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Top Ten All-timers?

This week’s issue of the NME (cover date 08 March 2003) carries a Top 100 list of All-Time Best Albums. And the results are frigging…

The Stone Roses’ eponymous debut album was voted the Best Album of All Time by the writers of NME and The poll, conducted for the first time in ten years, saw the Pixies’ ‘Doolittle’ LP, also released in 1989, come in at Number Two. The 1993 winner of the poll, ‘Pet Sounds’ by The Beach Boys, is at Number Three this time.

Elsewhere in the Top Ten, The Strokes represented the Noughties, with 2001’s NME Album Of The Year ‘Is This It’ entering the chart at Seven.

The full Top Ten is:

1. The Stone Roses: ‘The Stone Roses’
2. Pixies: ‘Doolittle’
3. The Beach Boys: ‘Pet Sounds’
4. Television: ‘Marquee Moon’
5. The Beatles: ‘Revolver’
6. Love: ‘Forever Changes’
7. The Strokes: ‘Is This It’
8. The Smiths: ‘The Queen Is Dead’
9. The Velvet Underground: ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’
10. The Sex Pistols: ‘Never Mind The Bollocks...’

Now, now, what’s this? Are you smeggin’ us? ‘The Stones Roses’ is the Best Album of (rock) Eternity?! Wow, this is great news and one can but congratulate the current generation of… ignoramuses!

Fantasy rock band

BBC’s digital radio station 6 Music asked its listeners for an all-time Fantasy Rock band and this is what they came up with:

Vocal: BONO
Bass: FLEA

We reckon this is pants and for the convenience of confussion propose two lineups, one seasoned and the other a tad fresher.

Veteran division

Bass: JOHN WETTON (King Crimson)
Keyboards: RICK WAKEMAN (Yes)
Drums: JOHN BONHAM (Led Zeppelin)


Guitar: TOM MORELLO (AudioSlave)
Bass: NICK OLIVERI (Queens Of The Stone Age)
Keyboards: BRIAN ENO (Roxy Music)
Drums: DAVE GROHL (Foo Fighters)

If you have your own thoughts, keep them to yourself. This is just a little bit of fun.

(14 March 2003)

deo2: 2002 picks

Pop: Discs for Buffy

1. Cousteau:
(Palm Pictures)

2. The Polyphonic Spree:
The Beginning Stages Of…)
(679 Recordings)

3. Patricia Kaas:
‘Piano Bar’

4. The Coral:
‘The Coral’

5. Swing Out Sister:
‘Somewhere Deep In The Night’

Rock: Sounds of Satan

1. Foo Fighters:
‘One By One’

2. Queens Of The Stone Age:
‘Songs For The Deaf’

3. Sonic Youth:
‘Murray Street’

4. The Datsuns:
‘The Datsuns’

5. The Breeders:
‘Title TK’
(Beggars Banquet)

Beatz: Music For Deviants

1. Suicide:
‘American Supreme’
(Blast First)

2. Liars:
‘They Threw Us All In The Trench…’
(Blast First)

3. Ladytron:
‘Light & Magic’

4. Death In Vegas:
‘Scorpio Rising’

5. ShelleyDevoto:
(Cooking Vinyl)

Urban: Sonics for street fighters

1. Eminem:
‘The Eminem Show’

2. Swizz Beatz:
‘… Presents G.H.E.T.T.O. Stories’

3. Public Enemy:

4. Eazy-E:
‘Impact Of A Legend’

5. The James Taylor Quartet:
‘Room At The Top’

(31 December 2002)

#9: Top FIVEs (Round-up)

Top 5 Bands too crap to review

1. The Charlatans

2. Bush

3. Live

4. Staind

5. Train

Hot Foxies
(With ought-to-be sites)

1. Alicia Keys

2. Mary J Blige

3. Lauryn Hill

4. Kelis

5. Janet Jackson

Ladies who don’t…

1. Martine McCutcheon

2. Missy Elliott

3. Sophie Ellis-Bextor

4. Tori Amos

5. Geri Halliwell

All-girl fantasy-band
(avec descriptive ‘sites’):

1. Elle McPherson
(Lead guitar)

2. Halle Berry

3. Alicia Keys
(Bass guitar)

4. Diana Krall

5. Aaliyah

6. J-Lo

7. Dawn Robinson
(Backing vocal)

Valentine tracks

1. Erik Satie
‘Gymnopedie No. 1’
(of ‘Trois Gymnopedies’)

2. Ludwig von Beethoven
‘Für Elise’
(circa 1800)

3. Vangelis
‘Love Theme’
(From the ‘Blade Runner’ soundtrack)

4. Billy Paul
‘Me & Mrs Jones’
(© 1973)

5. Elvis Costello
‘My Bloody Valentine’
(1989 version)

5a. Sinead O’Connor
‘Nothing Compares 2 U’
(Prince bettered!)

