Yes! We Have Sound: The Most Significant Albums Of 2005

I often find writing about music to be a strange and fussy preoccupation. The swash of subjectivity, refracted through blasé attempts to underline the mechanics of attraction. And should you subscribe to any notion that the records we listen to help to define us as people, disentangling the particulars of sound from this listener-gripped detail … Continue reading Yes! We Have Sound: The Most Significant Albums Of 2005

Yes, We Have Jetpacks: The Most Significant Albums Of 2000, Part One

Let’s all meet up in the year 2000. Felt terribly futuristic at the time, what with us all whooshing around on jetpacks, and turning up at the opera tastefully attired in tin foil underwear. The records of this year weren’t bad, either. Take Elastica, for instance – who released one horrifically pedestrian LP back when … Continue reading Yes, We Have Jetpacks: The Most Significant Albums Of 2000, Part One

The Impact Of The Vinyl Stash: The Most Significant Albums Of 1997, Part One

Should you be in the business of calibrating your time on this planet against adventures in audio, it becomes easy to grow excited when contemplating the release schedules of certain years. It’s something you could label as nostalgia if you’re feeling unkind, but in reality it’s an essence far more dynamic than that – a … Continue reading The Impact Of The Vinyl Stash: The Most Significant Albums Of 1997, Part One

Gigawatts And Fuzzy Logic: The Most Significant Albums Of 1995, Part One

Should any Significant Albums series be looking at the 1970’s, Bowie’s constantly-shifting silhouette would be tagged across the walls of that decade as if the ubiquitous spray-painted logo of a particularly hip and pernicious underground movement. As it is, anything post-1980’s Scary Monsters has to be questioned against a whole range of musical and thematic criteria – from fandom’s … Continue reading Gigawatts And Fuzzy Logic: The Most Significant Albums Of 1995, Part One

FuckedUpFestiveFifty #15: The Dandy Warhols

#15: The Dandy Warhols – Genius (1995) A cartoon rock band. It’s meant with a degree of affection, but there’s something Hanna-Barbera to the Dandys. Animation’s mid-seventies period, perhaps; bright, garish, flavoured with a disposable, occasionally psychedelic kitsch. The Hair Bear Bunch moulded into a West-Coast stoner rock aesthetic. A Josie and the Pussycats for … Continue reading FuckedUpFestiveFifty #15: The Dandy Warhols