SPIN Alternative Record Guide (1995) Top 100 Alternative Albums (1-50)

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1 Ramones Ramones 1976
2 Public enemy It takes a nation of millions to hold us back 1988
3 Velvet underground Velvet underground + Nico 1967
4 Hüsker dü Zen arcade 1984
5 Nirvana Nevermind 1991
6 Patti Smith Horses 1975
7 Big star Radio city 1974
8 R.E.M. Murmur 1983
9 Sonic youth Daydream nation 1988
10 X Wild gift 1981
11 Madonna The immaculate collection 1990
12 Wire Pink flag 1977
13 Funkadelic One nation under a groove 1978
14 Neil Young Tonight's the night 1975
15 Gang of four Entertainment! 1979
16 Pavement Slanted and enchanted 1992
17 Buzzcocks Singles going steady 1979
18 Modern lovers The Modern lovers 1976
19 X-Ray spex Germfree adolescents 1978
20 Blondie Parallel lines 1978
21 Eric B & Rakim Paid in full 1987
22 Pet shop boys Discography : the complete singles collection 1991
23 Lucinda Williams Lucinda Williams 1988
24 Prince Sign o the times 1987
25 Hole Live through this 1994
26 Clash The Clash 1977
27 Run DMC Together forever : greatest hits 1983-1991 1991
28 Television Marquee moon 1977
29 Meat puppets Meat puppets II 1984
30 Stooges Fun house 1970
31 Replacements Let it be 1984
32 Pretenders Pretenders 1979
33 Flying burrito brothers The gilded palace of sin 1968
34 Public Image Ltd Second edition 1979
35 My bloody Valentine Loveless 1991
36 PJ Harvey Rid of me 1993
37 De la soul 3 feet high and rising 1989
38 Talking heads More songs about buildings and food 1978
39 Minutemen Double nickels on the dime 1984
40 Beastie boys Licensed to ill 1986
41 Velvet underground Velvet underground 1969
42 B-52's The B-52's 1979
43 Mekons Fear and whiskey 1985
44 David Bowie ChangesOneBowie 1976
45 Richard & Linda Thompson Shoot out the lights 1982
46 Roxy music Siren 1975
47 Elvis Costello Armed forces 1979
48 Ramones Rocket to Russia 1977
49 Feelies Crazy rhythms 1980
50 Brian Eno Another green world 1975


Whiney G. Weingarten, Monday, 13 March 2017 14:59 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Most of these hold up really well

A Madonna greatest hits collection seems like an odd, but also oddly forward looking inclusion for a 1995 Alternative Record Guide

Evan R, Monday, 13 March 2017 15:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Maybe beyond the scope of this conversation, but when did Murmur become the critical consensus "must-have" R.E.M.? Most people seem to prefer Reckoning, which is a richer, more representative album, but the lists always default to Murmur

Evan R, Monday, 13 March 2017 15:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Since micci0 doesn't post here any more, I'll have to be the guy who points out that the Madonna GH was only given an 8 and knocked in the write-up for not having truncated, non-12-inch versions to fit it all on a single disc.

Whiney G. Weingarten, Monday, 13 March 2017 15:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Murmur has been a consensus pick since the end of the 80s at least. xp

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 13 March 2017 15:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I prefer Wild Planet to the debut, but since that's not here I'll vote for the first B's album. I'M NOT NO LIMBURGER!!

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 13 March 2017 15:23 (two weeks ago) Permalink

the same guy (Sheffield) who reviewed PSB also said their comp was OK and gave it a 7 or 8.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 March 2017 15:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

can't fuck with the #17-27 sequence:

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 March 2017 15:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Thought for sure I had this, but apparently not. Madonna, Lucinda Williams, and Flying Burrito Brothers seem like a real stretch (is this list included in the book?)...One of the two VU albums for me.

clemenza, Monday, 13 March 2017 15:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

This book changed my musical life, no joke. It sent me from new rock alternative radio to madly buying crazy old records in no time.

This has to be between Public Image and X-Ray Spex for me, but there are tons of other albums on the list that I love just slightly less.

Milkwalker's World (Old Lunch), Monday, 13 March 2017 15:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Murmur has been a consensus pick since the end of the 80s at least. xp

If not since the very beginning, it was so instantly lionized. It's a great album but it feels like nobody bothered to update the canon for the next 34 years

Evan R, Monday, 13 March 2017 15:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

13	Funkadelic	One nation under a groove	1978

Good on them.

insidious assymetrical weapons (Eric H.), Monday, 13 March 2017 15:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah, being 15 when this dropped, it def informed my taste, for better or worse.

