OPINION

Spin magazine's 100 Greatest Albums 1985-2005

Written by Al Barger
Published July 03, 2005

Like my hometown Hoosier hero W Axl Rose, I'm calling out the punks over at Spin magazine for this crappy list supposedly representing the 100 greatest albums of the last two decades. Get in the ring. This has to be the worst, plain stupidest such list I've seen since the time some years ago when Spin picked "It Takes Two" by Rob Base as the greatest single. When was the last time any of y'all actually listened to that bit of effluvia?

What exactly are the qualifications to write for Spin? Judging by this list, it doesn't have anything to do with knowing or appreciating anything about music. One has to suspect that it has more to do with who's shtupping who at biz parties than with actually listening to the recordings.

Now, on the same general principles by which it is understood that a stopped clock is right twice a day, Spin picked out maybe half a dozen or so records out of the 100 that actually deserved to be there. There's no arguing against Sign O the Times, certainly. Of course, Appetite for Destruction continues to rule. White Blood Cells has actual outstanding SONGS. Fear of a Black Planet may be the greatest rap album ever. I put up Amazon links here for their decent picks.

Most of the rest of this crap is just tuneless nonsense hardly worth a listen even once. Certainly, there exists plenty of room for arguing aesthetic principles and matters of tastes. If you want to argue that the Stones were better than the Beatles or that U2 beats the Who, you might could make a reasonable case.

However, if you say that The Blueprint by Jay Z is superior to Macy Gray preaching On How Life Is (not on the list), then you're just wrong. And if you say that Master of Puppets rates over anything that Paul Simon's done, then obviously you are an idiot regarding music.

Hell, half the people on this list are not really musicians at all in any meaningful sense of the word. Is Courtney Love really even a musician? She could not begin to try to compete against, say, Alicia Keys (also not on the list) just on the basis of basic professional knowledge and skills. Time at the conservatory doesn't necessarily mean you've got anything to say, but basic musical competence is something of a prerequiste. If Courtney Love actually had something significant to say, she wouldn't have the musical fluency to express it.

I suspect that some of these picks come from wanting rock critic pets that just never ever could actually make a hit. Listen to the nasty off key atonal screeching of PJ Harvey, shrieking "Lick my legs of desire!" Ugh, no thank you. There's no danger that these editors will ever have to share her attentions with all them teenagers down at the mall. Hell, even I would rather listen to Britney Spears than this nonsense.

For whatever reasons, they've chosen here to canonize some of the dumbest window lickers in the music biz. The Meat Puppets and Slayer are pretty much worthless idiots, at least professionally speaking. Perhaps they're real nice fellows if you get to know them, but these are not real bands.

Then there's Sonic Youth, truly the most egregiously unlistenable critics pets of a generation. Any critic that comes up carrying on about this band should be considered highly suspect as to their credibility to judge music. Lengthy excursions of tuneless guitar screeching do not constitute music genius. They just represent unlistenable noise.

Consider some of what does NOT make their list. They've got plenty of room for multiple mediocre Radiohead and Husker Du records, but for starters there's no Paul Simon. Uh, Graceland, anyone? Nor is there any Elvis Costello. Apparently he's not cool anymore. There's no Sinead O'Connor here, or Tori Amos. Plus, there's no Michael Jackson. Terence Trent D'Arby? Richard Frickin' Thompson?!

Also, there's nothing here resembling a country album. There's no Johnny Cash, most egregiously. He did some of the finest work of his whole career in those last ten years at American. Dolly Parton has made some great bluegrass oriented records here recently. Granted, she's no Hole, but really. Oh, and there's June Carter.

Be looking for the official correct list of the 100 Best Albums of This Generation from me shortly, and for similar corrective input on this burning question from other Blogcritics.

In the meantime, here's the Spin magazine picks for the 100 Greatest Albums of the Last 20 Years:

1. OK Computer Radiohead 1997
2. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back Public Enemy 1988
3. Nevermind Nirvana 1991
4. Slanted and Enchanted Pavement 1992
5. The Queen Is Dead The Smiths 1986
6. Surfer Rosa The Pixies 1988
7. 3 Feet High and Rising De La Soul 1989
8. Sign O the Times Prince 1987
9. Rid of Me PJ Harvey 1993
10. Straight Outta Compton NWA 1988
11. Achtung Baby U2 1991
12. Paul's Boutique Beastie Boys 1989
13. New Day Rising Husker Du 1985
14. Daydream Nation Sonic Youth 1988
15. Exile in Guyville Liz Phair 1993
16. Odelay Beck 1996
17. Illmatic Nas 1994
18. Appetite for Destruction Guns n Roses 1987
19. Live Through This Hole 1994
20. Enter the Wu Tang Clan (36 Chambers) Wu-Tang Clan 1993
21. Fear of a Black Planet Public Enemy 1990
22. Loveless My Bloody Valentine 1991
23. Stankonia Outkast 2000
24. Dig Me Out Sleater-Kinney 1997
25. The Downward Spiral Nine Inch Nails 1994
26. Post Bjork 1995
27. The Head on the Door The Cure 1985
28. Definitely Maybe Oasis 1994
29. 13 Songs Fugazi 1989
30. Ready to Die Notorious BIG 1994
31. You're Living All Over Me Dionsaur Jr 1987
32. Tim The Replacements 1985
33. AmeriKKKas Most Wanted Ice Cube 1990
34. Either/Or Elliott Smith 1997
35. The Chronic Dr Dre 1992
36. Doolittle The Pixies 1989
37. Bee Thousand Guided by Voices 1994
38. The Low End Theory A Tribe Called Quest 1991
39. Lucinda Williams Lucinda Williams 1988
40. Raising Hell Run DMC 1986
41. Siamese Dream Smashing Pumpkins 1993
42. Nothing's Shocking Jane's Addiction 1988
43. Criminal Minded Boogie Down Productions 1987
44. Dookie Green Day 1994
45. College Dropout Kanye West 2004
46. This Nation's Saving Grace The Fall 1985
47. Paid in Full Eric B & Rakim 1987
48. Kid A Radiohead 2000
49. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill Lauryn Hill 1998
50. Low Life New Order 1985
51. In Utero Nirvana 1993
52. Licensed to Ill Beastie Boys 1986
53. The Battle of Los Angeles Rage Against the Machine 1999
54. Last Splash The Breeders 1993
55. Dig Your Own Hole The Chemical Brothers 1997
56. To Bring You My Love PJ Harvey 1995
57. White Blood Cells The White Stripes 2001
58. Master of Puppets Metallica 1986
59. The Lonesome Crowded West Modest Mouse 1997
60. De La Soul Is Dead De La Soul 1991
61. Pinkerton Weezer 1996
62. Supa Dupa Fly Missy Elliott 1997
63. Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain Pavement 1994
64. The Marshal Mathers LP Eminem 2000
65. Remedy Basement Jaxx 1999
66. Aquemini Outkast 1998
67. Reign in Blood Slayer 1986
68. Maxiquaye Tricky 1995
69. Entroducing DJ Shadow DJ Shadow 1996
70. The Blueprint Jay Z 2001
71. Psychocandy The Jesus and Mary Chain 1985
72. Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Raekwon 1995
73. Different Class Pulp 1995
74. Dummy Portishead 1994
75. Le Tigre Le Tigre 1999
76. If You're Feeling Sinister Belle and Sebastian 1997
77. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Wilco 2002
78. The Stone Roses The Stone Roses 1989
79. Everything Is Wrong Moby 1995
80. Voodoo D'Angelo 2000
81. Mellow Gold Beck 1994
82. Grace Jeff Buckley 1994
83. Relationship of Command At the Drive-In 2000
84. Superunknown Soundgarden 1994
85. Automatic for the People REM 1992
86. Up on the Sun Meat Puppets 1985
87. Parklife Blur 1994
88. Emperor Tomato Ketchup Stereolab 1996
89. Fever to Tell Yeah Yeah Yeahs 2003
90. Sister Sonic Youth 1987
91. Skylarking XTC 1986
92. Atomizer Big Black 1986
93. Ten Pearl Jam 1991
94. Spiderland Slint 1991
95. Elastica Elastica 1995
96. Rum, Sodomy & the Lash The Pogues 1985
97. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea Neutral Milk Hotel 1998
98. When I Was Born for the 7th Time Cornershop 1997
99. Gentlemen Afghan Whigs 1993
100. Is This It The Strokes 2001


