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  • #3040
    Richey
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    Taking into consideration the fact that I have over 500 albums, wittling it down to the 100 records I couldn’t live without was no easy task. Painful choices were made. But in the end, the following list represents not only my musical tastes but an accurate history of my musical loves from the age of 12 right up to today. If you’re feeling brave, give it a go yourself! I’m always eager to read other people’s lists :)

    1. Pixies – Surfer Rosa
    2. Placebo – Without You I’m Nothing
    3. Nirvana – In Utero
    4. Elliott Smith – From A Basement On The Hill
    5. Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream
    6. Daniel Johnston – Rejected Unknown
    7. At The Drive-In – In/Casino/Out
    8. Bob Dylan – Blood On The Tracks
    9. David Bowie – Low
    10. Manic Street Preachers – The Holy Bible
    11. Muse – Origin Of Symmetry
    12. Antony and The Johnsons – I Am A Bird Now
    13. The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
    14. Tom Waits – Bone Machine
    15. Kings Of Leon – Aha Shake Heartbreak
    16. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever To Tell
    17. The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
    18. Nick Drake – Pink Moon
    19. Elliott Smith – Figure 8
    20. The White Stripes – Elephant
    21. David Bowie – Station To Station
    22. Rufus Wainwright – Want
    23. Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral
    24. Radiohead – Kid A
    25. The Stooges – Funhouse
    26. Queen – Sheer Heart Attack
    27. Muse – Black Holes and Revelations
    28. The Beatles – Revolver
    29. Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness
    30. Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon
    31. R.E.M. – Document
    32. Ben Folds Five – Whatever and Ever Amen
    33. The Strokes – Is This It
    34. Nick Drake – Fives Leaves Left
    35. Massive Attack – Mezzanine
    36. The Hives – Veni Vidi Vicious
    37. Pixies – Doolittle
    38. Daniel Johnston – Fear Yourself
    39. Ramones – Ramones
    40. Tears For Fears – Songs From The Big Chair
    41. Marilyn Manson – Antichrist Superstar
    42. Beth Orton – Central Reservation
    43. System Of A Down – System Of A Down
    44. Nina Simone – Young, Gifted and Black
    45. Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
    46. Bob Dylan – Blonde On Blonde
    47. Blur – Blur
    48. Weezer – Pinkerton
    49. R.E.M. – New Adventures In Hi-Fi
    50. David Bowie – The Rise and Fall Of Ziggy Stardust
    51. Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombones
    52. Antony and The Johnsons – The Crying Light
    53. Radiohead – The Bends
    54. Iggy Pop – Lust For Life
    55. Portishead – Dummy
    56. The Clash – London Calling
    57. The Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin
    58. Arcade Fire – Funeral
    59. Rage Against The Machine – Rage Against The Machine
    60. Placebo – Meds
    61. Queen – News Of The World
    62. Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
    63. Nirvana – Nevermind
    64. Ramones – Leave Home
    65. The White Stripes – Icky Thump
    66. My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
    67. Elton John – Tumbleweed Connection
    68. Dinosaur Jr – Beyond
    69. Green Day – Nimrod
    70. John Lennon – Walls & Bridges
    71. Manic Street Preachers – Everything Must Go
    72. Elliott Smith – XO
    73. The Clash – The Clash
    74. Wolf Parade – Apologies To The Queen Mary
    75. Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited
    76. At The Drive-In – Relationship Of Command
    77. The Polyphonic Spree – The Beginning Stages Of…
    78. Daniel Johnston – Artistic Vice
    79. The Vaselines – The Way Of The Vaselines
    80. Iggy Pop – The Idiot
    81. Queens Of The Stone Age – Songs For The Deaf
    82. Joy Divison – Closer
    83. Radiohead – In Rainbows
    84. The Flaming Lips – Transmissions From The Satellite Heart
    85. Pixies – Come On Pilgrim
    86. Dinosaur Jr – Where You Been
    87. Marilyn Manson – Holy Wood
    88. Iggy & The Stooges – Raw Power
    89. John Cale – Fear
    90. Lemon Jelly – KY
    91. The Mars Volta – De-Loused In The Comatorium
    92. Skunk Anansie – Stoosh
    93. Green Day – Dookie
    94. The New Pornographers – Twin Cinema
    95. Regina Spektor – Soviet Kitsch
    96. Marvin Gaye – What Goes On
    97. Manic Street Preachers – Generation Terrorists
    98. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
    99. David Bowie – Hunky Dory
    100. Foo Fighters – The Colour and The Shape

    #93621
    JamesTC
    Participant

    1. Oasis – Be Here Now
    2. Oasis – Morning Glory
    3. Oasis – Definatly Maybe
    and erm, erm, do they have more albums out? Can I count Big Finish?

