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Yes, I'm talking about that sorry-ass "My Favourite Album" thing on Triple J. [ profile] benpeek was the first to notify me of the results in this post, and he treats it to the usual LJ memeage: Bold if you liked it, strikethrough if you hated it, and, well I'm assuming italic means "meh". Needless to say I'm not going to agree with many of his choices ;)
The list is full of lots of crap, not surprisingly, and my own vote for "Four Tet — Rounds" didn't turn up, unsurprisingly. Anyway, despite the number 1 position being a mediocre choice to say the least, it's one I like all the same, as are most on the


Pink Floyd — Dark Side Of The Moon
Jeff Buckley — Grace
Radiohead — Ok Computer
The Beatles — Abbey Road
The Beatles — Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Nirvana — Nevermind
Led Zeppelin — Led Zeppelin 4
Red Hot Chili Peppers — Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Meat Loaf — Bat Out Of Hell
U2 — The Joshua Tree


Pink Floyd — Wish You Were Here
The Beatles — The Beatles - White Album (why "The Beatles twice"? I should add that by no means are the Beatles albums in my preferred order but there you go)
The Beatles — Revolver
Pink Floyd — The Wall
Radiohead — The Bends
Neil Diamond — Hot August Night (I assume...)
Neil Young — Harvest (I assume - at best)
Carole King — Tapestry
Pearl Jam — Ten
Fleetwood Mac — Rumours (although on a generous day I might sit through it, if you insist)


Tool — Aenima (I probably like a lot of it)
Bob Dylan — Blood On The Tracks (give or take one or two tracks, but his bleat shits me, it really does)
Midnight Oil — 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 (equal with Red Sails In The Sunset)
Silverchair — Diorama
AC/DC — Back In Black (yeah, I know, they're classics, but... no, sorry.)
The Clash — London Calling
The Whitlams — Eternal Nightcap (well, I'm on it, but I did think it was a beautiful thing from the outset)
Queen — A night at the Opera
The Pixies — Doolittle
Missy Higgins — The Sound Of White (*heh*)


Paul Simon — Graceland (so I like it, got a problem with that? But I like the other world-music-thieving one better... Forget the name, the one that followed it, er...)
Anthony Callea — Anthony Callea
U2 — Achtung Baby (kinda like it, it must be admitted)
David Bowie — Ziggy Stardust and the spiders from Mars (but Hunky Dory's the real classic)
Radiohead — Kid A
The Beatles — Rubber Soul
The Stone Roses — Stone Roses
Wolfmother — Wolfmother
Oasis — What's The Story Morning Glory (sorry boys)
Tool — Lateralus (as above)


Coldplay — A Rush of Blood to the Head (Ben writes: As if you could feel a strong emotion in relation to Coldplay. They exist on your ambivalence.) (I add: they shit me, really.)
Bob Dylan — Highway 61
Sex Pistols — Never Mind the Bollocks
Van Morrison — Astral Weeks (if he's lucky.)
The Living End — The Living End (I probably like them, but whatever.)
The Strokes — Is this It? (not that I own it or would bother to, but still, yeah.)
Silverchair — Neon Ballroom
The Eagles — Hotel California (meh.)
The Smiths — The Queen Is Dead
You Am I — Hourly Daily (sorry Timmy.)


The Cure — Disintegration
Bob Dylan — Blonde On Blonde (Ben writes: I've just never bought a Bob Dylan album.) (I add: I never will)
Lou Reed — Transformer
Bruce Springsteen — Born To Run (I don't hate him, but I had to cross it out all the same)
Red Hot Chili Peppers — Californication
Metallica — Master of Puppets
Cat Stevens — Tea for the Tillerman
R.E.M — Automatic For The People (what a meh choice of REM! I mean really...)
Muse — Absolution
Joni Mitchell — Blue