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Spin magazine's 100 Greatest Albums 1985-2005
Published: July 03, 2005
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#1 — July 3, 2005 @ 09:01AM — Aaron, Duke De Mondo [URL]

96. Rum, Sodomy & the Lash The Pogues 1985

that it's on the list AT ALL is a marvellous suprise. that it's so shamefully low, is, alas, expected these days.

great article, Al. you never cease to amuse an delight.

#2 — July 3, 2005 @ 10:58AM — Tan The Man [URL]

I always thought SPIN magazine had a severe leaning towards hard rock. I didn't think their critics could critique any music other than hard rock. At least that's the impression I got with the magazine. I more or less agree with top 10. I need more time to sink before looking over the next 90. I'm surprised that At The Drive In's album is on the list. And why is Pearl Jam so low?

#3 — July 3, 2005 @ 11:31AM — gonzo marx [URL]

no Tool...especially Undertow or even AEnima

no Primus...Sailing the Seas of Cheese anyone?

no Bad Motorfinger by Soudgarden?

no Rage Against the Machine?

no End of Silence by Henry Rollins?

no Pretty Hate Machine by Nine Inch Nails?

no Jagged Little Pill from Alanis Morrisette?

no Tori Amos?

no Rush?

no brains or ears or taste at Spin magazine!

nuff said?

Excelsior!

#4 — July 3, 2005 @ 12:29PM — ihateoreilly

Oh my Gosh..it's blog critic Al! I thought you would have committed suicide after Madonna gave what is considered to be the greatest television performance since the Beatles appeared on Ed Sullivan. Must hurt, Al! This is going to be a bigger ouch...my brother attended the concert in Hyde park. Not even a big Madonna fan, he said he has NEVER seen an audience so moved by a performance in his whole entire life (he picked up the albums Ray of Light and Music today). And all you right wingers can do is post pictures of Madonna jokingly giving the middle finger to her keyboardist during rehearsals and say, "Oh...she sweared..how terrible." Got news for you Al..the rest of the year will be a nightmare. New album comes out soon and it's said to be like "Ray of Light" pumped up 200 percent. HA HA HA Boo hoo Boo hoo....THE QUEEN IS BACK!

#5 — July 3, 2005 @ 12:36PM — Jose Alvarez

This list is a joke. Where is "Ray of Light" by Madonna or "Jagged Little Pill" by Alanis Morisette.

#6 — July 3, 2005 @ 13:29PM — DJRadiohead [URL]

Nice they included "Definitely Maybe" but how the hell could they have left off "(What's the Story) Morning Glory?" Insane.

I knew Mark Lanegan wouldn't make the list, but he should have.

#7 — July 3, 2005 @ 14:08PM — uao [URL]

I truly hate lists like this, but I'm a sucker for 'em too.

Among my favorites that apparaently left no impression on the Spin crew include:

The Verve: (any of their three studio albums)
Spiritualized: Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space
Mazzy Star: So Tonight That I Might See
Death In Vegas: Scorpio Rising
Happy Mondays: Pills N Thrills N Bellyaches
Tiny Lights: Hazel's Wreath
10,000 Maniacs: In My Tribe
Squirrel Bait Skag Heaven


However, I'm pleased they didn't forget Skylarking.

#8 — July 3, 2005 @ 15:46PM — Al Barger [URL]

Ihateoreilly, you seem to think I sit around spiting Madonna all day, apparently because I'm "right wing." That's cool if it gets you any entertainment.

However, look for my come correct album list in a day or two, and try not to be too disappointed to find a Madonna album or two on it. She hasn't written a real song in a dozen or more years, but going back 20, you're getting into prime time.

#9 — July 3, 2005 @ 16:41PM — Rodney Welch [URL]

I can't speak for all the stuff on the list, but Courtney Love's Live Through This, Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation, and PJ Harvey's To Bring You My Love are all great albums, and I truly believe they'll last for years to come. Especially Love's, which if anything probably should have cut the top ten.

Other thoughts:

*No real quarrel with the Top Ten, although I don't make a habit of either listening to or admiring OK Computer. The Public Enemy record is brilliant.

*I've never really "gotten" Pavement. Maybe you had to be there.

*Ditto Liz Phair.

*Glad to see the irreplaceable Replacements have not been forgotten.

*Ditto Smashing Pumpkins.

*I agree Elvis is a serious omission; King of America is a great record. Also, if you're going to include wimpy arty heart on the sleeve stuff, why go for a lame Belle and Sebastian disc when you can have Magnetic Fields' magisterial 69 Love Songs?

#10 — July 3, 2005 @ 16:43PM — Aaman [URL]

It's surprising The Verve's "Urban Hymns" didn't make this list - Live 8 someone called it(Bittersweet Symphony) the best song ever

Elvis Costello is perhaps not hot across the pond

#11 — July 3, 2005 @ 16:56PM — uao [URL]

I'm reminded of a story Cameron Crowe used to tell about the time he tried to interview Jimmy Page back in the 70's.

