Friday, October 15, 2004

one to fifteen

Okay, so I, along with all the bloggers in the world, spent some time compiling a list of my favourite ever 100 british albums a few months or so, but I never got round to licking mine into shape and putting them up on the blog. But taking part in that music-list activity the other day reminded me of the version which I started so I dug it out at lunch and tried to put it in order. So - several months after the original article which inspired it was published, I present:

The 100 greatest British Albums ever,
according to Assistant Blog.
1. PJ Harvey – Dry
2. PiL – Metal Box
3. XTC – Apple Venus Vol. 1
4. Gavin Bryers – Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet
5. Underworld – Dubnobasswithmyheadman
6. Slits – Cut
7. Associates – Sulk
8. Jesus And Mary Chain – Psychocandy
9. Dizzee Rascal - Boy in Da Corner
10. Autechre – Incanubula
11. Blur – Parklife
12. Aphex Twin – Richard D James
13. XTC – Skylarking
14. Happy Mondays – Squirrel and G Man 24 Hour Party People....
15. Soul II Soul – Club Classics vol. 1

Click here for 16-100 (actually, I think it's 102 or something like that...)

A word about the ordering; it's fairly random - I just spent ten minutes cutting and pasting and dragging stuff around until it looked about right. There are probably albums in the wrong place, and I haven't given that much thought to the ordering of my top 15, as they're all equally good, pretty much.

There are probably a few really glaring omissions, but I think it looks like a pretty good stab at it. If you don't think so, you'll just have to tell me otherwise...


jonathan said...


Pink Floyd – Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Primal Scream – Screamadelica
Saint Etienne – Foxbase Alpha
Soul II Soul – Club Classics vol. 1
The Raincoats – The Raincoats
New Order – Technique
David Bowie – Station to Station
Cornershop – When I was Born for the 7th Time
Blur – Think Tank
Specials – More Specials
Massive Attack – Blue Lines
Clash – Combat Rock
Elvis Costello – Spike
Rolling Stones – Her Satanic Majesties Request
ABC – Lexicon of Love
Syle Council – The Cost of Loving

Wedding Present – Bizarro
Streets – A Grand Don’t Come For Free
The Smiths – The Smiths
A Certain Ratio – To Each…
Kate Bush – Hounds of Love
Wiley – Treddin’ on Thin Ice
Robert Wyatt – Rock Bottom
Steel Pulse – Handsworth Revolution
Autechre – EP7
Adam & the Ants – Kings of the Wild Frontier
London Posse – Gangster Chronicle
Brian Eno – Another Green World
Stereolab – Peng
John Cale – Paris 1919
British Sea Power – The Decline of British Sea Power

The Cure – Seventeen Seconds
Specials – The Specials
XTC – Black Sea
Style Council – Confessions of a Pop Group
Julian Cope – Fried
New Order – Power, Corruption and Lies
Clatterbox – Easy Does it
Ian Dury – New Boots And Panties!!
Orange Juice – You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever
Tricky - Maxinquaye
Roots Manuva – Run Come Save Me
Talk Talk – Spirit of Eden
Pet Shop Boys – Behaviour
Dizee Rascal - Showtime
My Bloody Valentine – Isn’t Anything

Soft Cell – Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret
Wire - 154
Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Don’t Stand me Down
Joy Division – Closer
Josef K – The Only Fun in Town
Michael Nyman – Drowning by Numbers
Roxy Music – For Your Pleasure
LFO – Frequencies
23 Skidoo – Seven Songs
Kate Bush – The Kick Inside
David Bowie – Hunky Dory
Clash – Sandanista
The Charlatans – Between 10th and 11th
John Cale – Music For A New Society
Cabaret Voltaire – 2x45

Ivor Cutler – Velvet Donkey
Fun Boy Three – Fun Boy Three
The Fall – Perverted by Language
Marrianne Faithful – Broken English
Human League – Dare
Huggy Bear – Taking the Rough with the Smooch
Happy Mondays – Bummed
James – Stutter
Japan – Tin Drum
Subway Sect – We Oppose All Rock And Roll
Josef K – The Only Fun in Town
The Kinks – Something Else
PJ Harvey – Rid Of Me
Pop Group – For how much longer do we Tolerate Mass Murder?
Penguin Café Orchestra – Penguin Café Orchestra

Malcolm McLaren – Duck Rock
Suede – Dog Man Star
Ride – Nowhere
Magazine – The Correct Use of Soap
Luke Vibert - Yoseph
Coldcut – Journeys by DJ
Rolling Stones – Let it Bleed
Soft Machine – Third
Basement Jaxx – The Remedy
Justified Ancients of Mu Mu – 1987: What The Fuck’s Going On?
Buzzcocks - Another Music in a Different Kitchen

BB said...

I've got/listened-to-all-of a weedy 11 of those (plus half of three others). Pretty diverse and interesting selection anyway. At a pinch I could make a top 100 but it might get a bit tedious for the listener ("oh, another RDJ pseudonym", "What, another BB album?").

I think I'd have to go for your "BB funk soul hip hop brother project", followed by the "punk rock bother education project", though the presence of the Clash alarms me: the fact that *everyone* apparently thinks they're great has been a turn-off for me. Same with the Smiths, poss. with the Cure also.


Anonymous said...

How about doing one for US music? eve

jonathan said...

Hmm. I had thought of that, but it would be difficult to do; I can put together a list of UK stuff quite easily because there aren't so many divisions of genre (not much hip hop, not much reggae, not much classical, not much jazz, not many dance music albums) and because I have quite a good broad knowledge of it.

Doing one for the US would be hard because you'd have to balance the preference of your own tastes against such a wealth of established records. Lots of which I've not heard. But yeah, I might give it a go, I guess. And it'd give me nearly as much pleasure leaving 'Pet Sounds' off as it did leaving off 'Sgt Pepper' this time around... :-)