“I don’t even think of Britpop as very guitar-y”
Then you’re not very familiar with Britpop.
Great write-up on the individual albums, as long as Bono Drag isn’t in the running (the obvious place to start) I’m fine with Southpaw Grammar at the top. The songs that bookend that album are so epically great that they overshadow the ones that fall between them. Both “The Teachers…” and “Southpaw” really are anomalies in Morrissey’s catalog – but they also may be his two best songs.
My personal rankings:
1 – Southpaw Grammar
2 – Your Arsenal
3 – Viva Hate
4 – Vauxhall and I
5 – Kill Uncle
6 – Years of Refusal
7 – You are the Quarry
8 – Maladjusted
9 – Ringleader of the Tormenters
As long as Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) is no.1 I am happy. I would still have liked to see (Antichrist Television Blues) and Haiti on there somewhere.
MBV is easily the album of the year so far for me.
Also, why do you have to be on Facebook to enter the contest?
I love Sci-Fi Lullabies but I will argue that disc one is indispensable while the second is merely great
First off, I have been impressed with Stereogum’s excellent write-ups on Blur and Suede recently. I love that the Britpop movement is given it’s due here and its one of the reasons I love this website.
That being said, Suede were a great singles band. You could easily grab 10 songs from the 1st two albums and Sci-fi lullabies and there would still be notable omissions. I can’t argue with no. 1 and I love seeing “Europe…” and “…Flash Boy” on the list. Still, I would have made room for “So Young” “Animal Lover” “Chemistry Between Us” “Together” and “He’s Dead”
This is easily my favorite Blur album.
Definitely “Second Edition” aka “Metal Box” I am also partial to “Album” although its a bit of a departure into hard rock territory (that’s not as bad as it sounds). “Flowers of Romance” is pretty great too and fits into the first three albums trilogy.
As a huge PIL fan I thought his was an excellent write up. The list, eh, not so much. I agree that some of PIL’s mid 80s output was plagued by dodgy production but there are some gems, and “Don’t Ask Me” is certainly not one of them (and I’m also not a big fan of “…Love Song”
I can’t argue with the top two slots but “Poptones” is the obvious omission here. I would have also found room for “Fishing” or “Home” from Album. Oh, and I’ve always had a soft spot for “Seattle” and “Save Me” from Happy? I’m just thrilled that you included “The Order of Death”
My top 10:
1. Public Image
2. Death Disco
5. The Order of Death
8. Save Me
10. USLS 1
Great write-up. One the best debut albums of all time. As an American college-age kid in 1994 this sounded like music beamed in from another planet. Thank god for Suede and brit pop in the 90s….