Category Archives: TFI 90s

TFI90s 310817

TFI 90s Radio show with @CW_Stagg on Phoenix FM from 31.08.17

Playlist:

David Bowie – The Hearts Filthy Lesson

Prince – Cream

Jamiroquai – King for a Day

Kate Bush – Rubberband Girl

Skunk Anansie – Hedonism

Ugly Kid Joe – Cats in the Cradle

Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun

Ocean Colour Scene – The Day we Caught the Train

Depth Charge – Shaolin Buddha Finger

Pear Jam – Black

The Shamen – Boss Drum

Pulp – Mis-Shapes

The beloved – Sweet Harmony

East 17 – Someone to Love

Happy Mondays – Fools Gold

Bjork – Play Dead

Alice Cooper – Feed My Frankenstein

The Prodigy – Breathe

The Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored

Roxette – Joyride

Annie Lennox – Walking on Broken Glass

U2 – Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me

Republica – Drop Dead Gorgeous

Madonna – Justify My Love

The Offspring – The Kids Aren’t Alright

Kriss Kross – Jump

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TFI90s 200717

TFI 90s Radio show with @CW_Stagg on Phoenix FM from 20.07.17

Playlist:

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Fresh Prince of Bel Air Intro

Michael Jackson – Stranger in Moscow

Supergrass – In It for The Money

Sheryl Crow – Tomorrow Never Dies

Various Artists – Perfect Day

Metallica – Nothing Else Matters

Blur – Girls and Boys

Apache Indian – Boom Shack-A-Lak

Prince – Cream

Depth Charge – Shaolin Buddha Finger

The Shamen – Ebeneezer Goode

The Prodigy – Breathe

George Michael – I Can’t Make You Love Me

Ocean Colour Scene – The Day We Caught Train

East 17 – If You Ever

East 17 – Someone To Love

East 17 – Thunder

REM – Nightswimming

The Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored

Skunk Anansie – Charlie Big Potato

Suede – Trash

The Happy Mondays – Step On

Bush – Greedy Fly

Soundgarden – Fell On Black Days

Mike Flowers Pops – Wonderwall

Snow – Informer

 

 

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TFI90s 13.07.17

TFI 90s Radio show with @CW_Stagg on Phoenix FM from 13.07.17

Playlist:

Bush – Greedy Fly

Oasis – Champagne Supernova

Metallica – Enter Sandman

David Bowie – Hearts Filthy Lesson

Republica – Drop Dead Gorgeous

Republica – From Rush Hour With Love

Republica – Ready To Go

Smashing Pumpkins – Tonight Tonight

Roxette – Joyride

Skunk Anansie – Brazen Weep

Ugly Kid Joe – Cats in the Cradle

Spice Girls – Wannabe

The Beloved – Sweet Harmony

Lisa Stansfield – All Around The World

Kula Shaker – Hush

Soundgarden – Fell On Black Days

Soundgarden – Spoonman

Soundgarden Black Hole Sun

Prince – Cream

Tori Amos – Yes, Anastasia

Bjork – Play Dead

Michael Jackson – Black or White

Jamiroquai – Canned Heat

Happy Mondays – Step On

Mansun – Wide Open Space

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The 90s Vault – The Black Album

In the first of a series of articles looking at the best of 90s albums, we take a look at Metallica’s 1991 mega hit, the so called ‘Black Album.’

‘The Black Album’ was the first Metallica Album I ever heard. I can remember quite clearly falling in love with ‘Nothing Else Matters’ but after borrowing the album from my best mate, I remember telling people it was the only song I like, as if there was something wrong with getting into Metal. I played that track to death and slowly, as my ears became accustomed to the music, I listened to more and realised this would be the genre of music that would define my late teens and early 20s.

‘The Black Album’ had 5 absolutely monster singles; the aforementioned ‘Nothing Else Matters’, ‘The Unforgiven’, ‘Wherever I May Roam’, ‘Sad But True’ and ‘Enter Sandman.’ These 5 songs are arguably the bands most well-known among the general listening public and casual fans alike, with ‘Nothing Else Matters’ being their most accessible. ‘Nothing Else Matters’ is a beautiful track that shows the range and power of James Hetfield’s vocals. It is a stark contrast to anything the band had done previously despite several softer tracks on both ‘…And Justice for All’ and ‘Ride The Lightening.’

