OK Computer The Mollusk Dots and Loops Homogenic
Baduizm Brighten the Corners Blur Supa Dupa Fly

When we decided upon 1997 as the next subject in the AllMusic Loves series, some of us thought it would present a challenge. Beyond a handful of hazy recollections, such as the unexpected U.S. breakthroughs of U.K. cult bands like the Verve and unlikely "jock jam" creators Blur, and the out-of-nowhere brilliance of Erykah Badu, we thought it was a thin year. After a proper inspection, we realized it was teeming with developments large and small, but all significant. Hip-hop/R&B innovators Timbaland and Missy Elliott hit their stride with solo releases. The Chemical Brothers, the Prodigy, and Daft Punk made dance music that appealed to rock fans with large riffs and attitude, while the house and techno underground thrived, led by ambitious five-star releases from the likes of As One, Carl Craig, and Moodymann. Established alternative acts like Björk, Radiohead, Spiritualized, and Stereolab issued some of their most sprawling and creative work. Last but not least, there was the release of the definitive romo album: Orlando's Passive Soul.

Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Super Furry Animals – Radiator
Ween – The Mollusk
Supergrass – In It For the Money
Radiohead - OK Computer
Belle & Sebastian – If You're Feeling Sinister
Pavement – Brighten the Corners
Stereolab – Dots and Loops
Blur – Blur
The Chemical Brothers – Dig Your Own Hole
Bob Dylan – Time Out of Mind
Cornershop – When I Was Born for the 7th Time
Björk - Homogenic
Orlando – Passive Soul
Paul McCartney – Flaming Pie
Primal Scream – Vanishing Point
Portishead – Portishead
Beth Orton – Trailer Park
Daft Punk – Homework
The Charlatans – Tellin’ Stories
Oasis – Be Here Now
Mansun – Attack of the Grey Lantern
Spiritualized – Ladies and Gentleman We Are Floating in Space
Foo Fighters – The Colour and the Shape
Ivy – Apartment Life
The Verve – Urban Hymns

Belle & Sebastian – "Lazy Line Painter Jane"
All Saints – "Never Ever"
Guided by Voices – "Bulldog Skin"
Spice Girls – "Say You'll Be There"
Ocean Colour Scene – "Hundred Mile High City"
Green Day – "Hitchin' a Ride"
Cornershop – "Brimful of Asha"
White Town – "Your Woman"
OMC – "How Bizarre"
Luscious Jackson – "Naked Eye"
Stone Temple Pilots – "Lady Picture Show"
Robyn – "Do You Know (What It Takes)"
All Saints – "I Know Where It’s At"
Matthew Sweet – "Where Do You Get Love"
Chumbawamaba – "Tubthumping"
Veruca Salt – "Volcano Girls"
Daft Punk – "Around the World"
Mark Morrison – "Return of the Mack"
Fiona Apple – "Criminal"
Chemical Brothers – "Setting Sun"
Fountains of Wayne – "Radiation Vibe"
Smash Mouth – "Walkin' on the Sun"
Donna Lewis – "I Love You Always Forever"
Backstreet Boys – "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)"
Spice Girls – "Wannabe"

John Bush
Björk - Homogenic
Primal Scream - Vanishing Point
Robbie Williams - Life Thru a Lens
Morgan Geist - The Driving Memoirs
Jay-Z - In My Lifetime, Vol. 1
Stereolab - Dots and Loops
As One - Planetary Folklore
Squarepusher - Hard Normal Daddy
Mouse on Mars - Autoditacker
Portishead - Portishead
The Verve - Urban Hymns
Plug - Drum'n'bass for Papa
Buena Vista Social Club - Buena Vista Social Club
The Dismemberment Plan - The Dismemberment Plan Is Terrified
Nuyorican Soul - Nuyorican Soul
Ween - The Mollusk
Plaid - Not for Threes
Papas Fritas - Helioself
The Orb - Orblivion
DJ Vadim - U.S.S.R. Repertoire (The Theory of Verticality)

