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

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I'll have to give this one some thought.

Put me down as another who prefers Reckoning to Murmur.

Coolio Iglesias (Turrican), Monday, 13 March 2017 18:21 (one year ago) Permalink

Let's talk about the same albums over and over and over again!

an uptempo Pop/Hip Hop mentality (imago), Monday, 13 March 2017 18:23 (one year ago) Permalink

Best: Murmur
Worst: Slanted and Enchanted

I've only heard about half the albums on this list, though.

Mr. Snrub, Monday, 13 March 2017 18:24 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah can't really choose one album over others by a lot of those bands, another reason for caring more about the descriptions of discographies. Without knowing the deadline for this 1995-published collection, I would like to plug one late-'94 release, Nirvana's MTV Unplugged in New York, which cogently combined originals and cover versions of songs by The Vaselines, David Bowie, Lead Belly, and Meat Puppets, whose Cris and Curt Kirkwood joined Nirvana onstage and made it work, by cracky. In retrospect seems like it might have served some listeners as gateway (back and forward) to thee more effective kind of "acid folk" etc. inclusiveness.
As Wikipedia also points out, it has become the group's most successful posthumous release, having been certified 5x platinum in the United States by 1997. (source: RIAA.com). It's several of my friends' most-played Nirvana by far, and in some cases only-played, incl. those who never did care about any of their other albums.

dow, Monday, 13 March 2017 18:28 (one year ago) Permalink

LJ, you have a point. You should work your way through all of the ILX threads that aren't to your taste and make your voice heard. You're changing minds and lives with your good works.

Milkwalker's World (Old Lunch), Monday, 13 March 2017 18:29 (one year ago) Permalink

Let's talk about the same albums over and over and over again!

― an uptempo Pop/Hip Hop mentality (imago), Monday, March 13, 2017 11:23 AM (three minutes ago)

I guess you missed the thread title. These are the 50 top alternative albums ever.

Not raving but drooling (contenderizer), Monday, 13 March 2017 18:31 (one year ago) Permalink

xxp Unplugged is my favorite & most listened to besides In Utero

flappy bird, Monday, 13 March 2017 18:35 (one year ago) Permalink

Voted Public Image but I probably like the two Velvets records and the Modern Lovers as much. Just picked it as the bassline to Poptones appeared in my head when I read it.

Dan.S., Monday, 13 March 2017 18:36 (one year ago) Permalink

I had no idea the Spin Record Guide existed at the time but bought a secondhand copy after seeing it mentioned a lot on here... This whole list is an interesting snapshot, definitely a few things that have fallen out of favour but it actually seems more in line with today's indie/alternative canon than I would've guessed.

Voted Murmur just over Radio City.

Gavin, Leeds, Monday, 13 March 2017 18:40 (one year ago) Permalink

voted B-52's cuz are we not men? isn't an option

Not raving but drooling (contenderizer), Monday, 13 March 2017 18:44 (one year ago) Permalink

the group's most successful posthumous release

not much competition tbf

Οὖτις, Monday, 13 March 2017 18:44 (one year ago) Permalink

lol

flappy bird, Monday, 13 March 2017 18:46 (one year ago) Permalink

Easier would be a list of the ones from this I don't still listen to on the semi-regular... Went with Ramones because I have likely played that more often than anything else on the list.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Monday, 13 March 2017 19:08 (one year ago) Permalink

I couldn't not vote for Daydream Nation but Another Green World put up a good fight.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Monday, 13 March 2017 19:13 (one year ago) Permalink

seems a little unfair to have so many comps on here

idk what the best is but Licensed to Ill is probably the worst, in my humble opinion

frogbs, Monday, 13 March 2017 19:15 (one year ago) Permalink

Slanted and Enchanted 4EVA.

The most unlikely thing on this list could be More Songs About Buildings and Food. It's a great record obviously but Remain In Light seems to be the consensus pick. It was in 1995 too.

kornrulez6969, Monday, 13 March 2017 19:16 (one year ago) Permalink

never read this, I did have rolling stone's 90s "alternative rock" book which had Lou Barlow' grilled cheese sandwich recipe and a bunch of other random "essays" and lists

a but (brimstead), Monday, 13 March 2017 19:21 (one year ago) Permalink

Voted Nation of Millions without a moment's hesitation, even as roughly 25+ other life-changing records lurked beneath.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Monday, 13 March 2017 19:23 (one year ago) Permalink

How does Barlow make grilled cheese?

how's life, Monday, 13 March 2017 19:25 (one year ago) Permalink

voted Flying Burrito Brothers because huh?

duped and used by my worst Miss U (President Keyes), Monday, 13 March 2017 19:35 (one year 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, March 13, 2017 11:14 AM (four hours ago)

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, March 13, 2017 11:24 AM (four hours ago)

I always was more intrigued by the 10s that made the list: Cut! This Nation's Saving Grace! The Queen is Dead! AR Kane's 69! Dub Housing! Soon Over Babaluma! Throwing Muses' first album! Suicide's first album! etc etc etc

(FWIW both Madinna and PSB had studio albums ranked as 10s--Like a Prayer and Introspective iirc--but I assumed Weisbard pulled editorial rank and included the lower-scored comps instead)

jorts l0chinski (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 13 March 2017 20:04 (one year ago) Permalink

pavement/young/big star made other records i feel stronger about so voted double nickels

devvvine, Monday, 13 March 2017 20:06 (one year ago) Permalink

Thought it might be a difficult decision, but then I saw Loveless and the choice was obvious.