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‘Enter Sandman’ was the first single released from the album and is still today a popular opener for the bands live shows. The entire song is built around a riff that was constructed by lead guitarist Kirk Hammett. This in itself was an unusual step, as previously most of the bands output was from Hetfield and drummer, Lars Ulrich. ‘Sad But True’ is probably the heaviest track on ‘The Black Album’ and bursts in after a melodic ending to ‘Enter Sandman.’

My favourite 2 tracks on the album are ‘Wherever I May Roam’ and ‘The Unforgiven.’ ‘The Unforgiven’ is a heavy track that has a beautifully melodic chorus. I prefer this one over ‘Nothing Else Matters’ because of the contrast between heavy and soft parts of the song. ‘Wherever I may Roam’ has a wonderful eastern intro and some very clever structures throughout. Hetfield’s vocal work (as on all of the album) is excellent as is Hammett’s lead guitar. Hammett probably provides my favourite solo of the album on this track.

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The rest of the album is largely filler, there are tracks on their that I just don’t ever listen to (such as ‘The God that Failed’ and ‘Don’t Tread on Me.’) ‘Of Wolf and Man’ is ok and is still in the bands live repertoire, but the 5 single tracks are so good and of such high quality that they lift the whole album into the heights of their best.

The album was not without controversy though. Under the guidance of producer Bob Rock, Hetfield wanted a more live feel to the recording and so included Hammett and bassist Jason Newsted in the recording sessions in a single space, rather than in separate silos in different locations, as was the norm previously. Rock and the band had a strained relationship, constantly butting heads over creative direction, which was documented in the ‘Year and a half in the life of Metallica’ documentary (which is a must watch).

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The bigger controversy however was the change in style and sound of the band. Many people put this down to Rocks influence, which to a certain extent is true. However Hetfield actively wanted to change the band’s sound and try new and fresh ideas. ‘…And Justice For All’ was the bands last pure thrash album and was, in the bands opinion, overly complex. The Black Album them marked a change for the band towards a more accessible sound and transformed them into a heavy metal band from thrash. Unfortunately it also marked the beginning of the bands transition into a heavy rock band. And although there are highlights on the next 2 90s albums in ‘Load’ and ‘Reload’, for better or worse, they were no longer the same Metallica.

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‘The Black Album’ is one of Metallica’s best albums in terms of both critical acclaim and mainstream access. If you are new to the band, this is an ideal place to start. If you find it a little too heavy, you can listen forward and check out some of their heavier rock stuff. If you want it heavier, go back to the 80s and take in their 4 thrash albums. Original Metallica fans will often cite album number 3 (‘Master of Puppets’) as the bands best work, and that is certainly a possibility. But ‘The Black Album’ represents something more. A band at the peak of their powers and musical maturity. Metal fan or not, this is an album that everyone should listen to at least once. \m/

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TFI90s 30.06.17

TFI 90s Radio show with @CW_Stagg on Phoenix FM from 39.06.17

Playlist:

The Beloved – Sweet Harmony
Madonna – Frozen
Rammstein – Engel
Electronic – Get The Message
Bon Jovi – Keep The Faith
Dubstar – Stars
Stone Roses – Fools Gold
Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored
The Shamen – LSI Love Sex Intelligence
Seal – Kiss From Rose
Mansun – Wide Open Space
M People – Moving on Up
Oasis – Champagne Supernova
Take That – Could it be Magic
Ocean Colour Scene – The River Boat Song
Ocean Colour Scene – The Day We Caught the Train
Phats and Small – Turn Around
Prince – Cream
Suede – Beautiful Ones
Pearl Jam – Black
Skunk Anansie – Charlie Big Potato
Blur – Country House
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TFI 90s Radio show with @CW_Stagg on Phoenix FM from 22.06.17

