March 13 was the twentieth anniversary of Radiohead's The Bends. Yes, you read that right - twentieth. (Incidentally, March 13 was a Friday, if the age of the album wasn't freaky enough for you). It was the band's second album, following 1993's Pablo Honey, but it was the first Radiohead album that provided a glimpse of the artistry to come. It set the bar for every other band in the mid-90s, the album that put Radiohead on the map, and the album no one can forget.
And just in case you weren't out of diapers when this all went down, I guarantee you this album is responsible for at least some of the music you love right now. "Planet Telex," "High and Dry," "Fake Plastic Trees," "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" - you've spent the past two decades with these songs and their doppelgängers. If you haven't discovered Radiohead yet apart from a couple of their more radio and movie soundtrack-friendly songs, The Bends is a great place to start.
Also turning 20:
Alanis Morissette, Jagged Little Pill // The Smashing Pumpkins, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness // Björk, Post // Garbage, Garbage // No Doubt, Tragic Kingdom // Oasis, (What's the Story) Morning Glory? // Ani DiFranco, Not A Pretty Girl // Foo Fighters, Foo Fighters // Jewel, Pieces of You // Tupac Shakur, Me Against the World // Alice In Chains, Alice In Chains