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Favorite Albums

Deciding the number of items to include in constructing a list such as this is problematic.  I have decided to settle on the not-so-special number of fifty-five — the origin of which is densely shrouded in not-so-special mystery.  I will also make a concerted effort to track any changes made to the list.

The albums that follow are listed in chronological order, by their original date of release. Hover on each album to view the following: (in order) album title, artist, label and year of original release.

 top 55/all-time


COMIC STRIP
Serge Gainsbourg
Island/Mercury
1966

PINK MOON
Nick Drake
Island
1972

SUICIDE
Suicide
Red Star
1977

UNKNOWN PLEASURES
Joy Division
Factory
1979

DARK CONTINENT
Wall Of Voodoo
I.R.S.
1980

NON-STOP EROTIC CABARET
Soft Cell
Sire
1981

PENIS ENVY
Crass
Crass
1981

SPEAK & SPELL
Depeche Mode
Sire
1981

UPSTAIRS AT ERIC'S
Yazoo
Sire
1982

THE DREAMING
Kate Bush
EMI
1982

YOU CAN'T HIDE YOUR
LOVE FOREVER
Orange Juice
Polydor
1982

SCRIPT OF THE BRIDGE
The Chameleons
Statik
1983

THE AGE OF CONSENT
Bronski Beat
London Records
1984

TREASURE
Cocteau Twins
4AD
1984

THE STRANGE IDOLS PATTERN
AND OTHER SHORT STORIES
Felt
Cherry Red UK
1984

MEAT IS MURDER
The Smiths
Rough Trade
1985

FABLES OF THE RECONSTRUCTION
R.E.M.
I.R.S.
1985

THE COVENANT, THE SWORD AND THE ARM OF THE LORD
Cabaret Voltaire
Some Bizarre
1985

THE QUEEN IS DEAD
The Smiths
Rough Trade
1986

IN MY TRIBE
10,000 Maniacs
Elektra
1987

FLOODLAND
The Sisters of Mercy
Elektra
1987

WORKER'S PLAYTIME
Billy Bragg
Go!Discs / Elektra
1988

GREEN
R.E.M.
Warner
1988

DOOLITTLE
The Pixies
4AD / Elektra
1989

DISINTEGRATION
The Cure
Elektra
1989

EVERYBODY ELSE IS DOING IT,
SO WHY CAN'T WE?
The Cranberries
Island
1993

TRANSMISSIONS FROM THE
SATELLITE HEART
The Flaming Lips
Warner
1993

HIS 'N' HERS
Pulp
Island
1994

EXPERIMENTAL JET SET,
TRASH & NO STAR
Sonic Youth
DGC
1994

THE BENDS
Radiohead
Capitol
1995

HOW I QUIT SMOKING
Lambchop
Merge
1996

THE NATURAL BRIDGE
Silver Jews
Drag City
1996

HOMOGENIC
Björk
Elektra
1997

IN THE AEROPLANE OVER THE SEA
Neutral Milk Hotel
Merge
1998

THE BOY WITH THE ARAB STRAP
Belle and Sebastian
Matador
1998

MERMAID AVENUE
Billy Bragg & Wilco
Elektra
1998

ÆGÆTIS BYRJUN
Sigur Rós
Bad Taste
1999

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING
John Cameron Mitchell/Cheater
/Stephen Trask
Atlantic
1999

HE HAS LEFT US ALONE BUT SHAFTS OF LIGHT SOMETIMES GRACE THE CORNER
OF OUR ROOMS…
A Silver Mt. Zion
Constellation
2000

EASE DOWN THE ROAD
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
Palace
2001

SOUND-DUST
Stereolab
Elektra
2001

SHISHIMUMU
Phantom Buffalo
Time-Lag
2002

NO P OR D
Ms. John Soda
Morr Music
2002

TURN ON THE BRIGHT LIGHTS
Interpol
Matador
2002

SLEEPING ON ROADS
Neil Halstead
4AD
2002

THE BLOODY HAND
Frog Eyes
Global Symphonic
2002

THE SMELL OF OUR OWN
The Hidden Cameras
Rough Trade / EvilEvil
2003

DEAR CATASTROPHE WAITRESS
Belle and Sebastian
Rough Trade / Sanctuary
2003

YOUR BLUES
Destroyer
Merge
2004

GRAB THAT GUN
The Organ
Mint
2004

THE DOLDRUMS
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
Paw Tracks
2004

REHEARSING MY CHOIR
The Fiery Furnaces
Rough Trade
2005

TAKK…
Sigur Rós
Geffen
2005

I AM A BIRD NOW
Antony and the Johnsons
Secretly Canadian
2005

PERSONALITY
(ONE WAS A SPIDER,
ONE WAS A BIRD)
The Sleepy Jackson
Astralwerks
2006

 

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