Twenty five albums

The Wedding Present
Seamonsters
My favorite album.

New Order
Technique
Hated Finetime (thought they’d gone all aceeed). Rest of the album is a masterpiece

The Smiths
The Queen is Dead
‘I Know It’s Over’ says more about my teenage years than I ever could

Talking Heads
Remain in Light
When I realised the possibilities in music

Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Blood and chocolate
Recorded as live. Full of bile, vitriol, sarcasm and the ode to stalking ‘I Want You’

It’s Immaterial
Life’s Hard and Then You Die
Otherworldly and still fresh today

Furniture
The Wrong People
Out of print, out of mind but a masterpiece nonetheless on which ‘Brilliant Mind’ is just the tip of the iceberg

Echo and the Bunnymen
Ocean rain
This, Bono and chums, is how you do it

Martin Stephenson and the Daintees
Boat to Bolivia
It’s my university years distilled

Stone Roses
Stone Roses
My generation’s Seargent Pepper

The National
Boxer
The band that re-awakened my interest in rock music. If you don’t have it why not?

Joy Divsion
Unknown Pleasures
An album built for dancing

Various Artists
A Complete Introduction to Northern Soul
A cheat here but this box set is the best starting point for discovering truly great soul music incl. The Elgins ‘Heaven Must Have Sent You’

10,000 Maniacs
In My Tribe
My unrequited love album. Natalie Merchant has the voice of an angel. There’s quite a lot of these. It could easily have been ‘Love not Money’ by Everything but the Girl

REM
Document
It’s the end of the world as we know it but we feel fine

The Wave Pictures
Instant Coffee Baby
The album that has been on constant play on my iPod for the last six months

Arab Strap
Monday at the Hug and Pint
Scots miserablists go pop and evoke seedy world of clubbing, sex and Jenny Agutter

Camera Obscura
Let’s Get Out of This Country
Shimmering Motownesque Scottish twee pop. Far far better than Belle and Sebastian

Pixies
Doolittle
NEVER ‘The Pixies’ ALWAYS Pixies. Ripped off by Nirvana. Still seminal

The House of Love
The House of Love
Destroy the heart she said…

Billy Bragg
Brewing Up With Billy Bragg
‘The way she spoke and laughed at my jokes and the way she rubbed herself against the edge of my desk.’ The fug of schoolboy passions and misery distilled.

The Cure
Disintegration
For when Joy Division just isn’t enough

Half Man half Biscuit
CSI Ambleside
Best. Album. Title. Ever

Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
Rattlesnakes
It’s like a burning love…

The Blue Aeroplanes
Swagger
In 10 years everything will bleach to primer and we’ll lie in the light – grass bank ghosts


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