Pop, Collaborate & Listen

Pop, Collaborate & Listen

We're listening to every number one album of the 90s so you don't have to.


February 14, 2024 83 mins

We're taking a metaphorical journey to Ireland to dip our toes into the debut album by The Cranberries 'Everybody Else Is Doing It So Why Can't We'. A band that both Dave and Krister admit to not liking the majority of what they've heard but then again the majority of what they've heard is the single 'Zombie' so perhaps there's more to The Cranberries "dan dis".

As well as pointed digs at Krister's Irishness we also chat about acts...

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How in the merry hell did 2 Unlimited get ANOTHER number one album in the UK? We thought we were done with these guys after our episode in Season 4 but here we are again apparently.

So is this one a drastic departure away from their hyper-cheesy pop rave previous albums? Or course not. What are you, mad? Enjoy our journey through another record of Eurohouse ridiculousness and be thankful you don't have to listen to this record as m...

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November 29, 2023 98 mins

We are back, and so is Seal with another self-titled album. After doing Seal 'Seal' in our second season we find ourselves doing Seal 'Seal' in season 5 as well. Has the music changed or progressed? Is this a very different beast to the one that went before? What we did find is that this is up there with the most divided we have been on an album - let us know which way you end up landing.

But as well as Seal we do chat some rubbish...

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October 18, 2023 92 mins

We are thoroughly back into our regular episodes after a bumpy, special-riddled journey of recent times. And this one is about Erasure's sixth album 'I Say I Say I Say' from May of 1994. We have already done an Erasure album back in Season 2 and we thought that that record was just ok, maybe this one will be more up our street?

Along the way we also chat about Jeru the Damaja, Pearl Jam and, erm, Toad The Wet Sprocket so enjoy thos...

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September 20, 2023 96 mins

Yes, yes, ANOTHER diversion from our regular journey through the 90s, this time an episode all about Senser's debut album 'Stacked Up' from May 1994. This is an album that we both have a lot of love for, one that we played over and over when it came out and so we were keen to check it out again to see how it stands up after nearly 30 years.

We have contributions from some of our podcast buddies peppered throughout this as well so t...

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August 30, 2023 121 mins

If you've ever heard Dave talk about Blur on the podcast before you'll know that he was NOT looking forward to this episode one bit. But rules are rules and so we had to cover it and see what we reckoned - the question is did it change Dave's mind? The answer is pretty much a "no" but with some definite concessions along the way.

But apart from hearing Dave rant about Damon you can also hear us chat some nonsense about bands like B...

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Sound the Prog Rock Siren, we're back in business with Pink flipping Floyd and their 1994 album 'The Division Bell'. An album which the band thought at the time would be their last - did they try and mix things up for their swansong and put together a record full of upbeat happy tunes to make you laugh and dance? Well, no.

This episode also sees us chatting about acts such as Terrorvision, Rollins Band, Salt & Pepa and The Offs...

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In the second of our mid-1994 sidesteps away from the actual number one albums we decided to do a full episode on Soundgarden's massive breakthrough album 'Superunknown' which was released on the same day as last episode's NIN 'The Downward Spiral'.

We're both big fans of this record but came to it from different angles back in the day and so are interested to see if the whole thing stands up 30 years later. Hope you enjoy our chat...

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It's our 100th episode!! Which is mad enough in itself so we figured we should mark the occasion with a bonus episode on a true classic album of the 90s, Nine Inch Nails 'The Downward Spiral'. Dave came into this one already a huge fan of the record but Krister was brand new to a lot of it.

Along the way we have a few clips from some old friends and former guests such as Darren from our Def Leppard episode, Cliff from the Devil Tim...

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April 12, 2023 111 mins

Like a bit of existential misery and complaining with your indie guitar music, do you? Well what a lucky day you're about to have being able to hear us talk about Morrissey's fourth solo album 'Vauxhall And I' from March 1994. Both of us love some Smiths tunes but don't really know any of Moz's solo stuff so we're not sure what this is going to be like going in.

