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  1.  
    The whole 80s thread has been a trial for me. I read the comments about those records and think: as compared to what? What counts as a good (better?) record to you?

    It would fascinate me personally to know what your interests are. These kinds of things are all about showboaty grandstanding, true, but so what? I love people's Desert Island Discs. They're fun to read and remind me of records I forgot about or never checked out in the first place.

    So, here are my top ten albums of all time, the top ten songs in my library according to play count, and my top ten Wire songs. There are lots of gaps and missing items that I could discuss, but interestingly this covers it fairly well. All things considered.

    Albums:
    A-Z, Colin Newman
    Aja, Steely Dan
    A Bell Is A Cup Until It Is Struck, Wire
    Copper Blue, Sugar
    I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You, Aretha Franklin
    Innervisions, Stevie Wonder
    Night and Day, Joe Jackson
    Official Version, Front 242
    Satyagraha, Philip Glass
    Scenes, Michael Galasso

    Top 10 Play Count:
    Crayon, Manitoba
    Syracuse, Pinback
    Grass, Animal Collective
    Stop Touching Me, Optiganally Yours
    Follow The Locust, Wire
    Up, Rob Crow
    Icon Of I Can, hox
    Great Pumpkin Waltz, Vince Guaraldi Trio
    Limelight, XTC
    Lorries, Colin Newman

    Wire!
    Cheeking Tongues
    Follow The Locust
    Madman's Honey
    Map Ref. 41°N 93°W
    Mercy
    Nice Streets Above
    The Queen of Ur and the King of Um
    A Question of Degree
    Ticking Mouth
    You Hung Your Lights In The Trees/A Craftsman's Touch
  2.  
    Top-tens, eh? I can't really do that by album, but on play counts, I have:

    EVERYTHING!
    Electron John (Worm Is Green)
    In My Heart (Moby)
    Northern Whale (The Good, The Bad & The Queen)
    Lift Me Up (Moby)
    Wallpaper (Githead)
    I Ain't Saying My Goodbyes (Tom Vek)
    Kingdom Of Doom (The Good, The Bad & The Queen)
    Cubis (Data Panik)
    The Pop Catastrophe (Worm Is Green)
    Eurodisco (Bis)

    WIRE!
    Trash/Treasure (Read & Burn 02)
    So And Slow It Grows (The First Letter)
    Ahead (The Ideal Copy)
    No Warning Given (Read & Burn 03)
    One Of Us (Object 47)
    Germ ship (Read & burn 01)
    Map Ref. 41N 93W (154)
    Desert Diving (Read & Burn 03)
    Outdoor Miner (extended) (Chairs Missing)
    Four Long Years (Object 47)

    Also, my 'end of year' CD, which compiles my favourite stuff from the previous 12 months (released at any time):

    Absurd (Whitewash) (Fluke: Progressive History X)
    Northern Whale (The Good, The Bad & The Queen)
    Alala (CSS: CSS)
    Hurt (Johnny Cash: American IV)
    Everything's Cool (Youth 7) (PWEI: Everything's Cool)
    Electron John (Worm Is Green: Push Play)
    Fade To Grey (Visage: Visage)
    Jóga (Björk: Homogenic)
    Poney Part 1 (Vitalic: OK Cowboy)
    I See Through You (Project359: Empty Chair)
    Adagio for Strings (Republic)
    Eurodisco (Bis: Social Dancing)
    Light & Day (The Polyphonic Spree)kbps
    Banquet (Bloc Party: Silent Alarm)
    Arpeggiator (Ensími)
    Kingdom Of Doom (The Good, The Bad & The Queen)
    Feel Good Inc. (Gorillaz: Demon Days)
    Gorecki (Lamb)
    Mea Culpa (Brian Eno & David Byrne: My Life in the Bush of Ghosts)
  3.  
    ALL-TIME TOP TEN ALBUMS:
    1. The Cure – Seventeen Seconds
    2. New Order – Brotherhood
    3. Echo And The Bunnymen – Crocodiles
    4. The Cure - Faith
    5. INXS – Shabooh Shoobah
    6. U2 - The Unforgettable Fire
    7 The Chameleons - Script Of The Bridge
    8. Joy Division - Uknown Pleasures
    9. Wire - It's Beginning To And Back Again
    10. The Church - Heyday

