Eric Russell Taylor
Some really great and well thought out pieces on the albums though…..MUMMER in particularly. I’ve actually been waiting for this one, and it ended up in a very different order than I expected! Maybe it’s better that way to be honest, I’ve spent so much time with these albums that it’s gotten difficult to place any of them in any sort of coherent order. I’ve also logged a lot of hours on the Chalkhills site. Great job Robert Ham.
This list is all kinds of lopsided and out of whack!!!!!!!!!!! At least compared to my own ranking….. Hands down one of the best Post-Punk / Pop / Brit Pop / Anglo-Whatever / Psychedelic bands of all time. About time. Now bring on the King Crimson and Can.
You know it because it’s true….
May I Sing With Me was definitely the first Yo La Tengo with James McNew on board as a full time member, and I’d be willing to debate that IT was the album where the Yo La Tengo we know and love truly got their wings. Every album of theirs has at least a couple of killer songs, and Fakebook is fantastic all the way through……But without a doubt, Painful changed everything. Such an amazing album.
Was wondering the same….Tom just taking a random dig, or did a college radio station in his hometown have a fixation with XTC on their playlists? The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead had long since come and gone as semi successful single in the US. There were a hell ton of other bands / songs in rotation at most college stations that year bearing Albini’s production stamp. Having said that, Rid Of Me certainly deserves all the praise. Great album…….but so is almost everything XTC did.
What is Aaron Lariviere’s obsession with excrement? Way too many uses of it in this piece. Great writing otherwise.
You are not alone…….Diamond Dogs is a pretty weak record. It’s a mess really. Rebel Rebel is an amazing song, but the only amazing song on the record. The sound of treading water. It’s a very “uncertain” album……….lost.
REVOLVER. Easily one of the most important rock records of all time…and one of my favorites.
I wasn’t offering excuses, just my opinion or perspective on why these lists look so fucked up and laughable compared to what my own list would be. I don’t happen to agree with this one much at all myself, but I don’t think it was made for the purpose of pissing anyone off. I’ve slept fine since it was published. Funny enough, between your down vote and need to call me out on my opinion on these lists, I’m pretty sure our lists would come to about the same conclusion based on what you’ve said. Oh well……….