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42 albums and counting… September 6, 2008

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Culture.

Noticed this over at The Gaping Silence, and very good it is too.
Take every year of your life and think of an album that represents it.

I like Phil’s taste, not least Patti Smith’s Horses, The Fall’s Hex enduction hour, and indeed Swans. Actually everything bar the Verve and Radiohead. Anyhow, as an exercise it’s actually a bit crazy in a ‘this will eat up your time’ sort of a way.

Now obviously there’s a fair bit of retro-fitting here – at least for me. For example, it is, as you will imagine, highly unlikely that eclectic (or if you prefer undiscriminating) as my musical taste is that I was listening to the Sonics in 1965. Or Sabbath in 1970. But if I was to pick albums that for me combine, in some cases, excellence and more importantly a sense of place and time then those are the ones that make the grade. Sabbath is a curious one. There is a small reverbed instrumental guitar passage on Wicked World from Black Sabbath that in 1979 seemed to me – in my musical ignorance – to somehow in 30 seconds capture the late 1960s or early 1970s. Not hippy, not metal, but a sort of synesthesiac lock on what it is to be youthful and have possibilities stretching out ahead. Little did I know that it prefigured shoegaze and all its pomps and works.

My apologies for the obvious picks from the 1965 to 1969 period. I’m actually not much of a Beatles or Stones fan. I admire them, as it were, from a distance. That said those albums are ones that I enjoy listening to and therefore make the grade. The Sonics, well, that’s a different story and so on. Then there are small issues, such as AC/DC in 1979. Now truth be told I seem to remember listening to a lot of KISS and Zeppelin that year, perhaps fractionally more so than AC/DC. But, Highway to Hell was the keeper. And arguably Sad Lovers and Giants or the Cure were more important to me at the time as The Chameleons (not least since I didn’t hear them for at least two more years), but in retrospect it is the latter who somehow sum up for me that post-punk atmosphere. And the same is true of the Stockholm Monsters who run a close second to Husker Du.

Then there are the albums that are very very much fixed in the year they appeared. Psychocandy was at one point a constant album on the turntable (oh yeah, don’t use that piece of equipment much any more). But now I find myself less – well, interested in it than I did at the time. The same is true of My Bloody Valentine who don’t make the grade in favour of the less exalted but somehow more representative Swervedriver.

Do I really think Midnight to Midnight is the best of 1987? No, it’s far from the best of the Psychedelic Furs, but it is the album I most readily think of for that year, and I still give them credit for ripping off Prince on the cover artwork. And the Jayhawks Sound of Lies came a very very close second to the Great Western Squares in 1997.

Then there are other oddities. How on earth did Robyn Hitchcock not make the grade? Globe of Frogs and/or Black Snake Diamond Role would both be well up there. But, again…

Is there too much metal or too little? Power Trip by Monster Magnet is a fabulous album, but is it their best? Why no Kyuss? And while I like World Coming Down by Type O Negative, I’m pretty damn sure I prefer October Rust or Dead Again. But that was the album that summed up 1999. And what of punk? I’d love to have the Adolescents in there in 1982, or perhaps Killing Joke for 1985, but only the Damned make the grade. And that for 1977 of all years. Actually, that was a tricky one. Give it to the Pistols? Well, yes and no. Perhaps they were just a bit obvious and perhaps there is a level of complexity with the Damned that pushes them across the line. Or perhaps having seen the Damned three or four times and never seen the Pistols that influences my selection. Or perhaps it’s simply that the Damned got to the record deal first and New Rose is a cracking song.

I’m intrigued by how little dance made it, or indeed women vocalists. And Curve came a close second to 1992, and the Breeders likewise.