My top 3 of all time (Nation of Millions, Double Nickels, Ramones) are all here & appx. 40% of my Number 4 (Raising Hell)

Whiney G. Weingarten, Monday, 13 March 2017 15:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

This book changed my musical life, no joke

mine too, especially anything written by Weisbard (Wire, Pere Ubu, Feelies).

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 March 2017 15:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Probably my No. 5 and 6 too if they had picked the right X and Beasties albums

Whiney G. Weingarten, Monday, 13 March 2017 15:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Whiney, is Tribe in the bottom 50? I'm pretty sure it also got a 10.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 March 2017 15:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I never had any of the SPIN books, but several editions of the Trouser Press guide. This is all foreign to me.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 13 March 2017 15:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

My favourites are probably Loveless and The Ramones. There's nothing I dislike on here.

jmm, Monday, 13 March 2017 15:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

It's a bit light on 60s music.

jmm, Monday, 13 March 2017 15:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

think i may be the only ilxor who actually contributed to this book (cabaret voltaire)

mark s, Monday, 13 March 2017 15:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah, Tribe is in the bottom 50

Whiney G. Weingarten, Monday, 13 March 2017 15:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

It's a bit light on 60s music.

A necessary corrective.

insidious assymetrical weapons (Eric H.), Monday, 13 March 2017 15:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I was happy Human League and Culture Club got their due. The King Sunny Ade and Fela entries also excellent intros.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 March 2017 15:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

amazing list. voting loveless

k3vin k., Monday, 13 March 2017 15:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Re: the Sixties, I put this together during my time at SPIN and you can read it on their dogshit new list design

http://www.spin.com/2013/03/best-100-albums-1960s-sixties-alternative-list/

Whiney G. Weingarten, Monday, 13 March 2017 15:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I never had any of the SPIN books, but several editions of the Trouser Press guide. This is all foreign to me.

― Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, March 13, 2017 10:35 AM (nineteen minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I discovered the Trouser Press '90s alternative guide probably a few months after the Spin book, and then discovered CMJ a few months after that. It was all over from there.

Milkwalker's World (Old Lunch), Monday, 13 March 2017 15:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

4 Hüsker Dü - Zen arcade (1984)

Not my pick, but this band - and esp this album - kind of towered over 80s/90s American indie & alternative. Wonder if it'd even make top 50 on similar list put together today.

Not raving but drooling (contenderizer), Monday, 13 March 2017 16:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yes.

Rachel Luther Queen (DJP), Monday, 13 March 2017 16:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

my least favorite major Husker album; prefer FYW.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 March 2017 16:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I like it a lot & understand why it's the representative HD album, but it & they don't seem to be held in quite the same esteem these days.

Not raving but drooling (contenderizer), Monday, 13 March 2017 16:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

think i may be the only ilxor who actually contributed to this book (cabaret voltaire)

― mark s Hi Mark, Frank K and Chuck E are in there too; maybe John D as well? Seems like there's somebody else. The Top 100 was less useful to me than the deep and sometimes complete discographies (incl. the most noteworthy bootlegs, in several cases) for so many artists, esp. when the internet was so bereft, and other reference books likely to be found were more all-inclusive yet limited by one man's taste and time (xgau's duh) or Boomercentric like those Rolling Stone guides (revising their original kneejerking vs. Stooges, Sabs, for that matter Joplin, and many others later elevated). I didn't agree with every opinion of course, but plenty of info and enjoyable writing.

dow, Monday, 13 March 2017 16:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Don't like the idea of voting for a singles collection, but Run DMC Together Forever is flawless

Evan R, Monday, 13 March 2017 16:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Don't like the idea of voting for a singles collection, but Run DMC Together Forever is flawless

― Evan R, Monday, March 13, 2017 12:37 PM (fourteen minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Run-DMC is one of my favorite bands of all time, but I'll definitely count "Here's a solo from my homeboy Stanley Brown" as a flaw

Whiney G. Weingarten, Monday, 13 March 2017 16:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

lol fair enough

Evan R, Monday, 13 March 2017 16:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

haha, i bought that guide at the time and registered an ilm account a couple of years later...

too many great albums. "loveless", "crazy rhythms", "another green world" and "velvet underground" are the ones i could niot live without. deciding between them is like killing all your babies except one, absolutely impossible. therefore no vote from me.

