Music: June 2004 Archives

Fleadh

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I spent several hours yesterday, in Finsbury Park getting very wet. I enjoyed myself, nonetheless. The Fleadh is one of those festivals that's quite small, and I suppose gets smothered, coming on the weekend between the Isle of Wight Festival and Glastonbury. Still, not a bad line-up.

I'd not seen Billy Bragg live before, but he was pretty good, and as trenchent as ever. The Delays were OK, as were The Counting Crows. Quite a few people were really there to see The Charlatans who weren't bad, although I did sneak away to catch a bit of Kathryn Williams while they were on. But most people were really there to see Bob Dylan. I wanted to see some of his set, I suppose just to be able to say that I'd seen him. He was pretty good, and I enjoyed it much more than some of the music that had come before. For some reason Ronnie Wood joined his band on stage. I suspect that in reality the legend is bigger than the performances, but then the man is 63 years old. It might be heresy to say it, but there was a certain "sameness" to the songs that we heard, but I did recognise Highway 61 Revisited. Maybe I need to get hold of a few Dylan albums.

Greatest British Albums

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Observer Music Monthly published their list of the hundred greatest British Albums of all time yesterday. The list was compiled by critics, industry figures and pop stars.

The Stone Roses came out top, although I'd argue that this was really down to the age of the average rock/pop journalist and/or pop stars. The list of contributors is here. It's worth noting that no album from before 1965 is on the list - and Blur's Alex James wrote an interesting piece in the magazine about what was missing and possible reasons.

I suppose the big thing is to see how many of these "essential" albums you actually have. Well, I've been through the list and can proudly confirm that I have only seven of them. In order they are:

The Hounds of Love - Kate Bush (22)
OK Computer - Radiohead (24)
Lexicon of Love - ABC (42)
Parklife - Blur (76)
Dusty in Memphis (77)
Behaviour - Pet Shop Boys (94)
Sweet Dreams - Eurythmics (100)

So let's look at the exceptions. Noting in the top 20? Well there's plenty of Rolling Stones, who I've no real time for, and lots of Beatles, who I have plenty of time for, but who charge a fortune for their CDs. I'm not paying premium prices for this work, so I therefore have none of their albums. I don't own any Bowie, Zeppelin or Oasis. No Who, Jam or John Lennon. No Joy Division, Clash or Van Morrison. If I did, I'd have more.

Still I'm glad that there's not more recent stuff. If these albums truly are classics, then they can't become that within a year or two of their releases.

I'd love to see this exercise again in ten years' time to see how tastes have changed.

Lost My Faith

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Well, more like, I've lost my faith in Faithless. I really like the current single, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and the new album was out on Monday. BUT... it's got "Copy Control" on it, so it's not a real CD. I won't be able to easily copy it across to my minidisc. The disc will have deliberate errors, and the best it'll have on it is a 128k WMA file or something.

I refuse to buy these CDs - that's a sale lost guys.

UPDATE: Looks like the same is true of the Beastie Boys new album. Record company execs know this - you're LOSING album sales with this policy.

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