|The Smiths - The Queen is Dead 1986
Iconic title and cover art, and a collection of unforgetable tunes. The rousing title track complete with
anti monarchy lyrics. This was The Smiths at their height. Big Mouth struck again, made Southern
Cemetry in Chorlton, Manchester famous, and then went all romantic with the last song at every indie
disco in the late 80's: 'There is a Light That Never Goes Out'
|Happy Mondays - Bummed 1988
Their second album was more polished than the last - produced by Martin Hannett, with iconic artwork by
Central Station that was plastered over the factory HQ.
The album spawned a few singles, a surprise colaboration with Karl Denver (Lazyitis) & and indie dance
classic remix called Wrote For Luck, and of course a hundred copycats. The lyrics were a mix of drug
fuelled tales and nursery rhymes interspersed with Nick Roeg's cult film - Performance (Performance,
Mad Cyril and Moving In With). The Mondays do it better and they did.
|The Charlatans - Tellin' Stories 1997
Made in the aftermath of the death of founding member Rob Collins, and before Britpop this album
boasts a plethora of singles - One to Another, How High, Telling Stories and North Country Boy.
Purists may prefer the 'Black album' but this is the Charlatans at their height - no longer an offshoot of
|The Pixies - Dolittle 1989
Before Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit heralded the beginning of grunge, boston's PIXIES had
already pioneered the quiet quiet loud loud sound. insane lyrices, catchy hooks, copied tricks, cool
artwork. Much imitated -but never bettered, this was the pixies at their peak released in the same
month as The Stones Roses debut, it too was a sound of things to come.
|Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold us Back 1988
Chuck D may have hung around with a bloke who wore an oversized clock round his neck but
these lads were serious - full on political lyrics, samples and beats. This album is rammed full
of big songs - 'Yeah Boyz', they brought the noise, anger and plenty of attitude.
|Daft Punk - Homework 1997
Two french DJ's, a video with a man with a dogs head carrying a ghetto blaster on crutches. Not
your typical french nonsense. This was gallic house at its best - new ideas, sounds & samples
with innovative videos to boot. A real stylish classic that still inspires today.
|Primal Scream - Screamadelica 1991
Andrew Weatherall took a remix of 'I'm losing more than I'll ever have' off their previous album and
'Loaded' was created complete with MC5 sample. This was the indie/dance rave crossover tune
that was the starting point for this album, which was a departure from the rock sound of their
Released in 1991 this was the album that got put on after a coming back from a rave or club- the A -
Side keeping the tempo going, & the B - Side the perfect comedown - happy days!
|The The - Soul Mining 1983
Timeless album I've grown up with, angst ridden, culturally and socially aware lyrics, part pop, part punk
with even a commercially friendly musical edge.
Released in 1983 and included the UK hit singles "Uncertain Smile" which had reached No. 68 in
December 1982 and "Perfect" which made No. 71 in September 1983 with David Johanson of the New
York Dolls playing harmonica.The album version of "Uncertain Smile" featured the piano playing of Jools
Holland. Listening to The The now Matt Johnson's intriguing and political edged lyrics have more than
stood the test of time some even more relevant today, than they were back then.
|The Clash - London Calling 1980
The third studio album by British punk band The Clash represented a change in thier musical style,
featuring an eclectic mix of ska, pop, soul, rockabilly and reggae. Lyrics were socially aware tackling
issues such as unemployment, drugs, racism and conflict and the strains of adulthood in Thatchers
bleak Britain. The album cover paying homage to Elvis Presley's debut album featuring bassist Paul
Simonon smashing his Fender, was voted the best rock photograph of all time by Q Magazine in 2002.
|The Specials - The Specials 1979
The best thing to come out of Coventry, ever. Edgy and multiracial - 2tone.
This is an enjoyable party album but with a real serious, politcal edge, many bands from many genres
owe a debt to the Specials, an album with classic ska covers ( Message to you Rudy) and Gangster
sampling Prince Buster's Al Capone, plus superb original tracks.
|The Who - Who's Next 1971
The Who's fifth album, an age away from their early mod days, originally the brainchild of Pete
Townshend Rock Opera Lifehouse which never fully materialised, the songs written then found their
way onto the album instead. A Critical and commercial success, many claimed they knew how good
they were by this point and this was how they proved it. The famous album cover depicts the band
members having just slashed on a concrete plinth at a Durham colliery - a nod and a wink to a scene
in Stanley kubrick's 2001 A Space Odyssey.
|Neil Young - Harvest 1972
The best-selling album of 1972. The album featured several high calibre guests, including the
London Symphony Orchestra, Linda Ronstadt, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, David Crosby and
James Taylor. Harvest hit No1 on the Billboard Music Charts (North America) pop albums chart,
spawning two hit singles, 'Old Man', which peaked at No31 on the Billboard Hot 100, and 'Heart of
Gold', which peaked at No1.
|Paul Weller Wild Wood - 1992
Paul Weller's second solo record, released in 1993. It made it to No.2 in the UK charts, and contained
two UK hits: "Wild Wood", which reached No.14 in the UK charts and "Sunflower", which reached No.16.
In 2000 Q magazine placed it at number 77 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever and was
also featured in the book, 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
|The Beatles - Revolver 1966
The seventh album by The Beatles, released on 5 August 1966.
Many of the tracks on Revolver are marked by an electric guitar-rock sound, in contrast with their
previous, folk rock inspired Rubber Soul. It reached Number 1 on both the UK chart and U.S. chart and
stayed at the top spot for seven weeks and six weeks, respectively.
