The Sunday Top Five – Music

To lighten the mood (again) at the blogocrats, here is this weeks top five list. Now what do I call them: records, CD’s, albums? And what do we call them now that you can just download a full thingamejig?

Anyway – what is your top five list of music? This can cover all types of music, but is restricted at the moment to a collection of songs (a separate Top Five Songs will come at a later date).

To get you started, here is my list:

  1. Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd
  2. Girlfriend – Matthew Sweet
  3. Five Days in July – Blue Rodeo
  4. New York – Lou Reed
  5. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot – Wilco

Mind you, if you were to ask me next week I might not have the same list as it depends on my mood, but at least three of those will remain constant. Can you guess which three?

Over to you, blogocrats. And I thought we needed a video in the thread (late Sunday night addition).


117 Responses

  1. No Neil Diamond??

    Like yourself joni, my list changes depending on my mood, however here’s what I’ve been enjoying listening to over the past few months:

    1. Rockferry – Duffy
    2. Pop Art- Pet Shop Boys
    3. The Greatest – Cat Power (thanks to Dave 55)
    4. Back to Black – Amy Winehouse
    5. Fundamental – Pet Shop Boys

    I refuse to listen to Country & Western music.

  2. These 5 are pretty much locked in, although I would probably have Radiohead’s – The Bends in my actual Top 5 but I don’t know what it would knock out.

    1. Radiohead – OK Computer
    2. Pearl Jam – Ten
    3. U2 – Achtung Baby
    4. Nick Cave – The Boatman’s Call
    5. Jeff Buckley – Grace

    My Sat and Sunday morning CD favorite (listening to it now) is a compilation of Latin and African songs called A Putumayo Blend – Music from the Coffee Lands. I picked it up in Honduras a few years ago and it has probably been played more than any other CD in my collection ever since so I think it deserves an honourable mention.

  3. reb,

    I was wondering what you thought of it – glad you liked it (it’s always a bit scary when you recommend music to someone and they buy the CD on that recommendation alone). Cat Power is usually on my Sat/Sunday morning music mix as well. Definitely glad I took a gamble and bought that CD (on someone else’s recommendation as well!).

  4. Dave55,

    I know what you mean (re recommending music to others), it’s always a bit dicey.

    Putumayo – Music from the Coffee Lands? I’ve also got it and enjoy it. Perfect dinner/entertaining music. I also have it’s partner “Music from the Chocolate Lands” which is also good (mine came in a two CD Boxed set).

    I also like the Budhha Bar CDS, with Vol 1 and 3 being particular favourites.

  5. In fact, I’ll just go and put Coffee Lands on now!

  6. Typical of a lot of baby-boomers mine are:

    1. Beatles
    2. Beatles
    3. Beatles
    4. Beatles
    5. Beatles

  7. Miglo,

    That’s quite a diverse range.

    (Although it’s reassuring that you didn’t mention “Wings”)


  8. How many legs do beatles have?? Eight?

    OMG – the same number as spiders! Eek

  9. joni – insects only have 6 legs – Miglo’s safe (on the music front at least – not sure about using his computer in the study though 😉 ).

  10. To show that I am really a character of diversity I also like Gordon Lightfoot and Midnight Oil.

    Gordon Who you ask?

    Overall, my tastes are rather cool. Haven’t heard of the stuff reb and Dave55 put up. Must be that their taste in wines completely out-guns their taste in music. Who the hell is Duffy? Sounds a lot like Daffy.

    And Joni – it just dawned on me there were four Beatles with two legs each. That makes eight!

  11. Dave55, I sprayed the computer room with machine gun fire. Nothing would have survived.

    Returning to my music, I have the Beatles LP, EP and Singles collection unplayed. Might be worth a few bucks.

  12. “Overall, my tastes are rather cool..”

    LOL, but you mentioned the beatles!

    Obviously you haven’t heard the stuff me and Dave listen to, as our tastes are broad and sophisticated…

  13. Obviously you haven’t heard the stuff me and Dave listen to.

    Proof of my superior intelligence.

  14. yeah Miglo – what reb said!

    at least the beatles isn’t C&W!

    And yes – I reckon that collection would be worth quite a bit. I hope you have it insured.

  15. reb – If I see the chocolate lands CD I think I’ll grab it. I remember seeing it when I bought the coffee lands CD. Haven’t seen it here in Aus though.

  16. Dave, I’ve seen it occasionally at Sanity.

    I reckon you’d be able to order it, then again there’s always

    “Proof of my superior intelligence”

    And this is black duck with a white collar talking??

  17. You’ve stumped me reb. One of the few times that I’ve been lost for words.

  18. I’m with you Miglo, but the early Beatles not keen after Rubber Soul (1)

    Big fan of Johnny Mathis (2)

    The last Eagles album, Out of Eden, revived my interest in singing (3)

    Like The Carpenters (4)

    Fan of Sting (5)

    Geese, five’s not enough I was born in ’47! I mean you can’t beat a good brass band, The Black Dyke Band f’rinstance, or the Yorkshire Building Society BB, or Mario Lanza, Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand, Celine Dion – five f&^%king, five!

    Who thought this nonsense up!

  19. TB,

    No Val Doonican? No Kenny Ball? No Demis Roussoss, or Roger Whitaker?

    My folks used to drive me up the wall with Roger Whitaker. Especially “I’m going to leave Old Durham town”.

    I used to think “well why don’t you then? Why don’t you just f**k off!!”

  20. Here’s one reb will like.

  21. First ducks and now TB’s talking about geese? This is a music thread fellas, not a thread on birds (although discussion about spiders and insects is allowed).

    Tim, are you reading out there? Without you Steely Dan won’t feature in a top 5 😉

  22. Dave55@21. TB and I ARE talking about music. You and reb are talking about head-banging jungle drums and screaming banshees.

  23. Ok Joni, now that you’ve opened pandora’s box, I’ll be very interested to read the contributions. Have taken note of ‘putumayo’. Thanks to Dave55.

    Ladies first:

    1. Tapestry, Carole King
    2. Rickie Lee Jones
    3. Nick of Time, Bonnie Raitt
    4. Famous Blue Raincoat, Jennifer Warnes
    5. Getz/Gilberto, Stan Getz/Astrud Gilberto, Joao Gilberto
    Very honourable mention to Natalie Cole.


    1. Abbey Road, Beatles
    2. Dark Side of The Moon, Pink Floyd
    3. Robert Johnson, The Real Delta Blues
    4. Are You Experienced, Jimi Hendrix
    5. Kind of Blue, Miles Davis
    Honourable mention, anything by Led Zeppelin.

    Dishonourable mention: ND (cough cough, wink wink, say no more)

  24. Thank you Miglo.

    I listened to that track in its entirety just for posterity’s sake.

    It’s sounds just as bad as I remember it to be. Although I had forgotten about the little background trumpet fanfare during the chorus.

  25. And so the injustice of ‘lists’ continues.
    Steely Dan, indeed, THE best live musical concert of modern music I have ever attended (marginally ahead of Pink Floyd).

  26. reb, you are aware that Johnny M was gay?

    Val Doonican! How frigging old are you again!

    Roger – Everybody’s talkkin – London Town

    Just whistling to the butcher birds (lunch on the deck with The Minister – beautiful) – Kenny Ball

    …and I confess September Morn and Play Me are now in my own rep.

    Reprise (for Dave 5) (luv the rhyming!)

    Jeese, only five? f&^%cking five?

  27. Shit TB, I just realised you had Celion Dion in that list of also rans – I hope you were having a lend of us.

    I’ll admit she has a great voice but the songs are pure torture. Bloody James Cameron should be shot for having that song on the soundtrack.

    And I agree, 5 is way too hard – I just picked mine from 1990 onwards because that’s what I’ve grown up with (nothing much from the 80s worth mentioning aside from some U2, Chilli Peppers, G’n’R’ Appetite for Destruction, INXS (actually, now that I think about it …)

  28. I know what you mean (limiting to five).

    If you need to have separate “top five” lists then go ahead.

