Archive for January, 2010

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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.

18 Temple of Sound: Globalhead 2007

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.

5 The Good the Bad and the Queen: The Good, the Bad and the Queen 2007

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.

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For parts 1-2, look right, or down. The final part, which will, remarkably, take us to Number 1, will be posted tomorrow.

50 New Order: Waiting For the Sirens’ Call 2005

More guitar-led but retaining that trademark New Order aura.

49 Elastica: The Menace 2000

Unfairly maligned, experimental album that signalled both the comeback and the end for a mixed-gender outfit perennially regarded as a vanguard of the Britpop evolution.

48 David Bowie: Reality 2003

Thin White Duke’s material from 1983 onwards often gets neglected. But as New Killer Star shows, that’s an ignorant mistake to make.

47 PJ Harvey: Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea 2000

Poly Jean’s masterpiece: a screaming match set to music.

46 Carbon/ Silicone: The Last Post 2007

Mick Jones and Tony James, heroes of the punk revolution, now among the leading lights in the download era, though this was also released on traditional compact disk.

45 Beck: The Information 2006

Had lost his way a bit, but The Information saved his career.

44 Charlotte Gainsbourg: 5:55 2006

Jarvis Cocker’s pawprints are all over this Anglo-French record, sung with panache by Serge’s exotic offspring.

43 Morrissey: Ringleader of the Tormentor 2006

Orchestral tunes rather than the guitar-laden songs on You Are The Quarry as the maestro hit the mark once again.

42 The Coral: The Coral 2002

Dreamy songs from a Liverpool (the Wirral to be precise) band carrying the torch for pure English pop.

41 House of Love: Days Run Away 2005

One of the key acts from the indie scene of the late 80s and early 90s, got back together when Guy Chadwick and Terry Bickers ended their, erm, bickering, and sounded as good as ever.

40 The Free French: A Place of Our Own

Complete unknowns. I harassed them for a free CD after hearing their wistful, tongue-in-cheek harmonies at a pub in rural England.

39 Belle and Sebastian: Dear Catastrophe Waitress 2003

Gorgeous melodies all the way fae Glesga.

38 REM: Reveal 2001

REM have done everything over the past 30 years and have nothing to prove. But Stipe and co still have the hunger and this shows what talents they possess.

37 Don McGlashan and the Seven Sisters: Marvellous Year 2009

A lamb chop from a former Mutton Bird.

36 Dogs Die In Hot Cars: Please Describe Yourself 2004

A bunch of Fifers who, probably intentionally, sound a wee bit like XTC, which is no bad thing.

35 The Enemy: We’ll Live and Die in These Towns 2007

Working class drudgery laid bare.

34 The Mint Chicks: Fuck the Golden Youth 2005

Yes, there are angry bands in New Zealand.

33 Pulp: We Love Life 2001

Weeds was one of the tracks of the year on an album that proved to be their final farewell. Much missed.

32 The Young Knives: Voices of Animals and Men 2006

Guitars, guitars, guitars!!!

31 Half Man Half Biscuit: Achtung Bono 2005

Don’t call them a comedy band: Call them a brilliant comedy band.

30 The Soundtrack of Our Lives: Origin Vol. 1 2004

They either make nice, wholesome pop in Sweden or kick-ass rock und roll. Guess which camp TSOL reside in.

29 1990s: Kicks 2009

Only had this for two weeks and played it to death. Hot summer days are meant for staying indoors and getting my Kicks.

28 Shack: The Corner of Miles and Gil 2006

Another of the sadly under-rated genuises: Michael Head should be knighted NOW.

27 Kirsty MaColl: Tropical Brainstorm 2000

Colombia meets Covent Garden: MacColl’s final album before her untimely death.

26 Elbow: Leaders of the Free World 2005

Been around for a long time, finally getting the attention they deserve.

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75 Cinderpop: The Skies Are Beautiful 2006

And the music was beautiful too.

