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Thursday, February 18, 2010

A Load Of Old Brit(s)

Well, the Brit Awards (the UK version of the Grammys) took place 2 nights ago and was, um, interesting. Costume of the night had to go to Lady Gaga:
Um, do you see what I see?

Thought so.

(For those of you that still are having trouble, click on the pic to enlarge it and you'll catch on.)

The Lady herself won three Brits, for Best International Female, Best International Newcomer and Best International Album for 'The Fame'. If there'd been an award for Best International Vadge, she'd probably have got that too.
However, that is not the reason for this post. This post is going to require you to cast your mind back a ways. An award was presented for the Best British Album Of The Last 30 Years, going to Oasis' (What's The Story) Morning Glory,  and was accepted by Liam Gallagher, who, in true typical Oasis style, thanked all the people who worked on the album apart from his brother Noel, then walked to the front of the stage and threw the award into the audience. This prompted host Peter Kay to refer to Liam as a 'knobhead'.

Knobhead or not, does the past thirty years have nothing better to offer than Oasis' sophomore effort? Since 1980, there have been many albums I would place above Morning Glory. Don't get me wrong - I like Oasis, but I think calling that album the best of the past 30 years is just a lazy decision. Here are some of my suggestions...
From the early '80s

UB40 - Signing Off
Specials - Specials
Human League - Dare!
Joy Division - Closer
David Bowie - Scary Monsters And Super Creeps
The Jam - Sound Affects
Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel (aka Melt)
Genesis - Duke
Elvis Costello - Armed Forces
Madness - 7
Echo And The Bunnymen - Porcupine
Bauhaus - The Sky's Gone Out

From the late '80s

The Smiths - Meat Is Murder and The Queen Is Dead
Kate (Phwooaarr!!) Bush - The Hounds Of Love
New Order - Low-Life
The Jesus And Mary Chain - Psychocandy
XTC - Skylarking
Peter Gabriel - So
Depeche Mode - Music For The Masses
Pet Shop Boys - Please
The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
XTC - Oranges And Lemons

From the  '90s

Depeche Mode - Violator
Cocteau Twins - Heaven Or Las Vegas
The La's - The La's
Blur - Leisure and Modern Life Is Rubbish
Morrissey - Vauxhall & I
Paul Weller - Wild Wood
Portishead - Dummy
Everything But The Girl - Amplified Heart
Pulp - Different Class
Supergrass - I Should Coco
Radiohead - OK Computer
The Verve - Urban Hymns
Fatboy Slim - You've Come A Long Way, Baby
Prodigy - The Fat Of The Land

From the 2000's (The Noughties)

Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
Coldplay - A Rush Of Blood To The Head
Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Muse - Black Holes And Revelations
PJ Harvey - Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea
The Strokes - Is This It
Badly Drawn Boy - The Hour Of Bewilderbeast

Now, you must understand that this is not a definitive list. There are many many more, and these are but a few wee suggestions to get your juices flowing. I know you guys can think of a ton more. So let's hear it - your picks for Best British Album Of The Past 30 Years. Give it a bash!

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