    TOP TEN OF THE PAST YEAR OR SO:
    M83 - Saturdays=Youth
    Ladytron - Velocifero
    Pacific UV - Longplay 2
    Bauhaus - Go Away White
    The Raveonettes - Lust Lust Lust
    Film School - Hideout
    Headlights - Some Racing, Some Stopping
    The Rosebuds - Night Of The Furies
    A Place To Bury Strangers - A Place To Bury Strangers
    Interpol - Our Love To Admire

    TOP TEN WIRE SONGS:
    The 15th
    The Offer
    German Shepherds
    Outdoor Miner
    Ex Lion Tamer
    Kidney Bingos
    Madman's Honey
    A Touching Display
    Map Ref. 41°N 93°W
    It's A Boy

    I started to list Wire's 154 in my All Time Top Ten Albums, but realized that, in the grand scheme of my life soundtrack, I've listened to IBTABA much more. We can't run from our feelings, I suppose. A Bell Is A Cup... would work better for most as an overall album and I'll concede that IBTABA may not fit everyone's idea of a full-length cohesive work, but I give IBTABA a slight edge anyway because I like "German Shepherds" and "The Offer".
  4.  
    Top Ten Albums:

    1. Bukka White, "The Complete Bukka White"
    2. Rolling Stones, "December's Children (and Everybody's)"
    3. Simon and Garfunkel, "Bookends"
    4. The Velvet Underground, "The Velvet Underground and Nico"
    5. Bob Dylan, "Blood on the Tracks"
    6. Lee "Scratch" Perry and the Upsetters, "Return of the Super Ape"
    7. Suicide, "Suicide"
    8. Wire, "154"
    9. Sleepers, "Painless Nights"
    10. Fugazi, "Repeater"

    Top Ten Wire Songs:

    1. 'Strange'
    2. 'Sand in My Joints'
    3. 'Too Late'
    4. 'The 15th'
    5. 'A Mutual Friend'
    6. 'Blessed State'
    7. 'Ahead'
    8. 'Feed Me'
    9. 'Children of Groceries'
    10. 'Mr. Marx's Table'
  5.  
    I can't do a top 10 but here is like 15 or so...
    The Velvet Underground, "White Heat / White Light"
    The Jesus & Mary Chain, "Psychocandy"
    The Jesus & Mary Chain, "Darklands"
    The Psychedelic Furs, "S/T"
    Joy Division, "Unknown Pleasures"
    Joy Division, "Closer"
    The Clash, "Sandinista!"
    Wire, "154"
    Echo & The Bunnymen, "Ocean Rain"
    My Bloody Valentine, "Loveless"
    Stan Ridgway, "The Big Heat"
    Wall Of Voodoo, "Call Of The West"
    Wall Of Voodoo, "Dark Continent
    Young Marble Giants, "Colossal Youth"

    Top 10 Wire songs...
    Ex Lion Tamer
    The 15th
    Map Ref. 41°N 93°W
    12XU
    Outdoor Miner
    Heartbeat
    On Returning
    Mannequin
    French Film Blurred
    Another the Letter

    That's just on the top my head today
  6.  
    Top Ten Lp,s at the moment.

    1/ The Jam - All Mod Cons
    2/ Wire - 154
    3/ Camera Obscura - Under Achievers
    4/ Colin Newman - A-Z
    5/ The Velvet Underground - VU & Nico
    6/ Bob Dylan - The Freewheelin'
    7/ Rilo Kiley - More Adventerous
    8/ Carbon Silicon - The Last Post
    9/ Pere Ubu - The Modern Dance
    10/ Frightened Rabbit - Sing the Greys


    Wire Top Ten at the moment

    1/ Used to
    2/ Mutual Friend
    3/ Marooned
    4/ Outdoor Miner
    5/ The 15th
    6/ Snakedrill
    7/ Kidney bingos
    8/ Map Ref
    9/ Feeling called Love
    10/ Dotdash
  7.  
    Nailing my colours to the mast, in no particular order, as they are all top notch in my book (can't quite limit the LPs to 10)

