#630 Gomez – Liquid Skin

Gomez’s second album, which builds on the foundation of their first by being almost exactly the same. It’s another strong album of indie-blues, appropriated from the American South, with a modern (more commercially-friendly) take on the juju grunge of Dr John or Captain Beefheart. White Men Sing The Blues essentially. But the fact that they … Continue reading #630 Gomez – Liquid Skin

#772 King Kandy – Acid Beach Party O.S.T

It’s very unlikely that you have this album in your collection or have even heard of it. That’s a shame, because it’s quite quite brilliant. Describing itself as an “Original Notion Picture Soundtrack” this is “garage surfin' psychsploitation” a mix of garage psych, surfing guitar, great effects and snippets of choice quotes from the Acid … Continue reading #772 King Kandy – Acid Beach Party O.S.T

#635 Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – 20: Singles & EPs ’94-’96

Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, arguably the best band name ever, are sadly with us no more, but they were a key part of the so-called Cool Cymru collective of bands, artists and other Welsh movers and groovers in the mid-90s. It was the country’s answer to Brit Pop and was slightly less swaggersome and slightly more … Continue reading #635 Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – 20: Singles & EPs ’94-’96

#988 Ooberman – The Magic Treehouse

Hands up who remembers Ooberman! Ah, just me and Mark Radcliffe then? That’s a shame as they really were rather good, offering a surreal and lightly psychedelic perspective on Brit Pop. Think The Coral or Belle and Sebastian, just not as successful. Though they should have been, this is a great debut, full of great … Continue reading #988 Ooberman – The Magic Treehouse

#201 David Bowie – London Boy

It’s easy to dismiss this as Bowie’s juvenilia, which of course it is, but there’s a lot more to it than dodgy mock-cockney Anthony Newley impressions and vaguely psychedelic music hall musings. This album is a compilation effectively of Bowie’s recordings for Decca’s Deram label, most of which featured on his debut album, along with … Continue reading #201 David Bowie – London Boy

#77 Syd Barrett – The Madcap Laughs

Syd Barrett (nee Roger Keith) may well be jangle pop’s antihero. The ramshackle recording of this, his debut record, of barely scraped together takes from a number of sessions is lo-fi in the extreme. His influence as the originator of Pink Floyd and prime composer of their mind-blowing debut The Piper At The Gates Of … Continue reading #77 Syd Barrett – The Madcap Laughs

#118 Beck – Mellow Gold

Beck seems to have invented an entirely new musical language here: gravel-scraping scratchy and funky acoustic guitars, sharp yet muffled beats, growling blues-man vocals with a sound collage of record samples and unusual field recordings thrown into the mix. Listening to the album now (after a long time away from it) it still sounds entirely … Continue reading #118 Beck – Mellow Gold

#1037 Pink Floyd – Echoes: The Best Of Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd are a band who have constantly repackaged and re-presented themselves. They've done this throughout their career; it should be no surprise that these reissues, remasters and endless retrospective compilations have continued in their twilight years. Although this doesn't come with gimmicks like the flashing lights of the 1995 live album Pulse, and it … Continue reading #1037 Pink Floyd – Echoes: The Best Of Pink Floyd

#122 The Bees – Octopus

Love this band, they’re the bees’ knees. Channelling everything from late 60s psychedelia, ska and reggae rock, with retro garage pop, from their musical island in the middle of the English Channel. This 2007 release of throwback indie, instrumentally-focused, music is perhaps not so surprising given their Isle of Wight home which, despite some claiming … Continue reading #122 The Bees – Octopus

#861 Mercury Rev – All Is Dream

This album is the musical equivalent of a Charlie Kaufman film – mysterious, ethereal, shapeshifting, and indifferent as to whether the listener (viewer) ‘gets it’ or not. After suddenly coming to the attention of the general public (and mainstream music critics) after three studio albums with 1998’s brilliant Deserter’s Songs, this was Mercury Rev’s highly … Continue reading #861 Mercury Rev – All Is Dream