Top Ten Tunes- 1992

Every Friday, I’m publishing my top ten songs from a single year and this week it’s the turn of 1992.

For previous top ten tunes, please click on the year: 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991

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Windsor Castle ablaze

In 1992, IRA bombs in Omagh kills 7 and injures more, the Queen commemorates her Ruby Jubilee, the Duke and Duchess of York (Andy & Fergie) separate, the Conservative party are re-elected for the fourth consecutive term, the IRA detonate two bombs in central London killing 3 people, the first female Speaker of the House of Commons is elected- Betty Boothroyd, the Olympics takes place in Barcelona, two IRA bombs explode in London, but no one is injured, the government closes a third of all mines, the IRA force a taxi driver to drive to Downing Street where they detonate a bomb- again no one is hurt, the Church of England vote to allow women to become priests, a fire breaks out in Windsor Castle causing over £50 million worth of damage, another IRA bomb is detonated in Manchester city centre causing millions of pounds of damage and injuring 65 people, Prince Charles and Diana separate, 4 people are injured by an IRA bomb on Oxford St, London, Euro Disney opens in France, rioting breaks out across Los Angeles following the acquittal of four white police officers accused of beating Rodney King, Mike Tyson is convicted of rape and the Maastricht Treaty is signed founding the European Union…

The films Reservoir Dogs and Basic Instinct are released and I turn sweet sixteen.

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I loved 1992. In 1992 I did my GCSEs, left school and started at Henley College where I did my A-Levels, met Stephen and went to my first ever Glastonbury festival (the first of muddy many). At Glastonbury, I saw Shakespear’s Sister, Blur, Joan Armatrading, Primal Scream (you can read about how that went here) and PJ Harvey (and many, many others). I ended 1992 by attending a Blur gig and gate crashing their afterparty in a recording studio. 1992 marked the start of my regular and slightly obsessive attendance of gigs around London. Brixton Academy, the Town & Country club (later the Forum) and the Astoria were all regular haunts of mine. Here, in no particular order are my favourite songs from 1992.

1.People Everyday by Arrested Development

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2. Hit by the Sugarcubes (this will not be the only time Queen Bjork features in these playlists)

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3. Finally by CeCe Peniston

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4. End of the Road by Boyz II Men (Mate, I loved a bit of Boyz II Men back in the day and I’m here all day, everyday for the Barry White-esq sexy talk bit in the middle of this song).92endoftheroad

5. Motorcycle Emptiness by Manic Street Preachers

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6. Friday I’m in Love by the Cure

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Robert Smith’s 1992 hair game was strong

7. Pretend We’re Dead by L7 (thought I’d add the video of L7’s infamous 1992 appearance on the brilliant/awful The Word. Anyone around my age and from the UK will remember watching this programme half-cut on a Friday after the pubs closed)

8. Stay by Shakespear’s Sister

9. Creep by Radiohead

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Aah look at baby Radiohead

10. Winter by Tori Amos

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My favourite song from this lot is Tori Amos. That song is just stunning and I still have to stop what I’m doing and just listen whenever I hear it now. Sooooooo, which one of these gems is your favourite? Please someone say Boyz II Men…

See you next week for 1993!

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79 comments

  1. After The Party · March 16

    I am still a Tori Amos fanatic. It started with Silent All These Years, and never stopped. 🙂

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    • thebeasley · March 16

      Me too! And mine also started with Silence All These Years. I absolutely love her. No doubt she’ll appear again in these playlists.

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  2. I LOVE the song by Shakespear’s Sister!!(Used to really love the video as well) Also love the Cure, and I am not above singing loudly to Boyz II Men. I haven’t listened to L7 in YEARS!! Another great post!!

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  3. okiewinegirl2015 · March 16

    OH my goodness! What a different world we live in today. This dates me, but I saw the Sugar Cubes at Red Rock Amphitheater in Colorado in my senior year(1989). They were opening for New Order. What a ride!

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    • thebeasley · March 16

      Amazing! I’d have loved to have seen the Sugarcubes! And opening for New Order too? Brilliant!

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  4. mydangblog · March 16

    The Cure AND Radiohead? I’m in heaven!

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  5. SickChristine · March 16

    I still have my Sugarcubes cassette tape that I used to play incessantly.

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    • thebeasley · March 18

      Brilliant! I finally made myself chuck all my old cassettes. It was a sad day, I can tell you.

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  6. willowdot21 · March 17

    Tori Amos every time!!

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  7. Ritu · March 18

    I can’t even choose my fave from these! Loved a good few of them!!!! Boyz To Men, Shakespeare’s Sister, Arrested Development…! I’ll be singing all day now!

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  8. Em Linthorpe · March 18

    Oh crikey…the Word! I was just getting into it when they cancelled it..i LOVED the Girlie Show that kinda followed on from it. I like every single one of these loads. That Boyz 2 Men monologue actually equals sex. It’s marvellous. So that has my vote, yeeaaahhh! X

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    • thebeasley · March 18

      YESSSSS! Finally a vote for the lads! Oh my god I completely forgot about the Girlie Show. Could you imagine a show being called that? “So it’ll have only female presenters, so we have to call Girlie” !!!

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  9. Losing the Plot · March 18

    Close run thing, Radiohead and Shakespear’s Sister, but The Cure… I’m singing it now.

    Badly.

