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20 Years Later: List Your Favorite Albums from 1998

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Well The Mounrain Goats put out two fantastic EPs... New Asian Cinema AND Isopanisad Radio Hour

 

Shellac - Terraform  

Death Cab for Cutie - Something About Airplanes 

Cake - Prolonging the Magic

Hum - Downward Is Heavenward

The Halo Benders - The Rebels Not In

Mercury Rev - Deserter's Songs

 

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Sunny Day Real Estate - How It Feels to Be Something On

Boards of Canada - Music Has the Right to Children

OutKast - Aquemini

Gang Starr - Moment of Truth

Refused - The Shape of Punk to Come

Black Star - Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star

Tortoise - TNT

Mark Hollis - Mark Hollis

Cat Power - Moon Pix

Mercury Rev - Deserter's Songs

Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Eels - Electro-Shock Blues

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I was going to spend some time making a list, but then I realised there was a thread about this two months ago and I only have one addition (in bold) since then:

 

1. Dirty Three—Ocean Songs

2. SubArachnoid Space—Endless Renovation

3. Neutral Milk Hotel—In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

4. Meshuggah—Chaosphere

5. June of 44—Four Great Points

6. Calexico—The Black Light

7. Tortoise—TNT

8. Matthew Shipp Horn Quartet—Strata

9. Guillermo Gregorio—Ellipsis

10. Don Caballero—What Burns Never Returns

11. Tribes of Neurot & Walking Timebombs—Static Migration

12. David Grubbs—The Thicket

13. Gorguts—Obscura

14. Shark Quest—Battle of the Loons

15. William Parker & In Order to Survive—The Peach Orchard

16. Windy & Carl—Depths

17. Gastr del Sol—Camoufleur

18. Peter Jefferies—Substatic

19. Eliane Radigue—Trilogie de la mort

 

20. Add N to (X)—On the Wires of Our Nerves

21. Macha—Macha

22. Voice Crack—Below Beyond Above

23. Massive Attack—Mezzanine

24. Theo Parrish—First Floor

25. Gorge Trio—Dead Chicken Fear No Knife

26. The Bug—Tapping the Conversation

27. Soul Coughing—El Oso

28. Blonde Redhead—In an Expression of the Inexpressible

29. Roy Montgomery—And Now the Rain Sounds Like Life Is Falling Down Through It

30. Jessica Bailiff—Even in Silence

31. Sunny Day Real Estate—How It Feels to Be Something On

32. Lauryn Hill—The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

33. The Ex—Starters Alternators

34. Taku Sugimoto—Opposite

35. Mark Hollis—Mark Hollis

36. Dave Fischoff—Winston Park

37. Robert Rich—Seven Veils

38. The Shadow Ring—Hold Onto I.D.

39. Escapade—Citrus Cloud Cover

40. OutKast—Aquemini

41. Kiln—Holo

42. AIR—Moon Safari

43. Spacecraft—Hummel

44. Grateful Dead—Dick's Picks Volume Twelve

45. Matmos—Matmos

46. Village of Savoonga—Score

47. Eels—Electro-Shock Blues

48. The Dylan Group—It's All About (Rimshots & Faulty Wiring)

49. God Lives Underwater—Life in the So-Called Space Age

50. Tone Rec—Pholcus

51. Mercury Rev—Deserter's Songs

52. Dominic Duval with the C.T. String Quartet—The Navigator

53. Edith Frost—Telescopic

54. Yume Bitsu—Giant Surface Music Falling to Earth Like Jewels From the Sky

55. Dälek—Negro Necro Nekros

56. Merzbow—1930

57. The Beta Band—The Patty Patty Sound

58. Denman Maroney—Hyperpiano

59. Alio Die—Password for Entheogenic Experience

 