Coldcut - "More Beats + Pieces"
Latyrx - "Lady Don't Tek No"
Jurassic 5 - "Jayou"
Jay-Z - "Streets Is Watching/Friend or Foe '98"
Missy Misdemeanor Elliott - "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)"
Air - "Le Soleil Est Près de Moi"
Masters at Work f/ India - "To Be in Love"
Nuyorican Soul f/ Jocelyn Brown - "I Am the Black Gold of the Sun"
Moodymann - "Dem Young Sconies"
Optical - "Moving 808s"
Panacea - "Tron RMX"
Amon Tobin - "Chomp Samba"
Plaid - "Headspin"
Portishead - "Cowboys"
Future Bible Heroes - "Lonely Days"
Robbie Williams - "Lazy Days"
The Apples in Stereo - "Shine a Light"
The Flaming Lips - "Riding to Work in the Year 2025 (Your Invisible Now)"
Björk - "Possibly Maybe [LFO Mix]"
Puff Daddy & the Family f/ The Notorious B.I.G., Lil' Kim & The Lox - "It's All About the Benjamins [Remix]"

Matt Collar
Blur - Blur
Edwyn Collins - I'm Not Following You
Foo Fighters - The Colour and the Shape
Suede - Coming Up
Luna - Pup Tent
Eric Matthews - The Lateness of the Hour
Radiohead - OK Computer
Ron Sexsmith - Other Songs
Supergrass - In It for the Money
Teenage Fanclub - Songs from Northern Britain
U2 - Pop

Mark Morrison - "Return of the Mack" (YouTube)
Foo Fighters - "Everlong" (YouTube)
U2 - "Staring at the Sun"
Marcy Playground - "Sex and Candy"
Huffamoose - "Wait"
Erykah Badu - "On & On"
Supergrass - "Richard III"
Toni Braxton - "Un-Break My Heart"
Morrissey - "Alma Matters"
Ben Folds Five - "Brick"

Greg Heaney
Pavement - Brighten the Corners
Lifter Puller - Half Dead and Dynamite
Harvey Milk - Courtesy and Good Will Towards Men
Autechre - Chiastic Slide
Kool Keith - Sex Style
Wyclef Jean - The Carnival
Dan Bern - Dan Bern
Elliott Smith - Either/Or
Ween - The Mollusk
Radiohead - OK Computer
Emperor - Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk
Karp - Self Titled LP
Assuck - Misery Index
Of Montreal - Cherry Peel
The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Give It Back!
Today Is the Day - Temple of the Morning Star
Deftones - Around the Fur
Mogwai - Young Team
His Hero Is Gone - Monument to Thieves
Converge - Caring and Killing
Harvey Milk - Courtesy and Good Will Towards Men

David Jeffries
As One - Planetary Folklore
Blake Baxter - The H-Factor
Beenie Man - Many Moods of Moses
Bran Van 3000 - Glee
Bushman - Nyah Man Chant
Company Flow - Funcrusher Plus
Daft Punk - Homework
DJ Assault - Belle Isle Tech
Drexciya - The Quest
Kool Keith - Sex Style
Derrick May - Innovator
Missy Misdemeanor Elliot - Supa Dupa Fly
Moodymann - A Silent Introduction
The Notorious B.I.G. - Life After Death
Porter Ricks - Porter Ricks
Radiohead - OK Computer
Rakim - The 18th Letter
Bim Sherman - Miracle
Roni Size/Reprazent - New Forms
Various Artists - Torque

Andy Kellman
Stereolab - Dots and Loops
Moodymann - Silent Introduction
Carl Craig - More Songs About Food and Revolutionary Art
As One - Planetary Folklore
Erykah Badu - Baduizm
Derrick May - The Mayday Mix
Long Fin Killie - Amelia
Missy Elliott - Supa Dupa Fly
The Notorious B.I.G. - Life After Death
Pan Sonic - Kulma
Photek - Modus Operandi
Wu-Tang Clan - Wu-Tang Forever
Björk - Homogenic
Capone-N-Noreaga - The War Report
Boymerang - Balance of the Force
Portishead - Portishead
Jay-Z - In My Lifetime, Vol. 1
Monolake - Hongkong
Maurizio - Maurizio
Janet Jackson - The Velvet Rope

