Today I was asked by one of my friends to do one of those Facebook notes that ask you to restrictively list your favourites. In this case it was fifteen albums I’ve heard that will always stick with me. I took this to mean the records that either got me into music, made me rediscover my faith in music or opened my eyes to new styles or genres previously not on my radar. Of course, there’s plenty missing from here, but it’s best not to overthink lists.
In no particular order…
1. John Frusciante – Shadows Collide With People
2. Arctic Monkeys – Whatever I Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
3. Blur – Modern Life Is Rubbish
4. Oasis – What’s The Story, Morning Glory?
5. Pulp – Different Class
6. Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures
7. The Verve – Urban Hymns
8. Bright Eyes – Letting Off The Happiness
9. Fantomas – The Director’s Cut
10. The Horrors – Primary Colours
11. Arcade Fire – Funeral
12. System of a Down – Toxicity
13. The Beatles – Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band
14. Neil Young – Harvest
15. Jesus And The Mary Chain – Darklands
In the coming weeks I’ll be writing about each of these albums in a series of throwback reviews that will allow me to self-indulgently reminisce. Hopefully they will provide some insight too.