Apr
15

The Next 10

The Next 10

The next ten records after my Top 10 & you start to get into territory of this could be one of 40 or 50 but here goes:

Whatever People Say I am, That’s what I’m not – Arctic Monkeys – one of those records that when it came out it blew you away with its energy and power and Northern guile. Quite raw in places and all the better for it

Sugaring Season – Beth Orton – after a 6 year hiatus she recorded this in 2012 & it’s sumptuous

Songs for Swinging Lovers – Frank Sinatra – happiness is this record

Bring it On – Gomez – unbelievably 20 years old and at the time a breath of fresh air. They are touring the album again now & we will luckily see them @ Rock City in 2 weeks

50 Words for Snow – Kate Bush – to be played none stop in winter

Diamond Mind – King Creosote & John Hopkins – press play & enter a world of perfect peace

Out of the Blue – ELO – at the time ELO took the path of pop and classical into new territory following on from George Martin’s work with Music that I think he would have admired

Band on the Run – Paul McCartney – an amazing record with an amazing back story. Released in 1973 it was his 5th album since leaving The Beatles in only 3 years! This has all time classics plus one of my favourite tunes ‘Bluebird’

The Bends – Radiohead – awesome. Tracks to literally never leave you. Pieces of poetry, built with craft and genius.

The White Album – The Beatles – also awesome. The most eclectic of the Beatles records and the one that most bands drew inspiration from including Radiohead. In its depth alone it is simply incredible. Then there’s the small matter of some of the most delectable tunes ever

And the beauty of music? I’ve got so much more to discover and there’s so much more to come out which means our choices are always positively affected. Here’s to discovery.

A X

Apr
14

Let it Be

Let it Be

10 Albums that changed my life.

Let it Be by The Beatles.

M first choice. This was where it all began for me. Everything before and I was waking up to music. Everything since and I can trace it back to here.

My dear friend Steve and I whilst in the sixth form used to buy fish & chips each Friday from the Sunnydale chippy, go back to his house and week after week revel in this one record.

Steve & I would go on to so many musical journeys with many of them a million miles away from here, but the threads from this record have laced our musical boots ever since.

A X

Apr
14

Grand Prix

Grand Prix

10 Albums that changed my life

Grand Prix by Teenage Fanclub

My second choice. I grew up musically in the 80’s and loved so much of the noises that hit me. It was a decade of eclectic mix, of tastes and sounds to enrapture and dance to. And yet I was desperate for the 90’s and the scene that brought pounding dance, layback chill and full on Indy to the fore.

Teenage Fanclub released their masterstroke in 1995 and once I heard it I was dazzled. Tunes to die for and harmonies to rip the emotions to shreds washed over me with effortless calm.

I adore this record utterly. It’s my favourite girlfriend.

A X

Apr
14

OK Computer

OK Computer

10 Albums that changed my life

OK Computer by Radiohead

My third choice. The Beatles after Rubber Soul and Revolver went to the White Album. It was a seismic jump.

I loved The Bends. How could I not with its beautiful tunes. The world loved it too and waited with heady anticipation for what the band would do next. What they did was blow our minds with OK Computer. Musically it’s not the same as The White Album, but it’s reach into our psyche is. It probably affected me with its powerful waves more than any other record I have ever heard.

It is also an album that deserves to be heard in full. It’s a journey like no other. By the end of it and it’s delicious full stop, you are left just wondering how on Earth this was ever written. It’s simply too good.

A X

Apr
14

Definitely Maybe

Definitely Maybe

10 Albums that changed my life

Definitely Maybe by Oasis

My fourth choice. In 1994 we were hit by the hurricane that was Definitely Maybe. All these years on its hard to convey just how important this album was to so many people, not least of which because the Gallagher boys turned the band into a circus. Back then though when they and we thought they might just live forever, we all dared to sing their snarling anthems to the tops of our voices in every club and pub we could.

It was also the album that inspired Steve, Nigel and I to invest our lives into our band, Wide Eyed Wonder, and I base my third book (Being in a Band & out later this year) around this relationship we had with this album.

Definitely Maybe is a record that snarls. It’s a dirty, brash album that stuck two fingers up at the world within which the Gallaghers has grown up and we, the people, took on its energy to add our own two fingered salute.

Within 2 years Oasis proved themselves to be the UK’s biggest band ever at Knebworth.

The truth is however nothing would ever match the magic of their finest album, Definitely Maybe.

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