All My People, Right Here, Right Now – Ten of 1997’s boldest and loudest indie rock albums

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During their recent week of features discussing the best and worst of pop culture from twenty years ago, The A.V. Club said that 1997 is a “frequent contender” for the title of Worst Music Year.

Sure, their point was strongly made by the fact that, during a two-week period in June and July of that year, albums were released Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth and Limp Bizkit; a beefcake triumvirate that provides no finer representation of everything that was absolutely horrid about music in the late 90s/early 00s.

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Treasure hunting at Amcorp Mall Flea Market

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Amongst Malaysia’s multitude of mega malls, Petaling Jaya’s Amcorp Mall is fairly unremarkable.

There’s no sign of the designer chains that fill the ultra-slick, ultra-modern, super air-conditioned centres you’ll find in most parts of Kuala Lumpur and surrounds. Nor is there an entire level devoted to food stalls offering delicacies from all part of the region and from around the world.

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New Order

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In late 2011, New Order reformed to play two benefit shows for long-time friend and collaborator Michael Shamberg.

It came as a surprise to many who believed the influential Mancunians to be well and truly over following a very public split with bass player Peter Hook in 2007. All the more surprising was the announcement that original member Gillian Gilbert, who’d left in 2001, was back after a decade outside the group.

It came as a surprise to many who believed the influential Mancunians to be well and truly over following a very public split with bass player Peter Hook in 2007. All the more surprising was the announcement that original member Gillian Gilbert, who’d left in 2001, was back after a decade outside the group.

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Suede

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Having reformed in 2010, UK indie legends Suede are traversing uncharted territory.

While a lot of reunited acts barely make it through the first burst of hype and nostalgia a reunion brings, let alone the recording and release of a new album, Suede have now progressed to another phase: the release of their second post-reformation album, Night Thoughts. For Suede’s bass player, Mat Osman, the group’s follow-up to 2013’s Bloodsports comes out of a combination of hard graft and the need to push themselves artistically.

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