Nominations for Best Album By An Artist Who Only Released One Album poll

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all genres. accepting nominations for however long, until we have a decent selection of serious candidates together. hoping to limit nominations to "no, really, this album is truly great" rather than "really good album" - I suspect there are tens of thousands of bands who had a decent album in them, made it & then moved on.

I'm starting this thread to say how phenomenal an album Break Through by the Slickers is, which is one of two nominations I'll make. Amazing, all-time, track after track. Black Ark at full strength.

radiohead - pablo honey

I am Louise Boat (a hoy hoy), Thursday, 11 August 2011 14:47 (ten years ago) link

^ think you're missing the idea here

ban this sick stunt (anagram), Thursday, 11 August 2011 14:48 (ten years ago) link

So, this is for:

"The La's"
"The Avalanches - Since I left you"

etc?

Mark G, Thursday, 11 August 2011 14:50 (ten years ago) link

first thing that comes to mind is Never Mind the Bollocks. has to go in there but I suspect we need a ruling that posthumous collections of odds and sods do not exclude an album which was released in the artist's lifetime

ban this sick stunt (anagram), Thursday, 11 August 2011 14:51 (ten years ago) link

Propaganda - A secret wish

I dunno, I'm trying to think of one I love, as opposed to ones that'd qualify (but I know would do well in the eventual poll)

Mark G, Thursday, 11 August 2011 14:52 (ten years ago) link

"Artist Lifetime" would mean Jeff Buckley "Grace"..

Mark G, Thursday, 11 August 2011 14:52 (ten years ago) link

see they had a remix album as well and also another album 1234

xp

ban this sick stunt (anagram), Thursday, 11 August 2011 14:54 (ten years ago) link

Revolution 9, You Might As Well Live

and yes, this album is truly great (although I think I'm the only person who has ever heard it)

ban this sick stunt (anagram), Thursday, 11 August 2011 14:55 (ten years ago) link

baby huey & the babysitters, the baby huey story

sbgorf (stevie), Thursday, 11 August 2011 14:56 (ten years ago) link

Should there be some way of ruling out newer artists who have only released one album? Like only including artists that are inactive/deceasd/broken up or haven't released a follow up in over 5 years? And what about side projects/supergroups?

Anyways I nominate:
The Exploding Hearts - Guitar Romantic
Propellerheads - Decksandrumsandrockandroll

MarkoP, Thursday, 11 August 2011 15:01 (ten years ago) link

Life Without Buildings - Any Other City

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 11 August 2011 15:02 (ten years ago) link

Lowell Davidson Trio

shake it, shake it, sugary pee (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 11 August 2011 15:13 (ten years ago) link

The Slingbacks - All Pop No Star

jer.fairall, Thursday, 11 August 2011 15:34 (ten years ago) link

johnny thunders and the heartbreakers - LAMF

hello I love you but I've chosen darkness my old friend (Edward III), Thursday, 11 August 2011 15:36 (ten years ago) link

^ truly great

hello I love you but I've chosen darkness my old friend (Edward III), Thursday, 11 August 2011 15:37 (ten years ago) link

Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too

gman59, Thursday, 11 August 2011 15:39 (ten years ago) link

^New Radicals

gman59, Thursday, 11 August 2011 15:39 (ten years ago) link

The Nerves

peter in montreal, Thursday, 11 August 2011 15:41 (ten years ago) link

is this a gag thread or not, i cant tell

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_i_qxQztHRI (Princess TamTam), Thursday, 11 August 2011 15:42 (ten years ago) link

well I did regurg in my mouth a little when somebody suggested the new radicals

hello I love you but I've chosen darkness my old friend (Edward III), Thursday, 11 August 2011 15:43 (ten years ago) link

what about artists who released the same album multiple times

CLUB PISCOPO (DJP), Thursday, 11 August 2011 15:44 (ten years ago) link

e.g. the Cocteau Twins

ban this sick stunt (anagram), Thursday, 11 August 2011 15:50 (ten years ago) link

