The Beta Band – Dog Got A Bone
Another song off another record released in 1997 I’d like to give a mention to: ‘Dog Got A Bone’ off The Beta Band’s Champion Versions EP.
I didn’t buy this EP when it came out. I bought the 3EPs album in ’98, aptly titled as it collected together the 3EPs The Beta Band had released so far.
The most well-know song off Champion Versions (indeed maybe the most well-known song of the Beta Band full stop) is the opener ‘Dry The Rain’ (in no small part due to it being used in the film High Fidelity) so I thought I’d choose ‘Dog Got A Bone’, the last song on the EP.
The Verve – A Northern Soul
For 1997 The Verve were my favourite band. Yet Urban Hymns, the album they released that year is, of the albums of ’97 I’ve recently written about, the one I’m least compelled to go back and listen to.
Primal Scream – Kowalski
As the 20th anniversary of Spiritualized’s Ladies and Gentlemen passed without much fanfare this year, so did the 20th anniversary of Primal Scream’s Vanishing Point. Could be reasons why this occurred was Radiohead’s Ok Computer reaching the same landmark and taking all the focus of the music press and radio; and/or (I mentioned this still underdeveloped theory a couple of years ago) that the narrative of Britpop and its counter narrative has become so set that albums like Vanishing Point and Ladies and Gentlemen can only be given a minor role lest they disrupt them; never mind those albums critical and commercial success at the time. So I’m claiming Vanishing Point as one of the best albums released in the latter half of the nineties.