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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

The 100 Greatest Debut Albums

Uncut's August edition is a "Special Issue" - says so right on the cover. The occasion is a "celebration of the debut", the record that introduces an artist to an audience. It says, "This is who I am. Love me or hate me. Just purchase my album so I can make another one that will likely disappoint you. Then I'll try to win you back with the third." (Some of that is probably mumbled)

Uncut has drafted an annotated list of what they feel are the 100 greatest debut albums in the history of rock. They've also compiled other lists, such as "10 Debuts You Hate to Love"). The debut shindig also includes related features like a short piece on "How to Make the Perfect Debut" by producer John Leckie, and debut-discussing interviews with Chrissie Hynde, and the Specials' Jerry Dammers, among others. Dammers also lists his five favorite first albums; he likes Bob Marley & the Wailer's Soul Rebels the most.

The 100 Greatest Debut Albums:

1. The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico - "these poisonous tales of drug abuse ("Heroin", "I'm Waiting For The Man") and S&M sex ("Venus In Furs") were as dark as '60s rock got. All but ignored at the time - Rolling Stone didn't even bother with a review - its 171 placing on the Billboard chart belied its subsequent influence. Best track: 'Heroin'". In the mag., John Cale discusses the making of the album track-by-track.
2. Television - Marquee Moon
3. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced?
4. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
5. The Band - Music From Big Pink
6. The Clash - The Clash
7. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin
8. Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
9. Roxy Music - Roxy Music
10. The Stooges - The Stooges
11. The Who - My Generation
12. Ramones - Ramones ("It was at once brilliant and dumb. Without it, claimed Joe Strummer, there would've been no UK punk.")
13. The Byrds - Mr Tambourine Man
14. Pink Floyd - Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
15. The Rolling Stones - The Rolling Stones
16. New York Dolls - New York Dolls
17. The Beatles - Please Please Me
18. Patti Smith - Horses
19. The Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols
20. The Specials - The Specials (Best track: Doesn't Make It Alright)
21. The Smiths - The Smiths
22. R.E.M. - Murmur (Best track: Perfect Circle)
23. The Flying Burrito Brothers - The Gilded Palace Of Sin
24. Big Star - #1 Record
25. The Mothers Of Invention - Freak Out!
26. Buffalo Springfield - Buffalo Springfield
27. My Bloody Valentine - Isn't Anything
28. The Doors - The Doors
29. Nick Drake - Nick Drake
30. Oasis - Definitely Maybe ("There hasn't been a decent band since that's not been influenced by this album.")
31. Elvis Costello - My Aim Is True
32. MC5 - Kick Out The Jams
33. Gang Of Four - Entertainment!
34. Steely Dan - Can't Buy A Thrill
35. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
36. Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
37. Magazine - Real Life
38. Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band - Safe As Milk
39. Bruce Springsteen - Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ
40. Wire - Pink Flag ("Definitely minimalist - 'Field Days For The Sundays' lasts 28 seconds - this 21-track debut anticipated the grim splendour of Joy Division." Best track: Three Girl Rhumba)
41. Public Enemy - Yo! Bum Rush The Show
42. The Modern Lovers - The Modern Lovers ("Inspired by the Velvets, The Modern Lovers possessed the urgent primitivism of the best rock 'n' roll." Best track: She Cracked)
43. Siouxsie and the Banshees - The Scream ("Menacing, noir-ish soundscapes and John McKay's spiky guitars dominate. More creepy than crawly." Best track: Metal Postcard)
44. Orange Juice - You Can't Hide Your Love Forever
45. Jeff Buckley - Grace
46. The Slits - Cut
47. NWA - Straight Outta Compton
48. The Pretenders - Pretenders
49. Talking Heads - 77
50. The Jesus and Mary Chain - Psychocandy
51. Moby Grape - Moby Grape
52. ABC - The Lexicon Of Love
53. De La Soul - 3 Feet High And Rising
54. Randy Newman - Randy Newman
55. Ian Bury - New Boots & Panties!!
56. Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan
57. Pixies - Come On Pilgrim
58. Tim Hardin - Tim Hardin 1 (Best track: Reason To Believe)
59. U2 - Boy
60. Richard Hell & The Voidoids - Blank Generation
61. Leonard Cohen - The Songs Of Leonard Cohen ("Cohen here displayed a literacy that surpassed even Dylan, although he was convinced he couldn't sing. Technically he was right, but his voice was steeped in a rich off-key gloom which perfectly suited the songs' existential romanticism." Best track: Suzanne)
62. The Associates - The Affectionate Punch
63. Pere Ubu - The Modern Dance
64. Neu! - Neu!
65. Dexy's Midnight Runners - Searching For The Young Soul Rebels
66. Beastie Boys - Licensed To Ill
67. Suicide - Suicide
68. Buzzcocks - Another Music In A Different Kitchen
69. Echo & The Bunnymen - Crocodiles ("the Bunnymen's post-psychedelic dreamscapes marked them out as Liverpool's answer to Joy Division." Best track: Villiers Terrace)
70. Judee Sill - Judee Sill
71. Scritti Politti - Scritti Politti
72. The Strokes - Is This It
73. Pavement - Slanted And Enchanted
74. Kate Bush - The Kick Inside
75. The La's - The La's
76. Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction
77. Eminem - The Slim Shady LP
78. The Libertines - Up The Bracket
79. Jackson Browne - Jackson Browne
80. Cheap Trick - Cheap Trick
81. Pearl Jam - Ten
82. The Pop Group - Y
83. Little Feat - Little Feat
84. Tricky - Maxinquaye
85. Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley
86. The Undertones - The Undertones
87. Dr. Feelgood - Down By The Jetty
88. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
89. Elastica - Elastica
90. Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
91. Throwing Muses - Throwing Muses ("introduced a feminine sensibility that made a mockery of banal notions of Women In Rock.")
92. Spiritualized - Lazer Guided Melodies
93. The Birthday Party - Prayers On Fire
94. Mercury Rev - Yerself Is Steam
95. The White Stripes - The White Stripes
96. PJ Harvey - Dry
97. Vashti Bunyan - Just Another Diamond Day
98. Foo Fighters - Foo Fighters
99. Suede - Suede
100. The Arcade Fire - Funeral


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