#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


#196 David Bowie – Pin Ups

I started listening to this on my iPhone with headphones on the tube, which without doubt is the worst place ever to attempt to listen to music. Particularly at rush hour on the Central line. So I’m hoping I can be forgiven for not even recognising this as Bowie singing for the first 30 seconds. … Continue reading #196 David Bowie – Pin Ups

#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

#1492 Scott Walker – Scott 3

I love Scott Walker, and have done since a teenager, first coming across him through hearing David Bowie’s early covers of Jacques Brel which led me to Walker and then onto Brel himself. He has an incredible voice, possibly the best baritone in ‘popular’ music, and it's here on his 1969 third solo album where … Continue reading #1492 Scott Walker – Scott 3