The cover illustration was created by German-born bassist and artist Klaus Voormann, one of the
Beatles' oldest friends from their days at the Star Club in Hamburg.
|Stevie Wonder - Talking Book 1972
The second of five consecutive albums referred to as Wonder's 'Classic Period'.
Released after Wonder toured with the Rolling Stones in 1972, Talking Book became an immediate hit.
The popular appeal of the recording helped destroy the myth that R&B artists were incapable of creating
music that could be appreciated by rock audiences, and marked a unique period for R&B artists
(especially Motown artists).
The cover depicts Wonder with corn rows, Indian jewelry and a velvet afghan.
|The Rolling Stones - Let it Bleed 1969
The eighth album by the English rock band, released in December 1969 by Decca Records/ABKCO a
turbulant year, even by their own standards, guitarist Brian Jones quit, and then later died, a fan was
stabbed to death during the infamous Altamont gig, just days after singer Jagger was fined for
possession, this album knocked the Beatles Abbey Road off the top of the charts.
The follow up to 1968's Beggars Banquet, it appeared shortly after the band's 1969 American Tour.
Recorded under trying circumstances owing to the band having reached the final impasse with the late
Jones, the album has been called a great summing up of the dark underbelly of the 1960s.
|The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds - 1966
The eleventh studio album by the American rock band, released May 16, 1966, on Capitol Records.
Brian Wilson's odd perfected spiritual pop symphony, with an array of bizarre make shift
instruments is responsible for plenty of other progressive bands/artists that followed.
It has been widely ranked as one of the most influential records ever released in western pop
music and has been ranked at Number 1 in several music magazines' lists of greatest albums of
all time, including New Musical Express, The Times and Mojo Magazine.
|Roxy Music - Roxy Music 1972
The debut album by rock band Roxy Music, released in June 1972. With an eclectic mix of art and
progressive rock, a number of songs were thematically linked to movies. "2HB", with its punning title, was
Ferry's tribute to Humphrey Bogart and quoted the line "Here's looking at you, kid" made famous by the
film Casablanca (1942) "Chance Meeting" was inspired by David Lean's Brief Encounter (1945). "The
Bob" took its title from Battle of Britain (1968) and included a passage simulating the sound of gunfire.
And 'If There is Something' was featured in the recent (2008) British film 'Flashbacks of a Fool'.
|The Jam - All Mod Cons 1978
The third full-length LP by the British Punk/Mod revival band. The title, a British idiom one might find
in housing advertisements, is short for "all modern conveniences" and is a pun on the band's
association with the mod revival. The song "Down in the Tube Station at Midnight" is a first-person
narrative of a young man who walks into a tube station on the way home to his wife,and is beaten
by far right thugs was one of the bands most successful hits.
|Creedence Clearwater Revival - Cosmo's Factory 1970
With the release of Cosmo's Factory in July 1970, CCR hit their commercial zenith. It was their fifth
album in two years and became an international smash, topping the album charts in six countries.
The band also toured Europe in 1970, playing the Royal Albert Hall to enthusiastic audiences, and had
emerged as the most popular band in America by largely ignoring the trippy acid rock indulgences that
were typical of the era.
|Dexys Midnight Runners - Searching for the Young Soul Rebels1980
The debut album from Brum based Dexys is a widely acclaimed work mixing punk rock with a Northern
Soul influence. Released just two years after the band formed, this album features the hit single Geno
which topped the charts as their first number one.
An album which feels as fresh today as it did in it's initial release, the iconic cover art was the subject of
a slight reworking between ourselves and the former Curva Nord brand which featured on a t-shirt this
|Ice-T Power - 1988
The second studio album by American rapper Ice-T, released on September 13, 1988 by Sire Records.
Recorded at Syndicate Studios West in Los Angeles A bona fide hip-hop classic when slick rhymes
over great beats were far superior to today's so called money and glamour orientated rap. Ice-T's
albums are known for their clever samples of other genres, from Ozzy Osbourne to Curtis Mayfield.
One of several albums that have been regularly played since my Dad used to play it in the car on the
way to school. Oh,and that cover, look at the girl on the cover, homeboy.
|The Band - Music From Big Pink 1968
Music from Big Pink is the debut studio album by The Band. Released in 1968, it employs a distinctive
blend of country, rock, folk, classical, R&B, and soul. The music was composed partly in "Big Pink", a
house shared by Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson in West Saugerties, New York.
Featuring the track The Weight - some of the best four and a half minutes yours ears could ever hear.
|Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here. 1975
The ninth studio album by the English rock band Pink Floyd, released on 12 September 1975 through
Harvest Records and Columbia Records, their first release for the latter. Based on material Pink Floyd
composed while performing in Europe, Wish You Were Here was recorded over numerous sessions
throughout 1975 at Abbey Road Studios in London.
The album's themes include criticism of the music business, alienation, and a tribute to founding
member Syd Barrett, who left seven years earlier with deteriorating mental health. Like their previous
record, The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Pink Floyd used studio effects and synthesisers.
|Never Mind the Bollocks - The Sex Pistols. 1977
The only studio album by English punk rock band the Sex Pistols, released on 28 October 1977 by
Virgin Records. The album has influenced many bands and musicians, and the industry in general. In
particular, the album's raw energy, and Johnny Rotten's sneering delivery and "half-singing", are often
considered game-changing. It is frequently listed as the most influential punk album, and one of the
most important albums of all time.
By the time of its release, the Sex Pistols were controversial, having sworn on live TV, been fired from
two record labels, and been banned from playing live in some parts of Britain. The album title added
to that controversy, with some people finding the word "bollocks" offensive. Many record stores
refused to carry it and some record charts refused to list its title, showing just a blank space instead.".