Mansun - Six
Ultrasound - Everything Picture
Tales of Great Neck Glory - Sammy
This World and Body - Marion
EDC - Satchel
After Murder Park, of course
been obsessively listening to AMP for weeks now, what a record
and just purchased Luke Haines' book Bad Vibes. I can't believe I missed out on the Auteurs for so many years. They are so, so, so good.
it's hardly underrated but some people take that shit proper seriously.
Of course The Holy Bible is a cult 90's record, you absolute fucking bellend. I'm guessing you've never been to a Manics gig - even now, you'll spot a load of idiots dressed like Richey getting a hardon if they play anything off that album.
Tell me if it looks like MerePseudBagHead's back.
so so underrated
It's usually like casting pearls before swine on here
only one I've got, found it through googling for lists of mint post-hardcore a few years back, like you do. all of their stuff is that good, then?
who is completely unable to avoid threads he doesn't agree with, and feels the need to take to task not only the people who start those threads, but also the people who are interested in the thread enough to post in it. It's a phenomenon of forums that I'll never be able to get my head around, especially since such activity makes the person protesting look like a total knob.
being a cult 90's album.
Do me a favour.
Mansun: Six - 50,571 listeners
The Posies: Frosting On The Beater - 28,127 listeners
Marion: This World And Body - 19,920 listeners
The Auteurs: After Murder Park - 16,263 listeners
Satchel: EDC - 6,430 listeners
Shiner: Lula Divinia 5,345 listeners
Ultrasound: Everything Picture - 1,169 listeners
The Holy Bible, the 3rd album from the massively successful Manic Street Preachers, features in 1001 Albums You Must Listen To Before You Die, and commonly seen in many Best Albums Ever lists that are popular with internet publications and in the printed music press, which was sufficiently popular enough for Epic Records to re-release the album in 2004 for it's 10th anniversary - 142,362 listeners.
isnt how popular it is
Although I guess it's also something that appeals hugely to a particular demographic but has no real traction outside of that demographic, so the Holy Bible probably is a cult album from the 90s, just one that's pretty well-known amongst a DiS crowd.
But by the end of the 90s it was definitely outside of that original cultish area. Almost every album could be said to appeal to a particular demographic, though.
'this thread, you guys'
Puressence - Only Forever
Hefner - Breaking God's Heart
Just about anything Darren Hayman has done is excellent. He's always brilliant live.
Best Puressence album by a long way.
Kerbdog - On The Turn
The Orb - Orbus Terrarum
Belly - Star
Belly - King
Madder Rose - Panic On
Velocity Girl - Simpatico
Only heard the first one with 'Beautiful John' on it.
Disco Inferno - DI Go Pop
Blue Nile - Hats
If so then:
Prolapse - The Italian Flag
Drugstore - Drugstore
and a big ^this for Heartworm
The Heart Throbs - Cleopatra Grip
Slowdive - Just for a Day
Cranes - Wings of Joy
The Delgados - Peloton
2256 listeners. Sad face.
...but I'm pretty sure it came out in 2001.
I've always wanted Neil Hannon to cover the first track on that album.
Came out in 2000. My mistake. For some reason I always associate it with the late nineties.
Dr. Octagon - Dr. Octagonecologyst
Tricky - Maxinquaye
Turbonegro - Apocalypse Dudes
Didn't it get a Brit nomination too?
Shudder to think - pony express record
Swirlies - They spent their wild youthful days
Royal Trux - Accelerate (not shit though a bit annoying)
Screaming Trees - Dust (well good)
Sunhouse - Crazy on the Weekend (people absolutely love this album but it's never done much for me, very sought after)
You're right on both counts, cult and irritating, Thank You and Cats and Dogs were better.
apparently outside of Nearly Lost You and All I Know, they didn't really sell many albums.
But Sweet Oblivion was the best.
One Chord To Another - Sloan
Lilys - The Three Way
The two Zumpano LPs
Morphine - Cure For Pain
Los Lobos - Kiko (but colossal head is better)
possibly Keith Richards Main Offender
blokeys from Los Lobos doing something a bit weirder. WITH FANTASTIC RESULTS
Somehow _Dose_ passed me by.
Appreciated by a small group of sadists,serial killers, high school shooters and people with a dark sense of humour. If the Daily Mail knew about this band they'd go ape.
really like this interview
I was always under the impression they might be bankers or at least pretty wealthy. Shame they never really toured.
You'd Prefer an Astronaut could count too, I guess; though "Stars" received a bit of airplay.
