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A tongue-firmly-in-cheek podcast where Dave Fensome and Krister Greer, two lifelong music fans, go back and listen to every UK number one album from the 90s in chronological order to see if the decade's music holds up to scrutiny.
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S03E11 The Orb 'U.F.Orb'

S03E11 The Orb 'U.F.Orb'

2020-06-0901:44:41

A seven track, 73 minute long, ambient album you say? And it got to number one in the UK? Well alright then! Chuck a load of drugs in your face and join us in a journey through space on an album where we really didn't know if we'd find anything to talk about [spoilers: we definitely did]. We do chat about a LOAD of other stuff that was going on in the charts at the time as well such as Kyuss, Jimmy Nail and the prevalence of rave tunes involving children's TV themes that seemed to be going on in 1992. Companion Spotify playlist available to listen to here with all the stuff we talk about, and the Orb's website we mention where they sell cannabis seeds FOR SOUVENIR PURPOSES ONLY is here.
We tried. We really did. We tried to bring you a full episode talking about Michael Ball's self-titled debut album but we just could not do it. For one thing, it's not on Spotify so we had to actually create a youtube playlist, and not all the songs are even on there so it was incomplete at best. And secondly, it's a Michael Ball album so we really, really didn't want to. Which means that we spend the bulk of the podcast talking about Faith No More's album 'Angel Dust' which came out around the same time and only got to number 2 in the charts which just doesn't seem fair. So that's what you're getting, hope you enjoy it. Leave us some comments on our social media as usual, we'd love to hear what you think about either of the above records, and also due to public demand we have now got a button on the website for donations which you're very welcome to use if you like all the stuff we're putting out and fancy chucking us the price of a pint. It's very very much appreciated you wonderful people.
Hang on to your denim jackets everyone, it's time to get in the pit and headbang along to some proper heavy flipping metal. Iron Maiden's 1992 one album is under the microscope this week and Krister and Dave have VERY differing views on the band as will be pretty instantly clear. How does this one sound nearly 30 years after release? Does heavy metal ever really age? We also get the chance to talk about Suede, Ugly Kid Joe and Life of Agony as well as playing a happy hardcore version of 'Fear Of The Dark' which actually exists. Mental. Check out that version as well as all the other stuff we talk about on our weekly episode companion playlist and get in contact via whichever of our social media you fancy with any comments, all links are on our website. Also head to our facebook page on Fridays at 8pm GMT during the lockdown to take part in our regular 90s music quiz. Until then, enjoy the episode and don't take anything that Krister says about Iron Maiden too personally!
Strange as it may seem to us nowadays, Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine had an actual official number one album back in 1992. Grebo is an oft-overlooked genre from the time: is that for the best or are we unfairly overlooking what it had to offer? With opinions ranging from "not really bothered" to "actively disliked them" between Krister and Dave will this album win them round? We talk about loads more in this episode as well including the likes of En Vogue, R. Kelly and Aphex Twin. You can hear all of the songs we discuss in our companion Spotify playlist and immerse yourself more fully in 90s goodness with our ongoing "best of the albums we've featured" playlist. Links to everything on our website as usual.
S03E07 The Cure 'Wish'

S03E07 The Cure 'Wish'

2020-04-0701:27:48

We're back with a proper episode! Yes - we, two men in our 40s, worked out how to use Zoom and managed to record this episode while sitting in our pants in our respective bedrooms. And it turned out surprisingly well if we do say so ourselves. Another album that neither of us had actually ever heard before but obviously we know plenty of Cure songs so we were looking forward to this one. Along the way we discuss L7, how Dave was almost a goth in sixth form and the Sisters of Mercy. Companion playlist is here, links to all our social media are on our website www.pclpodcast.com and keep an eye on our facebook page for details of when our next live music quiz will be (hint: probably every Friday evening during the coronavirus lockdown at 8pm GMT).
Bonus episode alert - this was never a number one album but it's held in such high regard by both Dave and Krister that we figured it deserved an episode to discuss it. And we got our friend Si Sharp from Beat Rehab in to help us as well since he's a massive fan of it too. So we understand this is a very niche one and won't appeal to everyone, feel free to skip it if you want! But it was lots of fun to record and hopefully we can convince you that this is one of the best albums ever. You can check out more of Si's ramblings and recommendations at Beat.Rehab where he writes about music or whatever comes into his head, and you can also often hear him guest on the brilliant Dancing About Architecture podcast as well. The companion playlist for this episode is available on our Spotify profile but to be honest you could just search for this album as that's all we really chat about. Hope you enjoy it!
S03E05 Right Said Fred 'Up'

