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    No Spice Girls? Pfft! Laughable! 🙄

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    Oooh, good one, but not sure I could come up with 10 straight away. Here’s the ones I’ve yet to tire of:

    The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
    U2 – The Joshua Tree
    The Orb – Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld
    Portishead – Dummy

    er, erm…this needs some more mulling over. I might be back… 🙂

    Probably nearly in order…

    Neil Young – Unplugged
    Van Morrison – Astral Weeks
    Beth Orton – Trailer Park
    Radiohead – OK Computer
    Stevie Wonder – Songs In The Key Of Life
    Pixies – Doolittle
    Editors – An End Has A Start
    Iron & Wine – Our Endless Numbered Days
    Led Zeppelin – IV
    The The – Soulmining


    No way I can do a proper top 10, but if it’s 10 you want, I’ll go for these:

    Alice in Chains – Facelift
    Dexter Gordon – Body and Soul
    Dr. John – Remedies
    Bob Dylan – Blood on the Tracks
    Fun Lovin’ Criminals – Come Find Yourself
    Metallica – Master of Puppets
    Otis Redding – Pain in My Heart
    Richard Thompson – Hand of Kindness
    Bunny Wailer – Blackheart Man
    ZZ Top – Rhythmeen


    In no particular order:

    Wish You Were Here
    Led Zep IV
    Blue Lines
    Kings of the Wild Frontier
    Songs For The Deaf
    Ritual De Lo Habitual
    The Stone Roses
    In Utero
    Earth Vs The Wildhearts

    EDIT: Sorry, this one goes to eleven…

    Rage Against The Machine (first album)

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    Aphex Twin – Drukqs
    Beatles – White Album
    The Cure – Head on the Door
    Pixies – Doolittle
    The Doors – The Doors
    VHS Head – Trademark Ribbons of Gold
    Blur – Blur
    Frank Black – Frank Black
    Joe Jackson – Look Sharp
    SFA – Geurilla (could be any other on tbhm, all amazing)

    EDIT: can I have eleven? I want Blood Sugar Sex Magik too…

    EDIT: Actually, can I have eleven too?

    I know it’s early 80s pretentious, neo-prog rock nonsense but I keep going back to it nearly 30 years on:

    Marillion – Script For A Jesters Tear.


    Nightmares on Wax – Smokers Delight
    Miles Davis – Kind of Blue
    The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
    Muddy Waters – Folk Singer
    Carol King – Tapestry
    Bob – Exodus
    Tori Amos – Little Earthquakes
    Bjork – Post
    RHCP – Blood Sugar Sex Magik
    Public Enemy – Yo bum rush the show.


    Not particularly original as most of my faves are listed above, some to add:

    Dire Straits – Alchemy
    The Waterboys – A pagan place
    The Clash – London Calling
    Grace Jones – Island Life
    Iron Maiden – Killers
    Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
    Pearl Jam – Ten
    Johnny Cash – Live from San Quentin
    Gerry Rafferty – City to City
    The B52s – The B52s
    Simple Minds – New Gold Dream

    I know that’s 11, but there are just too many to narrow it down.


    In no particular order –

    U2 – Achtung Baby
    Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
    Kraftwerk – Tour De France
    John Mayall – Bluesbreakers feat E.Clapton
    Ocean Colour Scene – Moseley Shoals
    Radiohead – The Bends
    Led Zep – Physical Graffiti
    Yes – Yessongs
    Oasis – Whats The Story Morning Glory
    Neil Young – Best of (because he’s got too many albums to pick from)


    FSOL – lifeforms
    The congoes – the heart of the congoes
    African Headcharge – in puruit of shashimine land
    The clash – the clash
    Stone roses – the stone roses
    aphex twin – selected ambient works
    bob dylan – blood on the tracks
    smashing pumpkins – siamese dream
    jane’s addiction – ritual de lo habitual
    the velvet underground & nico – the velvet underground & nico


