Times Of Our Lives: 1995 – We Need Each Other

1995; the year Britpop ruled the waves. Blur v Oasis dominated the evening news when their record labels cashed in on the willingness of the Gallaghers to rise to the Blur’s bait.

A north-south divide when the two groups released the singles “Country House” and “Roll With It”. And two awful records they were. The Blur single grated and as Damon Albarn rightly called it, “Quoasis”. A shame the pair didn’t pit “The Universal” and “Wonderwall” against each other.

That said, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that the record labels fabricated the ‘war’ on the basis that the records were crap.

Other crap records made it to Number One, so Blur – the eventual winners – were in good company. I don’t recall The Outhere Brothers song, nor ones by Celine Dion, Cher, Chrissie Hynde & Neneh Cherry with Eric Clapton, East 17, Livin’ Joy, Take That, Michael Jackson, Simply Red, or (thankfully) Robson & Jerome.

The later duo is a curious case. In my mind’s eye, I can see the black & white, layered video playing on the television but the sound is muted. I’m grateful for that but disturbed by the image, nonetheless.

Number One’s I can’t unhear (alas) are Rednex “Cotton-eyed Joe”, Take That’s “Back for Good”, Shaggy’s “Boombastic” and Coolio’s “Gangsta Paradise”, although the latter does bring forth the altogether more soothing images of Michelle Pfeiffer in Dangerous Minds. Anything to get rid of Robson & Jerome.

Looking at the list of the top of the charts, Oasis’ “Some Might Say” looks to be the only one I genuinely liked.

1995 was the only year I saw them live and once was enough. Musically great but inanimate on stage. Indeed, the curiously captivating memory of that gig in Gloucester was of an extraordinarily drunk gig-goer, limbo dancing. I’m not sure it was intended, he was just having extreme difficulty in standing up.

The year finished at Wembley, with John Squires final gig in the first generation of The Stone Roses. Memorable because they were on good form that night, albeit Ian Brown as off-key as ever – but more than anything, their roadies performing at the end, showing how instruments could really sound!

Anyway, this year we welcomed:

  • They Think It’s All Over (although it got more than a bit crap after a while)
  • Soccer AM (ditto)
  • Father Ted
  • Dennis Bergkamp (to Arsenal)

And bade a fond farewell to:

  • George Graham (as Arsenal manager)
  • John Squire (of the Stone Roses)
  • Viv Stanshall
  • Kenny Everett
  • Rainbow
  • The Tomorrow People
  • Knowing Me, Knowing You
  • Jeremy Brett
  • Paul Eddington
  • Peter Cook
  • Fred Perry
  • Donald Pleasance
  • Doug McClure
  • Harold Wilson
  • Fritz Freleng
  • Ted Drake
  • Jerry Garcia
  • Mickey Mantle
  • Alec Douglas-Home
  • Jimmy Jewel
  • and on Christmas Day, Dean Martin

And so to the whole point of today, here’s the 1995 playlist, “We Need Each Other”.

Title Artist
Leave Home The Chemical Brothers
Black Steel Tricky
A Girl Like You Edwyn Collins
Yes – Full Version McAlmont & Butler
’74-’75 The Connells
Reverend Black Grape Black Grape
Super-Connected Belly
Acquiesce Oasis
Bluetonic The Bluetones
Contenders The Men They Couldn’t Hang
King of the Kerb Echobelly
Neil Jung Teenage Fanclub
Time Bomb Rancid
Just When You’re Thinkin’ Things Over The Charlatans
The Universal Blur
King Belly
Wake up Boo! The Boo Radleys
Sick & Tired The Cardigans
Young Livers Rocket From The Crypt
Naked Reef
Olympian Gene
Stars Dubstar
Where the Wild Roses Grow Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (with Kylie Minogue)
Tonight, Tonight The Smashing Pumpkins
No Government Nicolette
High And Dry Radiohead
Champagne Supernova Oasis
C’mon Billy PJ Harvey
Broken Stones Paul Weller
Alright Supergrass
Born Slippy (Nuxx) Underworld
Common People Pulp
French Disko Stereolab
Untitled #1 Spain
Sparky’s Dream Teenage Fanclub
Sgt. Major Shack
Stargazer Siouxsie and the Banshees
April in Kings Cross The Tyrrel Corporation
Alright Cast
Delicious Sleeper
Henry Lee Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (with PJ Harvey)
Love And Mercy Brian Wilson
Working For The Man PJ Harvey
The Changingman Paul Weller
Lenny Supergrass
Gangland The Men They Couldn’t Hang
Army of Me Björk
Straight At Yer Head Lionrock
Loving You More BT (with Vincent Covello)
Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic Isaac Hayes



One thought on “Times Of Our Lives: 1995 – We Need Each Other

  1. A fine selection.

    I get the Outhere Brothers mixed up with 2 in a Room…Wiggle it…Stamford Bridge away end 1990!

    Coolio’s Gangster’s Paradise memorable for the lyrics “What’s going on in the kitchen?”


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