S03E05 Right Said Fred 'Up'

2020-03-1801:20:31

We knew it was coming - looming on our timeline like a brash, bald, pop behemoth. And here we are - Right Said Fred's actual debut album. Obviously we knew the singles already but weren't sure what to expect from the rest of it. Who know, maybe it's full of pleasant pop surprises, we shall have to see. We do get to discover the link between Jimi Hendrix, RSF and Taylor Swift though which seems unlikely but is actually true, and we reveal a US alt-rock band that almost took Right Said Fred on tour with them in 1992 until their management pointed out what a dreadful idea that actually was. Check out our companion playlist as always with the full album we discuss and loads of other tunes we talk about, and head to our website for crap memes and links to our various social media.
S03E04 Annie Lennox 'Diva'

S03E04 Annie Lennox 'Diva'

2020-03-1001:17:56

Annie Lennox's debut solo album and one that neither of us really knew much about apart from the big singles. And to be honest we remember not thinking much of those at the time as well but that was nearly 30 years ago so perhaps we are being too harsh and a new listen will prove teenage us wrong. We also have brief chats about Curtis Stigers, ZZ Top and SL2, all included on this episode's Spotify playlist alongside the full 'Diva' album and a couple of other bits that we mention this week. Check out our website www.pclpodcast.com for links to all our social media and all that stuff.
Do you wanna get rocked? That's what we're all REALLY asking ourselves all the time, isn't it? Well, maybe Def Leppard's 1992 album 'Adrenalize' can provide some answers. For this one we are joined by special guest Darren who is Dave's oldest friend and a massive Lep fan from the 'Hysteria' album days. But what did he think of this follow up? What did Dave and Krister think for that matter?  Spotify playlist for this one is here and social media links are all at our website www.pclpodcast.com.I suppose a rock's out of the question?
The Boss is back with a long awaited album. In fact he's back with two released on the same day, but we're just looking at the one that got to number on in March 1992, Human Touch. Neither Dave nor Krister knew this one at all, or much Bruce Springsteen in general if truth be told outside of the big hits. Will this be the one that converts them to megafans? Outside of Bruce we talk about a LOT of other fantastic music that was being released in this time period by acts such as Body Count, PJ Harvey and Tool. Check out our weekly Spotify companion playlist with lots of the good stuff on there. And links to various other stuff and social media are all at our website www.pclpodcast.com
Good crikey, it's Season 3 of Pop, Collaborate & Listen! And what better way to start off our journey through 1992's number one albums than Wet Wet Wet? Well, probably loads of ways to be honest but we don't make the rules. We just listen to what the pop charts dictate and then whinge about it for an hour or so each week. Neither Dave nor Krister had ever heard this whole album before because of course not so it really was a journey into the unknown. Obviously we were familiar with the big 80s hits that the band had released and with their seemingly neverending cover version of 'Love Is All Around' but this album was unfamiliar territory. Did it convert us to a newfound love of Pellow & Co? We shall have to see. During our conversation we look at an absolute ton of other releases that came out in the six week period at the start of 1992, there are some absolute treasures that we chat about like KISS, Daisy Chainsaw and Sultans of Ping just for starters. Seriously though, check out this week's Spotify playlist of the whole Wet Wet Wet album and all the other stuff we talk about - it's fantastic. And as usual please do feel free to get in contact via any method you choose, lots of links to do so at our website www.pclpodcast.com
As we close the book on 1991 we run through both of our top five albums of the year, some of which may surprise you, some of which definitely won't. Feel free to agree with us or give us immense amount of grief about our choices via our various social media platforms. But before you do that, enjoy our chat and check out our spotify playlist where we picked one track off each of our album choices from the whole top ten. It is, as you can imagine, a pretty fucking solid playlist. You're also welcome to let us know what your own choices might have been from our album choices - do you agree with our picks? Thank you for listening to our nonsense as we've gone through 1991, we will be back soon to tackle 1992, see you then!www.pclpodcast.com
Since we have now gone through every number one album of 1991 it's time to take a look back through all the other records that came out and choose what we reckon were our favourite albums released that year. This is the first half of our conversation, the second part will come out next week. Agree with our choices so far? Hit us up on Twitter or Facebook to let us know. Think you know what's going to be in the top five next week? I mean, yeah, you can probably guess about half of them for sure. Feel free to let us know what your top ten would be as well if you haven't already.
S02E21 Hip Hop in 1991

