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 Everett True

1001 Albums You Should Die Before You Hear, pt 1

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I know how music fans like their lists. Here, then, is the first of 20 parts of what will doubtless prove to be one of the definitive music lists of all time: 1001 Albums You Should Die Before You Hear. Prepare to be sickened.

Vote for your least favourite!

1. Kings Of Leon – Come Around Sundown
2. Zwan – Mary Star Of The Sea
3. Oasis – Be Here Now
4. Tin Machine – Tin Machine II
5. Chapterhouse – Blood Music
6. Mick Jagger – Primitive Cool
7. Pete Shelley – Sky Yen
8. Fanny – Charity Ball
9. The Very Best – Warm Heart Of Africa
10. The Style Council – Modernism: A New Decade
11. The Stereophonics – Just Enough Education To Perform
12. The Cranberries – Wake Up And Smell The Coffee
13. Kajagoogoo – White Feathers
14. Alanis Morissette – Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie
15. The Vines – Highly Evolved
16. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication
17. Silverchair – Young Modern
18. The Killers – Day & Age
19. Elbow – Cast Of Thousands
20. The Farm – Spartacus
21. Bloc Party – Intimacy
22. Tortoise – Standards
23. Hungary Kids Of Hungry – Escapades
24. Ugly Kid Joe – America’s Least Wanted
25. Jeff Buckley – Grace
26. Coldplay – A Rush Of Blood To The Head
27. British Sea Power – Do You Like Rock Music?
28. Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
29. Sunny Day Real Estate – Diary
30. Biffy Clyro – Only Revolutions
31. Pearl Jam – Ten
32. Pearl Jam – Vs.
33. Pearl Jam – Vitalogy
34. Pearl Jam – No Code
35. Pearl Jam – Yield
36. Pearl Jam – Binaural
37. Pearl Jam – Riot Act
38. Pearl Jam – Pearl Jam
39. Pearl Jam – Backspacer
40. Mother Love Bone – Apple
41. The Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
42. Sleeper – The It Girl
43. Tame Impala – Innerspeaker
44. Sting – Ten Summoner’s Tales
45. Richard Ashcroft – Alone With Everybody
46. The M People – Elegant Slumming
47. Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
48. Radiohead – In Rainbows
49. Garbage – Version 2.0
50. Nomeansno – Wrong

Related posts: 1001 Albums You Should Die Before You Hear, parts 2-10

51 Responses to 1001 Albums You Should Die Before You Hear, pt 1

  1. bbkov December 1, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Radiohead – In Rainbows, finally, someone said it.

  2. grapsta December 1, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    haha. pretty decent. I’m a big fan of number 25 and number 50 but no matter. having many pearl jams in there makes up for slagging nomeansno

  3. mike turner December 1, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    so far so good, i’ve only actually heard two of these records. i like avoiding this shit in my day to day life.

  4. mike turner December 1, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    also that kings of leon asshole is wearing girl jeans in that photo. what a douche.

  5. Stagger Lee December 1, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Tortoise’s album is a gem, I’ve a soft spot for Nomeansno but the rest seems entirely reasonable.

  6. Dan December 1, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    I own four of these, though the only one I’d ‘go to bat for’ is Millions Now Living… – the other three being The Beatles, Jeff Buckley (I’d argue this is more of a current, rational, vogue to hate this record because of what it represents and what it has spawned rather than the subjective fact of the album’s badness), and Be Here Now – the latter which I can’t get rid of!

    RE: Zwan. I hate(d) the Pumpkins but at the time I was a big fan of Slint & Chavez – I even checked out some of Paz Lenchantin’s solo work and it had a tenderness and simplicity that made me think that their collective talent might outweight Corgan’s monstrous ego. I even, on a crappy 56k connection, downloaded some of the bootlegs of early shows – and they were good! Tasteful covers and some fun original stuff – it wasn’t going to change the world, but it didn’t stray anywhere near Sucksville.