Page was pissed that Rolling Stone had panned Led Zeppelin in the past, and wasn't willing to talk.

Crowe said, "You know, if you bought every album Rolling Stone gave five stars to, you'd have the worst record collection in history"

Page mulled that over, and granted the interview.

Similarly, one could put together a pretty good list of the top 100 albums not on Spin's list, and I bet it would be a better collection than theirs.

#12 — July 3, 2005 @ 17:11PM — Rodney Welch [URL]

It certainly wouldn't be as bad a collection as the records Cameron Crowe himself gave five stars to; that jackoff wrote the liner notes to Peter Frampton's execrable I'm in You, which he dubbed "bloody great."

#13 — July 3, 2005 @ 17:20PM — uao [URL]

He got Page before he listened to I'm In You, so it didn't matter. ;-)

#14 — July 3, 2005 @ 17:35PM — Rodney Welch [URL]

If you have not only heard, but actually spent time, with Jimmy Page, and then go on to say that Frampton is a great guitarist, well -- maybe there's just no hope for you.

#15 — July 3, 2005 @ 17:39PM — HW Saxton

No "Biz Never Sleeps" by Diabolical Biz
Markie, No "Killer Kuts" by Kool G Rap &
DJ Polo, No Afrika Baambata at all(the
guy really deserves some props here as
he was influential as all hell on many
different genres in many different ways)

Also there is no: "Shoki,Shoki" by Femi
Kuti,No:"God Knows I've Tried" by Junior
Kimbrough, No "Don't Give Up On Me" by
Solomon Burke,No "Funeral For A Friend"
by The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, No "Oh No
It's Red Rat" by Red Rat, No "Burnside
On Burnside" by RL Burnside,No "Burned
Mind" by Wolf Eyes, No "Make Way For The
Indian"(Feat."Boom Shak A Lak")by Apache
Indian and on and on and on.

Why don't these jokers ever try to think
outside of their limited little spectrum
once in a while? No Dancehall,Neo-Soul,
Blues,Jazz,Ska or anything just a little
different. These lists are so monotonous
nothing but popularity contests it seems
to me.



"Make Way For The Indian"(it has
"Boom Shak A Lak" on there)by Apache Indian

#16 — July 3, 2005 @ 19:02PM — Scott [URL]

The Pixies "doolittle" should be where "surfer rosa" currently is. And "Achtung Baby" but no "Joshua Tree"? Spin is on crack

#17 — July 3, 2005 @ 19:32PM — Al Barger [URL]

Never having listened to Pavement, the Spin listing prompted me to hunt down the Slanted Enchanted album. WTF? Does anybody here want to make a case for what sounds like a mediocre bunch o' nothin?

#18 — July 3, 2005 @ 19:34PM — Aaman [URL]

HW, I'm impressed that you would recommend, let alone be aware of Apache Indian - much kudos

#19 — July 3, 2005 @ 19:37PM — HW Saxton

Aaman, Thanks mucho. I love Raggamuffin
stuff. I'm listening to "Red Rat" on the
PC as I write this,LOL!

#20 — July 3, 2005 @ 20:26PM — Temple Stark [URL]

>>Spin picked "It Takes Two" by Rob Base

That got me laughing out loud though not quite spitting my (iced) coffee.


Did that really happen? And don't forget EZ-Rock

#21 — July 3, 2005 @ 21:08PM — Temple Stark [URL]

I had a lot of laughs along the way. Thanks Al. Even though you beat some of my favorites over the head with a Cat O Nine Tails. Your rants are much more fun when they're non-political.

Master of Puppets is the best Metallica album there is for sheer crunch and subject matter factors - followed by And Justice For All and Ride The Lightning (though that wouldn't be in the 1985-2005 timeframe).

Your mention of PJ Harvey made me bring out Dry, Is This Desire, Rid of Me, To Bring You My Love and, er Tricky's "Maxinquaye" because the awesome power of "Strugglin" came into my head when I saw it there.

I'm on a PJ Marathon.

VS is the best Pearl Jam there is, though Ten is right there.

And Sonic Youth at their best are just sonic killers. You either get it or you don't though and some of it is terrible.

No Tori? She's been on their cover like eight times. I know, I have most of them. It's the only times I've ever bought their mag. Well, except for their five and 10 year anniversary issues.

Graceland was a milestone.

I think Spin is onto something regarding country (and for all you country fans "regarding" means about ;-) ) More than any other genre there really aren't any great country ALBUMS but only a few songs. Still and all it saddens me to see no Johnny Cash.

Michael Jackson - this is about the last 20 years remember?

Pavement No. 4. ????? You're right they're fooked up in the head. The Fall? Etc etc.

The list is a joke and probably just a reaction to something similar from Rolling Stone. It's meant to be a "cool kids" list more than anything.

If this is the best they can do it's certainly an indictment of the last 20 years of music. Or more likely just an indictment of the last 20 years of Spin (who always seemed to be trying too hard)


Sheela Na Gig Sheela Na Gig ... you exhibitionist. ....

#22 — July 3, 2005 @ 21:09PM — HW Saxton

Hey!!! I like "It Takes Two". It was a
good catchy Hip/Pop single.When I hear
that song it always reminds me of going
to the roller rink to pick up my little
sister and cousins from skating.That and
"Planet Rock" by Afrika Baambaata.They
would always turn out the lights and put
the black lights on for that one.Oh gawd
how dorky! Were the 1980's really that
bad???

I have developed a sort of amnesia like
soldiers do,where you will conveniently
forget and repress the horrors of some
situations so that you don't have to re-
ive it, in regards to the 1980's.

I would never ever go so far as to call
"It Takes Two" the "GREATEST" single or
anything even close to that though.I'd
save that dubious distinction for Humpty
Dance by The Digital Underground. LOL.


#23 — July 3, 2005 @ 21:35PM — Thad Anderson [URL]

"*I've never really "gotten" Pavement. Maybe you had to be there."

"Never having listened to Pavement, the Spin listing prompted me to hunt down the Slanted Enchanted album. WTF? Does anybody here want to make a case for what sounds like a mediocre bunch o' nothin?"


Pavement is definitely one of those "acquired taste"-type bands, especially on first listen. But if you keep listening to "Slanted and Enchanted," the songs start rising out of the noise, and get pretty addictive. I can't really explain it, and won't try to, but I love that album.

