#301 Manu Chao – Proxima Estacion Esperanza

This is Manu Chao’s second solo album, but my first. I came across him from attending WOMAD festival in 2002, the summer after my girlfriend and I returned from our two-year round-the-world trip and were trying to recapture the freedom and joie de vivre by buying a campervan. Definitely a good move at a music … Continue reading #301 Manu Chao – Proxima Estacion Esperanza


#914 Os Mutantes – Everything Is Possible: The Best of Os Mutantes

I first came across Os Mutantes via David Byrne and this 1999 compilation released on his Luaka Bop label. They are a psychedelic rock band from Brazil, influential in their homeland in the late 60s and at the forefront of the Tropicalia movement, but rarely heard outside of Brazil until Bryne’s patronage helped them reach … Continue reading #914 Os Mutantes – Everything Is Possible: The Best of Os Mutantes

#515 Peter Gabriel – ‘3’

My second Gabriel album to pop up, and though not as well-known as So, this is probably his best. Although I will always retain a soft spot for his debut solo record, since it’s where I started with my Gabriel love affair. Americans seem to like to call this album ‘Melt’ in the way they … Continue reading #515 Peter Gabriel – ‘3’

#529 Peter Gabriel – So

I’m big on Peter Gabriel. Before I fully discovered David Bowie and when I needed a little break from Prince, Gabriel was my go-to male artist of choice. Discovered of course through my initial love of Genesis. After listening to their masterpiece, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, I largely lost interest in the band’s … Continue reading #529 Peter Gabriel – So

#1244 Barbra Streisand – And Other Musical Instruments

This is a very recent (£1 eBay) purchase, and I’m delighted that it’s come up on the randometer. I read about it on one of those 50 weirdest albums listicles somewhere on Tinterweb, and was intrigued by the write up, not least because you don’t expect Babs to be amongst the usual suspects of Metal … Continue reading #1244 Barbra Streisand – And Other Musical Instruments

#150 Black Star Liner –Bengali Bantam Youth Experience

Their 1999 Mercury Music Prize nomination was the reason for me seeking out these guys. Part of the so-called British Asian Underground, their mix of dub beats, soundtrack-style-strings and record sampling was a winning combination. Not of the Mercury Prize unfortunately, it went to Talvin Singh for OK that year, but they gained airplay and … Continue reading #150 Black Star Liner –Bengali Bantam Youth Experience