Top 50 Gary Numan

As I previously mentioned I saw Gary Numan again a couple of weekends ago and, because I seem to enjoy punishing myself, I did yet another list. These lists are hard and I will want to change it as soon as I publish it, but a line has to be drawn somewhere so here goes.

gary-numan2

There are many reasons for the inclusions and exclusions, and where they appear in the list, and all of those reasons are mine, so I have no doubt that somebody will see something as glaringly omitted or ridiculously included. Please feel to question the list, I’ll probably agree with you to be honest as this is one of the most difficult I’ve done, partly due to the number of tracks and both the difference in quality (Mid Period Numan is difficult for me) and the difference in styles.

POS. TITLE ALBUM/YEAR
50 Bombers (Tubeway Army – 1978)
49 Listen To The Sirens (Tubeway Army – 1978)
48 I Dream of Wires (Telekon – 1980)
47 She’s Got Claws (Dance – 1981)
46 What God Intended (Savage (Songs from a Broken World) – 2017)
45 White Boys And Heroes (I, Assasin – 1982)
44 Telekon (Telekon – 1980)
43 Music for Chameleons (I, Assasin – 1982)
42 I, Assassin (I, Assasin – 1982)
41 Pray (Sacrifice – 1994)
40 Dark (Exile – 1997)
39 Pray For The Pain You Serve (Savage (Songs from a Broken World) – 2017)
38 Ghost Nation (Savage (Songs from a Broken World) – 2017)
37 Dominion Day (Exile – 1997)
36 It Must Have Been Years (Replicas – 1979)
35 This Wreckage (Telekon – 1980)
34 Remember I Was Vapour (Telekon – 1980)
33 We Take Mystery (To Bed) (I, Assasin – 1982)
32 Praying to the Aliens (Replicas – 1979)
31 Rip (Pure – 2000)
30 Absolution (Exile – 1997)
29 Dead Heaven (Exile – 1997)
28 A Prayer for the Unborn (Pure – 2000)
27 Splinter (Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind) – 2013)
26 Mercy (Savage (Songs from a Broken World) – 2017)
25 When the Sky Bleeds, He Will Come (Dead Son Rising – 2011)
24 Dead Sun Rising (Dead Son Rising – 2011)
23 Jagged (Jagged – 2006)
22 My Name Is Ruin (Savage (Songs from a Broken World) – 2017)
21 Haunted (Jagged – 2006)
20 We are Glass (Single – 1980)
19 In a Dark Place (Jagged – 2006)
18 Here in the Black (Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind) – 2013)
17 Complex (The Pleasure Principle – 1979)
16 We’re the Unforgiven (Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind) – 2013)
15 Halo (Jagged – 2006)
14 M.E. (The Pleasure Principle – 1979)
13 Airlane (The Pleasure Principle – 1979)
12 I Am Dust (Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind) – 2013)
11 Metal (The Pleasure Principle – 1979)
10 Everything Comes Down to This (Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind) – 2013)
9 Love Hurt Bleed (Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind) – 2013)
8 I Die: You Die (Single – 1980)
7 Me! I Disconnect from You (Replicas – 1979)
6 Films (The Pleasure Principle – 1979)
5 Engineers (The Pleasure Principle – 1979)
4 Down in the Park (Replicas – 1979)
3 Pure (Pure – 2000)
2 Cars (The Pleasure Principle – 1979)
1 Are ‘Friends’ Electric? (Replicas – 1979)

Here is my Top 10

You may well be asking yourself how on earth ‘Pure’ ended up where it did? Well, it was the song that I first heard after a long hiatus that made me first think that Numan had more to offer and wasn’t just a late 70’s, early 80’s pop star living off old hits.

The Cult – Top 25 Tracks

18315_10151183139531985_68038963_n

Like all lists, they are the opinion of the compiler of the list and compilers are subject to error, me more than most! I would be more than happy to be told I’m totally wrong and should change this list. So tell me if you want to.

25. Heart of Soul
24. American Horse
23. Born to Be Wild
22. Black Angel
21. Go West
20. Peace Dog
19. Wild Hearted Son
18. Big Neon Glitter
17. Rise
16. Bad Fun
15. Dirty Little Rockstar
14. Nirvana
13. Love

12. Spiritwalker
11. Sun King
10. Revolution
9. Fire Woman
8. Sweet Soul Sister
7. Painted On My Heart
6. Edie (Ciao Baby)
5. Wild Flower
4. Love Removal Machine
3. Rain
2. Lil’ Devil
1. She Sells Sanctuary

Massive Attack Top 25

These lists are always difficult, this one particularly so as I have been procrastinating for far too long over this one, so I shall post and be damned.

