Wednesday, December 17, 2008

- Countdown to Festive Season #6: 1994

The year 1994 was designated as the "International Year of the Family" and the "International Year of Sport and the Olympic Ideal" by the United Nations. For me, it was the international year of getting drunk in different countries as I embarked on my first and so far only round the world trip. It was also the year that I gave university life a second, and eventually successful, try. Hence, a lot of Peel shows were listened to around this time with people of a like minded disposition.

Famous slaphead Telly Savalas died this year, as did Richard Nixon, A-Team legend George Peppard and East German bastard Erich Honecker. Newt Gingrich led the United States Republican Party in taking control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate in midterm congressional elections, the first time in 40 years the Republicans secured control of both houses of U.S. Congress. George W. Bush was elected Governor of Texas. Russia and the People's Republic of China finally agreed to de-target their nuclear weapons against each other. Michael Schumacher cheated his way to his first Formula 1 World Championship and Colombian footballer Andrés Escobar was shot dead in Bogotá. His murder is commonly attributed as retaliation for the own goal Escobar scored in the 1994 FIFA World Cup against the United States.

The Festive Fifty for this year, given my student status at the time, remains one of my favourites. It was broadcast on 17th and 23rd December. Anybody who doesn't think the #25 isn't just wonderful is in big trouble...

Mazzy Star's Fade Into You

Hope you weren't as freaked out by Tarantino's sudden appearance at the end of that clip as I was. this was, of course, the year of Pulp Fiction. It's almost impossible to choose a definitive clip so here's the trailer to the film with the best soundtrack ever.

Travolta was well and truly back

It's the middle of December and it's a balmy 20 degrees C here in Istanbul. Listening to all these Festive charts is the only thing keeping me in the Christmas mood, I'm telling you. To enjoy the many delights of the 1994 chart, click here, here, here, here and here.


entrailicus said...


1. Inspiral Carpets (featuring Mark E Smith) - I Want You
2. Fall - Hey Student
3. Veruca Salt - Seether
4. Elastica - Connection
5. Supergrass - Caught By The Fuzz
6. LSG - Hearts
7. Elastica - Waking Up
8. Portishead - Sour Times
9. Stereolab - Ping Pong
10. Done Lying Down - Just A Misdemeanour
11. H Foundation - Laika
12. Ash - Jack Names The Planets
13. Pulp - Do You Remember The First Time
14. Pavement - Range Life
15. Wedding Present - Swimming Pools Movie Stars
16. Sebadoh - Rebound
17. Hole - Miss World
18. Shellac - Crow
19. Madder Rose - The Car Song
20. Sleeper - Delicious
21. Pulp - Common People
22. Pavement - Gold Soundz
23. Pulp - Babies
24. Shellac - The Dog And Pony Show
25. Mazzy Star - Fade Into You
26. That Dog - One Summer Night
27. Nirvana - The Man Who Sold The World
28. Ash - Uncle Pat
29. Sabres of Paradise - Wilmot
30. Wedding Present - Click Click
31. Orbital - Are We Here (Industry Standard Mix)
32. Beck - Loser
33. Ash - Petrol
34. Pavement - Cut Your Hair
35. Madder Rose - Panic On
36. Salt Tank - Charged Up
37. Wedding Present - So Long Baby
38. Fall - City Dweller
39. Wedding Present - Spangle
40. Nirvana - Where Did You Sleep Last Night
41. Fall - M5
42. Elastica - Line Up
43. Underworld - Dirty Epic
44. Nirvana - About A Girl
45. Hole - Doll Parts
46. ROC - Girl With A Crooked Eye
47. Sonic Youth - Superstar
48. Sleeper - Swallow
49. Tuscadero - Angel In A Half Shirt
50. Trans Global Underground - Taal Zaman

#2 wasn't written about me, presumably.

Blue Koyote said...

This was a big year for me personally and a great Festive 50. I was lucky enough to see many of these bands either in London or at festivals that year. I also met John Peel at Reading Festival while watching Elastica, which is a wonderful memory to have. Thanks so much for upping this. Great to get a digital copy of it after all these years.

entrailicus said...

Glad you're happy! Any requests for what's next?

Toronto Stew said...

Nice one!

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