All week during KEXP’s pledge drive, they have been playing the top albums of the past 40 years as voted on by their supporters to celebrate their 40th Anniversary. The list is 650 albums long. Like me, you probably liked a lot of it, and didn’t like some of it.
You can read the whole list of 650 albums on the KEXP Top 40 of the Last 40 years here.
Here is their top 40:
|The Clash||London Calling|
|U2||The Joshua Tree|
|David Bowie||The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust|
|Pink Floyd||Dark Side Of The Moon|
|Wilco||Yankee Hotel Foxtrot|
|Bob Dylan||Blood On The Tracks|
|Sex Pistols||Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols|
|Beastie Boys||Paul’s Boutique|
|The Rolling Stones||Exile On Mainstreet|
|Joy Division||Unknown Pleasures|
|Prince and the Revolution||Purple Rain|
|Neutral Milk Hotel||In the Aeroplane Over The Sea|
|Talking Heads||Stop Making Sense|
|Led Zeppelin||Houses Of The Holy|
|R.E.M.||Automatic For The People|
|New Order||Power, Corruption and Lies|
|The Smiths||The Queen Is Dead|
|Smashing Pumpkins||Siamese Dream|
|The Flaming Lips||Yoshimi vs. The Pink Robots|
|Led Zeppelin||Physical Graffiti|
|Beastie Boys||Licensed To Ill|
|Violent Femmes||Violent Femmes|
|Sonic Youth||Daydream Nation|
And now you may be asking yourself why this list of the top 40 goes to number 41. Well let me tell you: In my opinion, Sufjan Stevens’ album is not worthy of being on this list and R.E.M.’s Murmur is.
Sufjan bores the hell out of me.
Placement matters. Fore example, when KEXP did their top 903 albums of all time back in 2008. Sufjan placed 15th of all time, and Patti Smith placed 104th. (Anyone that tells me that Illinoise is better than Horses I immediately dismiss as a fool). So as I am glad to see that enough people have come to their senses to drop Sufjan’s album 26 places since 2008 and move Patti Smith’s Horses up 52 spots from 104th to 52nd, I still cannot accept that Illinoise is in KEXP’s top-40 list. Again I must ask who the hell are my fellow KEXP supporters and why do they like such boring music? And I won’t go too far out on a limb to predict that, in the next multi-generational poll, the fools will all have forgotten Illinoise, and Horses will prevail.
Enough of that…
What’s most interesting about these lists besides who made it to the top ten (Congratulations to Nirvana for taking the Number One spot over Radiohead, who usually places Number One in these polls, and yes I have come to appreciate Radiohead more since the last multigenerational poll [more about that here, although I prefer The Bends over OK Computer, but nevermind]) are the albums missing from the list.
Scott H. Biram – Something’s Wrong/Lost Forever
Capsula – In the Land of Silver Souls
The Duke Spirit – Cuts Across the Land
Jim White – Wrong Eyed Jesus
Nick Cave – every album except Let Love In that placed 591st.
Richard Hawley – True Love’s Gutter
Lydia Loveless – Indestructible Machine
Alejandro Escovedo - Gravity
Just to name a few…
I can’t blame KEXP for these omissions, because they play and promote all of the above artists who are missing, so all I’m left with is their listeners.
Wake up KEXP listeners! There are way better artists than many of the 650 listed, but you just aren’t paying attention. Maybe some of the ones I’ve pointed out are not in your wheelhouse. I get that, and I also get that expanding your horizons is why KEXP is so loved around the world.
So next time you hear Capsula, Jim White, The Duke Spirit, Scott H. (the “H” stands for “FUCK YOU”) Biram, Alejandro Escovedo, or Lydia Loveless – pay attention and expand your horizons. You might really like some of this stuff. You might even like it more than you think you like Sufjan Stevens!
Oh… I forgot I was done with that.
Oh well, whatever, nevermind.