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All good fun and that, but they're never going to surprise you.
Right, your go.
The first three Ramones albums are all essential
you'd be like gimmie gimmie more Ramones
then buy all the albums
I reckon there is much to be learned from listening to people that 'always sound the same'. If the Ramones is anything like Lungfish the more you listen to the songs that all supposedly sound the same the more different they all sound and the true awesomeness of the band is revealed
Granted the first two are superficially similar in terms of songwriting, but the differences in production make them very different in terms of sound.
The third has some songs that wouldn't be out of place on the second, but then there's a number of tracks that are starting to get away from the 1-2-3-4 adrenalin rush power chord thing and explore a more classic bubblegum pop style.
I'm thinking you don't really like the Ramones at all, therefore haven't listened to them all that much, therefore have no real idea what you're talking about. Which means I'm being trolled. Guess you win huh.
if you'd said We Are Scientists I'd be happy
the others aren't important enough to justify a purchase, you could happily go on neglecting the rest of their catalogue and you wouldn't have missed much.
timberlake - nah.
Bloc Party only have one GREAT album, none of the rest are even 'good' all the way through.
You could probably edit #2, 3, 4 and b-sides into a killer comeback album and I wish they had done really
Once you've got the Colour and the Shape is there any point to buying the others?
AND ALSO TBO
The Colour And The Shape is better then those 'other' Bloc Party albums, much better
One of those 'other' albums is better than Silent Alarm anyway. 'Intimacy'.
I honestly think you and he are one and the same, so underwhelming is that album
Just pretend that was their first album, and all the others are just extensions of its ideas, and the universe makes more sense. I don't care how 'awful' they are, Generator is still one of my favorite tunes of all time.
Generator and Live-In Skin punch hard, while Aurora and Headwires are blissfully laid-back, and Next Year is my fav FF song - gotta love that false ending and those fills
Don't get me wrong I love Horses, but I'm worried none of her other stuff could ever live up to how amazing it is. And Because The Night is a rubbish song.
Even though my son's named after a song on 'Wave'.
There are good (even great) songs on 'Easter', 'Radio Ethiopia' and 'Wave' but none of them are in the same class as 'Horses'
Bit weird. Is your surname Smith?
He's called Revenge of course. It looks cool stitched on the back of his leather jacket
'The Blow Up'. It's awesome.
(The Best of the Beatles, natch)
they have other output, I hear, but I will NEVER listen to anything other than In the Aeroplane. don't want to sully it, innit
It's good, and it's got 'Song Against Sex' on which is probably my favourite of theirs, but it isn't on the same level as 'Aeroplane'. Worth getting, nonetheless.
I am an asshole like that.
is where it's at.
Death In Vegas
which Goldfrapp, Mondays, Death in Vegas, Clinic and Clearlake you're on about because it's not clear to me - there's room for a few by them in my record collection. I'll give you Cast and Lord knows about The Hives.
but Contino Sessions absolutely nails it. Just about all their other stuff is great, but CS is in a league of it's own.
Clinic - again, love 'em to bits, but I'm not gonna pretend they're masters of reinvention. Each album is like an incremental revision on the preceding one (although there's more variation between each one than most people would give them credit for because of their recognisable sound). Whatever the last one is at the time should have a lot of ground covered. See also: The Raveonettes.
I would say all of the Goldfrapp albums have something to offer to, especially the first three
You don't need any Cast albums.
for me Trans-Love Energies showed off a considerably different but still highly listenable aspect to their sound.
Also whilst I personally wasn't that big a fan of their more kraut influenced material it barely features on CS.
you're just looking for a rise, aren't you?
No one needs a Weezer album.
Exile is all you really need to worry about.
although agree that Exile is their best effort. by some margin.
and then again when I realised that it has literally none of their signature songs on it, such a consistent set of songs regardless
Neil Young, maybe.
Let's focus people, get this thing back on track.
The Stone Roses - good answer
Love - did they have any others?
Sex Pistols - too obvious but needs to be said
Tricky - PMT isn't really worth it
The Specials - out on a limb here, may be proved wrong
Mercury Rev - getting dodgy now
Husker Du - definitely going to get called out for this one so I'll stop now.
I loved Maxinquaye so much I bought all of his output for years before accepting I was wasting my money.
I would make a case for Da Capo by Love as a lost classic, but not in the class of Forever Changes.
Husker Du is just silly. They made at least five essential records (from Zen Arcade onwards)
It really is excellent
but PMT and Nearly God are both every bit as essential as Maxinquaye (more so, imo).
I say this as a massive fan who owns all their albums.
or does it not really matter?
I think you need at least TWO - Godzilla's Eatin' Dust and the Action is Go!
- so that one.
probably because I heard it after the two I mentioned above
Bands that you wish people would get other albums by apart from 'the hit one'
The Velvet Underground
and anyone with real taste should have the second and fourth ones as well.
although i think it's you only need to buy one album to decide if you like them. if you do then you're probably going to buy all of their stuff though. or you could just skip the albums and go for the live stuff
just go see them live, an album is just overkill
Just 'The Holy Bible'.
for the strong songwriting and accessible vocals.