    1 Wire: 154
    1 Gang Of Four: Entertainment !
    1 Joy Division: Unknown Pleasures
    1 Minutemen: Double Nickels On The Dime
    1 Iggy Pop: The Idiot
    1 AMM: The Inexhaustible Document
    1 Nurse With Wound: Spiral Insana
    1 Thomas Koner: Teimo
    1 Brian Eno: On Land
    1 Gilbert/Lewis/Mills: Mzui
    1 Morton Feldman: String Quartet II
    1 Toru Takemitsu: Film Music
    1 Eyeless In Gaza: Drumming The Beating Heart
    1 Fela Kuti: Original Sufferhead/ITT
    1 Jon Hassell: Magic Realism
    1 Can: Soon Over Babaluma

    Top 11 Wire

    1 Two People In A Room
    1 The 15th
    1 Map Ref
    1 Being Sucked In Again
    1 Mercy
    1 Too Late
    1 Advantage In Height
    1 Ambulance Chasers
    1 Trash/Treasure
    1 Mr. Marx's Table
    1 You Can't Leave Now
  8.  
    This is going to be interesting (today's list, will alter tomorrow... in no particular order):

    1. OMD - Organisation
    2. The Go-Betweens - 1979-1990
    3. Peter Gabriel - Passion
    4. Underworld - Dubnoheadwithmybassman
    5. The Beloved - Happiness
    6. The Young Gods - L'eau Rouge
    7. Talk Talk - Spirit Of Eden
    8. Pet Shop Boys - Very
    9. New Order - Technique
    10.Global Communication - 76:14

    Wire Tracks:

    1. A Serious Of Snakes
    2. A Craftsman's Touch
    3. Madman's Honey
    4. No Warning Given
    5. Ticking Mouth
    6. Sand in My Joints
    7. German Shepherds
    8. Mr Marx's Table
    9. The 15th
    10. 23 Years Too Late
  9.  
    Deviating slightly, rather than do a top ten of all time full of the usual suspects, here's ten from 2000 onwards that I like a lot...

    THE FOR CARNATION - The For Carnation
    NEON GOLDEN - The Notwist
    ANIMALS SUN & ATOMS - Tarwater
    NO MORE SHALL WE PART - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
    CRIPPLE CROW – Devendra Banhart
    ( ) – Sigur Ros
    SEND - Wire
    YOU ARE THE QUARRY – Morrissey
    LIL BEETHOVEN – Sparks
    BLACK CHERRY – Goldfrapp

    Top Ten Wire tracks...it's too hard, but here's a non-definitive 10 I've enjoyed listening to of late!

    Lowdown
    I Don’t Understand
    Practice Makes Perfect
    Eardrum Buzz
    Spent
    Map Ref
    Boiling Boy
    So & Slow It Grows
    No Warning Given
    Mannequin
  10.  
    Music wise:

    PiL - Metal Box
    The Ruts - Grin 'n' Bear It
    Tricky - Maxinquaye
    Killing Joke - Killing Joke
    King Tubby Meets The Rockers Uptown - Augustus Pablo
    The Kinks - The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society
    Wire - Chairs Missing
    Buzzcocks - Singles Going Steady
    Cornershop - When I was Born for the 7th Time
    The Clash - Sandinista

    Wire 10

    The 15th
    Mannequin
    Brazil
    Follow the Locust
    A Mutual Friend
    I am the Fly
    Outdoor Miner
    Practise Makes Perfect
    Mercy
    Pink Flag
  11.  
    Top 10 Albums (or Desert Island Discs):

    1- Bark Psychosis - Hex
    2- Wire - 154
    3- The Fall - Dragnet
    4- Guided By Voices - Propeller
    5- The Stooges - Funhouse
    6- The Clean - Compilation
    7- R.E.M. - Murmur
    8- Sonic Youth - Sister
    9- The Terminals - Touch
    10- The Dead C - Harsh 70's Reality

    Top 10 Wire

    1- Map Ref.
    2- Kidney Bingos
    3- 40 Versions
    4- Ally In Exile
    5- Follow The Locust
    6- Outdoor Miner
    7- Brazil
    8- The 15th
    9- Mr. Marx's Table
    10- French Film Blurred
  12.  
    i can never make up top 10's cos they constantly change - however there's certain artists/lp's that are always on my turntable & they include -

    Wire (doh)
    PiL
    Joy Division
    Clash/Strummer
    Cramps
    Stranglers
    Cure
    Bowie
    Kraftwerk
    Pink Floyd
    Led Zep
    Neil Young
    Bad Company
    Richard Thompson
    Nick Cave
    Tindersticks
    Songdog

    recently i've been into a great band/duo called The Black Keys. if you like 'straight' rock with a bluesy twang to it, check 'em out - u'll not be disappointed!
  13.  
    In no particular order...

