Urban75 Album of the Year 1988

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  1. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    7 Dinosaur Jr. - Bug

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    J Mascis doesn't like it. J Mascis is wrong.
     
  2. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    6 Mudhoney – Superfuzz Big Muff

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    The finest album ever recorded that was named after effects pedals.
     
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  3. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    So, the top 5. They've all been mentioned, several times, but in what order?
     
  4. Kaka Tim

    Kaka Tim Crush the Saboteurs!

    ffs - i keep missing these votes
     
  5. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Just post your tunes any way, the more recommendations the better.
     
  6. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    5 Butthole Surfers – Hairway To Steven

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    Their last album before going pop, eight sweet ditties about love, life and wind.
     
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  7. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    4 The Pixies - Surfer Rosa

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    Only number 4? Where is your minds?
     
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  8. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    3 N.W.A - Straight Outta Compton

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    Apparently one of the songs annoyed the FBI and the Secret Service. Only one?
     
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  9. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    Rap type stuff doing rather well. It couldn't, could it?
     
  10. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    2 Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation

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    There's no sprawl here, no trash, but there is another homage to Led Zeppelin's fourth album, funnily enough.
     
  11. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    1 Public Enemy - It Takes Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back

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    Well, who says we're a bunch of middle-aged alt-rockers? Are you ready?
     
  12. Spandex

    Spandex Well-Known Member

    Another great year for albums. Well done for doing this belboid :thumbs: Good to see plenty of hip hop in the run down and the correct number one (even though I put NWA higher, cos I like it more).

    Here's my votes:

    1. N.W.A. ‎– Straight Outta Compton

    2. Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back


    3. Ice-T – Power

    1988 was the year that hip-hop came of age. These three all had records out in 87 that were still sounding quite basic production-wise, but made a huge leap forward this year. And there was only a limited window for the sample free-for-all production style that’s all over these albums. Between De La Soul being sued by The Turtles in 89 and Biz Markie being sued by Gilbert O’Sullivan in 91 the door closed on using uncleared samples. After that samples had to licenced and paid for meaning they’re used more sparingly; the sample collages that The Bomb Squad used for PE’s music was just too expensive for official releases. Anyway, I could have kept going with great hip hop albums from 88, but these are the three that I love the most. FUCK THA PO-LEECE.

    4. Siouxsie & the Banshees – Peepshow

    Nothing Sixousie, or anyone else, did before or since sounds quite like this. They threw in so many different styles they’d pretty much left their classic post-punk sound behind. My favourite Sixousie album by a long shot - I was playing it again this morning. And I picked it up for a bargain when Woolworths were selling off all their vinyl in 1990.

    5. The Primitives

    The greatest indie-pop album ever recorded. And Crash is one of the best singles ever recorded. Every few years I remember this album and then play it to death again.

    6. D.J. Fast Eddie ‎– Jack To The Sound

    1988 was the year that House albums really started coming out and every track on this is pure gold. Acid Acid A A A A Acid!

    7. Front 242 – Front By Front

    I Go Up There Every Night Just To Hear The Beat. EBM innovators get influenced by New Beat and turn in their most dancey album. It’s the one with Headhunter on, which has got one of the best synth lines ever recorded.

    8. Amnesia ‎– Hysteria

    Fantastic New Beat album, showing once again that the Belgians were well ahead of the game when it came to producing dance music.

    9. Ministry – Land of Rape & Honey

    Here Ministry struck the right balance between where they were coming from (fey synthpop -> EBM) and where they were going to (fantastically hard industrial rock -> terrible industrial metal).

    10. A Split - Second ‎– ... From The Inside

    Macho/camp EBM from Belgium. Bend My Body Armour!

    11. Bomb The Bass – Into the Dragon

    This was the first dance album I heard. To my 15-year-old ears in 1988 it just sounded like the future. It was fascinating and everything about it seemed so cool. The singles are pure 88 British house, the rest is more breakbeat/hip hop influenced. It’s another one of those albums that I dig out and play every few years and I’ve always forgotten how much I like it.

    12. Mylene Farmer ‎– Ainsi Soit Je...

    Mylene Farmer is a huge, huge star in France and across much of Europe. And this is the album that cemented her status. Synth-pop perfection.

    13. Cocteau Twins ‎– Blue Bell Knoll

    What is she on about? Who cares. Absolutely beautiful album.

    14. Front Line Assembly – Corrosion

    More EBM, but this time not from Belgium: from Canada.

    15. Pet Shop Boys ‎– Introspective

    While I was busy being a metaller, my best friend outside of school was a massive Pet Shop Boys fan. Ultimately, he was right and I was wrong. The last of their three absolutely essential 80s albums, they’d clearly been partying to some house music before recording this. Eight Wonder’s version of I’m Not Scared is still better though.

