Spin got it right - OK Computer

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by baba, Jun 21, 2005.

  1. baba

    baba Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2002
    3rd stone from the sun
    I know this best album business is subjective, but I think Spin Magazine got it right.
    They named Radiohead's OK Computer the best album of the last 20 years. That's an enormous statement and I'm surprised to find that I for once agree with the critics. This album is the ONLY rock album of the last 20 years that has grabbed me by the b@lls and refused to let go. I'm not an enormous Radiohead fan as a whole, and I love this album. It is amazing. It has literally brought tears to my eyes and I'm not sure why.
  2. They didn't put Kurt on the cover again, did they?

    I used to read Spin pretty regularly when I lived in the states and enjoyed it. Only two things that bothered me:
    1) They worship Nirvana way too much
    2) They worship Radiohead even more.

    And I like both those bands.
  3. baba

    baba Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2002
    3rd stone from the sun
    Not sure, I've never read the magazine. I just caught the news blurb on CNN.com or something.
  4. As for staying power in rotation, emotion grabbing, intensity, and all that lot, I'd have to agree.

    Lambast me for saying, but it's this generation's Dark Side of the Moon...and that album is hardly played out (to me) in its own right. :smug: I really do feel it's that good.

    My only quibble: nix "electioneering"...a decent song, but it doesn't fit the flow of the record.

    I have not been a fan of the last few efforts by Radiohead as whole coherent pieces of work, but the Ok Computer they just got so utterly right.

    And yes, that mag has both hands massaging Radiohead's sack at all times. It's almost embarrassing.
  5. baba

    baba Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2002
    3rd stone from the sun
    Preach it brother.
  6. Against Will

    Against Will Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2003
    Big Sound Central
    I have a strong dislike for SPIN. They're like Pitchfork sans the enjoyably vicious reviews, haughtiness and the drool bib. They're too fawning and they're just always 2 steps behind what's happening. At least Pitchfork is semi-on top of their stuff.

    Either way, OK Computer is a good middle-of-the-road inoffensive pick. I enjoy it every now and again, Paranoid Android is a great song.
  7. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Here's the list in full.

    100. Strokes - Is This It
    99. Afghan Whigs - Gentlemen
    98. Cornershop - When I Was Born For The 7th Time
    97. Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
    96. The Pogues - Rum Sodomy & The Lash
    95. Elastica - s/t
    94. Slint - Spiderland
    93. Pearl Jam - Ten
    92. Big Black - Atomizer
    91. XTC - Skylarking
    90. Sonic Youth - Sister
    89. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever To Tell
    88. Stereolab - Emperor Tomato Ketchup
    87. Blur - Parklife
    86. Meat Puppets - Up On The Sun
    85. REM - Automatic For The People
    84. Soundgarden - Superunknown
    83. At The Drive-In - Relationship Of Command
    82. Jeff Buckley - Grace
    81. Beck - Mellow Gold
    80. D'Angelo - Voodoo
    79. Moby - Everything Is Wrong
    78. The Stone Roses - s/t
    77. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
    76. Belle & Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister
    75. Le Tigre - s/t
    74. Portishead - Dummy
    73. Pulp - Different Class
    72. Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
    71. The Jesus & Mary Chain - Psychocandy
    70. Jay-Z - The Blueprint
    69. DJ Shadow - Entroducing...
    68. Tricky - Maxinquaye
    67. Slayer - Reign In Blood
    66. Outkast - Aquemini
    65. Basement Jaxx - Remedy
    64. Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP
    63. Pavement - Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
    62. Missy Elliott - Supa Dupa Fly
    61. Weezer - Pinkerton
    60. De La Soul - De La Soul Is Dead
    59. Modest Mouse - The Lonesome Crowded West
    58. Metallica - Master Of Puppets
    57. The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
    56. PJ Harvey - To Bring You My Love
    55. The Chemical Brothers - Dig Your Own Hole
    54. The Breeders - Last Splash
    53. Rage Against The Machine - The Battle Of Los Angeles
    52. Beastie Boys - Licensed To Ill
    51. Nirvana - In Utero
    50. New Order - Low Life
    49. Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation Of...
    48. Radiohead - Kid A
    47. Eric B. & Rakim - Paid In Full
    46. The Fall - This Nation's Saving Grace
    45. Kanye West - College Dropout
    44. Green Day - Dookie
    43. B.D.P. - Criminal Minded
    42. Jane's Addiction - Nothing's Shocking
    41. Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
    40. Run D.M.C. - Raising Hell
    39. Lucinda Williams - s/t
    38. A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory
    37. Guided By Voices - Bee Thousand
    36. Pixies - Doolittle
    35. Dr. Dre - The Chronic
    34. Elliott Smith - Either/Or
    33. Ice Cube - AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted
    32. The Replacements - Tim
    31. Dinosaur Jr. - You're Living All Over Me
    30. The Notorious B.I.G. - Ready To Die
    29. Fugazi - 13 Songs
    28. Oasis - Definitely Maybe
    27. The Cure - The Head On The Door
    26. Bjork - Post
    25. Nine Ince Nails - The Downward Spiral
    24. Sleater Kinney - Dig Me Out
    23. Outkast - Stankonia
    22. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
    21. Public Enemy - Fear Of A Black Planet
    20. Wu Tang Clan - Enter The Wu Tang (36 Chambers)
    19. Hole - Live Through This
    18. Guns N Roses - Appetite For Destruction
    17. Nas - Illmatic
    16. Beck - Odelay
    15. Liz Phair - Exile In Guyville
    14. Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
    13. Husker Du - New Day Rising
    12. Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
    11. U2 - Achtung Baby
    10. N.W.A - Straight Outta Compton
    9. PJ Harvey - Rid Of Me
    8. Prince - Sign O The Times
    7. De La Soul - 3 Ft. High And Rising
    6. Pixies - Surfer Rosa
    5. The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
    4. Pavement - Slanted & Enchanted
    3. Nirvana - Nevermind
    2. Public Enemy - It Takes A Nation...
    1. Radiohead - OK Computer
  8. Syeknom