25 Man Next Door
24 Babel
23 Dead Editors
22 Take It There
21 Special Cases
20 Better Things
19 Paradise Circus
18 Protection (Feat. Tracey Thorn)
17 Dissolved Girl
16 Black Milk
15 Live With Me
14 Sly
13 Pray For Rain
12 Five Man Army
11 Future Proof
10 What Your Soul Sings
9 Group Four
8 Unfinished Sympathy
7 Butterfly Caught
6 Angel
5 Safe From Harm
4 Teardrop
3 Risingson
2 Karmacoma
1 Inertia Creeps

Listen to Massive Attack Top 25 on Apple Music

 

Public Image Limited Top 40

I’m not at all sure about this as I have amended this list a dozen times already, so it comes with the following proviso – “At the time of publication”. I’ll want to change it within seconds of posting it I know, and maybe I will at some point, but will resist for as long as possible.

Number Title Album Year
40 Seattle Happy? 1987
39 Open & Revolving Happy? 1987
38 The Body Happy? 1987
37 Worry 9 1989
36 Cruel That What Is Not 1992
35 Out Of The Woods This is PiL 2012
34 Bettie Page What The World Needs Now 2015
33 Reggie Song This is PiL 2012
32 Angry Happy? 1987
31 Ease Album 1986
30 Religion II First Issue 1978
29 Fodderstompf First Issue 1978
28 Track 8 The Flowers of Romance 1981
27.0 Banging the Door The Flowers of Romance 1981
26 Tie me to the length of that This Is what you want….This is what you get 1984
25 The Order of Death This Is what you want….This is what you get 1984
24 F.F.F Album 1986
23 Home Album 1986
22 Dissapointed 9 1989
21 Don’t Ask Me The Greatest Hits, So Far 1990
20 Acid Drops That What Is Not 1992
19 Double Trouble What The World Needs Now 2012
18 One Drop This is PiL 2012
17 Shoom What The World Needs Now 2015
16 Usls 1 9 1989
15 Rise Album 1986
14 Bad Life This Is what you want….This is what you get 1984
13 Under the House The Flowers of Romance 1981
12 Flowers of Romance The Flowers of Romance 1981
11 Chant Second Edition 1979
10 Albatross Second Edition 1979
9 Memories Second Edition 1979
8 Swan Lake (Death Disco) Second Edition 1979
7 Low Life First Issue 1978
6 Annalisa First Issue 1978
5 This is not a love song This Is what you want….This is what you get 1984
4 Theme First Issue 1978
3 Poptones Second Edition 1979
2 Careering Second Edition 1979
1 Public Image First Issue 1978

I remember being in a Woolworths somewhere, I was 11 years old, and I saw the Public Image 7″ Inch single in it’s fake newspaper cover, I wanted it, but I didn’t get it. I still think it is one of the greatest pop singles ever released.

Videos of the Top 10:

 

Top 25 Bjork Songs

Ahhh lists, entirely subjective lists, they are a thing, a thing I seem to be doing rather a lot lately, but what the hell, everybody loves a good list. So here is a list of the top 25 Bjork songs (at this point, it could be longer by the time I get to the end).

38 Náttúra – Biophellia
37 Black Lake – Vulnicura
36 It’s Oh So Quiet – Post
35 Moon – Biophellia
34 Lionsong – Vulnicura
33 Innocence – Volta
32 Cosmogony – Biophellia
31 Wanderlust – Volta
30 Virus – Biophellia
29 It’s In Our Hands – Vespertine
28 Stonemilker – Vulnicura
27 Mouth Mantra – Vulnicura
26 Triumph Of A Heart – Medulla

bjork
25 Cocoon – Vespertine
24 Alarm Call – Homogenic
23 Army Of Me – Post
22 The Dull Flame Of Desire – Volta
21 Unravel – Homogenic
20 Earth Intruders – Volta
19 Declare Independence – Volta
18 Hunter – Homogenic
17 I Miss You – Post
16 Crystaline – Biophellia

Björk photographed for her 2015 album, Vulnicura.
15 Oceania – Medulla
14 Who Is It – Medulla
13 Pagan Poetry – Vespertine
12 Hidden Place – Vespertine
11 Possibly Maybe – Post
10 Hyper-Ballad – Post
9 Venus (as a boy) – Debut
8 Human Behaviour – Debut
7 Bachelorette – Homogenic
6 Joga – Homogenic

bkork1
5 Isobel – Post
4 Violently Happy – Debut
3 Big Time Sensuality – Debut
2 Play Dead – Debut (Extra Track)
1 All Is Full Of Love – Homogenic

 

Ok, so I went 10 over the 25, I did say something like that was going to happen, and it did. Damn, and even while writing the previous sentence I added two more, so it’s a top 37, which is perfectly fine, everybody loves a top 37.

Here they are in order, all 38,yeah, I know.

Now I know this top 38 is heavy at the top end with Debut, Post and Homogenic, which are three albums I am really very fond of, but I know as time moves on I begin to like Bjork albums more and more, I was disappointed with everything after Post to be honest, when they were released at least, but currently I’m still getting to know Biophellia and Vulicurna which, I have no doubt I will love at some point rather than just like, or appreciate.