Rock (girl) supergroup

1. Tanya Donelly
(Throwing Muses)

2. Melissa auf der Maur
(ex-Smashing Pumpkins)
Bass guitar

3. Kim Deal

4. Kim Gordon
(Sonic Youth)

5. Sheila E

(01 May 2002)

#10: The 2001 must-haves

1. Jah Wobble & Bill Laswell: ‘Radioaxiom’
2. Mogwai: ‘Rock Action’
3. Fear Factory: ‘Digimortal’
4. Cypress Hill: ’Stoned Raiders’
5. Starsailor: ‘Love Is Here’

Top albums by Channel


1. Mercury Rev: ‘All Is Dream’
2. Starsailor: ‘Love Is Here’
3. Pulp: ‘We Love Life’
4. Elbow: ‘Asleep In The Back’
5. Spiritualized: ‘Let It Come Down’
6. Radiohead: ‘Amnesiac’
7. Nick Cave: ‘No More Shall We Part’
8. Super Furry Animals: ‘Rings Around The World’
9. Sparklehorse: ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’
10. Stephen Malkmus: ‘Stephen Malkmus’


1. Mogwai: ‘Rock Action’
2. Tool: ‘Lateralus’
3. Slipknot: ‘Iowa’
4. System Of A Down: ‘Toxicity’
5. Fear Factory: ‘Digimortal’
6. Fugazi: ‘The Argument’
7. Anyone: ‘Anyone’
8. Incubus: ‘ Morning View’
9. Will Haven: ‘Carpe Diem’
10. The White Stripes: ‘White Blood Cells’


1. Jah Wobble & Bill Laswell: ‘Radioaxiom’
2. Aphex Twin: ’Drukqs’
3. Ladytron: ‘604’
4. Basement Jaxx: ‘Rooty’
5. Sigur Ros: ‘Agaetis Byrjun’
6. Gorillaz: ‘Gorillaz’
7. The Beta Band: ‘Hot Shots II’
8. Daft Punk: ‘Discovery’
9: Röyskopp: ‘Melody A.M.’
10: 1 Giant Leap: ‘1 Giant Leap’


1. Cypress Hill: ‘Stoned Raiders’
2. Wu-Tang Clan: ‘Iron Flag’
3. Prince: ‘The Rainbow Children’
4. Alicia Keys: ‘Songs In A Minor’
5. Missy Elliott: ‘Miss E… So Addictive’
6. Bubba Sparxxx: ‘Dark Days, Bright Nights’
7. Aaliyah: ‘Aaliyah’
8. Mary J Blige: ‘No More Drama’
9. N*E*R*D: ‘In Search Of…’
10: Adam F: ‘Kaos’

Editor’s Top 10:

1. Mogwai: ‘Rock Action’ (SouthPaw/PIAS)
2. Jah Wobble & Bill Laswell: ‘Radioaxiom’ (Palm Picture)
3. Sigur Ros: ‘Agaetis Byrjun’ (Fatcats/PIAS)
4. Super Furry Animals: ‘Rings Around The World’ (Epic)
5. Mercury Rev: ‘All Is Dream’ (v2)
6. Spiritualized: ‘Let It Come Down’ (Spaceman/BMG)
7. Nick Cave: ‘No More Shall We Part’ (Mute)
8. The White Stripes: ‘White Blood Cells’ (XL Recordings)
9. Ladytron: ‘604’ (Invicta Hi-Fi)
10. Starsailor: ‘Love Is Here’ (EMI:Chrysalis)

Best Artwork of the year: The Strokes’ ‘Is This It’

Video of the year: Kylie Minogue’s ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’

Prop of the year: Kylie’s white dress for the above clip

(Some) Passings

Michael Karoli (Can)
George Harrison
Joey Ramone
John Lee Hooker
Rufus Thomas
John Phillips (The Mamas and The Papas)
Stuart Adamson (Big Country)
Chet Atkins
Ken Kesey (beat-lit giant)

(21 December 2001)

Top 5 Fit female role models

1. Kylie Minogue

2. Björk

3. Shirley Manson

4. Kelis

5. Sister Bliss

(21 September 2001)


#11: Anne Robinson's InCar Changer choice (or not)

1. Manic Street Preacher

2. Stereophonics

3. Catatonia

4. Sharlotte Church

5. Tom Jones

(18 September 2001)

Don Womble