    Hearing the gross turkey that was Mary Star of the Sea was the album that rendered me anti-supergroup and essentially unsurprisable when it comes to albums these days. It blew hard (though I think ‘Lyric’ is nice enough).

  7. Everett True December 1, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    OK. Fair enough I might be confusing that Tortoise album with another Tortoise album. In my defence, though: easy to do!

  8. Jake Goat December 1, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Phil Collins. No Jacket Required.

  9. Everett True December 1, 2010 at 9:47 pm

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    Um. Have fun with it, Richard!
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    Though I take the point it would be a pretty miserable writing experience I think the result would be worth it.
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    Everett True
    that’s a great list Richard!
    And yes Richard, I can’t help thinking that although the result would be awesome, it would be tiresome indeed to put together. maybe as a collaboration between a few like-minded critics though….
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  10. JonnyB December 1, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Fantastic, and thanks for the warning. I have a couple of these, although – I’m interested to note – not many.

    I’ll stick up for Sgt Pepper though. If we’re going to have a popular-music-canon-sacred-cow in there, I’d choose Pet Sounds.

  11. Everett True December 1, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Sgt Pepper’s is included by merit of the following: i) it’s over-produced to buggery, ii) it’s got a shit album sleeve, iii) it contains the weakest songs The Beatles ever wrote – so ineffectual and childish and slapdash it feels, 40 years on, that they were simply pissing in the faces of their fans and iv) because everyone has heard it. So we’re all fucked.

  12. Paz December 1, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    you have like the worst in music EVER, not even a 14-year old blonde slut could beat you

  13. GoonrGrrl December 2, 2010 at 1:29 am

    Of those listed, for me, it’s a very closes tie between the Cranberries and Grace.

    However, surely you forgot REM’s Around The Sun?

  14. rockwillneverdie December 2, 2010 at 1:35 am

    Radiohead – OK Computer

  15. Loomer December 2, 2010 at 3:16 am

    Zwan was arse, but not nearly as much arse as all of the other corgan output post Siamese dream

  16. Laura December 2, 2010 at 3:18 am

    Red hot chilli peppers- californication…in my opinion one of the most bland and dull albums ever made. Good to see it’s finally been recognised as a terrible album, I really don’t see why people rave about it so much.

  17. Loomer December 2, 2010 at 3:32 am

    J mascis and the fog – free so free

  18. Oz December 2, 2010 at 9:20 am

    It’s fun when you’re not pissing on underdogs
    Or shitting on sacred cows

  19. ianw December 2, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Yeah, that Tortoise album is fantastic. Standards is the howler.

  20. Everett True December 2, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Sorry. My bad. I’ll change it.

  21. CWS30 December 2, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Don’t agree with all the inclusions but support the intentions

    Other contenders

    Stone Roses – ‘Second Coming’
    Deacon Fucking Blue
    The Smiths – Anything really

  22. john at the NY coliseum '93 December 2, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    bbkov says:
    In Rainbows, finally, someone said it.

    – You must have missed my Facebook query; does anybody really, in their heart of hearts like Radiohead? You will be reassured that many Facebookers expressed revulsion for them and only a Phish fan who was the self-described “odd-man out” liked them. Oh, and one friend who made up for it by posting some Merle Haggard.

  23. Princess Stomper December 2, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Yes, John, in my heart of hearts I like Radiohead. I first saw them in 1991 (’92?) supporting the Frank and Walters and I thought they had a sort of primal energy to them – as well as exquisite beauty – that I’d never seen the like of. I saw them many times since, but lost interest in the Thom’s Navel Gazing Years that followed OK Computer (which I still think is one of the best albums I’ve heard).

    In Rainbows had some great tracks and was an interesting experiment. I’m glad it was made – especially since it was so much better than most of the other stuff out there at the time. I don’t think In Rainbows belongs on this list at all, to be honest – it’s more innovative, memorable, moving and entertaining than, say, the first Grinderman album (which I don’t dislike). I’d call it a return to form, but OK Computer is still their best record.

