Times of our Lives: 1994 Rock ‘n’ Roll Stars

When you take such little interest in the phenomenon of the celebrity – which could be a drawback in writing posts such as these – births in a particular year become less relevant. “Who?” is a familiar question. The deaths section, as morbid as it seems on paper, is more interesting, altering your sense of perspective about the passing of time.

There’s always a celebrity or two who you thought was dead but isn’t and vice versa. I didn’t come across any for 1994 but previously, yes. 1994 was a good year for death, in that it didn’t ‘rob’ me of my cultural icons to the same extent as other years. As age catches up, 2016 is, I fear, not going to be such an unusual year in that respect

1994. Yes, Britpop and all. Serial killers were unmasked as the West’s garden became the centre of the universe, and Gloucester attained notoriety, which was an improvement on the city’s previous reputation, before you ask.  Several Tory MPs resigned through scandals, over sex and money which combined with the grisly details of the West’s meant it was pretty much business as usual for the world.

We said hello to:

  • The Vicar of Dibley
  • National Lottery
  • MLS Soccer
  • The Fast Show
  • Cadfael
  • Sky Sports 2

And bid farewell,

  • John Smith (Labour MP and the last trustworthy leader)
  • Brian Johnston
  • Sir Matt Busby
  • Derek Jarman
  • John Curry
  • Dennis Potter
  • Peter Cushing
  • Roy Castle
  • Billy Wright
  • Terry Scott
  • Jessica Tandy
  • Annie Walker (or Doris Speed as she was formally known)
  • Fanny Craddock
  • Cabaret Voltaire
  • The Staple Singers
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • The New Statesman
  • And wishing it had been drowned in televisual baptismal font, Jim’ll Fix It

The British record-buying public surprised me but not in a good way. Mr Blobby, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Mariah Carey, Wet Wet f’kin’ Wet, Doop (Who?), Take That, Tony Di Bart (See Doop), Stiltskin, Whigfield, Patu Banton, East 17, D:Ream and Manchester United. What on earth possessed anyone to buy that? Don’t answer, I know…

While you lot listened to that, I sought solace in this:

Title Band
Rock ‘n’ Roll Star Oasis
Rocks Primal Scream
Do You Remember The First Time? Pulp
Loser Beck
How Do You Sleep The Stone Roses
I Never Want an Easy Life If Me and He Were Ever to Get There The Charlatans
Sabotage Beastie Boys
Screamager Therapy?
Tracy Jacks Blur
Imperial Beach The Coal Porters
Speakeasy Shed Seven
Staying Out For The Summer Dodgy
You & Me Song The Wannadies
Another Guitar The Rainmakers
Out Of The Sinking Paul Weller
Motorhead Corduroy
Turn On, Tune In, Cop Out Freak Power
Missing Everything But The Girl
(I’m Gonna) Cry Myself Blind Primal Scream
Swimming Pools, Movie Stars The Wedding Present
Panama City Motel Sugar
Girls and Boys Blur
O Baby Siouxsie and the Banshees
Glory Box Portishead
Unseen Power Of The Picket Fence Pavement
What’s The Frequency, Kenneth? R.E.M.
Born Bad Juilette Lewis
Love Spreads The Stone Roses
Futterman’s Rule Beastie Boys
Making The Most Of.. Dodgy
Slide Away Oasis
Catwoman The Wedding Present
I Let Love In Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Fool’s Gold The Rainmakers
Lipgloss Pulp
Death Like a Valentine The Coal Porters
Trouble in the Message Centre Blur
P.C.P Manic Street Preachers
Ten Storey Love Song The Stone Roses
Jailbird Primal Scream
Melodies Haunt You Dodgy
Hung Up Paul Weller
Whatever Oasis
Sure Shot Beastie Boys
Fuckin With My Head (Mountain Dew Rock) Beck
Be My Light, Be My Guide Gene
Bellyache Echobelly
Bellbottoms The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Me And My Charms Kristin Hersh
Today Tomorrow Sometime Never Echobelly
Might Be Stars The Wannadies
Isolation Therapy?
Caught By the Fuzz Supergrass
Your Favorite Thing Sugar
Sleep Well Tonight Gene
Sour Times Portishead
Patrol The Charlatans
Nowhere Therapy?
Let Him Have It The Wedding Present
Live Forever Oasis

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