Shane Meadows’ This Is England has returned for another series. The acclaimed series, spawned by the 2006 film, comes to a final chapter as we follow Shaun, Kelly, Trev and Gadget out of the 80’s and onto 1990. That year Maggie Thatcher ended her 12 year reign as Prime Minister, the Super Nintendo was released and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had their first movie.
The acid-faced cult of rave spread across abandoned warehouses across the country. Jeans got wider and shorts got tighter and tie-dye and bowl-cuts became acceptable . Grunge had not yet becomes a global sensation so hair metal like Guns n Roses and Bon Jovi were still the biggest bands on the planet. NWA had taken hip-hop back to the streets whilst MC Hammer and C ‘n’ C Music Factory just wanted to dance. Indie music had gone the way of the ‘baggy’ on a wave of adoration for The Stone Roses and Bros were still on the walls of teenage girls.
But what were the best British albums of the year? Take a look at 10 albums that defined 1990.
Depeche Mode – Violator
Sadly still remembered for their teen pop classic ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’, the Basildon boys spent the 80’s developing their layered electronic sound and oddly becoming big in America. Violator was the right album at the right time and with their finest single ‘Enjoy The Silence‘ it sold in its millions.