Tori, Tool, TLC And The Other Musical Debuts Of 1992

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1992 was a pretty heady year for music in general, with the masses gobbling up all the gangsta rap, grunge, and pop-country they could. That year would see the release of not only R.E.M.'s Automatic For The People, Peter Gabriel's Us, Pantera's Vulgar Display Of Power, but also what is arguably The Cure's last great album, Wish, although 2000's Bloodflowers has it's champions.

This was also the year that saw not one, but two new Bruce Springsteen albums in Lucky Town and Human Touch. Let the Bruce fanatics fill you in on those, sans the E Street Band.

On the country front, only three artists, Garth Brooks, Wynonna Judd, and Billy Ray Cyrus, held the top slot on the country albums chart in 1992, dominating the list for 12 months. Brooks hit big with Ropin' The Wind, and it's follow-up, The Chase. His Christmas album, released in August 1992, Beyond The Season, was the best-selling holiday album of the year, but never made it to number one.

Acts like White Zombie, Kyuss, L7, The Jesus Lizard, The Black Crowes, Screaming Trees, and Alice in Chains continued their march to the above-ground. Sonic Youth released Dirty, and the Beastie Boys explored life with guitars, drums, and bass with Check Your Head, while also embracing their hardcore roots for all to see. And we can't forget Pavement's Slanted And Enchanted, which is one of the most influential albums of the past two decades.

Released in time for Christmas that December was also Nirvana's demos and outtakes-laden Incesticide, shoved out as a stop-gap godsend for kids clamoring for "new" Nirvana who had already worn out Nevermind and Bleach.

It was the debuts that we saw in 1992 that were the real meal of the year, with plenty of bands making their big, full-length or extended play bows. This was a year that saw the birth of the Juggalo, the first rumblings of pop-grunge, and the proto third-wave sounds of ska and punk laying the ground work for the rest of the bands to come in the '90s.

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Noah Ramon
Noah Ramon

Love me some "Gordon". Yes, I'm a nerd. Why do you ask?

Rhonda Hare
Rhonda Hare

~ Buzz Bin + Hip Hop = FAVE! That was such an awesome year from my soundtrack!

Greg Liestman
Greg Liestman

Here's one - and I think we can count it as a debut even though Bob Mould had been around for years - "Copper Blue" by Sugar. Still one of my all time favorites.

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Hatetank
Hatetank

Making me feel old. Fuck,

Jason McElweenie
Jason McElweenie

'92 was a good year. I accidentally slept on the side of a mountain during the perseid meteor shower, hitchhiked over 6,000 miles, saw the Dead 4 or 5 times, woke up Christmas morning in an old school bus by the cops, saw the same mountain burn like a Christmas tree, re-climbed said mountain later on after an all nighter only to have a park ranger mistake our hoots and hollers as cries for help and try to save us.

I'd give anything to go back to that year. So many good memories, so much good music.

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