I was thinking The Ramones but ha

CLUB PISCOPO (DJP), Thursday, 11 August 2011 15:51 (ten years ago) link

Operation Ivy - Energy

kkvgz, Thursday, 11 August 2011 15:51 (ten years ago) link

xp lol

kkvgz, Thursday, 11 August 2011 15:51 (ten years ago) link

Big L - Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous

streetball technician in the flesh (Spottie_Ottie_Dope), Thursday, 11 August 2011 16:25 (ten years ago) link

Young Marble Giants - Colossal Youth

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Thursday, 11 August 2011 16:38 (ten years ago) link

Modern Lovers - s/t. Everything after that was with a new band and called Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers.

asthmatic american, Thursday, 11 August 2011 16:44 (ten years ago) link

Rites of Spring
Skip Spence
I think the Homosexuals count...?

bentelec, Thursday, 11 August 2011 17:21 (ten years ago) link

Thunderclap Newman, Hollywood Dream

L.P. Hovercraft (WmC), Thursday, 11 August 2011 17:22 (ten years ago) link

it doesn't matter why they only released one, it only matters that they only released one. Stockholm Monsters Alma Mater is my other nom. A singles comp came out 20 years later, that ok. I personally am disincline to accept the Modern Lovers because while the first one may be best, it's not like "Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers" is a completely different deal - nom'ing that seems like sneaking something in on a technicality to my mind

I can't type or remember my tenses because I'm angry about this asshole judge in Pennsylvania who took bribes from prison architects to incarcerate a bunch of teenagers so sorry for bad typing, fuck you asshole judge

FM Knives - Useless and Modern

o. nate, Thursday, 11 August 2011 17:33 (ten years ago) link

how long ago should their last album have been? like, how unlikely that they're going to release another album

lex pretend, Thursday, 11 August 2011 17:34 (ten years ago) link

i keep feeling like i should know a ton of these but am drawing a total blank atm

I dream of vodka sandwich (jjjusten), Thursday, 11 August 2011 17:35 (ten years ago) link

If Mary Margaret O'Hara hadn't done a soundtrack a few years ago, I'd definitely nominate Miss America.

saint dominic's p4k review (Eazy), Thursday, 11 August 2011 17:36 (ten years ago) link

The United States of America - S/T

Gavin, Leeds, Thursday, 11 August 2011 17:37 (ten years ago) link

I wonder if we can include acts that released one album and then nothing for 30 or 40 years when they attempted some kind of comeback (thinking Simon Finn, T2, Vashti Bunyan, etc.)

Linda Perhacs- Parallelograms
Mayo Thompson- Corky's Debt to His Father
Derek & the Dominoes- Layla
Blind Faith

President Keyes, Thursday, 11 August 2011 17:40 (ten years ago) link

I wonder if we can include acts that released one album and then nothing for 30 or 40 years when they attempted some kind of comeback

no

just people who made one and as far as you know are done

Coulson, Dean, McGuinness & Flint - Lo and Behold
(great album of Dylan covers from early 70s)

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 11 August 2011 17:55 (ten years ago) link

can they also have released singles/eps? or just ONE ALBUM? because i could be listing punk and hardcore bands here all day.

king of torts (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Thursday, 11 August 2011 17:56 (ten years ago) link

Willis Allen Ramsey: s/t

Mucho! Macho! Honcho!: Turn Off The Dark (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 11 August 2011 17:57 (ten years ago) link

The Amps - Pacer (?)

Trip Maker, Thursday, 11 August 2011 18:10 (ten years ago) link

Cree Summer - Street Faerie
Brie Larson - Finally Out of P.E.

Super Villains With Drum Machines (MintIce), Thursday, 11 August 2011 18:22 (ten years ago) link

can they also have released singles/eps?