Live at the Marquee
Pure Cult: for Rockers, Ravers, Lovers, and Sinners
High Octane Cult: Ultimate Collection, 1984–1995
Polvo - Today's Active Lifestyles
June of 44 - Four Great Points
deus - The Ideal Crash
Exploded Drawing is a really special record. one of the great sprawling avant rock records.
Not the biggest hit and the man on the street would more ofthen than not struggle to know anything off it but it influenced a lot bands and still has many fans today. It's also brilliant.
Were playing most creation and 4ad bands regularly through the 90s on Radio 1. Hardly cult. FNM (troll) had four hit singles out of Angel Dust.
Chavez - Ride the Fader
(and Gone Glimmering, while we're at it.)
Harsh 70's Reality/Whitehouse - The Dead C
Love Tara - Eric's Trip
Flying Saucer Attack - Flying Saucer Attack
All 3 but especially "Back in Denim"
Sparklehorse - Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot
Shack - Waterpistol
Grifters - Crappin You Negative
Tortoise - Millions Now Living Will Never Die
Six by Seven - The Things We Make
I promise I'll do it tonight.
Babes in Toyland - Spanking Machine
Panned at the time, but clearly an influential album to all those nu-gaze and soundscape bands out there
if not better.
Jessamine - The Long Arm of Coincidence
I've said it before, but this album is a secret masterpiece. fans of it have got to be few but fervent. their other records
are great too. it's all brilliant drumming in the nimble, low-key lineage of Jaki Liebezeit, crawling basslines and creeping
analogue synths, craggy guitars, cool vocals, and subtle dynamic eruptions.
The For Carnation totally cribbed from them (in a good way). also RIYL Slint (obviously, I guess), Mogwai's early stuff,
Can (obv, again), Liars' creepier stuff... I don't know, it's pretty unique, really. think of them as a really murky US equivalent
to Stereolab and Broadcast, if only in terms of the way they draw from both krautrock and early electronic music and weird
Red Red Meat - Bunny Gets Paid
Loftus - Loftus
see, you lot should have no excuse; these have both had Best New Reissue status from Pitchfork - Loftus just the other day,
actually. pretty much everything Tim Rutili sings on is some kind of fire-damaged, craggy, mysterious gold.
the first is a stone cold classic and has a claim to BEST ALBUM OF THE WHOLE DECADE status. it is right up there, and
if you're scared of albums that don't have proper songs or whatever, well fuck, these are all songy as shit. I mean these are
classic songs, right here. why the hell am I talking about this as a cult concern? what is wrong with the world?
have any of you ever heard 'Gauze'? fuck off you've never heard 'Gauze', go and listen to it NOW and tell me how remorseful
you are for all those years you hadn't heard 'Gauze'.
the second one is a bit more 'difficult' and abstract and that, but it is properly otherworldly. blues limping through dimensional
rifts, half-dead, out of its mind. also there are moments where it might make you cry towards the end of the record.
RIYL... Tom Waits, I reckon. also classic Stones, old blues recordings with the howls in the red.
Duster - Stratosphere
Valium Aggelein - Hier Kommt Der Schwartze Mond
these are both Duster, really. w/r/t the first one, I just about prefer 'Contemporary Movement', their subsequent release, but that's
a noughties album. either way, this band is fucking essential; seriously RIYL Deerhunter, because I swear Coxy must be tumescent
for this lot. like Jessamine, this is Earthbound slowcore space rock, but the tunes are a lot more accessible than them. the songs are
littered with sleepy, gauzy indie rock melodic hooks. I'm telling you, Deerhunter robbed their sound off these guys, which I'm fine
with, because who wouldn't want more of that. their aesthetic, their melodic sensibility, almost wholesale. also RIYL Bedhead, which
seems a redundant one, because I bet you don't even know Bedhead and how great they are.
the latter... again, Mark Richard-san did a great write-up for it in his old, sorely missed Resonant Frequencies column, so you should
be clued up. never mind. never have you heard a more perfect companion album to a cloudless sub-zero night in mid-winter, ice-chip
stars blinking in the deep, dark blue sky, breath hanging mistily before your wide, wonderstruck eyes, up with unseen satellites in their
unhindered circumnavigation of the magnetic field.
