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Records to namedrop to other turtleneck-wearing dilettantes
The Leicester Square: The Best Of
"You can tell these people were into blue cheese and just didn't care. About as punk as you can get. Derek Hammond is one of the finest observers of humanity outside of Jarvis Cocker, but far funnier"
Selected Ambient Works Volume II
"Disconcerting, meditative, and stately. No bangin choons here. But worth the price of admission for 2/8 alone."
The Tired Sounds of
"The greatest 'ambient' (whatever that means) record since the above. In many ways, not least being cohesiveness, possibly greater. Drone never sounded this good. Check 'Requiem for Dying Mothers'."
"'Honky sax madness' normally makes me reach for my revolver, but on this sublime disc, it makes sense. I'll find space on a list - possibly this one - to namedrop a CD by Hebden's band Fridge too."
"Too bloody cheap by half. I'd have put 'Provisionally Entitled ... /Not To' in here, but as they don't have a pic you don't get to see mad Col with his fish on wheels anyway."
"A classic album - perhaps the best of all time by the length of the street - actually improved by being reissued in expanded format. Check the '75 single 'Little Johnny Jewel' (tk 9) for evidence."
"Hunt it down for 'Palindrone' - the majestic and brilliantly conceived palindromic drone (natch) that closes this obscure effort."
"Sure, the bloke has a voice like a flapjack, but these songs are gold."
Lost in Translation
"I own about 3 soundtracks - this along with 'Studio 54' and 'Amateur' I think. I don't like OSTs as a rule. This film and soundtrack however are tops. Squarepusher, Air and Shields for starters."
"I must get this as I only have the 'Royal Bastard' vinyl and it's worn out. Buy it if only for the brilliant makeover of PiL's awesome 'Poptones'."
"Minimal tech for long train trips."
"Pantswettingly cheap. Pantswettingly great. Try and find the Japanese Toshiba edition with the demos on it - it includes a superb psychedelic reading of 'Underwater Experiences'."
E Luxo So
"Up there with Eno's 'Discreet Music' and numbers 2 and 3 above in the contender for most satisfying 'ambient' album ever. Listening to this, especially track 6, time seems to expand."
"You'll have to find this gem used. 'Cat Walk' and 'Indian Summer' are terrific post-Richman slices of gravelly acapella gold."
Pow Wow Plus
"Originally released on the spot-on Fetish label. Excellent work from the front half of the Cabs, and must be due for its time in the critical sun."
"Sheer insanity that the best album in the world ever by the length of the street could be so cheap. And in so much need of remastering. Just a monolithic achievement."
"Including this to add weight to the righteous argument that this is by far their finest hour. Proof positive that they weren't just some slackjawed cartoon goofoffs."
Let the Power Fall
"Not enough Fripp in my lists to date. Not funky 'Zero of the Signified' Discotronics Fripp (which needs a CD debut), but looperiffic Frippertronic Fripp."
"Awesome compilation of Laughing Stockesque work from these precocious youngsters. I'll have 'Blood Rush' off the 'ManMan' 12'' played at my funeral, along with Surgeon's remix of 'Mogwai Fear Satan'."
"I can't believe that this, the best album ever by the length of the street, only reached about #154 or something on Billboard in the US. Just buy it, you won't be able to believe this either."
What Happens Next
"Most nasal vocalist ever in the history of the world. Dinkiest chops. Unhealthy Swell Maps obsession. But all is forgiven with cracking songs like 'Virginia MC', 'Everything...' and 'It Happens'."
"It was either this or 'Rain Dogs'. My impossibly beautiful wife even likes this one."
London Pavilion Volumes I & II: In 1986 In 1987
"Another great el Record. A cruelly overlooked label. This might be the most fun you can have with your stovepipes on. The Japanese compilation 'El for Cafe Apres Midi' is great too."
"I've raved about the slightly more superior and cohesive 'Happiness' elsewhere. But 'Terasaka' is as close as we'll get to having the ace mix of that track which featured on 'This Is Modern Art'."
Playing With a Different Sex
"I read with alarm that this has been discontinued. Think Gang of Four and the Slits, and top latter day bands like Kit and Moonshake. Now you're thinking like a turtleneck-wearing nerd, bless you."
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