Sunday, May 11, 2008

Vestmania

By which of course I mean, "listmania".

I love compiling, over and over again, my favourite albums of all time. If I can't get to sleep, it's a good exercise which always sends me off. Of course, it's an arbitrary exercise too - when you have listened to things hundreds of times, there can be no number one and the positions constantly shift.

1 ALL SHOOK DOWN - The Replacements
2 #1 RECORD - Big Star
3 LIFES RICH PAGEANT - R.E.M
4 NIXON - Lambchop
5 (MUSIC FOR THE UNREALISED FILM SCRIPT) DUSK AT CUBIST CASTLE - The Olivia Tremor Control
6 COPPER BLUE - Sugar
7 EXILE IN GUYVILLE - Liz Phair
8 SOMETHING/ANYTHING - Todd Rundgren
9 LOVELESS - My Bloody Valentine
10 STEVE MCQUEEN - Prefab Sprout

11 AJA - Steely Dan
12 CROOKED RAIN, CROOKED RAIN - Pavement
13 BANDWAGONESQUE - Teenage Fanclub
14 FINN - Finn Brothers
15 STANDS FOR DECIBELS - The dBs
16 DOOLITTLE - The Pixies
17 HOLLAND - The Beach Boys
18 IN THE AEROPLANE OVER THE SEA - Neutral Milk Hotel
19 COURT AND SPARK - Joni Mitchell
20 YS - Joanna Newsom

"Holland" is only someone's favourite Beach Boys record when they have listened to Pet Sounds so many times that they never ever need to hear it again.

PS There is a rule when I make these lists - one album per artist.
PPS Some of these records I got on "twofers" - I don't know where #1 Record by Big Star ends and Radio City begins, and I don't know where Stands For Decibels by the dBs turns into Repercussion. But if you care about sounds you should own them all!

7 comments:

Hermit Guy said...

These lists are like an extension of one's DNA - it's highly improbable that anyone will have one the same as your own. Which is a shame when you just want one person to agree with you.

Tom Meade said...

I always sort of wonder why I don't like Doolittle as much as everyone else (I tend to be a Surfer Rosa man). I guess It's probably the production, and the fact that the album has been ripped-off so much that i can no longer enjoy it on its own terms (I have the same problem with R.E.M.)

The only album we share is Loveless. Although Dusk at Cubist Castle might come in around #30.

John A said...

I don't expect anyone to agree with me about the order or inclusion, I just like posting lists on my blog!

Surfer Rosa might be better than Doolittle... I can never decide. Doolittle maybe has a few superior songs, Surfer Rosa is good all the way through.

Roman said...

"Ys" is a Top 20 of all time? Really? I'm not second-guessing your list, I just like "The Milk-Eyed Mender" about a hundred times more.

It's cool to see The Replacements at the top of the list. I didn't think they made it big on that side of the ocean - yeah, not like they made it big over here either, I know.

Drew said...

Replacements. Minneapolis for the win! ...says a man from St. Paul... hrm...

Anton Sherwood said...

Wow. I recognize three of those titles, and (mostly) dislike them all.

John A said...

I bet you're a right laugh at parties, Anton.