Still stuck in 1992.
There were a handful of albums that came out that year that were good enough to keep coming back to every few years or so and a smaller handful of those that were so strong and so rich that you’d find yourself finding new tidbits and gems within songs that you’d heard the last time you kept the tape in constant rotation in the car.
Faith No More’s Angel Dust is the album that’s currently occupying that place in my brain.
An amazing album, start to finish. No filler. Every song pushing limits and refusing to rest on the laurels given by the band’s previous mega-selling “The Real Thing” (you’ve heard their song “Epic” a billion times) and they wanted to play with a lot of fresh ideas. For example, the album used a heck of a lot of samples. Like, a lot a lot. It’s like they listened to The Beastie Boys’ “Paul’s Boutique” and said “We should do that with hard rock…” and they went on to see what was possible.
The album opened with the doubly percussive punch of Land of Sunshine and Caffeine and wandered through some seriously weird territory in “Crack Hitler”, got seriously back to basics with “Kindergarten”, and anticipated Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl” by about a dozen years with “Be Aggressive”.
The song I keep going back to, though, is one that you probably remember if you watched MTV at all that year. “A Small Victory”.
Absolutely brilliant, even today.
So… what are you listening to?