    But really I tend not to listen to much music, mainly just on the move, which is why I only have Oasis and the odd other album by other bands, I doubt it is 10, never mind 100.

    #93624
    Richey
    Participant

    That’s fair enough mate. Some people don’t listen to music that often. I tend to listen to an album a day from my collection, helps pass the time on the hour and a half bus ride to work!

    #93625
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    That’s… a very strange list.

    I don’t think I could concoct a list of 100 albums. I think I’d have trouble compiling a top ten, to be honest. I know that the album at the top of my list is Gorillaz’ “Demon Days”. Beautiful album, that.

    #93626
    JamesTC
    Participant

    I tend to listen to an album a day, just I end up listening to the same few albums on rotation unless I listen to a Big Finish Audio or a pod cast.

    #93627
    Carlito
    Participant

    Wow. I don’t know if I even have 100 albums I “couldn’t live without”. I don’t even know if I have 100 albums that I even like!

    To me personally, I find an album (more so than a single song) to be a bit of intimate experience, something which can often capture and cement itself in the mood of a certain period of time or feeling in your life. Often I may enjoy a band, but they only ever produce ONE album which I know intimitely, inside out, that I can listen to from start to finish over and over again. Not to say I don’t like all of their music generally, but only one or two albums resonate in that way with me. Sometimes, but only rarely, will I like a band so much that every album is great in my eyes.

    Plus my musical tastes are probably a little embarrassing (well, YOU may consider them embarrassing for me, but I don’t care). I’m going to list, in no order, all the albums I really love and am deeply familiar with… doubt it will get anywhere near 100, and I’ll group albums from the same band together… gonna be a bit eclectic, I’m not a “metal head” or a “pop picker”, I just like what I like….

    So, in no order of preference… and these are not neccessarily based on whether I think they are of great quality, but because they capture a certain time period in my life and I have great affection for them (hence the dodgy ones)… this is just a list of albums that I can sit down, switch on, sing along to EVERY tune and enjoy the shit out of every time…

    Korn – Issues
    Nirvana – In Utero
    Limp Bizkit – Results May Vary
    Limp Bizkit – Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavoured Water
    Limp Bizkit – Significant Other
    The Lightning Seeds – Tilt
    The Lighning Seeds – Dizzy Heights
    The Lightning Seeds – Jollification
    The Lightning Seeds – Sense
    The Lightning Seeds – Cloudcuckooland
    Ian Broudie – Tales Told
    U2 – All That You Can’t Leave Behind
    U2 – Achtung Baby
    Travis – Good Feeling
    Travis – The Man Who
    Travis – 12 Memories
    Travis – The Boy With No Name
    Coldplay – Parachutes
    Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head
    Coldplay – X&Y
    Disturbed – The Sickness
    Disturbed – Believe
    Turin Brakes – The Optimist LP
    Alterbridge – One Day Remains
    Manic Street Preachers – The Holy Bible
    Manic Street Preachers – Everything Must Go
    Manic Street Preachers – Send Away The Tigers
    Manic Street Preachers – This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours
    The Bee Gees – This Is Where I Came In
    Alice In Chains – Unplugged
    At The Drive-In – Relationship of Command
    Counting Crows – Hard Candy
    Feeder – Yesterday Came Too Soon
    Foo Fighters – There Is Nothing Left To Lose
    Keane – Hopes and Fears
    Marilyn Manson – Mechanical Animals
    Matchbox 20 – More Than You Think You Are
    Muse – Showbiz
    Oasis – Standing On The Shoulders of Giants
    Oasis – Heathen Chemistry
    Radiohead – OK Computer
    The Beatles – Past Masters II (a compilation but embedded in my mind due to repetition – used to work in retail!)
    Stereophonics – Word Gets Around
    Sparta – Wiretap Scars
    Tom Jones – Reload
    Badly Drawn Boy – The Hour of Bewilderbeest
    George Michael – Older
    Idlewild – The Remote Part
    Moby – Play
    Robbie Williams – I’ve Been Expecting You
    Savage Garden – Savage Garden
    Savage Garden – Affirmation
    Therapy – Troublegum
    Weezer – Green Album

    Hmmm… I count 54 there. EVen that’s more than I thought.

