By politenate politenate
updated over 2 years ago

Just a boring list of my personal favourite and influential records. Listed in rough order that I recollect them impacting my life.

  1. R.E.M. - Green

    My dad bought this from Columbia House but I don't think he ever liked it as much as I did. I listened to this over and over again while playing Doom, of all things.

  2. R.E.M. - New Adventures In Hi-Fi

    It's not the conventional choice, but this will always be my favourite R.E.M. album. First CD I remember buying with my own money.

  3. Radiohead - OK Computer

    Kind of speaks for itself. A perfect album from start to finish. Loved it from the day it released to today, and I don't care that it's not exactly a controversial opinion to have.

  4. Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral

    What can I say? I'm a product of my times.

  5. Limblifter - Limblifter

    Ryan Dahle should have been in The New Pornographers.

  6. Weezer - Weezer

    Like, these 10 songs make up 10 of the top, I dunno, 100 songs of the 90s?

  7. Weezer - Pinkerton

    Pinnacle album of my youth that I'll still fight you over.

  8. The Cardigans - First Band On The Moon

    A moment of 14-year-old bravery: unabashed love for Lovefool.

  9. Nada Surf - The Proximity Effect

    Nada Surf got shafted on this one. I remember finding it online and eventually having to import it from Australia.

  10. Ladytron - Light & Magic

    First album that really opened my eyes to anything on the electronic spectrum of music. Big breakout influence for me, along side Belle and Sebastian, dislodging me from my boring 90s alternative roots.

  11. Pixies - Doolittle


  12. Guided By Voices - Do The Collapse

    Nobody else likes this one but this was my first GbV, which I still remember buying at the used record shop that used to be where Gamezilla is now, near FHS.

  13. Guided By Voices - Alien Lanes

    The actual best GBV album.

  14. Pavement - Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain

    If I stuck with my gut, I would have been into Pavement during their prime, and instantly way cooler than everyone else I knew. I skipped this one and only went back to it later after they'd broken up.

  15. Grandaddy - The Sophtware Slump

    The perfect blend of Weezer, Pavement, and Radiohead.

  16. The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots

    Love the synth-acoustic fusion. This album was a big taste-broadener for me in university.

  17. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus

    Nick Cave has gone through so many subtle variations on his style over the years, but this is the absolute pinnacle of his work in my eyes.

  18. The Unicorns - Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?

    This album was amazing and screw the Islands, pfft.

  19. Bloc Party - Silent Alarm

    They were never this good again but there are so many bangers on this album. Listening it brings back memories of endless World of Warcraft.

  20. The Fiery Furnaces - Blueberry Boat

    The interplay between the gorgeous melodies and the off kilter ones floored me from first listen and stays with me to this day.

  21. Yamantaka // Sonic Titan - YT//ST

    Epic songs and an amazing live performance.

  22. Kanye West - Yeezus

    I love how grimy the production is on all of these tracks.

  23. Makthaverskan - Makthaverskan II

    Great vocals, anthemic melodies and bold lyrics.

  24. Belle & Sebastian - The Boy With The Arab Strap

    Bought it on reputation alone, began a long love affair with this band that somehow keeps producing quality output for 20 odd years now.