Sunday, 22 March 2009

Ben Jones...singer/songwriter The Lovedays

Ben Jones is from Maidstone....the sleepy little county town of Kent. He is frontman for extraordinaire art-rockers The Lovedays. A veteran of the South East such a tender age. The Lovedays have a new album out NOW. Google it!

1. Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys

I bought this album when I was 14 and I dont think it came off of my record player for the rest of the year.
The songs are beautiful, sublime arrangements, Brian Wilson at his romantic best, forever reminds me of the loneliness of being a teenager and how less lonely it made me feel.

2. Paris 1919 - John Cale

A Baroque pop masterpiece. Looked upon as the most "accesible" of John Cales records, its not that that got me. They are just wonderful songs about a very dark subject.

3. Mule Variations - Tom Waits

I could wax lyrical all day on the great rewards one gets in being a Tom Waits fan. This record has it all for me...The sad ballads, the sonic experimentation....ahhh, so good!

4. Boulders - Roy Wood

Made at the same time Roy was making the last Move album and first ELO album, he played every instrument, sang every vocal on this ecclectic little collection of great pop songs. A true maverick artist.

5. Love and Theft - Bob Dylan

A late career high for Mr. D. I could list 15 of his albums that have had a great, profound effect on me in this list, but its this album I probably enjoy the most. Cool songs, great blues/country production, and a great live feel. Bob actually sounds like he's really enjoying himself.

6. On The Beach - Neil Young

Like with Dylan, I could list 15 Neil Young albums I adore, but this one gets it for me. It perfectly encapsulates a time period in pop music when the sweet had very definitely turned sour. Songs about Laurel Canyon murderers and insecurity in a time gone mad, Beatiful, probably for all the wrong reasons.

7. Who By Numbers - The Who

I unashamedly love all of The Whos albums, even "Face Dances". To me Pete Townshend is Englands greatest living songwriter, he can capture the mood of a generation, a time, a personality. Whether it be on deeply personal songs like "However Much I Booze", sentimental laments like "Blue Red and Grey" and "Imagine a Man", or nonsical whimsy like "Squeezebox", this album has something for every mood. Its perfect to me.

8. The Village Green Preservation Society - The Kinks

Swiftly followed by Englands second greatest living songwriter. How Ray Davies could write songs of such deep experience about subjects of a seemingly bygone era will never cease to inspire me. He was, and is, a writer of first class calibre...People Take Pictures of Each Other, Village Green, Last of The Steam Powered Trains, Picture Book...fucking genius.

9. McCartney - Paul McCartney

Maccas first solo album - unashamedly raw, playing all the instruments himself, trying to find his own identity outside of the Beatles, a truly honest and brilliant album. Always a great inspiration.

10. Smile - Brian Wilson
This was one of those great things to get interested in for me as a teenager - The great lost Beach Boys album...all the stories behind its making and, ultimate, unmaking. Collecting bootlegs from wherever I could, it was a wonderful time in my life.... Brian Wilson then dumbfounded us all by not only finishing it, but it actually being fucking mindblowing 37 years after all the hype. And it came out the same time as I was making my first album, so it literally soundtracked the whole of the sessions for it.

11. Daybreaker - Beth Orton

A great mishmash of acoustic guitar and electronica, so laid back, so up and down, bit like my life was when it came out! The soundtrack to my early 20s.

12. Tapestry - Carole King

Literally stopped me in my tracks when I first heard her do "Will You Love Me Tommorow?" solo on the piano on a late night pop programme. If the 70s had been an album, this shouldve been it.

13. (Whats The Story) Morning Glory? - Oasis

Reminds me of when I was learning to play the guitar, and how Oasis helped rescur the british pop music scene, which was in danger of becoming Europop hell. Without a doubt, inspired a generation of teenagers to pick up a guitar, and for that, Like em or loathe em, we should always be grateful to Noel Gallagher.

