Monday, May 30, 2005

For those who aren't avid readers of ILM, the past few months saw yet another poll take place for music of the 70s. As discussed in a previous post, this led to me listening to and buying up quite a bit of music from that decade. So for me, on a musical level, the past few months have been pretty great.
The way these polls work is that people nominate 7 things, being a combination of singles and albums from the 70s (as explained on the nominations thread). Then people can vote for 70 things (also a combination of singles and albums) based on the nominations. This definitely leads to some great things being completely ignored, however for the most part, the final lists are quite impressive, so there's no use complaining.
My ballot of albums and singles is as follows:

01. David Bowie - Hunky Dory
02. Curtis Mayfield - Superfly
03. Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On
04. David Bowie - The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust
05. Clash - London Calling
06. Congos - Heart Of The Congos
07. Nick Drake - Pink Moon
08. Rolling Stones - Exile On Main Street
09. Dr. Alimantado - The Best Dressed Chicken In Town
10. Al Green - Call Me
11. Television - Marquee Moon
12. Curtis Mayfield - Curtis
13. Kris Kristofferson - Kristofferson
14. Various - The Harder They Come (Soundtrack)
15. Brian Eno - Another Green World
16. Max Romeo - War Ina Babylon
17. Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
18. Stevie Wonder - Innervisions
19. Bunny Wailer - Blackheart Man
20. Bob Dylan - Blood On The Tracks
21. David Bowie - Low
22. Miles Davis - Bitches Brew
23. Bobby Womack - Communication
24. Steve Reich - Music For 18 Musicians
25. Bob Marley & The Wailers - Catch A Fire
26. George Harrison - All Things Must Pass
27. T. Rex - The Slider
28. Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
29. Velvet Underground - Loaded
30. Stevie Wonder - Talking Book
31. Stooges - Funhouse
32. Wire - Pink Flag
33. Clash - The Clash
34. Beatles - Let It Be
35. Talking Heads - More Songs About Buildings And Food
36. Can - Tago Mago
37. Ramones - The Ramones
38. Herbie Hancock - Sextant
39. Tom Waits - Nighthawks At The Diner
40. Neil Young - Tonight's The Night

01. Mott the Hoople - All The Young Dudes
02. Glen Campbell - Rhinestone Cowboy
03. ABBA - Dancing Queen
04. John Lennon - Imagine
05. Toots & The Maytals - Pressure Drop
06. Curtis Mayfield - Move On Up
07. Bobby Womack - Across 110th Street
08. Clash - London Calling
09. Iggy Pop - Passenger
10. Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
11. Elton John - Tiny Dancer
12. Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
13. Big Star - Thirteen
14. Stevie Wonder - Superstition
15. Television - Marquee Moon 12"
16. Max Romeo & The Upsetters - Chase The Devil
17. Delfonics - Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)
18. Temptations - Papa Was A Rollin' Stone
19. Neil Young - Cortez The Killer
20. Jackson Five- The Love You Save
21. Al Green - Tired Of Being Alone
22. Junior Murvin - Police And Thieves
23. Cure - Boys Don't Cry
24. Jimmy Cliff - The Harder they Come
25. Charles Wright - Express Yourself
26. Ramones - Judy Is A Punk
27. Elvis Costello - Watching The Detectives
28. Stevie Wonder - Superwoman
29. Marvin Gaye -When Did I Stop Loving You (When Did You Stop Loving Me)?
30. Chi-Lites - Have You Seen Her

Sadly, a lot of my picks didn't make the top 100, but I'm still quite impressed by the end results. I highly recommend people read the

Sunday, May 15, 2005

In the May 13, 2005 issue of Entertainment Weekly, The Sex Pistols' Steve Jones gives his list of 12 CDs that everyone MUST hear. It's a fairly varied list, with titled by Cliff Richard, Ken Boothe, Supergrass, the Faces and, to no surprise, the Sex Pistols. He's not really joking around with his reviews of any of the bands, which is why it's surprsing to see his comments under the Wedding Present's latest, Take Fountain, where he says, "This is a somewhat new band that sounds like they can actually play their instruments instead of coping out and using Pro Tools like everybody else."
Um, way to sound hip and cool there Jones by talking about this new band, though they've been around since 1985, and this album is in fact a reunion album.
posted by Jonathan