In honor of Saturday's big celebration of all things 1995 at Will's Pub (including a DJ set by yours truly!), here's a look back at why 1995 was such a pivotal year for music. Month by month, here are some awesome things that happened in 1995, and although you could probably look closely at any year and find lots of important musical stuff that happened, I think it's pretty clear that 1995 was a pretty special year. (Also, 20 years goes by really fast, doesn't it?)
Mo Ostin – widely regarded as one of the most artist-friendly executives in the music business – steps down as chariman and CEO of Warner Music Group.
- Leftfield - Leftism
- Mary Lou Lord - Mary Lou Lord
- The Roots - Do You Want More?!!!??!
- Swans - The Great Annihilator
- Throwing Muses - University
Tupac Shakur begins serving a prison sentence on sexual assault charges. A few weeks later, his album Me Against the World was released and hit the top of the charts, making him the first artist to have a number one album while in prison.
- Better Than Ezra - Deluxe
- PJ Harvey - To Bring You My Love
- Jewel - Pieces of You
- Slowdive - Pygmalion
- Tricky - Maxinquaye
- Shania Twain - The Woman In Me
- Mike Watt - Ball Hog or Tugboat?
Eazy-E dies from AIDS. Selena is shot and killed by a fan.
- Collective Soul - Collective Soul
- Elastica - Elastica
- Goo Goo Dolls - A Boy Named Goo
- Annie Lennox - Medusa
- Ol' Dirty Bastard - Return to the 36 Chambers
- Radiohead - The Bends
- Red House Painters - Ocean Beach
- Silverchair - Frogstomp
- Matthew Sweet - 100% Fun
- Wilco - A.M.
David Geffen steps down as chairman and CEO of Geffen Records.
- Aphex Twin - I Care Because You Do
- Duran Duran - Thank You
- Guided By Voices - Alien Lanes
- Montell Jordan - This Is How We Do It
- Pavement - Wowee Zowee
- Strapping Young Lad - Heavy as a Really Heavy Thing
- Various Artists - Friday soundtrack
Scott Weiland is arrested for possession of cocaine and heroin.
- Apples in Stereo - Fun Trick Noisemaker
- Everclear - Sparkle and Fade
- Filter - Short Bus
- Jamiroquai - Return of the Space Cowboy
- Naughty By Nature - Poverty's Paradise
- Teenage Fanclub - Grand Prix
- Yo La Tengo - Electr-O-Pura
Michael Jackson releases the 2CD greatest hits album HIStory, which went on to become the best selling multiple-disc album of all time.
- Björk - Post
- Chemical Brothers - Exit Planet Dust
- Fear Factory - Demanufacture
- Fugazi - Red Medicine
- Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill
- Pennywise - About Time
- Sleater-Kinney - Sleater-Kinney
- Tripping Daisy - I Am Elastic Firecracker
- The Verve - A Northern Soul
The Grateful Dead perform their final concert. A month later, Jerry Garcia dies.
- Bone Thugs-n-Harmony - E 1999 Eternal
- Foo Fighters - Foo Fighters
- Kyuss - And The Circus Leaves Town
- Luna - Penthouse
- Monica - Miss Thang
- That Dog - Totally Crushed Out
Influential British indie label Sarah Records ceases operations, throwing a party entitled "The Day for Destroying Things."
- Brian Jonestown Massacre - Methodrone
- Faith Evans - Faith
- Garbage - Garbage
- Rancid - Out Come the Wolves
- Sparklehorse - Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionpilot
- Supersuckers - Sacrilicious Sounds of the Supersuckers
- Tindersticks - Tindersticks
- The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame opens.
- Alt-country fanzine No Depression publishes its first issue.
- Two members of rising Gainesville alt-rock band For Squirrels, as well as the band's manager, are killed in a tour-van accident.
- Blur - The Great Escape
- Cathedral - The Carnival Bizarre
- Down - NOLA
- Flaming Lips - Clouds Taste Metallic
- Emmylou Harris - Wrecking Ball
- Jawbreaker - Dear You
- Joan Osborne - Relish
- Prince - The Gold Experience
- Red Hot Chili Peppers - One Hot Minute
- Seven Mary Three - American Standard
- Sonic Youth - Washing Machine
Blind Melon vocalist Shannon Hoon dies of a cocaine overdose.
- Ace of Base - The Bridge
- BT - Ima
- Mariah Carey - Daydream
- Deftones - Adrenalin
- Green Day - Insomniac
- Groove Theory - Groove Theory
- Mr. Bungle - Disco Volante
- Mystikal - Mind of Mystikal
- Oasis - What's the Story Morning Glory
- Ozzy Osbourne - Ozzmosis
- Pulp - Different Class
- The Rentals - Return of the Rentals
- Rocket from the Crypt - Scream Dracula Scream
- Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Led Zeppelin's legendary manager Peter Grant dies.
- Alice in Chains - Alice in Chains
- At the Gates - Slaughter of the Soul
- Goodie Mob - Soul Food
- GZA - Liquid Swords
- Incubus - Fungus Amongus
- R. Kelly - R. Kelly
- Passengers (U2/Brian Eno collaboration) - Original Soundtracks 1
- Pharcyde - Labcabincalifornia
- Various Artists - Waiting to Exhale soundtrack
The Beatles release "Free As A Bird" – their first single in 30 years – as an accompaniment to the Anthology, Vol. 1 set and the airing of the six-hour Anthology TV documentary mini-series.
- Cibo Matto - Cibo Matto
- Enya - The Memory of Trees
These bands formed in 1995:
- Arab Strap
- Black Eyed Peas
- Blonde Redhead
- Cave In
- Coheed and Cambria
- The Dears
- 18 Visions
- Foo Fighters
- Get Up Kids
- The Make-Up
- Matchbox Twenty
- The Promise Ring
- The Radio Dept.
- Rainer Maria
- Les Savy Fav
- Shadows Fall
- Shai Hulud
- Six Feet Under
- Tegan and Sara
- U.S. Maple