S02E21 Hip Hop in 1991

2020-01-0801:42:38

What a year it was for hip hop in 1991 - so many massive and great albums being released, the mainstream beckoning and big changes coming to the scene. So we're dedicating a whole episode to looking at what was going on and deciding on what we reckon our favourite albums are from the year. We are joined for this one by a special guest, the brilliant Rob Mulholland - stand up comic, professional northerner and big fan of hip hop. Check out his website to see when he's next coming to a venue near you, send him abuse on Twitter and definitely check out his hour long show 'Too Big To Fail' free to watch on youtube.  Do be warned that there's probably even more swearing than usual in this one given that we're playing a load of hip hop tracks, and just the fact that there are three of us instead of two. That's simple swearing mathematics. We've chucked a load of tunes that we talk about into a playlist that you can listen to on Spotify and as usual do check out our social media platforms to get in contact, all links at www.pclpodcast.com
Let's get this out of the way at the start - if you don't want to hear a few pretty bad taste jokes as MJ's expense then maybe skip this one. We don't need the hassle. But if you do want to hear two people who genuinely liked the previous Michael Jackson albums discuss his first release of the 90s then step this way!Lots of chat about the new direction that producer Teddy Riley has taken things - for better or for worse? Also some chat about U2's 'Achtung Baby', a comparison of MJ to Megadeth and whether or not the special effects in the 'Black Or White' video still look any good these days. The Spotify companion playlist is available here and everything else is probably linked on www.pclpodcast.com. Go to Itunes and leave us a review by the way!
While we know our own rules - we listen to and talk about every number one album of the 90s so long as it's not a compilation - we just simply could not find enough to say about Enya's 'Shepherd Moons' album and so we give it the most cursory of five minute conversations before moving onto the next on our list which is 'We Can't Dance' by Genesis. For obvious reasons, namely that we weren't 40 year old men at the time, neither of knew this album from when it was released. But, being 40-ish year old men now, can we finally appreciate Phil, Mike and Tony? We get the chance to talk about other stuff like U2, Altern-8 and Sonata Arctica this week and you get to hear Krister's lovingly prepared Enya Megamix. Lucky you.The companion Spotify playlist is available to listen to as always and check out the website, facebook page and twitter if you haven't already.
S02E18 Erasure 'Chorus'

S02E18 Erasure 'Chorus'

2019-12-1101:23:10

Continuing in the 'pop' vein for a minute, this week we're listening to Erasure's album 'Chorus' which came out in October of 1991. Neither of us were familiar with this one at all so it was very new and fresh all round. But did we enjoy it? Is it all as good as the classics we knew like 'A Little Respect' and 'Stop'? We shall have to see. And this week we get the chance to chat about other stuff like Teenage Fanclub, Slayer and Carcass so there's definitely some guitar music mixed in for good measure. As always, listen along to our companion playlist with the full album and all the other tracks we discuss on the episode and check out www.pclpodcast.com for links to all of our social media etc. Get in touch with any comments or feedback and please keep spreading the word and telling your friends about our show!
S02E17 Simply Red 'Stars'

S02E17 Simply Red 'Stars'

2019-12-0401:19:441

Or lordy, it's only Hucknall and co. Leading up to this episode we were pretty sure we were going to hate this album as it was the antithesis of everything we liked in 1991, so what do we reckon on giving it a go in 2019? Listen on to find out. We do get to chat about some other stuff as well though, like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Public Enemy and 2 Unlimited. It's quite the mixture this week. Listen along to the companion Spotify playlist with all of the main album and most of the other tracks we chat about on there and check out www.pclpodcast.com for all the social media links etc.
We KNOW! Stop shouting at us - yes it's another bonus episode on an album that wasn't actually ever number one, but how could we NOT? This album meant an awful lot to both Dave and Krister on their musical journeys and so they revisit it to talk about how important it is but also to see if it stands up as a full album nearly 30 years later. It's not too much of a spoiler to say that they're both very pleased with this re-listen. And since it's a bonus episode there isn't a playlist this week for, just go and listen to your copy of Nevermind along with us. You know you've got one. Oh, and turn it up fucking loud.
The most Canadian thing to happen to our podcast to date, this episode is all about Bryan Adams' 1991 megahit 'Waking Up The Neighbours' which does indeed feature THAT song. Does the rest of the record stand up against such a world-beating single? Would you want it to? We should probably point out that we do make a few jokes in this one at the expense of Canadians but we don't mean it. We love you really. Please don't write us any angry letters. Listen along to all the songs we talk about on our Spotify playlist and check out www.pclpodcast.com for links to all of our social media etc etc.
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