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  1. Big Black are a real ur-Albini band. There's a fuzzy distortion and rhythm section high in the mix, a driving riff behind just about everything, that you notice in everything Albini produces after that point, so I can see why they made the list. Prince's version of Manic Monday was actually released after his death, they brought out an album of his versions of songs he gave to other artists. It's a fun listen, and obviously a superb pop song. Artists Against Apartheid...yeah. I grew up in a very political household, and while I'm too young to really remember a time when Mandela was
  2. "She Sells Sanctuary" is a song I haven't thought of in years, but was in constant rotation during my teenage goth years. It's brilliant, and one of a select few songs that benefits from the gated reverb drum production of the '80s, rather than feeling horribly dated by it. "Close To Me" is one of my favourite Cure songs. It's a good balance between their pop and their goth sides, and the pop stuff sounded best when it was almost nursery rhyme-like in its simplicity, with an illusion of depth. I love The Fall, but this is definitely from a period where they were turning out a lot o
  3. Hoodoo Gurus! Bloody hell. I can only assume they're on here because they seem duty-bound to include an Australian band every now and then, but I'm glad to see them. A couple of my muso friends count them among their all-time favourites, and they make some lovely tunes, but I'd struggle to justify them making The List. I adore The Pogues, and that's such a good song. The best Pogues stuff has the feel of a song that's so much older than it is; it's sometimes hard to distinguish the traditional folk tunes from MacGowan's own writing, it all just feels of a piece, and utterly timeless. You
  4. I saw Echo and The Bunnymen last year; they were superb, and similar to when I saw The Buzzcocks in terms of just being constantly surprised how many of their songs I knew. Killing Moon was, unsurprisingly, the first song of the encore (they closed on Bring On The Dancing Horses), and started with a blacked out stage and then spotlight on someone playing electric mandolin for that intro - really spine-tingling stuff.
  5. I do feel that this sort of book does tend to give a little favouritism towards songs like "I Love Rock & Roll" that are about rock music, as it's just an easy sell to explain it. That said, it's also by far Jett's most famous song, and I probably only dislike it through overexposure. Things are starting to move out of my '76-'80 goldilocks zone of liking more stuff than I dislike here, getting into some '80s pop and rock that does little for me. Though Madness and Motorhead are both absolutely superb, obviously. Not a fan of Rush, but I do quite like Tom Sawyer, it's one of their less
  6. I have a running joke with a couple of friends of just shouting "....TUSK!" after anything which could be construed as sounding even vaguely like an extended drumbeat. It's a fun song, but not one of my favourites from Fleetwood Mac. And that's kind of the story of this group for me, except maybe the Nick Drake track, which I love. Some decent songs by artists I like, but not my favourites from any of them. A strange choice for Sparks - "Number One Song In Heaven" was a bigger hit, and a better track, that would have been a better fit here, or "When Do I Get To Sing My Way" much later down
  7. What's interesting with a lot of the recent list is that we're seeing real move forwards in "post-punk"; Public Image Ltd pulling from Lydon's own musical tastes (Krautrock, Beefheart etc.) far more than the usual punk stuff, The Clash really moving away from the two minute three chord stuff and incorporating other elements, The Only Ones bringing a real pop sensibility to the table, Magazine being far more sonically interesting than The Buzzcocks were, and so on, to the point that something like "Alternative Ulster" already starts to feel a bit old hat for "just" being a straightforward punk
  8. Ever Fallen In Love is one of the greatest pop songs ever written, I adore it. I think it was Mark Radcliffe who described it as "like Buddy Holly wrote a song to pogo to". I saw the Buzzcocks live in around 2008 or 2009, thinking I only knew one or two of their songs, and I just knew (and loved) practically everything they played. Wonderful band. I expect we'll see stuff from Pete Shelley and Magazine later, too. Lots of stuff from around the punk era, obviously, and some fantastic choices. Part of the reason I was disappointed that the Pistols seem to have been over-represented in this li
  9. I love Kate Bush, but Wuthering Heights is silly. Impressive, interesting, but far from her best work. It feels like the artist distilled to her purest form, which is rarely what you actually want, you want some outside, guiding influences. Undeniably unique, though. "Holidays In The Sun" was written after the Pistols were booked to play in Jersey, but were banned from performing and ended up stuck on the ferry. It's a decent song, but don't really know why it's made this list alongside two other Pistols tracks. "Uptown Top Ranking" is lovely. I can't really explain why, but I love it. I
  10. "Young Hearts Run Free" is one of my favourite songs ever. I would put it alongside "Be My Baby" as one of the greatest bits of pop music ever recorded, just an absolute masterpiece. There's been a lot of other stuff on here lately that I like, but don't have much to say about. I bloody love Jonathan Richman, though.
