August 03, 2004

My most influential albums of all time

To date that is. The list should be more extensive but I'll limit it to these babies in alphabetical order. Oh..and no 'Loveless' by MBV.

1. Lexicon Of Love - ABC (80s gem overused in failed attempts to court chicks)
2. Licensed To Ill - Beastie Boys (1st album and the most iconic)
3. White Album - The Beatles (Should appear in all list so why not this?)
4. Debut - Bjork (Not strictly her debut but the beginning of something extraordinary from the Icelandic lass)
5. Parallel Lines - Blondie (Punk, New Wave & Disco all-in-one!)
6. Let's Dance - David Bowie (not his most prolific work but this opened a passage into his wonderful world)
7. Dig Your Own Hole - Chemical Brothers
8. Crowded House - Crowded House (Smart, brooding pop from Oz)
9. Black Celebration - Depeche Mode (New Wave couldn't get any darker than this)
10. Ocean Rain - Echo & The Bunnymen
11. Holes In The Wall - Electric Soft Parade
12. Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robot - Flaming Lips (Simply a dream!)
13. Entertainment - Gang Of Four (Post punk, post Marxist masterpiece put danceability on the New Wave agenda)
14. Dare - Human League (My first LP from the self conscious synth minimalism)
15. Warehouse:Songs & Stories - Husker Du (Best Americana yet)
16. Turn On The Bright Lights - Interpol
17. Darklands - Jesus & Mary Chain (Mood swing existentialism minus the feedback)
18. Keep On Your Mean Side - The Kills
19. K - Kula Shaker
20. The La's - The La's (Charmed, 60s influenced pop)
21. Mezzanine - Massive Attack (Trip hop at its best)
22. Let Go - Nada Surf
23. Low Life - New Order
24. In Utero - Nirvana
25. (What's The Story) Morning Glory - Oasis (Brilliant, absurdly catchy, warm and delicate)
26. Vs - Pearl Jam
27. Yours, Mine & Ours - Pernice Brothers
28. Doolittle - The Pixies (Full of rage, canned angst & pickled fury)
29. Beginning Stages Of... - Polyphonic Spree (What can you do with a group of people?)
30. Steve McQueen - Prefab Sprout (Jump-cut melodies, jazz/fusion changes and oblique lyrical twist)
31. Fat Of The Land - Prodigy
32. Different Class - Pulp (Sardonic wit and full of tunes)
33. Songs For The Deaf - Queen Of The Stone Age
34. Murmur - R.E.M (Pivotal work of the 80s American rock renaissance)
35. The Bends - Radiohead (Bruising 2nd album proves a sleeper hit)
36. Avalon - Roxy Music
37. H.M.S Fable - Shack
38. ( ) - Sigur Ros (Spellbinding other-worldly symphonies from Icelandic soundbenders)
39. New Gold Dream - Simple Minds
40. Queen Is Dead - The Smiths (Most rounded album established them as most celebrated indie band of the 80s)
41. Stone Roses - Stone Roses (The album that heralded the start of the 1990s: old fashioned psychedelia meets a newly fashionable drug - ecstasy)
42. Time For The Rest Of Your Life - Strangelove
43. Copper Blue - Sugar (All bitter no sweetness)
44. Real Ramona - Throwing Muses
45. Solitude Standing - Suzanne Vega
46. Velvet Underground - Velvet Underground & Nico (New York's brutally realistic, genre-spawning dream of psychedelia)
47. Urban Hymms - The Verve (Perfect fusion of craft & feel)
48. Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes
49. White Blood Cells - The White Stripes (The rebirth of rock!)
50. -intentionally left blank-

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