music artists of all time
is both an innocent and a visionary. Whilst able to map the dark side
of the human soul, his philosophy is positive and life-affirming.
Revelling in soul-rock, but experimenting with other forms, he is
a unique and under-rated figure. Best albums: The River, Darkness
on the Edge of Town, The Rising.
musical phenomenon of the 20th century, and rightly so. Untainted
by a reunion, their brief (1963-69) career produced many highlights.
They popped better than they rocked, but we can forgive them that.
A great band to discover music with. Best albums: Rubber Soul,
Revolver, A Hard Day's Night.
They started as a grungey rock band in the Dinosaur Jr and Nirvana
era, and transformed into the sweetest pop band on the planet, via
Big Star and The Byrds. The best trio of songwriters in a band since
Lennon/McCartney/Harrison. Magical beyond belief. Best albums: Thirteen,
Howdy!, Grand Prix.
man stands alone. A chameleon musically and lyrically, he has had
numerous ups and downs, but keeps on going, transcendentally lost
in his world. A gifted and generous artist, his importance (even now)
cannot be underestimated. Best albums: Desire, Blood on
the Tracks, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan.
the back of Berry and other blues-makers, the Stones created a certain
rock'n'roll template that they are now unfortunately stuck in. Their
pop digressions in the mid '60s are undervalued, but their early '70s
rock songs are indeed sublime. Best albums: Sticky Fingers,
Exile on Main Street, Beggar's Banquet.
punk poetess who nevertheless has a life-affirming vision to match
Springsteen's (despite the tragedies that have marked her life). Her
career has two distinct phases, if one excludes the beautiful Dream
of Life. An inspirational figure. Best albums: Horses,
Gone Again, Dream of Life.
was an interesting hybrid, and The Byrds were at the forefront of
this movement. But they developed in ways that were fascinating and
complex. Being volatile internally seemed to actually help this. Best
albums: Turn! Turn! Turn!, The Notorious Byrd Brothers,
Sweetheart of the Rodeo.
political folkie who has supported various causes throughout her career,
she did a great service to everyone in the early '60s by making the
loveliest folk ballads from the past available. Many mediocre albums
have followed, but she earns respect. Best albums: Joan, Joan
Baez Vol 1, Come From the Shadows.
band that flamed up magically for 5 or so years, creating interesting
mod/punk/soul variations. Foxton and Buckler were a great rhythm section,
creating a dynamic, forceful sound. And Weller was fiery and passionate.
At their best, scorching. Best albums: Setting Sons, All
Mod Cons, Sound Affects.
music - let alone punk/pop - live without the voice of Pete Shelley?
That beautiful and romantic voice is still with us thankfully, and
their recent albums aren't half-bad, but their initial flush produced
some absolute gems of (love) songs. Best albums: the singles, A
Different Kind of Tension, Another Music.
P J Harvey
Loudon Wainwright III
The Fiery Furnaces
Guided By Voices
The Sex Pistols
The Dead Salesmen
Paul McCartney / Wings
Diana Ross and the Supremes
Gang of Four
Iggy Pop and the Stooges
The Mamas and the Papas
The Box Tops
The White Stripes