Last April, I started a series on inductees to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, highlighting songs from the 2019 honorees. I later jumped back a year and featured the 2018 class, with plans to work backward through the years and eventually cover every Rock Hall member.
Before I continue the trip back through time, though, I have a new class to cover. The 2020 inductees were announced a couple of weeks ago, and this week I will dedicate a post to each of the six recognized artists.
Now that I’ve counted down the (very few) 1990 albums that mean something to me, I turn my attention to the ones I don’t know, or don’t know well.
I scoured as many critics’ lists as I could and narrowed the list down to ten albums that appear on all or most of them.
THe album that showed up the most, by far, was Depeche Mode’s Violator. The seventh studio album by the British New Wave act was not just a critical hut but also the best seller in their 35+ year career.
I think of Depeche Mode as a quintessential 80s band. But oddly enough, it took them the whole decade to arrive at their pinnacle achievement, 1990’s Violator. That record featured two of their biggest hits, ‘Personal Jesus’ and ‘Enjoy the Silence.’ And they released as many albums after Violator as they did before it.
The band spent the 80s tweaking their New Wave sound, which met with more commercial success in their native England than on this side of the pond.
The latest Facebook obsession spreading among my friends is SongPop, basically an Internet version of Name That Tune.
What makes the game fun is the wide range of categories from which it culls the songs. You can play rounds centered on ’90s Alternative,’ ‘Love Songs,’ ‘Metal,’ ’80s Hair Bands,’ ‘Melancholy Tunes’ (a personal favorite), ‘Today’s Hits,’ ‘Punk,’ ’60s Collection’ and dozens more.