    My top five solo:

    1. Girlfriend – Matthew Sweet
    2. New York – Lou Reed
    3. Grace – Jeff Buckley
    4. X – Lloyd Cole
    5. Amused to Death – Roger Waters

    I have found that a lot of my favourite albums have a common link, which is the producer Fred Maher. I guess I just like the clean sound that he creates.

  29. I tend to go by the decade:

    1960s (Was born this decade so will start w/ it…took a few years for the music of this decade to reach my HOME, apart from The Beatles…my family were pretty conservative…& Dad was jazz oriented…Mum into Seekers, Carpenters etc….fortunately I got a stepmom in the early 70s in Canada w/ awesome vinyls)

    These still LIGHT the core of my being:

    1. The Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)
    aka Warhol

    2. Jimi Hendrix: Are You Experienced? (1967) (kudos to Oftenbark)

    3. The Doors: The Doors (1967)

    4. Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin (1969)

    5. The Rolling Stones: Let It Bleed (1969)

    also rans:

    The Moody Blues: In Search of the Lost Chord (1968)
    Nick Drake: Five Leaves Left (1969)
    Bob Dylan: Bringing It All Back Home (1965)
    Jimi Hendrix: Electric Ladyland (1968)
    Yes: S/T (1969)
    The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
    The Rolling Stones: Beggars Banquet (1968)
    Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin II (1969)
    King Crimson: In the Court of the Crimson King (1969)
    Frank Zappa: We’re Only in It for the Money (1968)
    Pink Floyd: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967)
    Miles Davis: Sketches of Spain (1960)
    Miles Davis: In a Silent Way (1969)
    Love: Forever Changes (1967)
    The Byrds: The Notorious Byrd Brothers (1968)
    Vince Guaraldi: A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
    Creedence Clearwater Revival: S/T (1968)
    Ennio Morricone: Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (1966)
    Jefferson Airplane: Surrealistic Pillow (1967)
    The Moody Blues: Days of Future Passed (1967)
    The Moody Blues: On the Threshold of a Dream (1969)
    13th Floor Elevators: The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators (1966)
    John Mayall: Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton (1966)
    Cream: Wheels of Fire (1968)
    Tim Buckley: Blue Afternoon (1969)
    Big Brother & the Holding Company: Cheap Thrills (1968)
    Quicksilver Messenger Service: Happy Trails (1969)
    The Who: Tommy (1969)

    and many more…

    list will probably change next decade as I’m really getting into Johnny Cash, Captain Beefheart, and different soul & jazz musos lately.

    thnx for recent comments Reb & Oftenbark.

  30. I keep coming back to these:

    Funky Kingston- Toots & the Maytals
    Moondance – Van Morrison
    Rodriguez – Cold Fact
    John Lee Hooker – the very best of
    Various Positions and I’m Your Man – Leonard Cohen

    Amy Winehouse – Back to Black, Dusty Springfield or Aretha Franklin (depending on mood)

    I like the new Killers and Snow Patrol albums.
    I also regularly play the soundtrack from Standing in the Shadows of Motown, love it!

  31. kittylitter – Haven’t heard the new Snow patrol but the Killers album is great. The new Kings of Leon Album – Only By The Night – is a ripper as well.

  32. Everyone’s going to think that I’m a nerd, but what the heck.

    All time favorite: The desert theme from Lawrence of Arabia. I saved all my pocket money and bought the LP of the sound track but my parents owned only an old record player and so they bought me this little wind up thing so that I could play my record.

    Yes please kittylitter: Moondance

    I have strong feelings for The Boxer, Simon & Garfunkle..maybe because of a particular young bloke. Sigh, he’s now probably old (obviously) and fat and probably even worse, wouldn’t even remember me.

    Tina Turner: What’s Love Got to do With it.

    Had better throw in an Aussie: Ian Moss and Tucker’s Daugher. Just for fun.

    And then anything by the Oils.

  33. My older brothers used to be big ZZZ heads

    I can’t find the actual version I remember(mainly because I don’t know who it was by or what have you, I just remember how it sounded) (I was 8 or so) but this is the closest I could find

  34. I still can’t get past TB’s Celion Dion nomination – Really?

  35. Obviously thats not the original. There used to be this very very cool version played on 4zzz( 83-4-5-6???) not sure, probably was in the zzz100 but I just cant remember back that far with details… Anybody know the original? (or the one doing the rounds in Brisbane at that time?… 4zzz reined supreme, so much so the government(joh) went at them hard(condoms) and 4jjj stole all their shit!

  36. Min,

    The Oils!! – of course!! 10 – 1 is an absolute classic.

    Although it’s a single – Aussie Crawl’s – Reckless is brilliant as is the Church’s ‘Under the Milky Way’.

    While I’m on the topic, did any of you catch the ABC Radio National’s “Wide open road” series – Brilliant!

  37. sea of love
    girl you’ll be a woman soon
    save the last dance for me

    just a few i like

  38. Good call there Nasking, and Kittylitter, of course, how could one omit Van Morrison.

    Astral Weeks, Van Morrison
    The Real Folk Blues, Muddy Waters
    ” ” ” ” , Howlin’ Wolf
    The Very best Of T-Bone Walker
    ” ” ” ” Ry Cooder
    Let It Bleed, Rolling Stones
    Aftermath, ” ”
    Robben Ford, Talk to Your Daughter
    Who’s Next, Who
    Physical Graffiti, Led Zep
    Dixie Chicken, Little Feat
    Willie Dixon, songwriter, second only to the great Robert Johnson
    Pretzel Logic, Cant Buy A Thrill, Aja, Katy Lied, Royal Scam, on and on, Steely Dan
    Sade, very best of
    Paradise and Lunch, Chicken Skin Music, Get Rhythm, Ry Cooder
    Robert Palmer, Clues
    Indianola Mississippi Seeds, Songs on The Bayou, BB King
    Soul Serenade, Songlines, Derek Trucks
    Brothers In Arms, Dire Straits
    The Honeymoon is Over, Cruel Sea
    Songs From The South, Paul Kelly
    Dont Ask, Tina Arena
    Disraeli Gears, Cream
    Silk Degrees, Boz Scaggs
    Blood on the Tracks, Blonde on Blonde, Highway 61 Revisited,
    Bob Dylan
    Swordfish Trombones, Closing Time, and others, Tom Waits
    Sticky Fingers, Exile on Main Street, Out of Our heads, December’s Children, Rolling Stones
    Duane Allman, Anthology
    Raul Malo, The Nashville Acoustic Sessions
    I’m Your Man, Various Positions, 10 New Songs, The Future, and more, Leonard Cohen
    Garbage 1, Garbage
    I Robot, Vulture Culture, Turn of A Friendly Card and more, Alan Parsons
    The Pros and Cons of Hitch-hiking, Roger Waters
    Maria Muldaur sings the blues
    OK Computer, Radiohead
    Dummy, Portishead (see, I’m not that old, yet)

    Carry On.