74 Radiohead: Kid A 2000

Released to a chorus of What the Fucks, Kid A has become a lesson in how to do things your own way in the music industry.

73 The Go! Team: Thunder Lightning Strike 2004

Bolt from the blue. Australia in fact.

72 The Fall: Reformation Post TLC 2007

Mark E Smith is Mr Dependable and has been recording excellent records since the end of the Boer War. With a suitably bizarre title, Reformation Post TLC is among the best of them.

71 The Futureheads: The Futureheads 2004

Sharp guitars and razor-blade songs.

70 Orbital: The Altogether 2001

The Hartnoll Brothers enjoyed a spectacular 90s, taking electronica to a new level. The Altogether was their last good album, featuring vocals from David Gray, a sample of Ian Dury and the Dr Who theme.

69 Cornershop: Handcream for a Generation 2002

No longer brimming with Asha but a far more rounded, considered act.

68 Ray Davies: Other People’s Lives 2006 

Forty years on from The Kinks’ heyday and Davies has lost none of the ability to transcribe a typically English scene into song.

67 David Holmes: Bow Down to the Exit Sign 2000

Bow down to the Ulsterman.

66 New York Dolls: One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This 2006

The mother of all comebacks: three decades after their last and this certainly blew away the cobwebs.

65 Maximo Park: A Certain Trigger 2005

Young and brash with an imagination to boot.

64 bis: Return To Central 2002

Electro subtelty from a much-missed band immersed in the DIY/ fanzine culture.

63 Doves: The Last Broadcast 2002

A highly infectious sound, marrying Northern soul and indie.

62 Echo and the Bunnymen: Flowers 2001

An 80s legend which has lost none of its verve and class.

61 Coldplay: Parachutes 2000

Forget how corporate-driven they have become, this remains an excellent debut from a hungry, focused band.

60 Luke Haines: Off My Rocker at the Art School Bop 2006

Haines has recorded in many guises and under his own name recorded an album that allowed total freedom for his bizarre take on life.

59 Billy Bragg: England, Half English 2002

Fighting the good fight, exposing racist and anti-immgration sentiments in the UK and how they’re whipped up by a narrow-minded, manipulative right-wing press.

58 The Proclaimers: Born Innocent 2003

Tacky they may be at times but there’s humour and politics here.

57 The Ordinary Boys: Over the Counter Culture 2004

Given the seal of approval by Morrissey and on this occasion he was very right.

56 Dusted: When We Were Young 2000

A strange one by a member of Faithless that developed that band’s love of haunting electronica.

55 Various Artists: Flying Nun 25th Year Boxset 2007

Recently bought up by its original owner, Roger Shepherd, the world could again hear some those delightfully bizarre sounds from New Zealand’s South Island. This is a reminder of the groundbreaking stuff that bands like Exploding Budgies and Tall Dwarfs regularly released.

54 Franz Ferdinand: You Could Have It So Much Better 2005

Not, as some critics have suggested, as good as their self-titled debut but a raucous, adventurous follow-up nonetheless.

53 Hikoikoi: Hikoikoi 2009

Reggae lives on, four boys from the boatshed, recording in a studio on the banks of the Hutt River.

52 Jarvis Cocker: Further Complications 2009

Britpop’s senior gentleman continuing his convivial tales of working class life.

51 Manic Street Preachers: Journal for Plague Lovers 2009

Taken from words by Richey Edwards, it revealed who the real talent in the band was.

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Based on scientific research (scanning my music collection mainly but also looking thru best of year lists) this is THE most comprehensive survey of the past decade’s albums. Oh yeah. The remainder will be posted over the next few days.

100 The Incredible Bongo Band: Bongo Rock 2007

An entire album of songs such as Apache versionised by a band from the Congo …. playing the bongo.

99 REM: Accelerate 2008

Bongo-free but mighty nonetheless as Michael Stipe looked back without any fondness on some of the Bush regime’s maddest moments.

98 Kate Bush: Aerial 2005

Her first recordings for more than a decade is a seminal double that confused and captivated in equal measures.