14. The Globe Sessions - Sheryl Crow

The one where Sheryl went all experimental! Great acoustic album, with shades of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, The Band and The Rolling Stones all thrown in for good measure. And she produced it herself, after all the hits of the previous two records, to make a bold, exciting recorded statement, not about hits, but about art and emotion.

15. Robins Reign - Robin Gibb

A long out of print first solo album from Robin Gibb, when the Bee Gees went through a brief break up at the end of the 60s. Beautiful, Melancholic pop songs, with tender, orchestral arrangements. Truly a Baroque pop masterpiece, that if you had of slapped Scott Walkers name on would have got far more long term attention than it has. A maligned classic, long overdue its merits being recognised.
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Phil Dillon at 21:11 on 21 March
Tapestry was infused into my bloodstream from the day it came out, It's one of my earliest memories. I am old indeed.

It's interesting that we have two or three top albums in common, and wryly amusing that you selected McCartney where I selected Pepper. I can't actually disentangle McCartney from Ram in my memory, but I do know he never delivered like that again until Flaming Pie.

Youre on your own when you put Oasis in your top 10 though, old chap. Slade were original and better, with a fluffier and more articulate front man.... Read more

I'm off to look up Robin's Reign now...
Andy Fraser at 11:42 on 22 March
The Village Green Preservation of the most beautiful albums....I should've had it in my Top 15. I'm sure there are some you missed out, too.
Roy great. I saw him live a few times.
I'm surprised at the Beth Orton bit....and, like Phil, will check out Robin's Reign. I actually like Robin Gibb....I find him intelligent, witty and level-headed.
I'm putting your top 15 on the blog (link following)
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Friday, 20 March 2009

Gary Robertson - Swinging Time

This is in alphabetical order so that there is no winner. I can't believe i've got it down to 15!

Belle And Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister. Everything that C86, Felt, Young Marble Giants promised according to NME write ups but never quite delivered, B&S have made 3 of the greatest albums of modern times. Clever, moving lyrics and great tunes. This one just shades it.

Kate Bush - The Dreaming. Never has someone so accurately portrayed my time as a troubled teenage girl! Considered commercial suicide at the time by cloth eared idiots. Suspended In Gaffa makes me die everytime she says she's 'Scared of the changes'

John Cale - Paris 1919. Better than anything by the Velvets or Lou Reed. Europe . It's better than nearly every other album. If you haven't heard this, hear it.

Chameleons - Script Of The Bridge. There we're a lot of serious young men with long coats and effects pedals in the early to mid eighties. I loved the blustering sounds of U2, The Alarm'Big Country etc, but The Chameleons had a small town desperation about them that rang truer with me than the more poetic emptiness pedalled by their rivals. They never really cracked it. My vinyl copy of this album is signed to me by singer Mark Burgess. I treasure.

Go Betweens - Liberty Belle And The Black Diamond Express. Twin Layers Of Lightning and The Wrong Road are two songs that I have played every month since this album came out. The rest of it is pretty damned good too. I believe the late Grant Mclennan once wore a Dentists T-Shirt on stage.

Human League - Travelogue I'd ideally like this as a double album with Reproduction as they are both astonishing records. Most synth wielding experimentalists of the new wave period made strange noises and couldn't write their way out of a paper bag. The 'League we're versed in classic songwriting, they just happened to use primitive keyboards as their medium. They were funny, moving, sci fi obsessed geniuses. Dare was good but these two albums we're great.

Manic Street Preachers - Generation Terrorists. In a rather bleak time for British music this was a bolt from the blue. They walked the walk, the talked the talk. It was produced by Wham's producer, it had Traci Lords on it, it had Stay Beautiful on it, it had Motorcycle Emptiness on it. I defended this album to the hilt at the time. They we're considered a bit of a joke by most people. Not by me they weren't!

