James’ Shamelessly Nostalgic A-Z Of Albums That He Liked To Listen To When He Was Young – Part 25: You’ve Come A Long Way Baby

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It’s the penultimate day of the A-Z challenge 2020 and it’s time to ask ‘Y’.

Specifically we must ask ‘Y’ to tell us what today’s album is.

It wasn’t easy. I assumed a lot of album titles would begin with the word ‘you’.

Or ‘yesterday’.

But these were not popular choices in the nineties apparently.

So I’ve had to step a little outside my comfort zone.

I could have gone with Pearl Jam’s ‘Yield’ but I stopped listening to Pearl Jam after their third album ‘Vitalogy’ and didn’t get into them again until many years later. If I was going to include Pearl Jam it would’ve been for ‘Ten’ or the aforementioned ‘Vitalogy’. And I didn’t so I’m not going with ‘Yield’ either. It would feel dishonest.

Another option was Welsh band Feeder and their 1999 album ‘Yesterday Went Too Soon’, but while Feeder always seemed like a band I would probably like, the only album of theirs I really know is 2001’s ‘Echo Park’ so, again, it would be disingenuous to include them.

Ultimately I’ve switched genres and gone with something that screams the nineties like few other albums could.


Y is for You’ve Come A Long Way Baby


While two members of The Housemartins went on to form The Beautiful South, one decided to go in a slightly different direction.

Or a very different direction.

Norman Cook became known as Fatboy Slim and was a pivotal part of the Big Beat movement that was very different to Britpop but largely seemed to exist at roughly the same time.

Not really my cup of tea in theory but I actually did like a lot of the acts associated with that genre of music and they were easily as big a part of the nineties soundscape as any of the indie music I was listening to.

In any case, ‘You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby’ was a massive album that transcended its genre.

The singles off that album were everywhere and on everything.  You’d be hard pushed to listen to Radio One (my default radio station until I outgrew their target demographic) without hearing ‘The Rockafella Skank’.

‘Gangster Trippin’ must have been the accompaniment to many a sporting montage.

And you certainly couldn’t expect to go on a night out without at some point finding yourself drunkenly dancing badly and singing loudly to ‘Right Here, Right Now’.

It was unavoidable.

It pretty much was the sound of the late nineties.

And because this A-Z has always been a nostalgia driven exercise, I have to go with the ‘Y’ album that invokes the most nostalgia.

Even if it was rather forced upon me at the time, it’s as evocative of my youth as anything else I’ve written about.

And it’s hard to argue that it isn’t an excellent album.

The track that I liked best back then would definitely have been ‘Praise You’

The video was genius too.

  17 comments for “James’ Shamelessly Nostalgic A-Z Of Albums That He Liked To Listen To When He Was Young – Part 25: You’ve Come A Long Way Baby

  1. April 29, 2020 at 10:23 am

    Great way to finish up, penultimately speaking that is.
    As you so rightly observed, singles off this iconic album were ‘everywhere and on everything’.
    Just had to, like,out of duty, post this little ear-worm from what was a truly landmark album –

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    • April 29, 2020 at 11:33 am

      To be fair, that’s an awesome video too!


  2. April 29, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    Fatboy Slim? Nope.
    You’re going out with a bang.

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    • April 29, 2020 at 12:36 pm

      I’m quietly confident about ‘Z’ too…

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  3. April 29, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    Great choice. That is a very 90s album, and yet when feeling nostalgic, it still sounds great. Now I am looking forward to Z and please don’t chose Zoopropa by U2, that one was shite. 😉 xx

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    • April 29, 2020 at 4:02 pm

      Damn… Zooropa. (Typing is not my forte these days)

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      • April 29, 2020 at 4:59 pm

        Whatever the spelling, it’s not my choice for tomorrow. Never been a massive U2 fan. Don’t hate them but don’t really love them either.


      • April 29, 2020 at 5:11 pm

        Same here… A kind of indifference 🙂

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  4. Bryntin
    April 29, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    Agree James, it was ubiquitous at the time but still manages to sound bloody brilliant whenever tracks pop up on modern radio. So I think it’s safely in classic territory despite being mercilessly flogged everywhere, and flogging everything, for many years.

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    • April 29, 2020 at 5:02 pm

      Genuinely forgot it was a nineties record until I did this.

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      • April 29, 2020 at 5:03 pm

        Which makes the whole post seem a bit disingenuous…

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  5. Bryntin
    April 29, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    Would you believe I have the same worries about all my posts?

    No, you’re right, I don’t really.

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  6. April 29, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    What a great Y and that video is awesome (a word I hate) Seen it many times but I always have to watch it all the way through!

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  7. April 30, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    “Praise You” was also my favorite.

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