Sam Brown – Box (The ’59) #243

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Sam Brown – Box (1997)

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 completes year 39 – 1997.

Sam Brown seems to have gone mostly unnoticed by the masses, it’s a shame really as she consistently produced some catchy songs.

With such a famous father (Joe), getting signed and the release of the first two albums was never going to be an issue, even though both failed to attract much attention. With the 1997 Box though, Sam returned back to the fore with a collection of sometime great and never less than good songs.

‘Whisper’ is a beautiful ballad that makes her first hit (Stop!) seems like amateurish ramblings. There are many other outstanding tracks on the album, ‘What’s The Use’, ‘Intuition’, ‘They’re The Ones’ and the title track ‘Box’ are just a few.

Supergrass – In it for the money (The ’59) #242

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Supergrass – In it for the money (1997)

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 39 – 1997.

In It for the Money was the second studio album from Supergrass, released in 1997. NME called it

…more fun than watching a wombat in a washing machine…

and named it the 10th best album of the year.

Cornershop – When I was born for the 7th time (The’ 59) #241

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Cornershop – When I was born for the 7th time (1997)

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 39 – 1997.

When I Was Born for the 7th Time was the third studio album from indie rock band Cornershop, released on 8 September 1997 by Wiiija.

The album received high acclaim from music critics and featured the international hit single “Brimful of Asha”

The single originally reached number 60 on the UK Singles Chart in 1997. But after a remixed version by Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim), it was re-released and reached No.1 on the UK chart in February 1998

The lyrics are a tribute to Asha Bhosle, best known as a ‘playback singer’ in Hindi cinema.

Primal Scream – Vanishing Point (The ’59) #240

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Primal Scream – Vanishing Point (1997)

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 39 – 1997.

Vanishing Point was the fifth studio album from Primal Scream, released on 7 July 1997.

It was the first album to feature the band’s new bass player Gary ‘Mani’ Mounfield, formerly of the Stone Roses, although Marco Nelson played bass on “Burning Wheel”, “Star”, “If They Move, Kill ‘Em'” and “Stuka”.

Other guests on Vanishing Point include Augustus Pablo, Glen Matlock, and the Memphis Horns.

The Verve – Urban Hymns (The’ 59) #239

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The Verve – Urban Hymns (1997)

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 39 – 1997.

Urban Hymns was the third studio album from The Verve, released on 29 September 1997 on Hut Records. It earned nearly unanimous critical praise upon its release, and went on to become the band’s best-selling release and one of the biggest selling albums of the year.

The album features the hit singles “Bitter Sweet Symphony”, “Lucky Man” and “The Drugs Don’t Work”.

The critical and commercial success of the album saw the band win two Brit Awards in 1998, including Best British Group, and appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in March 1999.

Radiohead – OK Computer (The ’59) #238

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Radiohead – OK Computer (1997)

 

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 39 – 1997.

OK Computer was the third studio album from  Radiohead, released on 16 June 1997 on EMI subsidiaries Parlophone and Capitol Records.

Despite lowered sales estimates by EMI, who deemed the record uncommercial and difficult to market, OK Computer reached No.1 on the UK Albums Chart and debuted at No.21 on the Billboard 200.

Five singles were released from the album—”Paranoid Android”, “Karma Police”, “Lucky”, “No Surprises”, and “Airbag”.

It was nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year and won Best Alternative Music Album at the 40th Annual Grammy Awards in 1998.

In 2015, it was included by the Library of Congress in the National Recording Registry as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

The Rolling Stones – Bridges to Babylon (The ’59) #237

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 39 – 1997.

Bridges to Babylon was the 21st British and 23rd American studio album by The Rolling Stones, released by Virgin Records on 29 September 1997.

It was their last full-length release of new songs until 2005’s ‘A Bigger Bang’

. Released as a double album on vinyl and a single CD, the album was supported by the year-long worldwide Bridges to Babylon Tour.

Tricky – Pre-millenium Tension (The ’59) #236

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Tricky – Pre-millenium Tension (1996)

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 38 – 1996.

Pre-Millennium Tension was the second album from English rapper and producer Tricky, released in 1996.

It was a conscious effort by him to depart away from the trip hop label with which critics had described his previous music.

The album was well received, being named the ninth best record of the year in the 1996 Pazz & Jop poll.

Underworld – Second toughest in the infants (The ’59) #235

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Underworld – Second toughest in the infants (1996)

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 38 – 1996.

Second Toughest in the Infants was Underworld’s fourth album and the second in their “MK2” line-up with Darren Emerson.

The album’s name derives from a comment made by member Rick Smith’s six-year-old nephew, Simon Prosser, when asked on his progress at school said…

Yeah, don’t worry about me, I’m second toughest in the infants now…

Second Toughest featured the single “Pearl’s Girl”. The re-issue featured the band’s best known single, “Born Slippy .NUXX”.

The album was remastered and re-released on 20 November 2015 with deluxe and super-deluxe expanded editions.

Rocket from the Crypt – Scream Dracula Scream (The ’59) #234

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Rocket from the Crypt – Scream Dracula Scream (1996)

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 38 – 1996.

Scream, Dracula, Scream! from the San Diego, California rock band ‘Rocket from the Crypt’, was released in 1996 by Interscope Records.

Music videos were filmed for the singles “On a Rope,” “Born in ’69” and “Young Livers,” and the band embarked on extensive tours of the US, UK and Europe. They were massively popular in the UK where “On a Rope” entered the charts at No.12 allowing them to play ‘Top of the Pops’.

A large headlining tour in support of the album also started in 1996, as well as supporting tours with Rancid and Soundgarden. During these tours the band gained a reputation for a series of interesting and, at times, seemingly ludicrous gimmicks and stage antics which included holding raffles during live performances, spinning a large game show wheel to determine set lists, onstage fire breathing, annual Halloween and New Year’s shows, and the wearing of coordinated and progressively more ornate stage costumes.