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”.

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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.

Rory Gallagher – Fresh Evidence (The ’59) #196

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Rory Gallagher – Fresh Evidence (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.

Fresh Evidence, released in May 1990,  was Rory Gallagher’s eleventh and last studio album.

The album was unusual in that Gallagher used more additional musicians and spent more time recording than he normally did. Not as unusual, the songs show his love for blues artists such as Robert Johnson and Son House and for other genres like Zydeco and Blue Grass.

Gallagher’s studio albums were often recorded rapidly, in as little as two weeks. This was partly due to time limitations caused by his heavy touring schedule but also because he was always more comfortable in front of a live audience than in the studio. However, Gallagher spent six months recording Fresh Evidence. He described the recording of the album as follows:

It took enough out of us, I can tell you. It took about six months to make, which is quite a long time really. It sounds like relatively simple music, but we were trying to get a good vintage, ethnic sound in the production and everything else. We used a lot of old valve microphones, tape echo, old spring reverbs and things like that, instead of using all the digital equipment.

Black Crowes – Shake your Moneymaker (The ’59) #195

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The Black Crowes – Shake your moneymaker (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.

Shake Your Money Maker was the debut studio album from The Black Crowes, released in February 1990 on Def American Recordings.

It is the only album by the band to feature guitarist Jeff Cease and is named after a classic blues song written by Elmore James.

The band have played the song live many times over the years, but it is not included on this album.

George Michael – Listen without prejudice Vol I (The ’59) #194

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George Michael – Listen without Prejudice Vol. 1 (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. Today we’ve reached year 32 and a new decade – 1990.

Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 was the second solo studio album from the late George Michael, released on 3 September 1990.

This was his final album of all-new material on Columbia Records until 2004’s ‘Patience’. Disappointing album sales in the US led to Michael’s legal battles against Sony Music, in which he accused the corporation of not fully supporting him as an artist.

Tears for Fears – The seeds of love (The ’59) #193

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Tears for Fears – The seeds of love (1989)

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 31 – 1989.

The Seeds of Love was the third studio album from Tears for Fears, released on 25 September 1989

The album, which reportedly cost over £1 million to produce, retained the band’s epic sound while incorporating influences ranging from jazz and blues to The Beatles, of which the latter is most evident on the hit single “Sowing the Seeds of Love”.

It was an international success, entering the UK Albums Chart at number one and reaching the top ten in numerous other countries including the US.  However,  it would be the last album that band members Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith would work on together for over a decade.