Chantilly Bass, Monday, 13 March 2017 20:14 (one year ago) Permalink

I made an google sheet of all the 9s and 10s if anyone has any questions

Whiney G. Weingarten, Monday, 13 March 2017 20:14 (one year ago) Permalink

A necessary corrective.

to someone raised on the rolling stone guides, this whole book was a welcome, necessary and wonderful corrective. it had its own weird and unexplained exclusions, none of which i can remember off the top of my head, but that's the price of admission for anything like this. also, the personal top 10s sprinkled throughout the book were great.

that said, i can no longer endorse any list that thinks sign o' the times is only the 24th best of anything.

fact checking cuz, Monday, 13 March 2017 20:15 (one year ago) Permalink

I think I'm the first one to say this "Parallel lines."

Bee OK, Monday, 13 March 2017 20:17 (one year ago) Permalink

this'll have a nice spread i feel

flappy bird, Monday, 13 March 2017 20:19 (one year ago) Permalink

the Duran Duran entry is LOL.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 March 2017 20:20 (one year ago) Permalink

#77 Freedy Johnston - Can You Fly

I've never even heard of this artist.

jmm, Monday, 13 March 2017 20:24 (one year ago) Permalink

to someone raised on the rolling stone guides, this whole book was a welcome, necessary and wonderful corrective.

Many of the records on this list were released years after the last RS guide in 1983 (unless you're counting the '92 RS guide, which is irredeemable dogshit). And most of these records that did appear in the '83 RS guide got 4 or 5 stars (PiL, Roxy, Pretenders, Velvets, Patti Smith, Wire, Neil Young, Richard & Linda Thompson).

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Monday, 13 March 2017 20:25 (one year ago) Permalink

i'm referring to the classic RS red and blue guides, not the irredeemable dogshit one that came later. they were invaluable to me. but there's a sea change between them and the spin guide. RS devotes three times as much space to the first four southside johnny albums as it does to the first four ramones albums, which, combined, get one short paragraph. and gives one star to the entire black sabbath catalog. etc. it's different people on a different planet writing for different readers who breathe different ear.

fact checking cuz, Monday, 13 March 2017 20:33 (one year ago) Permalink

...who breathe different *air*.

fact checking cuz, Monday, 13 March 2017 20:34 (one year ago) Permalink

it's different people on a different planet writing for different readers who breathe different air.

Interesting way to put it. I'd have to think about this.

clemenza, Monday, 13 March 2017 20:39 (one year ago) Permalink

(The Southside Johnny vs. Ramones comparison is definitely a strong argument in support of that formulation...I think there's probably more continuity there than you might initially think, though.)

clemenza, Monday, 13 March 2017 20:44 (one year ago) Permalink

Voted SIGN O'THE TIMES

Coolio Iglesias (Turrican), Monday, 13 March 2017 20:47 (one year ago) Permalink

#77 Freedy Johnston - Can You Fly

I've never even heard of this artist.

― jmm It's scruffy folk-rock and (to me) kinda power-pop too--anyway it's catchy enough, melancholy but not too navelgazing--he's from the farm, he's lived in the city, not overly impressed with either one, but the city's good for material---and sometimes exhilarating. Lot of other good albums too (and some a bit off), but this still seems like his peak.

dow, Monday, 13 March 2017 20:49 (one year ago) Permalink

Think somebody compared him to 70s Jackson Browne, but Johnston's a better singer and not as wordy---to me, closer to The Go-Betweens.

dow, Monday, 13 March 2017 20:54 (one year ago) Permalink

Could rep for almost half of these, but my gut says Gang Of Four. I still find it thrilling how these sounds work together.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 13 March 2017 20:55 (one year ago) Permalink

Love Freedy's "Trying to Tell You I Don't Know."

www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9hTt43AD_U

clemenza, Monday, 13 March 2017 20:56 (one year ago) Permalink

freedy was critically adore in the early 90s, era of liz phair & gbv. never really understood the appeal, but singer-songwriter "americana" escapes me, by and large.

Not raving but drooling (contenderizer), Monday, 13 March 2017 20:58 (one year ago) Permalink

Ask Lucinda Williams

jorts l0chinski (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 13 March 2017 20:59 (one year ago) Permalink

There's entries for Lyle Lovett, Dwight Yoakam, and Roseanne Cash, along with Parsons and Jimmie Dale Gilmore (no Uncle Tupelo though!)

jorts l0chinski (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 13 March 2017 21:01 (one year ago) Permalink

Minutemen

billstevejim, Monday, 13 March 2017 21:02 (one year ago) Permalink

Anyways, I voted for Fun House, no question

jorts l0chinski (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 13 March 2017 21:03 (one year ago) Permalink

pavement/young/big star made other records i feel stronger about so voted double nickels

This was also my logic.

billstevejim, Monday, 13 March 2017 21:04 (one year ago) Permalink

it's different people on a different planet writing for different readers who breathe different air.

...separated by 12 years. I mean, sure, the RS guide overall has a different bent, but the writers being older and being maybe more pro-Southside than pro-Ramones (or pro-Sabbath -- the Sabbath bit was by longtime TV critic Ken Tucker, oddly enough) is still notable for how much agreement there is with the Spin guide.

(tbh, I've only thumbed through the Spin guide; the Trouser Press Guides were always my go-to for "alternative," and at least three editions appeared before the Spin dealie)

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Monday, 13 March 2017 21:08 (one year ago) Permalink

If we're doing worst on the list as well, it's this

28 Television Marquee moon 1977

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 13 March 2017 21:11 (one year ago) Permalink

longtime TV critic Ken Tucker

was a longtime rock critic first!

fact checking cuz, Monday, 13 March 2017 21:17 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah, wrote for Creem and the Voice in 70s, and of course overshadowed by the fabled Noise Boys, Bangs-Meltzer-Tosches.

dow, Monday, 13 March 2017 21:20 (one year ago) Permalink

mild-mannered reporter

dow, Monday, 13 March 2017 21:21 (one year ago) Permalink


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