60. Arab on Radar—Rough Day at the Orifice

61. The Union of a Man and a Woman–The Sound of the Union of a Man and a Woman

62. Simon Joyner—Yesterday, Tomorrow and in Between

63. Richard Davies—Telegraph

64. Beyond Dawn—Revelry

65. Lisa Germano—Slide

66. Maquiladora—The Lost Works of Eunice Phelps

67. Rufus Wainwright—Rufus Wainwright

68. Paul D. Miller—Viral Sonata

69. Paul Plimley—Everything In Stages

70. Kwaku Kwaakye Obeng—Awakening

71. Elend—The Umbersun

72. Cat Power—Moon Pix

73. Plastikman—Consumed

74. Joan of Arc—How Memory Works

75. Ulver—Themes From William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

76. Chris Watson—Outside the Circle of Fire

77. Sulfur—Delirium Tremens

78. Refused—The Shape of Punk to Come

79. Buffalo Daughter—New Rock

80. DJ ? Acucrack—Mutants of Sound

81. Mark Lanegan—Scraps at Midnight

82. Boxhead Ensemble—The Last Place to Go (Recordings From the Dutch Harbor European Film Screening Tour)

83. The Third Eye Foundation—You Guys Kill Me

84. Boredoms—Super æ
85. Butch Morris—Butch Morris Conducts Berlin Skyscraper

86. Gregorio, Gustafsson & Nordeson—Background Music

87. Six Organs of Admittance—Six Organs of Admittance

88. Gate—The Lavender Head

89. Time Machines—Time Machines

90. William Basinski—Shortwavemusic

91. Burning Witch—Towers

92. Belle and Sebastian—This Is Just a Modern Rock Song

93. Ivo Perelman Trio—Seeds, Vision and Counterpoint

94. Experimental Audio Research—Millennium Music

95. Richard Youngs—Sapphie

96. Sonic Youth / Jim O'Rourke—SYR 3: Invito Al Ĉielo

97. Dean Roberts—All Cracked Medias

98. Steve Coleman—Genesis & The Opening of the Way

99. Stephen Hartke—Violin Concerto "Auld Swaara"; Symphony No. 2 [Riverside Symphony / George Rothman / Michelle Makarski]

100. Cecil Taylor—The Tree of Life

101. Thomas Adès / Philip Hensher—Powder Her Face [Almeida Ensemble / Thomas Adès / Jill Gomez / Valdine Anderson / Niall Morris / Roger Bryson]

102. 不失者 [Fushitsusha]—The Wisdom Prepared

103. The Necks—Piano Bass Drums

104. Species Being—Yonilicious

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5 hours ago, mypetiguana said:

Weren't in the aeroplane over the sea, mezzanine and homogenised all from 1998?

 

all 3 would probably be in my top 20 of all time, maybe even top 10

I really like Homogenic (even though I'm not the biggest fan of her in general) but it came out in 1997.  Would be on the "second tier" of my 1997 list.

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In no particular order...

 

Gillian Welch - Hell Among The Yearlings

Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of...

Tortoise - TNT

Rufus Wainwright - S/T

Air - Moon Safari

Massive Attack - Mezzanine

Lambchop - What Another Man Spills

Pulp - This Is Hardcore

Low - Secret Name

Royal Trux - Accelerator

Boards of Canada - Music Has The Right To Children

Sparklehorse - Good Morning Spider

Black Star - Mos def & Talib Kweli are...

Gastr Del Sol - Camofleur

Mark Hollis - Mark Hollis

Beastie Boys - Hello Nasty

 

 

 

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Boards of Canada - Music Has the Right to Children

Outkast - Aquemini

Portishead - Roseland NYC Live

The Cardigans - Gran Turismo  

Pulp - This Is Hardcore 

 

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These would all have to be removed from my list if it were albums I loved in 1998.

 

Gillian Welch - Hell Among The Yearlings

Rufus Wainwright - S/T

Lambchop - What Another Man Spills

Boards of Canada - Music Has The Right To Children

Black Star - Mos def & Talib Kweli are...

Gastr Del Sol - Camofleur

Mark Hollis - Mark Hollis

 

And I would have to add

Idlewild - Hope Is Important Now? it's ok I guess.. When I Argue I See Shapes is still a tune!

