Welcome back to the blog you fine people and it’s especially good news as we welcome the end of another week. This time tomorrow I’ll be having breakfast overlooking the Pacific and I just might go for a swim if the mood takes me, barring any riptides expect to hear more from the blog soon after that that.
If you happened to miss yesterday’s post about the Ian Dury art exhibition in London this month I’m pleased to announce that they made their Kickstarter funding goal so please add that to your list of things to do in Kensington this summer if you happen to be anywhere close by.
Regular readers will know how much I let lists get under my skin and while I know I shouldn’t I can’t resist things that begin with the ‘Best Twenty’ of all time.
As we know lists are just the opinion of an individual or perhaps a select few and should never be seen as much more than that but it’s always fun to examine and see what they excluded but shouldn’t have and somehow included to demonstrate their lack of nouse. Today’s examples both come from LA Weekly (a free arts and entertainment rag in Los Angeles) who have a habit of writing about punk rock in recent times. They’ve gone out on a limb and compiled a list of the ‘Top 20 Punk Albums in History’ for you to have a look at.
The Clash make one appearance with their debut album at number 8 (??) but overall I think what the list lacks (Buzzcocks, The Damned, Wire,The Ruts, The Saints) is more shocking than what makes it on there (Rancid, Husker Du). I realise there are endless arguments about what ‘is’ Punk but even if you qualify it as an era surely that would exclude some that made the list. I guess ultimately a better list would be the best punk albums from 1976-1979 for example and a supplemental list of notable albums that came before or since.
Naturally I’m biased but the debut Clash record should sit almost by default in the top 3 of any list with Top 20 Punk Albums in the title, history doesn’t tend to lie and that album along with The Ramones and The Sex Pistols tend to make up the unofficial trinity of records you must start with – the only debate being the order of ranking. Perhaps ranking is another issue that it would be better to steer clear of as Henry Rollins demonstrates in his own personal list (a greatly improved one) of the same also on the same website. Of the two I’d suggest this is the stronger one and not just because it comes closer to matching my own taste but performs a better job of answering the question. One day I’ll try and compile our own definitive list according to each of you, once I establish some rules of some sort. No Green Day is rule one.
Speaking of lists I was sitting in a Doctor’s waiting room earlier this week and faced with a poor selection of magazines to thumb through I grabbed ‘Entertainment Weekly’ because it promised a list of the 100 best films, books and albums ever. With low expectations I jumped straight to the music selection and to my great pleasure London Calling was right there at number 5 (top of the pile was Revolver by The Beatles). Here’s the list in question and you may well scoff but it’s a better list than you’ll see from many places these days.
Enough with lists, I blame my obsession on Top Trumps if you remember them? Back soon – thanks for reading.
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