Prince — Purple Rain (surprisingly. Probably only like a handful of tracks off it though.)
ABBA — Arrival
Elton John — Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (no really. Mostly I hate the old fucker but I inherited a gatefold vinyl issue of this from my auntie and despite having some abominable crap on it, it's got some good stuff too. Probably everything one needs to know of the man)
Dire Straits — Brothers In Arms
Miles Davis — Kind of Blue (it ain't no In A Silent Way but it'll do.)
Cold Chisel — East
The Smashing Pumpkins — Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
The Who — Who's Next
Yes — Close To The Edge (I almost bolded this one!)
Deep Purple — Machine Head


Rage Against The Machine — Rage Against The Machine
Green Day — American Idiot (at best a meh)
Guns N Roses — Appetite For Destruction
INXS — Kick (nostalgic reasons)
David Bowie — Hunky Dory (here it is. Belongs much higher up)
The Smashing Pumpkins — Siamese Dream
Def Leppard — Hysteria
Foo Fighters — The Colour and The Shape
U2 — Rattle and Hum
Delta Goodrem — Innocent Eyes


John Farnham — Whispering Jack (yeah that nostalgia thing. I can't strike it, sad I know. I hate him, honest!)
You Am I — Hi Fi Way
Darren Hayes — The Tension & The Spark (well so I assume)
Crowded House — Woodface (WTF? What kind of fucked up choice of Crowdies is that? You have the self-titled album and all that Enz, and you choose this? Australia, you suck!)
Live — Throwing Copper (I doubt it, but meh)
Nine Inch Nails — The Downward Spiral
Massive Attack — Blue Lines
Led Zeppelin — Led Zeppelin 2
Mike Oldfield — Tubular Bells
Radio Birdman — Radios Appear (I guess)


Ben Folds Five — Whatever and Ever Amen
Crowded House — Crowded House (at least this one's in there)
Powderfinger — Vulture Street
The Killers — Hot Fuss
The Rolling Stones — Sticky Fingers
Silverchair — Frogstomp
Queens Of The Stone Age — Songs For The Deaf
Portishead — Dummy
Soundgarden — Superunknown
The Velvet Underground & Nico — The Velvet Underground & Nico

Now, Ben adds this, which I am marking up as well because this is a bit of a dialogue with his post:
And, as an optional, ten albums I would have liked to have seen there:

Tom Waits - Rain Dogs (oh yessssss)
Beasts of Bourbon - Low Life
The Herd - The Sun Never Sets
A Silver Mt. Zion - Born into Trouble as the Sparks Fly Upward
The Cruel Sea - The Honeymoon is Over
The Stooges - Fun House
Linda Perry - In Flight (?? dunno!)
the Jesus and Mary Chain - Darklands
Art of Fighting - Wires (utterly meh)
Godspeed You Black Emperor! - Lift Yr Skinny Fists Like Antennas (but nah, f#a#&infinity; is waaay better)

Ben writes: No particular order, and you know, tomorrow, I'm sure it'll change. I can already think of the Flaming Lips, the Drones, about three or four other Tom Waits albums...
As you see, I agree about our Tom, but the Flaming Lips have always shitted me, despite Kit Brash's best efforts. I'd add Four Tet's Rounds, loads of Hood, Venetian Snares, the Clouds, Beastie Boys (Check Your Head and Ill Communication, since you ask), Pop Will Eat Itself, the Necks, and bucketloads of other stuff that would probably edge out many of the things I've even bolded along the way...

Date: 2006-12-03 05:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Haha. It's supposed to be an ABC-in-general thing, not jjj run, but I wont argue.
Wasn't bad entertainment for a vote about a contained recorded form, I thought. Australia is in love with Jeff Buckley and that's OK.

Date: 2006-12-03 10:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah I think I knew that it was all-of-ABC, but hey, it was late.

Date: 2006-12-03 09:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
yeah, i do agree, actually, infinity is a better album. but it was late, and i always have to find the album to remember the title... but dead flag blues is the way to open an album with them, yes.

the list definately needed more tom waits.

Date: 2006-12-03 10:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm surprised, really in how much we agreed upon :)

Date: 2006-12-03 10:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
didn't you like more than me? though i think i could have bolded more albums if i went, 'a few tracks are cool.' but i dunno, takes a lot for me to hate something...

