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#1 dorio

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 07:28 AM

To mark 50 years of great British music, Q magasine and hmv asked the readers to pick their three favourite British albums of the last 50 years (released between 1958 and 2008) here are the results: http://promo.q4music...eed.shtml#album


1. Definitely Maybe - Oasis
2. (What's The Story) Morning Glory? - Oasis
3. OK Computer - Radiohead
4. Revolver - The Beatles
5. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
6. Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
7. London Calling - The Clash
8. Under The Iron Sea - Keane
9. Dark Side Of The Moon - Pink Floyd
10. Urban Hymns - The Verve
11. The Bends - Radiohead
12. Abbey Road - The Beatles
13. Hopes And Fears - Keane
14. Don't Believe The Truth - Oasis
15. Violator - Depeche Mode
16. The Queen Is Dead - The Smiths
17. A Night At The Opera - Queen
18. Whatever People Say I Am - Arctic Monkeys
19. The White Album - The Beatles
20. Never Mind The Bollocks - Sex Pistols
21. Rubber Soul - The Beatles
22. Be Here Now - Oasis
23. Absolution - Muse
24. Rio - Duran Duran
25. Parklife - Blur
26. A Rush Of Blood To The Head - Coldplay
27. The Holy Bible - Manic Street Preachers
28. Origin Of Symmetry - Muse
29. IV - Led Zeppelin
30. The Wall - Pink Floyd
31. Up The Bracket - The Libertines
32. X&Y - Coldplay
33. Who's Next - The Who
34. Black Holes And Revelations - Muse
35. Back To Black - Amy Winehouse
36. Songs Of Faith And Devotion - Depeche Mode
37. Word Gets Around - Stereophonics
38. The Fat Of The Land - Prodigy
39. Different Class - Pulp
40. In Rainbows - Radiohead
41. Hunky Dory - David Bowie
42. Favourite Worst Nightmare - Arctic Monkeys
43. Everything Must Go - Manic Street Preachers
44. Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
45. Behaviour - Pet Shop Boys
46. Ziggy Stardust - David Bowie
47. Parachutes - Coldplay
48. Exile On Main Street - Rolling Stones
49. Unknown Pleasures - Joy Division
50. Let It Bleed - Rolling Stones


No Kinks no Jam no T Rex No Cream no Eric Clapton no John Mayal no Genesis - Although the Beatles have more albums than Oasis in that list (Beatles = 5 Oasis = 4) The surprise was Oasis are number one and two of the poll though I'd rather it was Oasis than the Libertines and Simply Red. As for the Stones they roll terribly low - Pink Floyd is number nine with Dark Side Of The Moon after the Clash and Keane. Uh!

#2 sixgunsound

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 07:32 AM

Proving that these lists are bollocks. Ha!

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 07:33 AM

This is why you should never ask Q readers anything.
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#4 sixgunsound

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 07:35 AM

Gave you a hand there with that, Dorio!

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#5 dorio

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 07:37 AM

Yeah dang! Triple post! Was a bit like spamming, thanks for the help Six

QUOTE (sixgunsound @ Feb 21 2008, 09:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Proving that these lists are bollocks. Ha!

This one will be the ultimate proof for reference

#6 dadfad

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 07:47 AM

I figured the list would be heavily stacked with more current stuff. Most "greatest" lists are because a large number of the responders who are younger haven't yet been exposed to a lot of earlier stuff or aren't able to consider it in the context of the release-era relative to it's "greatness." (For example the Wright Brother's old wood and canvas tri-plane is much more important in the scheme of "greatness" in the History of Aviation than a brand-new luxurious 747 rolling off the line at Boeing.) No Yardbirds, Moody Blues, Jeff Beck... quite a few British groups who will still be remembered in Rock History long after many of those groups on the list have been long forgotten and rarely heard even on a late-night "oldie" station.

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 07:52 AM

That list is laughable. Two Keane albums in the top 15, above "The Queen Is Dead"? A joke.

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 07:58 AM

QUOTE (dadfad @ Feb 21 2008, 09:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
No Yardbirds, Moody Blues, Jeff Beck... quite a few British groups who will still be remembered in Rock History long after many of those groups on the list have been long forgotten and rarely heard even on a late-night "oldie" station.