Momus - Poisoned Boyfriend. I still remember hearing this for the first time a couple of years after it had come out and couldn't belive I had never heard him before. Smart arsed songs about religion and sexuality mostly. He moved between folky guitar picking and hi-energy disco in the space of 10 minutes and he had no shame. He was Justin from Del Amitris cousin. He comes in my shop sometime. He makes me nervous.

Psychedelic Furs - Talk Talk Talk. My main lyrical influence . They seem to have been written out of post punk history. The first 4 albums were great, even Mirror Moves. This has no bad tracks on it, it hasn't even got any average ones.

Rush - Moving Pictures. First heard while stacking sheves in the co-op in the mid eighties. This was the album along with Back In Black and the first Van Halen album that made me realise the smelly grebos at school might have been on to something.

Simple Minds - Sons and Fascination. When someone asked me to describe this album once I came up with 'Cold War Obsessed Progressive Disco Post Punk' When people say that Simple Minds are shit I just play them 'Theme For Great Cities', 'Love Song', '70 Cities As Love Brings The Fall' and then explain to them how wrong they are. They let themselves down later on but around this time they we're amazing.

Sisters Of Mercy - First And Last And Always. I liked goth, I liked goth girls, this was my favourite goth album. They had the best songs. I saw them at the Lyceum when this album came out. It's still inm my top three gigs of all time.

Soft Cell - The Art Of Falling Apart. I'd been a big fan of their first album but this was like the bit in the 'Wizard Of Oz' when it goes technicolour. Everything about it was bigger and better, the tunes, the themes,the hair! Marc signed my copy of Memorabilia, he is a lovely chap. People forget how good these songs are.

Al Stewart - Year Of The Cat. A close run thing between Y.O.T.C. and Modern Times but this just shades it. I know historical folk rock is not the coolest thing in the world but I have been playing this album every few weeks now for nearly 25 years. By the way doesn't Neil Tennant sound like Al.

Wire - 154. People at work who don't even like Wire know every track on this album. One of those albums that works as a whole. From the pop majesty of 'Map Reference' to the none more disturbing 'The Other Window' this album is bloody genius. One of my favourite moments in music is on '40 Versions' when they sing 'Niagra Falls' .

Apologies for my terrible English. Apologies to Jesus & Mary Chain, Nirvana, Peter Hammill, The Jam, The Hold Steady, Husker Du, Ride, Waterboys, Swervedriver, Magazine, Coil, Metallica, Killing Joke, Ultravox, Kinks, Scientists, MC5, Mission Of Burma, Blur & The Smiths. You were so

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Bob Collins Top 15

These are the albums that had the biggest or longest lasting impact on me, not necessarily my favourite, not necessarily the best, nor even the most evocative of a time (that’s another list for another time). I struggled to get this under 30, let alone 15. Many of my favourite bands and artists are absent (Clash, Jam, Kinks) because I couldn’t pin them down to one album that ‘did it’. No glam rock, cos that was all about singles not albums, and no Medway music, as that was more about the live experience than the records. Nothing after 1995. I think the capacity for music to profoundly change your life diminishes with age, and I don’t think that’s a bad thing. No apologies for including compilations. Those were the actual albums that did the business for me. You may also notice that this almost entirely white men with guitars. I have no explanation for that other than that I am one myself. It's not that I don't have a love and respect for techno, jazz, hip-hop and electronica but.......

1. The Marmalade – Best of The Marmalade
This was the first album I ever owned, when I was 4 or 5. It got forgotten quite soon, once Slade and the like came along, but I always came back to it and gave it a spin every so often. I still love the best tracks on here (but yes there are a couple of duffers) and they stand up next to any well-crafted pop of this or any other period.

2. The Beatles – 1962-66 (Red album)
I always have trouble picking the best Beatles album but this one was the first one I ever owned - in cassette format, at the age of 9 or 10. Although I loved the glam rock that was around at the time it was, in musical terms, mainly blues/rock based but I was always very excited by everything about The Beatles, by the unashamed pop melodies and harmonies of their early stuff that had virtually disappeared from music in the early 70s. ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand and ‘She Loves You’ still sound to me like the most thrilling music ever made.