I'm operating under the assumption that singles/eps don't disqualify, as long as they only have one regular, full-length, non-compilation studio album

o. nate, Thursday, 11 August 2011 18:23 (ten years ago) link

Black Tambourine!!!

my life as liz cho (Stevie D(eux)), Thursday, 11 August 2011 18:24 (ten years ago) link

Dadamah- This Is Not a Dream

International Waters, Thursday, 11 August 2011 18:28 (ten years ago) link

Propaganda - A secret wish

Propaganda actually did release another album, 1,2,3,4, so they don't qualify. And yeah, I really wish they hadn't.

Sean Carruthers, Thursday, 11 August 2011 18:29 (ten years ago) link

Nuno Canavarro- Plux Quba

International Waters, Thursday, 11 August 2011 18:32 (ten years ago) link

tear da club up thugs - crazyndalazdayz

missingNO, Monday, 15 August 2011 06:03 (ten years ago) link

Silicon Teens - Music For Parties

Zuleika, Monday, 15 August 2011 16:56 (ten years ago) link

Zwan - Mary Star of the Sea

Bastards of Young Dro, Monday, 15 August 2011 17:08 (ten years ago) link

Isn't one of the recent Smashing Pumpkins incarnations actually Zwan?

shake it, shake it, sugary pee (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Monday, 15 August 2011 17:14 (ten years ago) link

Izzat rilly the same Jim Sullivan? awesome

one dis leads to another (ian), Monday, 15 August 2011 17:26 (ten years ago) link

Grodeck Whipperjenny s/t

Richard Nixon's Field of Warmth (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 15 August 2011 20:38 (ten years ago) link

Bobby Beausoleil and the Freedom Orchestra - Lucifer Rising

Richard Nixon's Field of Warmth (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 15 August 2011 20:41 (ten years ago) link

This made me dust off God Macabre's _The Winterlong_ as this thread needs some more metal. But, uh, yeah, it's just a really good album, so no nom, son.

The Ec Nudes - Vanishing Point
Disembowelment - Transcendence Into the Peripheral

Øystein, Monday, 15 August 2011 21:10 (ten years ago) link

Cody Chesnutt - The Headphone Masterpiece

bamcquern, Monday, 15 August 2011 21:13 (ten years ago) link

this is a funny thread... any band that records one album that's even remotely remarkable or successful inevitably makes a second, unless some sort of tragedy intervenes. so this thread's pool is fairly narrow, consisting of bands who either never had a hit or found an audience EVER (ie, no reunions or comeback albums a la Gary Wilson or whoever), or bands who willfully disbanded (ie Young Marble Giants) following their initial foray.

Richard Nixon's Field of Warmth (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 15 August 2011 21:30 (ten years ago) link

remarkable and successful are two v v different things, and i'd argue that there are plenty of artists who made just a single remarkable album.

one dis leads to another (ian), Monday, 15 August 2011 21:53 (ten years ago) link

well not a lot of people found their first album's too remarkable at the time, otherwise they would have made another one

Richard Nixon's Field of Warmth (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 15 August 2011 22:02 (ten years ago) link

I say this after realizing that a bunch of the acts I was going to list here actually made little known follow-up albums several years later that bombed

Richard Nixon's Field of Warmth (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 15 August 2011 22:03 (ten years ago) link

Izzat rilly the same Jim Sullivan? awesome
Yep, definitely the same guy.

I can't find much online info about him. Really obscure even by cult-figure standards, and much of what I can find doesn't agree with other sources, and not many people who knew him seem to be speaking up. Here's what seems certain: He made his first album in 1969 backed by the Wrecking Crew; here's the best information I found from the guy involved in the recent reissue (a good quality needle-drop, since a search didn't turn up any master tapes). Made a second self-titled album in 1972, on a different label, that's likeable but doesn't seem to draw the sort of raves its predecessor did. Also released a single on RCA around that time. The 2nd album was also recently reissued on CD by this Korean company whose legitimacy or quality I know nothing about. The song track listings are in the wrong order, although they play in the correct order on the CD itself (the two songs they made available on their site for streaming are also misidentified). He drove out to Nashville in 1975, stopping at a motel in Santa Rosa on the way. That's the last he is ever seen.