#24 — July 3, 2005 @ 21:42PM — Thad Anderson [URL]

"Consider some of what does NOT make their list. They've got plenty of room for multiple mediocre Radiohead and Husker Du records, but for starters there's no Paul Simon. Uh, Graceland, anyone? Nor is there any Elvis Costello. Apparently he's not cool anymore. There's no Sinead O'Connor here, or Tori Amos. Plus, there's no Michael Jackson. Terence Trent D'Arby? Richard Frickin' Thompson?!

Also, there's nothing here resembling a country album. There's no Johnny Cash, most egregiously. He did some of the finest work of his whole career in those last ten years at American. Dolly Parton has made some great bluegrass oriented records here recently. Granted, she's no Hole, but really. Oh, and there's June Carter."


I think the point of the list is to make a SPIN Top 100 list . . . meaning a top 100 list reflecting the music SPIN focuses on, alternative rock and hip hop.

#25 — July 3, 2005 @ 21:42PM — Al Barger [URL]

Yes Temple, Spin really picked "It Takes Two" as the the greatest single ever.

HW, I will defend the honor of the Digital Underground. Sex Packets will probably make my list, most significantly because of "The Humpty Dance"- though I would never pick that as the greatest single ever.

#26 — July 3, 2005 @ 21:52PM — Al Barger [URL]

Ah, found that Spin list HERE IT IS I also added the link back up into the story.

Actually, looking at that list now, it's a lot more interesting than this new album list.

#27 — July 3, 2005 @ 22:13PM — Rodney Welch [URL]

Pavement's Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain has made its way on to so many bestof lists over the years, and when the two-disc expanded edition came out some months back, it was amazing how many reviews popped up, reiterating the general opinion that it was one of the great discs of the 1990s. I have a friend who loves it, too, and she used to e-mail me her thoughts on what made it a classic. Finally, I broke down and bought the expanded edition, and I just don't see what people love about it. I've listened to it several times since, mainly as a way of kind of forcing the issue, forcing me to hear something I've been missing. I'm halfway tempted to do the same with Slanted and Enchanted.

If a record doesn't connect with you, chances are you aren't going to be able to talk yourself into liking it. But in this case, I find myself almost fascinated by the disconnect between my ears and the rest of the world's -- or the critical aspect of it.

Hey, this has nothing to do with anything, but I'll throw it in anyway. Maybe the Duke will be interested. I've just put together my own little mix, not of the last 20 years, but of the fiercest, fastest, hard-driving songs on my computer. I call it "Relentless and Punishing," and I've tried to hold it to that. The song has to start hard and stay hard; if it slows down or becomes unduly thoughtful, it's out. I try not to have anything with a sense of humor on it unless it's black as pitch, so I had to scrap the handful of Ramones I had. It's a real headbanger's ball, and anyone similarly inclined may want to use it as a template.

This is going to be one window-rattling bitch in the car:

"Straight Edge" -- Minor Threat
"Wasted" -- Black Flag
"Suburban Home" -- Descendents
"Borstal Breakout" -- Sham 69
"Warsaw" -- Joy Division
"Oh Bondage Up Yours!" -- X-Ray Spex
"I'm Not Down" -- The Clash
"Sonic Reducer" -- The Dead Boys
"Pretty Vacant" -- Sex Pistols
"Girl You Have No Faith In Medicine" -- The White Stripes
"Looking For A Kiss" -- New York Dolls
"Meet Ze Monsta" -- PJ Harvey
"The Wait" -- The Pretenders
"Little Mascara" -- The Replacements
"Iz They Wildin Wit Us & Gettin Rowdy Wit Us" -- Busta Rhymes
"Still in Hollywood" -- Concrete Blonde
"Institutionalized" -- Suicidal Tendencies
"Trust" -- Megadeth
"No Fun" -- The Stooges
"Sister Ray" -- The Velvet Underground

#28 — July 3, 2005 @ 22:52PM — todd [URL]

Obviously, All The Smiths and U2 records should be at the top, expect the last 2 U2 has put out which have sold well but aren't so good.

All Radiohead should immediately be strucken off the list, they blow, or maybe I just don't get it, after numerous attempts.

Then ditch all the hip-hop/rap except Biggie and Run-Dmc. And maybe Prince.

Subtract the Pixies, too, bleh.

Liz Phair isn't unlistenable as the previous mentioned stuff, but doesn't need to be on a top 100 list.

Sonic Youth... well, they have a few good songs here and there, but in the light of so much hype, they don't live up and they have to go to.

Along that line, axe Jesus and Mary Chain.

Replace liberally with The Smiths and U2 .

And where is the Cowboy Junkies? Where is EC's King of America or Blood and Chocolate? Where is Johnny Cash's acoustical Comeback record?

Al you are wrong about Polly Jean, she rules! Very deceptively simple music, but try to play it, its only 4-5 chords but its a style all her own and hard to reproduce.

Psalm 69 by Ministry should be there too, and the first Butthole Surfers record, if it falls into the time frame.

I would say the DK's too, but by 1985 there best work was done, same with Black Flag.

At my window by Townes van Zandt

Hell With The Lid Off by MC 900 Foot Jesus


Yoshima - Flaming Lips..

#29 — July 3, 2005 @ 23:30PM — Thad Anderson [URL]

The "relentless and punishing" list rules . . . I want to add one "bonus track," Shellac's "My Black Ass," from their unrelenting 1994 album "At Action Park." Shellac's guitarist is Steve Albini (who produced Nirvana's "In Utero," the Pixies' "Surfer Rosa" and a bunch of other good albums), and this song is insane . . . perfect driving music.

#30 — July 3, 2005 @ 23:37PM — El Bicho [URL]

Gonzo,

53. The Battle of Los Angeles Rage Against the Machine 1999

I find Disintergration to be a better album than Head on the Door. 2 Pavements albums, but only 1 Jane's Addiction? C'mon.

For the country folk, I would highly recommend Loretta Lynn's "Van Lear Rose."

I'll give you Graceland should be on the list, but to say that all of Simon's work (even Songs from the Capeman?) is better than Master of Puppets loses all your street cred, but if GnR is as hard as you rock, it's no wonder that you don't get Metallica and the power of that album.

I'm off to check my CDs

#31 — July 3, 2005 @ 23:39PM — Thad Anderson [URL]

Also, the Strokes are decent and all, but I can't put "Is This It" on a top 100 of the last 20 years list. "Last Night" is a great song, but it pales in comparison to its obvious inspiration, Tom Petty's "American Girl."

#32 — July 3, 2005 @ 23:55PM — HW Saxton

Al, I was only funnin' about "The Humpty
Dance" being the greatest single of all
time ever was etc.I do like the song and
think it holds up pretty well to this
day.Which is way more than I can say for
many of it's contemporaries.

The Strokes??? Whozzat? They are barely
remenbered today. 2 years from now LOL!

