The best albums of 1992

February 10, 2022, 8:39 PM

The best albums of 1992.

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Think back to the year of Generation Terrorists, Ebeneezer Goode, Automatic For The People and Friday I’m In Love.

  1. February 10, 1992: Manic Street Preachers – Generation Terrorists

    The Manics released their debut album, which included classics Motorcycle Emptiness, You Love Us and Little Baby Nothing.

    Manic Street Preachers - Generation Terrorists

    Manic Street Preachers – Generation Terrorists.

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  2. February 17, 1992: James – Seven

    The Manchester band, fronted by Tim Booth, released their fourth album in 1992. It included the singles Born Of Frustration and Sound.

    James - Seven

    James – Sept.

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  3. February 17, 1992: Shakespears Sister – Hormonally Yours

    The duo of Siobhan Fahey and Marcella Detroit’s second album featured the massive hit Stay, which topped the UK charts for an incredible eight weeks.

    Shakespears Sister - Hormonally Yours

    Sister Shakespears – Hormonally yours.

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  4. February 18, 1992: The Sugarcubes – Stick Around For Joy

    The Icelandic band’s third and final album, featuring the single Hit. Singer Bjork began a solo career the following year.

    The Sugarcubes - Stick Around For Joy

    The Sugarcubes – Stick around for the joy.

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  5. March 1, 1992: Ocean Color Scene – Ocean Color Scene

    The British rock band started their career with this strange mix of shoegaze and soul. They would return four years later with the better known Moseley Shoals.

    Ocean Color Scene - Ocean Color Scene

    Ocean Color Scene – Ocean Color Scene.

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  6. March 9, 1992: Ride – Going Blank Again

    Oxford’s biggest proponents of loud shoegaze rock scored a massive Top 10 hit with the title track from their second album… and gave the Creation label their biggest hit before Oasis came along.

    Ride - Empty Again

    Ride – Going Blank Again.

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  7. March 9, 1992: Curve – Doppleganger

    The great British shoegazing band have released their debut album, featuring singles Horror Head and Fait Accompli.

    Curve - Doppleganger

    Curve – Doppleganger.

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  8. March 30, 1992: PJ Harvey – Sec

    Polly Jean and her band released their first album this year, featuring Sheela-Na-Gig and Dress.

    PJ Harvey - Dry

    PJ Harvey – Sec.

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  9. March 30, 1992: Spiritualized – Lazer Guided Melodies

    Jason Pierce, after leaving seminal shoegaz/drone rock band Spacemen 3, has released the debut album of his new band Spiritualized.

    Spiritualized - Laser Guided Melodies

    Spiritualized – Laser guided melodies.

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  10. April 14, 1992: L7 – The bricks are heavy

    The Los Angeles rockers released their third album, which featured their biggest hit, Pretend We’re Dead.

    L7 - The bricks are heavy

    L7 – The bricks are heavy.

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  11. April 20, 1992: Pavement – Inclined And Enchanted

    The alternative rock legends’ debut album was released in 1992, featuring songwriting by Stephen Malkmus.

    Pavement - Tilted And Enchanted

    Causeway – Inclined And Enchanted.

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  12. April 21, 1992: The Cure – Wish

    Robert Smith’s Merry Men released their ninth album in 1992 and gave them their only number 1 album to date. The album features indie club favorite Friday I’m In Love.

    The Cure - Wish

    The Remedy – Wish.

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  13. May 4, 1992: Carter USM – 1992: The Love Album

    Jim Bob and Fruitbat’s satirical dig at the UK’s entry into Europe included the single The Only Living Boy In New Cross.

    Carter USM - 1992: The Love Album

    Carter USM – 1992: The Love Album.

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  14. May 12, 1992: The Black Crowes – The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion

    The Alanta blues-rockers released their second album, which included the track Remedy.

    The Black Crowes - Southern Harmony and Musical Companion

    The Black Crowes – Southern Harmony and Musical Companion.

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  15. June 2, 1992: The Lemonheads – It’s A Shame About Ray

    Evan Dando’s band released their fifth album, which included singles such as Confetti and the title track. The Mrs. Robinson cover was not added until the album was reissued later that year.

    The Lemonheads - It's a Shame on Ray

    The Lemonheads – Shame on Ray.

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  16. June 8, 1992: Faith No More – Angel Dust

    The band’s fourth album includes Be Aggressive, A Small Victory and Midlife Crisis.

    Faith No More - Angel Dust

    Faith No More – Angel Dust.

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  17. July 6, 1992: The Orb – UF Orb

    The ambient techno outfit of Alex Paterson and Jimmy Cauty have released their second album, featuring the 17-minute track The Blue Room.

  18. July 21, 1992: Sonic Youth – Dirty

    The legendary New York band released their seventh album, which included the tracks Youths Against Fascism and 100%.

    Sonic Youth - Dirty

    Sonic Youth – Dirty.

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  19. July 27, 1992: Morrissey – Your Arsenal

    His Mozness released their third solo album this year – highlights included We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful and Glamorous Glue.

    Morrissey - Your Arsenal

    Morrissey – Your arsenal.

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  20. August 3, 1992: INXS – Welcome wherever you are

    The Australian band’s eighth studio album was a UK No. 1 hit and included the single Beautiful Girl and Taste It.

    INXS - Welcome wherever you are

    INXS – Welcome wherever you are.

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  21. September 1, 1992: Paul Weller – Paul Weller

    The Modfather’s debut solo album Beyond the Limits of a Band; it included the singles Uh Huh Oh Yeh and Into Tomorrow.

    Paul Weller - Paul Weller

    Paul Weller – Paul Weller.

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  22. September 4, 1992: Sugar – Copper Blue

    Former Husker Du vocalist and solo artist Bob Mold released his new power trio’s debut album, which included the songs Changes, A Good IDea and If I Can’t Change Your Mind.

    Sugar - Copper Blue

    Sugar – Copper Blue.

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  23. September 14, 1992: The Shamen – Boss Drum

    After going from indie band to rave titans, this was The Shamen’s fifth album and their commercial peak, including as is the case with the #1 hit Ebeneezer Goode.

    The Shamen - Drum Boss

    The Shamen – Drum Boss.

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  24. September 28, 1992: Brian May – Back to the Light

    After 20 years with the band Queen, this is the guitarist’s first true solo album, released the year after Freddie Mercury’s death. It included the singles Too Much Love Will Kill You and Driven By You.

    Brian May - Back to the Light

    Brian May – Back to Light.

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  25. October 5, 1992: REM – Automatic For The People

    The band’s eighth album has sold 18 million copies and includes the tracks Drive, The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite, Nightswimming and Man On The Moon.

    REM - Automatic for the People

    REM – Automatic for the people.

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  26. October 5, 1992: Stereo MCs – Connected

    Clapham’s top hip-hop collective released their biggest hit this year and were awarded Best Album at the BRITs for their troubles.

    MC stereo - connected

    MC stereo – Connected.

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  27. October 13, 1992: Prince – Symbol aka Love Symbol

    Named after an unreadable, unpronounceable symbol (which the artist would later adopt as a stage name), this album was a huge hit in the UK, spawning the singles Sexy MF, The Morning Papers, My Name Is Prince and 7.

    Prince - Symbol aka Symbol of Love

    Prince – Symbol aka Symbol of Love.

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  28. October 20, 1992: Madonna – Erotica

    The early ’90s were Madge’s most controversial period. Her fifth album was released alongside the nude photo coffee table book titled Sex, and included the singles Erotica and Deeper And Deeper.

    Madonna - Erotic

    Madonna – Eroticism.

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