Date: 2006-12-03 10:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I tried to completely avoid the thing because, well, I don't have a "favourite album". (But here it is in my friends list. DAMN YOU! :) ) I certainly didn't want to sit back and watch some panelists with the safe DIG mentality again crapping on about how timeless the fucking Beatles are.

I've got ones that I've flogged the hell out of, and heck, while some of those in that category made it fairly high, like OK Computer, Achtung Baby, Eternal Nightcap and 10-1, but if I was forced to make a choice it'd be completely arbitrary and the ones that I would've picked mightn't been on the list.

But as you've found, the albums people picked by a particular artist aren't particularly the best by them; take the bluffer's choice of Tubular Bells for Mike Oldfield - as you know I can think of about four or five better albums by him, including TB III, for crying out loud, but the original is the one people associate with their first shag or first bong hit or whatever so that's the one that gets picked as their "favourite".

Date: 2006-12-03 10:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*heh* Sorry to draw your attention to it - I wouldn't have known if Ben hadn't done so himself!
I think popularity contests are always going to end up boring. Oh well.

Date: 2006-12-04 04:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The White Album is officially self-titled, it just gets called The White Album because of the whole plain white cover thing.

I suppose that's why it's called that. I like more of the list than you do. I suspect that's no surprise though!


Date: 2006-12-04 07:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah I realised that about the White Album after I posted, but I decided to leave that in there. It was a late-night post!

It really is surprising, though, just how much of the list I actually liked though!

Date: 2006-12-04 07:28 am (UTC)

Date: 2007-03-28 02:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Paul Simon's other world music album was "The Rhythm of the Saints", which I also like a lot. The second track, "Can't Run But", is wonderful.

I have a list of my favourite albums here:
Knowing that none of them had any chance of appearing on the ABC list, I didn't even bother to vote. :-)

Date: 2007-03-28 02:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, you know, I do like that Paul Simon album too! :) Yay!

Date: 2007-03-28 02:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hurrah! It's a shame he didn't do anything as good after that, eh?

When I saw that Amanda owned a copy of "Graceland", which I'd been meaning to buy for ages, I knew she was the gal for me. :-)

Date: 2007-03-28 02:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Aha! We have complementary music collections! Will you marry me?"

Date: 2007-03-28 02:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Almost. :-)

She also had a copy of Keith Jarrett's Koln Concert, which I had loved in my 20s but somehow quite forgotten. It's like going home, sometimes, rediscovering an old album. *warm, nostalgic haze of good feelings*

Date: 2007-03-28 02:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ah, that's a beauty! Yeah, I hadn't listened to either Graceland or Rhythm Of The Saints until I recently heard a gorgeous cover by Dan Rossen (of Grisly Bear and Department of Eagles) of "Graceland". I thought "Ooh, I need to listen to those albums", went and found the remastered versions, and loved them. Probably ROTS even more actually... Nostalgia indeed.

I like how we are both South Park characters having this conversation.

Date: 2007-03-28 03:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I like how we are both South Park characters having this conversation.

Me too.


ROTS reminds me of Philip Glass's similarly South American inspired "Uakti". If you haven't heard that, it's worth a listen.

Date: 2007-03-28 03:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Will check out the Glass. I'm up and down with him, bigger fan of Steve Reich, but it's not like they're in competition or anything ;)

Boston mashup artist djBC did this awesome (download) album called Glassbreaks a couple of years ago, mashing up all sorts of hip-hop artists with Philip Glass compositions. Not on his website any more, but:
maybe there's a torrent or two around or something...

Date: 2007-03-28 03:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm normally ambivalent about Glass too, but was recently hypnotised by a live performance of Satyagraha, so my opinion is temporarily skewed towards the positive. :-)

I'll chase down that mashup. Thanks for the tip. What a strange and wonderful project!

(And yes: kudos to Steve Reich. I think we'll have some interesting overlaps in our music collections, you and I.)

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