Plus: M People, Manics, Cypress Hill, and Judgment Night
About five years ago, I was at a pub quiz that asked which band had an early 1990s hit with 'Moving On Up' after a lengthy in-team discussion on whether #11 for Primal Scream's Dixie-Narco EP counted as a hit, we had to ask whether they'd said 'Moving On Up' or 'Movin' On Up'. They hated us.
I hate M People and the voice of that woman with the pineapple on her head.
Rap and hip hop largely passed me by.
Gold Against The Soul was the first Manics album i bought, after Faster but before The Holy Bible came out, and i could never understand its generally low status. It's better than the sprawling mess of Generation Terrorists and no less produced (Motorcycle Emptiness would sound just as in place on GATS)
I genuinely laughed at this line, "‘Moving On Up’ was so overplayed in the 90s that the mere sound of it makes me feel like I’m being waterboarded by the CIA."
GATS was so underrated! Agree "Yourself" would have been a better single and the RITH edit was cringey. Know Your Enemy was another album that didn't get enough love!
And now all we have for collabs are overblown Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift records.
And for the record, I loved Nightmare on My Street. I think his earlier stuff was more like Slick Rick without the edge, although I can't say I ever managed to get through an entire album of Smith's.