Full of scintillating riffs and razor-sharp political and social commentary, few albums from 1992 are as relevant today as ‘Rage Against The Machine’.
Suede’s gothic, flawed masterpiece was ostentatiously out of step with the Britpop-dominated Nineties, but has aged much better than most albums of its era.
A violent flinch from the spotlight, Nirvana’s final album ‘In Utero’ was a rare example of a huge band challenging its listeners rather than appeasing them with more of the same.
Formed by ex-Hüsker Dü lead singer Bob Mould, Sugar’s debut album ‘Copper Blue’ was a melodious grunge-pop masterpiece that finally brought its creator the success he deserved.
While often overshadowed by ‘Screamadelica’ and ‘XTMNTR’, Primal Scream’s 1997 album ‘Vanishing Point’ was progressively fearsome and helped move the British guitar scene away from Britpop.
Spiritualized’s 1997 space-rock epic is still one of the most ambitious and perfectly executed records in British rock history.
Pavement’s 1992 debut album ‘Slanted And Enchanted’ defined and influenced a decade of American indie and underground music.
Richard D James’ second Aphex Twin album went in a drastically different and challenging direction, and helped cement his mythology as an artist.
‘Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain’, the second of Pavement’s five albums, was arguably the high water mark for American indie in the 1990s.
25 years on, Richard D. James’ first album as Aphex Twin stands up as one of the key markers in the evolution of British electronica.