  39. Did I overlook Christina Amphlett, Mark McEntee, Divinyls? Absolute top shelf rock.
    Shame on me.

  40. kittylitter said: I keep coming back to these

    My 70s list was getting longer & longer…was gettin’ too hard to pick 5…so I went w/ your logic kittylitter…these are the 5 albums from the 70s that get the most play in this house…and still sound fantastic after all these years:

    1. Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
    2. David Bowie: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (1972)
    3. Yes: Going For the One (1977)
    4. Genesis: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974)
    5. Miles Davis: Bitches Brew (1970)

    followed closely by:

    Funkadelic: Maggot Brain (1971)
    Neu!: Neu! (1972)
    Neu! : Neu! ’75 (1975)
    David Bowie: Low (1977)
    Joy Division: Unknown Pleasures (1979)
    Robert Wyatt: Rock Bottom (1974)
    Yes: Close to the Edge (1972)
    Yes: Yessongs (1973)
    Frank Zappa: Over-nite Sensation (1973)
    Neil Young: Live Rust (1979)
    David Bowie: Hunky Dory (1971)
    Lou Reed: Berlin (1973)
    Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin [IV] (1971)
    Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffiti (1975)
    Brian Eno: Here Come the Warm Jets (1973)
    Supertramp: Crime of the Century (1974)
    Brian Eno: Music for Airports 1 (1978)
    Pink Floyd: Animals (1977)
    Pink Floyd: Meddle (1971)
    Genesis: Selling England by the Pound (1973)
    Joni Mitchell: Blue (1971)
    Joni Mitchell: The Hissing of Summer Lawns (1975)
    Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On (1971)
    Sly and the Family Stone: There’s a Riot Goin’ On (1971)
    Television: Marquee Moon (1977)
    The Eagles: Hotel California (1976)
    Black Sabbath: Paranoid (1970)
    Creedence Clearwater Revival: Cosmo’s Factory (1970)
    Van Morrison: Moondance (1970)
    The Who: Quadrophenia (1973)
    Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: Déjà vu (1970)
    Suicide: Suicide (1977)
    Patti Smith: Horses (1975)
    Jethro Tull: Aqualung (1971)
    Led Zeppelin: Houses of the Holy (1973)
    Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin III (1970)
    Jimi Hendrix: Band of Gypsys (1970)
    Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)
    Cat Stevens: Tea for the Tillerman (1970)
    Rush: A Farewell to Kings (1977)
    The Doors: L.A. Woman (1971)
    Boston: Boston (1976)
    Bob Marley: Bob Marley and the Wailers Live! (1975)
    John Cale: Fear (1974)
    King Crimson: Larks’ Tongues in Aspic (1973)
    Deep Purple: Machine Head (1972)
    The Stooges: Raw Power (1973)
    The Stooges: Fun House (1970)
    Nick Drake: Pink Moon (1972)
    Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks (1975)

    It never fails to amuse me that after an album loses its “coolness” w/ the pollsters you can still put on that album & rip it up on a decent stereo & realise it still gives you goosebumps…I try now to avoid HIP moments & trashing things I once loved. But I’ve taken that road in the past & been stung. TIME has a way of making FOOLS of so called COOL judgementalists…:) Being IN also means oneday you’ll be OUT.

    Plenty of artists I wish I had the original albums of, rather than compilations. That includes Lynyrd Skynyrd, Can, Talking Heads, Leonard Cohen, The Allman Brothers Band
    ..& always wanted to hear:
    Wire: Pink Flag (1977)

    I must also relisten to Steely Dan

  41. “The desert theme from Lawrence of Arabia. I saved all my pocket money and bought the LP of the sound track but my parents owned only an old record player and so they bought me this little wind up thing so that I could play my record.”

    Superb Min…I saw ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ at The Hoyts in Brisbane when they brought it back in the early 90s w/ the cleaned up soundtrack…& widescreen in all its glory…I thought the music was outstanding.

  42. OMG – you bastards… trying to find out info for “Where’s Capt’n Kirk” I stumbled upon this, a thing I havn’t thought about in many many many years

    The first song I ever loved
    The first singer I ever loved – well, if I could have (shit – I wish!!!) 😀 😀 😀

    Joy Division – love will tear us apart

    brilliant, attractive and beautiful (the songs pretty good too)

    best song – ever 😀

  43. Good stuff Oftenbark…luv Ry Cooder, Tom Waits and a few others on your list.

    I’m also a Snow Patrol fan KL & Dave 55…particularly the early LPs. Just got a Kings of Leon LP but haven’t listened to it yet. Very much into Interpol.

  44. after moderation

  45. Hello nasking. I saw Lawrence of Arabia 7 times (yes I’ve fessed up)..mostly at the Rivoli in Camberwell (Vic).

  46. um, what did I do wrong at 43?… it shows as in moderation but I don’t know why

    I think it’s a great song! Jebus… if The Moody Blues gets thru but Joy Division doesn’t?, well, it’s corruption I say! 😉

    I suppose TMB did get a Simpsons episode… but still 😀

  47. 35. Dave55 | November 30, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    Sorry, unexpected guests!

    Dave, I agree, Celine can get on yer wick after about three songs but I have compiled my own CD of 10 from five albums (from friends of course) – my fave is Tell Him with Barbara Streisand – great combo and fab lyrics (are u pickin up the jive man?)

  48. TB

    OK … but you had me worried there for a while.

    Can’t say I’m a big fan of Babs either but I do recognise her talent as a singer.

    I haven’t seen any mention of the Kinks on people’s lists. Have they been overlooked or am I missing something?

  49. ..aaaa-nd who can forget Gilbert O’Sullivan one of the brilliant lyricists of the 20th century – Alone Again Naturally, Claire, Nothing Rhymed – just so different, original and relevant…

    …and speaking of different, new and innovative I was (still am) a big fan of silverchair (remember no cap on the “s”) – weren’t they original when they hit the scene – reminded me of the same freshness the Beatles brought to the ’60’s! (…but 15 – 16 yo -wow!

  50. yep, like Kings of Leon too.

    I keep coming back to Canned Heat too – goin’ up the country…got to get away…always gets the feet tapping. Oh, and another that I play all the time I really should have put it in my top five – JJ Cale’s Naturally.

  51. Kinks – great call (I do Sunny Afternoon & Waterloo Sunset) and David Gates & Bread – Diary, Lost Without Your Love, Everything I Own…

    …Mammas & Papas!

    …this is really bloody hard isn’t it?

  52. The Kinks – great band!

    Wasn’t as keen on siverchair as I was Spiderbait – have to like them, but then, I am still a Slade fan!

  53. Spiderbait? I know I’m an”oldie” but I’ve kept up so far – this is a new ‘un – I’ll check Youtube…back soon

  54. Wow – alot to choose from in the above posts. Being a young’un (not yet thirty) there are some people there I haven’t even heard of… and will have to look into 🙂

    My top five for the current mood (mood change = music change)
    1. The Gambler – Kenny Rogers
    2. My Immortal – Evanescence
    3. R-E-S-P-E-C-T – Aretha Franklin
    4. Superman – Five for Fighting
    5. Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay – Dr Hook

  55. kittylitter, thanks! – just listened to Black Betty and Ghost Riders (oldie but goodie – original Frankie Laine in the movie Gunfight at OK Corral – how times change but good music is still good music – my g/kids often say “ do you know that song, Granda, I just smile…)

    …still I was impressed… and any band with a drummer/singer gets my vote (won’t tell ya how I started! 😉 )

  56. At risk of seeming like a round peg in a square hole…

    1. SLAYER, Reign In Blood

    2. LAMB OF GOD, Ashes Of The Wake

    3. CRADLE OF FILTH, Dusk & Her Embrace

    4. ABORTED, The Archaic Abattoir

    5. CLUTCH, The Elephantriders

    …holy cr@p, that was hard. Impossible to narrow it down to 5.
    Gotta do some honourable mentions…

    Anything by…Akercocke, Decapitated, Opeth, Cryptopsy, Cannibal Corpse, Vision of Disorder, Deftones, Deicide, Down, Entombed, The Haunted, Hate Eternal, Insision, Nile, Morbid Angel, Pantera, Suffocation, Vital Remains, SOAD, Tool, Napalm Death….etc.
    Too many more to list.

    OK, so I’m demented. LOL.

  57. HD do you read The Bible, much?

  58. “I saw Lawrence of Arabia 7 times (yes I’ve fessed up)..mostly at the Rivoli in Camberwell (Vic).”

    Hehe…I saw ‘Apocalypse Now’ 12 times at the Eaton Centre Multiplex in Toronto, Canada. Had that soundtrack too. Nothing like being swept up by BIG JOURNEY films. That would make a good TOP 5 LIST:


    Yes, I must get more Canned Heat LPs.

  59. “HD do you read The Bible, much?”

    Only backwards, hehe.

  60. TB @ 58.

    LOL!!! 🙂 🙂

    I’d go out on a wing and hazard a guess that the answer to that question is “I suspect not”.

  61. “Cradle of Filth”.

    Catchy name.

