Chosen By: Mon-Chan, Bo Ningen

“Concerning death in Japanese Buddhism, it is not the end of life but just a turning point. Life and death is a counterpart. We keep being threatened by the existence of death. Conversely, we keep aiming for future. This album is a requiem for the people who live through the transmigration of the soul to life on the planet, before the soul leaves the body.”

 
 
 

Chosen By: Marika Hackman

“I love her music but I'm not a freaky fan, I couldn't name all of her songs or anything. I thought she was so good that it put me off writing songs. My favourite song from this album would 'A Case Of You' or 'Little Green'. When you look at lyrics that intensely, every time you listen to it you're trying to work it out and form opinions.”

 
 
 

Chosen By: Dom Ganderton, Superfood

“Vocoders generally have a rough time, but if you want to listen to it done well you need to hear this album. Melodic, spacey wonderment from a band I don't really know a lot about other than they know how to handle synths. ‘Sun Lips’ uses one of the coolest sounds you can dial up on a keyboard, a Mellotron on flute setting. ‘Forever Heavy’ has a pulse that you just can't deny. It's been on repeat since...

 
 
 

Chosen By: Brody Dalle

“I was on the train for four hours the other day, missing my husband [Josh Homme], so I started listening to his records. And ‘Songs For The Deaf’ is honestly one of the best rock records ever written. It is mind-blowingly good. You could put it up against anyone else's record and it would blow it away. I don't know how they made it sound like that. It's really impressive and there are so many good solos....

 
 
 

Chosen By: Johnny Marr

“I got it when I was 15 and immediately related to it. I was living on a housing estate in Manchester where it seemed like winter lasted forever. But I didn’t mind it being dark when the soundtrack to those days was so beautiful and mysterious. There are plenty of people who think the first Stooges album is the best, or maybe ‘Fun House’. But they’re wrong. ‘Raw Power’ is far superior, not least...

 
 
 

Chosen By: Paul Smith, Maximo Park

“When I listen to this album, I know that I am truly alive. My chest swells with excitement, my pulse quickens, and my mind is flooded with different emotions. With a basic rock’n’roll set-up of drums, bass, guitar and vocals, this album has a pleasing simplicity - a light-heartedness coupled with direct and driving melodies. The lightening rod at its centre is Sue Tompkins, whose voice and words are a...

 
 
 

Chosen By: Jennifer Herrema, Royal Trux

"So many things have been influenced by ESG. They later made an EP called 'Sample Credits Don't Pay Our Bills' because so many people, from Kool Moe Dee to Wu-Tang were sampling them, but they weren't making any money! I love drums, I love rhythm and lyrical simplicity – it’s definitely influenced me over the years. It's not just any one thing, it's not just disco, not just funk, not just no-wave, it's its own...

 
 
 

Chosen By: KC, Big Deal

“The people I love and fight with the most love 'Siamese Dream’. The first sound you hear – Jimmy Chamberlain’s drum roll start to ‘Cherub Rock’ – it’s as if the band know they are about to join the rock‘n’roll circus. 'Who wants honey? As long as there's some money’. Calling out heartless hipster culture in 1993? A strong opening statement. We decided to use it as a starting point for our...

 
 
 

Chosen By: Nathan Day, Darlia

“It doesn't fuck about. It exudes such natural unapologetic brilliance. Noel is the master puppeteer with a tiger on a lead. My appreciation for this album does not necessarily extend to what it is, but what it isn't. It’s not mindless noise trying to be rock‘n’roll by sounding shit on purpose and compromising it’s own sound, it is what it is. And it happens to be a diamond.”

 
 
 

Chosen By: Charlie Boyer And The Voyeurs

“I like how claustrophobic and pompous it is. I like to imagine the recording studio. What clothes they were wearing and what kind of foul and paranoid mood they were in. Because the instruments are played with the soulless proficiency of some beardy clock watchers (in a good way) it seems to enhance what Lou Reed is singing about. 'Oh, Jim' is probably my favourite on the album, especially the end section with...

 
 
 
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