We asked NME readers which lost classics they’ve rediscovered in 2014 – and you brilliant lot responded in bucketloads. First up, via Twitter, @sophsd89 was full of praise for Bloc Party‘s 2005 debut ‘Silent Alarm’. “Magnificent debut album & the soundtrack to my youth!” she said.
Some of you took it pretty literally, mind – Hugo Heinen rediscovered his love for Phil Collins‘ ‘… But Seriously’ because he finally found a misplaced copy of the album. “My childhood favorite Phil Collins – But Seriously, after the CD was lost for years,” he explained.
A lot of you went mad for The Libertines again, meanwhile, due to their heroic Alexandra Palace gigs in September. “Couldn’t stop listening to them after Ally Pally,” said Dean Smith. “Can’t wait for the next one.”
Ryan Peter, meanwhile, was nostalgic for the end of Oasis – perhaps brought on by the demise of Beady Eye? “Last album, such a great ender! Always makes me think where they could have gone next.”
For Marie-France Lemaine, meanwhile, it’s another Britpop legend who she rediscovered in 2014. “Fell in love again with The Good The Bad and The Queen thanks to the amazing performances Damon Albarn gave this year.”
On Twitter, the appropriately named @joey_ramone_sp chose The Ramones‘ ‘Rocket To Russia’. “It contains several hooks & easy to appreciate the matured production & sound quality,” they said.
Hamish Porter got sucked into the bleak wonder of Nine Inch Nails‘ 1994 classic ‘Downward Spiral’ all over again. “Perhaps one of the most extreme records ever to reach mainstream popularity?” he pondered on Twitter.
Little surprise, this: the 20th anniversary of the Manic Street Preachers‘ classic ‘The Holy Bible’ has caused a load of people to listen to it on repeat again. “‘The Holy Bible’ of course, with the anniversary and all,” said Magnus Strinholm. “Brilliant.”
Agree with Harry Ghifary that Linkin Park‘s ‘Hybrid Theory’ can give you “goosebumps”? According to him, it’s an “amazing” debut he’s fallen in love with again this year.
“Got to be ‘Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space’ by Spiritualized,” says Mike Stores. “Still resonates after all these years.”
Using Twitter, Sophia chose Biffy Clyro‘s ‘The Vertigo Of Bliss’. The Scottish band’s second album, they released it in 2003. “Been listening to it loads, it’s great,” she said.
On Facebook, meanwhile, Kirsten Borchardt said: “Gun Club – ‘Fire Of Love’. The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project reminded me of how brilliant he was. Actually, it’s not just the Fire Of Love, I also got his ‘Wildweed’ album back out and listened to ‘Mother Juno’ and ‘Pastoral Hide And Seek’ again.
Lrak P Notlimah, meanwhile, says that Manchester legends New Order have finally won him over with their album ‘Movement’. “Always thought it was too dark, but as I get older I appreciate it more.”
For Nick Bennetts, Boards Of Canada‘s ‘Music Has The Right To Children’ has been his rediscovered gem of 2014. “Discovered the record in Feb after I listened to ‘Tomorrow’s Harvest’,” he says. “I’ve listened to MHTRTC every week, a fantastic record.”
Can you imagine a time when people won’t still be discovering The Beatles? Chris V Ayres says that The Fab Four’s ‘Revolver’ still sounds great in 2014: “Fucking awesome album that proves The Beatles are timeless.”
“I re-listened to Super Furry Animals ‘Radiator’ a while back and fell in love all over again with it,” says Patrick Connors. “Such a great album, Gruff Rhy’s new stuff is awesome too.”
Brady Hawes says that everyone should start to give Craig Nicholls the respect he truly deserves, after spending 2014 rediscovering The Vines‘ debut ‘Highly Evolved’. “This album really needs the recognition to break through the 2002 garage rock revolution mould & earn the proper respect it deserves across the board. A near flawless debut album.”
He may not be a fan of what came next, but Ross Watson spent 2014 getting reacquainted with The Killers‘ debut ‘Hot Fuss’, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. “Shame about what came after Sam’s Town, but there you go,” he jokes.
Jamie T made his big return this year, which led a lot of NME readers to dig out their copies of his debut ‘Panic Prevention’ once more. “Each song is amazing,” is Emily Adams’ simple explanation.
And lastly, Kuthi Aniko is pining for the old days of Muse after rediscovering their majestic ‘Absolution’ LP. “I miss the old Muse,” they say. “That album was absolutely perfect!”