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  10. MindOverMeta · March 18

    I remember being part of a dance group at school, and we put together some random interpretative stuff to that Shakespeare’s Sister song. I loved the song but my dancing was atrocious!

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  11. Phil Taylor · March 18

    Sorry that it took me two days to get here. Wow this was a great year! A lot of people don’t think the 90’s has a lot of great music but if you know where to look, it’s there. I have to go with The Cure as my fave here. They’re one band I’d love to see live that I’ve never had the chance.

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    • thebeasley · March 18

      Me too Phil! Tickets to see them are so expensive over here. You need a bank loan to go and see them live. But like you they are the one band I’ve always wanted to see live & sadly never have.

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  12. Denzil · March 18

    Ah Maastricht Treaty. A great group. Shame they’re splitting up.

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  13. angelanoelauthor · March 18

    I started listening to this playlist on Friday and am having trouble finding my favorite. Tori spent many afternoons with me in my bedroom senior year of high school. But, I can’t resist Boys II Men. Which was definitely one of the songs we played as we drove around in my Honda Accord looking for something fun to do. And I loved listening to the Sugarcubes again. I haven’t heard that song in a long long while and sang it as I folded my laundry.

    On a totally separate note: I can’t say how sorry I am to be reminded about all the IRA bombings. They just seemed to punctuate every other line in the history review. Too much. We must have a better way. We must be smarter than that, aren’t we?

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    • thebeasley · March 18

      Oh I’m so glad you liked this list. And for some reason I just knew you’d be a Tori fan too. She was my best friend through adolescence and into my 20s and I still consult her on things from time to time today. When I finally saw her live, I almost cried throughout the concert.

      Yes as I’ve written the history bits every week, it’s been pretty horrific to be reminded of how bad things were with the IRA. I remember it being awful. Bomb scares were a regular part of life in the U.K. as a kid, but I just don’t remember it being as bad as I’m rediscovering with these posts. And the worst thing is, I’m not including all IRA terrorism that happened, it just started to seem too much if I included everything. You’re so right. There has to be a better way. Thanks for your thoughts Angela xx

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  14. jeremy@thirstydaddy · March 18

    I graduated high school in 1992. I still refuse to accept how long ago this was

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  15. Jennifer · March 18

    I only know two of the songs from this list. Creep and Everyday People. Must have been too busy chasing around a 4-year-old.

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    • thebeasley · March 18

      Ha yes probably. I don’t think I remember many songs from when my child was 4!

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  16. middleagedwarrior · March 18

    As tricky as always, but it’s always The Cure – I was completely in love with Rob Smith. By the way, I hope you don’t mind but I’ve featured you quite heavily in this post on how I would love to see more older women bloggers represented on Pinterest. I have also listed older bloggers I really like and you were one of them. I really hope you don’t mind! Let me know if you want me to change anything. Thanks a million xxx
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    • thebeasley · March 18

      Absolutely no problem at all! Thank you so much! And yes the Cure & Robert Smith were/are wonderful.

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  17. It’s a toss up between Motorcycle Emptiness and Creep… but I loved the video for Stay… Siobhan Fahey gave great crazy 😁

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    • thebeasley · March 18

      She did, didn’t she? She was always my favourite. Cheers Em x

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  18. Lisa Orchard · March 18

    I’ll have to check out Tori Amos. I don’t remember her from my teen years. But she must be good if all of you are raving about her! 🙂

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  19. Unbound Roots · March 18

    Boyz II Men were my absolute favorite. My husband actually played a few of their songs on YouTube the other day. He had all of their tapes, CDs, etc. Still love them, oh, and him too. 😉

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    • thebeasley · March 18

      Haha. Brilliant! I’m glad Boyz II Men are lroving quite popular this week! Cheers Erin.

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  20. fattymccupcakes · March 18

    Friday I’m In Love ❤️❤️❤️

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  21. Matthew · March 19

    My wife is a massive Tori Amos fan so she would surely choose that track, and for me it would have to be Stay. I didn’t get into Bjork until the following year….

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    • thebeasley · March 19

      Your wife has fantastic taste. Stay is such a great track. Oh and look out for my 1994 list, Bjork might be there again.

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    • thebeasley · March 19

      I meant 1993- doh!

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  23. chris jones · March 27

    like this….keep posting such informative articles

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  31. music2commute2 · May 17

    Ahh the T&C Club. Saw many a gig there myself! Creep, Arrested Development and Boyz II Men are my highlights. Sorry, I’ve missed the vote! 😢

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    • thebeasley · May 18

      Yes, definitely an old haunt of mine too. I’m guessing you’re London based or thereabouts?

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      • music2commute2 · May 18

        Yep, south west london with easy access to central London. So lucky because have been able to see so many gigs so easily. One day when Prince was doing his hit and run shows I just though screw it, left work (working fromn home) and queued for six hours! Totally worth it!

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      • thebeasley · May 18

        I am so unbelievably jealous of you seeing Prince. He must’ve been just phenomenal. South West London is one area of London that I never lived. Lived in the North, the West and South East, but never SW.

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      • music2commute2 · May 18

        Always lived here. So great! Yep I consider myself lucky to have seen Prince live about 6 times over the years in Places like the O2 and the Electric Ballroom in Camden. Even got my daughter to a show at Koko’s and she will remember it forever. Still in mourning…

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      • thebeasley · May 18

        It is so very sad. It would’ve been his 60th soon. I think I might reblog my old Prince post on that day 😦

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