Top 101-200 Favourite Albums Ever : The Stylus Magazine List

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Posted 03/22/2004 - 07:43:59 PM by MichaelL:
 Stupendous idea. So much more interesting to read about the kinks, arab strap and the fall than the same old same old ramblings about the beatles, the beach boys, nirvana etc. And the Wedding Present! How good are they? I just recently picked up Bizarro and was stunned by it. Great stuff.
Posted 03/22/2004 - 07:45:26 PM by holystoning:
 Fooking great concept. Also great: the disparaging remarks for nearly every capsule review. Would that Top 100 lists did the same; perhaps they'd be less like puffed-up rooftop jobs...
Posted 03/23/2004 - 03:16:13 PM by d.a.boyfriend:
 To follow up on the Wedding Present thing -- yes, Seamonsters (well, the UK release of it anyway) predates Nevermind by a few months. And Albini doesn't "produce" anything, right? Doesn't he insist on being called "engineer"? And he had worked with them on the re-recorded Brassneck single from the previous album, Bizarro, and the stopgap Three Songs EP a few months prior to Seamonsters as well. Not to pick on Andrew's blurb because it's great, just to point to those interested that there is other similar/worthy material to be had if you dig Seamonsters.
Posted 03/24/2004 - 01:12:40 AM by drpenguin5:
 This was a great idea. Stylus' 101-200 Favorite Albums Ever rather than the same old top 100. Good wording of title too, though I really have no problem with people giving their lists "Greatest" since I actually understand it's all just in good fun. However, I am kind of dissapointed with the final outcome of the votes. In this case I think that the top 100 might have been just as, possibly more, interesting. Best of all would probably have been to run the entire 200 and only blurb the ones you guys felt were underacknowledged. Reason being that at least half of this list are albums that are normally in the top 100: What's Goin On, LZ IV, Stooges, Who's Next, Ramones, Let It Be, Harvest, Thriler, Kind of Blue, Wire, etc. A top 100 would have worked with Stylus since, unlike the major pubs, there's no fiscal politics (that I'm aware of) and the staff are much more free to pick what they truly like. And this is exactly why I think a lot of albums that, let's face it, just don't hold up as well any more rightfully got dropped further down (though Moondance only at 187!!!;)). But don't get me wrong, this was a great list! There more many surprises that I liked (Modest Mouse, Red House Painters, Bringing It All Back Home, Songs of Love and Hate, Vocal Studies, Ghostface Killah, Arab Strap, Galaxie 500...) as well as a few left field choices I've never heard of (The Wedding Present, The Congos, Pop Group) or loath (Hole). I enjoyed reading the list and writing this comment, and, you know, that's all that matters. Make more best album lists in the future! Though to be an ass, I personally think Little Earthquakes is just a shit record. In fact, I think the only reason it's on these lists at all is because she's a woman. ;) OK, it's not that bad, but c'mon that blurb was kind of a turn off. If I want to hear music like that give me Joni Mitchell or Kate Bush any day. And speaking of Kate, I hope Hounds of Love was in the top 100! And Crazy In Love IS good because of the horns! It's probably not like they were Beyonce's idea... Lucinda Williams or Bjork or that Susanna chick from Susanna and the Magical Orchestra (my fave of 2004 so far), on the other hand, are good because of what they perform.
Posted 03/24/2004 - 05:36:06 AM by MarqueeSmithee:
 Funny idea, Stylus. It keeps people busy wondering what one might find in the top 100 - even though one feels sure of at least 50 of them. drpenguin5, I agree that Susanna and the Magical Orchestra's "List of Lights and Buoys" is the best of this year's albums 'til now. It has almost made me turn patriotic - they're from Oslo, Norway, Scandinavia - and so am I... Also look out for the forthcoming Deathprod cd box set. Deathprod is one of the producers of "List of Lights...".
Posted 03/24/2004 - 08:07:34 PM by badhaircut:
 Anyone know where I could find a photo of the entire blackboard from that scene in School Of Rock? I was laughing too hard when I saw the movie to catch everything he had written on it. I guess I could go check the DVD. Anyway, interesting article.
Posted 05/07/2005 - 08:38:00 PM by gordangano:
 what was the top 100?