Rodney, You should just just toss out
the rest of the list except for "Sister
Ray". Then the turn the volume to the
max and leave it on repeat play.


#33 — July 3, 2005 @ 23:55PM — Temple Stark [URL]

Or even Tom Petty's "Last Night."

#34 — July 3, 2005 @ 23:57PM — Thad Anderson [URL]

One more for the "relenting and punishing" list: "You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar, But I Feel Like A Millionaire" from the Queens of the Stone Age's Songs for the Deaf.

Queens of the Stone Age fans who haven't heard the Desert Sessions yet have to track that down. There are early demo versions of "Millionaire," "Avon," and many other Queens songs, recorded out in the desert as demos. Desert Sessions 9 & 10, which features PJ Harvey on vocals for several songs, is particularly good.

#35 — July 4, 2005 @ 00:16AM — Rodney Welch [URL]

Thanks, Thad -- I'll check it out. Personally I like that Strokes record, and listen to it a lot more than some of the others that made the cut.

#36 — July 4, 2005 @ 07:06AM — Shark

re: The List --

despite the fact that this is more about marketing than educating the listening public, it's main effect is to convince me that The End is Near.

Carry on, kiddies.

Shark (currently listening to Raymond Scott and thinking 'they don't make 'em like this anymore.'

#37 — July 4, 2005 @ 07:09AM — Shark

Saxton: "...Why don't these jokers ever try to think outside of their limited little spectrum once in a while?"

Um, because they're aiming for a demographic that is 14 years old, semi-retarded, and makes $100,000 a year.



(Music: it's not what's on TV.)


#38 — July 4, 2005 @ 07:12AM — Shark

Oh, and I can't help it:

Watching yall 'debate' a list like this is like listening to people argue about the top ten best fast-food hamburgers.

xxoo
S

#39 — July 4, 2005 @ 09:57AM — Scott [URL]

Looking over the list again, there is one glaring omission from my perspective...They Might Be Giants! "Flood" was a milestone album...again, Spin is on crack

#40 — July 4, 2005 @ 13:55PM — Ryan [URL]

maybe paul simon isn't on there because he sucks

#41 — July 4, 2005 @ 15:20PM — Al Barger [URL]

Yes Ryan, that's one theory. Or perhaps it is because the editorial staff at Spin are musical illiterates that wouldn't know a real song if it came up and bit them in the ass.

#42 — July 4, 2005 @ 16:10PM — Rodney Welch [URL]

I can't fathom why they left off Graceland. Inexcusable.

#43 — July 4, 2005 @ 16:15PM — Eric Berlin [URL]

Agree with Gonzo -- no Rage ATM is just wrong.

Top 10 - 15 doesn't look too shabby, however.

U2's Achtung Baby at #11 is odd. Good album but... #11?

#44 — July 4, 2005 @ 16:17PM — Al Barger [URL]

Actually, they did put a Rage Against the Machine album in, see #53. That they would canonize that nonsense is part of what I have against the list.

#45 — July 4, 2005 @ 16:34PM — gonzo marx [URL]

as El Bicho pointed out earlier to me..and i do stand corrcted on that one count

mea culpa

i woudl hav erather seen one fo the first 2 albums instead of this last one, but what the hell

to Big Al..all yer taste in in yer mouth fer talking smack against Rage...

{8^P~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

still and all..what about the rest of the albums i spoke of earlier?

no Tool?...that's a sin that should get the editors of Spin sent to the vivisectionist

but i digress.....

Excelsior!

#46 — July 4, 2005 @ 17:02PM — Al Barger [URL]

re: comment #38, Shark ya danged ol' pinko, I'm sympathetic to your point about "fast-food hamburgers" when talking about a list made up largely of stuff like Green Day and hippity-hoppity nonsense. It's like eating cold bologna sandwiches on white bread when Paul Simon and Prince are serving steak and lobster.

#47 — July 4, 2005 @ 18:01PM — Rodney Welch [URL]

That's just Shark being Shark. The main reason people love best-of lists is that it allows them to wallow in their own superiority, which usually means coming up with a hipper-than-thou list of bands so obscure they could just as well be made up -- or, in Shark's case, performers like "Raymond Scott" -- in hopes of proving that they are in that very special 00000.000000000063 of one percent of the population with genuine taste. It's so bogus, such an easy game to play.

#48 — July 4, 2005 @ 21:55PM — godoggo

Are you musically literate, Al?

I've never been a huge Sonic Youth fan, myself, but it would be easy to make a list of very fine musicians who love them. Pat Metheny leaps to mind.

#49 — July 5, 2005 @ 02:32AM — Al Barger [URL]

My judgments are based on my own listening. I've listened repeatedly to Sonic Youth, and I don't hear it- at all. I cannot see what it is that someone else is hearing, or imagine the musical values that would cause them to judge those records as worthwhile.

I certainly would not substitute Pat Metheny's judgment for my own. Who the hell is he, anyway?

In short, I've got a reasonably broad palette, and I can appreciate even a lot of things that I just don't much personally care for (ie Pink Floyd). I'm a pretty fair connisseur of nearly anything in the broad parameters of rock era American popular music.

It is my best informed opinion that Sonic Youth blows. I don't care if the head monkey in Paris or Pat Metheny or the writers of Spin say otherwise.

#50 — July 5, 2005 @ 03:51AM — Eric Berlin [URL]

"Battle of Los Angeles" is a bizarre choice for a Rage album. Their debut effort clearly belongs on the list.

Al -- Your casual dismissal of Rage Against the Machine displays a lack of appreciation for the modern rock and hip hop movement.

#51 — July 5, 2005 @ 04:08AM — Al Barger [URL]

No Mr Berlin, my dismissal of RATM is not a general lack of appreciation for a genre, but a reflection of the fact that I've never heard a single decent song from this specific band. Not one.

Do they have a real song somewhere in their catalog?

Everything I've heard suggests that they have not only no skills but no interest in even trying to make music. They were just left-wing schtick. Thrash at the instruments real loud and angry while shouting denunciations of The Man.

If there was an actual tune under the thrashing, I might be interested in what they have to say.

#52 — July 5, 2005 @ 04:32AM — gonzo marx [URL]

oh, big Al..i will dig something up by them for ya..

Excelsior!

#53 — July 5, 2005 @ 04:48AM — Al Barger [URL]

Alright Gonzo, feel free to fling me an mp3 or two in the email of their best SONGS. Perhaps I simply haven't listened close enough or to the right ones.

#54 — July 5, 2005 @ 09:21AM — Rodney Welch [URL]

Daydream Nation isn't the kind of record everyone loves. I remember how Charles M. Young, a reviewer with very broad and forgiving tastes for all things punk, roundly dissed the record in Playboy.