  62. 60. Toiletboss | November 30, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

  63. reb@62

    C.O.F. are responsible for the infamous (& internationally blacklisted) “Jesus is a C*#T” T-shirt; of which I am a proud owner.
    I know that I’m fighting a losing battle here but I would add that the music is actually very good, the sacrilege & imagery is just a bonus, LOL.

    An acquired taste that has taken decades to develop. Y’all don’t know what you’re missing out on!

    Strangely enough, having spent 4 years at a Catholic boarding school I am quite familiar with the bible. It’s a quaint collection of ancient stories with underlying morality that is frequently contradictory & convoluted. Not something I spend much time considering these days.
    I think anybody that is familiar with my comments here & at blogocracy would be able to tell that I am at heart a peaceful, reasonable person & not some kind of satanic sociopath. Taste in music is a personal gratification.

  64. “I am at heart a peaceful, reasonable person & not some kind of satanic sociopath”

    How disappointing.

  65. I think its clear to the majority of reasonably minded people that
    none of you actually have any taste in music 😉

    However, It must be said before I go… apart from the appalling lack of recognition re: the guy from Joy division being the one and only true music God


    gets the cookie for – best post.. ever 😉

  66. mmm….. cookies…..

  67. satanic sociopath, lol

    I still have the studded jacket with patches and chains packed away from the headbanging days of the 80s and half the 90s. I got taken to a mosh pit in a large tent down sydney not that long ago and it didnt turn out well, i should of stayed outside listening.

    I dont get much out of it anymore but i remember how much fun that scene was.

  68. ag-ap,

    Have you seen the recent documentary on Ian Curtis?

  69. This is getting hard. The 80s has some real GEMS. Plenty of underrated albums,

    1. The Smiths: Strangeways, Here We Come (1987)
    2. Sonic Youth: Daydream Nation (1988)
    3. The Church: Blurred Crusade (1982)
    4. Prince: Purple Rain (1984)
    5. The Chameleons: Script of the Bridge (1983)

    and my wife’s TOP 5…which I also love:

    1. The Cure: Disintegration (1989)
    2. Galaxie 500: On Fire (1989)
    3: Talk Talk: The Colour of Spring (1986)
    4. Pixies: Doolittle (1989)
    5. The Cure: Pornography (1982)

    some “almost made the lists”:

    The Smiths: The Queen Is Dead (1986)
    Talk Talk: Spirit of Eden (1988)
    Stevie Ray Vaughan: Texas Flood (1983)
    Stevie Ray Vaughan: Couldn’t Stand the Weather (1984)
    Joy Division : Closer (1980)
    Tom Waits:Rain Dogs (1985)
    Tom Waits: Swordfishtrombones (1983)
    The Stone Roses: The Stone Roses (1989)
    Ennio Morricone: C’era una volta in America (1984)
    Dead Can Dance: Within the Realm of a Dying Sun (1987)
    Glenn Branca: The Ascension (1981)
    Rush: Moving Pictures (1981)
    The Fall : This Nation’s Saving Grace (1985)
    Kate Bush: Hounds of Love (1985)
    Peter Gabriel: Peter Gabriel (1980)
    The Jesus and Mary Chain: Psychocandy (1985)
    Lloyd Cole and The Commotions: Rattlesnakes (1984)
    Phillip Glass: Mishima (1985)
    Simple Minds: New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) (1982)
    Simple Minds: Sparkle in the Rain (1984)
    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Your Funeral … My Trial (1986)
    Spacemen 3: The Perfect Prescription (1987)
    Echo & the Bunnymen: Porcupine (1983)
    R.E.M.: Lifes Rich Pageant (1986)
    R.E.M.: Document (1986)
    R.E.M.: Green (1987)
    The Cure: Seventeen Seconds (1980)
    Tangerine Dream: Tangram (1980)
    Galaxie 500: Today (1988)
    Ennio Morricone: The Mission (1986)
    The Cure: The Head on the Door (1985)
    Julian Cope: Fried (1984)
    Julian Cope: World Shut Your Mouth (1984)
    Rush: Exit…Stage Left (1981)
    The Cure: Faith (1981)
    Dead Can Dance: The Serpent’s Egg (1988)
    John Cale: Artificial Intelligence (1985)
    Spacemen 3: Playing With Fire (1989)
    The Birthday Party: Prayers on Fire (1981)
    Harold Budd: The White Arcades (1988)
    Brian Eno & David Byrne: My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (1981)
    The Smiths: Meat Is Murder (1985)
    Lou Reed: New York (1989)
    Jane’s Addiction: Nothing’s Shocking (1988)
    Ry Cooder: Paris, Texas (1985)
    Tears for Fears: Songs From the Big Chair (1985)
    Dire Straits: Love Over Gold (1982)
    U2: War (1983)
    The Wedding Present: Bizarro (1989)
    Morrissey: Viva Hate (1988)
    Harold Budd: Lovely Thunder (1986)
    The House of Love: The House of Love (1988)
    The Church: Starfish (1988)
    Dinosaur Jr: Bug (1988)
    The Teardrop Explodes: Kilimanjaro (1980)
    Michael Nyman: The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)
    The Psychedelic Furs: The Psychedelic Furs (1980)
    Sade: Diamond Life (1984)
    Laughing Clowns: Law of Nature (1984)

    and many more…for a GREEDMEISTER decade alot of great music was created.

  70. nasking… so many of those I go: tick tick TICK

  71. “However, It must be said before I go… apart from the appalling lack of recognition re: the guy from Joy division”

    another girl, you obviously need to read the posts…I’ve mentioned Joy Division twice…:)…Post 41 & post 70.

    N’…who enjoys making lists…:)

  72. “so many of those I go: tick tick TICK”

    joni, you obviously are a music enthusiast…:)

    There are so many LPs I’m just getting into that will eventually make the list…and too many missed. Like David Sylvian & the Cocreau Twins. Would be great to do an Aussie best of oneday. In fact, hit various countries….:)

  73. I was already thinking of that… have a Top Five Aussie Music list

  74. great stuff.

    Sometimes its nice to get away from the stress of politics & other deep thinking…;) I’ll do the 90s & 2000s tomorrow if I get time. Thnx for the fun.
    Have a goodie

  75. yeah – i like how we can get serious and have real deep discussions and then have a thread like this. Good for Sundays.

    At the moment I am listening to Wilco’s YHF.

    Great stuff.

  76. Nasking

    Nice work – like joni, there are a lot of ticks from me there as well.

    To that List I’d add – U2: Joshua Tree, INXS: Kick, Guns and Roses – Appetite for Destruction.

    There are also some other great bands that we have missed like The Cult (Love), Cold Chisel (Swingshift), Boom Crash Opera, TISM, Run DMC, Beastie Boys (Licence to Ill), Depeche Mode just to name a few more – there are also some of the early electronica like Underworld that are worth mentioning – if only because they started to mainstream the style.

    And how did we miss Bob Marley in the 70s wrap up?

    Also, I need to add Moby’s “Play” to my list of favs. That album was flogged to death when it was released and yet there isn’t a track on it that I’m sick of. I think it still holds the record as being the only album ever released to have licenced every song on the album – and given that there are 18 tracks on that album that’s a pretty mean feat.

  77. “yeah – i like how we can get serious and have real deep discussions and then have a thread like this. Good for Sundays.”

    I agree wholeheartedly joni…& that goes for the Wilco bit too.

    Thnx Dave 55…as for Mr. Reggae, I put
    Bob Marley: Bob Marley and the Wailers Live! (1975) in the 70s “almost made it” list at comment 41. It’s a ripper.

    I reckon you’re all doing a THUMBS UP job on this blog. It’s heartening to read so many comments you agree with &/or can understand where the person is coming from, even if you don’t fully agree. The depression topic was worthwhile…I’ve dealt w/ depression much of my life…and sometimes a wee chat & sharing knowledge, lists, interests etc. can make a real difference. I love exploring music & filmic genres/movements…and helping others do same…finding rare stuff…researching, collecting…makes life that much more interesting…worthwhile.