Accounts of those last days vary maddeningly. He was driving either a VW Beetle or a truck. His guitar and wallet were found in the motel room, or maybe he never even checked into his room and there was no sign he ever occupied it. He told friends he was depressed and just wanted to disappear, or he told friends how excited he was about the impending third album he was going to record in Nashville where he thought his music would be better received. A search of the area turned up a body that didn't match Sullivan at all. Both cases remain unsolved.

Lee626, Tuesday, 16 August 2011 00:33 (ten years ago) link

Col. Poo has it right about Black Tambourine. Singles compiled twice, no studio album

Nominating Postal Service - Give Up (fuck the hater) and Madvillain - Madvillainy

of course, both of these feature artists who have a ton of other albums, so maybe they're not in the real spirit of this

Fellini.Kuti, Tuesday, 16 August 2011 01:10 (ten years ago) link

the extra glenns album was pretty good i guess

mookieproof, Tuesday, 16 August 2011 02:25 (ten years ago) link

Not nominating, but...

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ztdodDHvAU8/SdSjSXgNY2I/AAAAAAAAAuk/X56nrT-iB-4/s320/Oasis_Front.jpg

Mark G, Tuesday, 16 August 2011 08:27 (ten years ago) link

I'm pretty sure Oasis had more than one album...

Tuomas, Tuesday, 16 August 2011 12:57 (ten years ago) link

ah, but.

Mark G, Tuesday, 16 August 2011 12:58 (ten years ago) link

Looks like they had a complete chage of lineup after that album though, so maybe it counts?

Tuomas, Tuesday, 16 August 2011 13:07 (ten years ago) link

Tony McCarroll became their drummer, the rest is history.

Mark G, Tuesday, 16 August 2011 13:25 (ten years ago) link

Uncarved Block is another fav, hadn't really considered it in the terms of being a one-off record. Fans of Flux should check out the Von Spar S/T from a few years ago.

bendy, Tuesday, 16 August 2011 13:51 (ten years ago) link

Nominating Postal Service - Give Up (fuck the hater)

Yeah, thought about nominating this as well, but figured it might be ixnayed.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Tuesday, 16 August 2011 13:52 (ten years ago) link

can I get a call on The Crickets?

it is a nine-dimensional exposure-based ** "fairy" faction (los blue jeans), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 00:42 (ten years ago) link

The Loved Ones - Magic Box

Vernon Locke, Wednesday, 17 August 2011 06:18 (ten years ago) link

*SMFH*

cntrl+F not found:

SHAGGS - PHILOSOPHY OF THE WORLD

*SMFH*

Erin Go! Bwaaaah!!! (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 06:23 (ten years ago) link

Col. Poo has it right about Black Tambourine. Singles compiled twice, no studio album

Nominating Postal Service - Give Up (fuck the hater) and Madvillain - Madvillainy

of course, both of these feature artists who have a ton of other albums, so maybe they're not in the real spirit of this

― Fellini.Kuti, Monday, August 15, 2011 9:10 PM (2 days ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

hoping when aero compiles these, he wont include oneoffs and sideprojects and supergroups tbh

Erin Go! Bwaaaah!!! (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 06:26 (ten years ago) link

what about shaggs own thing? xpost

rice-a-roni eyes (electricsound), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 06:27 (ten years ago) link

Green River - Rehab Doll

Erin Go! Bwaaaah!!! (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 06:27 (ten years ago) link

what about shaggs own thing? xpost

― rice-a-roni eyes (electricsound), Wednesday, August 17, 2011 2:27 AM (26 seconds ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

a compilation iirc and i definitely rc

Erin Go! Bwaaaah!!! (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 06:28 (ten years ago) link

oic

rice-a-roni eyes (electricsound), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 06:30 (ten years ago) link

Green River - Rehab Doll

― Erin Go! Bwaaaah!!! (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, August 16, 2011 11:27 PM (3 minutes ago)

