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Top Ten Albums from 1996 (As Chosen by an Obnoxious Seventeen-Year-Old)

By: Nick Southall

Posted 06/22/2007 - 06:55:32 AM by terrorist:
 strange introduction; you make it sound as if you've changed
Posted 06/22/2007 - 07:48:50 AM by Hubajube:
 Wow, that comment's all about the inflection, hm?
Posted 06/22/2007 - 10:51:07 AM by Garret:
 I'm 17 and I haven't heard any of these albums all the way through.
Posted 06/22/2007 - 11:11:32 AM by meatbreak:
 Well you can ignore Maxwell, REM and The Boo Radleys, but you should probably listen to everything else in full. Especially Fuzzy Logic. It might not be what Nick was expecting, but it's definately fucking cool as.
Posted 06/22/2007 - 12:11:18 PM by cwperry:
 'Tis rare that a man can be sincerely self-effacing about his youthful shortcomings like this. Is this a vintage list (obviously the writing is new) from 1996, or your 2007 impression of your favorite things from 1996? I started making yearly top ten lists in 1986 and thankfully most of those older ones have been lost, but I do have my full data from 1989 on (the year I turned 17) . . . yes, some dodgy choices have been made by many a 17-year-old boy.
Posted 06/22/2007 - 12:15:22 PM by Garret:
 Yeah, not sure why I still don't have Richard D. James, seeing as I dig the SAW albums. And I've been meaning to pick up In Sides for some time now. Pretty sure I wasn't listening to any albums from 1996 in 1996! I didn't even get "Weird Al" Yankovic's Bad Hair Day until I was nine or some shit. But anyways, my favourite '96 albums are Brainiac, Unwound, The Wrens, Trans Am, and the first Kevin Drumm album BUT DON'T EVERYBODY START POSTING THEIR LISTS, GODDAMNIT.
Posted 06/22/2007 - 01:59:47 PM by AKMoose:
 This is a great article and I'd love to see other writers tackle the idea.
Posted 06/22/2007 - 02:39:04 PM by gloden:
 I still think Second Toughest in the Infants is the best thing Underworld has ever done and probably the crowning achievement of that UK electronica scene.
Posted 06/22/2007 - 05:18:59 PM by karlkafka:
 liked this article
Posted 06/22/2007 - 05:32:05 PM by raskolnikov:
 Nice one, Terrorist. Once a pischer, always a pischer.
Posted 06/23/2007 - 05:50:04 AM by florenz6:
 What was the connection between Aphex Twin and Adorno which made you applauding?
Posted 06/23/2007 - 08:12:48 PM by Antoine:
 when I was 17 I thought I was really badass and open-minded for having a Motown compilation. That was a year ago.
Posted 06/24/2007 - 02:26:46 AM by nixonian:
 i hear you with the Maxwell album - buying an RnB album as a 'defiant gesture' and to try help me get laid. i did the same thing as a 17-year-old (my choice was Erykah Badu though (no idea why)) and it didn't get me laid and i didn't like the album that much. i think i gave it to my sister. oh, and good call with New Adventures - best REM album.
Posted 06/24/2007 - 11:59:38 AM by Zarklephaser:
 Good article Nick, I enjoyed it thoroughly. Still own SFA, Trees and REM, have previously owned DJ Shadow, Underworld, Aphex, Orbital (sorry bud, I outgrew that one, it never did strike a chord with me). And hay guys, the best "R&B;" sort of music to buy is obviously Prince - you can use it to get laid, and as a bonus, you won't outgrow your Prince records like you will Erykah Badu or Maxwell.
Posted 07/06/2007 - 09:19:15 PM by dannyboy:
 ive been thinking about Insides a lot recently... quite a weird co incidence. but any top 10 with C'mon kids has to be a good one. "but I loved the belligerent artsiness of this when it came out and still do today" = agree with 100%