So, you see? So many factors to weigh up. So much filtering to do. It’s almost enjoyable… I’d be interested in other peoples selections…

1965 The Sonics Here Are the Sonics
1966 The Byrds 5th Dimension
1967 Velvet Underground Velvet Underground + Nico
1968 The Beatles The White Album
1969 Rolling Stones Let it Bleed
1970 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath
1971 Hawkwind In Search of Space
1972 Funkadelic America Eats Its Young
1973 David Bowie Aladdin Sane
1974 Steely Dan Pretzel Logic
1975 Neu! Neu! 75
1976 Led Zeppelin Presence
1977 Damned Damned, Damned Damned
1978 John Cooper Clarke Disguise in Love
1979 AC/DC Highway to Hell
1980 Japan Gentlemen Take Polaroids
1981 New Order Movement
1982 Donald Fagan The Nightfly
1983 The Chameleons Script of the Bridge
1984 Husker Du Zen Arcade
1985 Jesus and Mary Chain Psychocandy
1986 The Church Heydey
1987 The Psychedelic Furs Midnight to Midnight
1988 The Go-Betweens 16 Lovers Lane
1989 The Cult Sonic Temple
1990 The Field Mice Skywriting
1991 Swervedriver Raise
1992 Sonic Youth Dirty
1993 Black Dog Bytes
1994 The Manic Street Preachers The Holy Bible
1995 Spring Heel Jack There are Strings
1996 LTJ Bukem Logical Progression: Level 1
1997 Great Western Squares Judas Steer
1998 Monster Magnet Powertrip
1999 Type O Negative World Coming Down
2000 Two Lone Swordsmen Tiny Reminders
2001 Felix Da Housecat Kittenz and Thee Glitz
2002 Boards of Canada Geogaddi
2003 Fleetwood Mac Say You Will
2004 Patti Smith Trampin’
2005 Doves Some Cities
2006 Covenant Skyshaper
2007 Ulrich Schnauss Goodbye
2008 The new David Holmes album seems good… but as the joke goes it’s too soon to tell.


1. splinteredsunrise - September 6, 2008

Oh, lordy. See, my problem would be trying to fill in the recent years, since my knowledge of anything post 1990 is a bit spotty. Then again, the front end might be a bit heavy on the Rosemary Clooney…


2. Bakunin - September 6, 2008

I lost most of my hearing listening to Husker Du’s Zen Arcade.

I used to make the car and the house shake.


3. Starkadder - September 6, 2008

Here’s the albums that I liked that seem to
represent the last ten years:

1998 Pulp: This is Hardcore

1999 Dot Allison: Afterglow

2000 Black Box Recorder: The Facts of Life

2001 David Gray: White Ladder

2002 Death In Vegas: Scorpio Rising

2003 Goldfrapp: Black Cherry

2004 Franz Ferdinand: Franz Ferdinand

2005 Bruce Springsteen : Devils and Dust

2006: Stereolab: Fab Four Suture

2007: Of Montreal: Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?

2008: Gulliemots : Red


4. crocodile - September 6, 2008

Good to see Judas Steer as your only Irish choice. I have the other copy. Git along, little dogies!


5. Dunne and Crescendo - September 6, 2008

This seemed a great idea at first; then I started thinking about it and checking dates….

1969 Dusty Springfield ‘Dusty in Memphis’…but Issac Hayes ‘Hot Buttered Soul’ also out that year

1970 Curtis Mayfield ‘Curtis’

1971 Marvin Gaye ‘Whats Going On’

1972 Curtis Mayfield ‘Superfly’ but also Rod Stewart ‘Every Picture tells a Story’

1973 David Bowie ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’

The theres a few blanks, maybe Stevie Wonder’s ‘Innervisions’ until
1976 David Bowie ‘Heroes’

1977 The Clash ‘The Clash’ but also Various ‘Saturday Night Fever’ soundtrack (and yes you can fucking like both!)
1978 The Jam ‘All Mod Cons’

1979- 1980
Joy Division ‘Unknown Pleasures’ and ‘Closer’, The Jam ‘Setting Sons’ and ‘Sound Effects’ The Specials ‘Specials’ and ‘More Specials’ The Undertones ‘Undertones’. The Clash ‘London Calling.’

Then it all gets a bit hazy date wise but between 1981 and 1989 I know there is
The Blades ‘The Last Man in Europe’ and ‘Raytown Revisited’, The Pogues ‘Rum, Sodomy and the Lash’ and ‘If I should Fall from Grace with God’, The Smiths ‘The Smiths’ and ‘The Queen is Dead’, New Order ‘Substance 87’ The Style Council ‘Cafe Bleu’ and ‘Our Favourite Shop’, The Redskins ‘Neither Washington or Moscow’, Prince ‘Purple Rain’, Public Enemy ‘It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back’ Eric B and Rakim, ‘Paid in Full’, Run DMC ‘Rasing Hell’ De La Soul, ‘Three Feet High and Rising’, and ok, Bruce Springsteen ‘Born in the USA’ and Christy Moore ‘Ride On.’