But it's a bumper time period for other releases as well so we get to ...

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Why do bad things happen to good people? Why did two Enigma albums have to get to number one meaning we are duty bound to listen to them? 1994 continues its rollercoaster up and down ride with 'The Cross Of Changes', the second album from new age bastards Enigma.

Thankfully we are able to talk about other music that was happening at the time as well such as Therapy, Beck and Low among many others. 

As always check out the companion...

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March 15, 2023 97 mins

After last episode's adventure into pop-dancehall we're doing a pretty extreme 180 into the world of Tori Amos and her second solo album 'Under The Pink' from February 1994. Will Dave decide that these songs could also be improved with some toasting from the man Chaka D? We shall find out.

We also managed to squeeze in some chat about Reel II Reel ft. The Mad Stuntman, Deep Forest (at which point Krister manages to get Star Trek ve...

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February 15, 2023 117 mins

Season Five, people! Imagine that if you can: we have survived the albums from 1990-93 relatively unscathed and we're now diving headfirst into 1994 to see what that holds for us. And it appears to hold Chaka Demus & Pliers.

We decided that we needed some help in taking this one on so we drafted in Stephen Hill from the Trve.Cvlt.Pop podcast to join us since he had previously espoused his love for some of CD&P's tunes. Massive than...

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December 21, 2022 70 mins

The second, and concluding, rundown of our own personal favourite albums from 1993 to round off Season Four with a festive bang. We also managed to rope in some fellow nerds from other podcasts to drop in with their choices so you'll find some of those clips peppered throughout the show. Make sure you listen after the closing credits to hear Steve and Sam from True Cult Pop's FULL chat that they sent over by the way as opposed to t...

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December 19, 2022 43 mins

On our journey through the number one albums of 1993 we got the chance occasionally to chat about some other records that came out during the year which we were particular fans of and this is our end of season opportunity to expand on those and make a list of our personal top tens. We've split it over two episodes so this is part one, kind of the lower end of our lists. Check it out and see if you agree with our opinions - feel fre...

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December 7, 2022 60 mins

It's time for the first of our End-Of-Season-Four bonus episodes and we're starting with a chat about our favourite hip hop albums that came out during 1993. You can hear selections from all of our picks (except for Gunshot which isn't on Spotify so go and listen to it on YouTube instead) on our companion playlist

Feel free to get in contact with what your own choices would have been, what did we totally miss out? Also please do ...

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November 9, 2022 96 mins

Well lookee here - we started this whole podcast about four years ago with a Phil Collins album and here he is again like a bald-headed returning character in the soap opera that is Pop Collaborate & Listen. Can this album live up to the heady heights of his 1990 effort 'But Seriously'? Probably not to be honest.

But at least in this episode you also get to hear us chat about MC Ren and Guns & Roses, and you can hear Dave sing alon...

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October 19, 2022 113 mins

We're back with a bonafide POP monster in the form of Take That's second album 'Everything Changes' from October of 1993. Quite simply one of the biggest boy bands of the decade and indeed of all time with their breakthrough record - but does it stand up to a fresh listen nearly thirty years down the line?

As well as discussing which of the Take That boys is simply dreamy we are able to discuss some other acts and records from the ...

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August 17, 2022 90 mins

It turns out that this was the Pet Shop Boys' first, and only, number one album which was a surprise to both of us considering how big they were in the latter half of the 1980s but neither of us had actually heard a PSB's album in full before so we went into this with pretty high hopes that there would be some gems inside. Just how many gems we did uncover remains to be seen.

But we also chatted about other classic acts such as Afg...

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July 20, 2022 121 mins

We've been looking forward to this one for a while - if you've already heard our episode on Nevermind then you'll know we're fans of Nirvana anyway and it was a treat to go back and revisit this album in full. Be prepared for a lot of shameless gushing from some fanboys.

But you can also hear us gush about acts like Souls of Mischief, Sepultura and Prince among others. Playlist of everything we chat about on this episode can be fou...

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