NME Top 10 Albums 1985

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What’s Going On - Marvin Gaye
Astral Weeks - Van Morrison
Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan
The Clash - The Clash
Marquee Moon - Television
Swordfishtrombones - Tom Waits
The Band - The Band
No votes
Blonde On Blonde - Bob Dylan
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band - John Lennon
Unknown Pleasures - Joy Division
Total votes: 66

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Re: NME Top 10 Albums 1985

Postby German Dave » 05 Dec 2017, 21:03

toomanyhatz wrote:I like Swordfishtrombones, but what the holy fuck is it doing in the top ten? Doesn't even belong in the 100. Maybe 'cause it was new, and it seemed so revolutionary before he became a self-parody?

Yeah, I remember it being our entry-album into Tom over here. All the hipsters were name-checking it.
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Re: NME Top 10 Albums 1985

Postby Ghost of Harry Smith » 05 Dec 2017, 22:19

I was 14 years old in an isolated town in the middle of nowhere when I got a three-month old "land mail" copy of the NME with that Top 100 list in it and I fucking loved it. It had lots of canonical stuff I'd never heard, as well as some noisy more left-field stuff and (particularly) lots of records by black musicians that I would never have come across in my day-to-day.

Having my taste guided into hearing John Coltrane, James Brown, Al Green, Parliament, The Isley Brothers etc. was much appreciated. So yeah the NME staff might have been all wearing slip-on loafers and listening to Sade and The Blow Monkeys at the time but at least they knew the history of black music.

So fuck the automatic disrespect for any list that doesn't include fucking Gentle Giant or Caravan or whatever. The only album on this list that even then looked dodgy as hell as a selection was Mad Not Mad. I'd also happily choose the second Suicide album over Armed Forces, The Scream, or Rattlesnakes.

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Re: NME Top 10 Albums 1985

Postby WARRIOR/DESTROYER XI » 05 Dec 2017, 22:51

Oh, me too.

Nice post!
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