1989-1995 approx, saw The Stone Roses ‘Stone Roses’ The Las, ‘The Las’, Happy Mondays ‘Pills, Thrills and Bellyaches’, Massive Attack ‘Blue Lines’ (owing a very large debt to Mr. Issac Hayes btw) and Portishead ‘Dummy’ (also v early 70s soul influence) Primal Scream ‘Screamadelica’ Pulp ‘His and Hers’, The Fugees, ‘The Score’, Ice-T ‘Original Gangster’, Paul Weller ‘Wildwood’, Blur’s first couple of LPs weren’t bad and ok, Oasis ‘Definitly Maybe’ was a lot better than what has come since.

I still love music, but I find that I listen more and more to old stuff; except say Doves ‘Last Broadcast’, Artic Monkeys ‘What People Say I Am’ and Amy Winehouse ‘Back to Black’ probably because it sounds like a Brill Building creation from about 1962. The soundtrack to The Wire ‘All the Pieces Matter’ is worth checking out.
I could have chosen all the Jam’s albums, or indeed most of New Orders, or the Smiths. No reggage but I like it, Chic and late 70s funk, etc, etc, impossible task there WBS!
Being 39 means I’m in on Saturday night though.
Btw UP Waterford tmw.


6. Dunne and Crescendo - September 6, 2008

And how could I have forgotten Nirvana “Nevermind’ (1992?).
Madness had their moments too, mainly singles though.


7. CL - September 6, 2008

John Prine (1971)
Here’s Johnny Cash doing ‘Sam Stone’ from the album


8. harpymarx - September 6, 2008

Ahh, Gentlemen Prefer Polaroids – Japan, takes me back and so does Psychedelic Furs. Though the Manics – Holy Bible depressed the hell out of me (probably took its toll on Richey Edwards too)

Oh yeah, Sonic Youth

#5 Dunne and Crescendo
I concur…Happy Mondays ‘Pills, Thrills and Bellyaches’, Massive Attack ‘Blue Lines’ and Portishead ‘Dummy’. Oh, and I would go for many of your choices from 79 onwards to the late 80s.

Being 38 means I too am in on a Saturday night…. Good grief!

Splintered: Nothing wrong with the late Rosemary Clooney.. 🙂


9. CL - September 6, 2008

Johnny Cash, 1994-Bitter Tears
Here’s Johnny singing The Ballad of Ira Hayes from the album


10. n - September 6, 2008

anyone remember the Johnny cash appreciation society in phibsboro where Judas Steer was invented in the late 90’s?


11. Gypsy - September 7, 2008

Ah well. Sure why not, I’ll join in. It’s Saturday, it was wet, Ireland were playing and won. Drink been taken.
Configured me ol winamp to years, went through my collection and most of my first choices for any particular year were ruled out because as I mentioned on a previous thread I’ve got into a lot of music after their initial release so that would rule out linking them to the year they came out.
Up to 75 probably counts as music that I like now and would like to think I’d have been into then. And some of it was music I remember at home.
1977 sticks out as a real year that I’d like to change because I look at my winamp thingy and go I’ve much better albums but no that’s what I was listening to in 77 and enjoying. Well I was 8 and did in hindsight my parents weren’t the worse music wise. Thankfully for me they weren’t Elvis fans as were one of our neighbours or so it seemed religiously every Sunday morning.
Looking back at my choices it seems that the 80’s were a real struggle from kicking on or falling back to the 70’s.
But I’m happy with the 90’s although D & C comes up with a lot of selections that I’d have picked for certain years if it was a simple choice of picking the best albums for a particular year.

So for better or worse here’s my pick with the important caveat that I could change my mind in the cold light of day.

