Archive for 1992

Hit – The Sugarcubes

  • First Appearance: February 29, 1992
  • Weeks on the Chart: 5
  • Album: Stick Around for Joy
  • Have I heard this song before (pre-listen)? No.
  • Have I actually heard this song before? No.

I had to create a new category for this album, The Sugarcubes being the first Icelandic band on the list.

When the first track started I had the immediate feeling like this was going to be another instance of me thinking I hadn’t heard the song before, but where I was actually very familiar with it. It was not, and I had not. I was simply hit by the power that is Bjork, and immediately recognized her voice as familiar.

Hit is a really weird song to make the top of the chart, let alone stay there for five weeks. I’m kind of baffled, to be honest. It’s not that it’s bad, it’s just all over the place.

I did not love this album. It’s kind of typical Bjork, to the extent anything she does can be described as typical. The vocals are strong, but range wildly and sometimes verge to atonal. There’s a male vocalist who basically talks as asides a lot, and the music is synthy and often hard to make heads or tales of.

What’s Good – Lou Reed

  • First Appearance: February 8, 1992
  • Weeks on the Chart: 3
  • Album: Magic and Loss
  • Have I heard this song before (pre-listen)? No.
  • Have I actually heard this song before? No.

The first track on this album is kind of a weird noisy instrumental, and then What’s Good comes on and sounds like early Wilco/Uncle Tupelo and I don’t know what’s going anymore.

I can’t claim to have listened to much Lou Reed before this. I really enjoyed What’s Good. The rest of the concept album…less so. There were times, like in Sword of Damocles, where the melody and lyrics seemed to have been written and sung independently from the music: never quite matching up.

Sax And Violins – Talking Heads

  • First Appearance: February 1, 1992
  • Weeks on the Chart: 1
  • Album: Until The End of the World (Soundtrack)
  • Have I heard this song before (pre-listen)? No.
  • Have I actually heard this song before? No.

This was the last track released by the Talking Heads and it’s cool, spacey, and subdued, but still absolutely the Talking Heads.

I had no idea that the Talking Heads were a largely American band until I was looking them up for this. David Byrne is Scottish-American, and the rest of the band is just American. Today I learned.

Anyway, it’s a single song by them on this soundtrack, most of which isn’t available for streaming. It doesn’t seem to warrant a ton of conversation, as the song is nice, but not amazing.

The Fly – U2

  • First Appearance: November 9, 1991
  • Weeks on the Chart: 11 (non-consecutive)
  • Album: Achtung Baby
  • Have I heard this song before (pre-listen)? No.
  • Have I actually heard this song before? No.

The Fly was at the top of the chart for two weeks, while Mysterious Ways (Yes, Yes), topped the chart for nine weeks, spanning 1991 and 1992.

This album is very good. And it’s one of these albums that’s so good, and so popular that I don’t know what I can say about it. It’s certainly worth a listen, because there are a lot of tracks on the album that were not widely played after the early 90s and this was my first listen to it. So I was pleasantly surprised by a bunch of very good U2 songs I’d never heard before.

The Fly was not my favorite song on the album, but it was really surrounded by delightful songs.