Thursday, November 17, 2005

The good, the curious and the "WTF?": 89 albums?

At home last night I read the "89 albums" article by Tim de Lisle in the Guardian. Apart from him including the Arcade Fire album Funeral and Magnetic Fields' 69 Love Songs, there was still a lot of predictability to the list. And some very curious choices too - not least in opting for 2 soundtracks and those being The Sound of Music and Saturday Night Fever (where was Pulp Fiction anyone?)

Anyone spot any obvious missing works and artists? I'd certainly add a double pack of Rufus Wainwright's Want One and Want Two. Ignoring the fact that classical, jazz and country music were seemingly beyond the remit of the article, there are other significant ommissions: there was no Jeff Buckley, no Nick Drake, and NO PULP (sorry, but you should have at least one of their works in). No Pixies?! The Sex Pistols are included, but there's no Ian Dury?

I know more serious matters should exercise my feeble mind, but the more I thought about the list, the more it irritated me.

7 comments:

Marie said...

Ah, but the songs on the Pulp Fiction soundtrack aren't original tunes, wheras the Sound of Music and Saturday Night Fever are. Still, my favourite musical is actually West Side Story, so...

HolyhosesRob said...

See, now you've made me read that, I'm just going to be bad tempered for the rest of the day. I'll restrict myself to one, okay, two obvious omissions, only the greatest rock and roll record of all time: Damn the Torpedoes by Tom Petty and the HBs. And any fule kno that the best Beatles album is Beatles for Sale.

Reidski said...

Marie, you have good taste - West Side Story definitely the best musical of all time, in my opinion.

Skuds said...

If I was was doing that I would sart with Entertainment by Gang of Four and then try thinking of 88 other CDs.

Seems like a low number though. I carry 500 CDs worth around with me all the time on my MP3 player. I would be loath to cut it down to anything less than, say, 499.

Reidski said...

Jeez, people, the contributors to Lisa's blogs just gets better and better. First Marie and West Side Story and now skuds and Gang of Four. On the latter, I've had an ongoing debate in my own head for over 20 years and, more recently with a friend of mine. The debate is: Entertainment or Solid Gold? I've never been able to choose. Both are in my top 10 of all time.
And, Lisa, yes, there should definitely be Common People and at least one from the Pixies

AnnaWaits said...

I know this is a hanging offence, but I really can't get into the Pixies... *hides* :D

"I'd certainly add a double pack of Rufus Wainwright's Want One and Want Two."

Well of course! Remember that 'Want' comes out as a double album at the end of the month!

Rob said...

No Pulp? No Zappa? No Beefheart? No Kevin Ayers? Personally I can't get my head round wanting George Michael rather than Robbie Williams, but there you go. I'd ditch about half his list, I think, and I agree the lack of classical or world music, or folk, or jazz, kills the whole project for me. If I wanted a soundtrack I'd have Oklahoma rather than The Sound Of Music and Rocky Horror Picture Show rather than Saturday Night Fever.