1969 Tim Buckley – Happy Sad
1970 Nick Drake – Bryter Layter
1971 The Doors – L.A. Woman
1972 Nick Drake – Pink Moon
1973 John Martyn – Solid Air
1974 Barclay James Harvest – Everyone is Everybody Else
1975 Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
1976 Bob Dylan – Desire
1977 Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
1978 Blondie – Parallel Lines
1979 Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures
1980 The Jam – Sound Affects
1981 Styx – Paradise Theatre
1982 The Clash – Combat Rock
1983 Pink Floyd – The Final Cut
1984 The Smiths – The Smiths
1985 Kate Bush – Hounds of Love
1986 The The – Infected
1987 Sinead O’Connor – The Lion and the Cobra
1988 Talking Heads – Naked
1989 The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
1990 The Fatima Mansions – Viva Dead Ponies
1991 Massive Attack – Blue Lines
1992 The Disposable Heros of Hiprohisy – Hypocrisy is the Greatest Luxury
1993 New Order – Republic
1994 Orbital – Snivilisation
1995 The Prodigy – Music for the Jilted Generation
1996 The Brilliant Trees – Friday Night
1997 The Chemical Brothers – Dig Your Own Hole
1998 Massive Attack – Mezzanine
1999 Beth Orton – Central Reservation
2000 PJ Harvey – Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea
2001The Strokes – Is This It?
2002 Doves – The Last Broadcast
2003 Ryan Adams – Love is Hell pt 1
2004 The Delgados – Universal Audio
2005 Emiliana Torrini – Fisherman’s Woman
2006 The Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
2007 Radiohead – In Rainbows
2008 Portishead – Third (So far)


12. Wednesday - September 7, 2008

Configured me ol winamp to years

Aha, I knew there was a reason I shouldn’t have allowed so many of them to default to “year: unknown” when I put them on my hard drive.

With the caveat that I’ll be missing a lot, for the above reason and since I haven’t put all my music on my hard drive yet anyway, here’s what I come up with:

1970 Syd Barrett – The Madcap Laughs
1971 T Rex – Electric Warrior
1972 David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust
1973 Tim Buckley – Sefronia
1974 Big Star – Radio City
1975 Patti Smith – Horses
1976 Ramones – Ramones
1977 Television – Marquee Moon
1978 Blondie – Parallel Lines
1979 Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures
1980 Echo and the Bunnymen – Crocodiles
1981 Felt – Crumbling the Antiseptic Beauty
1982 Orange Juice – Rip It Up
1983 The Three O’Clock – Sixteen Tambourines
1984 Pale Fountains – Pacific Street
1985 Jasmine Minks – Jasmine Minks
1986 C86 (what else could it be?)
1987 That Petrol Emotion – Babble
1988 My Bloody Valentine – Isn’t Anything
1989 Band of Holy Joy – Manic Magic Majestic
1990 The La’s – The La’s
1991 Orchids – Unholy Soul
1992 Catherine Wheel – Ferment
1993 Blur – Modern Life is Rubbish
1994 Auteurs – Now I’m A Cowboy
1995 Radiohead – The Bends
1996 Ash – 1977
1997 dEUS – In a Bar, Under the Sea
1998 Belle and Sebastian – The Boy with the Arab Strap
1999 Delgados – Peloton
2000 Dandy Warhols – Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia
2001 Strokes – Is This It
2002 Interpol – Turn on the Bright Lights
2003 stellastarr* – stellastarr*
2004 Libertines – Libertines
2005 Giant Drag – Hearts and Unicorns
2006 Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
2007 A Lazarus Soul – Graveyard of Burnt-Out Cars
2008 New Amusement – Any Port in a Storm

It was very difficult to pick just one for about 1980 through 1990. Considerably less difficult for recent years.

Album I wish I could have picked but I wasn’t born yet: Love – Forever Changes


13. WorldbyStorm - September 7, 2008

Dear God, we all share the same Record/CD/MP3 collection. Seriously.

Almost everyones picks are in my 2/3/4/5 positions for each year, or to put it another way broadly every one would be in the reckoning if I’d done the list some other day.

Styx though, hadn’t expected to see them pop up… Or stellastarr* (Never quite decided if I liked the vocals sufficiently)…

Anyone remember The Goats – Tricks of the Shade for 1992, a cracking album. Almost there in the final count as were the Disposable heroes…

I’m a big fan of Curtis Mayfield, Sly and indeed Prince and on another day all three would have made it in. As would William Orbit.

re alt.country, Golden Smog, the sort of supergroup crowd in the late 1990s. Wilco too and Grandaddy.