Nuyorican Soul - "I Am the Black Gold of the Sun [4hero Remix]"
The Notorious B.I.G. - "Hypnotize"
Erykah Badu - "On and On"
Missy Misdemeanor Elliott - "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)"
Dem 2 - "Destiny"
Amira - "My Desire"
Photek - "Ni-Ten-Ichi-Ryu"
Super_Collier - "Darn Cold Way o' Lovin'"
Deborah Anderson - "Lonely Without You"
Janet Jackson - "Got 'til It's Gone"
KP & Envyi - "Swing My Way"
Christión - "Full of Smoke"
Zhané - "Request Line"
Blaze - "Lovelee Dae"
Björk - "Bachelorette"
Various Artists - "No. 8"
Long Fin Killie - "Lipstick [Remix]"
Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz - "Déjà Vu (Uptown Baby)"
DJ Shadow - "High Noon"
Bel Air Project - "Dark Jazzor"

Jason Lymangrover
Björk - Homogenic
The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Give It Back!
Broadcast - Work and Non Work
Camp Lo - Uptown Saturday Night
Cornelius - Fantasma
Daft Punk - Homework
Helium - Magic City
The Make-Up - Sound Verite
Pavement - Brighten the Corners
Plug - Drum'n'bass for Papa
Radiohead - OK Computer
The Sea and Cake - The Fawn
Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentleman We Are Floating in Space
Stereolab - Dots and Loops
Suede - Sci-Fi Lullabies
Thingy - Songs About Angels, Evil, and Running Around on Fire
The Verve - Urban Hymns
Ween - The Mollusk
Wyclef Jean - The Carnival
Yo La Tengo - I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One

James Christopher Monger
Radiohead - OK Computer
Kurt Elling - The Messenger
Björk - Homogenic
Michael Penn - Resigned
Yo La Tengo - I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One
Bill Frisell - Nashville
Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
Ween - The Mollusk
Supergrass - In It for the Money
Ben Folds Five - Whatever and Ever Amen
Jim O'Rourke - Bad Timing
Jim White - Wrong-Eyed Jesus! (Mysterious Tale of How I Shouted)
Hedningarna - Hippjokk
Ivy - Apartment Life
The Gourds - Dems Good Beeple
Frifot - Jarven
Cornershop - When I Was Born for the Seventh Time
Pizzicato Five - Happy End of the World
David Bowie - Earthling
Bad Livers - Hogs on the Highway

Robert Wyatt - "Heaps of Sheeps"
The Verve - "Bittersweet Symphony"
Chumbawamba - "Tubthumping"
Portishead - "Cowboys"
Mike Watt - "In the Engine Room"
Lullabye for the Working Class - "Hypnotist"
Luna - "Fuzzy Wuzzy"
Sparks - "Something for the Girl with Everything"
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - "Into My Arms"
Loreena McKennitt - "The Mummer's Song"
Sixteen Horsepoer - "Brimstone Rock"
Blur - "Song 2"
Smash Mouth - "Walking on the Sun"
Ron Sexsmith - "Average Joe"
The Negro Problem - "The Meaning of Everything"
Morphine - "Early to Bed"
Long Fin Killie - "British Summertime"