    Don’t laugh at me, that’s not an exhaustive look at my musical tastes, I do of course like a lot more music and bands than those listed, and adore a great many other albums (but not right from the very start to the very finish) and my 26yr old brain may have melted from years of alcohol abuse so I’ve probably forgotten a good few too…

    #93628
    NitroChrisUK
    Participant

    hmmmm my list would probbaly be mostly queen albums in my top ten dont have 1 all time favourate album but my most listend to ones would be the darkness-permission to land,and absolution by muse (both out in 2003 when i thought all hope was lost for music ….. now it is )white stripes -elephant was a great album..dont buy that many albums and if so they tend to be greatest hits album

    #93629
    NitroChrisUK
    Participant

    would agree with alot of carls list there but i do think coldplay are the most over rated band ever .. as are u2 but they have done some brilliant songs over the years

    #93630
    Carlito
    Participant

    As much as it pains me to say it (especially because it’s certainly not the best album on my list musically, lyrically, and lots of other words that end in “…ally”) but I’d say nothing captured the mood and spirit of a certain time in my life, and is better at evoking those memories and feelings, than Limp Bizkit’s Chocolate Starfish.

    It was just a creature of its time, it was like a breath of fresh air in that many of its tracks brought “rock” into bars and clubs (in my home town anyway), mosh pits in a nightclub(!)… it felt raw and edgy to this teenager at the time…. and it brings the summer of 2001 flooding back everytime I hear it… ah that carefree life of no job, no bills, no responsibilities, no worries… the future smiling over at me from the horizon, camping on the beach, off to university soon, all friends together, “the boys”, drinking, pulling, having a LAUGH… where did it all go wrong?

    #93631
    Carlito
    Participant

    Don’t get me wrong, Limp Bizkit are a joke for the most part… but back then, it was a cool feeling.

    #93632
    Carlito
    Participant

    > coldplay are the most over rated band ever

    Possibly so, but the decline really started with X&Y. Rush of Blood is a lovely album, but very U2-esque and mainstream.

    As for Parachutes… if you are judging Coldplay without ever having heard Parachutes, I’d suggest you give it a listen: you may be surprised to hear just how different, and how interesting, they used to be in the early days. Very different to todays ‘popular’ Coldplay, in my view.

    #93633
    JamesTC
    Participant

    I am interested Carl, what did you like about Standing on the Shoulder of Giants, maybe I need a re-listen because I have listened to it twice and it didn’t capture me either times. I atleast get caught up by one song that I really really like in each Oasis album apart from that one.

    #93636
    pfm
    Participant

    > That?s? a very strange list.

    No way. I think it’s a fucking brilliant list! Some of my all-time favourites are on there, including…

    10. Manic Street Preachers ? The Holy Bible (possibly my favourite album ever)
    71. Manic Street Preachers ? Everything Must Go

    3. Nirvana ? In Utero (this and Bleach, utterly amazing. Forget about Nevermind)

    24. Radiohead ? Kid A
    53. Radiohead ? The Bends
    83. Radiohead ? In Rainbows (does anything need to be said? I think not)

    31. R.E.M. ? Document
    49. R.E.M. ? New Adventures In Hi-Fi (these two being on the list show the sign of a true REM fan. I also love Murmur, Up and Monster, which is another one of my all-time favourite records for some reason, there’s something about it that just clicks with me, even though it’s one of the most slagged off REM records)

    100. Foo Fighters ? The Colour and The Shape

    81. Queens Of The Stone Age ? Songs For The Deaf

    29. Smashing Pumpkins ? Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness (I really love Siamese Dream but nowhere near as much as this, tracks like Zero, Bullet With Butterfly Wings, Ode To No-one, Muzzle, 1979 etc. were my life at one stage)

    28. The Beatles ? Revolver

    93. Green Day ? Dookie

    45. Genesis ? The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway

    30. Pink Floyd ? Dark Side Of The Moon (I recently listened to the 5.1 SACD surround mix all the way through, loudly…still inspirational)

    At the moment, along with the aforementioned, I love Neil Young, Gomez, Red Hot Chili Peppers/John Frusciante, Led Zeppelin, The Killers, Metallica, Peter Gabriel, anything by Neil Finn, Doves (literally creaming myself over the new tracks Jetstream and Kingdom of Rust), Pearl Jam, Elbow, Oasis, Pet Shop Boys, Electric Six (oh yes), Ash, Travis, Kula Shaker, The Smiths, U2, Paul Weller (Back In The Fire off the Days of Speed album would currently hold a place in my top 20 songs, and yet for years it didn’t really grab me)

    #93638
    Carlito
    Participant

    What did you think of the latest Travis album, PM?

    #93640
    si
    Participant

    Eee…this is a difficult one. Aerosmith’s Pump would definitely be on there.

    No, far too difficult.