    16. Pixies – Surfa Rosa

    Yeah, it’s great. It had to go on the list somewhere. Perhaps I should have put it higher - it's loads better than Daydream Nation, which I always find a bit of a slog.

    17. Loketo – Trouble

    Congolese Soukous had a bit of a renaissance in the late 80s as loads of the musicians abandoned Zaire, where society was falling apart thanks to Mobutu’s dictatorship, and washed up in Paris. There they had access to the best recording studios and demand for their music from the world music scene. Loketo were fire at the end of the 80s.

    18. Yello ‎– Flag

    The swiss electronic weirdos found massive mainstream success with this album. It’s not their best, but it’s still a great album. The Race seemed inescapable for much of the year.

    19. Sandra ‎– Into A Secret Land

    Before inflicting Enigma and their blend of Gregorian chants, dance beats and flutes on the world in 1990, Michael Cretu and his wife Sandra were producing some great synthpop. This is her best album.

    20. Zitany Neil ‎– Marcory Gasoil

    Another fantastic Soukous album.
     
  13. killer b

    killer b Nostrofuckingdamus

    this is a great album - some really nice hiphop numbers on it as you say.
     
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  14. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    The full Top 30:

    1 Public Enemy - It Takes Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back
    2 Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation
    3 N.W.A - Straight Outta Compton
    4 The Pixies - Surfer Rosa
    5 Butthole Surfers – Hairway To Steven
    6 Mudhoney – Superfuzz Big Muff
    7 Dinosaur Jr. - Bug
    8 Eric B. & Rakim - Follow The Leader
    9 808 State - Newbuild
    10 Sugarcubes - Life's Too Good
    11 World Domination Enterprises – Let's Play Domination
    12 The Pogues - If I Should Fall from Grace with God
    13 Rapeman - Two Nuns And A Pack Mule
    14 Jane's Addiction - Nothing's Shocking
    15 Pet Shop Boys ‎– Introspective
    16 Ultramagnetic MC's- Critical Beatdown
    17 Happy Mondays - Bummed
    17 Henry Threadgill Sextet - Easily Slip Into Another World
    19 My Bloody Valentine - Isn't Anything
    20 Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Tender Prey
    20 Ministry - Land of Rape and Honey
    22 Front 242 – Front By Front
    23 Nurse With Wound - Soliloquy for Lilith
    24 Prince - Lovesexy
    25 Siouxsie & the Banshees – Peepshow
    25 Amnesia - Hysteria
    27 Farley ''Jackmaster'' Funk - No Vocals Necessary
    28 Jungle Brothers - Straight Out The Jungle
    29 Cocteau Twins ‎– Blue Bell Knoll
    30 Napalm Death - From Enslavement To Obliteration
    30 Skinny Puppy - VIVIsectVI
     
  15. chilango

    chilango *shrugs*

    1. Sugarcubes - Life's too good
    2. Dinosaur Jr - Bug
    3. Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
    4. Mudhoney - Superfuzzbigmuff
    5. Pixies - Surfa Rosa
    6. My Blooody Valentine - Isn't Anything
    7. Happy Mondays - Bummed
    8. Pogues - If I should fall from the grace of God
    9. Cocteau Twins - Blue Bell Knoll
    10. Bad Religion - Suffer
    11. Steve Earle - Copperhead Road
    I only did 11. Would've added The Primitives too if I'd remembered.

    Steve Earle is the only absentee of mine I'd draw people's attention to....

     
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  16. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    this is my fav of it
     
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  17. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    have you ever been to a PE concert? ;)
     
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  18. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    My listicle - the top 13 are pretty much right, but there are another ten which could fairly easily have replaced 14-20

    Fugazi - EP
    Rapeman - Two Nuns and a Pack Mule
    Michelle Shocked - Short Sharp Shocked
    Pixies - Surfer Rosa
    Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
    Butthole Surfers - Hairway to Steven
    Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions
    The Fall - I Am Kurious Oranj
    Wire - A Bell is a Cup
    Siouxsie & the Banshees - Peepshow
    NWA - Straight Outta Compton
    The Pogues - If I Should Fall From Grace With God
    Ministry - Land of Rape and Honey
    Mudhoney - Superfuzz Bigmuff
    Tracy Chapman - Tracy Chapman
    Nick Cave - Tender Prey
    Dinosaur Jr - Bug
    Richard Thompson - Amnesia
    Green on Red - Here Come the Snakes
    Three Johns - Death of Everything


    More people really should have mentioned Peepshow.
     
