Time to log my single biggest complaint:
69. Sonic Youth, Daydream Nation
After which, I”m thinking, “Eh, at least they remembered it exists. I’ll take it.”
66. Hole, Live Through This
NO. Just NO.
I can live with a lot of the other stuff–OK Computer, but no Kid A; 4 Beatles albums in the top 46 (plus Lennon\Oko in there); the horrendously high rating of Adele; that and Kanye being the only 2 two albums from the last twenty years in the top twenty (Nevermind just falling outside of that range).
BUT SRSLY GUYS: there is no possible universe in which Daydream Nation is an inferior album to Live Through This. I refuse to live in a world where people honestly believe this. Don’t get me wrong: Live Through This is not an awful album. It’s pretty good. I have my doubts that even Courtney Love would rank LTT ahead of Daydream Nation.
It is a striking record, almost reminds me of early Sonic Youth in its sheer intensity.
This is bizarrely hypnotic.
The Else is a highly underrated record. It’s not my favorite (I doubt they’ll ever be able to top Lincoln), but it’s neck and neck with Nanobots for their best post-Elektra record.
And hell, even I managed to forget Particle Man! Hot damn!
A stunning lack of Dr. Worm and Narrow Your Eyes makes this list flawed.
I could also make a case for Nanobots, Experimental Film, Bangs, the briefly mentioned The Mesopotamians, Till My Head Falls Off, Certain People I Could Name, etc. etc.
XTC vs. Adam Ant? Meh. You manage to pick one of the worst songs on their worst record. Son, I am very disappoint.
I’ve never been a huge fan of Lonesome Crowded West; it’s pretty uneven. Moon & Antarctica slogs a bit in the middle, but is pretty damn near perfect. We Were Dead would have been much better minus two or three songs, but seriously has grown on me since release.
The fact is though it’s hard to quibble–so much quality, and doesn’t even include Building Nothing or three EPs that all have some great, great songs.
So a whole post about how much your own website basically sucks and should be ignored?
Speaking as someone who didn’t “get” Radiohead the first time around (“Creep”) or the second time around (“Paranoid Android”\”Karma Police”), I finally gave into my urge to check them out based on a $5 MP3 album sale at Amazon. It was Kid A, and once I heard the beginning beat of “Idioteque”, my brain instantly snapped back to watching that SNL performance.
I remember thinking at the time “That’s that same band that did “Creep”? What the hell?” but sort of shuffling it to the background. But hearing Kid A in its full glory in 2010, I finally “got” it. I got the sheer power and emotion in Yorke’s singing and the will and drive of pushing the envelope. I now count myself a Radiohead fan, and I am glad for it.
If “Creep” had been put out by just about any other band, you could be considered sane and still consider “Creep” their best song. But you’re talking about a band that has put out “Paranoid Android”, “Fake Plastic Trees”, “There, There”, “Knives Out”, “Bloom”, “The National Anthem”, etc., etc. The line in front of “Creep” is absurdly long.