Irish bands? Virgin Prunes – perhaps. Microdisney definitely. The Blades perhaps. Horslips for the late 1970s (and the earlier stuff is still a firm favourite).

n (nice username) I do indeed remember the JCA well.


14. Wednesday - September 7, 2008

stellastarr* was a bit of a default choice, on the basis that most of what came out that year was crap.

Wish I could have fit in the Stone Roses, Chameleons and Jesus and Mary Chain. It seems somehow wrong for them not to be there.


15. Dunne and Crescendo - September 7, 2008

Some great choices Gypsy and Wednesday; concur on The The, That Petrol Emotion, Blondie, The Disposable Heroes, T-Rex, John Martyn…
Might have included Dexys ‘Searching for the Young Soul Rebels’, Prince ‘Sign O’ the Times’ and any number of Stax/Atlantic LPs, Gil Scott Heron, Esther Philips….
We do seem to have democratic tastes; not that I did when I first got into music; maybe it comes with age.

I see the unstoppable Kilkenny machine has triumphed.


16. harpymarx - September 7, 2008

Wednesday: Well I never, someone who liked the Pale Fountains. I always thought I was the only person who did!!!


17. WorldbyStorm - September 7, 2008

Yes, the Stone Roses is a tricky one. But I’ll stand by The Cult as being more ‘representative’ as it were for me. I was in New York that year when I bought it on tape and it sort of summed up how I felt (not least Iggy intoning on one track). I also got the Stone Roses there, but it was on vinyl and I wasn’t able to play it until I returned to Ireland later.

harpymarx, yeah they’re great too.

Some great picks there D&C. I have a real soft spot for Dexies, and it’s not restricted to the singles that made it. That wasn’t a contest re Kilkenny, it was more a disassembling Waterford. It sort of began to pale as they stacked up the points… Fair dues to them, but a bit of pushback would have been more entertaining.


18. harpymarx - September 7, 2008

Oh, and agree with The The – Infected (Uncertain Smile esp. brilliant). Parallel Lines – Blondie as well. Ah yes, Searching for the Young Soul Rebels.


19. Dunne and Crescendo - September 7, 2008

An honourable mention for Black Grape’s ‘It’s Great When Your Straight…Yeah’ (1995)


20. Phil - September 8, 2008

Fatima Mansions! Trouble is, now I’m going to go to bed with “Viva dead ponies” (the song) going through my head.

“Haven’t made love for a while –
It’s the best way to make a child,”
Said Jesus to the disciples…


21. ejh - September 8, 2008

Modern Life Is Rubbish is rubbish.


22. WorldbyStorm - September 8, 2008

I’d have said it’s alright ejh. Not as not good as some of their other albums.

Ah the Fatima’s. Blues for Ceausescu is one of my favourite tracks of all time. Mind you, so is Only Losers take the Bus.

Love Black Grape’s first.


23. sonofstan - September 8, 2008

Impossible – for all sorts of reasons.

Take one year, 1968. I was 8 then, and the only music I can remember being conscious of is the Monkees and All you Need is Love. 5 years later, and all my pocket money was being saved towards LPs, items which, then, cost around £2.50 full price – the average industrial wage then was about £50pw so if records were still as expensive, you’d be looking at about €35 for a new CD/LP. I would obsess endlessly about my monthly purchase, visiting Supersonic records on the main st in Athlone most days, balancing Bowie against Traffic, against Roxy; in the end, the record i most associate with that year is Beggar’s Banquet – Sleepy Athlone Town was just no place for…..

10 years later again (1983) and my favourite record from 1968 would have been Sweetheart of the Rodeo or Gilded Palace of Sin, 10 years on again and probably Village Green Preservation Society, or Meditations or…..

Today, my favourite record from 1968 is the Association’s chamber pop masterpiece Birthday; but that may change tomorrow. Point of all this autobiog is that none of these great records from that one great year say very much to me about 1968, but they do connect to very specific places and people and times.

And what do you do with a record like Big Star 3rd? recorded in ’75, but not released in any form til (i think) ’78, and still with no definitive track listing and available in multiple versions – what year does it belong to?


