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    My 3 favourite bands ever are The Beach Boys, The Replacements and Yes. Filling out my list of 25 favourites would possibly be Paul Simon, Genesis, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Roxy Music, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Talking Heads, H

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  1. 'Ascension Day' from Laughing Stock is such a great track - such heavy, intense guitars. Those last 3 Talk Talk albums are still one of the best runs ever in my opinion.
  2. This came up in my music library this morning - I think it's a bit of an overlooked classic with Phil on vocals: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26spJBRZRsg (Star of Sirius, from Steve Hackett's Voyage of the Acolyte album). Phil Collins obviously made some great music in his time - especially up to around the self-titled Genesis album in 1983, before he went too overtly into big MOR ballads - I'm not sure how much great music he had left in him, but it's sad that injuries have hampered his drumming recently.
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    Peter Gabriel

    I like Peter Gabriel III (1980) best of his solo albums - he really found his feet as a solo artist there. He and Phil Collins invented the gated snare sound for that album - it obviously got way overused during the 1980s, but sounds fresh and innovative here. And from Genesis, Foxtrot (1972), Selling England by the Pound (1973), and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974) are all fantastic. That's probably my favourite four Gabriel fronted albums - although I enjoy Us, 4, and Passion too.
  4. Richard X Heyman - Civil War Buff. It's on his album Hey Man! (1991)
  5. That MTV song ('The Weekenders') is really good - I thought 'Hurricane J' was a bit lowest common denominator, especially the production, but this is just fine.
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    50 for 40

    Sorry to be picky, but I think that Unhalfbricking was released in 1969, and Spirit of Eden in 1988, unless American release dates are different. Great list though!
  7. I voted for Lifes Rich Pageant which captures my favourite era, retaining a bit of the mystique of their earlier records, while adding a bit more punch. And it's my favourite set of songs. I feel like I'm neglecting Murmur, which is also very, very good, and I also have soft spots for Fables and Automatic.
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    MP3 Me

    Can - She Brings The Rain Jellyfish - Man I Used To Be John Doe - I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine PJ Harvey - O Stella Prince - Scarlet P**** Gun Club - Preaching The Blues David Byrne - Five Golden Sections John Cale - Taking Your Life In Your Hands Crowded House - She Called Up Gene Clark - Opening Day Andy Pratt - That's When Miracles Occur Adrian Belew - Paint The Road Weather Report - Cannonball Shoes - Fire For A While The Go-Betweens - The Clarke Sisters
  9. On a side note, for something similar, have you heard Scott Walker's four tracks from The Walker Brothers' 1978 album Nite Flights? They're quite similar to what Bowie was doing on Lodger, but predate it by a year, and don't involve anyone like Eno, or Fripp, or Bowie. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Siw818v7ggs
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    Neil Young

    You've still got Tonight's The Night to go right? And try and hear Time Fades Away, which hasn't been released on CD yet. Post 1980, I'm actually pretty fond of Trans (1982?), and Freedom and Ragged Glory have some great moments. His most recent stuff seems quite decent, but non-essential.
  11. I'm not the biggest Sparks fan, but I like 'Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth' - it will be interesting to hear what she does with it.
  12. A complete studio recordings boxset would be a great idea for The Smiths. They have a lot of great tracks, and only four (?) official studio albums, so their discography is pretty convoluted. I don't think anything should get autotuned ever. I'm a luddite like that.
  13. OK - since Arcade Fire, Sun Kil Moon, Sufjan Stevens, The Decemberists, The Hold Steady, and the New Pornographers probably are my favourite six artists of this decade, I just ordered To Hell Or Barbados. I hope it's as good as Heaven or Las Vegas. Couldn't find any Watermelon Slim albums in my price range.
  14. I went through a huge prog phase about five years ago - I picked up most of the major albums by Yes, Genesis, King Crimson, Jethro Tull. But then I kind of ran out of stuff to listen to - I'm a bit scared of newer progressive rock and second-tier 70s stuff like Kansas. But when prog is good, it's magnificient - there aren't as many rules as other genres, and room for imagination - really the four bands I listed above don't sound that alike to each other.
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