97 Billy MacKenzie: Auchtermatic 2005

One of many posthumous releases from the former Associates star which made the world realise just how much the Dundonian is missed.

96 Amsterdam: The Journey 2005

Pop music with anger and ideas from a Liverpudlian band with admirable political views.

95 Susheela Raman: Salt Rain 2001

Traditional Tamil music infused with the sound of London, providing Raman with a Mercury Music Prize nomination.

94 Lomax: A Symbol of Modern Living 2003

Abrasive post-punk act who’s lasting legacy, if they have one, is this collection of wonderfully tuneless angry tracks.

93 The Chameleons: Why Call It Anything? 2001

Noel Gallagher knows a thing or two and he will back me up on the rapacious beauty of this.

92 Manda Rin: My DNA 2008

bis is the way to do it.

91 The Stooges: The Weirdness 2007

Full-on rock and roll like it should be from Iggy and the Asheton brothers.

90 Neon Neon: Stainless Style 2008

Give me more albums about failed car-building projects.

89 The Tutts: Get In The Club 2008


88 dDub: Medicine Man 2008

There must be something in the smokes in Aoteoroa. This is as good a second album you can get even allowing for the final few songs tailing off a bit.

87 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Abattoir Blues/ The Lyre of Orpheus 2004

The seeds of content from the Man in Black (and occasionally purple).

86 Asian Dub Foundation: Time Freeze 1995-2007

Enough new stuff and rarities to make it feel like a new-ish album from the Asian-British activists.

85 The Phenomenal Handclap Band: The Phenomenal Handclap Band 2009

This is what the next decade could sound like.

84 The Arctic Monkeys: Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not 2006

They came with a great deal of hype but few can deny they were not worth it with this eclectic electric debut.

83 Various Artists: Rough Trade Shops Post Punk Vol 01 2003

A double mixing late 70s/ early 80s post-punk and their descendants. Still waiting on Vol 02.

82 Super Furry Animals: Mwng 2000

Sung entirely in Welsh and entirely excellent.

81 Barry Adamson: King of Nothing Hill 2002

Give this man a Bond filmscore for God’s sake.

80 Thievery Corporation: The Richest Man in Babylon 2002

And let these guys do the music for a Coen brothers movie.

79 The Rakes: The Rakes 2005

Garden of delights from housing estate Brits.

78 Madness: The Liberty of Norton Folgate 2009

The Nutty Boys were in their element on a work that’s entirely about London, and especially of its individuality, despite its size and power.

77 Fat Freddys Drop: Dr Boondigga and the Big BW 2009

Their last studio album was in 2005 so you can excuse them for releasing well over an hour’s worth of that famous Freddy take on soul, reggae and dub.

76 Radio 4: Gotham 2002

Among the best of the post-punk revivers. And there were many.

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Let’s roll

Porky Prime Cuts was established in March last year in a blaze of no publicity at all.  Since then Porky has posted numerous column reviews, interviews and features.

The interviews, with Uni and Her Ukelele and Bomb Factory, have given us the most pleasure. Here are people who aren’t fixated by the mainstream media and realise there is an ever-burgeoning online network of music fans that are crucial to their fanbase and image. They took time out to talk to Porky and they were both articulate and engaging.

This year, the blogsite will develop further and I am particularly excited by an interview conducted with English band Ten City Nation and very soon I will publish the top 100 albums of the past decade. I have just looked at the first column and it looks quite rough compared to more recent ones. The style, theme and purpose is much improved.

While the number of hits haven’t been in the tens of thousands, they have been postive and the feedback from loyal readers has given us encouragement to move onto the next level. Sorry if this sounds like I’m patting myself on the back, it’s not meant to be, rather just a gaze into the crystal ball but also I feel it important to look at where the site is at.

I would like to thank all the Record labels, bands and everyone else who has helped the site over the past ten months and I would welcome more help, in the shape of ideas for articles, albums to review, fanzines, sex toys etc etc.

The physical address is in About Me.

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