    No, if I have to pick a pet hate on that list, it would be Oasis. They were the only *offensively* shit band on there – their lazy, belligerent, thuggish celebration of petty crime and absolute lack of talent always irked me. It’s like elevator muzak that punches you in the face every time you press the down button.

  24. moker December 2, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Good to see Jeff Buckley – Grace in there. Most overrated album in the universe.

    Also, every Red Hot Chili Peppers’ album since Blood Sugar…

  25. David December 2, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    What is this? A forum for try hard, bitter, resentful, “I wanna be so independent alternate” ~ lets suck up to ET and his misguided rantings?

    Radiohead – oh how so “hardcore” to dis these guys – but any person with a skerrick of musical appreciation will acknowledge their importance and contribution to music in general.

    And as for The Cure only releasing one worthy album ( their debut ) are you serious? Seventeen Seconds, Faith and Pornography complete one of the most important and emotive trilogy of works to date – seriously if you pulled your heads out of “The Brisbane music scene is so hard done by” culo you may one day understand.

    Having said all of this – I find myself agreeing with about 90% of the “1001 Albums You Should Die Before You Hear, pt 1” to date … damn it!

  26. PhilD December 2, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Good to see the Cranberries getting a kicking. I’d prefer them doused in petrol and repeatedly set on fire but you can’t have everything I guess. That said, I’m curious as to why no one’s mentioned the unspeakable horror that is Toploader or do they rate a separate category all of their own, something like #bandsyoushouldattachtheelectrodestoyourgenitalstoandcrankupthevoltagebeforehearing ?

  27. Ken December 2, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    I wouldn’t die in anyone’s ditch defending those records. Perhaps Californication, In Rainbows and Sgt Pepper make a case for themselves, but each has been damaged irreparably by hype. Jeff Buckley is/was either a genius or full of shit; both views are arguable. Kings of Leon though, what a wretched commentary on popular 21st century rock music they are. Good list.

  28. Everett True December 2, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Good call on Toploader, Phil.

  29. PhilD December 2, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Why thank you. Think of it as my revenge for you mentioning the Cranberries. And alerting me to the existence of the Delores O’Riordan solo album, I’ve been listening to Fugazi’s ‘In On The Killtaker’ repeatedly ever since yet I still feel somehow… unclean. btw did you know that the Smashing Pumpkins reunion is viewed by certain US religious maniacs as a sign that the End Times will soon be upon us?*

    *might be a lie. If you are an American religious fundamentalist maniac please don’t bomb my house or condemn my immortal soul to the fires of hell for eternity. I was forced to once go to a Sleeper gig, that’s suffering enough believe me.

  30. Gareth December 2, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Richard Blackwood – You’ll Love to Hate This

  31. Stocky December 3, 2010 at 8:52 am

    The Cure have never slotted easily into the cool indie guitar rock mold. But their (80s) repertoire is more impressive than most in the canon.

  32. Everett True December 3, 2010 at 9:03 am

    The Cure have never slotted easily into the cool indie guitar rock mold.

    I don’t know if that’s true at all Simon. Pitchfork actually afforded the reissue of this album a ‘perfect 10’. (Something I didn’t discover until after nominating this abomination of an album.)

  33. Stocky December 3, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    We’ll have to agree to disagree on that one.

  34. David Rombongo December 3, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    I guess you have your right to an opinion but let’s be honest, some of these albums deserve a bit more credit than killing myself before they come on. Just because you, Mr. True, prefer underground indie music doesn’t make the mainstream bad. I feel you only compiled this list to stir the pot and get some responses. And I guess it worked because you got mine! But it is very clear what genre of music you do and don’t like. Not the most objective music critic I’ve seen.

  35. Tony December 3, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    All albums by Oasis (after the first 2);
    All albums by RHCP after Blood Sugar Sex Magic-actually its the only good one;
    Everything by Pulp…or Jarvis Cocker;
    Almost anything with a female lead singer in it (sorry ET);
    Most Radiohead after OK Computer;
    Phil Collins-everything, obviously;
    Elton John-ditto;
    Bruce Springsteen-ditto;
    Weezer-everything after the first 2 albums;
    Hey, leave jeff Buckley alone, he’s dead anyway;
    All Style Council, obviously;
    Anything by The Living End;
    Anything by Cold Chisel.

