Urban75 Album of the Year 1988

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  1. killer b

    killer b Nostrofuckingdamus

    this recent interview with an ex urb is good:

    Terminal Cheesecake
  2. killer b

    killer b Nostrofuckingdamus

    (You forgot to include M/A/R/R/S from your list of post cheesecake projects)
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  3. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Word. I meant more sonically but yes you are right.
  4. maomao

    maomao 四月她爹

    I tried to make it 20 records my 13/14 year old self could have lived with. But retrospectively the pop stuff that I probably hid at the back of my collection has done better than the metal I was mostly into at the time.

    Dinosaur Jr - Bug
    Mudhoney - Superfuzz Bigmuff
    Butthole Surfers - Hairway To Steven
    Pixies - Surfer Rosa
    Tom Waits - Big Time
    Ministry - Land of Rape and Honey
    The Dogs D'Amour - In The Dynamite Jet Saloon
    Was (Not Was) - What Up Dog?
    Prefab Sprout - From Langley Park to Memphis
    Alice Donut - Donut Comes Alive
    Napalm Death - From Enslavement To Obliteration
    Fishbone - Truth And Soul
    Prince - Lovesexy
    Sugarcubes - Life's Too Good
    Soundgarden - Ultramega OK
    Anthrax - State Of Euphoria
    Living Colour - Vivid
    Nuclear Assault - Survive
    Suicidal Tendencies - How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Cry Today.

    I would have been thrown out of the house if I'd brought a Rapeman album home.
  5. sunnysidedown

    sunnysidedown caput mortuum

    There was a bit of "London trying to do the Cramps" with Terminal Cheesecakes earlier incarnation The Vibes. Their album 'What's Inside?' is worth a listen.
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  6. Knotted

    Knotted Sweet when you stir it up

    Here's mine. I thought at first this was going to be some thin gruel this year, but there's some good industrial and muddy rock. I enjoyed (re)acquainting myself.

    1) Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

    This is so legendary that even I know it. And actually genuinely brilliant. Well balanced among that mayhem

    2) Henry Threadgill Sextet - Easily Slip Into Another World

    I should have put this at no.1, but I voted tactically. It's the textures that put it over and above.

    3) Vágtázó Halottkémek - A Halál móresre tanítása

    In Eastern Europe there was never this punk year zero in 1977. There's also a different set of folk traditions to draw on. This straddles the punk and psychedaelic categorisations comfortably while belonging to its own distinct tradition. Dirty sounding, wild legendary Hungary rockers. A real classic.

    4) Killing Time - Irene

    It's from a melodic and texturered tradition that we have never hit upon in the West and its going beyond that. Strangely natural sounding. But very strange.

    5) Iva Bittová & Pavel Fajt - Svatba

    Czech violist/singer + drummer. Wild, ecstatic gypsy folk that's backed by one the greatest rock drummers.

    6) Nurse With Wound - Soliloquy for Lilith

    A really beautiful record. To be honest only the first track is really great and it does drag on, but nevertheless this is a really special noise record.

    7) YBO2 - Pale Face Pale

    Japanese zeuhl related. But there's a lot to it and band can turn on a penny.

    8) :zoviet-france: ‎– Shouting At The Ground

    Industrial heading towards ambient at this point. Still rich enough to make it.

    9) Ruins - Ruins III

    A grotty early record from Ruins. This is an extraordinaryily dynamic stripped down post Magma Japanese rock band. Still relatively tuneful here and with a bit of violin drone. But horribly recorded.

    10) Fred Frith ‎– "The Technology Of Tears" And Other Music For Dance And Theatre

    One of Frith's best releases. Folky but very much a clean studio production, the focus is on the the rhythm. There's a certain Frith sense of melody.

    11) Kampec Dolores - Kampec Dolores

    Hungarian folk-rock legend's second album. Not as far reaching as their later work but contains a good bit of "hit" material.

    12) Napalm Death - From Enslavement to Obliteration

    All other metal sounds rubbish after listening to this. Nothing extraneous. But to be fair I've only ever listened to it once all the way through in one sitting. The key thing is you aren't supposed to be sitting when listening to this.

