I mean if there’s one thing I love doing with my aching amounts of free time, it’s an unnecessary list. After all, what’s the point in a passion if you can’t quantify it? As with everything I’ve done on this site, it’s all drenched in my doDGY opinions, so keep that in mind, as well as my painful music twatness — but let’s be honest, why are you here otherwise? Umm… apart from that, you can expect to see a banquet of different genres on show here (I’m really spoiling you, honestly) and a nice balance of clAssics and some somewhat underrated gems.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
By The Way (2002)
A stunningly written and performed album, with the Chilis ditching their laddish pretences for something unlike anything else – my favourite album of all time.
Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991)
Cheeky funky fuckers they are — energy bursting out of the edges.
A departure from the hedonism of the band’s previous releases, still with a dash of funk and heaps of awesomeness.
Stadium Arcadium (2006)
The sheer amount of great songs on this behemoth two-discer makes it worth a mention and Frusciante’s guitar turn is one of, if not his best.
One By One (2002)
It’s all killer with this one – even if the band were close to killing themselves.
There Is Nothing Left To Lose (1999)
There is nothing not to love about this album. I done a pun, I did.
Foo Fighters (1995)
The ultimate post-grunge album – Kurt wasn’t even cold!
Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (2007)
This is the record that got me into rock music. Needless to say, it’s my Foo favourite.
Queens Of The Stone Age
Songs For The Deaf (2002)
A close-to-perfect album, an experience in stoner rock, a needless link to my review of it.
Lullabies To Paralyze (2005)
A brilliant, if unnerving, powerhouse.
… Like Clockwork (2013)
Haunting, melodramatic, but oh-so cool, my favourite QOTSA album.
Rage Against The Machine
Rage Against The Machine (1992)
Stuff that makes me what to jump around like a mad man, even when I haven’t finished my Pepsi can, yo.
Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2005)
I mean these were some children right? And they managed to distil their entire existence into 40 minutes of poetic indie rock excellence. Children!
Demon Days (2005)
An awesome masterpiece merging of genres, with elements of alt rock, electronica and trip hop.
Plastic Beach (2010)
Beach music if the sand was shimmery pixels.
Hot Fuss (2004)
Synth-drenched nostalgery indie rock goodness.
Raucous, a little bit feral and an influential game changer.
The White Stripes
Jack’s riff-ready bluesy garage rock hits its peak here, with punky guitar rock as far as the eye can see.
War Pigs, Paranoid, Iron Man, Electric Funeral, Hand Of Doom. Need I go on?
Live It Out (2005)
OooOo a haunting atmospheric album, with synthpop hooks and criminal grooves.
Psychic Warfare (2015)
System Of A Down
Maybe my favourite metal record, just weird and crazy.
Every Time I Die
From Parts Unknown (2014)
Decayin’ With The Boys! To lump these guys in with the rest of metalcore is a grave disservice.
Low Teens (2016)
Best album of 2016 with some of ETID’s best tracks.
The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (1972)
Two words: Bowie’s Masterpiece.
Hunky Dory (1971)
A quality, catchy art rock record from the father of the genre.
If You Can’t Join ‘Em, Beat ‘Em (2005)
Another one of my favourite rappers is Canadian MC Abdominal, who features heavily here, along with the phat grooves Format himself lays down.
Ill Communication (1994)
The Number Of The Beast (1982)
A frantic, brilliant record featuring the greatest frontman of all time.
More Maiden goodness, but bigger and grander!
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Are You Experienced (1967)
Sandy chill tunes for a groovy time.
A Tribe Called Quest
The Low End Theory (1991)
Greatest hip-hop record of all time? YO..
Joy as an Act of Resistance. (2018)
The most important record of modern times — and they’re from ’round ‘ere!
Purple Rain (1984)
To call it iconic would be an understatement — but a better soundtrack for drunken rants I can’t recall.