Disco Inferno - In Debt
everyone ought to know how good The 5 EPs and D.I. Go Pop are by now (a lot good, you twats), but pre- and post- that peak, they
were still in rareified territory. this one, before their sampler-mangling creative unshackling, is in the spirit of the best spindly, arty post-punk,
after Martin Hannett turning a ropey punk band into one of the greatest ever by way of immitating his dub idols. most of all, it's a
continuation of the The Durutti Column's post-industrial saudade.
all of this gives me the chills: what seperates them from other mere innovators is the prominence of heart in the music. these shimmering
arpeggios are played on your heart strings hooked up to the delay unit of your fragmented memory. Vini Reilly with better lyrics.
got a bit carried away there. xoxo
not sure how that happened...
It's a bit like reading Aquarius reviews if they were needlessly aggressive
I'm working through this now. I'm only on Jessamine, they're a lot like Slint in the way I find them kind of cool but it doesn't really have much of an impact on me.
people have just ignored my great recommendations in the past. :(
thing with Jessamine is they're definitely a mood band.
good times for listening to Jessamine: 1) in a darkened room, reading sci-fi. 2) going on a long walk in between showers on a bruised autumn night. 3) playing a really tense, scary computer game.
I like writing about music. haven't really gone off on one like that for a while, it felt good to cut loose.
I think the first album's doing more for me despite not being terribly different.
I'll get back to you after I've listened/absorbed you list, but for now I'm going to make my own recommendations that no fucker will listen to :D
I promise I'll pay attention to your list.
but i think you should write more about music. Send some shit to sean, he deserves it x
Jessamine are truly amazing.thankyou for introducing
Yo La Tengo - Painful
Galaxie 500 - This Is Our Music
when my cat died.
it's an album about Richard Youngs' dog, Sapphie. (she died, which made him really sad).
fucking heart-wrenching, soul-scouring catharsis. it's in his voice, it's so bare and honest. the melodies are so fragile.
Ever wondered what Alan Dubin and James Plotkin did before Khanate? O.L.D. (or Old Lady Drivers) started off as a wilfully idiotic grindcore band in the late 80s before gradually becoming more bizarre and industrial-tinged, almost like a precursor to Plotkin's Phantomsmasher project.
The instrumentation brings Godflesh to mind (aggressive drum machines, scree-ing guitar, guttural bass) only more damaged and rhythmically diverse and occasionally strangely melodic, too. Dubin' angry cat screech is very much present at this juncture.
Last Look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ap2FHwECFpo
Iceburn Collective - Meditavolutions/Power of the Lion
Brooding heavy jazzrock ensemble given to dissonant heads and noisy abstraction. While rather meandering their material always had a definite compositional structure that allowed much improvisation while still maintaining a sense of direction. In this way, and musically, they foreshadowed Kayo Dot and (the more cohesive moments of) The Mars Volta rather heavily to my ears.
Trills & Cones (Expansion): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwixXgQBzuA
Power Of The Lion part I: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7D2Cl46o5Y
Gastr Del Sol - Camofleur
Final album from this amorphous collective based around guitarists Jim O'Rourke and David Grubbs. Lovely eclectic and experimental indie/math-rock.
Black Horse: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6LKlG5wxx0 (The arrangements are fucking brilliant on this by the way)
Blues (Subtitled No Sense of Wonder): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LO77MeRhNKY
The Monsoon Bassoon - I Dig You Voodoo
Sole album from this band most notable for containing Kavus Torabi who would go on to form the brilliant Knifeworld, as well as play guitar for, Cardiacs and Guapo amongst others. In fact, there can't be many Cardiacs fans who aren't aware of this. Excellent wonky Math-pop-prog-rock(?)
King Of Evil: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1i3BMnrCOxg
Wise Guy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kMjAF0nF98
Ved Buens Ende - Written In Waters
Back in the mid-to-late-90s major players in the Norwegian black metal scene began straying from the purist template pretty heavily. While other bands began to experiment with electronic influences, VBE kept the rawness and atmosphere of black metal but approached the form in a very idiosyncratic way. Ugly, dissonant riffs and weird crooning vocals go up against powerful basslines that refuse to simply follow the riffs and incredible drumming. Definite shades of early Voivod and Bruford/Wetton/Fripp-era King Crimson here. VBE also only managed one album, but mastermind Carl-Michael Eide evetually went on to form Virus who offer a less 'black' but still amazing take on this style.
I Sang For The Swans: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMPfYr7JiZM (this one starts with a hell of a RIFF)
Den Saakaldte: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMztimW-vDI
Didn't mean to write so much, this is what happens when I drink on my own.
From start to end that is a brilliant album.
Great unsung shoegaze-country classics.
Love their earlier EPs as well. Never quite got into Honey Bee though.
Possibly the most Mancunian album in the world ever. Happy Mondays punk-funk with withering MES-style social observations.