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 13 March 2017 16:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Tonight's the Night for me.

nomar, Monday, 13 March 2017 16:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

come the fuck on people

24 Prince Sign o the times 1987

I'm not even saying everyone needs to vote for it but for it not even to have come up yet in the conversation is ridiculous.

Rachel Luther Queen (DJP), Monday, 13 March 2017 17:00 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Pretty much all good albums, but I don't really get how they are defining "alternative" here. Like Madonna's greatest hits are hardly alt.

Moodles, Monday, 13 March 2017 17:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I know it's Controversy-al, but SoTT is my least favorite (although still very good) of a solid run of Prince albums that otherwise remain entrenched in my all-time top 100.

Milkwalker's World (Old Lunch), Monday, 13 March 2017 17:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Pretty much all good albums, but I don't really get how they are defining "alternative" here. Like Madonna's greatest hits are hardly alt.

― Moodles, Monday, March 13, 2017 1:02 PM (three minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I can't hold your hand through this, used copy is $10

https://www.amazon.com/Spin-Alternative-Record-Guide-Weisbard/dp/0679755748

Whiney G. Weingarten, Monday, 13 March 2017 17:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Pretty much all good albums, but I don't really get how they are defining "alternative" here. Like Madonna's greatest hits are hardly alt.

― Moodles, Monday, March 13, 2017 1:02 PM

Weisbard's introduction addresses this. One of his points is how subcultural phenomena like Madonna or gradations of queerness (Culture Club, also pop) change mainstream tastes.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 March 2017 17:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Besides which, Hootie and the Blowfish was played on alternative stations in the '90s so it's not as if we'd collectively agreed on any hard and fast criteria.

Milkwalker's World (Old Lunch), Monday, 13 March 2017 17:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

the first Pretenders album is still woefully under appreciated - flawless collection of songs. James Honeyman-Scott was an extraordinary guitarist. such a fucking shame what happened to them

flappy bird, Monday, 13 March 2017 17:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

sub-conversation, what's the WORST album on this list. Probably Pavement or Hole

Whiney G. Weingarten, Monday, 13 March 2017 17:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I just voted for Hole.

how's life, Monday, 13 March 2017 17:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'mma get pummelled but Double Nickels is my least favorite on the list. I've never been able to get into it.

Milkwalker's World (Old Lunch), Monday, 13 March 2017 17:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

what's the WORST album on this list

it's Hole by a considerable margin

Οὖτις, Monday, 13 March 2017 17:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

oooooooooOOHHHHHHHHHH !!!!!!

actually it's Modern Lovers

flappy bird, Monday, 13 March 2017 17:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

hi don, yeah i guess i meant current ilxors but i was just stirring the water a bit really to see who else might be here

lol at shakey and his transsparent hared of courtney love

(siren seems an odd roxy music lp to land on)

mark s, Monday, 13 March 2017 17:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

it's the remains of America's hesitation to canonize Roxy; for a while it was the only album American critics rated, which is why Rob's calling it their best surprises me, especially after his intro paragraph

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 March 2017 17:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I could see why the Melvins not being in the Spin guide, you got to figure this book was being put together in '94 right after Houdini came out. They had the Nirvana connection and had been around a while, but they were still fairly odd and kinda obscure. I think the fact that they kept going and hardrock/metal kinda turned towards what they were doing that their profile rose. This was also true for your Saint Vitus, The Obsessed/Wino and other early odd doomy bands.

It could also be the Melvins like probably Uncle Tupelo (don't remember if they are in the Spin book) and definitely Kyuss were a bit too contemporary to quite yet be in such a guide, yet in a snapshot of American rock music circa '94-95 from now they probably definitely would be.

earlnash, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 00:15 (two weeks ago) Permalink

contenderizer is droppin some knowledge

enochroot, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 00:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

...you got to figure this book was being put together in '94 right after Houdini came out. ...I think the fact that they kept going and hardrock/metal kinda turned towards what they were doing that their profile rose. This was also true for your Saint Vitus, The Obsessed/Wino and other early odd doomy bands.

― earlnash, Tuesday, March 14, 2017 5:15 PM (one minute ago)

yeah, doom & stoner rock didn't really enter mainstream alt consciousness until the late 90s/early 00s.