Sean Westergaard
Michael Blake - Kingdom of Champa
Boud Deun - Astronomy Made Easy
Jim Campilongo & the 10 Gallon Cats - Loose
Cosmic Invention - Help Your Satori Mind
Eleventh Dream Day - Eighth
Ellery Eskelin with Andrea Parkins - Green Bermudas
Granfaloon Bus - Schlafwagen (Sleeping Car)
Ground Zero - Plays Standards
Jonas Hellborg & Shawn Lane - Time Is the Enemy
Zony Mash - Cold Spell
Junior Kimbrough - Most Things Haven't Worked Out
Lonesome Bob - Things Fall Apart
Ikue Mori w/ Robert Quine & Marc Ribot - Painted Desert
Pachora - Pachora
Praxis - Transmutation Live
Brad Shepik & the Commuters - The Loan
Horace Silver - Prescription for the Blues
Sonic Youth - SYR 1
Supersuckers - Must've Been High
Kazutoki Umezu - First Deserter
Jim White - Wrong-Eyed Jesus! (Mysterious Tale of How I Shouted)

John Buchanan
The Third Eye Foundation - Ghost
The Chemical Brothers - Dig Your Own Hole
Björk - Telegram
Roni Size/Reprazent - New Forms
Flying Saucer Attack & Roy Montgomery - Goodbye/And Goodbye/The Whole Day
Kerbdog - On the Turn
Brad - Interiors
Tindersticks - Curtains
Radiohead - OK Computer
Paradise Lost - One Second
Portishead - Portishead
Flying Saucer Attack - New Lands
Suede - Coming Up
Coalesce - Give Them Rope
Helmet - Aftertaste
The Prodigy - The Fat of the Land

The Cardigans - "Lovefool"
Texas - "Say What You Want"
U2 - "Staring at the Sun"
The Smashing Pumpkins - "The End Is the Beginning Is the End"
Metallica - "King Nothing"
Bush - "Greedy Fly"
Nine Inch Nails - "The Perfect Drug"
The Prodigy - "Firestarter"
Sarah McLachlan - "Building a Mystery"
R.E.M. - "Electrolite"

Matthew Garbutt
Billy MacKenzie – Beyond the Sun
Broadcast – Work and Non Work
Daft Punk – Homework
Erykah Badu – Baduizm
Gorky's Zygotic Mynci – Barafundle
Gravediggaz – The Pick, the Sickle and the Shovel
Jonny L – Sawtooth
Lhasa – La Llorona
Missy Misdemeanor Elliott – Supa Dupa Fly
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – The Boatman's Call
Portishead – Portishead
Roni Size/Reprazent – New Forms
Stereolab – Dots and Loops
Super Furry Animals – Radiator
The Flaming Stars – Sell Your Soul to the Flaming Stars
Thee Headcoatees – Bozstik Haze
Thee Headcoats – The Jimmy Reed Experience
The Make-Up – Sound Verite
Tindersticks – Curtains
Wu-Tang Clan – Wu-Tang Forever

Alex Gopher/Etienne De Crecy – "Super Disco"
Cornershop – "Brimful of Asha"
D-Influence - "Hypnotize"
Edwyn Collins – "The Magic Piper (Of Love)"
Finley Quaye – "Maverick a Strike"
Gallon Drunk – "To Love Somebody"
Gretschen Hofner – "Welcome to My Judy Garland Life"
Luke Slater – "Freek Funk"
Massive Attack – "Risingson"
Middlesbrough FC/Chris Rea/Bob Mortimer – "Let's Dance"
Natacha Atlas – "Amulet"
Photek – "Ni Ten Ichi Ryu"
Roy Davis Jr. – "Gabriel"
Smoke City – "Underwater Love"
Suede - "Lazy"
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – "Wail"
Thee Headcoatees – "Ca Plaine Pour Moi"
Thee Headcoats – "Organic Footprints"
Thee Headcoats - "Thief"
White Town – "Your Woman"

Aneet Nijjar
Daft Punk – Homework
Portishead – Portishead
The Chemical Brothers – Dig Your Own Hole
Cornershop – When I Was Born for the 7th Time
The Prodigy – The Fat of the Land
Wu-Tang Clan – Wu-Tang Forever
Manson – Attack of the Grey Lantern
David Holmes – Let's Get Killed
Death in Vegas – Dead Elvis
Supergrass – In It for the Money
Erykah Badu - Baduizm
Depeche Mode - Ultra
Buena Vista Social Club - Buena Vista Social Club
Stereolab - Dots and Loops
Robert Wyatt - Shleep