24. WorldbyStorm - September 8, 2008

I sort of agree, and sort of don’t. This isn’t about the ‘best’ album of a year, although it can be, but about the one which most represents that year at this point in time. Although yes, it is just a stab in the dark. Let me go further, take a band at random, my only Irish pick, the GWS’s. Judas Steer isn’t my favourite of theirs by a long shot. The second album Almost Sober struck me as stronger and more innovative than Judas Steer and I’d listen to it an awful lot more right up to today, but it didn’t quite capture the essence of that year for me. So JS it is. And it’s the same for each year. There are loads of alternative picks, but where possible I’ve tried to get the one that springs most immediately to mind.

But isn’t all music appreciation a process of discrimination and filtering, so exercises like the above are merely an exaggeration of a process that we’re always engaged in for precisely the reasons you mention, limited finances, access to music, etc…


25. sonofstan - September 8, 2008

Timeliness and timelessness….
Need to think a bit more about this; the 1968 records I mentioned above seem unimaginable as coming out before or after – there appears to a necessary connection between the sound, content and ambition of such records and their time. Is this true of In_rainbows?


26. WorldbyStorm - September 8, 2008

It’s a paradox!


27. Starkadder - September 8, 2008

A lot of my favourite albums come from the early
seventies,before I was even born:
Lou Reed’s Berlin, Can’s Future Days,
Tangerine Dream’s Phaedra, Robert Wyatt’s Rock Bottom.

Kudos for Phil for bigging up Fatima Mansions….


28. WorldbyStorm - September 8, 2008

Can are great… bit of a krautrock/motorik thing going on there with you – eh?


29. Wednesday - September 9, 2008

Not as not good as some of their other albums.

Other albums, really? Which were you thinking of? Parklife comes close, but none of the others are a patch on those two IMHO.

Don’t get the Black Grape thing at all, then again I always thought Happy Mondays were sorely overrated too.


30. WorldbyStorm - September 9, 2008

That’s sort of my point Wednesday. I sort of liked their first album and have many of the others, but… something about them never clicked with me and while MLIR is better by far than much of what they did I’d not be reaching through the ‘B’s’ in the collection for them too often (although one or two tracks on Parklife are pretty evocative too now I think about it). For what its worth I like Oasis considerably less 🙂

Like yourself I’m agnostic about Happy Mondays. Some good stuff, lots of not so good stuff. But Black Grape had something I think, they were more efficient! Or musical…


31. Harpymarx - September 9, 2008

Also, when it comes to the early 90s I think Charlatans, Stone Roses and Primal Scream. But my very favourite band of that period (and kinda still appreciate) was Massive Attack esp. the fantastic Blue Lines.

During the battle of bands i.e Blur v Oasis… I wasn’t bothered either way but overall I probably prefered more tracks by Blur.


32. WorldbyStorm - September 9, 2008

I’d agree. Blur were better. Or at least more interesting. But it reminds me of Christgau’s critique of Rory Gallagher (which I don’t entirely agree with in relation to RG) that every time he’d listen to an album of his he’d hear a song he liked, but when he went back to listen again he couldn’t find it. They sort of go in one ear and go out the other.


33. Dunne and Crescendo - September 9, 2008

Blur were better than Oasis and despite the awful ‘Country House’, that album ‘The Great Escape’ had a few good tunes, very Specials and Kinks influence on some.
‘Blue Lines’ was great, but listening to Issac Hayes recently (I too often buy stuff after someone dies) boy, was he sampled by Massive Attack! Portishead also sampled him on ‘Glorybox.’


34. crocodile - September 9, 2008

Today at work, drew the attention of female co-worker to this thread.
‘Interesting, eh?’
‘No. Sad.’
‘Why?’ The lady has an encyclopaedic knowledge of music, far beyond mine.
‘It’s not the obsession with music that’s sad, it’s the obsession with taxonomy.’ And she cited ‘High Fidelity’.
Will we ever understand them?


35. WorldbyStorm - September 9, 2008

Thank for spreading the word crocodile. Mind you, there’s at least two women contributing so your co-worker should recalibrate her ‘sadness’ categorisation if it’s gender based.