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  19. Spandex

    Spandex Well-Known Member

    Yes. I saw them at that hotbed of black consciousness and b-boy culture the Reading festival, playing after Ride :D
     
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  20. nogojones

    nogojones Well-Known Member

    I was away for this one and didn't get a chance to look at this, without thinking too much Public Enemy would have been 1 for me as well.

    Others in no particular order:

    Baby Ford - Ford Trax
    Abdullah Ibrahim - Voice of Africa
    Boogie Down Productions - By All Means Necessary
    Cardiacs - A Little Man and a House and the Whole World Window
    EPMD - Strictly Business
    NWA - Straight Outta Compton
    Jungle Brothers - Straight Out the Jungle
    Esplendor Geometrico - Mekano Turbo
    Martin Carthy - Right of Passage
    Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians - Globe of Frogs
    Michael Nyman - Drowning By Numbers
    Slick Rick - The Great Adventures of
    Stretchheads - Five Fingers, Four Thingers, A Thumb, A Facelift, And A New Identity
    Woodentops - Wooden Foot Cops On THe Highway
    Ultramagnetic MC's - Critical Beatdown
     
  21. Lurdan

    Lurdan old wave

    Mine :

    Pet Shop Boys - Introspective
    Eric B and Rakim - Follow The Leader
    The Todd Terry Project - To The Batmobile Let's Go
    Art Ensemble of Chicago - The Complete Live in Japan
    Henry Threadgill - Easily Slip into Another World
    Ultramagnetic MCs - Critical Beatdown
    Ambassadors of Funk - Monster Jam
    Yazz - Wanted
    Stetsasonic - In Full Gear
    Trevor Watts' Moiré Music – With One Voice
    Farley "Jackmaster" Funk - No Vocals Necessary
    Jungle Brothers - Straight Out The Jungle
    Mica Paris - So Good
    Steve Lacy Trio - The Window
    Irene Schweizer/Maggie Nicols/George Lewis/Joëlle Léandre/Günter Sommer – The Storming Of The Winter Palace
    Eighth Wonder - Fearless
    EPMD - Strictly Business
    Tchangodei/Archie Shepp Quartet - Ginseng Volume 2
    Bomb The Bass - Into The Dragon
    Freebop - Live Tracks

    Ordering them was a bit of a head scratcher.

    Bomb the Bass started much higher up my list and then got progressively demoted. I also listened several times to the album Coldcut put out, unsuccessfully trying to persuade myself it was a contender. Prefer Simon Harris' Ambassadors of Funk LP at the end of the day, (although in truth I'd probably actually play my ineligible 'Greatest Hits of House' compilation :D).

    Quite an interesting one this year. I was struggling a bit until I made a list of the 12" singles I'd bought in 1988 and had some minor 'aha' moments. Lot of stuff I'd completely forgotten.

    Cheers once again Belboid.
     
  22. nogojones

    nogojones Well-Known Member

    Loads in there I forgot about. Nice one
     
  23. Dr. Furface

    Dr. Furface One small step for man

    I've never even heard of him before, never mind the album. But I'll give it a listen as it must be great if it finished higher (really?!) than the excellent Nick Cave and Front 242 albums. Anyway, here's mine...

    Happy Mondays - Bummed
    Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions
    NWA - Straight Outta Compton
    Front 242 - Front by Front
    Nick Cave - Tender Prey
    Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
    Skinny Puppy - Vivisect VI
    Cowboy Junkies - Trinity Session
    Sugarcubes - Life's too good
    Dinosaur Jr. - Bug
    808 State - Newbuild
    Lounge Lizards - Voice of Chunk
    Throwing Muses - House Tornado
    Lucinda Williams - s/t
    Pogues - If I should fall from grace
    Butthole Surfers - Hairway to Steven
    MBV - Isn't Everything
     
  24. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

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    Still got that list Lurdan?
     
  25. killer b

    killer b Nostrofuckingdamus

    Didn't have the time to submit a list this time, but I'm glad Henry threadgil made the top 20 - it's a total banger of an album and should be more widely known.
     
  26. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Michel Camilo - Michel Camilo <<<Fire
    Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
    808 State - Newbuild
    Sade - Stronger Than Pride <<<<the best Sade album - killer apart from one instrumental filler at the end.
    The Pixies - Surfer Rosa

    Death - Leprosy
    Fingers Inc.- Another Side
    Marley Marl - In Control, Volume 1
    Jungle Brothers - Straight Out the Jungle
    N.W.A- Straight Outta Compton

    Prince - Lovesexy
    Chaka Khan - CK
    Ultramagnetic MC's- Critical Beatdown
    Follow the Leader (Eric B. & Rakim)
    My Bloody Valentine - Isn't Anything