I don't own them anymore but I seem to think Come On Down is longer than Rehab Doll... not sure why one would be considered an EP vs. an LP.

it's a meme i made and i like (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 06:35 (ten years ago) link

ok according to wiki:

Come On Down: 27:43
Rehab Doll: 28:40

it's a meme i made and i like (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 06:39 (ten years ago) link

the other people place lifestyles of the laptop cafe

colby, Wednesday, 17 August 2011 06:40 (ten years ago) link

oar better walk with this

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 06:41 (ten years ago) link

junkanoo band - key west
peaceful solutions - peaceful solutions

colby, Wednesday, 17 August 2011 06:44 (ten years ago) link

the other people place lifestyles of the laptop cafe

The Other People Place was James Stinson, who released several albums under other pseudonyms, so I don't think this counts. Otherwise there'd be plenty of electronic music albums to nominate, as those folks are fond of changing their artist names all the time.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 17 August 2011 06:58 (ten years ago) link

Shaggs Own Thing is a compilation but of stuff recorded after their debut and no previously released.

Mark G, Wednesday, 17 August 2011 08:11 (ten years ago) link

How is it a compilation then? Isn't "stuff recorded after their debut and no previously released" = album. Or how do you define an album?

Tuomas, Wednesday, 17 August 2011 08:17 (ten years ago) link

Exactly my point.

Then again, upthread: Does "Grace" Jeff Buckley qualify? If so, so do The Shaggs.

Mark G, Wednesday, 17 August 2011 08:18 (ten years ago) link

It's not a studio album. It's a collection of stuff put out long after they broke up. It doesn't take molecular science to figure this out. it's like the 8 billion sex pistols comps but they only made one album iirc tbh ffs

Erin Go! Bwaaaah!!! (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 14:18 (ten years ago) link

Also until they record a new one... That Death album that Drag City reissued

Erin Go! Bwaaaah!!! (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 14:19 (ten years ago) link

two weeks pass...

So are the best selections here going to be folded into an actual poll?

Lee547 (Lee626), Wednesday, 7 September 2011 17:08 (ten years ago) link

Let's not and say we did.

challopian rubes (sic), Monday, 12 September 2011 02:45 (ten years ago) link

Opal - Happy Nightmare Baby

(EPs & comps not applicable, right?)

õ_Ò (Pillbox), Monday, 12 September 2011 03:23 (ten years ago) link

ten years pass...

Cree Summer - Street Faerie
Brie Larson - Finally Out of P.E.

― Super Villains With Drum Machines (MintIce), Thursday, August 11, 2011 11:22 AM

this is the only mention i could find of the cree summer album on ilx. i loved it at the time, but listening now for the first time in ages and it's, uh, idk. it sounded great when i was nineteen and that seems about right. it's just the right amount of edgy cheese and cringe to still be listenable in a novelty sort of way (i mean c'mon, the guitar solo on 'mean sleep'? hilarious!). i also wonder what most of the songs are about because they don't really make sense. overall, i don't remember it sounding so overproduced. it sounds very thin and lightweight when i hear it now. seems like the exact kind of music that only gets listened to in "recommended if you like. . ." scenarios.

things repeat forever and there never is a remedy (Austin), Tuesday, 12 October 2021 17:58 (two weeks ago) link

I know this is a dead thread, but I'd have nominated:

Rosie Vela - Zazu
Bill Nelson's Red Noise - Sound-On-Sound (if it doesn't count as a Bill Nelson album)

Halfway there but for you, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 01:28 (two weeks ago) link

Wow – Brie Larson released an album as a teenager(?)

juristic person (morrisp), Wednesday, 13 October 2021 01:44 (two weeks ago) link

Ernie Graham's self-titled album from 1971, backed by Brinsley Schwarz, is a fave. One album and one single, seven years later (appropriately issued on 1 Off Records (a Stiff sub-label)).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueoUNT1RyE8

bulb after bulb, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 02:10 (two weeks ago) link


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