    #93641
    Carlito
    Participant

    > I am interested Carl, what did you like about Standing on the Shoulder of Giants, maybe I need a re-listen because I have listened to it twice and it didn?t capture me either times. I atleast get caught up by one song that I really really like in each Oasis album apart from that one.

    I was never hugely into the first two, most popular and famous albums. I liked a few tracks but couldn’t get into the album ‘as a whole’, which is quite important to me, in particular in compiling a list such as this. Definitely didn’t like the third album.

    I was drawn to ‘Standing…’ by the track ‘Sunday Morning Call’. I just loved it, and it was another of those “mood capturers” I keep banging on about. So I started listening to the album based on that track, and probably played it so much the affection just grew from repetition. It’s just a bit more mellow and grown up than the first three. It’s got one or two duds, but I forgive it because the rest is cool with me. ‘Gas Panic!’ and ‘Where Did It All Go Wrong’ are another couple of standouts, along with ‘Sunday Morning Call’.

    #93642
    NitroChrisUK
    Participant

    metallicas new album death magetic is an awesome album . alot of people slag metallica of for being metallica..there last album -st anger . was awefull .. this one is a vast improovment . one of my favourate albums from the last year was silver spoons & broken bones by stone gods ( which is half of what used to be the darkness )

    #93639
    pfm
    Participant

    > Rush of Blood is a lovely album

    It contains Amsterdam, which is magical. The rest I could take or leave. I suppose you’ve got to admit that The Scientist is a great track as well. I was forced (forced) into doing guitar on a cover of In My Place once. I went to hard distortion for the chorus though, which was a laugh but made it better.

    > What did you think of the latest Travis album, PM?

    I liked it a lot. My favourite is still 12 Memories, Good Feeling also. IMO Ode To J Smith has some of the most Good Feeling-like tracks since that album, like the brilliant Long Way Down. I love stuff like Get Up and Friends.

    #93643
    Carlito
    Participant

    > It contains Amsterdam, which is magical. The rest I could take or leave. I suppose you?ve got to admit that The Scientist is a great track as well. I was forced (forced) into doing guitar on a cover of In My Place once. I went to hard distortion for the chorus though, which was a laugh but made it better.

    ‘Clocks’ isn’t bad at all (later bastardized and virtually re-released as ‘Speed of Sound’) although not one of my favourites. ‘Politik’ is both pounding and mournful at the same time and sounds great. ‘Warning Sign’ is a highlight – should have been a single. Not a fan of ‘In My Place’. ‘God Put A Smile’ and ‘Green Eyes’ are nice songs, as is ‘Amsterdam’.

    I admit it isn’t mindblowing but I remember the several-times-a-week two hour round trips from Nottingham (when I was in uni) down to Leicester (where my girlfriend was in uni) with ‘Rush of Blood…’ playing on the casette player of my old beaten up Fiesta. Ingrained in my memories of the moments.

    #93644
    pfm
    Participant

    > there last album -st anger . was awefull

    Most people seem to think that but I rate it very highly. The 3 tracks I don’t like so much are St Anger itself, Some King of Monster (which just drags), and Shoot Me Again (which is fairly boring). It’s saved by the sheer excellence of Frantic, Invisible Kid, My World, Sweet Amber and All Within My Hands. The raw sound is probably what puts most people off, but I love how it feels like spit in the face of people who like the hugely produced records. Death Magnetic is also quite roughly produced, despite being much tighter than St Anger (and yes, the songs ARE better on DM, though I’m already bored of stuff like Cyanide, My Apocalypse and the instrumental)

    #93645
    pfm
    Participant

    > later bastardized and virtually re-released as ?Speed of Sound?

    Surely this was the moment they jumped the shark. Also, Chris Martin thinking it’s a good idea to try to be Bono. Whatever you think of Bono, there just can’t be two of him. There can’t be two U2’s for that matter.

    #93646
    Carlito
    Participant

    > I liked it a lot. My favourite is still 12 Memories, Good Feeling also. IMO Ode To J Smith has some of the most Good Feeling-like tracks since that album, like the brilliant Long Way Down. I love stuff like Get Up and Friends.

    It’s really hit and miss for me. I really like the melodic, mellow Travis of The Man Who etc. so it was always going to take some getting used to, but then I loved Good Feeling and 12 Memories too (In fact its a three-way toss-up as to whether my favourite Travis album is The Man Who, 12 Memories or Boy With No Name). To me, they sounded like they were trying to recapture Good Feeling but never quite getting there… too polished to be as rough around the edges, and not rocky enough to justify all the hype that they’d “rediscovered” their old edge and let loose on the guitars.

