I’ve mentioned on quite a number of occasions that my commuting journeys from Glasgow to Edinburgh between 1990 and 1995 were made bearable from constantly listening to tapes on a Sony Walkman, many of which had been specially curated by Jacques the Kipper. I was rifling through some old things the other day, for a future feature on t’blog, when I came across a C90 tape in which I had then curated his material, taking all of the stuff he handed over in 1993 and making a ‘best of’ with the title Now That’s What I Call JAZF ’93.
The first part of the title, as you would rightly guess, came from the long-running series of various artists compilation albums which had begun in 1983. The JAZF came from the initials he used as the opening part of any reference he was creating in office correspondence – the Z is superfluous in his full name but you’ve got to admit that it looks cool.
Here’s the first of the two sides of the story. Part 2 comes tomorrow.
It’s just occurred to me that many of my slightly younger blogging colleagues will have, at this point in time, be out in fields having a lot of fun dancing etc. I was drowning out the cackle of fellow train passengers with loud guitars, for the most part.
A1: Eject (Over Zealous Mix) – Senser
A ‘politically charged UK rap rock band’ (in the words of wiki), who burst onto the scene in 1993 with two singles,, of which this was the debut. The following year would see the debut album and the group is still active nowadays.
A2: Supermodel/Superficial – The Voodoo Queens
An Asian-fronted, London-based, riot grrrl act formed by Anjali Bhatia who had recently left Mambo Taxi. The group would release five singles and one album between 1993 and 1995, and this was the debut.
A3: Nirvana – Juliana Hatfield
At the age of 25, she was already a veteran of the music scene having been part of the Blake Babies and The Lemonheads. This tribute to the grunge rockers was lifted the 1992 debut solo album, Hey Babe. The following year, with the formation of the Juliana Hatfield Three, she would gain some minor commercial success in the UK and USA. Still very active as a solo performer in 2020.
A4: Dollar Bill – Screaming Trees
Formed in a small town around 100 miles from Seattle, this rock band, fronted by Mark Lanegan, released seven albums between 1986 and 1996. This is lifted from Sweet Oblivion (1992) which was their best-selling record. It’s fair to say that the stellar rise of Nirvana helped shine a light on Screaming Trees. The frontman, post-break-up of the band, has continued to use his magnificent baritone voice to great effect, collaborating with all sorts of singers and bands, not least a 7-year partnership with Isobel Campbell, formerly of Belle & Sebastian.
A5: Cannonball – The Breeders
Kim Deal stepping out of the shadows of Pixies to great effect. The previous album, Pod (1990), was decent, but Last Splash, from which this was the lead single, was an excellent listen from start to finish.
A6: Everything’s Ruined – Faith No More
Keeping the loud guitars going for a bit, this had been the third successive Top 30 hit in the UK for the long-running San Francisco-formed combo, all taken from immensely successful 1992 album, Angel Dust. I think it was the only track by Faith No More that JAZF actually liked and I found out later that he’d picked it up from its inclusion on a free CD given away with a magazine.
A7: American Guitars – The Auteurs
Well, it just had to fit onto the tape at this point didn’t it?
A8: Highway 61 Revisited – PJ Harvey
In which our Pol covered Bobby Z on her 1993 album, Rid Of Me.
A9: Low Self Opinion – Rollins Band
My, oh my, I’d forgotten just how shouty and angry this is in places. Henry Rollins is a god in the eyes of the hardcore punk cognoscenti and he is, to be fair, a very entertaining and engaging individual, known as much these days for spoken word material as he is for songs such as this single from 1992.
A10: Don’t Worry Babe You’re Not The Only One Awake – The Nectarine No.9
This was my introduction to this relatively new band from Edinburgh, formed and fronted by Davy Henderson whose past groups had been Fire Engines and Win. The band stayed together from 1992-2004, releasing six albums of varying quality, although all of them had at least three or four songs of quality and distinction. This has always been one of my favourites, initially released in 1992 on the album A Sea With Three Stars and later re-recorded for the 1994 album, Guitar Thieves, which was issued by the resurrected Postcard Records.
A11: Don’t Shoot My Dog – Terrorvision
At this point in time, Terrorvision weren’t sure of the market they were chasing. They weren’t pure rock enough for the purists and they weren’t pop enough for the radio stations to pick up on. All that would change in future years with a dozen hit singles between 1994 and 2001. This was from debut album, Formaldehyde, released in the summer of 93. Again, I’m sure it originated from a magazine CD to begin with.
Side B of this tape will be posted tomorrow. I promise that it’s substantially different in substance and style with barely an electric guitar to be heard (as can be evidenced from the photo of the tape and the track listings above!!).
In the meantime, here’s everything from today as a single mix
mp3: Various – Now That’s What I Call JAZF ’93 (side A)