Those "Influential" Albums Being Discussed on Facebook? They're Garbage

4. Dexys Midnight Runners - Searching for the Young Soul Rebels

But of course it makes room for noted album artist Dexys Midnight Runners. What's that you say? Lots of Celtic brass pub-pop bands sprung up in their wake? Of course I'm not thinking of the Pogues, are you crazy? They're not even on here!

5. New Order - Technique

Uh, isn't 1989 a little late for New Order to have been "influential"? Come on, how is this choice not completely arbitrary? I love Get Ready too but I'm not gonna pretend it was Cut Copy's holy-shit moment in 8th grade.

6. Elliott Smith - Roman Candle
This isn't the Wes Anderson one (Elliott Smith), the Good Will Hunting one (Either/Or), the major-label radio blitz (XO), the iconic artwork one (Figure 8) or the posthumous canonization-coronation one (From a Basement on the Hill). I guess that makes Elliott Smith's least-heard record the "influential" one.

7. The Delgados - Peloton
Apparently Pitchfork gave this an 8.9 in 1999, and the review actually helps shed some light on who this might've been, well, influenced by: "the Delgados' pristine pop does owe something to the sound of bands like Belle and Sebastian." The author also writes that the Delgados' Glaswegian scene owes a debt to the Pixies and Sonic Youth, and praises Peloton's use of orchestral instruments. That would almost be a legitimate claim for an influential albums list...if it didn't already list far more wide-reaching albums by Mercury Rev and Sufjan Stevens. And none of this explains the absence of the Flaming Lips, who actually boast longevity, sales and enough iconicity to have won them the honor of having a tune be legislated into the Oklahoma state song. Have the Delgados even won that kind of recognition in their native Scotland?

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"No rap." Um...that's a good thing.


Mazzy Star - So That Tonight I May See is a classic. I would have taken the quiz but it involves dopey Facebook which I refuse to get involved with.  I do own all of the ones pictured. And yes, The Chameleons were an awesome band. Overall these lists are good for one thing - checking out music you may have overlooked. But getting mad and whining about it.....


Seconding the comment on the Chameleons. They are an essential listen.


Uhhhh if you're dissing The Chameleons we're not friends anymore dude.


So this quiz made you mad enough to write this article? All lists like this are garbage, even the ones posted by the Village Voice. ---->insert "U GOT MAD" jpg here.


A Facebook friend took this quiz and proudly posted that he owned exactly ONE of those records. Commenters agreed that the records were just post 60s rock, obscure, hipster, etc., but c'mon -- ONE of those records? If you change the quiz's title to "50 Classic Rock Records and 50 Questionable Ones" it's a bit more accurate, but it doesn't change the fact that if you haven't listened to at least 40 of them (and don't worship at least ten), you just don't listen to music.


Ok. I know this is comment bait, just as the original Facebook list was. But this comment killed me:

The Pretty Things - S.F. Sorrow.
I don't know what this is but it's missing the phrase "36 Chambers" and can go fuck itself in the nostril." 

A journalist should research before making such baseless comments. I fucking love 36 Chambers, but you've just committed a music journalism sin in shitting on S.F. Sorrow making this list. 

History lesson: The Pretty Things were one of many early British rock bands. Founding member Dick Taylor was an original member of the Rolling Stones. They started off sounding rather similarly. But The Pretty Things embraced the psychedelic scene at its birth, and in 1968 they released the masterpiece known as S.F. Sorrow. Released on the same day as The White Album, Let It Bleed, and The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation, the album wasn't nearly as successful as any of those records. Partially because the band opted not to tour the US. But S.F. Sorrow is the regarded by most experts as first concept album. Also, considering it is one of the earliest and greatest psych records, I'd say it's pretty damn influential. 

If you're gonna criticize the stupid influence list, why not mention early blues? Rock music wouldn't exist without it. How about Sam Cook? Eric B and Rakim? Bo Diddley?

This was clearly some British kid's list of favorite albums or something. Are they sure as hell ain't the most influential records of all time. But at least the vast majority of them are great.

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