    Love love love ‘J Smith’ but its too short. It ends just as it gets going. ‘Something Anything’ is okay, but sounds a bit generic. ‘Friends’ is fabulous, but there’s a video Fran posted on Youtube before the album was released of him playing ‘Friends’ on acoustic guitar and it sounds even better, so was a little disappointed by the album version in comparison.

    To be fair, I do love a lot of it, but there are too many take-it-or-leave it tracks compared to the usual Travis fare…. ‘Chinese Blues’, ‘Something Anything’, ‘Broken Mirror’, ‘Quite Free’ and ‘Get Up’ I could do without. Five whole tracks that were just okay at best to me, whilst they’ve never come close to that many on previous albums… even their B-sides. Everything else I like though, especially ‘Before You Were Young’. Cracking tune.

    #93648
    Phil
    Participant

    Little to no thought:

    Bob Dylan – Blood on the Tracks
    Bob Dylan – Blonde on Blonde
    Bob Dylan – Desire
    Bob Dylan – World Gone Wrong
    Bob Dylan – Hard Rain
    Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited
    Bob Dylan – Street-Legal
    Bob Dylan – Another Side of Bob Dylan
    Neil Young – Comes a Time
    Neil Young – On the Beach
    Neil Young – Unplugged
    Neil Young – Rust Never Sleeps
    Neil Young – Tonight’s the Night
    George Harrison – All Things Must Pass
    The Beatles – Rubber Soul
    The Beatles – Revolver
    The Beatles – “White Album”
    REM – Monster
    REM – Automatic For the People
    REM – Lifes Rich Pageant
    REM – Green
    Warren Zevon – Life’ll Kill Ya
    Pink Floyd – Obscured By Clouds
    Phish – The Story of the Ghost
    Phish – Billy Breathes
    Talking Heads – More Songs About Buildings and Food
    Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense
    Talking Heads – True Stories
    David Byrne – Look Into the Eyeball
    Simon and Garfunkel – Sounds of Silence
    The Benevento Russo Duo – Play Pause Stop
    Lemon Jelly – .KY
    Medeski Scofield Martin and Wood – Out Louder
    Frank Zappa – Hot Rats
    Frank Zappa – Joe’s Garage
    Frank Zappa – Them or Us
    Trey Anastasio – Trey Anastasio
    Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes
    Violent Femmes – Hallowed Ground
    Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
    Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin
    Ryan Adams – Heartbreaker
    Ryan Adams – Gold
    Beck – Midnite Vultures
    Beck – The Information
    The Who – The Who Sell Out
    The Who – Quadrophenia
    The Who – Who’s Next
    The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main St.
    The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers
    David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust
    David Bowie – Hunky Dory
    Brian Eno – Another Green World
    The Shins – Wincing the Night Away
    Tom Petty – Wildflowers
    Traveling Wilburys – Vol. 1
    Gay Niggers From Outer Space – original sound track

    And that’s without really giving it much thought. So I guess that’s my top however-many-that-is. Fuck you for making me do this instead of go to bed.

    #93649
    pfm
    Participant

    > and not rocky enough to justify all the hype that they?d ?rediscovered? their old edge and let loose on the guitars.

    I know what you mean. I remember reading an interview before it was released and Fran was saying how he’d written the album with the gain knob turned right up, which he obviously did for stuff like Something Anything and J Smith, but to me it sounds like this was the later stages of making the record and they’d already got down a lot of mellow material. Long Way Down just makes the whole album for me though, as well as Get Up, Last Words, Song To Self (even if it does sound like they’re trying to do a Coldplay song or something) but the BEST track was a bloody b-side, ‘Sarah’.

    #93650
    pfm
    Participant

    > Neil Young – Comes a Time
    Neil Young – On the Beach
    Neil Young – Unplugged
    Neil Young – Rust Never Sleeps
    Neil Young – Tonight?s the Night

    If I could shake your hand I would.

    > REM – Monster
    REM – Automatic For the People
    REM – Lifes Rich Pageant
    REM – Green

    Someone else who knows what they’re talking about. Pageant is worth it if only for the Begin The Begin/These Days best one-two opening ever.

    #93653
    Carlito
    Participant

    ‘Reveal’ and ‘Automatic for the People’ are probably my favourite R.E.M. albums.

    Reveal has the chirpy lovely ‘Imitation of Life’, and ‘Everybody Hurts’ and ‘Nightswimming’ are hauntingly beautiful songs.

    #93659
    hummingbird
    Participant

    Phil you have disgustingly good taste in music.

    #93662
    JamesTC
    Participant

    >I was drawn to ?Standing?? by the track ?Sunday Morning Call?. I just loved it, and it was another of those ?mood capturers? I keep banging on about. So I started listening to the album based on that track, and probably played it so much the affection just grew from repetition.