    Bruce Springsteen Darkness on the edge of town would be on my list
    Kind of Blue Miles Davis and sketches of Spain



    Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream
    Daft Punk – Discovery
    Pink Floyd – Dark side of the moon
    The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
    Queen – Greatest Hits 😆 ok ok, Day at the races or Jazz?!
    Orbital – 2 (brown)
    Lenny Kravitz – Are you gonna go my way
    The Doors – Morrison Hotel (or maybe LA woman)

    thats it for now


    Beck – Yodelay
    The Clash – London Calling
    The Orb – Adventures beyond the ultraworld (Aubrey remixes)
    Aswad – Live & Direct!
    The Cure – Boys dont cry
    Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
    Jean Micheal Jarre – Oxygene
    Pink Floyd – The Wall
    Sex Pistols – Never mind the bollocks
    Anything by The Rolling Stones (pre 1972)


    Its like none of you have ventured away from Radio 1/2 for you musical inspiration



    plumber, you’ve piqued my interest – what’s your 10?

    * believes list will include musical inspiration from Radio 3 and 4 *


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    1 Senser – Stacked Up
    2 Beastie Boys – Ill Communication
    3 Counting Crows – August and Everything After
    4 Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik
    5 Prince – Sign o’ the Times
    6 Blink – A Map of the Universe
    7 Depeche Mode – Songs of Faith and Devotion
    8 Prodigy – The Fat of the Land

    After that I’m struggling between Cracker – Kerosene Hat, Harry Connick, Jr – She, Dis Jam – Phuturing the Poetry of Lemn Sissay, AC/DC – Back in Black, Sia – We Are Born, Goldfrapp – Black Cherry, Prince – Purple Rain… or something else. To be honest I could almost fill the top 10 with Prince albums 🙂

    So riduculously subjective it probably changes on a weekly basis but at the moment, again, in no particular order:

    Love – Forever Changes
    Massive Attack – Blue Lines
    John Martyn – Solid Air
    The Smiths – Queen is Dead
    Stone Roses – Stone Roses
    Mercury Rev – Deserters Songs
    Television – Marquee Moon
    Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On
    Neil Young – Harvest
    Joy Division – Closer

    If I could make it a top 15, I’d also include

    Gram Parsons – Grievous Angel
    The Clash – London Calling
    Bob Dylan – Blood on the Tracks
    Van Morrison – Astral Weeks
    Curtis Mayfield – Superfly

    I could easily add another 20 or 30 from those posted above!


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    Its like none of you have ventured away from Radio 1/2 for you musical inspiration


    I was suprised it took so long but Plumber gets the musical niche-snob prize 🙂

    It’s like being 15 all over again…

    …oh and I forgot to include a Fall album. Probably Extricate as that was the one they were plugging the first time I saw them live.

    And I’ve got to include the Pogues too. Probably Rum, Sodomy and the Lash….

    Oh dear. <brain explodes>


    Maybe radio 1 and 2 play selections from the popular choices because, erm, they’re great?

    Maybe people weren’t self-consciously picking obscure albums that would make them seem cool and mysterious?

    Maybe, shock horror, it’s okay to listen to albums that lots of other people also like?

    Although I haven’t seen much that radio 1 would be playing, have you listened to that station since DLT left? It’s changed a bit…


    I was suprised it took so long but Plumber gets the musical niche-snob prize

    Ahhhh, it’s a niche thing… I’ve got loads of weird stuff I could add too with a couple of great tracks per album. But we’re not talking about that kind of thing, are we 🙂

    EDIT: What Edlong said.


    How did I forget John Martyn 😳


    This may have been done before, but…..

    You know, not the latest fads but the ones you keep going back to – and I’ve got quite a few years to go back. 😉

    Here’s mine in no particular order – that would be impossible for me!

    Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
    Leftfield – Leftfield
    Dire Straits – Communique
    John Mayall – Blues from Laurel Canyon
    Massive Attack – Mezzanine
    U2 – The Joshua Tree
    Goldfrapp – Felt Mountain
    Nirvana – Nevermind
    Nick Drake – Five Leaves Left
    Radiohead – OK Computer


    No no no, you’re not allowed to like anything popular. The act of being popular fundamentally changes the music to make it less good.

    Get with it!

    (Come to think of it, it’s a bit like some people on here with bikes…)

    Plumber don’t burn your tongue on that coffee by drinking it before it’s cool.

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    The interesting thing about these lists is just how eclectic they are.

    Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd
    So – Peter Gabriel
    Stand in the Fire – Warren Zevon
    IV – Led Zeppelin
    OK Computer – Radiohead
    Maria McKee – Maria McKee
    Dixie Chicken – Little Feat
    Miles Davis – Kind of Blue
    Who’s Next – The Who
    Jerusalem – Steve Earle

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    Blimey, can’t think off the top of my head! Laters.


    Onewheelgood – Interesting that you include Maria McKee. Have you heard any of her earlier stuff – i.e. when she was lead singer with Lone Justice? Most excellent.


    off the top of my head

    Ambition – Tommy Shaw
    World so bright – Adam Schmitt
    Frenger – Mew
    Love Junk Store – Alice Band
    Amadeus Sound Track
    Paradise Theater – Styx
    Arrival – Journey
    There for none to see – Grand Prix
    Six – Mansun

    Absolutely nothing cool or different about what I listen to or have ever listend to

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    I hardly ever go back and listen to whole albums. Old tracks will come up occasionally on my iPod, probably from my favourite albums loaded on there, so they are probably

    T Rex – The Slider
    Sex Pistols – NmtBollocks
    Stooges – Fun House
    Gang of Four – Entertaiment
    Underworld – Beaucoup Fish
    Dinosaur Jr – Green Mind
    Mos Def – The Ecstatic
    Subtle – A New White
    !!! – Louden Up Now
    lets stick Bowie – Hunky Dory in there too.

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    How did I forget John Martyn

    How did I forget Warren Zevon!

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    freddyg – Ways to be Wicked? East of Eden? Great stuff.

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    Can someone compile a list of the ones that pop up the most, I’d do it myself, but I’ve got to take the kids swimming!!!
    Fwiw pop stone roses in there for me, who glancing at the above must be up there close to number 1, ziggy stardust, London calling, the wall (floyd obviously, not Michael jacksons!!!) zep 4, oh gotta go!

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    How did I forget David Bowie. And Frank Zappa. And…. 😳

    when the wedding present release their tenth studio album, .. i’ll find this thread out again . . . 🙂

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    Can someone compile a list of the ones that pop up the most

    Crappy Dark Side of the Boring Moon by the look of it 😉


    OWG – Yep, bloody marvelous. I found love, Inspiration etc, etc. (note to self, pop Shelter and their first album in the car for tomorrow) 😀

    Off the top of my head?

    They will change with consideration I’m sure.

    Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
    Slayer – Seasons in the Abyss
    Massive Attack – Blue Lines
    Blink 182 – Blink 182
    Fugazi – Repeater
    PJ Harvey – Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea
    311 – Grassroots (arguable if it’s one of the best, but it means a lot to me!)
    The Police – Reggatta de Blanc
    The Prodigy – Jilted Generation
    Rage Against the Machine – Evil Empire

    In no particular order:

    Joni Mitchell – Hissing of Summer Lawns
    Bob Dylan – Desire
    Leonard Cohen – Songs of Leonard Cohen
    Massive attack – Blue Lines
    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – No more Shall we part
    Dave Swarbrick – Smiddyburn
    Richard & linda Thompson – Shoot out the lights
    Richard Thompson – You, Me, Us?
    Jack Bruce – Songs for a Tailor
    Incredible String Band – U

    Some real old man stuff there. Although, I am an old man.

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