Playlist:

Fresh Prince & DJ Jazzy Jeff – Summer Time
Cher – Believe
PJ & Duncan – Let’s Get ready to Rhumble
Brandy & Monica – The Boy is Mine
Jamiroqui – Deeper Underground
Jamiroqui – Virtual Insanity
Jamiroqui – Canned Heat
Blur – Parklife
Manic Street Preachers – If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
Tom Waits – Big in Japan
Placebo – Pure Morning
David Bowie – The Hearts Filthy Lesson
Guns & Roses – Knockin’ On Heavens Door
Metallica – The Unforgiven
Sheryl Crow – Tomorrow Never Dies
Michael Jackson – Do You remember The Time
Michael Jackson – Dangerous
Michael Jackson – Black or White
Fresh Prince & DJ Jazzy Jeff – Fresh Prince Intro
The Offspring – The Kids Aren’t Alright
Bjork – Play Dead
Skunk Anansie – Hedonism
Mansun – Wide Open Space
East 17 – Thunder
Kriss Kross – Jump
Ocean Colour Scene – The Day We Caught The Train
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TFI90s Radio Show 18.05.17

TFI 90s Radio show with @CW_Stagg on Phoenix FM from 18.05.17

Playlist:

Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun
Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
Pearl Jam – Black
The Offspring – The Kids Arnt Alright
Faith No More – Epic
Counting Crows –
Suede – Animal Nitrate
Suede – Electricity
Suede – Trash
Pulp – Sorted For E’s & Wizz
Blur – Parklife
Seal – Kiss From A Rose
Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Give It Away
Skunk Anansie – Charlie Big Potato
Prince – Cream
Michael Jackson – Earth Song
Four Non Blondes – What’s Up
The Prodigy – Breathe
The Prodigy – Don’t Stop (Start the Dance)
The Prodigy – Out Of Space
Snap – The Power
Baby D – Let Me Be Your Fantasy
Jason Niven Vs Run DMC – It’s Like That
Babylon Zoo – Spaceman
Aswad – Shine
Haddaway – What is Love
Chris Cornell – You Know My Name
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TFI90s Radio Show 25.05.17

TFI 90s Radio show with @CW_Stagg on Phoenix FM from 25.05.17

Playlist:

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime
Kriss Kross – Jump
Madonna – Frozen
The Beloved – Sweet Harmony
Cypress Hill – Insane in the Brain
MN8 – I Got a Little Something For Ya
Bon Jovi – My Guitar Lies Bleeding in my Arms
Bon Jovi – These Days
Bon Jovi – Keep the Faith
Prince – Cream
David Bowie – Hearts Filthy Lesson
Queen – I’m Going Slightly Mad
Guns And Roses – Live and Let Die
Metallica – The Unforgiven
Republica – Ready to Go
Garbage – The World is Not Enough
Tom Waits – Come On Up To The House
Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun
Ugly Kid Joe – Cats in the Cradle
Michael Jackson – Blood on the Dance Floor
Placebo – Pure Morning
Pulp – Mis-shapes
Pulp – Sorted for E’s & Wizz
Pulp – Disco 2000
Faith No More – Easy
The Shamen – Ebeneezer Goode

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TFI90s Radio show 11.05.17

 

TFI 90s Radio show on Phoenix FM from 11.05.17

Playlist:

The Smashing Pumpkins – Tonight, Tonight
Lou Reede – Perfect Day
Guns & Roses – Knocking on Heavens Door
Roxette – Joy Ride
Skunk Anasie – Charlie Big Potato
Skunk Anasie – Brazen Weep
Skunk Anasie – Hedonism
Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun
Take That – Could it be Magic
Barenaked Ladies – One Week
MC Hammer – Can’t Touch This
Ocean Colour Scene – The Day We Caught The Train
The Shamen – LSI
Snow Informer
Oasis – Champagne Supernova
East 17 – If you ever
East 17 – Someone to Love
East 17 – Thunder
Michael Jackson – Black or White
Jamiroqui – Deeper Underground
REM – Night Swimming

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