I’m very dubious about the High Fidelity approach (I had a friend in school who used to have a list of his weekly top 20 when we were 15, curiously Thin Lizzy always occupied the top spots 🙂 ), but these are memories… beautiful, beautiful memories we’re talking about here 😉


36. John O'Farrell - September 10, 2008

Some years are better than others. 1965 is often cited as a turning point when the LP edged out the 45. However, just to note the albums of one year, 1979, when it was bliss to be 16 and spending every penny in the Dandilion Market and Advance Records on the following:
Talking Heads – Fear of Music
Slits – Cut
Gang of Four – Entertainment
Clash – London Calling
Neil Young – Rust Never Sleeps
Joni Mitchell – Mingus
Randy Newman – Born Again
Ry Cooder – Bop Til You Drop
The B52s – The B52s
Chic – Risque
Can – Can
Ian Dury – Do It Yourself
The Fall – Dragnet
Stiff Little Fingers – Inflammable Material
Undertones – Undertones
Ramones – Its Alive
Public Image Ltd – Metal Box
Michael Jackson – Off The Wall
Wire – 154
Rickie Lee Jones – Rickie Lee Jones
Prince – Prince
Buzzcocks – Singles Going Steady
Skids – Scared to Dance
Magazine – Secondhand Daylight
Bob Dylan – Slow Train Coming
The Specials – The Specials
Bob Marley – Survival
Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures

Oh, and The Sugarhill Gang released ‘Rapper’s Delight’, heralding the dominant genre of pop today..


37. Dunne and Crescendo - September 10, 2008

No ‘Setting Sons’ John?


38. ejh - September 10, 2008

the Dandilion Market and Advance Records

Where is, or was, this boutique?


39. John O'Farrell - September 10, 2008

Advance Records was the only shop in Dublin that (a) treated punks as good consumers rather than scriffy bowsies, even if the mohicans nicked more than they bought, and (b) was the only reliable place where you could buy the obscure rackets half-heard on John Peel on static-y Medium Wave.
It was opposite the Gaiety theatre on the edge of the Dandilion Market and was run by some bloke called Fred.
Inside the Dandilion was a stall manned by an entrepreteneurial Asian guy nicknamed ‘Tokyo Joe’ who mamaged to get the new stuff reviewed in that week’s NME, and sold LPs for a punt less than Golden Discs (not that they were interested in selling New Wave or punk stuff at all. This was, lest we forget, not only the era of Oliver J Flanagan decrying the ‘Pill Bill’, but also of the tyranny of ‘real rock’ -Whaddya Wanna Hear?? – FreeeeeBirrrrd!)

‘Setting Sons’ didn’t twist my melon, but that year’s ‘When You’re Young’ was a wee cracker from the Modfather. Neither were played much on Irish radio, especially the pirates – now there’s another excuse for a nostalgia/neuralgia trip…


40. WorldbyStorm - September 10, 2008

I was thinking of a year by year approach, perhaps each weekend! Still, that’s plenty of food for thought.

I was too young for Advance Records… twas Base X (still have record sleeves stamped with their logo) for me. That and Freebird and the Sound Cellar.


41. ejh - September 10, 2008

I aske dbecause when I looked up the Wikipedia entrey for Singles Going Steady it said that it was released in the USA in 1979 but in the UK in 1981, which is odd. Then just to make it more complicated, it’s given as 1980 here. So what was going on?


42. WorldbyStorm - September 10, 2008

Ah, copious speed consumed by all involved perhaps warped their sense of time?


43. crocodile - September 10, 2008

Credit, too, to Tommy in Pat Egan’s, who would also get you anything you ordered, even if his own tastes tended towards metal. I got my first ramons/Talking Heads/Patti Smith records there in 76/77.


44. sonofstan - September 10, 2008

Scarily, I’ve heard every record on John’s list above, and have owned nearly all of them – perhaps more records than I own from this decade. As well as Advance and Tokyo Joe, there was also Supersonic in Gaiety Green which was an arcade of ‘proper’ shops leading into the Dandelion, a bit sniffy in a ‘real’ rock way, but they were the first shop to get Marquee Moon; there was also a Jazz shop in there run by a morose guy with a beard, where i got A Love Supreme and Birth of the Cool and pretended to like them for the longest time before, eventually, gettign to genuinely love them. and there was a host of second hand stalls in the dandelion, including one where i bought Radio City for 70p as a cut out in ’77 ….


