Soundproof Magazine, a Canadian music mag, asked me for my top 20 Manchester albums. Here's my top 20.
If I have missed something obvious, it's too late because I already done gone sent it. I think they're compiling a great big top 20 based on the opinions of Manchester's movers and groovers, the results of which I will post on this here blog.
I wanted to include experimental flute-jazz band Upsurge (are you reading, Sam?), but I couldn't remember any titles. What I like most about my list is that it's meant to be the best Manchester albums of all time, but it's all too modern(ish) and it neglects massive swathes of Manchester music like, y'know, the Bee Gees and the Buzzcocks and, um, anything from the 60s.
1 The Smiths: The Queen Is Dead (I dare you to argue with this)
2 Autechre: Confield (it could have been one of several, to be honest)
3 The Fall: Hex Enduction Hour (ditto)
4 The Stone Roses: The Stone Roses (and not their dire second album)
5 Future Sound Of London: Lifeforms (gatefold vinyl..... mmmm)
6 Joy Division: Unknown Pleasures (ditto my Autechre comment)
7 C Charge: Ripped And Ready (legendary Manc reggae collective)
8 New Order: Technique (dig those filters)
9 Rae & Christian: Northern Sulphuric Soul (an immense achievement)
10 Happy Mondays: Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches (changed my life, man)
11 Molly Half Head: Sulk (no, seriously, I genuinely loved it)
12 Electronic: Electronic (utter cheese, but loveable cheese)
13 Oasis: Definitely Maybe (their one great, great album)
14 808 State: Ex:El (or Ninety, but Bjork swings it)
15 James: Seven (just so unique and captivating)
16 Doves: The Last Broadcast (one word: Pounding)
17 Bola: Soup (Manchester's answer to Boards Of Canada)
18 Black Grape: It's Great When You're Straight... Yeah (a true celebration of Manc attitude)
19 Jega: Geometry (hits you between the eyes)
20 Mr Scruff: Keep It Unreal (even though he's from Stockport)