Black Box Recorder - England Made Me Now? it's ok.. I love the first 3 Auteurs records still and Baader Meinhof. But the rest of Haines oeuvre has palled 

James Iha - Let It Come Down Now? it's ok..

Bernard Butler - People Move On Now? Most of it it terribly embarassing - the vocals URGH! but I still crush hard when he gets his axe out.

The Document (mixed by Andy Smith) Now? Still pretty great tbf but I'm far more familiar with the tracks and I'll just play the records they're from.

Smashing Pumpkins - Adore Now? Just before my love for SPs fell off a cliff but I find it hit and miss. In 98 I would have defended the misfires but now, ah fuck it.

 

 

 

 

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20 minutes ago, mnemosyne said:

this would be much more amusing if we all listed what our favorite albums from 1998 were in 1998

1 | the beatles | 1

2 | robbie williams | life thru a lens

3 | robbie williams | i've been expecting you

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1. S.W.A.N.S. | Swans Are Dead
2. Queens of the Stone Age | s/t
3. Turbonegro | Apocalypse Dudes
4. Hum | Downward is Heavenward

5. Boris | Amplifier Worship
6. Shellac | Terraform
7.Primordial | A Journey's End

8. Cat Power | Moon Pix

9. Iron Monkey | Our Problem

10. Archers of Loaf | White Trash Heroes

I guess. Honorable mentions: Dalek, Mercury Rev, Black Star, Beastie Boys, Unsane, Dropdead, Gorguts, Beta Band

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What I remember most from 1998 is hearing A Northern Soul, Screamadelica and the Stone Roses for the first time. Those were pretty huge for me.  I don't remember what my favorite records from that year were at the time, but I know I listened to the hell out of Pearl Jam's Yield, and I loved REM's Up.  That was a Verve year for me, though. Urban Hymns sent me down that road and I got everything.  A Storm In Heaven didn't hit me til the following year, though. In 98 it just sounded like mush to me and I couldn't make sense of it.

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1998 was the year i decided music on the radio could not surpass what i heard on the 1997 album "ok computer", so i devoted my time to acquiring the pink floyd catalog and like, blue note and columbia records jazz reissues :smoek1:

 

i wish i had had access to the amazing records people are listing now. i didn't find out about moon safari and in the aeroplane over the sea until 1999, and the rest not until years later

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look at this shit! :lol:

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1998_in_music#Biggest_hit_singles

Top hits[edit]

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40 minutes ago, c.i. said:

just speaking of, I have been obsessed with Urban Hymns lately! 

 

I think I made a Bad Post about how that album isn't that good like a year or two ago and guess what, I was wrong

 

have you come around on the Rolling People?

 

think I might have to have an Urban Hymns day myself.

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I can get on board with the Weeping Willow love. Space & Time is a little weaker. But come on man, The Rolling People is badass. Awesome live (obviosuly this is completely useless info to you).

 

This Time is a deep cut I can get right behind too.

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7 minutes ago, sam said:

But come on man, The Rolling People is badass. Awesome live (obviosuly this is completely useless info to you).

 

I don't wanna open up this can of worms again but yeah, I'm sure it rips live, but on the record it just feels a little flat to me idk.

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22 minutes ago, sugarface said:

 

8-year-old me was surely feeling these

 

this explains a lot, actually

 

 

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Off the top of my head:

  • Neutral Milk Hotel - Aeroplane...
  • Belle & Sebastian - Arab Strap
  • The Boo Radleys - Kingsize
  • Lauryn Hill - Miseducation...
  • Tom Zé - Fabrication Defect
  • Mercury Rev - Deserter's Songs
  • Eels - Electro-Shock Blues
  • The Flavor Channel - Plexicom
  • Massive Attack - Mezzanine
  • Sloan - Navy Blues
  • Cornelius - Fantasma
  • Barry Adamson - As Above, So Below
  • Nick Lowe - Dig My Mood

 

I'm sure I'll think of more.

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42 minutes ago, John McClane said:

In 1998, "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" came out as the theme song for Armageddon and I would literally watch that music video over and over again that summer.

the bane of my high school dances

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