3. Beach Boys - 20 Golden Greats
I bought this album in the summer of 76 and didn’t own another Beach Boys album for about 20 years. Again it was the harmonies that really hooked me in as being so different to anything you ever heard in the 70s (outside of adverts, which all used Beach Boys songs anyway).

4. The Buzzcocks – Another Music In a Different Kitchen
I didn’t like punk in 76 and 77. In fact I didn’t really know or understand it. I was still too into The Beatles and football. So 1978 was my year zero and The Buzzcocks were one of the first bands that won me over. They combined everything that was good about punk with the pop sensibility that appealed to me and cheeky intelligent lyrics. If you want to know where the inspiration behind the Ascoyne d’Ascoynes’ songs came from (and lets face it why should you?) look no further than this album.

5. C81 Rough Trade/NME Cassette
Forget C86. This was the first one, five years earlier, that no-one seems to remember. Recently, and not before time, there have been books and TV programmes celebrating the joys of the early indie/post-punk/John Peel era where people forgot the rules, even the rules of cool, and made the most diverse, quirky, original music. This was a tape that you had to save up tokens for from the NME and order by post. I still remember the day I ripped open the envelope and listened to it in my bedroom after school with the sun streaming in my bedroom to the sounds of the opening track “The Sweetest Girl” by Scritti Politti. Very little has ever sounded so good as that song, that day. Then there was Orange Juice, the Raincoats, Young Marble Giants, Josef K etc. etc. This collection really made me proud of ‘my era’ and said to me ‘you can do this’. And then there were even things like Lynx that brought home to me that modern dance music played by black people was not automatically to be dismissed as disco crap.

6. The Byrds – singles 1965 – 1967
The post-punk era so celebrated above didn’t last long. The C81 cassette, though I didn’t know it at the time, was probably at the tail end of that golden era. The no-rules, creative free for all gave way to a drawing of battle lines between glossy funk, new romanticism, proto-goth or anarcho-punk, all of which bored me to tears. The little money I had therefore went on the discovery of the past. I had never really stopped being intrigued and obsessed with the 60s, so with little current to excite me I went and rediscovered a lot of 60s bands. I knew all their famous songs from hearing them on the radio over the years. But buying the records was different. Listening to them on stereo headphones (as opposed to background medium wave radio) with a wannabe-musician’s ear was like seeing a wall-size colour print of something you’ve only ever seen as a tiny crumpled black and white photo. The day I got this record home and was blown away by the freshness and sweet jangly joy of Mr Tambourine Man, All I Really Want To Do and Feel a Whole Lot Better was the day I found ‘my sound’.

7. Pebbles Volume 8 – various
John Peel used to play the occasional track from the Pebbles series of obscure mid-60s garage bands. Other than that, the whole genre was one you never ever heard on the radio. You had to buy the records. So I did. Starting with this one. There were always some corking tracks, some less so, and it was a while before I saved up for the next purchase so all the tracks on this one got played to death. The guts and attack of this kind of music were absent from all the music of the present day and had a close kinship with the Medway bands that I was discovering around the same time.

8. The Doors – The Doors
Psychedelia excited me. I was really interested in the early psychedelia that has just evolved from beat groups and still had an edge, before getting too tie-dyed and pot-headed. Discovering the Doors and Love was like opening the door (scuse the pun) on some dusty forgotten relic. There was no industry of nostalgia or retro-cool in those days and even though this album had sold in millions less than 15 years before, The Doors seemed to have been completely forgotten. I got a rare chance to hear them on a half hour piece on Radio 1 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Jim’s death. I know they haven’t aged well and to some extent theer is a feeling that the Doors have been ‘found out’. But at the time I was totally sucked in by the swirling mystery of Light My Fire and The End.

