Patti Smith, the punk poet laureate; there’s no one else quite like her. She stands alone yet has influenced many: from PJ Harvey to Peaches. Rock and Roll and women in rock wouldn’t be the same without her. This compilation is as idiosyncratic as she is, covering a generous 30 songs over 2 CDs and … Continue reading #1205 Patti Smith – Land (1975-2002)
Six exclamation marks Nick! Really? Six! Well if there was ever a man who could get away with flouting grammatical conventions, it's Nick Cave. This, remarkably, is his 14th studio album with the Bad Seeds. That of course doesn't include the five as part of The Birthday Party and Boys Next Door, the two as … Continue reading #292 Nick Cave – Dig, Lazarus Dig!!!
I came to Pavement late via their 1999 Terror Twilight album which turned out to be their last, followed ten years later by this compilation covering their slanted and enchanted history from 1989 to 1999. Clearly that marks me out as not being a true fan, merely passing through, and subject to the same amount … Continue reading #939 Pavement – Quarantine The Past: The Best Of Pavement
There was a lot of hoo-hah around The White Stripes at the fin de siècle, and they seemed to encompass our collective cultural consciousness of millennium-fuelled paranoia and petulance, knowingness and naïveté with a raw au naturel back to basic blues. I was a bit slow on the uptake (never having been one to ride … Continue reading #1518 The White Stripes – Elephant
A claustrophobic wash of chiming guitars, a brooding and moody rhythm section, a melancholic white male vocalist. Check, check, and check. It’s Joy Division by numbers. Except it’s not really. It’s an easy and obvious comparison, and one that was thrown at Interpol a lot for this, their debut album from 2002. You don’t have … Continue reading #670 Interpol – Turn On The Bright Lights
The randometer has been keen on the Velvets, throwing up White Light/White Heat as only my second choice and Nico’s The End shortly after. Here we have the original and arguably the best of both their work. A truly influential record, though famously it was a commercial failure and all but ignored at the time. … Continue reading #1457 The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico
Arguably one of the best rock compilations ever. It certainly sums up an era and a whole genre of music – celebrating some of the lesser known gems from garage psychedelic rock in the late 1960s. It was released in 1972 (although my vinyl copy that came up on the randometer is the 1976 re-issue, … Continue reading #1411 Various Artists – Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968