Thursday, February 07, 2008

What, no Bogshed? The fifty greatest indie records of all time

The current issue of Mojo has offered a list of the 50 greatest indie records ever, and while it cussedly mixes albums and singles, and is never going to be 'right', it does at least offer up a playlist for a great night at an indie club:

50) Huggy Bear - Herjazz
49) The Delgados - The Great Eastern
48) James - Village Fire
47) Swell Maps - Read About Seymour
46) Camera Obscura - Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken
45) Half Man Half Biscuit - Trumpton Riots EP
44) The Wild Swans - The Revolutionary Spirit
43) The Pooh Sticks - On Tape
42) Fire Engines - Candyskin
41) McCarthy - Keep An Open Mind Or Else
40)Jane And Barton - It's A Fine Day
39) Josef K - The Missionary
38) Ride - Ride EP
37) The Bodines - Therese
36) Shop Assistants - Safety Net
35) The Primitives - Really Stupid
34) Saint Etienne - So Tough
33) The Sea Urchins - Pristine Christine
32) Elastica - Line Up
31) Stereolab - Peng!
30) The Wedding Present - George Best
29) Young Marble Giants - Colossal Youth
28) New Order - Temptation
27) Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
26) The Libertines - What A Waster
25) The Loft - Up The Hill And Down The Slope
24) The Vaselines - Son Of A Gun
23) Aztec Camera - High Land Hard Rain
22) Happy Mondays - Lazyitis (One Armed Boxer)
21) The Pastels - Up For A Bit With The Pastels
20) Spacemen 3 - Revolution
19) This Mortal Coil - Song To The Siren
18) Lloyd Cole And The Commotions - Rattlesnakes
17) Teenage Fanclub - Everything Flows
16) Wire - Outdoor Miner
15) Echo & The Bunnymen - Crocodiles
14) Belle & Sebastian - Tigermilk
13) The House Of Love - Destroy The Heart
12) Subway Sect - Ambition
11) Felt - Forever Breathes The Lonely Word
10) Primal Scream - Crystal Crescent/Velocity Girl
9) The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
8) The La's - There She Goes
7) Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
6) Joy Division - Transmission
5) My Bloody Valentine - You Made Me Realise
4) The Fall - How I Wrote 'Elastic Man'
3) Orange Juice - You Can't Hide Your Love Forever
2) The Jesus & Mary Chain - Psychocandy
1) The Smiths - This Charming Man


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Olive said...

Peng? As you say, a puzzling mix of albums and singles, but if you're going to choose any Stereolab, surely it has to be French Disko.

Tim Footman said...

Posted this at indiemp3 already but...

If we're going to define indie as an attitude rather than a business arrangement, then surely Pulp, Suede and the (Richey-era) Manics deserve a nod. Also missing: Mogwai, Urusei Yatsura, Telstar Ponies, Chesterf!elds, Soup Dragons.

And where exactly does punk stop and post-punk/indie/alternative begin? The Buzzcocks are as crucial as Joy Division in understanding the indie ethos (lovelorn, wry, articulate, self-deprecating, etc etc).

I would direct people to my book about OK Computer for a rather fuller muse on the essence of indieness, but that would be a shameless plug, wouldn't it, oh, what the hell...

CarsmileSteve said...

and, more importantly, if we're going to define indie as a business arrangement rather than an attitude, WHERE IS KYLIE????

um, and the wedding present...

daztraction said...

Never mind that. Have YOU ever tried dancing to Song To The Siren?

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