The 25 best albums of 1992

23 February 2024, 19:06

Some of the best albums of 1992 from  The Cure, R.E.M. Manic Street Preachers and The Lemonheads.
Some of the best albums of 1992 from The Cure, R.E.M. Manic Street Preachers and The Lemonheads. Picture: Press

Cast your mind back to the year of Generation Terrorists, Ebeneezer Goode, Automatic For The People and Friday I'm In Love.

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  1. Manic Street Preachers - Generation Terrorists: released 10th February 1992

    The Manics released their debut album, which featured the classics Motorcycle Emptiness, You Love Us and Little Baby Nothing.

    Manic Street Preachers - Generation Terrorists
    Manic Street Preachers - Generation Terrorists. Picture: Press
  2. James - Seven: released 17th February 1992

    The Manchester band, led by Tim Booth, released their fourth album in 1992. It included the singles Born Of Frustration and Sound.

    James - Seven
    James - Seven. Picture: Press
  3. Shakespears Sister - Hormonally Yours: released17th February 1992

    The second album from the duo of Siobhan Fahey and Marcella Detroit featured the massive hit Stay, which topped the UK charts for an incredible eight weeks.

    Shakespears Sister - Hormonally Yours
    Shakespears Sister - Hormonally Yours. Picture: Press
  4. The Sugarcubes - Stick Around For Joy: released 18th February 1992

    The Icelandic band's third and final album, featuring the single Hit. Singer Bjork would start a solo career the following year.

    The Sugarcubes - Stick Around For Joy
    The Sugarcubes - Stick Around For Joy. Picture: Press
  5. Ride - Going Blank Again: released 9th March 1992

    Oxford's greatest proponents of noisy shoegaze rock scored a massive Top 10 hit with the title track of their second album… and gave the Creation label their biggest hit before Oasis came along.

    Ride - Going Blank Again
    Ride - Going Blank Again. Picture: Press
  6. Curve - Doppleganger: released 9th March 1992

    The great Brit shoegazing band released their debut album, featuring the singles Horror Head and Fait Accompli.

    Curve - Doppleganger
    Curve - Doppleganger. Picture: Curve - Doppleganger
  7. The Charlatans - Between 10th and 11th: released 23rd March 1992

    The band's second album featured the singles Weirdo and Tremelo Song.

    The Charlatans - Between 10th and 11th
    The Charlatans - Between 10th and 11th. Picture: Press
  8. PJ Harvey - Dry: released 30th March 1992

    Polly Jean and her band released their debut album this year, featuring Sheela-Na-Gig and Dress.

    PJ Harvey - Dry
    PJ Harvey - Dry. Picture: Press
  9. Spiritualized - Lazer Guided Melodies: released 30th March 1992

    Jason Pierce, having left seminal shoegaze/drone rock act Spacemen 3, released the debut album from his new band Spiritualized.

    Spiritualized - Lazer Guided Melodies
    Spiritualized - Lazer Guided Melodies. Picture: Press
  10. L7 - Bricks Are Heavy: released 14th April 1992

    The LA female rockers released their third album, which contained their biggest hit, Pretend We're Dead.

    L7 - Bricks Are Heavy
    L7 - Bricks Are Heavy. Picture: Press
  11. Pavement - Slanted And Enchanted: released 20th April 1992

    The debut album the alt.rock legends was released in '92, showcasing the songwriting of Stephen Malkmus.

    Pavement - Slanted And Enchanted
    Pavement - Slanted And Enchanted. Picture: Press
  12. The Cure - Wish: released 21st April 1992

    Robert Smith's merry men issued their ninth album in 1992 and bagged them their only number 1 album to date. The album includes the indie club favourite Friday I'm In Love.

    The Cure - Wish
    The Cure - Wish. Picture: Press
  13. Carter USM - 1992: The Love Album: released 4th May 1992

    Jim Bob and Fruitbat's satirical dig at the UK's entry into Europe featured the single The Only Living Boy In New Cross.

    Carter USM - 1992: The Love Album
    Carter USM - 1992: The Love Album. Picture: Press
  14. The Black Crowes - The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion: released 12th May 1992

    The Alanta blues-rockers released their second album, which featured the track Remedy.

    The Black Crowes - The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion
    The Black Crowes - The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion. Picture: Press
  15. The Lemonheads - It's A Shame About Ray: released 2nd June 1992

    Evan Dando's band issued their fifth album, which featured singles such as Confetti and the title track. The cover of Mrs Robinson wasn't added until the album was re-released later in the year.

    The Lemonheads - It's A Shame About Ray
    The Lemonheads - It's A Shame About Ray. Picture: Press
  16. Faith No More - Angel Dust: released 8th June 1992

    The band's fourth LP includes Be Aggressive, A Small Victory and Midlife Crisis.

    Faith No More - Angel Dust
    Faith No More - Angel Dust. Picture: Press
  17. Sonic Youth - Dirty: released 21st July 1992

    The legendary NYC band released their seventh album, which featured the tracks Youths Against Fascism and 100%.

    Sonic Youth - Dirty
    Sonic Youth - Dirty. Picture: Press
  18. Morrissey - Your Arsenal: released 27th July 1992

    His Mozness released his third solo album in this year - highlights included We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful and Glamorous Glue.

    Morrissey - Your Arsenal
    Morrissey - Your Arsenal. Picture: Press
  19. INXS - Welcome to Wherever You Are: released 3rd August 1992

    The Aussie band's eighth studio album was a No 1 hit in the UK and included the single Beautiful Girl and Taste It.

    INXS - Welcome to Wherever You Are
    INXS - Welcome to Wherever You Are. Picture: Press
  20. Paul Weller - Paul Weller: released 1st September 1992

    The Modfather's first solo album outside the confines of a group; it included the singles Uh Huh Oh Yeh and Into Tomorrow.

    Paul Weller - Paul Weller
    Paul Weller - Paul Weller. Picture: Press
  21. Sugar - Copper Blue: released 4th September 1992

    Former Husker Du frontman and solo artist Bob Mould released the debut from his new power trio, which included the songs Changes, A Good IDea and If I Can't Change Your Mind.

    Sugar - Copper Blue
    Sugar - Copper Blue. Picture: Press
  22. The Shamen - Boss Drum: released 14th September 1992

    Having developed from indie band into rave titans, this was The Shamen's fifth album and their commercial peak, including as it does the No 1 hit Ebeneezer Goode.

    The Shamen - Boss Drum
    The Shamen - Boss Drum. Picture: Press
  23. R.E.M. - Automatic For The People: released 5th October 1992

    The band's eighth album went on to sell 18 million copies and features the tracks Drive, The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite, Nightswimming and Man On The Moon.

    R.E.M. - Automatic For The People
    R.E.M. - Automatic For The People. Picture: Press
  24. Stereo MCs - Connected: released 5th October 1992

    Clapham's finest hip hop collective released their biggest hit this year and received the Best Album Award at the BRITs for their trouble.

    Stereo MCs - Connected
    Stereo MCs - Connected. Picture: Press
  25. Prince - Symbol aka Love Symbol: released 13th October 1992

    Named after an unreadable and unpronounceable symbol (which the artist would later adopt as his stage name), this album was a huge hit in the UK, spawning the singles Sexy MF, The Morning Papers, My Name Is Prince and 7.

    Prince - Symbol aka Love Symbol
    Prince - Symbol aka Love Symbol. Picture: Press


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