The Blueboy – "Remember Me"
Christopher Just – "I'm a Disco Dancer"
Basement Jaxx – "Fly Life"
Pierre Henry & Michael Columbier – "Psyche Rock"
Thomas Bangalter – "Spinal Scratch"
Depth Charge – "Disco Vixen"
Double 99 – "Rip Groove"
187 Lockdown – "Gunman"
Ultra Naté – "Free"
Rosie Gains – "Closer Than Close"
Midfield General – "Devil in Sports Casual"
The Chemical Brothers – "The Private Psychedelic Reel"
Black Grape – "Get Higher"
Missy Misdemeanor Elliott – "The Rain"
Echo & the Bunnyman – "Nothing Lasts Forever"
Bentley Rhythm Ace – "Bentley's Gonna Sort You Out"
Placebo – "Nancy Boy"
White Town – "Your Woman"
Pulp – "Help the Aged"

James Wilkinson
Bob Dylan - Time Out of Mind
Broadcast - Work and Non Work
Michael Head Introducing the Strands - The Magical World of the Strands
Teenage Fanclub - Songs from Northern Britain
Blur - Blur
Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
Elliott Smith - Either/Or
Super Furry Animals - Radiator
The Sundays - Static & Silence
Supergrass - In It for the Money
Whiskeytown - Strangers Almanac
Pavement - Brighten the Corners
Ben Folds Five - Whatever and Ever Amen
Paul Weller - Heavy Soul
Radiohead - OK Computer
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Year of the Horse
Smog - Red Apple Falls
The Apples in Stereo - Tone Soul Evolution
Air - Premiers Symptomes
The Diggers - Mount Everest

Belle & Sebastian - "Dog On Wheels"
Belle & Sebastian - "Lazy Line Painter Jane"
Belle & Sebastian - 3.. 6.. 9 Seconds of Light
Pulp - "Help the Aged"
Morrissey - "Alma Matters"
Beth Orton - "Best Bit"
James - "Tomorrow"
Foo Fighters - "Monkey Wrench"
R.E.M. - "How the West Was Won and Where It Got Us"
Stereolab - "Miss Modular"

Richard Wilson
Yo La Tengo - I Can Feel the Heart Beating as One
Modest Mouse - The Lonesome Crowded West
Built to Spill - Perfect from Now On
The Folk Implosion - Dare to Be Surprised
Foo Fighters - The Colour and the Shape
Fuck - Pardon My French
Jebediah - Slightly Odway
Lambchop - Thriller
Mogwai - Young Team
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - The Boatman's Call
Pavement - Brighten the Corners
Radiohead - OK Computer
Richmond Fontaine - Miles From
Superchunk - Indoor Living
Grandaddy - Under the Western Freeway
Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
Godspeed You Black Emperor! - F# A# (Infinity)
Way Out West - Way Out West
Astral Projection - Dancing Galaxy
The Green Nuns of the Revolution - Rock Bitch Mafia

A - "Bad Idea"
Aphex Twin - "Come to Daddy"
Bentley Rhythm Ace - "Midlander"
Beck - "Jackass"
Blur - "Song 2"
Brassy - "Sure Thing"
The Chemical Brothers - "The Private Psychedelic Reel"
Cornershop - "Brimful of Asha"
Curve - "Chinese Burn"
Dinosaur Jr. - "Take a Run for the Sun"
ETA - "Casual Sub (Burning Spear)"
Fountains of Wayne - "Barbara H"
Laurent Garnier - "Crispy Bacon"
Lunatic Calm - "Leave You Far Behind"
Pigeonhed - "Battle Flag"
Portishead - "Cowboys"
Primal Scream - "Kowalski"
Propellerheads - "Take California"
Squarepusher - "Big Loada"
Teenage Fanclub - "I Don't Want Control of You"

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