Not raving but drooling (contenderizer), Wednesday, 15 March 2017 00:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I mean, all the other big Cobain-championed bands made it in -- Meat Puppets, Shonen Knife, Vaselines, Raincoats, Flipper, Wipers...

Plus there's the Mudhoney connection!

Whiney G. Weingarten, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 00:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

And the Melvins were even sampled on Beck's 'Mellow Gold!' (in the bottom 50 of the top 100!) They weren't some total obscurity in alternative circles

Whiney G. Weingarten, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 00:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I for one will continue listneing to Sia albums for the hidden gem

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 15 March 2017 00:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Stone Temple Pilots, Alice In Chains, Screaming Trees all made it in, maybe the Melvins expert didn't make deadline? Anthologies have all kinds of problems. Most surprising absence I've noticed: Miles Davis--- considering that they've got Derek Bailey, Ornette, Sun Ra, Sonny Sharrock, Kip Hanrahan even.

dow, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 01:08 (two weeks ago) Permalink

And Albert Ayler!

dow, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 01:08 (two weeks ago) Permalink

And John Zorn.

dow, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 01:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Does anyone else remember a syndicated TV show that aired around the time this Spin book came out--it was a weird political show set in a diner where stock characters like the Waitress and the Blue Collar guy mouthed usually right-leaning positions? Once a week or so Spin editor Eric Weisbard would sit with the host at the diner and talk about issues and stuff. Came on right after the Rush Limbaugh tv show.

duped and used by my worst Miss U (President Keyes), Wednesday, 15 March 2017 13:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

always thought it was a little weird that Zappa wasn't included, maybe nobody wanted to wade through that discography.

evol j, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 15:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I mean, and I think this goes into the Squeeze clause, Zappa was really only "alternative" from like 1966 to 1971, and then spent the next 20 years of his life being jazz-prog for Guitar World readers and novelty pop for everyone else. Miles Davis was the vanguard of hard bop and modal jazz and cool jazz – basically "traditional jazz music as we know it" by 1995. His days of an vanguard that would fit the definition of the SPIN guide was maybe 1969 to 1973, four years that are surrounded by a career that goes back nearly 20 years in either direction

Whiney G. Weingarten, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 15:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Surely you mean 1975? Agharta is p "alternative"

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 15:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah Miles' electric period 1969-75 was a huge influence on the postpunk NYC scene from Contortions to Material James Blood Ulmer Defunkt and on down to ESG Konk Liquid Liquid and a dozen other forgotten bands.

Dogshit Critic (m coleman), Wednesday, 15 March 2017 15:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Ok, yeah, extend Miles through maybe Dark Magus in 1977? Still

Whiney G. Weingarten, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 15:59 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Ornette's in

mark s, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 16:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

of the people m coleman mentions only material get an entry (unless contortions are filled somewhere i haven't guessed yet)

this was my jam in the 80s so i was used to it being omitted -- seems odder now than it did then

mark s, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 16:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

could be wrong, but miles' electric period might not have been so universally beloved in the 80s-90s as it is now? seems like it took a while to really sink in.

tylerw, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 16:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

miles' electric period might not have been so universally beloved in the 80s-90s as it is now

it was

Not raving but drooling (contenderizer), Wednesday, 15 March 2017 16:08 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Mark S is right, this period was largely forgotten in the alt 90s in fact one of the things that first drew me to ILM ca 2004 was the love for NYC punk funk no wave my jam and personal inspiration/obsession

Dogshit Critic (m coleman), Wednesday, 15 March 2017 16:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I reviewed a big CD reissue of 70s Miles in the late 90s and got the idea that people still didn't quite know how to process something like Agharta or He Loved Him Madly. #directionsinmusic

Dogshit Critic (m coleman), Wednesday, 15 March 2017 16:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

greg tate was writing about it all in the late 80s

(the wire was also but i had sight of our sales figures so i know we were not exactly shifting the scales any)

mark s, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 16:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Think this may be partly a US/UK difference - Soulwax reissued Liquid Liquid in the 1990s, SoulJazz reissued ESG same sort of time, so they def weren't ignored or forgotten groups in Britain (ESG had also been spun a lot at the Hacienda).

Bernie Lugg (Ward Fowler), Wednesday, 15 March 2017 16:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Beastie Boys/Luscious Jackson were hyping ESG at the height of the Grand Royal era. LJ used to cover ESG stuff live.

