The Awards 1993 (Polygram TV, 1993)

Awards 1993

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The 1993 Brit Awards were the 13th edition of the biggest UK pop ceremony and took place on 16 February at London’s Alexandra Palace. The host was Richard O’Brien. The accompanying album contained 34 tracks and was the fifth in the series.

Best Soundtrack / Cast Recording: Now That’s What I Call Music 21 did it, Greatest Hits ’92 also did it and now we’re here again as The Awards 1993 leads with Bohemian Rhapsody. The use of the Queen track in the film version of Wayne’s World propelled the song to #2 in Billboard singles charts. The studio wanted to use a Guns N’ Roses track for the scene but Mike Myers fought like a dog to feature Bohemian Rhapsody, even threatening to quit the production unless it got in. Respect.

Best British Group: Drowning In My Own Tears saw Simply Red cover the 1951 number by Henry Glover. It featured on their Montreaux EP. Blues power. And there’s one more trip to the land of Abba-esque with the original lead track, Lay All Your Love On Me. Resigned fear mixed with bubbly synths makes for an impassioned plea. Erasure: a crucial piece of the 1992 jigsaw. Another slot is filled by The Cure and Friday I’m In Love. It was a particularly bright and cloud-free summer. Memorable walks home on Cherry’s Road. The warm night air and the Red Bridge gleaming in the distance at 1.00am. Lost wishes.

Best International Group: U2 had a memorable year in 1992 with Achtung Baby yielding four more singles and the unforgettable Zoo TV tour. Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses was the fifth 45 from the LP and is represented here by the Temple Bar Edit. Equally massive were R.E.M. whose magnificently morose Drive was the opening track and lead single from the thrillingly miserable Automatic For The People. Other nominees included En Vogue with the edgy funk of Free Your Mind with Crowded House as the asses who will follow bellowing Weather With You.

Best International Artist: The evergreen Prince with The New Power Generation and the Symbol LP. Sexy MF. 5:25, stay jive. Tori Amos and Little Earthquakes’ searing Crucify. KD Lang’s reedy Constant Craving. Throwing back the apple to 1987 was Enya with The Celts. Sung entirely in Irish, it was the theme song to the 1986 BBC documentary The Celts. The haunting video of the song was filmed at Bodiam Castle. The LP was re-issued in ’92 and The Celts reached #29. The B-side of the single, Eclipse, is the song Deireadh An Tuath (found on The Celts album), played backwards. Weird.

Best British Album: It’s a fight to the death. On one side of the board are The Orb. UF Orb is their game. Blue Room was a 40 minute single released during the summer of ’92. We get yet another variant of the single edit. This one runs for 3:48. Play Towers Of Dub and watch the speakers shudder. Right Said Fred’s marching pop ain’t no competition.

Best British Male Artist: Singing out of tune is Joe Cocker on Feels Like Forever. Hot on his heels is Eric Clapton’s moody Bad Love and Elton John’s epic tale The One. It was a very good year for George Michael who reached #4 with Too Funky and topped the charts with Elton on Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.

Best British Female Artist: Voice of an angel – Annie Lennox’s immense Walking On Broken Glass with its mini-movie promotional video. Neatly sequenced after Elton John is Kate Bush with her spooky and kooky cover of Rocket Man. Lisa Stansfield had already won three previous awards, Best British Newcomer in 1990 and this category for 1991 and 1992. Time To Make You Mine was another classy dance pop tune from the Northern lass with the intimate and breathless voice.

Best British Newcomer: Willie Young scored on his debut for Nottingham Forest in 1981. John Motson said “he’s scored on his debut” when commentating on Match Of The Day. Young left the game completely after his retirement, and after running a pub near Nottingham, he now owns kennels in Bottesford, Leicestershire. Tasmin Archer’s Sleeping Satellite was her atmospheric first single and like Sly Fox, went all the way. Meanwhile we get treated to decade-defining anthems like KWS’s Please Don’t Go and Undercover’s Baker Street while Dina Carroll’s special love song Ain’t No Man packs a decent punch. Otherwise it’s a party all year round for Take That as A Million Love Songs takes its place as one of 1992’s best ballads.

Best International Newcomer: This category sees a battle between Boyz II Men, Arrested Development and Curtis Stigers. The Boyz hit #1 on the UK charts with the easy soul ballad End Of The Road. Over in the US, it stayed at the top for a staggering 15 weeks. Meanwhile Arrested Development paid homage to Sly and The Family Stone with the twisted beats of Everyday People. I Wonder Why too.