What I've always liked about it is that it's a very moody and spontaneous record -- very much in the style of the Velvet Underground's White Light/White Heat -- and a very mysterious one as well. It sounds at times like it's being played on a radio three cars away. It begins very hypnotically; it makes you think of some modern day road movie set in the midwest, where you just know the journey ahead is fraught with violence. Kim Gordon sings about wanting to know "the exact dimensions of hell," and by record's end you get the feeling the band has scoped out the joint pretty good.

#55 — July 5, 2005 @ 20:27PM — godoggo

The point was just that you had raised the phrase "musical illiterates," which made me think of a kettle throwing stones in a black house, or something like that. I raised Metheny's name, because he is definitely musically literate, which implies to me, at the minimum, having good ears. Doesn't mean his taste is correct.

Oh well, I like your occasional writing about country; otherwise your whole aesthetic seems to revolve around an addiction to catchy hooks that I don't share.

#56 — July 5, 2005 @ 21:52PM — Scott [URL]

I never really liked Rage against the Machine but Tom Morello's work in that band is impossible to overlook. He did so many innovative things on guitar that even if you don't particularly care for their music, you can appreciate his originality. At least I do...

#57 — July 5, 2005 @ 22:12PM — Eric Berlin [URL]

Al - Just because you don't agree with RATM's political message does nothing to take away from their songs -- real songs they be all. In fact, most of their songs are standrad verse-chorus-verse. They also stay away from the studio effects many other rock/hip hop bands utilize and stay true to instruments and vocals (which is they they've produced some of the most exciting live shows in the history of rock).

Many of their best songs come off their debut album, I must admit, though all of their studio albums are at least very good.

#58 — July 5, 2005 @ 22:29PM — gonzo marx [URL]

heh...

just sent big Al "No Shelter" from Rage

and AEnima by Tool

let's see what he thinks

if his head doesn't explode form that, mebbe i'll send one of my favorite things from Texas...

"Cowboys from Hell" by Pantera

nuff said?

oh yeah...that's another unpardonable Sin on this list...

"Vulgar Display of Power" by Pantera not on this list?

send the spin editors to the vivisectionist

nuff said?

Excelsior!

#59 — July 6, 2005 @ 11:24AM — Scott [URL]

I always thought "Vivisection" would be a great name for a metal band.

#60 — July 7, 2005 @ 20:13PM — Admar

here's some that were left out, The Love Below by Outkast,way better than Stankonia. Pretty Hate Machine, THe blue album by Weezer and though very new American Idiot from Green Day. But, what hurts the most was that Automatic for the people ranked so low at number 85, Automatic for the people is a classic and one of the most sincere albums we have.

#61 — July 8, 2005 @ 00:58AM — Al Barger [URL]

I swear I'd pick a frickin' Phil Collins record before I'd be picking Green Day. I'm just sayin'...

#62 — July 8, 2005 @ 02:20AM — Eric Berlin [URL]

Al -- You've got a bias against alt rock in most forms, is what you're saying.

We've all got 'em. It takes me a long time to pick up on singer-songwriters stuff that other people go on and on about.

Interesting that you seem to think highly of the Pixies (and thank The Lords for that!) but not some of the bands they've influenced.

#63 — July 8, 2005 @ 02:21AM — Eric Berlin [URL]

Gonzo -- Nice word re: No Shelter. Great tune.

"The front lines are everywhere..."

#64 — July 8, 2005 @ 16:05PM — Pete Blackwell [URL]

The Strokes? The Strokes?!? The F*cking STROKES!!?!?!?

Please.

#65 — July 8, 2005 @ 16:09PM — Rodney Welch

Yep. Good band.

#66 — July 8, 2005 @ 16:13PM — Eric Olsen

not sure about the band in general, but that's a great ALBUM anyway

#67 — July 8, 2005 @ 16:15PM — Rodney Welch

No question.

#68 — July 8, 2005 @ 17:46PM — Al Barger [URL]

El Senor Gonzo, thanks for sending me the RATM. Bending over backwards, I could dig on some of the general guitar sound. However, Morello's wasted on these non-songs. If there was even a somewhat marginally decent melody, I could see the appeal of the big sound.

But there's no tune to speak of. They're not even TRYING to write tunes, not even in a rap sort way. He's just chanting his pinko dogmas.

I saw RATM live at Lollapalooza a few years back, and the guy was on stage reading us from some book, and hectoring away. THAT'S NOT MUSIC.

I don't reject them because of their politics, but because they are TUNELESS. I'm not sure if I mentioned that. If they had any decent SONGS, I'd be willing to listen. I don't believe in Jesus, but I listen to a LOT of gospel music. And I obviously don't go for the pinko nonsense, but rarely a month goes by without me digging out some Clash. THEY had the goods.

#69 — July 8, 2005 @ 18:35PM — gonzo marx [URL]

philistine

Excelsior!

#70 — July 11, 2005 @ 18:20PM — matthis [URL]

this is a BAD list.

nevermind should be number one. even if you're not a nirvana fan.. it's hard to deny that they are the #1 influence on modern rock... with the whole melodic verse/heavy chorus sound that's EVERYWHERE these days.

2nd... there's no "jagged little pill"

3rd... head on the door? i love the cure but head on the door is not a #27... especially considering that "disintegration" is not even on the list, which is a FAR superior album.

4th... and then there's achtung baby. now that is one fantastic album... but the joshua tree is better. and it doesn't even make an apperance on the list at all.

#71 — July 11, 2005 @ 18:23PM — matthis [URL]

and i almost forgot... where is ænima by tool?

if i remember correctly... tool was on spin magazine's list of "the only bands that matter" a couple years ago.. and they don't even put one of their albums on the list? that's hypocrisy my friends.

#72 — July 11, 2005 @ 20:13PM — Michael J. West [URL]

According to the magazine issue, the Strokes album was

"the soundtrack for being young and cool in downtown New York in the early 21st Century."

TRANSLATION:

"If you don't live in the Village, you're not cool enough to listen to the Strokes."

#73 — July 11, 2005 @ 21:56PM — Shadow

NO JOSHUA TREE?!?!?! thats easily the greatest album of the past 20 years, and its NOT EVEN ON THE LIST.

#74 — July 27, 2005 @ 14:28PM — Jesus Jones

Aphex Twin
The Richard D James Album

Or How About Drukqs

#75 — August 1, 2005 @ 13:06PM — Mihos

Good to know Spin Magazine has a white college drug fiend following. That list bit through the lip providing another handy orifice to put tackle ornaments through

#76 — August 2, 2005 @ 17:10PM — Matt Olson

How, in the name of God, can you not have The Joshua Tree on this list? That is the biggest injustice I have ever seen. I respect their choice of OK Computer as Number 1, but if you don't have the Joshua Tree on this list they are total, complete morons.