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 17:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

my intro to Miles' electric/funk period was a huge retrospective in Motorbooty, doesn't get any more 90s alt than that

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 17:08 (two weeks ago) Permalink

hmm iirc Bitches Brew was the only Jazz album on that Rolling Stone Best 100 Albums of the Past 20 Years list in '87. Maybe Miles was too much of a token artist for SPIN at that point.

duped and used by my worst Miss U (President Keyes), Wednesday, 15 March 2017 17:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Miles was also cited by aural auteurs of the DJ-producer persuasion (mostly in Wire but still) re the cutnpaste flow, never mind the turntables----do we really think his electric music made less of a widespread, sometimes deep impression on musos and other listeners of the 90s than the guys who did get in, than Bailey and Zorn, say? C'mon, it's a gap. But maybe the Miles reviewer didn't make deadline either,

dow, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 17:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

why is the complete on the corner session box like $200 now

Whiney G. Weingarten, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 17:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I would kill for every back issue of Motorbooty.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Wednesday, 15 March 2017 18:00 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Christgau wrote about Dark Magus, Panthalassa, and Black Beauty in the late '90s; it's how I learned about the first album.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 15 March 2017 18:00 (two weeks ago) Permalink

xpost Ridiculous box, if it's the one I heard: goes way past anything relevant to the original LP, just because he was recording so much in the same time frame. xxpost It's not like Miles don't and didn't get no respect plenty of elsewheres, but having all those electric albums in the Guide might have been a revelation to some, and handy to more.

dow, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 18:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah xgau covered Miles pretty well, incl. the comeback.

dow, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 18:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

why is the complete on the corner session box like $200 now

― Whiney G. Weingarten, Wednesday, March 15, 2017 1:58 PM (five minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

bc it's out of print iirc

marcos, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 18:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Ridiculous box, if it's the one I heard: goes way past anything relevant to the original LP, just because he was recording so much in the same time frame

otm, the material from these sessions got issued across like four albums iirc

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 18:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Right, and four distinctly different albums!

dow, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 18:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

columbia does all this cool miles stuff that immediately goes out of print

https://www.discogs.com/Miles-Davis-The-Complete-Columbia-Album-Collection/release/2019307

Whiney G. Weingarten, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 18:08 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Prob cos Miles heads already have all or as much of that stuff as they can afford, and then some.

dow, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 18:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Columbia can then backdoor sell the deleted Complete dognose where (Russia, Japan?)

dow, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 18:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The oligarchs prob already got it all also.

dow, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 18:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Columbia used to reissue the metal-spine Miles boxes as much cheaper longbox-shaped sets. But the On the Corner set apparently didn't sell well enough to justify a cheaper reissue (and it was prohibitively expensive when it was in print, iirc).

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 15 March 2017 19:59 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yeah, a few of those sets could be had for very cheap at some point (maybe still) but things like OTC and the cellar door tapes never got a cheaper reissue afaik. which is lame.

tylerw, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 20:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I have that miles columbia box, whiney

Odysseus, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 20:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i do regret not buying the OTC box and the other ones but I couldnt afford it. I only have the in a silent way box. The complete columbia only has the actual albums

Odysseus, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 20:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I would kill for every back issue of Motorbooty.

― Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Wednesday, March 15, 2017 11:00 AM (two hours ago)

twice, even

Not raving but drooling (contenderizer), Wednesday, 15 March 2017 20:43 (two weeks ago) Permalink

big chief were kind of bad tho

Not raving but drooling (contenderizer), Wednesday, 15 March 2017 20:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

OTC box is definitely the best one imo

marcos, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 20:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Big Chief is a bit like Kyuss in what they were doing kinda fit more to the late 90s than when the records were actually coming out. The guitar playing and riffs on those Big Chief records are great. They are one of those bands I liked much more years later and have listened to them quite a bit the past few years.

earlnash, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 21:23 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Big Chief definitely fits along side the stoner rock bands like Fu Manchu, Clutch, Kyuss etc. than the grunge bands.

earlnash, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 21:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I fucking loved Big Chief!

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Wednesday, 15 March 2017 21:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

re: big chief

i dug the early singles ("chrome helmet", "get down & double check", "time dirt money", the surprisingly good "superstupid" cover), but the albums were relatively short on punk energy & hooks. and the fake blaxploitation shtick never sat right. prescient in retrospect, tho.

Not raving but drooling (contenderizer), Wednesday, 15 March 2017 21:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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