  78. Love this thread Joni. Well done.

    Excellent reference point for all. Love all of your comments.
    Great work there Nasking. I’m impressed. Ry Cooder is a master of American (and other) folk music IMHO, one of my very favourite players.

    Of course we could go on here forever as there is such a large selection of great music out there. In fact, I’ve just been through my music collection, and found other gems I had previously failed to mention, such as . . .

    Sting – Ten Summoners Tales, simply brilliant
    SRV – Texas Flood, and more, Eric Johnson, Lee Ritenour, Joe Satriani, Danny Gatton, Amos Garrett
    Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
    Prince – Purple Rain, Diamonds and Pearls
    Kinks – Face to Face, and more
    Taj Mahal – Dancing the Blues
    Suzanne Vega – (could easily have been in my top 5 ladies list)
    Nine Objects of Desire, Solitude Standing
    Kiki Dee – Amoureuse
    Elton John – Tumbleweed Connection, IMHO, his very best
    Weather Report – Heavy Weather
    John Mayer – Continuum
    Pink Floyd – Animals, Wish You Were Here
    Del Amitri – Waking Hours

    Gotta love the singing and lyrics of Gilbert O’Sullivan.

    Roll on. This is all very interesting.

  79. “Great work there”

    Same goes for you Oftenbark…yes, Suzanne Vega, Taj Mahal, Weather Report, Kinks etc are all MUST listens. Could kick myself for missing out Died Pretty: Free Dirt (1986) & Steve Kilbey’s Unearthed (87) & The Slow Crack (88). Not to mention all those great Tangerine Dream LPs in the 70s. But like you aptly said: “we could go on here forever as there is such a large selection of great music out there”. And thank gawd for that eh? I couldn’t imagine not delving into the depths of music…these religious sects who ban music & TV & movies & certain artwork & such are quite kooky methinks. Sure, it’s necessary sometimes to go walkabout or such…get in touch w/ nature…I’m all for it…but what better way to express those moments, your observations & experiences than thru art like music?

    Saw an interesting doco on SBS recently about a fella in America who has dilligently & intensely collected music from the 20s & 30s. His PASSION was something to observe. I just luv docos that focus on eccentrics, iconoclasts, collectors, inventors & other independent characters…they add so much to society.

  80. And no curry is complete w/out Ravi Shankar

    “Ry Cooder is a master of American (and other) folk music IMHO”

    Too right. I recently picked up Ry Cooder & V.M. Bhatt: A Meeting by the River (1993). Brilliant. At the same time got some Mahavishnu Orchestra. Takes me back.

  81. nasking,

    Damn, missed Marley in your list – sorry.

    Looking forward to your 90s and 00s list.

  82. After reading whats here I feel like I am from another planet.

    I like pop and classical however either must also be happy type music. I save morbid music for Thriller and Drama movies.

    I like to be happy and find that happy beats and something to make your legs want to get up and boogie make me feel the best.

    OK so im strange. 🙂

  83. nasking,

    I used to have the cocteu twins’ EP – Song to the Siren, a beautifiully haunting song.

    I also like “I am calling you” from the Movie Baghdad Cafe, but I’m not sure who sang it..

  84. “Looking forward to your 90s and 00s list.”

    Danke Dave 55, here’s the 90s one…

    1. Sigur Rós: Ágætis byrjun (1999)

    2. Godspeed You! Black Emperor: F♯A♯∞ (1998)

    3. Mogwai: Young Team (1997)

    4. My Bloody Valentine :Loveless (1991)

    5. Pavement : Wowee Zowee (1995)

    My wife’s top 5…I luv them too:

    1. Lou Reed & John Cale: Songs for Drella (1990)

    2. Red House Painters: Down Colorful Hill (1992)

    3. DJ Shadow: Endtroducing….. (1996)

    4. Julian Cope: Peggy Suicide (1991)

    5. The Verve EP: S/T (1992)

    Almost made it:

    Ride: Nowhere (1990)
    Red House Painters: Red House Painters [Rollercoaster] (1993)
    Palace Music: Viva Last Blues (1995)
    Gaslight Radio: Hitch on the Leaves (1998)
    Cranes: Loved (1994)
    Slowdive: Just for a Day (1991)
    Sebadoh: Bakesale (1994)
    The Church: Priest=Aura (1992)
    Steve Kilbey: Remindlessness (1990)
    The Verve: Storm in Heaven (1993)
    The Verve: A Northern Soul (1995)
    Yo La Tengo: Electr-o-Pura (1995)
    Talk Talk: Laughing Stock (1991)
    Slint Spiderland (1991)
    Pavement : Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (1994)
    Mogwai: Ten Rapid (1997)
    The Brian Jonestown Massacre: Methodrone (1995)
    Died Pretty: Doughboy Hollow (1991)
    Died Pretty:Every Brilliant Eye (1990)
    Ed Kuepper: Honey Steel’s Gold (1991)
    Ed Kuepper: Today Wonder (1990)
    Concrete Blonde: Bloodletting (1990)
    Elliott Smith: Either/Or (1997)
    Jeff Buckley: Grace (1994)
    American Music Club: Everclear (1991)
    American Music Club: San Francisco (1994)
    Mark Eitzel: Caught in a Trap and I Can’t Back Out ‘Cause I Love You Too Much, Baby (1998)
    Radiohead: The Bends (1995)
    Suede: Dog Man Star (1994)
    John Cale: Fragments of a Rainy Season (1992)
    Catherine Wheel: Ferment (1992)
    Piano Magic: Low Birth Weight (1999)
    Morphine: Cure for Pain (1993)
    Arab Strap: Mad for Sadness (1999)
    Flying Saucer Attack: S/T (1994)
    Flying Saucer Attack: New Lands (1997)
    Luna: Lunapark (1992)
    Idaho: Year After Year (1993)
    Idaho: Three Sheets to the Wind (1996)
    Public Enemy: Apocalypse 91…The Enemy Strikes Black (1991)
    Sonic Youth: Goo (1990)
    Grant Lee Buffalo: Fuzzy (1993)
    Morrissey: Vauxhall and I (1994)
    Guided by Voices: Alien Lanes (1995)
    Low: I Could Live in Hope (1994)
    Guided by Voices: Bee Thousand (1994)
    Yo La Tengo : I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One (1997)
    Spiritualized: Lazer Guided Melodies (1992)
    Bonnie “Prince” Billy: I See a Darkness (1999)
    Smog: Red Apple Falls (1997)
    Smog : Knock Knock (1999)
    Belle and Sebastian: If You’re Feeling Sinister (1996)
    Nine Inch Nails: The Downward Spiral (1994)
    Mercury Rev: Yerself Is Steam (1991)
    Dirty Three: Horse Stories (1996)
    Nirvana: Nevermind (1991)
    Soundgarden: Badmotorfinger (1991)
    Swervedriver: Mezcal Head (1993)
    Swervedriver: Raise (1991)
    Yo La Tengo: Painful (1993)
    Tom Waits: Bone Machine (1992)
    Björk: Homogenic (1997)
    Smashing Pumpkins: Siamese Dream (1993)
    Tindersticks: Tindersticks (1993)
    Spiritualized: Live From Royal Albert Hall (1998)
    Tricky: Maxinquaye (1995)
    Sugar: Copper Blue (1992)
    Mazzy Star: So Tonight That I Might See (1993)
    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Let Love In (1994)
    Boards of Canada: Music Has the Right to Children (1998)
    Angelo Badalamenti: Soundtrack From “Twin Peaks” (1990)
    Massive Attack: Mezzanine (1998)
    Soundgarden: Superunknown (1994)
    Rage Against the Machine: Rage Against the Machine (1992)
    Alice in Chains: Dirt (1992)
    Pearl Jam: Ten (1991)
    Biosphere: Substrata (1997)
    Johnny Cash: American Recordings (1994)
    16 Horsepower: Sackcloth ‘n’ Ashes (1996)
    Autechre: Tri Repetae (1995)
    The Orb: The Orb’s Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld (1991)
    Lisa Germano : Geek the Girl (1994)
    Tortoise: Millions Now Living Will Never Die (1996)
    Smashing Pumpkins : Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (1995)
    Silver Jews: American Water (1998)
    The Dismemberment Plan: Emergency & I (1999)
    Bark Psychosis: Hex (1994)
    Mark Hollis : Mark Hollis (1998)
    Cocteau Twins: Heaven or Las Vegas (1990)
    The Wedding Present: Seamonsters (1991)
    Tom Waits: Mule Variations (1999)
    Fugazi : Repeater (1990)
    Porcupine Tree: The Sky Moves Sideways (1995)
    Loreena McKennitt: The Visit (1991)
    Dirty Three: Ocean Songs (1998)
    Mad Season: Above (1995)
    Temple of the Dog : Temple of the Dog (1991)
    Paul Weller: Wild Wood (1993)
    Primal Scream: Screamadelica (1991)
    Jane’s Addiction: Ritual de lo Habitual (1990)
    The Sundays: Reading, Writing and Arithmetic (1990)
    Massive Attack : Blue Lines (1991)
    The Prodigy: Music for the Jilted Generation (1994)
    Mark Lanegan: Whiskey for the Holy Ghost (1994)
    Sade: Love Deluxe (1992)
    Teenage Fanclub: Songs From Northern Britain (1997)
    Leftfield: Leftism (1995)
    The La’s: The La’s (1990)
    Dead Can Dance: Into the Labyrinth (1993)
    Hash Jar Tempo: Well Oiled (1997)
    The Orb: U.F.Orb (1992)
    Screaming Trees: Dust (1996)
    Ghost: Lama Rabi Rabi (1996)
    World Party: Goodbye Jumbo (1990)
    Cranes: Forever (1993)
    Kitchens of Distinction: Strange Free World (1990)
    The House of Love: The House of Love (1990)
    Tool: Ænima (1996)
    Slowdive: Souvlaki (1993)
    The Bats: Fear of God (1991)
    Straitjacket Fits: Melt (1990)
    Bike – Take In The Sun (1997)