    13) Pražský výběr - Straka v hrsti

    Grottily recorded Czech rock. The guitar is doing things which shouldn't be done. Horrid vocals. Its great.

    14) Talk Talk - Spirit of Eden

    Yeah this is indeed lovely.

    15) Biota - Tinct

    A tasty little snack of improv.

    16) Test Dept - Terra Firma

    Some angelic moments among the banging.

    17) Skinny Puppy - VIVIsectVI

    More sophisticated than I was expecting. Harsh but interesting throughout.

    18) Vujicsics - Szerb és horvát népzene: Serb and Croat Folk Music

    Hungarian folk band do Serb/Croat folk. They're good at it too.

    19) The Fall - Kurious Oranj

    The Fall's ballet. Quite a lot of it doesn't really go anywhere, but that's the nature of it. It's got Big New Prinz. I'll say that again. It's got Big New Prinz.

    20) R. Stevie Moore - Warning

    More lo-fi genuious from R. Stevie.
  7. chilango

    chilango Neither Westminster nor Brussels....

    I had a tape of The Fall's Curious Oranj. I'd copied it off someone. I forget who now sadly. Sorry whoever it was was. But one of my usual sources for tapes though.

    I hand painted a cover for it. I was 15 after all

    As the only Fall LP I ever owned it probably should've made my list.

    Two problems though.

    1/ I didn't really like it.

    2/ I can't think of it without thiinking of this instead. Obviously.

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  8. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    “Birthday” by the Sugarcubes has followed me into a young people’s bar in Dalston tonight.

    I’d not heard it for decades until it was posted here at the weekend.
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  9. As you can see I was quite into hip-hop in 1988 with dance music seeping in (I think I purchased the Fast Eddie LP in '88 thinking it was a rap album and only learned to love it a year or two afterwards after properly getting into dance with the rave explosion).

    Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
    Eric B. & Rakim - Follow The Leader
    DJ Fast Eddie - Jack To The Sound
    Farley ''Jackmaster'' Funk - No Vocals Necessary
    808 State - Newbuild
    Baby Ford - Ford Trax
    Amnesia - Hysteria
    Laser Dance - Around the Planet
    EPMD - Strictly Business
    Boogie Down Productions - By All Means Necessary
    The Pogues - If I Should Fall From Grace With God
    NWA - Straight Outta Compton
    Big Daddy Kane - Long Live The Kane
    Biz Markie - Goin' Off
    Jungle Brothers - Straight Out The Jungle
    Ultramagnetic MC's - Critical Beatdown
    Dead Can Dance - The Serpent's Egg
    Ozric Tentacles - Sliding Gliding Worlds
    Pixies - Surfer Rosa
    Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Tender Prey
  10. sunnysidedown

    sunnysidedown caput mortuum

    Kick Muck :)

    and i need to listen to that Baby Ford album again.

    BTW, this was one of the best hip-hop albums of '88

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  11. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Such a big tune

    Stronger Than Pride sounds super fresh to this day
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  12. The39thStep

    The39thStep Well-Known Member

    14) Talk Talk - Spirit of Eden

    Yeah this is indeed lovely.

    How this couldnt get on a list of top ten albums is beyond my comprehension
  13. Knotted

    Knotted Sweet when you stir it up

    Yes, I thought it was going to be in the top 5. What happened?
  14. killer b

    killer b Nostrofuckingdamus

    I didn't like this so much last time I listened, but I just found it in the stacks and stuck it on and it turns out it's great.
  15. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    In the back to 1988 time machine, this documentary is amazing
    The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years

    i was aware of the first punk one, but didnt realise there were two more in the series
    its basically looking at (the last days of) glam/hair metal with a particular focus on trying to make it unsigned LA bands, but theres big names in there too.
    Top level documentary making, gets lots of unguarded footage and responses, though you could say its a hatchet job on the genre. Many a jaw dropping moment in it
    Released in 1988
    good article and interview with the director Whatever Happened To The Stars Of The Decline Of Western Civilization Pt 2?
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2018

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