100 personal best of the best

By Scrap_Iron Scrap_Iron
updated over 2 years ago

Just a list of the 100 records I would like to be stuck on a desert island with. I could use a turntable and endless power source too.

  1. Kraftwerk - Trans Europa Express

    33 For Sale from $23.70

    One of the most groundbreaking albums ever. The German version sounds somehow harsher and darker, thanks to the lyrics in the band's native language.

  2. Kraftwerk - Die Mensch•Maschine

    23 For Sale from $26.09

    The perfect robot music album. Cold and catchy at the same time. Even sad and melancholic in some passages.

  3. Ash Ra Tempel - Schwingungen

    22 For Sale from $130.43

    An album of powerful emotions and rich sound texture. From electronic ambient to electric ballads, from psychedelic rides to melancholy. One of kraut rock's highest achievments.

  4. Neu! - Neu!

    25 For Sale from $44.66

    Groundbreaking guitar rides with a noisy and experimental edge. Ahead of at least 20 years.

  5. Manuel Göttsching - E2-E4

    19 For Sale from $49.68

    Pioneering electronics from a kraut rock legend. A vision of the future waiting ahead.

  6. The Velvet Underground & Nico (3) - The Velvet Underground & Nico

    10 For Sale from $29.64

    Timeless morbid songs of transgression and perversion. Still today unmatched in their being influential and inspirational.

  7. David Bowie - Low

    27 For Sale from $14.22

    Bowie's vision of the future waiting ahead. While punk was shattering the music business with a back-to-the-roots attitude, the Thin White Duke invented new scenarios for pop. Aided by Brian Eno's electronics and magic touch, these songs of icy beauty and elegance paved the way to the next century. No megahits here, but a perfectly balanced collection of equally perfect elements.

  8. The Stooges - The Stooges

    14 For Sale from $3.44

    Sorry guys, the Summer of Love is over! Angst and violence are rising, and we will fall...

  9. The Red Crayola* With The Familiar Ugly - The Parable Of Arable Land

    11 For Sale from $80.00

    It's impossible to describe this album in few words. An endless flow of sound, thoughts, moods, emotion. Psychedelic, noisy and dreamy at the same time.

  10. Motörhead - No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith

    27 For Sale from $14.23

    This is rock 'n' roll! The best heavy metal live album of all times.

  11. The Residents - Not Available

    34 For Sale from $8.00

    Brilliant drama-parody of the absurd and grotesque.

  12. The Residents - Duck Stab / Buster & Glen

    26 For Sale from $14.23

    Some of the most imaginative and exhilarating parodies of songs ever. At the same time disturbing and alienating.

  13. Suicide - Suicide

    9 For Sale from $23.72

    Electronic rockabilly for the end of the world and the incoming nuclear holocaust. One of the darkest and most desperate records ever.

  14. Pere Ubu - The Modern Dance

    1 For Sale from $35.57

    The music Elvis might have recorded if he had been the leader of a gang of mutants wandering among the ruins of a metropolis devastated by radiations and napalm.

  15. Pere Ubu - Dub Housing

    17 For Sale from $20.78

    Another collection of post-nuclear songs, but this time filled with a certain amount of acid humor.

  16. Tuxedomoon - Half-Mute

    22 For Sale from $17.79

    Elegant, mysterious, futuristic, fascinating. A beautiful and unforgettable record.

  17. Throbbing Gristle - The Second Annual Report

    4 For Sale from $39.00

    Electronic and industrial noises, creepy voices talking about horrible murders, desperate screams smothered by the chaos of your nightmarish everyday life. The beginning of a new dark age.

  18. The Alley Cats (2) - Nightmare City

    8 For Sale from $30.24

    Of all the Californian beach punk prime-movers, The Alley Cats remain the darkest, most epic and truly unforgettable. Depressed heroes of our suburban reality.

  19. Circle Jerks - Group Sex

    2 For Sale from $29.53

    Furious hardcore from California in one of its first and best examples. 13 songs in 22 minutes, not just one you could cut out without regretting it.

  20. Hüsker Dü - Zen Arcade

    35 For Sale from $37.80

    A masterpiece of the 1980's, born from an hardcore background, but moving towards something different and more evolved. Epic, desperate, furious and, in a word, timeless.

  21. Hüsker Dü - Warehouse: Songs And Stories

    42 For Sale from $13.96

    The final chapter for the Hüskers, and another one that carved their name into legend. A collection of truly beautiful pop songs, in the richest and most dignitous meaning of the word. Often this double album is somehow put alongside The Beatles for different reasons. I couldn't agree more.

  22. Wall Of Voodoo - Call Of The West

    37 For Sale from $5.93

    Another timeless classic from the early 1980's California. Morricone meets Kraftwerk in these dusty, sarcastic and depressed songs about loneliness and loss of hope.

  23. Swans - Filth (L.P.#1, E.P.#1) 1982/83

    11 For Sale from $11.86

    A slow, grinding, revolting audio torture set up by a gang of psychos. Powerfully violent and sick.

  24. Einstürzende Neubauten - ½ Mensch

    6 For Sale from $24.00

    The Berliners' masterpiece in noise and destruction, however already showing some kind of musical substratus. No way they could go beyond this.

  25. ClockDVA* - Advantage

    20 For Sale from $15.42

    Funk, jazz and new wave elegance at their finest. Rainer Werner Fassbinder would have loved this sleazy celebration of outsiders and losers, set in the tempting night of a decadent Paris.