    and plenty more…

    forgot Vangelis in the 80s…my bad.

  85. FFS Nasking, I believe joni asked for your top five

    Is that like the “john mcphilbin” idea of a “top five?”


  86. “I used to have the cocteu twins’ EP – Song to the Siren, a beautifiully haunting song.”

    reb I agree…it’s brilliant…the first time i heard it was on the ‘This Mortal Coil’ compilation (1983-1991). ..i think it has both versions. Originally Tim Buckley.

    “I also like “I am calling you” from the Movie Baghdad Cafe, but I’m not sure who sang it..”

    Another wonderful song.

  87. nasking

    OMG – some name-checks in there that I thought no-one else in OZ new about: the fannies, AMC, Sugar

    I love Mark Eitzel’s “60 watt silver lining” too. Especially “Some Bartenders Have The Gift Of Pardon”.

  88. Ah, Vangelis, Yes, combine to put out one of the best voices on the planet, that of Jon Anderson, in the fabulous rendition of ‘Surrender’. In the class of Ronnie James Dio.

    Saw the excellent World Party live as support for Steely Dan.
    Primal Scream good.
    And . . . Big Head Todd and the Monsters?

    Gee Nasking. You astound me. What do you do in your spare time?

  89. Just realised reb you were asking a question, sorry:

    Calling You – Jevetta Steele

    “Is that like the “john mcphilbin” idea of a “top five?”

    he he…i guess i got carried away researching. If any young people or others who want to widen their musical taste need a Xmas shopping list I guess they have one now…lol.

  90. ‘FFS Nasking, I believe Joni asked for a Top Five’ – Reb.

    Dynamics Reb, dynamics. Feel the love.

    Lets not forget a local product (very local), The Baby Animals.
    Their song ‘Lights Out at Eleven’ is a classic piece of modern music IMHO.

  91. “I love Mark Eitzel’s “60 watt silver lining” too. Especially “Some Bartenders Have The Gift Of Pardon”.”

    joni, I was tempted to put up all of AMCs & Mark Eitzels albums…my wife & I saw him live & then had dinner w/ him…an amazing character…so passionate & intense. One heck of an entertainer.

    My mate T in Sydney used to live here in Brissie…he introduced me to Mark (think he had a crush on him)…& then arranged for us to meet him…T is a real music head…which reminds me I missed the CROW albums (Peter Fenton’s band…great stuff…we met him backstage back then…lovely, intelligent guy)…

    T & I would go hunting for albums during the 90s…at good old Rocking Horse, Skinnys…plenty of alternative/indie record shops in those days. Now I use EMusic legal downloads. But I miss ripping thru the cds & vinyls…checking out the amazing & diverse cover artwork.

    “You astound me. What do you do in your spare time?”

    :)…was a teacher/tutor once…but now i spend my time gardening, doing domestic duties, filling in surveys for a wee bit of cash (got to let the companies know that vegetarians buy products too…lol), making film lists, feeding cats & birds (i’m their servant) doing budgets, and sucking up political economic stuff…keep pretty busy…:)

    Oftenbark, Jon Anderson still gives me goosebumps when he sings. The partnership w/ Vangelis was brill. Was one called “Friends of Mr. Cairo”?…I must get it again…lost that vinyl travelling.

  92. Shane | December 1, 2008 at 9:50 am..I like to be happy and find that happy beats and something to make your legs want to get up and boogie make me feel the best.

    Huzzahs. Another dancing in the kitchen fan.

  93. nasking – controversial – No OK Computer in there? And you didn’t like U2’s Achtung Baby I gather (their last great album IMO)?
    Nick Cave Boatman’s Call and Murder Balads as well as Stone Temple Pilots are also notable exceptions …

    Agree with Often Bark about the Baby Animals.

  94. MIn

    Dancing in the kitchen, in the lounge room, in the shower, anything to get the feet moving and the smile glowing.

  95. “anything to get the feet moving and the smile glowing.”

    Did someone say “Pet Shop Boys?”


  96. “OK Computer in there? And you didn’t like U2’s Achtung Baby I gather (their last great album IMO)?
    Nick Cave Boatman’s Call and Murder Balads as well as Stone Temple Pilots are also notable exceptions …”

    Dave55. I almost put the U2 LP…& a certain REM one, on the list…but for some strange reason didn’t. Perhaps too much airplay…might make it onto the list at a later stage. I’m more of a fan of the earlier Nick Cave stuff…but will admit I haven’t given those LPs much of a listen. The Stone Temple Pilots certainly had their moments. As for OK Computer…I wasn’t grabbed by the album like some…found it jarring in places…I love the simplicity of their earlier albums, the wistfulness & yearning…and even found some of the LPs after OK Computer more interesting & experimental…also I guess the commerciality of some music puts me off, the BIG HYPE…but going by my list above I’m obviously going to be called out on that statement…think Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins etc…:)

    each to their own…:)

  97. reb

    Great choice, upbeat song with a happy film clip showing the joys of life.

    I judge a song by the reaction around the room, who knows the lyrics and whether anyone wants to dance to it.

    I remember going to a kids disco for 8 to 12 years olds in Nyngan in NSW. They have a stereo set up and picked the music, although a lot of it was the latest songs no one was dancing and the mood was sombre. I went home and got my disco and pop cds and brought them back and played them. They all jumped up and were dancing like wild. The mood changed straight away and it turned into a greta time for all, even the adults were up and dancing ( well the guys after a few beers).

  98. nasking
    OK Computer, and indeed all the Radiohead albums after Pablo Honey (the low Pt) need about 5 listens before their true talent is revealed- Amnesiac and Kid A being the hardest of the lot. I know what you mean about grating though – I just didn’t get ‘fitter happier’ for about 6 months and now it seems almost an essential part of the package. In Rainbows is probably their most approachable album since Pablo Honey and, IMO, damn good, possibly even up there with The Bends and OK. It would make my Top 10 of the 00s.

    Which REM album were you referring to – Monster, New Adventures in Hi Fi and Automatic For The People were all pretty good – top 10 contenders though?… probably not (so I’ll agree with that omission).

