Wednesday, March 29, 2006

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NME, a British music magazine, listed the following albums as the GREATEST BRITISH ALBUMS OF ALL-TIME!!!!
1. The Stone Roses - "The Stone Roses"
2. The Smiths - "The Queen is Dead"
3. Oasis - "Definitely Maybe"
4. Sex Psitols - "Never Mind the Bollocks..."
5. Arctic Monkeys - "Whatever People Say I Am"
6. Blur - "Modern Life Is Rubbish"
7. Pulp - "Different Class"
8. The Clash - "London Calling"
9. The Beatles - "Revolver"
10. The Libertines - "Up the Bracket"

Now, many of these albums have a permanent place in my iPod rotation but GREATEST OF ALL-TIME? "London Calling" and "Revolver" were excellent and even genre changing albums but somehow derivative albums by Oasis and the Arctic Monkeys (two of my personal favorites of today but by no means ground-breaking) are considered better? Shouldn't the albums that were the foundation upon which most of these other bands built their music get a little more credit than that? And no mention of The Rolling Stones, The Who, Zeppelin? I'm no classic rock addict but I do know the roots of today's music that I do enjoy and feel perhaps a little deference should be given. Talk about excessive hyperbole!


At 3/29/2006 12:55:00 PM,

The big question is what they mean by greatest....if they're talking about infulential, then this list is completely loony. But, on the other hand, if greatest just means, very very popular, then it's only moderately looney.

I dig the Artic Monkey (except for their name), but the album has only been around for less than a year. I think some percolation time is in order before we start throwing it around as being one of the greatest of all time.

At 3/29/2006 12:57:00 PM,

there is this great brazilian song called "O Melhor Disco, De Todos os Tempos, Da Ultima Semana"... or "the best album, of all time... of the last week". The song kind of jokes about the tendency to create "greatest" lists and "best hits" albums every other week. this looks like an example

At 3/29/2006 02:39:00 PM,

It seems that whoever made this list was no older than 20 and likes a rather narrrow genre of tunes. It looks more like "Niles' favorite albums of all time" rather than a greatest ever list. I also agree that the lack of classic rock, whether it be in a popular or an influential context is crazy.

At 3/29/2006 08:57:00 PM,

The poll is of the NME writers and is simply: "the 100 greatest British albums EVER" (emphasis added).

At 3/29/2006 08:58:00 PM,

so pre-historic albums are included, i assume. EVER is a big word.

At 3/30/2006 09:57:00 AM,

I seem to remember the Spice Girls making a similar sort of list back in the late '90s...

At 4/01/2006 10:36:00 AM,

The Rolling Stone list of the greatest albums of all time (not just British) has six british albums on it, only Rubber Soul and London Calling are on both lists. RS has Sgt. Peppers as number one (although I still say it should be GnR's Appetite for Destruction, no. 61 on the RS list). RS also has a Stones album and a couple more Beatles.

At 4/01/2006 10:39:00 AM,

I ment to say that Revolver is on both lists, not Rubber Soul




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