  11. He had a new album out this year!
  12. Sparks are one of my all-time favourite bands; I love a band who, when you hear them, you immediately know who it is. And you're never going to mistake Sparks for someone else. I can't even be a hipster fan and point to all the better songs in their back catalogue, because "This Town..." fucking bangs. "Only Women Bleed" is a song I first knew from the Tori Amos cover, but grew to know the original more as I became a bigger fan of this era of Alice Cooper. Bizarrely, it's one of the only songs my Gran ever owned, alongside a few Shadows singles. I have no idea how that came about. "J
  13. Piss Factory is great, though I prefer the Swarf Sisters version that's mentioned. Tom Waits is one of my all-time favourites; while a lot of my love for him comes from later than this (Rain Dogs is probably my all-time favourite album), Heart of Saturday Night is just lovely. Early Tom Waits is very much stereotyped (with good reason, admittedly) as songs about drinking by a drunk. Most of them are a bit mournful and self-pitying because of it, whereas Heart of Saturday Night is almost the exact opposite of that, a rare example of him getting upbeat at this time. Jonathan Richman does a
  14. 100%! I love Jacques Brel, love Alex Harvey, and it's a perfect combination of the two. Scott Walker is one of my favourite artists ever, but his Brel covers tend to be over-produced and a bit too crooner-y - the increasing desperation and insanity in Harvey's voice is perfect for Brel. His version of "Delilah" is superb for similar reasons. Another great list for me, really - Jolene is superb, and 20th Century Boy is (as I think I've mentioned before) my favourite T-Rex song.
  15. yeah, that's a run of songs right up my street! Crazy Horses is an absolute banger. All The Young Dudes is something that, even knowing the most famous version was recorded by Mott The Hoople, I still 100% think of as a Bowie song. There are plenty of other versions, but it just drips early '70s Bowie. Obviously he wrote it, but I think his style permeates it even beyond that. A wonderful song, by an underrated band. The New York Dolls tend to get credit for what came after, rather than what they actually did at the time, and in many ways it's understandable. But Personality Cr
  16. That's actually the biggest alarm bell ringing for me when I watch that trailer. Especially with no footage, it feels more like a wishlist than a game in development.
  17. That first Roxy Music album is fantastic. I wrote them off for years as being a bit of glossy style over substance wank, until someone introduced me to stuff like Virginia Plain and Do The Strand, and even weirder tracks like 2HB, Ladytron, and Every Dream Home A Heartache. I don't think anyone has ever really truly found that balance of weird and experimental with stylish and poppy as well as they did.
  18. "Virtual Basement Wrestling" sounds like something seedy you'd see advertised in the back of an Apter mag.
  19. I think I mentioned the first time Beefheart came up, but I hung out with the drummer, John French, after seeing the Magic Band live a few years back. Since they reformed, he alternates between drumming and doing lead vocals, as he has a pretty spot-on Beefheart impression. I've met a few old rock star types that have been really strung out and basically so burned out on drink and drugs that you can't get a coherent sentence out of them. When I had the opportunity to meet Drumbo, I was pretty convinced that anyone who had been with Captain Beefheart on-and-off since he was a teenager woul
  20. We're getting in to some stuff I absolutely love - Faust are one of my favourite bands, and I'm surprised not to have already seen a couple of other Krautrock tracks make the list; though I wouldn't complain with them being here broadly representative of the genre, and then Kraftwerk popping up later. Krautrock at its best was always intensive repetition with minor variations, and that's exactly what's going on here, without the more mechanical feel of later Faust, or Neu!. Silver Machine is fantastic - Lemmy's contributions to Hawkwind always had a bit of a grungy, messy feel that made t
  21. I literally just bought Spider-Man, so let's hope it's not that. I miss the days of getting a couple of quirky indie titles with the monthly games, though - I have a monthly data limit, and a 40GB+ major title massively eats into that.
  22. I would probably go with the WWE name in cases like that, just for clarity; it saves people having to second-guess what names people might be under. If it's the only name he's ever used in wrestling, it makes sense. Given that he's a Performance Center guy anyway, it might be worth setting him as a Dojo graduate for the WWE, so it would make more sense for him to debut there under that name anyway.
  23. Random things I've spotted scrolling through: And then I think you edited/re-sorted the sheet while I was reading it, so I lost my place
  24. I love Superstar. I know it mainly through the Sonic Youth cover on a Carpenters tribute album, but it's gorgeous. I find it very haunting, though agree that the chorus is the weakest part of the song, and feels like something almost crowbarred in to make it more palatable.
  25. Jesus Was A Cross Maker and The Lamb Ran Away With The Crown are the too that I know and love, the former especially. I didn't really know anything about her life until just now, though. Famous Blue Raincoat is one of my favourite Leonard Cohen songs. I think he lyrically became more interesting, and more mature (if you can say that about a writer who didn't start releasing records until his mid-30s anyway) as he musically moved into cheap synths and weird production choices that make some of his later music a more acquired taste, but this is right at the point where he's moved bey
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