    I’m kinda surprised that the boys haven’t nominated any Kylie Albums for their Top 5 (or is that me stereotyping too much 😉 )

  99. Just to chuck in a couple more 90’s Albums for honourable mention:
    Prodigy (Music forthe Jilted Generation and Fat of the Land)
    Chemical Brothers (surrender and Dig Your Own Hole)
    Metallica (Black – the rest of the 90s albums were Crap)
    Fat Boy Slim (You’ve Come a Long Way Baby)

    And , as I mentioned last night – Moby (Play)

  100. How could I….?

    I forgot to mention “Bueno Vista Social Club”


  101. Dave55, I’ve listened to OJ Computer many times, and I reckon there are some outstanding songs…but Kid A grabs me so much more. But time will probably offer me some surprises…:) Amazing how an album can sink in over the years. I have Rainbows but have purposely left it for this holiday season…probably cause i’m trying to get thru all the recent EMusic downloads & other purchases. Just listened to Thom Yorke’s solo LP, pretty good, might be a grower. I wonder if I’m a bit tired of his voice at this point? I’ve only just started listening to Mark Knopfler/Dire Straits again after all these years (loved much of their stuff back then…but the constant airplay & use of songs on TV got to me).

    The same goes for REM…i gave them a real break & now am enjoying again…particularly the early stuff. I was referring to Automatic For The People…really a superb album…but for some reason I thought “leave it off the list” until you’ve relistened again. One of those crazy moments you have when making lists & selecting…:)

    Music forthe Jilted Generation is on that list of 90s stuff. Chemical Brothers are another band I got into heavily…but need to take some time away from. Just got Aphex Twin Ambient works.

    I shoulda remembered:

    Bowery Electric: Beat (1996)
    Piano Magic: A Trick of the Sea (1998)
    Bob Mould: S/T (1996)
    Bardo Pond: Amanita (1996)
    Crow: My Kind of Pain: (1994)
    Crow: Li-lo-ing (1995)

    Yes, I must listen to more Moby. In fact I’m just starting to relisten to some electronica/IDM/triphop stuff again. Still keeping my distance from “Fat of the Land” tho…I overdosed on that album…:)…music-wise i mean.

    And yes to Gordon Lightfoot. How could I forget that amazing wordsmith. Same goes for Daniel Lanois.

  102. “OJ Computer “…hmm…make that OK Computer…my fingers musta been thinking in CNN mode.

  103. Here’s the 2000 list:

    1. Explosions in the Sky: Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever (2001)

    2. Lisa Gerrard & Patrick Cassidy: Immortal Memory (2004)

    3. Lift to Experience: The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads (2001)

    4. Sigur Rós: ( ) (2002)

    5. Sufjan Stevens: Illinois (2005)

    My wife’s list but also faves of mine (we have very similar taste…lucky me):

    1. Songs: Ohia: The Lioness (2000)

    2. Interpol: Turn On the Bright Lights (2002)

    3. Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002)

    4. The Black Angels: Passover (2006)

    5. Bright Eyes: Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground (2002)

    Could be rotated into top 5 at any time:

    Radiohead: Kid A (2000)
    Migala: Restos de un incendio (2002)
    Early Day Miners: Offshore (2006)
    Explosions in the Sky: The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place (2003)
    Mogwai: Happy Songs for Happy People (2003)
    Ulrich Schnauss: A Strangely Isolated Place (2003)
    Six Organs of Admittance: School of the Flower (2005)
    Six Organs of Admittance: The Sun Awakens (2006)
    The Decemberists: Castaways and Cutouts (2002)
    The Fiery Furnaces: Gallowsbird’s Bark (2003)
    The Fiery Furnaces: Blueberry Boat (2004)
    The Fiery Furnaces: Bitter Tea (2006)
    Caspian: You Are the Conductor( 2005)
    My Morning Jacket: Z (2005)
    Pedro the Lion: Control (2002)
    Bonnie “Prince” Billy: Ease Down the Road (2001)
    Bonnie “Prince” Billy: The Letting Go (2006)
    David Bridie: Act of Free Choice (2000)
    Broken Social Scene: You Forgot It in People (2002)
    Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven (2000)
    Joanna Newsom: Ys (2006)
    Joanna Newsom: The Milk-Eyed Mender (2004)
    Low: Trust (2002)
    Doves: Lost Souls (2000)
    The National : Alligator (2005)
    The Microphones: Mount Eerie (2003)
    Bonnie “Prince” Billy: Master and Everyone (2003)
    Einstürzende Neubauten: Silence Is Sexy (2000)
    Panda Bear: Person Pitch (2007)
    Cat Power: You Are Free (2003)
    Piano Magic: Artists’ Rifles (2000)
    Songs: Ohia: Didn’t It Rain (2002)
    Tom Waits: Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards (2006)
    A Silver Mt. Zion: “Born Into Trouble as the Sparks Fly Upward.” (2001)
    Goldfrapp: Felt Mountain (2000)
    Morphine: The Night (2000)
    The Black Keys: Rubber Factory (2004)
    The Frames: For the Birds (2001)
    The White Stripes: Elephant (2003)
    Giant Sand: Chore of Enchantment (2000)
    Augie March: Sunset Studies (2000)
    Dirty Three: Whatever You Love, You Are (2000)
    Beck: Sea Change (2002)
    The Decemberists: Picaresque (2005)
    Arcade Fire: Funeral (2004)
    …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead:
    Source Tags & Codes (2002)
    Flotation Toy Warning: Bluffer’s Guide to the Flight Deck (2004)
    Film School: s/t (2006)
    Elliott Smith: From a Basement on the Hill (2004)
    Calexico: Hot Rail (2000)
    Kayo Dot:Choirs of the Eye (2003)
    Stars of the Lid: The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid (2001)
    Art of Fighting: Wires (2002)
    Snow Patrol: When it’s all over we still have to Clear up (2001)
    Xiu Xiu: A Promise (2002)
    Tom Waits: Alice (2002)
    Björk : Vespertine (2001)
    16 Horsepower: Secret South (2000)
    Songs: Ohia: The Magnolia Electric Co. (2003)
    Sufjan Stevens: Seven Swans (2004)
    Sufjan Stevens: Michigan (2003)
    Death Cab for Cutie: Transatlanticism (2003)
    Wilco: A Ghost Is Born (2004)
    Múm: Finally We Are No One (2002)
    Antony and the Johnsons: I Am a Bird Now (2005)
    M83: Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts (2005)
    The Angels of Light: How I Loved You (2001)
    Ted Leo: The Tyranny of Distance (2001)
    The Handsome Family: Live at Schuba’s Tavern (2002)
    Vic Chesnutt: Silver Lake (2003)
    Vic Chesnutt: North Star Deserter (2007)
    Devendra Banhart: Rejoicing in the Hands (2004)
    Sun Kil Moon: Ghosts of the Great Highway (2003)
    Sun Kil Moon: April (2008)
    Silver Jews: Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea (2008)

    Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Cubanismo, Pearls Before Swine, Kev Carmody, Louis Tillet, Not Drowning, Waving & Telek should be added to previous lists.

    Add Sonic Youth: A Thousand Leaves (1998) to 90s list…great stuff.

    Looks like we got spoilt, particularly in first half of decade…amazing what great music war & angst can bring on. Cathartic acts everywhere…:)

  104. nasking

    Great work – there is a lot there I haven’t heard of but will try and check out.

    Sorry about the jilted generations miss – I must have skipped it when going through your list (happens when mind starts to sing songs from albums earlier in the list).

    I will add a couple more and apologies if they are in your list – I tried to check but … (my record isn’t good after all):
    Nick Cave: Lyre of Orphius and the Abartoir Blues
    Nick Cave: Dig Lazarus Dig (Seriously good!)
    Cat Power: The Greatest
    The Killers: Hot Fuss
    Arctic Monkeys: Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
    Strokes: Is this it
    Bruce Springsteen: The rising

    From the 90’s – Live: Throwing Copper (or at least the first 7 songs or so)
    From the 80s – Bruce Springsteen: Born in the USA
    (and I hate to say it but it was a pretty great album) Michael Jackson: Thriller

  105. “Great work – there is a lot there I haven’t heard of but will try and check out.”

    thnx D55, same to you. Plenty of LPs you’ve got me keen on finding or relistening too. Let me know down the road what you think of some of them. Thnx for the feedback.

