Tuesday, June 06, 2006
brit pop really is tops
i have decided that i want to marry a brit. it's the accent, of course, as well as the slang, and that they drink tea and ale. but it's also the music. i love brit pop. the two greatest bands of all time are british. i can even take someone like dido more seriously because she's english. if she were from cleveland or wherever, i would think that she was lilith-fair-lite and boring; instead, i actually really like both of her albums, and not just because she's a brit, but it certainly helps.
regardless, nme did a (most likely unscientific) poll and thus came up with this as the british public's top twenty albums of all time:
1. Definitely Maybe - Oasis
2. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
3. Revolver - The Beatles
4. OK Computer - Radiohead
5. (What's The Story) Morning Glory? - Oasis
6. Nevermind - Nirvana
7. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
8. Dark Side Of The Moon - Pink Floyd
9. The Queen Is Dead - The Smiths
10. The Bends - Radiohead
11. The Joshua Tree - U2
12. London Calling - The Clash
13. The Beatles (The White Album) - The Beatles
14. Abbey Road - The Beatles
15. Up The Bracket - The Libertines
16. Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols - Sex Pistols
17. Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin
18. The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars - David Bowie
19. A Night At The Opera - Queen
20. Is This It - The Strokes
this is quite the list. please note that, of the 20, only two are by american bands, and one is irish. it's interesting that oasis' "definately maybe" is considered the best; obviously, because it's by a band that everyone accuses of ripping off the beatles, but also because i think "morning glory" is their best. but that's fine, because it's number FIVE. who knew that oasis made two of the top five BEST OF ALL TIME ALBUMS? well, other than them?
there is no way that, if this were a poll of americans, any of these albums except for nirvana, the beatles and U2 would have made the top twenty. most americans don't even know who the stone roses are. american polls of this sort always feel so out of touch to me; "thriller" is always called the best album of all time, but really, do YOU own it (on cd or mp3)? and if you do, how many times have you listened to any non-"billie jean" tracks in the past year? is that really the best album, one that no one ever listens to any more, and in fact by a man that only has fans who are either foreign or bizarre? i suppose the fact that michael jackson is a tragic freak shouldn't denigrate his work, but i think that it's safe to say that "thriller" is not considered by the vast majority of americans as the best album of all time these days.
so what do you think is the best album of all time, and what do you think the american public would vote as the best album of all time?
personally, my absolute favorite of all time is r.e.m.'s "life's rich pageant" but i think that the best is "abbey road." my guess is that the american public would pick "elvis' #1s" or whatever shania twain album you can play in a scent stories player or the fucking titanic soundtrack.