Best British Music Video: The deserving winner here is Stay by Shakespear’s Sister. Directed by Sophie Muller and inspired by the film Cat Women of the Moon, the video featured Marcella Detroit and Siobhan Fahey fighting over a comatose man (played by Dave Evans, former boyfriend of Fahey’s Bananarama bandmate Keren Woodward). French and Sauders subsequently made a spoof sketch of it. Another contender was Peter Gabriel and the evergrowing pulsating groover Digging In The Dirt. Shades of 4AD’s His Name Is Alive and their Dirt-Eaters EP.

Best British Producer: Lining up here are Trevor Horn who was behind Rod Stewart’s likeable Rhythm Of My Heart and the two-man team of Paul Oakenfold and Steve Osborne who looked after Deacon Blue’s Your Town. The latter sees Ricky Ross and company move in a grittier direction with a pounding urban feel – not unlike Doves.

The Shamen – Boss Drum: The title track of their most successful LP. I don’t really know where it fits in here but it’s an ace tune. Rhythm eternal for tomorrow’s tribe.

“I eat all the dirt”.

Favourite tracks
Erasure – Lay All Your Love On Me

Lisa Stansfield – Time To Make You Mine

Enya – The Celts

U2 – Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses

Lest we forget
Deacon Blue – Your Town

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  3. Andrew Chinnock says:

    Hi Paul, not many of the Brits albums did it for me, but this was a bit of a gem. I remember buying it the week it was released.

    Great that you like ‘Boss Drum’. A slower Shamen track more like ‘Comin’ On Strong’ but my favourite from that album. It rarely featured on compilations, which is tragic. It’s on Sonic State by Telstar and a weird remix on Energy Rush 2, but not much else. It was released 2 months after Ebeneezer Goode, while Phorever People was released only 6 weeks after Boss Drum.

    Ain’t No Man is a rarity on compilation as well. I’ve always loved Lisa Stansfield’s ‘Time To Make You Mine’, another rarely compiled track. At the time it was a rarity to see Boyz II Men on compilation as well. My favourite from the Abba-esque EP also appears in its best form on compilation.

    • nlgbbbblth says:

      I really like the Brit Awards series; a really nice complement to the other comps. Agree re the rarities here, a particularly good round up.
      Now 22 – Take A Chance On Me
      Now Dance ’92 – Voulez Vous
      Smash Hits ’92 – S.O.S.
      The Award 1993 – Lay All Your Love On Me

  4. Adam says:

    My CDs have both turned bronze and are full of distortion when played 😦

    • nlgbbbblth says:

      Sorry to hear that Adam. It’s a PDO-manufactured disc- the Blackburn plant was notorious for disc rot on certain releases from 1989-1993. Mine was ok the last time it got played (12 months back) but I should check again. The Awards 1990 is the worst for bronzing – took me quite a while to find one that was playable.

      • My Brit Awards 1993 CD has done that too, creating continous stuttering audio, had to re-order another one on Ebay, the oddity is that it was unrippable on any CD drive (Blu-Ray one in my PC etc), yet played the tracks perfectly on the car CD player, I wonder how that was possible?

        As for the compilation it’s full of rarities rarely compiled, yet some were big hits, apart from the already mentioned Shamen, Lisa Stansfield, Erasure, the other ones it had you hardly saw on anything else were the radio edit of Prince’s Sexy MF, Tori Amos – Crucify & En Vogue’s Free Your Mind as well some of the more obscure album choices such as U2’s Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses, Kate Bush’s cover of Rocket Man.

    • TellyFan says:

      After seeing the 1993 Brits mentioned in a Top of the Pops I remembered I wanted to listen to the CD to mark 30 years. Then I realised I didn’t have a copy! Ordered it and The 1994 Awards at the same time from someone who promised quick delivery. Alas 1993 arrived with the booklet missing and no disc one! Over a week later a complete copy finally turned up today just after I’d finished my lunch. It must easily be the record for the fastest time between me first handling a CD and playing it – probably around three minutes! It seems I was quite lucky that it played without any issues.

      Among the few unfamiliar tracks I particularly enjoyed Kate Bush’s take on Rocket Man.

      I wanted to wait to hear the CD before listening to the new entries in the chart week ending 27th February. I realised after hearing the CD that interestingly one of those new entries was Constant Craving!

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