    I will slap Sunday Morning Call on my MP3 player and see what it is like.

    #93665
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    Gawd, I could probably come up with a list of 100, but it’d take a while. I’m a bit burned out on writing anything about music that isn’t for my “blogging every album I own” project, though ;-)

    Just to weigh into the REM debate, though, since I was talking about this with a couple of people recently : Automatic, Document, New Adventures, Green, LRP. In that order.

    #93668
    Dave
    Participant

    A top 53, in almost no order

    Pulp – It
    Pulp – Freaks
    Pulp – His N Hers
    Pulp – Different Class
    Pulp – This Is Hardcore
    Pulp – We Love Life
    Blur – Parklife
    Blur – The Great Escape
    Blur – Blur
    Supergrass – I Should Coco
    Supergrass – In It For The Money
    Supergrass – Supergrass
    Supergrass – Road To Rouen
    Supergrass – Diamond Hoo Ha
    The All Seeng I – Pickled Eggs And Sherbert
    The Bonzo Dog Band – The Outro
    Cornershop – When I Was Born For The 7th Time
    Cornershop – Handcrean For A Generation
    Clifton – Disco And The Halfway To Discontent
    David Bowie – Hunky Dory
    E – Broken Toy Shop
    E – A Man Called (E)
    Eels – Beautiful Freak
    Eels – Electro-Shock Blues
    Eels – Daisies Of The Galaxy
    Eels – Souljacker
    Gomez – Bring It On
    Gomez – Liquid Skin
    Gomez – Abandoned Shoppng Trolley Hotline
    Gorillaz – Gorillaz
    Gorillaz – Demo Days
    The Hoosiers – The Trick To Life
    Jarvis – Jarvis
    Kula Shaker – K
    Kula Shaker – Peasants, Pigs & Astronauts
    Lemonjelly – KY
    Mr Scruff – Keep It Unreal
    Placebo – Placebo
    Placebo – Without You I’m Nothing
    Placebo – Black Market Music
    Placebo – Sleeping With Ghosts
    The Polyphonic Spree – The Beginning Stages Of
    Presidents Of The USA – Presidents Of The USA
    The Seahorses – Do It Yourself
    Spaced OST
    Velvet Goldmine OST
    The Strokes – Is This It?
    Suede – Coming Up
    Suede – Head Music
    The Supernaturals – A Tune A Day
    The Verve – Urban Hymns
    The Zutons – Who Killed…The Zutons
    The Zutons – Tired Of Hanging Around

    #93673
    Baz
    Participant

    Difficult to come up ith a top 100, my tastes shift too much. What I’ve been playing most over the last few months though are-

    The 4 CD London Symphony Orchestra Classic Rock collection.
    The Queen Symphony by Tolga Kashif.
    Beyondness of Things and Eternal Echoes by John Barry.
    Songs Without Words- Classic FM.
    Smooth Classics- Classic FM.
    Relaxin’ ‘Round Midnight (Jazz)- Classic FM.
    Standing Stone- Paul McCartney.
    The Planets Suite- Holst.
    Planet Earth and Blue Planet soundtracks by George Fenton.
    The Cat Returns soundtrack by Yuji Nomi.
    The Planets soundtrack by Jim Meacock.
    Most Miyazaki film soundtracks by Joe Hisachi.
    Music from Makoto Shinkai’s films by Tenmon.
    John Williams/James Horner/Bruce Broughton soundtracks.
    Trevor Jones/Jerry Goldsmith/Alan Sivestri sountracks.
    Danny Elfman/John Debney/Erich Korngold soundtracks.
    Bit of Elton John, bit of John Rutter, 70’s and 80’s compilations.

    That’s it really.

    #93680
    Tarka Dal
    Participant

    So realistically this is just big lists of albums people like isn’t it? Only without the bit where you have to really think about it to force it down to a small number.

    #93688
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    So realistically this is just big lists of albums people like isn?t it? Only without the bit where you have to really think about it to force it down to a small number.

    I have to admit, having QUITE so many would seem to stifle discussion – I mean, has anyone actually properly read through anyone else’s list rather than skimming it?

    Top 20 lists, now THAT would make for tricky choices. But I reckon I own somewhere around 400 albums in various formats – picking out the best 25% of those probably isn’t THAT hard…

    #93690
    JamesTC
    Participant

    >>I was drawn to ?Standing?? by the track ?Sunday Morning Call?. I just loved it, and it was another of those ?mood capturers? I keep banging on about. So I started listening to the album based on that track, and probably played it so much the affection just grew from repetition.