How did they go so so so wrong on that second album, National Coma? It was fucking dreadful, a rubbish Lilys rip-off that was devoid of any redeeming features and tunes, I'm still cross...!
Saw them in Paris in 1992 touring Delaware (on a bill with Frank & Walters and PJ Harvey - what a night that was), & they were fucking amazing. Saw them touring the second album & they were dreadful.
Never really got into the rest of the album.
(is that really from the 90s? Fuck.)
Really good live act too.
Genuinely creepy, stripped-down Scandinavian noir.
8-track mini album combining their first 2 EPs. Ridiculously good.
plus the Madder Rose, Belly, Whipping Boy and Morphine albums other people have mentioned.
Lard - The Last Temptation Of Reid
Skinny Puppy - Too Dark Park
Monster Magnet - Spine Of God
Young Gods - TV Sky
God Machine - Scenes From The Second Storey
DJ Shadow - Entoducing
Why do think it isn't a cult record?
Highly influential, critically acclaimed, but the sales figures don't necessarily reflect it's importance.
*ding ding ding*
One of the funniest, filthiest & funkiest hip hop albums ever made. Kwest's flow is breathtaking at times & his lyrics are frequently LOL funny.
Gorgeous and summery Electronic Folk album.
Also, who remembers Libido? They were good.
awesome! thanks so much for the recommendation...
I like/might fit the bill too:
trumans water - of thick tum
joel r.l. phelps and the downer trio - 3
rex - c
a minor forest - flemish altruism
us saucer - tender place come from nothing
magnog - magnog
Still one of my favourite records.
They did this song:
The main guy was the one who produced Supergrass, I think. Basically you can hear loads of Supergrass sound in the album. I guess they were just too old to really get popular.
Much Against Everyone's Advice.
Used to absolutely love this band.
They were a post-Nirvana signing to Geffen, had links with Mercury Rev and Flaming Lips but were a lot edgier, John Peel liked them enough for a session. The second album is really quite odd, some abrasive slacker rock along with some gorgeous countrified stuff Calexico would have killed for, lovely.
The Julie Dolphin - Lit
They chaged their name to I forget what, this album was nigh on perfect to me. Like Lush, but a more urgent and darker sound. The girl singing goes from coquetishness to angry to whispery, the production is stunning, sounds like a top 40 record. Again, had some Radio 1 airplay and support but didn't get anywhere, shame.
Verbena - Souls for Sale
I think they supported Foo Fighters early on, they have a very bluesy sound and surprised they weren't bigger, boy/girl vocals, amazing riffs and swagger to them, kind of like Come on some happy happy drugs...!
Come should qualify for this too, but am too upset about missing their reunion show recently :( 20:20 is dark, Nico type dark grunge blues.
Mr Sadpunk, given your love of Scarce I can happily endorse the above for your consumption.
I caught them supporting Jesus Lizard in 97/98
It was a massively overlooked record, the critical response was good, however, the band had massive rows with their label (Earache) which led to them receiving little or no tour support & poor distribution.
They were brilliant live and on the night in question actually outdid Jesus Lizard (a rare off day for them.) It's a post hardcore record that kicks hard. I can't help but feel had they been American, things would have been very different
Much as I love HOL, this has to be Terry Bickers' finest hour.
Teenage Fanclub/BMX Bandits-associated Scots indie band on Creation. Stuffed full of killer hooks & choruses. Virtually erased from history now for some bizarre reason.
Jacob's Mouse - No Fish Shop Parking
Sophia - Fixed Water
Pretty much every Smog album prior to Knock Knock
After all of the NIN news/threads recently. It holds up.
I think past a certain point, 'cult' is superseded by religion or something.
definitely a cult album
Name taken from Ash Ra Tempel, Roy Montgomery & Bardo Pond jam together and make some amazing space rock.
but I find Hash Jar Tempo to be boring. I blame Bardo Pond as they're a band I really want to like, but it seems like a bulk of their stuff is meandering bullshit.
Their early stuff is great though, you should give the first album a try if you haven't already. You may reconsider after that.
are both true cult records.
has it's own website celebrating it. So that's certainly their most "cult" record (it's also their certifiable masterpiece).
Kind of an unknown album that is one of my favorites from the 90s. Weird, cut up college style industrial rock mixed in with ambient chill out electronics, pounding beats and an indian ragga at the end for good measure. It's like Nine Inch Nails but really really really good.
Never seemed to gain much attention over here despite both Lamacq and Peel giving the singles loads of airplay & NME getting behind them. 'Don't I Hold You' is still one of my favourite songs ever