    Oct 17, 2004
    Leuven, Belgium
    Some very wise choices in there, but a terribly chosen order imo.

    OK Computer is a masterpiece though, it and DSOTM (yes I know, overly popular choices) are just pure perfection to me.
  9. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca

    what's that stand for?

    anyway, as far as the cure goes, i'd have expected to see disintegration or pornography up there. the head on the door is really good, but...those two are far better.

    does this mean that top-100 lists AREN'T actually definitive and infallible!?! :eek:

  10. Syeknom


    Oct 17, 2004
    Leuven, Belgium
    Sorry, DSOTM is Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon.
  11. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    27. Horse the Band - R. Borlax
    26. King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King
    25. Led Zeppelin - Physical Grafiti
    24. At the Drive In - Vaya
    23. Pink Floyd - Animals
    22. Beatles - Abbey Road
    21. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Yanqui U.X.O.
    20. Metallica - Master of Puppets
    19. Dillinger Escape Plan - Calculating Infinity
    18. The Mars Volta - Frances the Mute
    17. Mondo Generator - Cocaine Rodeo
    16. Clutch - Pure Rock Fury
    15. Miles Davis - Bitches Brew
    14. Morphine - Good
    13. Tom Waits - Rain Dogs
    12. Bad Brains - I against I
    11. Nine Inch Nails - The Fragile
    10. Trivium - Ascendancy
    9. Queens of the Stone Age - Rated R
    8. Faith No More - Angeldust
    7. Miles Davis - In a Silent Way
    6. Pantera - Vulgar Diplay of Power
    5. Tomahawk - Mit Gas
    4. Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
    3. Mr Bungle - self-titled
    2. Police - Regatta de Blanc
    1. Sleepytime Gorilla Musuem - Of Natural History

    No particular order or reasoning behind this.
  12. Corwin


    May 8, 2005
    Buffalo, NY
    I can't help but notice the following glaring omissions: Faraquet's _The View From This Tower_ and Don Caballero's _American Don_ and _What Burns Never Returns_. Or (perhaps a bit more seriously) any Sigur Ros. I'd put together my own top 100, but I'm not sure that I have 100 albums from the past 20 years.
  13. baba

    baba Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2002
    3rd stone from the sun
    Many of these don't fall within the last 20 years.
  14. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    Re-read the last line of my post.
  15. baba

    baba Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2002
    3rd stone from the sun

    While we're at it:

    3. Crayons
    2. Pencils
    1. Pens
  16. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    Now you got it. Though I do prefer chalk over all of the above.
  17. Chiba


    Mar 11, 2005
    A friend of mine burned a copy of 'OK Computer' for me to listen to. I got about halfway through it, ejected it, and tossed it out the window of my truck.

    Haven't listened to anything after 'The Bends' since from Radiohead.

    From this thread, though, I'd gather I was in the minority!

    That Spin list reads like a 'best albums of the last 20 years if you're primarily a music "critic" that wants to feel important, hip, and connected'. The Smiths in the top 10?? Give me a BREAK! Three metal albums? No Pantera, Matthew Sweet, or Lenny Kravitz?? THE STROKES???? Come on!

    Ugh. Top 100 lists are like a**holes - everybody's got one and they all stink.

  18. baba

    baba Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2002
    3rd stone from the sun
    Too messy for me.

    Nice Tom Waits sig by the way.
  19. Against Will

    Against Will Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2003
    Big Sound Central

    Found a typo; let me fix it:

    28. Madvillain-Madvillainy
  20. Muzique Fann

    Muzique Fann Howzit brah

    Dec 8, 2003
    Kauai, HI
    IMO, Remain in Light is still the best album ever made after DSOTM.