Times of our Lives: 1993 – The Year That Time Forgot

It wasn’t a total loss, Teletext arrived on ITV and still made us wait for the pages to flip through Clubcall ads. Ford gave us the Mondeo *coughs* and from the Royal Family, a divorce, as well as Buck House being opened to the public.

BA ran dirty tricks against Virgins, while MI5 became the not-so-secret service with a nice PR booklet about itself.

The vilest depths of human nature were shown in the deaths of James Bulger and Stephen Lawrence while the IRA bombing campaigns continued in Warrington and Bishopsgate.

We said “Hi!” to

  • Groundhog Day
  • Groundhog Day
  • Groundhog Day (That joke’s got tired very quickly)
  • The X-Files
  • Jan Oblak
  • Shooting Stars

We said “Bye!” to

  • Cheers
  • Blockbusters (when Bob Holness went for the show’s final P)
  • Count Duckula
  • The Darling Buds of May
  • Arthur Ashe
  • Dizzy Gillespie
  • Vincent Price
  • Bill Bixby (who was bloody angry at his death)
  • Kenneth Connor
  • Bernard Bresslaw (this is turning into a right Carry On)
  • Pablo Escobar
  • James Hunt
  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Andre The Giant
  • Bobby Moore
  • Mick Ronson
  • Sun Ra
  • Les Dawson
  • Fred Gwynne
  • Stewart Granger
  • Raymond Burr
  • Echo & The Bunnymen (for a short while)
  • New Order (for a short while)
  • Revenge
  • Pixies (ditto)
  • and Hervé Villechaize finally caught the last plane off Fantasy Island.

The musical tastes of the nation left a lot to be desired with the power ballads of Whitney Houston and Meatloaf dominating the number one slot but there was enough room for 2 Unlimited, Shaggy, The Bluebells, Ace of Base, George Michael & Queen with Lisa Stansfield, UB40, Gabrielle, Take That, Freddie Mercury, Culture Beat, DJ Jazzy Jeff & Will Smith, and you’ve got nobody but yourselves to blame for letting Mr Blobby get to the top of the charts. Honestly, Britain, what were you thinking.

Scanning the list of top-selling singles, my eye was caught by Bryan Adams follow-up to the tremendously dull number one of the previous year. Called, “Please Forgive Me”, I think you can guess my answer to that question…

What was I listening to? This lot:

Title Band
Symphony of Tourette Manic Street Preachers
Regret New Order
Movin’ On Up Primal Scream
Has My Fire Really Gone Out? Paul Weller
Water Under The Bridge Dodgy
Starstruck The Auteurs
Cannonball The Breeders
You’re In A Bad Way Saint Etienne
The Corduroy Orgasm Club Corduroy
Got to Give The Brand New Heavies
Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) Us3
No Time To Play Ronny Jordan, Guru
Sunflower Paul Weller
Colin Zeal Blur
Rick James Style The Lemonheads
The Red Shoes Kate Bush
Walking in My Shoes Depeche Mode
Chemical New Order
Saturday’s Not What It Used to Be Kingmaker
Open Up Leftfield
Feed The Tree Belly
Lenny Valentino The Auteurs
La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh) Manic Street Preachers
Into Your Arms The Lemonheads
Hang On To Your Ego Frank Black
Down That Road – Edit Shara Nelson
The Weaver Paul Weller
I Hang Suspended The Boo Radleys
Big Stripey Lie Kate Bush
Dogs Of Lust The The
Where’s Me Jumper? Sultans Of Ping F.C.
Lost in Music The Fall
Fear Of Flying Teenage Fanclub
Babies Pulp
The Pop Singer’s Fear of the Pollen Count The Divine Comedy
From Despair to Where Manic Street Preachers
Blood Tindersticks
Pack Yr Romantic Mind Stereolab
Turned up Clocked on Laid Off Half Man Half Biscuit
Sodajerk Buffalo Tom

 

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