  36. Everett True December 3, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Tony, you’ve got just about the weirdest taste of anyone who reads me!

    Almost anything with a female lead singer in it (sorry ET)


  37. Tony December 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    The weirdest taste? I’ll take that as a compliment ET.
    I say almost, as you’ve recently introduced me to Agent Ribbons-amazing melodies and harmonies that transcend all prejudices.
    Last years’ debacle re Triple J’s best songs of all time not having many female singers in it forgot to mention that music is not about equality, it’s about quality.

  38. cobra dan December 6, 2010 at 12:48 am

    Sebadoh-The Sebadoh
    The songs themselves aren’t too bad, I have seen Lou perform them solo, I just think the production is way over the top.

    Guided By Voices-do the collapse
    Same problem with the Sebadoh, way over produced.

    BTW I am a big fan of both bands.

  39. G. Blaya December 7, 2010 at 4:51 am


  40. Jim December 8, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Anything by Muse. Self absorbed, dull, Queen clones without the tongue in cheek understanding of what they are at.

  41. Dgrador December 12, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Stumbled across this just today… still chuckling… keep up.

  42. The Defender of Rhye December 22, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Queen – Queen I and Queen II albums.

  43. Whipsmart McCoy February 24, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    These musicians do not have time to care what you think as they are busy making music and enjoying their lives. Art criticism is a parasitic pursuit without valor or value—please refrain from it.

  44. Everett True February 24, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    The Internet makes poets of us all, eh Whipsmart? Was that a bit of art criticism criticism you indulged us in? Please refrain from doing so in future. For surely, if “art criticism is a parasitic pursuit without valor or value” then how much less “valor or value” does art criticism criticism contain?

  45. gooby February 25, 2011 at 9:10 am

    where’s all of the albums by the smashing pumpkins?? does anyone REALLY like them? they look cool but they’re really awful…

  46. gooby February 25, 2011 at 9:12 am

    oh ya, the fellow above was correct about the chili peppers too.. dreadful!

  47. Wallace Wylie February 25, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Elvis Costello-Goodbye Cruel World.

    For an artist with a back-catalogue full of horrible, ugly albums this reigns supreme as one of the most disgusting creations in music history. I mean, how can a man who has written some of the worst lyrics imaginable have a reputation as a lyricist?

  48. Hector Drone October 14, 2011 at 6:36 am

    Where are parts II-IXX????

    Personal additions

    R.E.M. Anything in the post IRS era bar Automatic For The People
    Beach Boys Pet Sounds
    Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang and Shin. A Light live OST
    Superheavy s/t
    Lenny Kravitz Anything after the first two albums
    Kula Shaker those reunion albums no one has ever actually listened to
    Beck Anything since The Dust Brothers dropped him
    Eddie Vedder Yukelele songs
    Courntey Love that solo album the title of whom I couldn’t possibly remember and don’t even bother to google
    Tim Burgess solo efforts
    Paul Weller Stanley Road (I love u cappuccino kid,but…)
    New order the Farewell album
    Peter Gabriel Scratch My Back (nice concept but what happened to the original melodies?)
    Dave Navarro Trust No One

    yours truly

  49. Everett True October 14, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Look here, Hector. http://www.collapseboard.com/tag/1001-albums-you-should-die-before-you-hear/

  50. Wild Eye February 29, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    41. The Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

    For a band that released a couple of very good albums that year and the year before, and one of the best albums of all time the following year this is the most steaming pile of unremmitting shit ever recorded. Horrid. If it was not for the existence of Radiohead this would be my No. 1.

  51. Bartosz Biniek March 1, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Haha, love the way you completed positions from 31-39! And there’s finally Silverchair.

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