45. Starkadder - September 10, 2008

“Can are great… bit of a krautrock/motorik thing going on there with you – eh?”

Yup. I own at least one album by all the main “Krautrock
bands”, I have quite a thing for Popol Vuh (who
soundtracked several of Werner Herzog’s films,such
as Aguirre and Nosferatu).


46. ejh - September 11, 2008

Blimey, “soundtrack” is a verb now. At least it’s not intransitive yet…


47. Damian O'Broin - September 14, 2008

I’m arriving a little late at the party here, but I started doing this and between one thing and another it ended up taking me all week. And once I’d started I just had to get it finished, so here you go.

It seems I have a large hole in my record collection where the 1970s should be and I’ve just discovered that for me at least, 1996 and 1997 where musical wastelands, while 1995 and 1998 overflowed with options. Strange.

I ended up with some weird ones in there, and some stranger omissions – Teenage Fanclub, Smiths, Blades, Stars of Heaven all miss out. And I was very tempted to pick Now That’s What I Call Music for 1983.

I should probably explain the pick from 1971. It’s a compilation of rebel songs – the Foggy Dew, James Connolly and the rest – dressed up in a tricolour sleeve with two revolvers lying across it. I still remember my father buying it in some shop in Clondalkin (I think) round about 1974/5. It formed a large part of my historical and political education as he’d stick it on and tell us the stories behind each of the songs.

Anyway, in reverse order…

2008 Lykke Li – Youth Novels
2007 Lucinda Williams – West
2006 Tanya Donnelly – This Hungry Life
2005 Arcade Fire – Funeral
2004 Wilco – A Ghost is Born
2003 The White Stripes – Elephant
2002 Johnny Cash – The Man Comes Around
2001 Ryan Adams – Gold
2000 St Germain – Tourist
1999 Flaming Lips – Soft Bulletin
1998 Billy Bragg & Wilco – Mermaid Avenue
1997 The Verve – Urban Hymns
1996 Beck – Odelay
1995 Whipping Boy – Heartworm
1994 Spearhead – Home
1993 Paul Weller – Wildwood
1992 REM – Automatic for the People
1991 Primal Scream – Screamadelica
1990 Fatima Mansions – Viva Dead Ponies
1989 The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
1988 The Pogues – If I Should Fall From Grace With God
1987 Prince – Sign O’ The Times
1986 Elvis Costello – King of America
1985 Billy Bragg – Talking with the Taxman About Poetry
1984 Lloyd Cole – Rattlesnakes
1983 REM – Murmur
1982 Madness – Complete Madness
1981 AC/DC – For Those About to Rock We Salute You
1980 U2 – Boy
1979 The Clash – London Calling
1978 Blondie – Parallel Lines
1977 Television – Marquee Moon
1976 ABBA – Greatest Hits
1975 Bob Dylan – Blood on the Tracks
1974 Gram Parsons – Grievous Angel
1973 Gram Parsons – GP
1972 Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street
1971 The Irish Rebels – The Rebel Songs of Ireland
1970 Van Morrison – Moondance


48. WorldbyStorm - September 14, 2008

Interesting. A strong countryish tinge. And an Irish one too.

Tanya Donnelly has one of my favourite female voices, almost bar none…(she is the Breeders for me). Great choice.

Hmmm… must go back and review my picks in light of all the ones selected by people so far.


49. Damian O'Broin - September 15, 2008

Countryish tinge? Yeah, I suppose so.

Tanya Donnelly is indeed wonderful, although for me she’s Belly rather than the Breeders.


50. Phil - September 15, 2008

Now I’m wondering how many of my albums missed the cut because they’re on vinyl – Screamadelica and Odelay! both leap out (which reminds me, it’s Entertainment!).


Naah, mine are even better. That’s a relief.


51. WorldbyStorm - September 15, 2008

Phil, I had precisely the same problem with Pillows and Prayers on the compilation post. Out of sight out of mind.

Better… well, yes and no 😉

Damian, definitely. And no harm either?


52. FuntyGowFuppy - November 26, 2008

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