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November 19, 2021


[Albums 998 & 999 / 1001]

Of the ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die,’ 24 are from the year 1997.

I’ve reviewed all but 2 of them (Roni Size & Reprazent – New Forms and Radiohead – OK Computer) so far

Which 1997 albums are the most essential to hear again?

Ranked by their essential-ness, here’s how I’d prioritize revisiting these 24 albums, enjoy!



24. Roni Size & Reprazent – New Forms. At a running time of 139 minutes and 34 seconds, the probability of another full revisit… perhaps not a lock.

23. David Holmes – Let’s Get Killed. I was pleased to find the title track single at a thrift shop.

22. The Prodigy – Fat of the Land. Their 2nd of 2.

21. Finley Quaye – Maverick a Strike. A good return on investment for my 50 cent CD purchase!

20. Missy Elliott – Supa Dupa Fly. Her first of two, also a recent Artist of the Week.

19. Cornershop – When I Was Born for the 7th Time. The ’45’ hook from the Name That Tune challenge below (apparently we recorded this 6.5 years ago!) is as catchy as they come.



18. Mariah Carey – Butterfly. An impressive multi-octave vocal range.

17. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – The Boatman’s Call. A Top 5 Backup Band name if there ever was one.

16. Primal Scream – Vanishing Point. Their 2nd of 2.

15. Daft Punk – Homework. I didn’t care for it at the time, but it’s grown on me over the years.

14. The Chemical Brothers – Dig Your Own Hole. Their 2nd of 2, Setting Sun (with Noel Gallagher), excellent track.

13. Bob Dylan – Time Out of Mind. One of his many cameos on the list. And much like how runners have ‘Age-Graded Times,’ I had a theory that awards voters may use similar calculations!



12. Robert Wyatt – Shleep. His 2nd of 2.

11. Dandy Warhols – The Dandy Warhols Come Down. I recall being moderately disappointed upon my first listen, but mainly due to mismanaged expectations.

10. Sleater Kinney – Dig Me Out. I was pleased to find the compact disc at a good price.

9. The Verve – Urban Hymns. Their 2nd of 2.

8. Buena Vista Social Club – Buena Vista Social Club. I’d be happy to find myself back in da (Buena Vista Social) club again.

7. Spiritualized – Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space. Their 2nd of 2.

6. Robbie Williams – Life Thru a Lens. Although I can’t say I condone the through – thru abbreviation, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this.

5. Supergrass – In it for the Money. Perhaps the top album art of the year.

4. The Divine Comedy – A Short Album About Love. Not just a clever name, it is both concise and lovely.

3. Elliott Smith – Either/Or. I generally admire the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) recording approach & Rose Parade‘s lyric, “They say it’s a sight that’s quite worth seeing, it’s just that everyone’s interest is larger than mine,” is among the most relatable I’ve heard.

2. Blur – Blur. A polarizing album, to be sure. But then again, the true greats tend to be polarizing!

1. Radiohead – OK Computer. In the all-time Top 5 (and if not my favourite song, I’ve argued that Lucky is the finest song ever written, simply exemplary songwriting).



Verbalize the Positive

1992-1997, what a 5-year window!

From → 1990s

  1. I’m always amazed when I recognise any artists on these 90s lists. And when I have a few, why, it makes me feel young and vibrant, just like Bob Dylan. πŸ˜…

    • Well said, Bruce – and I have a feeling when I look at the albums after this book (post-2005), I’ll feel the same way!

  2. I’d swop Blur and Prodigy around on your list Geoff.

  3. The video made my day. What a cool moment!!

  4. Great video Geoff!. Where is “Be Here Now”? Do you know what I mean? lol

    • much appreciated, Deke!
      And I’m a bit surprised it’s not on the list – as I’d say it counts as ‘significant’ in symbolizing the end of the Britpop era.
      In any event, we’ll still enjoy listening to it!

  5. I saw OK Computer tops and knew it was all good. I’d have ranked that Dylan Top 5 though (it’s awesome). But I stayed for that super-sweet video. D’aw!

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