 32 – 1990.

Violator was the seventh studio album from Depeche Mode, released on 19 March 1990 by Mute Records.

Preceded by the singles “Personal Jesus” (later covered by Johnny Cash) and “Enjoy the Silence”, Violator propelled the band into international stardom. The album yielded two further commercially successful singles, “Policy of Truth” and “World in My Eyes”.

Violator reached number two on the UK Albums Chart, and is the band’s first album to chart inside the top 10 of the Billboard 200, peaking at number seven. The album was supported by the World Violation Tour.

Megadeth – Rust in Peace (The ’59) #197

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Megadeth – Rust in Peace (1990)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 32 – 1990.

Rust in Peace was the fourth studio album from American thrash metal band Megadeth, released on September 24, 1990 by Capitol Records.

Following the departure of band members Jeff Young and Chuck Behler in 1989, ‘Rust in Peace’ was the first album to feature guitarist Marty Friedman and drummer Nick Menza.  The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance at the 33rd Grammy Awards.

Two singles were released: “Hangar 18” and “Holy Wars… The Punishment Due”, which have become staples of the band’s live performances.