#727 Kraftwerk – Trans Europe Express

Electronic pioneers, their sound and image an equally well-crafted work of genius, Kraftwerk captured the industrial expansion of a divided Germany, looking to the future whilst still weighed down by its past. The motorik beat, the swathes of chugging synthesised keyboard chords, the deadpan vocals and even deader stage image are unmistakable. They’ve influenced everything … Continue reading #727 Kraftwerk – Trans Europe Express

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#670 Japan – Quiet Life

This was the first secondhand record I bought when living in Amsterdam at the now virtually defunct Fame music and film shop. It now only exists online and as a small concession in the megalithic MediaMarkt stores, but they used to sell a great range of new and old releases, from Top 40 to old … Continue reading #670 Japan – Quiet Life

#1095 R.E.M. – Around The Sun

This is generally regarded to be REM’s worst album (or least best, if you’re feeling generous) and it’s easy to hear why. That said, REM’s least best is usually better than most of the ‘next big thing’ indie pop albums that may be storming the charts, so these things are always relative. Relatively speaking, this … Continue reading #1095 R.E.M. – Around The Sun

#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