James’ Shamelessly Nostalgic A-Z Of Albums That He Liked To Listen To When He Was Young – Part 22: Version 2.0

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As we near the end of this A-Z of albums that I liked when I was younger than I am now, and mostly still like today (except for some albums that frankly only made the cut because they began with the right letter) I feel I should acknowledge the heavy bias towards UK acts.

This in part stems from the fact that I am British. I don’t go out of my way to only listen to music made by people from these isles but there is obviously an element of increased exposure. This is particularly true, given that I’m mostly writing about albums I encountered in the nineties when there was a definite media bias towards British acts.

Not that my music tastes are that international anyway. Aside from a few albums I purchased when I lived in Paris, the vast majority of my music collection (for it is a collection – I have now uploaded it to ‘the cloud’ for ease of consumption but I mostly listen to stuff I bought and so large was my music collection before streaming became a thing, that I have eschewed subscribing to a streaming service to date – occasionally parting with my cash to download albums I really want still seems to be cheaper overall, particularly as most music can be sampled for free via various platforms before I decide whether it is worth spending my money) is English-language, but that does tend to include a fair number of artists from the US.

Why then, have I neglected to include any US acts apart from Weezer and Green Day in my list to date?

I’m not sure.

I definitely liked a lot of American bands back then. Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, REM and Foo Fighters all could have made the cut for a nineties-themed extravaganza such as this.

That they didn’t is perhaps a little disingenuous on my part because I liked all of them a lot. To be honest, although it pains me a little to admit it, even Bon Jovi was no stranger to my CD player back then. But when it came to it, while I’d happily concede that Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ is a far superior album to Ash’s ‘1977’ (to the point where even comparing the two is beyond ridiculous) it’s the latter album that spoke to me more as a teenager. I may have been wrong as a teenager, but as this has been a largely nostalgia-driven exercise, we have to go with the judgements I made back then.

And so to ‘V’ and Pearl Jam were really in with a shout for this. They released not one but two albums that began with ‘V’ back in the nineties and both ‘Vs’ and ‘Vitalogy’ spent a lot of time in my CD player.

But instead I’ve gone with this:


V is for Version 2.0


It may come as some consolation to my American friends that 75% of the rock band, Garbage, do indeed hail from the States. And indeed if you’re apoplectic with rage that I overlooked one of the seminal albums of all time in ‘Nevermind’ then it may be some consolation to know that Garbage’s drummer, Butch Vig, was the producer who worked on that record.

Nonetheless Garbage are fronted by Shirley Manson who is Scottish, so I may still be employing a certain level of British bias.

But it is unintentional.

I did really like Garbage.

If you put a gun to my head and asked me which Garbage album I liked the best then I’d be very scared and wonder why you’d pointed a gun to my head to find out such a trivial piece of information.

But I’d tell you truthfully that I preferred their 1995 eponymous debut.

But ‘G’ was taken and I did still really like this 1998 follow-up.

So did quite a lot of other people.

Because it is really good.

So put the gun down and let’s listen calmly to one of the better tracks on the album.

Which is, perhaps unhelpfully, called ‘I Think I’m Paranoid’.

  16 comments for “James’ Shamelessly Nostalgic A-Z Of Albums That He Liked To Listen To When He Was Young – Part 22: Version 2.0

  1. April 25, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    Oh sure, list all the bands I know then drop Garbage on me.
    That was cruel.

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  2. April 25, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    Garbage had some decent albums, and they are a great live band. I am not British and not American, but I listen to many British acts too. Lots of talent in the UK. Enjoy your weekend. x

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    • April 25, 2020 at 6:18 pm

      Enjoy your weekend too! Yeah lots of great bands over here but more than our fair share of really awful ones too. The good more than make up for the bad though I think


      • April 25, 2020 at 6:22 pm

        You are absolutely right. In Luxembourg we have mostly bad music and only few good bands. I was in a band too, we were awful. (I sang a couple of songs and wrote lyrics).

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      • April 25, 2020 at 6:42 pm

        Luxembourg has made a great contribution to British music. Radio Luxembourg was how my parents’ generation listened to all the great bands of the sixties back when the BBC refused to play any of them. And I’m sure you’re being too modest but I haven’t got even a hint of musical talent. I just love listening to it, so I’m impressed with anyone who can actually make music.


      • April 25, 2020 at 6:46 pm

        Radio Luxembourg helped many listening to music. Sadly our scene is either death metal screams or trivial and without depth. Gems are hidden, but they exist. Maybe it is because Luxembourg is tiny and everyone knows everyone. My husband mixed a couple of known acts here. My daughter’s godfather is the drummer of one of the most popular acts singing in Luxembourgish… (I don’t believe in god but she is baptised anyway). It all comes down to connections over here. But I guess that’s the same everywhere.
        These days, I am just a lover and listener too.

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  3. April 25, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    Love Garbage so much. One of my faves is Push It, but I also love #1 Crush which I think was on the soundtrack for the last Romeo and Juliet film–really worked well there too!

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    • April 26, 2020 at 8:11 am

      It was on that soundtrack – haven’t seen that in film in years but that was a great version of R&J (I do also enjoy a bit of Shakespeare from time to time…)

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      • April 26, 2020 at 1:34 pm

        Radiohead has a song on it too—very cool soundtrack!

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  4. April 25, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    How can a mouth be so scary?!

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    • April 26, 2020 at 8:14 am

      Presumably it takes practice?

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  5. April 26, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    I remember having a Garbage album. It was (quick web search) … their debut album, Garbage. I liked it at the time, and then gradually forgot about it.

    The line about having a gun to your head, cracked me up.

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  6. April 26, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    Similar for me, liked their first two then forgot about them. Rediscovered them a couple of years back but still probably like albums 1&2 better than their later stuff. Glad you liked the line, I was quite pleased with it when I wrote it…


  7. April 27, 2020 at 8:26 am

    Garbage is a great choice. You listed several bands I’ve rocked out to. Very cool!

    I hope you and yours are staying safe and healthy during this difficult time.

    J Lenni Dorner~ Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge, Debut Author Interviewer, Reference& Speculative Fiction Author

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    • April 27, 2020 at 8:38 am

      Fortunately, due to having a toddler listening to music at home is as rock’n’roll as I get so staying in has been less of a chore for me than many. Listening to the music has helped a lot though!


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