#1292 Talking Heads – 77

My introduction to Talking Heads was hearing Once In A Lifetime on the radio (Dave Lee Travis if memory serves) and being absolutely BLOWN AWAY. I bought Remain In Light on vinyl soon after; one of the first bought items in my record collection. I then worked backwards sporadically and bought this, their debut, from … Continue reading #1292 Talking Heads – 77

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#298 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Nocturama

This album is often considered to be ‘lesser’ than the rest of Cave’s recent oeuvre. I don’t think so. I much prefer it to Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! and think it’s rather underrated and contains not only some great individual songs, but as an album appears to be a junction box of the various fuses Nick … Continue reading #298 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Nocturama

#320 The Clash – London Calling

This is a double album for god’s sake. A double album! Punk bands aren’t meant to release anything this long. Never Mind the Bollocks is barely 20 mins each side. There’s some rock classics on here: London Calling being the pick of the crop. Rudie Can’t Fail, Spanish Bombs, Lost in the Supermarket, The Guns … Continue reading #320 The Clash – London Calling

#1205 Patti Smith – Land (1975-2002)

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)

#698 Joy Division – Permanent

Post-punk, early progenitors of grunge, industrial noise, indie music, England’s very own Krautrock, Joy Division have got a lot to answer for. Famously formed after the infamous 1976 Manchester Sex Pistols gig that everyone claims to have been at despite the fact there were only 35 people in the room (The Smiths and The Fall … Continue reading #698 Joy Division – Permanent

#1518 The White Stripes – Elephant

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

#1457 The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico

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