#77 — August 12, 2005 @ 16:13PM — Kidamnesiac

Hmmm... I dont know what to say to you people. To deny that Radiohead doesnt belong in the list is sad. Radiohead is one of the biggest bands in the world, rather they probably are. With their albums in more languages than U2. This wasnt the "greatest" albums which most of you are clearly missing. This is influencial albums, meaning of importance to society and musics future. Not WHAT SELLS THE MOST OR IS PLAYED MOST ON THE RADIO!!! You guys have to realize that it wasnt a list for what is popular or what stayed on number 1 the longest. It was what music needs, what it needs to evolve. For example, without The Beatles or Pink Floyd, would we even have cool music like The Smiths or Radiohead or even U2??? Every band looks at another band for inspiration. Radiohead being one of the biggest inspirational bands on the planet to date. From Incubus to NIN, both admitting in Interviews that they absolutely are fascinated with Radiohead and their ORIGINAL sound. And not that I hate rap, but rap is not something as important as PURE music. Rap is made to sell, thats it, Kid A and Hail To The Theif were obviously not made to sell, but both were released on the net before actual release dates. You would think that this would cause sales to drop, but no, Radiohead fans loved it sooo much even after downloading it they all went out and bought it. So until you get your heads out of your asses and THINK of what this list was about, then maybe u will understand it. ONCE AGAIN this is not the greatest album list as said, it is most influencial or important, meaning for musicians and society as a whole. Thanx and good luck on your further bashing of a band that has done nothing but make music fun.

#78 — August 12, 2005 @ 16:33PM — Al Barger [URL]

Kidamnesiac, thanks for dropping by and leaving some thoughtful comments.

However, it seems odd that you would describe Radiohead as a band that "has done nothing but make music fun." That word "fun" is about the last one I'd ever use to describe Radiohead. Not that all music has to be especially "fun."

Also, the Spin list is specifically labeled the "greatest" albums, which you are correct in pointing out does not at all mean the most popular or biggest selling.

However, "greatest" also does not mean the same thing as "most influential." A lot of idiot hair bands have tried to be Bon Jovi, but that still doesn't make Slippery When Wet a great album.

Still, I'd probably listen to Slippery before anything by Radiohead other than "Creep."

#79 — August 12, 2005 @ 20:47PM — Kidamnesiac

Hey, I didnt come by to make or poke fun at any of the bands on or off the list. And when i originally read the article they had said they had picked the bands by importance, not by sales. And yes i use the word fun, because I have a ball listening to them, and as for creep, I think that is one of Radioheads worse and overplayed songs, one of the few on the "radio". I respect all artists for making it big and finding a sound that others like. I really wouldnt care what band made it on this list, it really isnt the best list, and sure radiohead did make number one but thats not why I came on and made a comment. I just don't like when so many people bash a band, either you like them or u dont, you dont have to belittle the people that look up to them and enjoy their sound. If u have ever watched a full Radiohead concert, you would see pure joy in the band performing. They are sharing emotion, emotion is what I believe the centre of music is. Without feeling, what is the point? I thought music came from the heart and the soul, but yet so many people listen to ganstar rap; which talks about their bling bling and how many hoes they have. How is that good music? I have no problem with poeple liking what they like, as everyone has different taste. And in no way am I saying Radiohead deserves number 1, all I am saying is just let people like that they like, make your opinion thats great, everyone want their voice heard. I use to hate Kid A and Amnesiac and wondered "what happened to radiohead". But after many listens, and yes I say many cause it took some time to get into, but after i feel into the music and found it hard to escape its embracing arms. So Al, you have a band you like/love, and in no way would I ever insult what u listen to just cause i dont understand it or like it. All I am saying is that just becuase Radiohead makes number one on some list doestn mean that people that dont like them need to point fingers and belittle the people that do. I really enjoy music, and I listen to way more than just Radiohead. All I am saying is that to me music comes from the heart and is an emotion, without emotion or feeling music seems bare or just some soda pop commercial background music. So in no way did I mean to insult anyone or make Radiohead seem glorified. I just wanted to make my voice heard and say what I felt. Isnt that what these forumsn are all about? Making your opinion and seeing what others think? If it wasnt for opinion and likes/dislikes the world would be a very boring place, everyone would seem like zombies marching to the same old tune. I probably wont post again cause I dont usually do stuff like this, but thanx for your opinion and I understand where you are coming from, but that still doesnt mean I cant have fun listening to Radiohead :). (And i will make sure NOT to listen to creep)

#80 — August 12, 2005 @ 20:53PM — Bob A. Booey [URL]

The funniest thing I have read on this site in a long time:

"maybe paul simon isn't on there because he sucks"

Ryan, wherever you are, you're a genius. Please write more often.

Psalm 69 is a great album.

I think anyone who asks for the "best tune" (but only the best, mind you) in Rage Against the Machine's "catalog" isn't ever going to get the point.

The inclusion of The Strokes is going to look really, really silly in five years. Talk about a band that was exposed as poseurs. Rock is dead. There are no Next Big Things, which would be a great name for a band to piss off rock critics.

That is all.

#81 — August 12, 2005 @ 20:55PM — Al Barger [URL]

Kidamnesiac, I'm not trying to harsh on you buddy- just comparing notes. People find fun in all kinds of things that seem much odder to me. A lot of people have bought and seem to genuinely enjoy Radiohead.

Myself, I'm more inclined to dig the verities. I had "Smoke on the Water" and "Smokin' in the Boys Room" for breakfast this morning, just for my idea of fun breakfast. Then again, like my hero Tom T Hall, sometimes I like "Bill Monroe for Breakfast."

Do please glorify your favorite band or song in any even half relevant context here at Blogcritics or on my threads. It is encouraged.

Thanks again for your input.

#82 — August 13, 2005 @ 11:53AM — Kidamnesiac

Well I guess after all this posting thing isnt as negative as I originally thought. Al thank you for showing that not everyone is negative and has the time to read and see where others are coming from. I guess this kinda opened my eyes to how people differ and different taste is what makes us uniqie. I hope we all can keep enjoying what is that turns our cranks. Whatever you listen to I hope you have a big smile on your face and love every minute of it. Contiune to have great breakfast music as I know I will. Thanx again.

#83 — August 15, 2005 @ 23:05PM — jimmy

Peter Gabriel- So
Listened to it today. Still sounds great.

