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 Everett True

1001 Albums You Should Die Before You Hear, pt 7

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You care passionately about the music you love, you care passionately about the music you hate. I’ve never understood any other stance.

301. Bob Marley And The Wailers – Exodus
302. Fishbone – Give A Monkey A Brain And He’ll Swear He’s The Center Of The Universe
303. Traveling Wilburys – Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1
304. 3 Colours Red – Pure
305. The Dave Matthews Band – Crash
306. Cardiacs – A Little Man and a House and the Whole World Window
307. Gewn Stefani – Love. Angel. Music. Baby.
308. The Deftones – Adrenaline
309. Bob Dylan – World Gone Wrong
310. Drive-By Truckers – The Big To Do
311. The Magnetic Fields – 69 Love Songs
312. Stevie Wonder – Characters
313. Less Than Jake – In With The Out Crowd
314. Rush – 2112
315. David Bowie – Tonight
316. Michael Jackson – Invincible
317. The Steve Miller Band – Wide River
318. Fall Out Boy – From Under The Cork Tree
319. 18 Wheeler – Year Zero
320. Bryan Ferry – As Time Goes By
321. Van Morrison – Avalon Sunset
322. Eric Clapton – From The Cradle
323. Oasis – Dig Out Your Soul
324. The Icicle Works – The Icicle Works
325. Strangelove – Love And Other Demons
326. Page and Plant – Walking Into Clarksdale
327. Kelly Osbourne – Changes
328. Ozzy Osbourne – Ozzmosis
329. Revenge – One True Passion
330. The Other Two – The Other Two & You
331. Dubstar – Disgraceful
332. Peter Astor – Zoo
333. Toto – Toto IV
334. Adorable – Against Perfection
335. Jesus Jones – Already
336. The Black Crowes – Amorica
337. Fungus – Rookie Season
338. Diesel Park West – Decency
339. Balaam And The Angel – The Greatest Story Ever Told
340. Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms
341. The Times – E For Edward
342. Samantha Fox – Touch Me
343. The Polyphonic Spree – Together We’re Heavy
344. Wilson Phillips – Wilson Phillips
345. Crazyhead – Desert Orchid
346. Technotronic – Body To Body
347. Nickelback – Silver Side Up
348. The Hot Puppies – Under The Crooked Moon
349. Funeral For A Friend – Tales Don’t Tell Themselves
350. ‘N Sync – No Strings Attached

22 Responses to 1001 Albums You Should Die Before You Hear, pt 7

  1. Darragh December 8, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Oh Everett, how could you possibly undermine the genius that is 69 Love Songs?

  2. Everett True December 8, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Just calling it like it is, Darragh.

  3. JB December 8, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    This is the closest I’ve come to agreeing with every album on the list. Brothers in Arms is my only arguing point.

  4. Everett True December 8, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Actually JB, I did wonder about putting in a later Dire Straits album. But I’m more familiar with Brothers In Arms.

  5. Pjoe December 8, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    350 Albums in and I still haven’t spotted a Fish album. I remember the Melody Maker review of “Suits” (if I remember correctly) as the most hilarious ever. If anyone has a copy of that, I would kill to read it again.

    Keep on slagging off these albums ET. To me a negative review is just as important as a positive one. Even though some of my favorites have been featured already. I don’t mind seeing some f***ing highlights between all that sh*t.

  6. brendan December 8, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Exodus isn’t great, but hate it?

  7. Everett True December 8, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    I’m a fan of Marley’s earlier stuff but… this album defined reggae in the world’s eyes. And it’s one of the worst reggae albums ever.

  8. Neil December 9, 2010 at 2:29 am

    Hey Everett, what’s your process for coming up with these?
    Are you just sitting in a dark room with an empty mind and letting it all flood out? Or are you researching?
    I can’t see how either of these would have brought the words “The”, “Family” and “Cat” into your mind!

    I bought that record. And took it back to the shop. Without taping it.

  9. Everett True December 9, 2010 at 7:23 am

    It’s flooding out, in the main, Neil. It’s catharsis. It’s about establishing a line in the sand. It’s the downside of loving music. And it’s criticism by association.

