Todays post is not so much about writing and again, more about music. I like music lists. I like music polls. I don’t necessarily believe them, or agree with them, but I like to look. Sometimes I find they remind me of good or great albums I already have, or albums that have been over looked, and they make me want to play them again. They can validate your own choices, if you need that sort of thing, which I rarely do these days, or they can give you the opposite, and something to argue against. I love the year end “album of the year” polls. I love the “greatest albums of the …” type polls.
With that in mind, considering my own favourites, my own lists, whilst not something I do a lot, is an occasional fun, if not somewhat trivial exercise. Still, so what? It is occasionally fun. Whilst ranting about the Grammys the other day, I mused on my favourite albums of last year. Today I shall consider my favourite albums of all time. To clarify, this is my favourite albums of all time, not necessarily the albums I consider to be the greatest of all time, which may be both similar and different. So here goes, in order (album title – artist – year):
- Beaster – Sugar (1993)
- OK Computer – Radiohead (1997)
- Giant Steps – The Boo Radleys (1993)
- The Soft Bulletin – The Flaming Lips (1999)
- Radiator – Super Furry Animals (1997)
- Brighten the Corners – Pavement (1997)
- The Queen is dead – The Smiths (1986)
- The Holy Bible – The Manic Street Preachers (1994)
- Copper Blue – Sugar (1992)
- Parklife – Blur (1994)
- In Utero – Nirvana (1993)
- Hatful of Hollow – The Smiths (1984)
- Back in Black – AC/DC (1980)
- Star – Belly (1993)
- Teenager of the Year – Frank Black (1994)
- The Seldom Seen Kid – Elbow (2008)
- Dark Side of The Moon – Pink Floyd (1973)
- In Sides – Orbital (1996)
- Beaster – Sugar
- OK Computer – Radiohead
- Giant Steps – The Boo Radleys
- The Soft Bulletin – The Flaming Lips
- Radiator – Super Furry Animals
- Brighten the Corners – Pavement
- The Queen is dead – The Smiths
- The Holy Bible – The Manic Street Preachers
- Star – Belly
- Teenager of the Year – Frank Black
It is the last two which have changed. So I have some constant favourites. I could, I suppose, build a list of fifty or more although the order would get a little more disagreeable. It is a tough call in the top ten. The point with a longer list might be as much that something is included in it, more so than it’s rank in the list. I wish I hadn’t typed this idea now, I’m probably going to end up doing it. I am now kind of intrigued what might be included, how much of one artist and so on. On my iPod I have 35 days of music and this isn’t everything I own. Yes, I said iPod, there is too much space taken for my iPhone, – and that is kind of scary that iPod is starting to sound slightly out of date already. Although I prefer CD (I have a half decent stereo), and that sounds even more out of date, but i digress.
You can see my choices favour rock and pop more than dance music, only Orbital is near the top. That reflects my music collection at large. There is dance music (e.g. LCD Soundsystem as a recent favourite), and some hip hop, in there, but more of it is rock, pop, folk, alt-country, and things around the edges of that. I may post more on why I like some of the choices, in a later post. You may begin to see here why I like lists. It is the alternative viewpoint of looking at what I own, and they can give me some perspective on it. I like when they make me pick up something I haven’t played in a while and it is good all over again. I think you can tell I like music, a lot more than lists. What would your choices be?
Lexicon word of the day: mendacious.