8 Important Albums Having Their 20th Anniversary This Year

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The year 1994 was a tumultuous time for music. Grunge was still kicking, riot grrl bands were starting to get their due, Kurt Cobain was found dead in his Seattle home, Woodstock ’94 turned into a mud-slinging riot, and TLC’s Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez burned down her boyfriend’s house in a jealous rage. Here’s a look at some of the most important albums released that year and which will be celebrating their 20th anniversary this year.

1. Hole, Live Through This

Live Through This was released just days after frontwoman Courtney Love’s husband, Kurt Cobain, was found dead in their Seattle home. Love went through with the promotional efforts and tour for the album, which ranked 460 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Love was a complete disaster throughout the tour and often got into altercations with audience members or collapsed into enraged ramblings. The album is full of Love’s signature piss and vinegar and unique poetry, this time showcased in better-crafted songs than on Hole’s pre-Kurt debut, Pretty on the Inside. Live Through This is so undeniably good that Courtney haters still insinuate Kurt wrote it. It was a good year for girls who rock, as other riot grrl bands — including L7, 7 Year Bitch, and Veruca Salt — also released albums in 1994.

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