9. Elvis Costello – Almost Blue
I never owned this album until relatively recently, and there may be 10 Costello albums that I prefer to this one, but that’s beside the point. There was a ‘making of’ documentary on TV when this album was released and the key thing for me was that here was Elvis saying ‘listen, country music is actually very good when done properly.’ I thought if Elvis says so there must be something in it. Opened the door to all sorts of music (both types in fact) that I might never have otherwise given house room to.

10. Velvet Underground - 1969 Live Vol 1
I love the banana album and have nothing against Warhol, or indeed Cale, but this is a fantastic document of a simply great band playing great songs (to no one!) on their own terms with no complications or trappings. I used to play this album over and over again. Lovely unpretentious songs and guitar playing that switches between beautifully delicate and frantically choppy (or is it choppily frantic).

11. The Smiths – The Smiths
After having almost given up on contemporary music during 1982 and 1983 the Smiths were like gift from Heaven. It seemed like this album defined the Spring of 1984. It seemed to dominate life, whether you loved it or hated it. It had the jangling guitar style that I loved, that no-one had played for years, and it’s interplay with the bass was genius and like nothing I’d heard before. Then there were some of the most exciting, audacious lyrics ever heard, about feelings and subjects hardly ever dealt with. I think that probably half the best lines ever written are on this album. The sheer beauty and depth of this album is never less than stunning. Despite regarding Morrissey as an utter cock on so many occasions since, I loved his arrogance at this time. It was not in the slightest bit misplaced. I remember teenage parties in the early hours, everyone pinching daffodils from gardens, sticking them in their back pockets and doing THAT one-footed dance. Hatful of Hollow is the near equal of this album but after that the Smiths plummeted in my esteem. It took a while for me to learn to appreciate some of their mid to late period stuff but I'm afraid I still just do not get The Queen Is Dead.

12. Scott Walker – Scott
In the early summer of 1985 I saw this album for 50p in a junk shop on Canterbury Street. I bought it on the strength of the way Julian Cope used to rave about Scott in interviews. I knew the Walker Brothers of course but this was a revelation. This quickly led to acquisitions of Scott 2 and Scott Sings Brel which, together, were the soundtrack of 85 for me. Live Aid may as well not have existed. Me and Ian Smith played the Scott Sings Brel album for the first time and our jaws dropped an inch with each new track. We had never heard anything remotely like this. Theatre, wit, passion, heartache, all delivered by the voice of the century.

13. The Wedding Present – George Best
Hearing My Favourite Dress in 1987 was the catalyst to realising that maybe there was some decent music around in the present day. This was the first contemporary sounding thing I’d liked in years and before long I was revelling in The Pixies, Dinosaur Jnr and the pre-baggy Soup Dragons. I don’t think this is a great album by any stretch, but it turned my head.

14. Pavement – Slanted and Enchanted
The phenomenon of grunge and Nirvana is well documented and it did have a massive impact but it’s always stupidly oversimplified. What is probably more significant is the post-grunge fall out, which led to an explosion of creativity in the US in the early 90s not unlike the post-punk period in the UK in 79-81 where all sorts of people were taking the attitude of grunge and creating music without preconceptions or a prevailing fashion. All of sudden Sonic Youth’s time had come. At the time the word ‘slacker’ was coined to describe this ramshackle non-movement and probably the most shining example was Pavement. They managed to sound loose and untogether and out of tune and yet everything fell into place perfectly. When I first heard Trigger Cut it was one of those moments where I thought this is just the perfect song and the perfect sound right here right now.

15. Teenage Fanclub – Grand Prix
In many ways the Teenage Fanclub are my perfect band. Of course they are not groundbreaking or innovative and I can’t mount a convincing case that they are the best band ever but that’s not the point. They are the nearest thing to my home territory. They have all the ingredients I love, blended in just the right way, with album after album of quite cracking tunes, and they have rarely sounded anything less than fresh. This album is their pinnacle in my view. Reminds me of sunny days in 1995. A cracking year for albums anyway (Supergrass, Edwyn, Boos, SFAs) but this one is the tops.

