Gimme Chocolate!!

Posted on 27th March 2021

So this week's poll year 2014. A lot of rock/metal and progressive rock albums this year, and a few folk entries too. 

To date, BABYMETAL are now the last band I've seen live, back in February 2020, at my old haunt the Manchester Apollo. I discovered them around this time when I caught a feature of them on a music channel, possibly Kerrang!. I was both impressed with the songs, but also the ability for the Kawaii J-Pop sounds to mix seamlessly with the power metal of the Kami Band, forming the unique Kawaii Metal scene.

I've been a long time fan of KMFDM, and this album was instantly among my favourites on first listen. From the introduction by Miss Annabella, Lucia and Sasha's daughter, through to Make Your Stand, an electronic beat tour-de-force all the way. Respeckt!

I discovered 3TEETH a few years ago, and now wished I discovered them even earlier. This, their debut album, set the scene for what was to come, and from such an awesome beginning, it's been great to see them only grow. 

With NMA I have been very fortunate, as I've known them since their very first record. A friend of mine was the boyfriend of Rob Heaton's younger sister, and when I went to visit him back in Holmes Chapel once, he persuaded me to buy the single Bittersweet from him (he was doing a good sales job with all his friends), but he knew it was my kind of music. He wasn't wrong, and I've been a fan ever since. This album was a solid companion to 2013's Between Dog And Wolf, offering both studio and live tracks.

Mogwai, I saw in the late 90s, but mistook them for another band, who I wasn't impressed with, and ever since had not really paid attention to them. Until 2019, when I happen to listen to one of the albums and realised my mistake. I have since gone back and listened to all their albums, and hang my head in shame that I missed out on this band for so many years. Their more recent albums, include Rave Tapes, are a pure delight.

And on to 2014's top 50...

1 Babymetal Babymetal
2 KMFDM Our Time Will Come
4 New Model Army Between Blood And Wine
5 Mogwai Rave Tapes
6 Die So Fluid The Opposites of Light
7 Among The Echoes Fracture
8 Servers Leave With Us
9 The Birthday Massacre Superstition
10 Savlonic Red
11 IQ The Road Of Bones
12 Vice Squad Cardboard Country
13 Arch Enemy War Eternal
14 Within Temptation Hydra
17 Amy Lee Aftermath
16 Linkin Park The Hunting Party
15 Live The Turn
18 Seether Isolate and Medicate
19 Pallas itiswhatitis
20 Kate Rusby Ghost
21 Suzanne Vega Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles
22 Lacuna Coil Broken Crown Halo
23 Epica The Quantum Enigma
25 Prince & 3rdeyegirl Plectrumelectrum
24 Steve Hackett Genesis Revisited:Live at the Royal Albert Hall
26 Train Bulletproof Picasso
27 Judas Priest Redeemer of Souls
31 AC/DC Rock or Bust
32 The Foo Fighters Sonic Highways
28 Pallas wearewhoweare
29 Steve Rothery The Ghosts Of Pripyat
30 Melissa Etheridge This Is M.E.
33 Gandalf's Fist A Forest Of Fey
34 My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult Spooky Tricks
35 Semblant Lunar Manifesto
36 Bruce Springsteen High Hopes
38 Prince Art Offical Age
37 Yes Heaven & Earth
39 Simple Minds Big Music
40 Blondie Ghosts Of Download
41 Natalie Merchant Natalie Merchant
42 Pixies Indie Cindy
43 The Twilight Sad Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave
44 Transatlantic Kaleidoscope
45 Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault
46 Transatlantic KaLIVEoscope
48 Johnny Marr Playland
49 Mike Oldfield Man On The Rocks
47 Buzzcocks The Way
50 The Pretty Reckless Going To Hell

File Under: music / polls

Where the Bands Are

Posted on 20th March 2021

So my good intentions with writing up a diary entry once a month with some of the bands and artists I'd been listening didn't get very far. Sadly events of last year proved too overwhelming to write more. I still have several draft entries for some of those I had planned to feature, so I hope to finish them off over the coming months.

Although writing proved tough last year, I did get involved with a Twitter sensation of ranking albums released from 1965 to 2005, and the associated decades, thanks to the idea of Richard Shaw (@RichardS7370). Together with Mark (@marksmusic1977), Iain (@icrawford17), Si (@SimonFarrier1@jhoburgh, and several others, music polls have been the thing that has helped me to keep lockdown fatigue at bay.

Rediscovering albums, bands, and songs, as well as listening to several I'd never heard before, has been a delight. 

This year Richard has decided to turn things around slightly, and while we once again revisiting several of the years featured last year, he is extending it to feature the years 1963-2021. As such, I will also be revisiting my top 50s that I was posting, reviewing, and reposting an up to date version here. 

Let the listening begin....

File Under: music / polls / twitter

You Are the World

Posted on 20th March 2021

So the first poll year is 1991. In my original list Tribe's Abort came top, and while I still love the album, having listened to several other albums I bought at the time, my preferences all got scrambled again!

+Live+ were a band I discovered thanks to their song Pain Lies On The Riverside, from my new top choice, Mental Jewelry. I went to see them on their Throwing Copper tour in 1994 (well I actually crewed the gig they did at Edwards No.8 in Brum ... supported by Catatonia), and have been a fan ever since.

So my top 50 for 1991 ....

1 Live Mental Jewelry
2 REM Out Of Time
3 Crowded House Woodface
4 Pearl Jam Ten
5 New Model Army Raw Melody Men
6 Tribe Abort
7 Levellers Levelling The Land
8 Marillion Holidays In Eden
9 The Wonder Stuff Never Loved Elvis
10 U2 Achtung Baby
11 Therapy? Babyteeth
12 Jethro Tull Catfish Rising
13 The KLF The White Room
14 Prince & NPG Diamonds And Pearls
15 PIG Praise The Lard
16 Front 242 Tyranny (For You)
17 Cranes Wings Of Joy
18 INXS Live Baby Live
19 Genesis We Can't Dance
20 Nirvana Nevermind
21 Rush Roll The Bones
22 Metallica Metallica
23 Into Paradise Churchtown
24 Chapterhouse Whirlpool
25 Type O Negative Slow, Deep And Hard
26 Queen Innuendo
27 Mariah Carey Emotions
28 Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion II
29 Pat Benatar True Love
30 Indigo Girls Back On The Bus, Y'all
31 Ozzy Osbourne No More Tears
32 Neil Young Weld
33 Temple Of The Dog Temple Of The Dog
34 Pixies Trompe le Monde
35 Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion I
36 Belinda Carlisle Live Your Life Be Free
37 The Orb Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld
38 Massive Attack Blue Lines
39 Motörhead 1916
40 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Into The Great Wide Open
41 Yes Union
42 Lynyrd Skynyrd Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991
43 Billy Bragg Don't Try This At Home
44 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Sugar Tax
45 Electronic Electronic
46 Slowdive Just For A Day
47 Siouxsie and the Banshees Superstition
48 Kirsty MacColl Electric Landlady
49 Simple Minds Real Life
50 Soundgarden Badmotorfinger

File Under: music / polls

<< April 2021 (1) April 2020 (1) >>

Some Rights Reserved Unless otherwise expressly stated, all original material of whatever nature created by Barbie and included in the Memories Of A Roadie website and any related pages, including the website's archives, is licensed under a Creative Commons by Attribution Non-Commercial License. If you wish to use material for commercial puposes, please contact me for further assistance regarding commercial licensing.