Category: Hall of Fame


  • Totally Crushed Out by That Dog

    Totally Crushed Out by That Dog

    I hate concept albums, but not this one.

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  • Sexplosion by My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult

    Sexplosion by My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult

    There’s alternative and then there’s alternative. My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult make music for whenever you feel like venturing out into the night-time neon streets of the rain slicked city of sin, places with go-go dancers, and secret Satanists. Trashy? Most definitely. Fun? Always. Satirical and smart, My Life With The Thrill Kill […]

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  • The Real Ramona by Throwing Muses

    The Real Ramona by Throwing Muses

    Throwing Muses made everything better. Their music, all awkward patterns, assumed a disordered beauty once you fully immersed yourself in their world, an introverted and often surreal place full of drama, horror, beauty, and wonder. I lived there quite a lot during my years at school. What set them apart from other bands during an […]

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  • 1.Outside by David Bowie

    1.Outside by David Bowie

    Certain albums need a little help in order to work better. In theory, it’s simply a case of buying a record/downloading an album/sticking on a CD and listening to your music. And for most albums, that’s exactly how the transaction works. But not 1.Outside. Released in the 90s, years after last having any substantial hit […]

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  • Adore by Smashing Pumpkins

    Adore by Smashing Pumpkins

    There are certain opinions enshrined in music journalism by music journalists. For the most part their thoughts remain unchallenged, unchanged. These edicts have been chipped into the rock of rock music itself. You know what I’m talking about, of course. Nevermind is the best Nirvana album. Blur won the battle, Oasis won the war. Sgt […]

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  • Bed by Juliana Hatfield

    Bed by Juliana Hatfield

    The truth is I listened to ‘college rock’ before I ever went to college. I’d already decided what life was going to be like based on some CDs and movies, all of which were from America. Britain was going through a post-Britpop hangover and for the most part, I favoured alternative American bands. I had […]

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  • Evol by Sonic Youth

    Evol by Sonic Youth

    There are certain albums within a band’s canon when everything works. The formula is finally perfected. It may be the case that a band finally discover what makes them great, or it could be an addition to the group adds something that was previously mission. Whatever the reason, everything works and nothing can ever be […]

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  • Viva La Woman by Cibo Matto

    Viva La Woman by Cibo Matto

    Hall Of Fame is the strand of this blog where I discuss my favourite things. It might be a book, an album, a movie or a video game. Can you imagine being the A&R man (or woman) responsible for signing Cibo Matto? Here’s the concept: two Japanese artists, one rapper and a multi-instrumentalist, in a […]

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  • Disgraceful by Dubstar

    Disgraceful by Dubstar

    Hall Of Fame is the strand of this blog where I discuss my favourite things. It might be a book, an album, a movie or a video game. The Britpop boom saw nearly every band with a guitar get signed up by a major label. Sometimes these bands were very recognisably Britpop in their appearance […]

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  • Anniemal by Annie

    Anniemal by Annie

    Pop music in 2005 was a foreign country and I’d lost my passport just like Nadine Coyle from Girls Aloud. The borders in pop were vast, the tribes completely separate. To love alternative music, it was really quite acknowledged that you had to hate pop music, and vice versa. Music wasn’t just for fun, it […]

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