Because the 'thing' you get from them you get 100% from TOTBL, and diminishing returns of that same thing in all the subsequent albums
Only got room for the debut Dizzee Rascal album in my life also
...all for the same reason, diminishing returns
I'm sure people will disagree.
I'm a huge fan of their greatest hits but for some reason have never ventured beyond that
Though, the final one they did with English Beefcake on was quite good and produced by Eno.
"Garbage" and "Version 2.0" are both excellent. Also "Not Your Kind of People" is a strong comeback album. Definitely their third best album.
If you're a fan of the band then check Garbage's third and fourth albums ("Beautiful Garbage" & "Bleed Like Me").
The Sex Pistols
In Utero all day long. Bleach is childish, Nevermind is just a bit flat.
Incesticide is fantastic & Unplugged is class.
Nirvana belong in a 'probably ought to have all their albums, really' thread.
Gang of Four
Solid Gold is better than Entertainment
how could you all (and general critical consensus) be so wrong?
that might be it? It's far less fun innit.
Everything since their debut has been a beating with the disappointment stick.
I thought you meant as in, bands whose output is so similar that having lots of different ones wouldn't greatly enrich your collection.
The other option is 'bands that only had one good album', which is a different question.
Of course, the answer to the question of bands whose output is very similar is: that's why the fuck you like a band. If you find one album's enough it just tells you that you don't like that band all that much.
where all their albums sound pretty similar, so you just need to choose whichever is your favourite one and leave it at that
White Blood Cells is the essential one though, right?
is different enough, and good enough, that you need that too I reckon. White Blood Cells doesn't sound anything like it because of the 'rules' that Jack imposed on himself for it, most notably no slide guitar. De Stijl is all about the slide. There's no equivalent of Death Letter on WBC.
IMHO their debut was to undeveloped to be considered essential, but De Stijl, White Blood Cells and Elephant can all be argued for on their own merits. Get Behind Me Satan is really for devoted Stripes fans only and Icky Thump is debatable. If a band's 'sound' includes the idea of massive diversity compared to their genre peers, 'similar' albums can still be wildly different and interesting.
It's out tomorrow
& it's the only album we have
so natch, it's the only album of ours you'll need to be
nah album x was as good as album y
I suspect many would disagree, but I genuinely think that if you have 69 Love Songs then you can just quit while you're ahead. None of the albums since have been worth getting really, they've all been patchy and half-arsed. The ones before 69LS are better, although they're still not exactly essential. I suppose you might want a best of, with the best one or two songs from each of the other albums and a few rarities like Plant White Roses, but that doesn't exist unless you make it yourself.
My own personal 'best of' would probably include a fairly wide spread, but really, if a band has 69 Love Songs in their back catelogue, then really that's everything and more.
Explosions in the Sky
I love them all, but people only generally need one of their records as they all essentially go along the same lines.
I adore them and yet i've never bothered to get another album after The Earth Is Not ... that album gives me everything i need from spacey, sweet post-rock
the first two albums are great, but from then on I get the feeling that they're just repeating themselves (can't blame them, it's a good sound - just one that I personally don't need to hear more of).
That's probably fair to say for a lot of the instrumental rock bands who get described as post-rock, though.
if EPs don't qualify as albums (March into the Sea EP was way the best thing they ever did I think)
Lightning Bolt I can kinda agree on even tho I love all of their albums
BUT I disagree completely with with Isis - Oceanic and Panopticon are essential, Celestial is great, and their other albums are pretty good as well
that's what it should be called
am I trolling a bit, don't even know anymore
but there is definitely some extra special joy in appreciating the musics evolution/growth etc
I mean even Lightning Bolt, you can't listen to those albums and say they all sound the same, they don't at all.
Also, don't think you're trolling at all - only real bit of sense in this thread tbh.
By a particular band?
Who cares if people would rather stick to having one album by one band? Who cares if people, after finding an album they like, decide to go on the hunt for something completely different? Or even something not that different - maybe they'll search out the bands that influenced that album. If some people find pleasure in tracking a band's evolution down the years, fine, but not every does or should get that pleasure.
Say what you want about people who'd rather just have one album by one band.
i'm just saying that way of doing things should not be discounted, it has given me much enjoyment
Maybe he doesn't really care, idk. I think you're all being too dismissive of the scattergun approach.
we're losing the battle! The internet encourages the scattergun approach!
you can always download the rest on the rapidshares.
The Beta Band - The Three EPs
Doves - The Last Broadcast
Mansun - Attack of the Grey Lantern
The Mars Volta - Deloused in the Comatorium (I'm not even sure if you need that either, TBH...)
Duran Duran-The debut, but a case could be made for "the Marriage album"
She said that it could include bands like these- who had one hit ALBUM then disappeared- whereas I think the term exclusively means had one hit SONG. If they managed a few popular songs from one album they're not a one-hit wonder, as far as I'm concerned.
I wasn't too bothered until she turned it into a massive screaming row in the street (!!), with running away, shouting, pushing etc. It was MENTAL and all over something so stupid. Views?
BEHAVE, Is This It & Room On Fire are both superb.
They're all great but for the most part they all kind of sound the same.
Sick Of It All