#84 — August 18, 2005 @ 22:47PM — Alphie Yink

Dude, Daydream Nation is far from unlistenable. Should have ranked higher. Some of the other SY albums, y, hard listens, but not that one. First class gem.

#85 — August 27, 2005 @ 17:00PM — JBMC

It's a fuckin great list man.

#86 — August 31, 2005 @ 09:28AM — flaming mad

I am really disappointed that the Flaming Lips were missed out, surely the Soft Bulletin has to be one of the most forgotten albums ever? Also Mercury Rev & any of Ghostface killah's stuff should also have had a mention. I say take the Strokes out, I'm sure no one will notice...

#87 — September 10, 2005 @ 10:25AM — Chunky Monkey

Diesel and Dust - Midnight Oil
Temple of the Low Men - Crowded House
Kerosene Hat - Cracker
Dulcinea - Toad the Wet Sprocket

#88 — November 5, 2005 @ 18:40PM — Jealous Belous

Holy Eff!! How can 'Spilt Milk' by Jellyfish not appear in this list????

#89 — April 19, 2006 @ 12:01PM — little one

YES! elliott smith made it on the list, and so high up! finally he's geting the acknwledgement he deserves, such a brilliant album

#90 — May 10, 2006 @ 17:56PM — Matthew S. [URL]

Here are the albums that are definitely missing from Spin's list:

The Smashing Pumpkins "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" and "Gish,"

The Beatles "One" (The only Beatles album ever to be the top US selling album for the year of release),

Tool's "Lateralus,"

U2's "The Joshua Tree" and "All That You Can't Leave Behind,"

System of a Down's "Toxicity,"

And at least one album by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who is on Spin's list of the 50 greatest bands of all time, but for some reason have been omitted from Spin's list of the top 100 albums since 1985?

I am not completely upset though. I am glad that the Smashing Pumpkins "Siamese Dream" made the list along with U2's "Achtung Baby," "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back" by Public Enemy and "College Dropout" by Kanye West. However, Spin seems to be contradicting themselves with this list.

On a previous list of the greatest bands of all time, Spin listed U2 and Nirvana above Radiohead, yet how is Radiohead's "OK Computer" now at number one? Also, if any of Spin's readers can remember back to 1997, Spin bashed "OK Computer" with a review making the album seem like it had no value at all (at one point online, Spin had "OK Computer" listed at 0%). Then Spin comes back to say "Kid A" is Radiohead's greatest achievement (online, Spin listed "Kid A" at 91%)? Also noteworthy, online, Spin once listed Nirvana's "In Utero" at 30%, but listed almost every Smashing Pumpkins album at 90%, and even went on to say "Gish" was the best indie release of 1991. The most glaring missing album is System of a Down's "Toxicity," which Spin once hailed as album of the year.

I actually would prefer to see "Kid A" at number one. "Kid A" did not have music videos but still succeeded because of its sound, believe it or not, almost winning the Grammy for album of the year. With that said, I do consider "OK Computer" to be much more valuable than the 0% Spin previously gave the album. I think "OK Computer" being at number one is a reflection that Spin is trying to please their readers, and not sticking to their true beliefs, and as a result, they have upset many of their readers in the process with their incomplete list. If the writers of Spin are really trying to please their readers, it might suit them to remix the list, making it the top 125 albums. At least Spin could include more albums by The Smashing Pumpkins, U2, Tool, System of a Down, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and somewhere on the list include "One" by The Beatles.

Peace,
Matthew S.


#91 — May 10, 2006 @ 18:14PM — Matthew S. [URL]

By the way, I am happy that Lauryn Hill's "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" and Moby's "Everything Is Wrong" made it onto Spin's list.

Peace,
Matthew S.

www.IACMusic.com/MatthewShell

#92 — July 11, 2006 @ 22:45PM — johanna [URL]

This list wasnt upon popularity and how many people loved it. It was the album itself. Radiohead's "OK COMPUTER" was a quite a fine album. Who gives a shit if it didnt have music videos?

#93 — July 11, 2006 @ 23:40PM — Al Barger [URL]

Johanna, I find it difficult to believe that these albums were picked based on listening to the actual records. I have tried repeatedly listening to Radiohead, but their one actual hit single has been the only memorable thing they've done. I know I have that damned OK Computer album, and have listened to it repeatedly, but it was just not memorable. C'mon guys, throw us a bone- just ONE hook, ok?

And much of this list is FAR worse. PJ Harvey, Slayer, Meat Puppets, Notorious BIG? I swear to Ayn Rand I'd listen to the frickin' Dixie Chicks before I'd listen to any of those.

#94 — August 17, 2006 @ 03:10AM — matthew o.

so ok computer is number 1. if you're looking for a true musical work of art, kid A is the obvious choice. if you're going for something more consistant or accessable or 'easier to listen to', then in my opinion, the bends takes the cake. perhaps ok computer was a comprimise between the 2...

good to see elliot smith, pumpkins, my bloody valentine, at the drive in, wilco and others represented

im sure based on personal tastes any one could argue for additions or subtractions from the list

however im kind of surprised to not see blood sugar sex magik by the red hot chili peppers as well as vs. by pearl jam

also the colour and the shape - foo fighters would have been nice. a solid well rounded album possibly in the top 105...?

im sure im forgetting something important, just as spin has, and how rolling stone has as well if you look at their list. i guess these lists are not impervious to said 'errors'. but remember, no matter how much you agree or disagree with the list, the list has done it's job: selling magazines.

#95 — February 14, 2007 @ 12:56PM — Anzah

hey, hey people....you're (INCLUDING the tough guy who wrote the blog) all forgetting that this list is only takin albums from 1985-2006.....a.k.a, no Beatles, no Stones, no the Who, Led Zep, Elvis watever.

but that's not to say this is a fairly accurate list. ONLY ONE U2 ALBUM?!?!?! ONLY ONE OASIS?? OK COMPUTER BETTER THAN THE BENDS????
crazyville.

#96 — June 17, 2007 @ 04:56AM — Dana

To not have Tori Amos's 1994 "Under the Pink" album in the Top 100 is ridiculous.

#97 — July 10, 2007 @ 16:40PM — Mike

The Soft Bulletin (Flaming Lips) and the Blue Album (Weezer) are two omissions I noticed right away. They would both be in my top 20

#98 — August 19, 2007 @ 19:59PM — Zach Schneller [URL]

No Red Hot Chilli Peppers...that is real disappointing. BloodSugarSexMagik AND Californication should be up there. Not to mention no
Oasis
Wilco
Flaming Lips (No Soft Bulletin!!??)
Pearl Jam!!!??
That SPIN list is incredibly atrocious

#99 — October 25, 2007 @ 16:43PM — Zach

Wow, this list is terrible...

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