1992 was a pretty heady year for music in general, with the masses gobbling up all the gangsta rap, grunge, and pop-country they could. That year would see the release of not only R.E.M.'s Automatic For The People, Peter Gabriel's Us, Pantera's Vulgar Display Of Power, but also what is arguably The Cure's last great album, Wish, although 2000's Bloodflowers has it's champions.
This was also the year that saw not one, but two new Bruce Springsteen albums in Lucky Town and Human Touch. Let the Bruce fanatics fill you in on those, sans the E Street Band.
On the country front, only three artists, Garth Brooks, Wynonna Judd, and Billy Ray Cyrus, held the top slot on the country albums chart in 1992, dominating the list for 12 months. Brooks hit big with Ropin' The Wind, and it's follow-up, The Chase. His Christmas album, released in August 1992, Beyond The Season, was the best-selling holiday album of the year, but never made it to number one.
Acts like White Zombie, Kyuss, L7, The Jesus Lizard, The Black Crowes, Screaming Trees, and Alice in Chains continued their march to the above-ground. Sonic Youth released Dirty, and the Beastie Boys explored life with guitars, drums, and bass with Check Your Head, while also embracing their hardcore roots for all to see. And we can't forget Pavement's Slanted And Enchanted, which is one of the most influential albums of the past two decades.
Released in time for Christmas that December was also Nirvana's demos and outtakes-laden Incesticide, shoved out as a stop-gap godsend for kids clamoring for "new" Nirvana who had already worn out Nevermind and Bleach.
It was the debuts that we saw in 1992 that were the real meal of the year, with plenty of bands making their big, full-length or extended play bows. This was a year that saw the birth of the Juggalo, the first rumblings of pop-grunge, and the proto third-wave sounds of ska and punk laying the ground work for the rest of the bands to come in the '90s.
PJ Harvey, Dry
Tori Amos, Little Earthquakes (Solo Debut)
No Doubt, S/T
Sublime, 40oz. to Freedom
Rancid, S/T EP
Tool, Opiate EP
Rage Against The Machine, S/T
Body Count, S/T
Stone Temple Pilots, Core
Blind Melon, S/T
Ugly Kid Joe, America's Least Wanted
Barenaked Ladies, Gordon
The Prodigy, Experience
Aphex Twin, Selected Ambient Works 85-92
Insane Clown Posse, Carnival Of Carnage
Billy Ray Cyrus, Some Gave All
Redman, Whut? Thee Album
Pharcyde, Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde
Arrested Development, 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of...
Common, Can I Borrow A Dollar
House Of Pain, S/T
Basehead, Play with Toys
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TLC, Ooooooohhh... On The TLC Tip
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