1993 Top Three

Originally posted to grapevine.com

1. Duran Duran - The Wedding Album

Can't believe no-one else has mentioned this. One of the best all-round albums ever. Too Much Information is a great way to start and there's a searing solo towards the end - both this and To Whom It May Concern could both have been written by Fish in an anti-big business fit of pique (except he'd have had to double the length of most of the words and throw in some obscure references) :-). Ordinary World is sublime - almost as much so as Come Undone. Love Voodoo - groovy man! Drowning Man/Shotgun - get in another anti-US dig and I'm all yours baby! Breath After Breath is the Hope For The Future of the album. Side Two continues the cool and trendy theme with some excellently-crafted songs (and a not-bad cover of Femme Fatale), culminating in Sin Of The City - if you've ever been on a fire traiing course this is about the fire in the night-club that they show you the reconstruction of - seriously scary shit.

2. Rush - Counterparts

Ooh! Rush go grungey! Another seriously cool album (if you remove Nobodys Hero anyway - what were you thinking of Neil!). Animate, Stick It Out and Cut To The Chase rock serious fat ones before a bit of a mid-album mellow out, where the songs lose much of their punch. It picks back up again with one of the best Rush tracks ever - Double Agent ("My angels and my demons at war" etc.) - Leave That Thing Alone continues where Where's My Thing left off, Cold Fire is one of Mr Peart's best relationship songs ("The flame at the heart of a pawnbroker's diamond is a cold fire. The look in your eyes as you head for the door is a cold fire.") and Everyday Glory ends the album in fine style - "If the future's looking dark, we're the ones who have to shine. If there's no-one in control, we're the ones who draw the line. Though we live in trying times, we're the ones who have to try. Though we know that time has wings, we're the ones who have to fly." Fails to knock Duran off the top spot because of the middle tracks from Nobody's Bollox to Speed of Love though and because it's not as diverse. P.S. Yes, Annie, five years on I've just about forgiven you the scratch all the way across Animate! :-)

3. Radiohead - Pablo Honey

Um - has everyone forgotten this one as well? Radiohead's first, a little less memorable than The Bends and not as obtuse/prog (!) as parts of OK Computer but still a great collection of pop-rock (sorry for swearing) songs done in a selection of innovative (certainly for '93) stylees. People (including, to some extent, a certain band beginning with M on an album beginning with R) have been trying to copy this ever since.