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In real life the Sex Pistols had broken up before Maggie was Prime Minister.
‘Young Americans’ IS a brilliant record, I agree the cover of ‘Across The Universe’ is appalling but the rest of the album is gorgeous.
‘Everything’s Gone Green’ was the first time they made dance music, not ‘Temptation’, and as seemingly everyone has pointed out it really should be on this list.
Also I’m not sure if you realize that the name New Order has Nazi roots, just as “Joy Division” did. Only this time, as many pointed out at the time, this was a reference to the Nazis themselves, not their victims. It caused quite a bit of fuss back then.
I loved them and Chrissie (joined the fan club! Saw the original line up!) but just can’t see ‘Talk of The Town’ at #1. It has to be ‘Kid’ or ‘Back On The Chain Gang’
“The Sex Pistols tried to destroy rock and roll, The Clash wanted to save it” – Julie Burchill, circa 1978.
(She wasn’t complimenting The Clash, by the way)
Don’t think I’ve been to Brick Lane in 25 years, it’s changed a lot.
“Aaliyah” has instantly become one of my fave tracks of the year.
Oh, and this: No one seemed, at least from lip service, to be in it for the long haul.
Never heard of The Jam?
Spanish Bombs??? Are you joking? That wouldn’t even make my top 5 of songs from that album. #1 has to be “White Man In Hammersmith Palais”
And sorry, as a Brit, I can’t get behind this notion that the US version of their first album is the better one. It’s like a frigging compilation album! And it has ‘I Fought The Law’ on it which was recorded years later when they sounded completely different.
As someone old enough to have bought ‘Ceremony’ and ‘Still’ when they came out it’s definitely a New Order record. So there.
It’s a Joy Division “song” but it was a New Order record. JD never recorded it.
“It’s weird to think that it took less than five years for U2 to get from the wailing sincerity of The Joshua Tree to the monolithic but wry dance-pop of Achtung Baby”
What’s weird is it took them that long (to basically go back to their post-punk roots), pop music moves at a snails pace these days with big bands only putting out albums every few years. It took The Beatles only five years to get from ‘Love Me Do’ to ‘A Day In The Life’ – that’s what I call rapid progress.