Category: Hall of Fame


  • Gran Turismo by The Cardigans

    Gran Turismo by The Cardigans

    Sometimes a band are so good that they fear their greatness and run away from it, only to encounter a different sort of glory. The Cardigans were always brilliant. Completely, wholly amazing. Their first three albums brimmed with beautifully crafted pop that left the listener warm and happy because the music never failed to sound…wholesome. […]

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  • Doppelganger by Curve

    Back in the early noughties, while at college being bored and boring, I found myself ditching my classmates to wander around Glasgow alone. Self-isolation has always been very easy for me, maybe a bit too easy. But I wasn’t lonely. I had an entire city to discover! Yes, I knew Glasgow. It was an extension […]

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  • Princess Superstar Is

    It started with Bad Babysitter, of course. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Drugs, sex, violence, and babysitting all in the span of three minutes and thirty five seconds. The song itself sounds perky and fun thanks to the horns in the background. Misadventure rarely sounds so fun. Of course, I had to find […]

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  • Frankenchrist by Dead Kennedys

    Frankenchrist by Dead Kennedys

    The Dead Kennedys. They’re the most ‘punk’ punk band of all time. They represent the highest standard in which all other punk bands should be judged. As a band, as a force, they were political, righteous, and always willing to fight for their beliefs. What a lot of people didn’t get (and still don’t) is […]

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  • The Future Of War by Atari Teenage Riot

    The Future Of War by Atari Teenage Riot

    Years before Prodigy released their seminal Fat Of The Land, there was Atari Teenage Riot making a racket with their acerbic digital punk. The Future of War, their second album, was the logical conclusion of the futuristic fusion of aggressive guitar riffs and skull-caving beats. Atari Teenage Riot’s original incarnation – Alec Empire, Hanin Elias, […]

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  • Goo by Sonic Youth

    Goo by Sonic Youth

    Some records are defiantly underground. Others are absolutely mainstream. Then there’s Goo by Sonic Youth. Though released on a major label (Geffen), it looks and sounds like the work of artists hellbent on confusing the listener. Sonic Youth always had the reputation of confounding expectations; they were serious about what they did but had a […]

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  • Stay Sick by The Cramps

    Stay Sick by The Cramps

    The Cramps should be easily dismissed due to their camp aesthetic, but then that would be dismissive of their punk ferocity, the skill and talent of their combined musicianship. Poison Ivy, still the baddest bitch on the block, also seems to me like one of the most underrated guitarists in the game. Guitarist? Also the […]

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  • Get Skintight by The Donnas

    Get Skintight by The Donnas

    A problem I always felt people had with The Donnas was an all-pervading idea that they were somehow novelty, less serious than proper guitar bands. For me, they were a dream come true. They looked like brats. They made a racket. They wrote songs about drinking, partying, dating, and…Doin’ Donuts. Less serious than ‘proper’ guitar […]

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  • Living in the time of Angelica

    Living in the time of Angelica

    Your first gig is a rite of passage you never forget. For me, it was Babes In Toyland at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut. Except it wasn’t, because this itineration was actually Kat Bjelland without her Nemesisters. But this was as close as I could get to one of my new favourite bands. Yes, I […]

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  • Midnite Vultures by Beck

    Midnite Vultures by Beck

    I have a theory that your first Beck album is always your favourite. He’s a sonic shapeshifter whose music is always different, but always essentially ‘Beck’. To put it another way, his albums are different suits on the same body. Yet despite my theory about your first Beck album being the one you enjoy the […]

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