#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

#143 Philippe Besombes – Libra, Un Film Du Groupe Pattern

Philippe Besombes is little known outside of his native France, but should be far more widely celebrated as an experimental music pioneer. This is his first solo album, a soundtrack for a dialogue-free film made by the Pattern Group of French underground film directors. It ranges from pysch-rock to experimental shrieks and feedback, free jazz … Continue reading #143 Philippe Besombes – Libra, Un Film Du Groupe Pattern

#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

#1266 Silver Apples – The Garden

Silver Apples are an entirely unique entity, there’s no one else that sounds quite like them and that’s a rare thing in the world of ‘popular’ music and should be cherished. Not that Silver Apples achieved much popular success in their late ‘60s heyday, when a series of misfortunes befell their second album Contact, following … Continue reading #1266 Silver Apples – The Garden

#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

#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