Sunday, October 02, 2005

Over-ratedness update

Here's an update on this farce. The public has spoken, the bastards. And this is what they said.

Before I comment on this though, there is no black music on this list. Nor should there be. In fact, I sat in a pub a few weeks ago and challenged anyone to name ANY black recording artist who would be confined to the Mothercare / Swan Vestas League Division Six (Northern) with the Rolling Stones and Jamie Cullum. Personally, I couldn't even name any that were not prime Premiership candidates. Even Nat King Cole was unlikely to get into a relegation battle at the bottom of the Championship (been there, got the t-shirt).

Back to the list. I'm sure the public were also consulted in drawing up the shortlist. So no Led Zep, no Floyd or Genesis or any of the other usual suspects. And only one LP by Radiohead. That tells you all you need to know about direct democracy.

But in the spirit, (leaving aside the huge flaw in this whole exercise) here is the correct order of overratedness and general dispicability:
  1. Radiohead - OK Computer
  2. Coldplay - X&Y
  3. Nirvana - Nevermind
  4. The Libertines - The Libertines
  5. Oasis - Definitely Maybe
  6. The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
  7. U2 - The Joshua Tree
  8. The Smiths - The Queen is Dead
  9. The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
  10. Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bollocks
The first two need no commentary. They would obviously be on anyone's list. Nirvana have probably been treated more fairly than they deserve as well. Why anyone has ever taken them seriously is beyond me. They were a walking argument for the re-introduction of National Service and with the possible exception of 'Lithium', it's a dreadful album from start to finish.

The Libertines may be a bit useless as well, but in fairness, I've never heard them being over-rated, so I don't know why they're on the list.

The rest shouldn't be there at all. U2 could really have appeared further down my version (aka 'the definitive version') of the list.

If Bono wasn't such an emetic, I'd have to admit the Joshua Tree is quite inspired. It was a revelation to guitarists about what could be done with a delay pedal, for one thing.


rockmother said...

It's just as bad as 'The Best Album Ever...' According to what or who? But interesting all the same - in a nosey, reality tv kind of letdown way!

brockway said...

"It was a revelation to guitarists about what could be done with a delay pedal, for one thing."

Oh shut up. On principle they are complete and utter sh*te. U2 are turning the devil's music (that'll be rock'n'roll) into a cheerleading session for Jesus. Bono is like Cliff Richard only worse. I hate the do-gooding, flag waving, pompous, fecker.

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