Very near misses: Unknown Pleasures, Da Capo, Wilder, Modern Life Is Rubbish, Crocodiles, The Clash, The Undertones, The Go-Betweens 78-90, Revolver, Another Side of Bob Dylan, Doolittle.
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Ian Smith at 21:21 on 18 March
Fantastic - can I copy & paste this onto Pop Junkie - it would make a great post?

Have been thinking about my 15 - I hadn't forgotten, just wondering what the parameters would be - I think you've dovetailed it nicely.

I gave a big mention to the C81 cassette on PJ a couple of weeks ago and am planning to review it when I get round to it:
Gary Robertson at 21:47 on 18 March
Bob you git. You have once again raised the bar. I wish I could find the time to write about my choices in this way, having seen yours I guess I'll have to.
Andy Fraser at 22:04 on 18 March
I'll have a look at this Pop Junkie...thanks for the link, Ian.
This made wonderful reading, Bob. I can relate to a lot of the sentiment...and it brought back memories of a time when the world was, seemingly, a better place. I'll put it on the 15 Songs blog.
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Monday, 16 March 2009

Andy Harding Top 15

Okay, here's my insides spread out for everyone to see;-

One Step Beyond - Madness
Specials - The Specials
In Rock - Deep Purple
Steady The Buffs - The Buff Medways
The Gift - The Jam
Cafe Bleu - The Style Council
Never Mind The Bollocks - The Sex Pistols
My Generation - The Who
The Clash - The Clash
Lifes A Riot with Spy vs Spy - Billy Bragg
Rattus Norvegicus - The Strangler
The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
Psycho Candy - The Jesus and Mary Chain
Porcupine - Echo and the Bunnymen
The Smiths - The Smiths

Probably not that many surprises there.

Stuart Turner Top 15 Albums

For what its worth, here are my life changers. Not necessarily my all time favourites, just the ones that changed the way I viewed things...

The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan
Bizarro - The Wedding Present
Dry - PJ Harvey
Generation Terrorists - The Manic Street Preachers
Bo Didleys Beach Party - Bo Didley
King of The Delta Blues Singers Vol 1 - Robert Johnson
Head on The Door - The Cure
Mule Variations - Tom Waits
Licence To Ill - The Beastie Boys
God Fodder - Neds Atomic Dustbin
De Stijl - The White Stipes
Eight Track Stomp - The Chickasaw Mudpuppies
Live After Death - Iron Maiden
Liege and Leaf- Fairport Convention

(Also of note -- Steady The Buffs - The Buff Medways

Sea Monsters - The Wedding Present

Ocean Rain - Echo and the Bunnymen

Pablo Honey - Radiohead)

