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10 Mad British Albums

A. J. Taylor
 
Volumes One And Two
Volumes One And Two
"Bonkers. Like Beefheart's "Trout Mask Replica" many people claim to love it and be influenced by it but few can stand more than a couple of songs at a time."
Queen II
Queen II
"Insane. The whole of side 2 sees Freddie away with the fairies. Spawned their first hit "7 Seas Of Rhye" but nobody has a clue what on earth it's about."
The Coral
The Coral
"Nuts. A modern classic - The sound of teenage scousers who absolutely don't care about pleasing anyone but themselves. "Simon Diamond" is about a bloke who turns into a tree."
Selling England By The Pound
Selling England By The Pound
"Barking. Possibly the most English sounding album ever recorded. "I Know What I Like" is their hit single about mowing the lawn. And what the hell IS a "unifaun"?"
The Dials
The Dials
"Hatstand. Attempts to tackle every conceivable musical genre in 14 songs. From the amazing Barratt boogie of "The Coracle" to the apocalyptic "Me Soh Fah" this is the best, maddest band in Britain now"
Joy Of A Toy
Joy Of A Toy
"Clang. Kevin Ayers (ex Soft Machiner) cites fine wine and food as his main influence. "The Lady Rachael" is apparently a story for children. Glad he's not my dad."
The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society
The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society
"Honk. One of the first great examples of British Madness on a pop record. Their greatest album finally gets the recognition it deserves. Every track a classic."
In the Land of Grey and Pink
In the Land of Grey and Pink
"Tweet. You only need look at the cover to know what you're letting yourself in for. "Winter Wine" is an organ-tastic evening before the morning after."
Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake
Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake
"Nurse! The greatest mod band ever discover acid in a big way and get that bloke who talks funny to do so all over side 2."
Relics
Relics
"Mother? A collection of the Floyd's best stuff before Roger Waters started thinking too hard. "I've got a bike, you can ride it if you like" - what more could you want?"