Why is ‘All is full of love’ at number 1? Because it’s just a stunning song and it is the culmination of all that she did before and a pointer for the direction of her future at that time. I also remember the first time I saw the video, and she has been in some amazing accompanying videos, this one absolutely blew me away.

I have all these studio albums on vinyl, and a couple of interesting things in the post that I should be getting this week, ‘Bastards’ which is double vinyl remix of Biophellia and a triple vinyl of Joga, which is all remixes plus 4 other tracks, including the ‘Choice mix’ of ‘All is full of love.

By the time I press ‘Publish’ on this post, I will probably have re-ordered them in my mind, but I’m sticking with them as they are for now or I’ll be at it forever.

 

Top 25 Rush Songs

tumblr_mftf2oDGQl1qdtmlvo1_400

This began as a Top 10, but I couldn’t manage it and ended up at 23, then things got out of hand and the Top 25 I was aiming for doubled. These are from my perspective and there are probably some notable omissions that, if I’d thought of them, should have been included. Anyway, here we go with 50 down to 26:

50 Cut to the Chase – Counterparts
49 Finding My Way – Rush
48 Stick It Out – Presto
47 Witch Hunt, Part III of Fear – Moving Pictures
46 Different Strings – Permanent Waves
45 Force Ten – Hold Your Fire
44 The Big Money – Power Windows
43 Digital Man – Signals
42 Distant Early Warning – Grace Under Pressure
41 Bravado – Roll The Bones
40 The Pass – Presto
39 Time Stand Still – Hold Your Fire
38 The Enemy Within, Part I of Fear – Grace Under Pressure
37 Countdown Signals
36 Animate – Counterparts
35 One Little Victory – Vapor Trails
34 Manhattan Project – Power Windows
33 New World Man – Signals
32 Finding My Way – Rush
31 Circumstances – Hemispheres
30 Lakeside Park – Caress Of Steel
29 A Passage To Bangkok – 2112
28 A Farewell To Kings – A Farewell To Kings
27 By-Tor & The Snow Dog – Fly By Night
26 Driven – Test for Echo

Here are the Top 50 videos as decided by me but open to persuasion in case I missed something:

Rush Top 50 Songs

25 Anthem – Fly By Night
24 Prime Mover – Hold Your Fire
23 Working Man – Rush
22 Entre Nous – Permanent Waves
21 Fly By Night – Fly By Night
20 Closer To The Heart – A Farewell To Kings
19 Cygnus X-1 Book I: The Voyage – A Farewell To Kings
18 The Camera Eye – Moving Pictures
17 Jacob’s Ladder – Permanent Waves
16 Red Sector A – Grace Under Pressure
15 The Analogue Kid – Signals
14 Bastille Day – Caress Of Steel
13 The Trees – Hemispheres
12 Freewill – Permanent Waves
11 YYZ – Moving Pictures

2112-back

10 Vital Signs – Moving Pictures
9 La Villa Strangiato (An Exercise In Self Indulgence)
8 Red Barchetta – Moving Pictures
7 Natural Science – Permanent Waves
6 Xanadu – A Farewell To Kings
5 2112 – 2112
4 Subdivisions – Signals
3 Limelight – Moving Pictures
2 The Spirit Of Radio – Permanent Waves

rush-ts
1 Tom Sawyer – Moving Pictures

Top Ten Live Rock Albums Ever

This, of course, is entirely from my own perspective and others will have completely different opinions but as I sit here listening to Side 1 of a vinyl copy of ‘All The Worlds A Stage’ by Rush, I got to thinking, what are my top ten? So here goes:

10: Blackfoot – Highway Song
81C8K70S6PL._SL1432_

9: Kiss – Alive!
785498

8 : Lynyrd Skynyrd – One More From The Road
CS486263-01A-BIG

7: Status Quo – Live!
897791

6: Motorhead – No Sleep Til Hammersmith
588658

5: Led Zeppelin – The Song Remains The Same
109309

4: Genesis – Seconds Out
558678

3: AC/DC – If You Want Blood
231191

2: Rush – All The Worlds A Stage
431665

1: UFO – Strangers In The Night
333037

And there we have it. I know there are what might be considered essential albums that are omitted, but these are the ones that I have the most affection for, from that time when arguing about this sort of thing as a teenager was a great way to pass the time and a wonderful reason to listen to them all again.

Here is a compilation of tracks from the albums above in descending order:

Not necessarily from the albums mentioned, as they are a bit old, before youtube was even a twinkle in its creators eye, but closeish to when the albums were originally released.

Here’s what I thought about but didn’t include, let’s call them honourable mentions or something:

Judas Priest – Unleashed In The East
Rush – Exit Stage Left
Thin Lizzy – Live & Dangerous
Deep Purple – Made In Japan
Yes – Yessongs
Queen – Live Killers
Free – Live
Rainbow – On Stage