Live Ledge #182: 1995
Looking back, I had two primary music forces running my life in 1995. The Americana scene was gathering momentum, and the year was wonderful for that type of music. Uncle Tupelo had broke up two years before, and their subsequent bands, Wilco and Son Volt, released wonderful debut records. Steve Earle came out of jail with a triumphant comeback album, Train a Comin', and other acts such as Dashboard Saviors, Blue Mountain, and the Jayhawks also released strong albums.
Besides the country-ish sounds of those acts, noisy punk-influenced rock and roll dominated my CD player. The list of these types of albums could go on for hours and hours, including Rocket From the Crypt, Supersuckers, Mudhoney, and Archers of Loaf. Female-fronted rock was also strong that year, from the alternative pop of Elastica and Throwing Muses to the fury of Sleater-Kinney and Babes in Toyland.
It's a fun show, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I'd love to hear what you also listened to that year, so feel free to comment. Maybe there will be a future followup show!
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1. The Jesus & Mary Chain, I Hate Rock 'N' Roll
2. The Jayhawks, I'd Run Away
3. Steve Earle, Tom Ames' Prayer
4. Elvis Costello, I Threw It All Away
5. Vic Chesnutt, Strange Language
6. Wilco, Box Full of Letters
7. Son Volt, Route
8. Whiskeytown, Drank Like A River
9. Blue Mountain, Soul Sister
10. The Harvesters, Sense of Style
11. Jason & The Scorchers, Take Me Home Country Roads
12. Dashboard Saviors, Preacher's Daughter
13. Babes In Toyland, Sweet '69
14. L7, Suzy Is A Headbanger
15. Bikini Kill, I Hate Danger
16. Sleater-Kinney, Don't Think You Wanna
17. The Muffs, Agony
18. Throwing Muses, Bright Yellow Gun
19. Elastica, Connection
20. Boss Hog, Winn Coma
21. Liz Phair, Turning Japanese
22. Fugazi, Bed For The Scraping
23. Bad Religion, We're A Happy Family
24. Jawbreaker, I Love You So Much It's Killing Us Both
25. Face To Face, Disconnected
26. Rocket From The Crypt, Born In '69
27. Supersuckers, Born with a Tail
28. Mudhoney, Generation Spokesmodel
29. Archers Of Loaf, Harnessed In Slums
30. Superchunk, Hyper Enough
31. The Riverdales, Judy Go Home
32. Guided By Voices, Watch Me Jumpstart