    Other bands/artists
    Throwing Muses
    w/ great albums:

    Chicago (from way back in the 70s)
    Lanterna (brilliant ambient guitar)
    Surface of Eceon, Yume Bitsu & Landing (interconnected…spacey)
    The Standard (similar to Interpol)
    Codeine (great slo-core)
    Chapterhouse (similar to Stone Roses)
    Rain Tree Crow
    The Damned: Phantasmagoria
    Kristin Hersh, Throwing Muses (interconnected, a must)
    Stereolab (the first Lp is shoegazish…great)
    Meat Puppets
    Mudhoney (earlier the better)
    Butthole Surfers (funny…outrageous)

    Enjoyed this thread. Be interesting to hear what joni & Oftenbark & kittylitter think about the 2000 choices.

    cheers…promise to keep the next top 5 shorter…music lists suck me in…:)

  106. Nasking: I also have thoroughly enjoyed reading this blog. It’s been interesting and informative. To shorten your comments, Nasking, would be to deprive the blog of your obvious vast knowledge of modern music.
    As for commenting on your 2000 choices, I am highly unqualified to do so. Shame on me. I guess that puts me in the ‘reclining rocker’ category, hehe. But then, as Jimi Hendrix once said in his outrageous rendition of ‘Red House’ . . .
    ‘ah, that’s ok, I still got my guitar’

    Nasking, just thought I’d mention: If you watched the latest episode SBS Rockwiz on Sat. 29/11/08 you will have seen Tina Arena and Jeff Martin (of Tea Party fame) perform a superb version of the Peter Gabriel/Kate Bush song . . . ‘Don’t Give Up’. If not, please, go to the SBS Rockwiz website to witness what I believe to be one of the most stunning live TV musical performances I’ve seen in a very, very long time.

  107. I think we now have the song for the blogocrats. “Don’t give up” and that version is just perfect. She’s done good for a kid from YTT, eh?

    I have seen Peter Gabriel twice in concert, and that version is just as powerful.

    Whadyareckon blogocrats, does that song just capture us? The support that we gave recently to one of ours just shows what we can do for each other.

  108. And i used to see the Tea Party in small venues on Queen St West in Toronto in the 90’s. How things come around.

  109. Oh Peter Gabriel, a legend. I used to play his music over and over, I’m going to listen to him again now it’s been awhile since i’ve heard my all time favourite – shaking the tree, next came biko followed closely by solsbury hill, sledgehammer, games without frontiers and shock the monkey.

    Live – throwing copper also played that one very frequently. I used to like nick cave’s earlier music, not so keen on the latest stuff.

    Like Beck and Augie March. i’ve come back to REM as well. Just can’t resist those sneaky Eels, Mr E’s Beautiful Blues does it for me!

    Does anyone else listen to They Might Be Giants? You have to have a sense of the ridiculous but they fit my mood sometimes – always keeps me laughing as does the also funny ridiculous Jens Lekman – listen to Your Arms Around Me

  110. Oftenbark, reclining rockers w/ apt Hendrix quotes & a decent list of music make my day. They also helped make me…:) I’m just passing on what they offered me. BTW, kinda thought that email came from you via John (not quite sure who he is…thnx to him anyway), but w/ all the virus stuff these days was ensure so kept it up my sleeve…will check it out as a big fan of Gabriel. If yer a fan of Genesis I’ve got some goodies up my sleeve.

    “And i used to see the Tea Party in small venues on Queen St West in Toronto in the 90’s. How things come around.”

    Does that take me back. joni you motivated me to pull Splendor Solis & The Edge of Twilight off the cd rack…can’t wait to take them in again…

    & in the process w/ my bad vision of late I ended up grabbing Pete Townsend’s Empty Glass. ahhh the memories…ripping up a stereo in a cottage by the lake, buds & I drinkin’ Labatt’s Blue & Canadian Club whisky…& Harry’s Hurricane (various rums & fruit juice & coconut from what i remember)…w/ the odd spliff…good times.

    Were you on hols in Toronto joni?

    “shaking the tree, next came biko followed closely by solsbury hill, sledgehammer, games without frontiers and shock the monkey.”

    yer speakin’ my lingo kl…Jens is good too.

    trip down memory lane…Gabriel era Genesis:

    Genesis – I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)


  111. Hey Ob, thnx for the link. A passionate & wonderful performance by Tina Arena & Jeff Martin. Interestingly, ‘Don’t Give Up’ was one of the songs I linked to on Road to Surfdom in the final weeks and as the public began to wake up to the economic troubles…sure brought back memories of the intense and stimulating moments on that blog. Sure miss it. But it’s been a nice & welcoming transition period…thnx to you all for the feedback. I always enjoyed chatting w/ you’ll on Blogocracy. Glad this blog was born from Tim’s excellent adventures.

    Wonder what happened to the other RTS contributors? Some I know have left the building…sadly. As in stopped blogging & commenting & moved on to other ventures.

  112. N’

    I lived in TO for a few years in the early nineties. Had a fantastic time. I lived at Queen and Bathurst and then just of Church/Wellsley (go figure). I would spend all my time in the bars around Queen/Spadina: Horseshoe, El Macombo, X-Rays, Bovine Sex Club.

    The music I got into then was: Blue Rodeo, Tragically Hip, 54/40, Lowest of the Low, Andrew Cash, The Watchmen, Barenaked Ladies, Grapes of Wrath etc.I still listen to a lot of them now.

    In fact I remember seeing the BNL upstairs at X-rays (Ultrasound) where there were only about 50 people.

    And I think I have told the story of how I beat Jeff Healy at pool on night. LOL

  113. joni , sounds like a great time. Plenty of good Canadian music. Heard a Tragically Hip song on ‘Corner Gas’ (SBS Mon & Tues in the arvo) the other day, was pretty cool…be great to do a top 5 Canadian artists list oneday…:)

    I lived in Toronto during 72 – early 73 & then early 74 – late 1980 and then 81…left in Nov 81 and haven’t been back since. Primarily lived in Mississauga, Weston & Etobicoke…& a wee village i’ve forgotten the name of today. My Dad & brother live in Ontario.

    “And I think I have told the story of how I beat Jeff Healy at pool on night.”

    The blind guitarist? I’d luv to hear the story…:) I just read on Wikipedia he died in March this year.


  114. Misses Sussage eh??

    Sod it… you and I can have our top 5 canadian music list here.

    And when I get a chance I will recount some of my Blue-Rodeo-stalking stories, the Jeff Healy one and some others too (like having to choose between the leafs and Midnight Oils last Nth American concert).

    My Candadian top five:

    1. 5 Days in July – Blue Rodeo
    2. Fully Completely – The Hip
    3. Shakespear my Butt – Lowest of the Low
    4. Not Fragile – BTO
    5. Solace – Sarah Mclachlan

    And I cannot put any Neil, Rufus or Leonard in there as they not locals anymore.

  115. Ok…good stuff…here goes:

    1. Godspeed You! Black Emperor: F♯A♯∞
    2. Sianspheric: Somnium
    3. Broken Social Scene: You Forgot It in People
    4. Black Mountain: Druganaut
    5. Rush: Exit…Stage Left

    followed closely by lps from The Guess Who, The Tea Party, Hayden, Silver Mt. Zion, Gordon Lightfoot, Hollowphonic, Do Make Say Think, Arcade Fire, The Dears, Stars, Sunset Rubdown, Mean Red Spiders, BTO, Heart, Men Without Hats, Nash The Slash, Prism, FM, Daniel Lanois, Sonora…

    I obviously need to listen more to Blue Rodeo.

  116. sex clark five – strum and drum !

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