  10. grapsta December 9, 2010 at 7:39 am

    Exodus one of the worst Reggae albums ever???…you need to listen to more bad reggae…actually, you don’t. The first 3 or 4 tracks of Exodus just before the hits kick in are fantastic

  11. Niall December 9, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Hey Everett,
    Will there be, or has there been, your version of a 1001 albums You Must Hear Before You Die? The good shit.

  12. Everett True December 9, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Ah jeez Niall, that’s a terrible idea. Why would I want to reduce love to a numeral?

  13. Neil December 10, 2010 at 1:45 am

    Fucking hell.
    I actually leafed through “1001 Songs You Should Hear Before You Die” in a shop today, and it had The Family Cat in it!

  14. Everett True December 10, 2010 at 5:18 am

    well, perhaps it was written by one of the members?

  15. Princess Stomper December 10, 2010 at 7:58 am

    What I’m trying to work out here is your criteria? Is it that an album has to be “bad”? Because you’ve mentioned plenty of fairly-good-but-not-exceptional records.

    Oasis were offensively bland; Adorable were inoffensively bland, and Cardiacs couldn’t do “bland” if they tried. By all means think it’s a painful, pretentious assault on the senses, but I don’t think they’re physically capable of being boring. I personally separate their catalogue into a spine-tingling feast for the ears and ohfuckinghellwhataracket.

    Is your criterion simply that an album has been overrated? Cardiacs have sold bugger-all copies, but most who have heard them rave about them frothily. In that case, The Times don’t belong on that list, because the only way I even knew they existed was because Ed Ball used to answer the phone at Creation.

    Lovely bloke, Ed Ball. Wonder what happened to him.

  16. Everett True December 10, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Princess, you can’t impose your own criteria on top of mine. Doesn’t work. What you classify as “fairly-good-but-not-exceptional records”, I classify differently. Although I’m not writing any explanation as to why these records should be singled out (en masse) I feel that the weight of the words I’ve written in the past can’t help be bought to bear when considering the choices. Even to someone who’s never read a word of mine, it’s immediately clear there’s a higher agenda going on. I’m not necessarily saying all these albums are bad or offensive or mediocre or overrated or *substitute your pejorative of choice*. I’m simply saying that your life would benefit if you didn’t have to listen to any of them.

  17. Princess Stomper December 11, 2010 at 5:56 am

    I wasn’t trying to impose my own criteria, just to understand yours. From your response, I’m understanding it to be that the record has to provide the listener with so little that it’s a waste of their time to hear it.

    That’s fair.

    We just disagree occasionally on which albums make that list. Cardiacs clearly have a bigger impact on me than they do on you. I’ll swap its place for the first Grinderman album, which was pleasant enough but – as you might put it – I could have gone my whole life without hearing it and been none the poorer.

  18. Nate December 12, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Fuck you, True! World Gone Wrong is a great record.
    Other than that these lists have been spot on. You’re doing God’s work here.
    I’m actually surprised WGW (which I genuinely do like) is the first Dylan album in your catalog of cringe — I’ve been waiting for the axe to fall on that sacred cow’s neck for awhile. My vote would’ve been for Blood on the Tracks — maybe that’s being reserved for a more prominent position on the list.

  19. Everett True December 12, 2010 at 5:54 am

    Nate. None of these albums are listed specifically to provoke (which is what separates this list from similar lists in the past). These albums are here because they are all albums I feel would detract from your life to listen to.

  20. Dgrador December 12, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Toto IV implies that earlier Toto might be worth a listen… perhaps “entire discography” might be appropo?

  21. Everett True December 12, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Yeah, fair point Dgrador, but these albums also need to have made an impact upon my life, in one way or another.

  22. Andrew GOUGH July 4, 2020 at 3:23 am

    I have a history with Everett True. I once saw him in Lewes and said his name within his earshot and he ignored it. I like that. I today purchased a paper version of “101…” which comes with a Rejected Unknown cover letter attached, and the words, “Hey Keri
    Thank you
    Everett True”

    I will gladly sell this mutha on Amazon. Failing that.. I may well mail it to Jon Inglis in Redcar, as I once gifted him a previous book of Everett ‘s critical retchings.

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