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More lists about classic alt bands and complaints from the basements
God I love this band. I really do. But this is just awful. Worse than their last album. Well I am laughing my head off right now., so maybe it is brilliant. My apologies to Game of Thrones fans, but I do not really think of this band when I think of this show.
Great list. Daunting for sure. Great to see the two last albums getting their due. It is nice to see this written by a person who is actually a fan and not a tourist.
Best line is in the Bee Thousand entry: “The album practically teaches you how to listen to it, teasing you with catchy choruses then thrusting you into the weeds with layers of tape hiss.” Great music writing.
So it has been 20 whole years since Radiohead has released its worst album. Creep does not belong in the discussion of their best songs. The album is pretty funny to listen to. I can only really listen to “Anyone Can Play Guitar” becuase that line about Jim Morrison is so good. Usually debuts are the best if not in the top echelon of a bands discography. Funny how this all worked out. They got better… much better.
“Walking with a Ghost”didn’t crack the top ten? Is actually one of their actual listenable songs. I’m not a massive fan but this seems like an oversight.
I appreciate that Sterogum took this on. Very difficult. I actually do not have any qualms with the listing (although I would switch My Generation and Who Sell Out). However I have a few concerns:
1) 60′s Who were predominantly a singles band. Some of the best music they produced are not included on any of the albums on this list (Pictures of Lily, I Can’t Explain, Anyway Anyhow, Happy Jack, Substitute, MAGIC FUCKING BUS, the Seeker, Join Together, etc etc). Thus they should have included at least one compilation (Meaty would probably top my list if so), or create a list
2) The Who are widely regarded as the greatest live band of all time. To not include live albums on such a list is a travesty. Live at Leeds would probably share the top of the list with Who’s next if this was so. Live at Hull and Isle of Wight are incredible as well.
3) This line from the introduction pissed me off: “And, then, one-by-one: They die.” Yes the band has always been preoccupied with growing old and dying (especially Townsend), but have some class. You would never write that line in conjunction with the Beatles or the Stones.
Other than that, it is nice to see one of your lists written by someone with actual knowledge of the discography in which they are listing. Many of your other lists have been complete jokes minimizing classic monumental works (Bends, Slanted and Enchanted, Let it Be anybody???), so this was nice to see.
great review and writeup.
Should have ranked the songs, the discography is too light on albums to rank. Five entries is not a list.
winner winner. chicken dinner.
No way man. Entry points should not be an excuse for a misguided ranking of an artists Q-U-A-L-I-T-Y. My entry point for this list is is Sugar. However, I (along with most other sane record reviewers listeners etc etc), would place New Day Rising and Zen Arcade at the top of the list. Both incredible albums, among the best alternative albums of the 1980′s. Would I put them both higher than Copper Blue? I don’t know, but they deserve higher places than what they are here. Total joke.
I didnt buy the Bends when it came out (OK Computer was my entry point). However, I am not basing my opinion that it is better than Hail to the Thief because I first got into the band in the 1990′s. HTTT is a great album but come on. High and Dry, Planet Telex, Bones, Fake Plastic Trees(!), Just(!), Street Spirit(!!!!!!). The only thing approaching the quality on HTTT is There There.
I realize these reviewers are doing the best they can (I think), but excuses for entry point bias is lame lame lame.
these list are a total joke. New Day Rising and Zen Arcade are too low here.
Hail to the Thief higher than the Bends! No Heroin! Slanted and Enchanted slated at 3! Let’s finally call this sites lists what they are: a desperate cry for attention and a total joke. I would say that the reviewers are trying to be cool in their choices but really they need to try harder. The examples I have given show how little the reviewers know the source material (no matter what the editors say).