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Friday, January 13, 2006

"George George, Please educate Me, please"

If you haven't done so already, I recommend that you go out and buy (actually no we shouldn't want to support Q corp and it's ignorant, gullible, fickle readership by shelling out £4 for what's essentially a magazine of Calvin Klein adverts and reviews of Missy Elliot and Madonna re-releases) a copy of Q for this month, sub-moniker: 100 Greatest Albums Ever.
You can imagine my excitement and anticipation at reading this, a chance to see all my favourite artists get the recognition they deserve and for those members of the public who spend a decent portion of their life listening to good music to finally wake up and smell the shit (namely coldplay) which doesn't merit being in this list.
I can't really have a go at Q for the results of the list because it was thrown over to the reader's of the magazine to nominate their 5 best albums, which would then be collected and drawn up in to a representative ranking tally (list). But i do blame Q because if they didnt put certain bands on their page's every month and give so many column inches to dreary dirge then certain bands wouldn't be as canonised as they now are (EuGoogly Eugoogly Zoolander etc (sic))
For general interest, i will list my top 5 albums, which i hasten to add all made it into this list. No particular order:
  1. Who's Next - The Who
  2. Kid A - Radiohead
  3. Dark Side Of The Moon - Pink Floyd
  4. Definitely Maybe - Oasis
  5. Siamese Dream - Smashing Pumpkins

The last one of these was a toss up, i included it at the last moment in place of The Doors' "LA Woman", and although some might question its inclusion, i grew up with sniff sniff it chaged my life etc etc this album is where my uber-appreciation of music began and from whence hasn't looked back

SHOCKING INCLUSIONS (either on behalf of their artist themselves or because of their over-elevated position):

No.6: The Stones Rose - The Stone Roses

No.7: Automatic For The People - REM

No.25: A Rush Of Blood To The Head - Coldplay

No.26: Is This It? - The Strokes

No.31: Californication - Red Hot Chilli Peppers

No.33: Ray Of Light - Madonna

No.40: Parachutes - Coldplay

No.53: All That You Can't Leave Behind - U2

No.67: White Ladder - David Gray

No.69: The Holy Bible - Manic Street Preachers

No.70: The Man Who - Travis

No.74: Origin of Symmetry - Muse

No.81: Word Gets Around - Stereophonics

Right i think that just about does it for album placing that really pissed me off, i have listened to all of these albums (some more than others) and own most of them. Some, like automatic for the people, is this it and californication are great albums, but surely not deserving of their high placing (i'd argue that even though i prefer the latter 2, they shouldn't have been included since the list refers to the best EVER..theyve only been around 5 years or so)

I'm waiting for people to defend these inclusions before i lay down my arguments for why they can't be there, otherwise i'd be here all night and ive got an exam on The Nature Of Truth in 65 hours which takes some revising for


  • Meddle - Pink Floyd
  • Great Escape/Self-Titled/Any others save Leisure - Blur
  • Pablo.. (er no)
  • Harvest - Neil Young
  • Led Zeppeling 2 - Led Zeppelin
  • Beautiful Freak - Eels
  • Mellon Collie And The Infinte Sadness - Smashing Pumpkins
  • Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

Gotta (w)rap this up now, but gimme some responses guys.. hotbed

(btw can't get a link to the list, sorry, but if you go to you can join me in voting for your top 100 songs ever NOW - make them good)

and i forgot Pet Sounds at No.18 which is shit (of course it's NOT shit, but big time overrsted)


Blogger Thepatient323 said...

this is all totally subjective

10:43 AM  
Anonymous Matt said...

I reckon your favourite bands (Radiohead, Beatles, etc.) get plenty of recognition anyway, mate. I wouldn't like to say that Radiohead havng 3 records in the top 10 is too much, cos I know how much that will rub some people up the wrong way...

Now I'm not a Stereophonics fan per se, but Word Gets Around is a great record. Ok, since then they've been pretty mediocre, but at the very least it's been around (sic) for about 10 years now, so it's had time to age.

Californication at 31? Sounds about right to me. At least there's no By The Way this time (shocking).

10:54 AM  
Blogger Thepatient323 said...

beatles aren't one of my "favourite" bands, they are great tho, but too much shit i don't like for them to be one of my favourite bands.

won't rub me up, although it might others.
Addition to "Too High Up In List" List = Radiohead The Bends. Bullshit that's the 2nd best album ever, ditto nevermind the 3rd best.

no, stereophonics in the top 100 ever? that is a fucking farce and people know how much i love kelly jone's voice and a fair number of his songs

10:57 AM  
Anonymous billy said...

ah, what a lovely hotbed we have here. thankee greego.

don't fret(precious i'm here?)matt. kid a is probably the only radiohead record in my top ten.
(fuck-off rob)

obvious agreement with g. it makes me want to cry that something that tame gets anywhere near the top 50. I dont want to sound like a pretentious knob-end but...a top 50 record cannot just be 'pleasant' it has to make you want to tear your fucking ears off musically, lyrically, ideally both...ahhh the release of jism.

that said, i am pleasantly surprised that it wasnt higher(more highest??). i easily expected those 'q wankers' to place it top 30.

i'm guessing revolver won???

im dying to see the list now. a trip to the newsagent tomorrow, would be perfect 'train fodder' or, if you will, 'pendolino snackery'

love to all your faces and may the exam gods smile down on you.


11:58 AM  
Blogger Thepatient323 said...

Oh what a darling you are!
1) Ok Computer
2) The Bends
3) Nevermind
4) Revolver
5) Definitely Maybe

12:04 PM  
Blogger Chandler said...

How exactly has Origin of Symmetry dropped about 44 places since the last time they did this?? I haven't heard a single album better than it in the last five years, never mind 40 of the bastards. Martin Grech's latest album and at least one of Anathema's recent post-doom metal efforts should be in there somewhere. The Bends is not the second best album of all time and the ludicrously high placement of Nirvana albums in these kind of lists never fails to bemuse me.

1:38 PM  
Anonymous George said...

no there has to be a nirvana album top 5, influence mate, change and shit

3:14 AM  
Blogger bob said...

is this it - the strokes?

are they serious???!!!

its goodish but surely nobody really thinks that it is above mediocre

10:55 AM  

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