    >I will slap Sunday Morning Call on my MP3 player and see what it is like.
    Ok, listened to it a couple of times today, wonderful song, I also love Go Let It Out on that album, when I get a new MP3 player in a week or so I will listen to the album on the go a few times to drum it into my head. My MP3 at the moment is shit, just a temporary one till I get the money for a new better one.

    #93691
    Tarka Dal
    Participant

    Yeah sorry I wasn’t meaning to have a go. It’s created a bit of debate so kudos for the thread.

    As Seb said though it’s a bit of a skimmer, with a smaller list you can really get into why you’d pick a non-obvious choice rather than say four or five albums by one band.

    Manics wise I’d take Generation Terrorists or even Gold against the Soul over Holy Bible. I know that’s scandulous to some people, most people. With GT I simply love how they took a sound I like late 80s glam/sleaze and paired it with political ideology and sloganeering whilst doing their best to be controversy seeking pop starlets. As for G.A.T.S I seem think they songs are absolutely glorious. Stuff like La Tristesse and even Nostalgic PushHead just push buttons for me.

    #93693
    Pete Part Three
    Participant

    I would have to say “The Best of the Beatles”

    #93694
    Tarka Dal
    Participant

    I like all the Britpop bands, Def Leppard…

    #93695
    JamesTC
    Participant

    I wonder how many Alan Partridge refrences this website has per day.

    #93696
    Ian Symes
    Keymaster

    We get more Alan Partridge references than you’ve got cows.

    #93706
    locusceruleus
    Participant

    Am I the only one who’s favourite R.E.M. album is ‘Up’?

    #93708
    Phil
    Participant

    I think it’s Bill Berry’s favorite, too.

    #93705
    locusceruleus
    Participant

    Going off the top of my head, some of my favourites are:

    Aerosmith – Honkin’ On Bobo
    Alice Cooper – Killer
    Alice Cooper – Billion Dollar Babies
    The B-52’s – Self Titled
    Barenaked Ladies – Barenaked Ladies Are Me
    The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
    The Beach Boys – Today!
    The Beatles – Self Titled/White Album
    Bob Dylan – Time Out Of Mind
    Bob Dylan – Blood On The Tracks
    Bjork – Vespertine
    Billie Holiday – Songs For Distingue Lovers
    Billie Holiday – Lady In Satin
    Chris Isaak – Speak Of The Devil
    Cowboy Junkies – The Trinity Sessions
    Crash Test Dummies – Songs Of The Unforgiven
    Dusty Springfield – Dusty In Memphis
    Eilen Jewell – Letters From Sinners & Strangers
    The Flying Burrito Brothers – The Gilded Palace Of Sin
    Frank Sinatra – In The Wee Small Hours
    Goldfrapp – Seventh Tree
    Gram Parsons – Grievous Angel
    Jane Siberry – When I Was A Boy
    Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow
    Johnny Cash – American I-V
    Jolie Holland – Escondida
    Julee Cruise – The Art Of Being A Girl
    Karen Dalton – It’s So Hard To Tell Who’s Going To Love You The Best
    Leonard Cohen – The Future
    Lucinda Williams – World Without Tears
    Meat Loaf – Bat Out Of Hell 1-3
    Mew – And The Glass Handed Kites
    Michael Jackson – Thriller
    Nicole Atkins – Neptune City
    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – And No More Shall We Part
    October Project – Self Titled
    Otis Redding – Otis Blue
    Roy Orbison – King Of Hearts
    T.Rex – Electric Warrior
    Tom Waits – Rain Dogs
    Tori Amos – Boys For Pele
    Warren Zevon – The Wind

    #93729
    Richey
    Participant

    Thank you so much to everybody for getting involved in this one! Loving some of the records people are bringing up – even if they’re not records I myself enjoy. Just great to see the diversity of musical taste here. Thanks smeg heads :D

    #93731
    Mr Flibble
    Participant

    32. Ben Folds Five ? Whatever and Ever Amen

    That one please. On repeat. With OAD played a little too fast.

    #93733
    Carlito
    Participant

    > Manics wise I?d take Generation Terrorists or even Gold against the Soul over Holy Bible.

    Manics divide a lot of people. I rate Holy Bible and Everything Must Go as their best albums, and they are both extremely different.

    ‘Gold Against…’ never appeals to me hugely, although ‘La Trissese Durera’ and ‘From Despair to Where’ are two of the best Manics tracks out there. ‘Generation Terrorists’ is just too long and not that melodic for my personal tastes, but again with a couple of the best Manics songs (‘Motorcycle Emptiness’)

    I have a bit of a fondness for ‘Know Your Enemy’, having seen the band perform the album before it was released in Cardiff Coal Exchange (a very intimate venue indeed) in 2001… if you thought Nicky Wire’s vocals were bad on ‘Wattsville Blues’, you should have heard it live!