Agreed. It's like the British Blues era did never happen. So like you say we can assume their readership is made of very young readers who never heard this kind of music to begin with

#9 Graeme! Yes, Graeme!

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 08:03 AM

There's some unsurprising stuff in there, but it's like the entire list is out of whack and in entirely the wrong order. Plus... Keane? What?

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 08:11 AM

QUOTE (dorio @ Feb 21 2008, 03:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
1. Definitely Maybe - Oasis
2. (What's The Story) Morning Glory? - Oasis
3. OK Computer - Radiohead
4. Revolver - The Beatles
5. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
6. Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
7. London Calling - The Clash
8. Under The Iron Sea - Keane
9. Dark Side Of The Moon - Pink Floyd
10. Urban Hymns - The Verve
11. The Bends - Radiohead
12. Abbey Road - The Beatles
13. Hopes And Fears - Keane
14. Don't Believe The Truth - Oasis
15. Violator - Depeche Mode
16. The Queen Is Dead - The Smiths
17. A Night At The Opera - Queen
18. Whatever People Say I Am - Arctic Monkeys
19. The White Album - The Beatles
20. Never Mind The Bollocks - Sex Pistols
21. Rubber Soul - The Beatles
22. Be Here Now - Oasis
23. Absolution - Muse
24. Rio - Duran Duran
25. Parklife - Blur
26. A Rush Of Blood To The Head - Coldplay
27. The Holy Bible - Manic Street Preachers
28. Origin Of Symmetry - Muse
29. IV - Led Zeppelin
30. The Wall - Pink Floyd
31. Up The Bracket - The Libertines
32. X&Y - Coldplay
33. Who's Next - The Who
34. Black Holes And Revelations - Muse
35. Back To Black - Amy Winehouse
36. Songs Of Faith And Devotion - Depeche Mode
37. Word Gets Around - Stereophonics
38. The Fat Of The Land - Prodigy
39. Different Class - Pulp
40. In Rainbows - Radiohead
41. Hunky Dory - David Bowie
42. Favourite Worst Nightmare - Arctic Monkeys
43. Everything Must Go - Manic Street Preachers
44. Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
45. Behaviour - Pet Shop Boys
46. Ziggy Stardust - David Bowie
47. Parachutes - Coldplay
48. Exile On Main Street - Rolling Stones
49. Unknown Pleasures - Joy Division
50. Let It Bleed - Rolling Stones

The ones in bold are right to be included, although the order is quetionable.
The ones in Italics range between average and very good, but shouldn't be in the top 50
The ones in red are absolute garbage. End of.
And the ones in regular text, I have never heard before, but am guessing there's not much to them.

There's too much oasis in there too.

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 08:20 AM

You've got almost every single one of those in the wrong category Neal.

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 08:25 AM

Oasis shouldn't even be on the list.

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 08:25 AM

Apart from entries by Keane, Stereophonics and Muse that list contains pretty fine listening. Not my top picks, but at least good for a spin.

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 08:30 AM

QUOTE (nealmac @ Feb 21 2008, 09:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
And the ones in regular text, I have never heard before, but am guessing there's not much to them.

Are ye serious??? *shock*


You never heard "Hunky Dory" "Ziggy Stardust" "Wish You Were Here" "Exile On Main Street" and "Let It Bleed?"

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 08:33 AM

I'm more worried by how he categorised the ones he has allegedly heard.

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 08:40 AM

Neal says "The Queen Is Dead" "Never Mind The Bollocks" and "Rubber Soul" is pure garbage. (And he doesn't like Coldpaly laugh.gif)

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 08:42 AM

"Never Mind The Bollocks" I'm fairly indifferent to, but those other two are pure gold. And Coldplay are at worst inoffensively dull.

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 08:47 AM

London Calling by the Clash is also fantastic.

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 08:52 AM

Yeah, that's another one that Neal blasphemed against.

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 08:54 AM

QUOTE (el_burton @ Feb 21 2008, 10:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
"Never Mind The Bollocks" I'm fairly indifferent to, but those other two are pure gold. And Coldplay are at worst inoffensively dull.


"Never Mind The Bollocks" was a must listen if you lived through the London punk era of '77 I did... so for me it's more nostalgia than the content. Coldplay... liked the first one to a certain extent. That's all. And yeah, The Clash was a talented band not limited to punk.



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