    Top 10 albums (I'm including EPs, double CDs, etc.):
    David Bowie - Station To Station
    David Bowie - Scary Monsters
    Depeche Mode - Ultra
    My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
    Wire - Read & Burn 1
    Interpol - Antics
    Morrissey - Your Arsenal
    The Smiths - The Smiths
    Nine Inch Nails - The Fragile
    New Order - Technique

    Top 10 Wire songs:
    The Agfers of Kodak
    In The Art of Stopping
    Germ Ship
    Map Ref
    Blessed State
    Two People In A Room
    Reuters
    Boiling Boy
    Another The Letter
    Ahead
  14.  
    Miles Davis
    Wire
    Shriekback
    Radiohead
    Tom Waits
    Neil Young
    Wilco
    Incredible String Band
    Lou Reed
    V.U
    PIL
    REM
    the White Stripes
    John Zorn
    Roy Orbison
    The Cure
    Beck
    Zappa
    Kronos Quartet
    Morphine
    Ramones
    Pixies
    and on and on and on, in no particular order.
  15.  
    Albums I've played most recently, not including band recordings by Wire. I'm pretty eclectic; just about everything BUT rap.
    Not in any order, just as I think of them.

    *"Headline News" - Atomic Rooster
    *"Symphony No. 1 Gothic" - Havergal Brian
    *"Liverpool 8" - Ringo Starr
    *"It Seems" - Colin Newman
    *"Tyr" - Black Sabbath
    *"Leave It Open" - Gong
    *"Screamin' And Hollerin' The Blues" - Charley Patton (cd's 2 & 4)
    *"My Pet Fish" - Malka Spigel
    *"Rubber Riff" - Soft Machine
    *"From Elvis Presley Blvd." - Elvis Presley
    *"Metal Box" (cd) - Public Image Ltd.
    *"Pretties For You" - Alice Cooper
    *"Hotter Than July" - Stevie Wonder (didn't finish entire cd)
    *"Concerts" - Henry Cow (cd 1 only)
    *"Friends In The Can" - Canned Heat
  16.  
    I can't begin to pick ten or even 15 top albums. However, there are a handful of artists who have remained in my "heavy rotation" of listening over the past 10-15 years or so...

    Wire
    The Sea and Cake
    Steely Dan
    The Fall
    Bob Dylan
    Boards of Canada
    Capt. Beefheart
    Dean Martin

    One of the aforementioned are likely to be played every couple of days.

    Newer artists desperately vying for this coveted position...
    Animal Collective/Panda Bear
    The Field
    The Dirty Projectors
    Grizzly Bear
    TV on the Radio

    Top Eleven Wire Songs (in my humble opinion and off the top of my head as I mentally go thru their proper albums)
    Lowdown
    Champs
    Used To
    Go Ahead
    Spent
    Map Ref.
    Blessed State
    Ahead
    Madman's Honey
    The Finest Drops
    Follow the Locust
    German Shepherds
    Eardrum Buzz
    It Continues


    Needs time, but the promise is exciting:
    23 Years Too Late
    Hard Currency
  17.  
    Good to see Spent up there in your best-of Wire, Mr Hombre. It's a truly phenomenal song and the version on the Live at the Metro, Chicago CD, possibly tops the studio version. Wire at their most ferocious and potent.
  18.  
    I will try to listen to everything in Fergus' list as it starts with four albums I love.

    If I chose my favourites it'd have to be 154, CM, the first Killing Joke album, Shellac at Action Park, COME 11:11, COME Don't Ask Don't Tell, Sonic Youth Sister, Butthole Surfers Hairway to Steven, Magazine Secondhand Daylight, The Stranglers The Raven, oh shit theres way too many more where will it end, where will it end Mr Curtis? Disorder probably!
  19.  
    Jesus Shrift on a kebab Mr Kelly!!!
    How can man dig Can Babaluma more than Tago Mago??????????????????????????????
  20.  
    Surely if you rate the Jam no one can deny that their singles compilation SNAP is by far the best album?
    I'm always amused that Paul Weller hates the song Funeral Pyre as it is second only to the revolutionary Baked Beans No1 Going Underground and really the last good song of FIRE he ever performed.