    Cocteau Twins -- Blue Bell Knoll
    Living Colour - Vivid
    Jane’s Addiction - Nothing’s Shocking
    Slick Rick - The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
    Take 6 - Take 6
    Gipsy Kings - Gipsy Kings - bambeleyo!!! :D (shouldve put it higher really, theyre all classics on there)
     
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  27. Lurdan

    Lurdan old wave

    Yeah. May have been a few more, my vinyl is hopelessly disorganised.
    Eric B & Rakim - Follow the Leader
    Wrecks-N-Effect - Go For What You Know
    Monie Love - I Can Do This
    Jungle Brothers - I'll House You
    Stetsasonic - Talkin' All That Jazz
    Digital Underground - Underwater Rimes
    3-D - Crussin' & Bussin'
    3D - Giddy Up
    True Mathematics - For The Money
    Kurtis Blow - Back By Popular Demand
    Doug E Fresh and the Get Fresh Crew - Keep Rising To The Top
    Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five - Fly Girl
    Afrika Bambaataa and Family feat. Slug-Go - Sho Nuff Funky
    Afrika Bambaataa and Family feat. UB40 - Reckless

    Mica Paris - Like Dreamers Do
    Mica Paris - Breathe Life Into Me
    Mica Paris - My Temptation
    Will Downing - A Love Supreme
    The James Taylor Quartet - The Theme from Starsky and Hutch
    Climie Fisher - Rise To The Occasion (Hip Hop Mix)
    Transvision Vamp - I Want Your Love

    Sheik Fawaz – Mohamed's House
    Lost In Bass - Out On A Mission
    Scratchmo - Play That Thing
    Nasty Rox Inc - Escape From New York
    Blow - Go
    Simon Harris - Bass (how low can you go)
    Simon Harris - Here Comes That Sound
    S'Express - Theme from S'Express
    S'Express - Superfly Guy
    Raze - Break 4 Love
    Ten City - Right Back To You
    The Funky Worm - Hustle! (To The Music)
    Steinski & Mass Media - Let's Play It Cool
    The Timelords - Doctorin' the Tardis
    The KLF - Burn the Bastards

    Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers - That'll Work (2001)
    VA - Go Go Live at the Capital Centre
    Rare Essence - Hey Now
    Syke Dyke - Street Freak
    C.J.'s Uptown Crew - Satisfaction Guaranteed
    Big Tony & The T.F. Crew - Go Go Lady
    E. U. - Da Butt
    Nothing too embarrassing. Well apart from the Transvision Vamp that is :D

    Little surprised any jazz made it. This was the year the Marsalis Brothers topped the jazz charts and 'if only the last twenty years hadn't happened' became reality. Most of the interesting stuff by US jazzers was being recorded for small labels overseas. This was the exception to that too. Great album.
     
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  28. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Cheers belboid another cracker.

    1. Public Enemy – It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
    2. Butthole Surfers – Hairway To Steven
    3. World Domination Enterprises – Let's Play Domination
    4. Nocturnal Emissions – Spiritflesh
    5. NWA – Straight Outta Compton
    6. The Fall – Frenz Experiment
    7. Nurse With Wound - Soliloquy for Lilith
    8. Gregory Isaacs – Red Rose For Gregory
    9. Conflict – Final Conflict
    10. Psychic TV – Jack The Tab
    11. Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation
    12. Leroy Gibbons – Four Season Lover
    13. Ultramagnetic MCs - Critical Beatdown
    14. Napalm Death – From Enslavement To Obliteration
    15. Run DMC – Tougher Than Leather
    16. Skinny Puppy – Vivisect VI
    17. Dominick – Ready For Dominick
    18. Terminal Cheesecake – Johnny Townmouse
    19. The Beatnigs – The Beatnigs
    20. Mudhoney – Superfuzz Big Muff
    Nocturnal Emissions were in their amazing "industrial ambient" phase.

    The Fall album is the wrong one, I meant "Oranj".

    The Conflict is maybe the last great anarchopunk album.

    Leroy Gibbons and Dominick are a couple of fab King Jammys LPs. Dominick was a white blagger from west London who somehow managed to get on soundsystems in Kingston.

    Jack The Tab was what Psychic TV and Dave Ball thought acid house should sound like before most people knew what it was.

    Terminal Cheesecake were an early incarnation of "London tries to do the Butthole Surfers" which later included GOD, Skullflower and Ramleh.
     
  29. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Ready Fi Dominick :D
    Saw Leroy Gibbons live once - he stole the showcase.
     
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  30. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    You did, but Frenz is actually much stronger than I initially remembered. It probably failed by comparison with Oranj, but...Guest Informant, Carry Bag Man, Victoria...it's pretty darned good.
     
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