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25 Ladyton: 604 2001
The Human League with a bolt of lightning through their collective behinds.
24 The Bees: Free the Bees 2004
The Bees didn’t try to be original, they just want to live like it’s 1969.
23 Editors: The Back Room 2005
The Joy Division references were a trifle unfair but Editors answered them with this startling, uplifting debut.
22 Steve Earle: The Revolution Starts Now 2004
Commie cowboy putting the world to rights and expressing his desire to sink his pink torpedo into Condi Rice.
21 Primal Scream: Xtrmntr 2000
Bobby Gillespie’s post-punk classic. Suicide team up with The Clash to bash some hippies.
20 Black Box Recorder: The Facts of Life 2000
Luke Haines we have already come across in this list: one of music’s awkward squad. With John Moore and vocalist Sarah Nixey, Black Box Recorder sounded like the cute little child at a party, who goes on to smash up the birthday cake and scoffs all the trifle.
19 Ian Dury and the Blockheads: Ten More Turnips from the Tip 2002
Posthumously released but not the unfinished article that many of such similar records turn out to be. Dance Little Rude Boy, for one, could have been on any Blockheads album from their glorious past.
Transcendng musical genres, taking the listener on a trip that begins in Jamaica, drifts over London and Egypt and ends up in Kazakhstan.
17 The Coral: Magic and Medicine 2003
Great stories, such as the tragic tale of Bil McCai, set to a background that resembles pirates jamming on a ship.
16 Nick Lowe: At My Age 2007
At his age Lowe should be smoking his pipe with his slippers on, not making brilliantly observant albums like this.
15 Super Furry Animals: Rings Around the World 2002
At their typically demented Welsh best, with a DVD featuring images from each track.
14 Dandy Warhols: Tales from Urban Bohemia 2000
Prior to 2000 the Warhols were a decent indie band, this attempt to make pyschedelia sound like S Club 7, took them to a whole new stratosphere.
13 Kasabian: Empire 2006
Second album blues? Don’t make me laugh. This built on their impressive debut adding more beats, rhythms and melodies.
12 Dirty Pretty Things: Waterloo to Anywhere 2006
The breakup of the Libertines introduced the world to the druggie Doherty circus. But it also had Carl Barat’s DTP to slaver over.
11 The Libertines: Up the Bracket 2002
And this is a reminder of Doherty and Barat’s opening intent, a barrage of cheeky, chirpy, three minute blasts.
10 Goldfrapp: Black Cherry 2003
Electro music has never sounded so soulful.
9 Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club 2001
Something completely out of left-field and their buzzsaw guitars and epic anthems spawned a handful of likeminded bands.
8 The Beta Band: Hot Shots II 2001
Disappointment can be a spur. In the Scotsmen’s case a shit debut (their words) inspired them to raise the bar and reach a whole new level.
7 Doves: Kingdom of Rust 2009
Some bands you just can’t describe, so the best I can say about this is that it’s like a hypnotic buzz in your head you just don’t want to get rid of.
6 Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros: Global A Go-Go 2001
From Willesden to Whanganui, Strummer covered the world, on a record The Clash would have been proud of.
The Gorillaz might have been a joke band but Damon Albarn was in serious mode with this titanic effort.
4 Morrissey: You Are The Quarry 2004
American based at the time but the most English and poignant record this century.
3 Cosmic Rough Riders: Enjoy the Melodic Sunshine 2000
Perhaps a surprise entry in the top five but worthy of inclusion for a feel that evoked the Summer of Love and the shambling indie scene of the mid-1980s. Parked in the where are they now? column, alas.
2 Goldfrapp: Supernature 2005
Stunning electro-glam. Alison Goldfrapp looked and sounded like Liza Minnelli in Cabaret, Marilyn in Some Like It Hot and Lennox Lewis before a fight, in one cosy combo.
1 Franz Ferdinand: Franz Ferdinand 2004
The sound of Young Scotland. Kapranos and co set the heather on fire, alighting a complacent indie/ rock scene with a record that may not have been the freshest product on the market (hints of Fire Engines, Orange Juice et al) but was bursting with enthusiasm, desire, clever lyrics and purpose.