We might not have known it at the time, but 1994 was an incredibly important year for music.
Bill Clinton was the sax-playing leader of the free world. The Lion King, Forrest Gump and The Mask were huge at the box office, but Pulp Fiction, Reality Bites and The Crow were so much cooler. A ticket to the Big Day Out cost $45 and some of the best albums of the modern indie era were released.
Whether you were into Dookie or Definitely Maybe, Monster or Mellow Gold, Ready To Die or Regulate, Chocolate and Cheese or Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, your Discman was always full of great, new music. Music that still sounds amazing today.
The Cranberries' enduring smash hit 'Zombie' topped that year’s Hottest 100, but in hindsight, there was some far more groundbreaking music released in 1994. Artists were extending themselves, pushing boundaries musically and lyrically that would go on to inspire so many others to do the same.
Britpop, pop-punk, east coast hip hop, Australian alternative rock and electronic dance music were all shaped by records that came out in 1994. In this J File, we’ll explore these albums and their effect on those genres.