Sunday, June 20, 2004

yeah and, indeed, right

The Observer puts The Stone Roses eponymous debut ahead of The Beatles' Revolver in the 100 Greatest British Albums of all time. Really? Maybe. Both albums are definitely of their time.

It's interesting seeing the Top 10 lists of some of the contributors, most of which are desparately contrived, or put together by 'ver management' so as not to embarrass the 'star'.

Let's take Will Young for a start. His published Top 10 is a follows:

1. Love & Affection Joan Armatrading
2. Be Yourself Tonight Eurythmics
3. Stronger Than Pride Sade
4. Abbey Road The Beatles
5. Sticky Fingers Rolling Stones
6. Let's Dance David Bowie
7. Blue Lines Massive Attack
8. Staring At The Sea: The Singles The Cure
9. The Stone Roses The Stone Roses
10. Echoes: The Best Of Pink Floyd Pink Floyd

Sorry but I only believe number 3... and even then I think Diamond Life is more likely.

Anyway, never one to pass up the opportunity of a list I tried to construct my own Top 10 and realised in so doing how much US stuff would actually fall in my overall Top 10. Therefore, I have my British Top 10 and my US Top 10.

British Top 10:

1. New Order - Power, Corruption & Lies
2. Specials - Specials
3. Dexy's Midnight Runners - Don't Stand Me Down
4. Divine Comedy - Casanova
5. The Fall - This Nation's Saving Grace
6. Boards of Canada - Music Has The Right To Children
7. Stereolab - Dots & Loops
8. The Jam - Setting Sons
9. The Durutti Column - Without Mercy
10. Athlete - Vehicles & Animals

US Top 10:

1. Pixies - Doolittle
2. Bob Mould - Workbook
3. Guided By Voices - Alien Lanes
4. 10,000 Maniacs - In My Tribe
5. Sebadoh - Harmacy
6. Sugar - Copper Blue
7. Tortoise - Millions Now Living Will Never Die
8. REM - Document
9. Pavement - Brighten The Corners
10. Indigo Girls - Indigo Girls