    Lifeblood…. well, let’s not talk about Lifeblood.

    The latest offering ‘Send Away the Tigers’ was a great return to form, and their best new material in a decade.

    Gotta love the Manics. My mate is a huge Manics fan (he’s even got Richey Edwards’ Useless Generation tattoo, and I think he even got the same guy who tattooed Richey to do it) so I’ve been exposed to the Manics for years. Even though I’m not as big a fanatic as him, I must have heard every B-side, rarity and import, heard every anecdote, watched every documentary… and seen them about 5 times, which is about 30 times less than him!

    #93734
    Carlito
    Participant

    In fact, I saw in the new millennium at a Manics gig. Hell of a gig. Shack, Feeder, Super Furries and Manics, “Manic Millennium”, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, December 31st 1999. Still got the goosebumps never been in such a large crowd in my life and I was bang up the front.

    #93732
    mick
    Participant

    Been a while since I posted… well anything at all here actually, as it’s still my Birthday I’ll treat myself, in order of greatness:

    1. The Fine Young Cannibals – The Raw and the Cooked
    2. Marillion – Misplaced Childhood
    3. Crowded House – Woodface
    4. Queen – Made in Heaven
    5. Def Leppard – High & Dry
    6. The Psychedelic Furs – Mirror Moves
    7. The Lightning Seeds – Sense
    8. Yes – 90125
    9. Meat Loaf – Bat Out of Hell
    10. The Beatles – Revolver
    11. Extreme – Pornograffiti
    12. The Levellers – Levelling The Land
    13. Genesis – Invisible Touch
    14. Ocean Colour Scene – Moseley Shoals
    15. The Goo Goo Dolls – Dizzy up the Girl
    16. Queen – News of the World
    17. Virginia Wolf – Virginia Wolf
    18. 10cc – Bloody Tourists
    19. Whitesnake – Slip of the Tongue
    20. Simple Minds – Once Upon a Time
    21. Dio – Sacred Heart
    22. Rainbow – Rising
    23. Jean-Michel Jarre – Oxygene
    24. Led Zeppelin – II
    25. Marillion – Seasons End
    26. Queen – Sheer Heart Attack
    27. The Cure – Disintegration
    28. The Lightning Seeds – Jollification
    29. Crowded House – Time on Earth
    30. REM – Monster
    31. A-ha – Hunting High and Low
    32. Rush – 2112
    33. Marillion – Script for a Jesters Tear
    34. Madness – Absolutely
    35. Supertramp – Breakfast in America
    36. Prefab Sprout – From Langley Park to Memphis
    37. No Doubt – No Doubt
    38. AC/DC – Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
    39. Beck – Odelay
    40. DEVO – New Traditionalists
    41. Hawkwind – Levitation
    42. The Heart Throbs – Cleopatra Grip
    43. Jerry Rafferty – Night Owl
    44. Babylon AD – Babylon AD
    45. Ash – 1977
    46. Yes – The Ladder
    47. Queen – Sheer Heart Attack
    48. Poison – Look What the Cat Dragged In
    49. Steve Via – The Elusive Light and Sound Vol. 1
    50. Cinderella – Long Cold Winter

    … I got to 50 and was very bored and tired, although having all my LP’s in a database helped quite immensely.

    All that and I doubt any of you will read it, meh!

    EDIT:

    The Hollies – Hollies (’74)
    and
    Men Without Hats – Rhythm of Youth

    Should both be in the top 20 somewhere.

    #93737
    Richey
    Participant

    Carl – we should talk sometime about our shared Manics memories. Seen them live 6 times and finally met them in November 2007 after a gig at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh. Still love them so much, the most important band in my life since the age of 14. Can’t wait for ‘Journal For Plague Lovers’ in May :)

    #93739
    Carlito
    Participant

    I’m concerned about that one… I haven’t followed much news about it of late, but last I heard the lyrics were going to be based on those Richey left behind unused.

    Which in itself would be more than a little exciting, had James not previously mentioned on several occasions how all the unused Richey lyrics were impossible to turn into songs, even for him. Still… a little reworking by Wire and it could be very good.

    #93740
    Richey
    Participant

    After ‘Know Your Enemy’ and ‘Lifeblood’, I never thought I’d look forward to a new Manics album again. Now, after ‘Send Away The Tigers’, I’m excited as hell to hear what they’ve got for us. Chances are the b-sides will be better than one or two of the album tracks though – cos that’s always the case with the Manics!! :P

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