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.

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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”.

Transvision Vamp – Velveteen (The ’59) #192

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Transvision Vamp – Velveteen (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.

Velveteen was the second album from Transvision Vamp. Released in 1989, a year after their debut, the album provided such hits as “Baby I Don’t Care” which reached number 3 in the UK and Australia.

Velveteen went on to peak at number 1 on the UK album charts in 1989 and number 2 in Australia where it became the 39th highest selling album of the year.

A video was released to accompany the album. Entitled The Velveteen Singles, it featured the videos for all four singles released from the album, as well as “‘behind the scenes’ footage.

 

The Cure – Kiss me kiss me kiss me (The ’59) #179

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The Cure – Kiss me kiss me kiss me (1987)

This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 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 29 – 1987

Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me was the seventh studio album from The Cure, released in May 1987.

It helped put the band into the American mainstream, becoming their first album to reach the Billboard Top 40.

It was also a big international success, reaching the Top 10 in six other countries including the UK.

The Jesus and Mary Chain – Psychocandy (The ’59) #166

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The Jesus and Mary Chain – Psychocandy (1985)

Psychocandy is the debut studio album by Scottish alternative rock band The Jesus and Mary Chain. It was released in November 1985 on Blanco y Negro Records.

A landmark recording, its combination of guitar feedback with traditional pop song structures proved influential on the forthcoming shoegazing genre and alternative rock in general.

After quitting their jobs in 1980, brothers Jim and William Reid formed The Jesus and Mary Chain with bass player Douglas Hart. Taking inspiration from German industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten, girl group the Shangri-Las and The Velvet Underground & Nico, they bought a Tascam Portastudio in 1983 when their father lost his job in a local factory and gave the brothers £300 from his redundancy money.

Tascam Portastudios were four-track analogue mixing desks with a cassette recorder built in. Both standard jack and XLR inputs were provided allowing you to record straight to tape via a small studio monitor.

The band recorded a demo tape containing the songs “Upside Down” and “Never Understand” which was heard by Glaswegian musician Bobby Gillespie, who in turn passed it on to his friend Alan McGee of Creation Records. McGee was impressed with the tape and invited the band to play at a Creation Records showcase event in London, becoming the band’s manager shortly afterward.

Psychocandy was recorded in six weeks during March and April 1985 and totalled £17,000 in recording and production costs.

The Smiths (The ’59) #159

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The Smiths (1984)

This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 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 26 – 1984.

The Smiths self-titled debut studio album was recorded in 1983 and released on 20 February 1984 by record label Rough Trade. After the original production by Troy Tate was felt to be inadequate, John Porter re-recorded the album in London, Manchester and Stockport during breaks in the band’s UK tour during September 1983.

The album was well received by the critics as well as the public; it reached number two on the UK Albums Chart and stayed on the chart for 33 weeks. It established the Smiths as a prominent band in the 1980s music scene in the United Kingdom.