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Steve Piper Top 15

1. Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols- Sex Pistols
After hearing this album, I started playing In bands. I had no Intention of doing so previous to that.Just simply the most Important piece of musical history that I have ever witnessed, totally changed my direction In life.
2.Real Life - Magazine
Wonderfully weird album (at the time) Definitive Gaze Is a terrific tune.
3.Low - David Bowie
Loved his stuff around this period.
4. Live And Direct - Aswad
Fantastic Live Reggae album recorded at the Notting Hill Carnival
5. Sandinista - The Clash
36 track work of Genius.
6. Another Music In A Different Kitchen - Buzzcocks
Adreniline fueled burst of pure energy.
7. The Scream - Siouxsie & The Banshees
Dark and sinister journey through a glorious Non Rock n' Roll hell.
8. London Calling - The Clash
Iconic article, a forboding or War, the Clash were an Unbelievable Band that I had the good fortune to see many times, Joe Strummer you are so badly missed.
9. Machine Gun Etiquette - The Damned
I Love this album, just a completely wild and vibrant piece of art, delivered at a rapid pace.
The Damned always have that element of fun about them.
10. Sgt. Pepper's lonely heart's club band - The Beatles
How can anybody not like the Beatles? I think they define the art of songwriting genius, a fantastic memory of my childhood, an open door Into a new world.
11. What Does Anything Mean? Basically - The Chameleons
Excellent band, sincere, heart, passion, and all that old Bollocks, love them.
12. Stone Roses - Stone Roses
What a relief after all that Shite through the 80's
13. Definitely Maybe - Oasis
What a relief after all that Shite through the 80's 2 (The Sequel)
14. X & Y - Coldplay
Strangely, my favourite Coldplay LP, not the predeictable "Parachutes"
Speed of Sound! The Bollocks!
15. Germ Free Adolescents - X-Ray Spex
Poly Styrene (Trained Opera Singer) Bawling her head off at full tilt,like some kind of demented form of Lulu, at the same time, describing a distorted consumer art hellish world of marketing exploitation bullshit, Invented being green before It was Invented! All this backed up by a tight & energetic band.
Totally original, played the album til I could see though It!

These Lp's, barring the Pistols, could be In any order, changing with my mood, I've probably got a top 150 but could never be Arsed with the typing

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Andy Fraser at 00:09 on 14 March
Great stuff there, Steve. I'll try to do mine later...15 is a lot though.
Andy Fraser at 01:18 on 14 March
Done it anyway :)
Nobby Snide at 08:40 on 14 March
I thought 15 was a lot til I tried to list them on another forum...15 wasnt enough!
Rio Fraser at 00:01 on 15 March
I had to buy a Pukka pad to write mine out...15 albums is a tragedy, yet writing 25 things about myself was torture. I guess once you add the music it changes everything!
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Pizt Top 15 Albums Part 2

Fifteen Albums just weren't enough for me - so stealing Rio's idea, here is my part 2.

1. Sigue Sigue Sputnik - Sigue Sigue Sputnik - Hair , Rock, Future Goodness

2. Moby - Animal Rights - Moby mixes classical with thrash and also covers one of the finest songs of all time - "That's When I Reach For My Revolver"

3. The Saints - (I'm) Stranded - Australian punk goodness, feel the rush - this album kicks arse.

4. Wreckless Eric - Wreckless Eric - contains one of the greatest punk ballads ever from the mighty Stiff label.

5. Suicide - Suicide - probably the single greatest album ever released by anyone - if you have a heart it will be torn apart by this album - "Frankie Teardrop" still scares shit out of me and i've heard it about 200 times.

6. Velvet Underground and Nico, The Velvet Underground - It's Lou Reed and it's the perfect album for the era.

7. Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin - who is this woman? she sings so nicely :D

8. Run-DMC - Raising Hell - just listen to it - you'll understand.

9. The Replacements - Tim - It's beautiful, The Replacements aren't recognised enough for their Greatness.

10. Ministry - Psalm 69 ΚΕΦΑΛΗΞΘ - Jesus built Al's hotrod and he hates George Bush, that's enough motivwation to listen to this monster of an album.

11. Einstürzende Neubauten - Silence Is Sexy - Industrial at it's finest and most beautiful.

12. IAMX - The Alternative - This album is brilliant and I have heard nothing by Chris Corner that I do not like.

13. Dog's D'Amour - Straight (Errol Flynn) - A band with the right idea - go into a recording studio, get drunk, plug in - record.

14. Terence Trent D'Arby - Introducing The Hard Line According To.. - This album is one of the most perfect albums ever made by anyone - sadly Terence loved himself more than everyone else did.

15. The Vines - Highly Evolved - fronted by the Asperger's syndrome suffering genius Craig Nicholls, this album packs am ighty wallop and has a soft side too, one of a long line of brilliant albums from Mr. Nicholls.