Album Oriented 87: The Beatles and Dolly Parton

Only in the perverse minds of rock critics would the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, regarded by most everyone as one of popular music’s landmark achievements, place down at #87 on the New Musical Express and is *excluded* from Entertainment Weekly’s list altogether. “This is perverse just and makes me angry,” Erich says. “But I’m just going to handle it in the best way I can.” Daniel then tries to talk about Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors album from 1971. Erich’s Mid-Year Kicker Pick from 1969 is groovy because how can it not be it’s from 1969. We hope you will enjoy the show. 

Only in the perverse minds of rock critics would the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, regarded by most everyone as one of popular music’s landmark achievements, place down at #87 on the New Musical Express and be excluded from Entertainment Weekly‘s list altogether. “This is perverse just and makes me angry,” Erich says. “But I’m just going to handle it in the best way I can.” Daniel then tries to talk about Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors album from 1971. Erich’s Mid-Year Kicker Pick from 1969 is groovy because how can it not be it’s from 1969. We hope you will enjoy the show.

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Album Oriented 88: Roxy Music and New Order

Daniel leads the episode off with NME’s #88, For Your Pleasure, Roxy Music’s second album from 1973. (And yet, Erich still arrives at our episode’s recording in a full re-creation of Brian Eno’s outfit from that LP’s inner gatefold sleeve: frilly shouldered top, skullet hairdo, clogs. Striking.) Erich then presents Entertainment Weekly’s pick and one of his personal faves, New Order’s 1983 release, Power, Corruption & Lies. We discuss how its iconic single, “Blue Monday,” is the best song on the album. Kidding–we don’t! Daniel finishes off with his Mid-Year Kicker Pick from 1978. Breaking precedent, we’ll reveal here that it is in fact the soundtrack to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, featuring Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees, with narration from George Burns.  

Daniel leads the episode off with NME’s #88, For Your Pleasure, Roxy Music’s second album from 1973. (And yet, Erich still arrives at our episode’s recording in a full re-creation of Brian Eno’s outfit from that LP’s inner gatefold sleeve: frilly shouldered top, skullet hairdo, clogs. Striking.) Erich then presents Entertainment Weekly‘s pick and one of his personal faves, New Order’s 1983 release, Power, Corruption & Lies. We discuss how its iconic single, “Blue Monday,” is the best song on the album. Kidding–we don’t! Daniel finishes off with his Mid-Year Kicker Pick from 1978. Breaking precedent, we’ll reveal here that it is in fact the soundtrack to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, featuring Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees, with narration from George Burns.

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Album Oriented 89: Air and Sleater Kinney

Album Oriented has made it to the 80s of our two top 100 lists! You know what that means, don’t you? We’re living in the 80s! Like Killing Joke, by day we run and by day we dance. We do. Erich takes us on a Moon Safari, the 1998 album by Air, the electronic French duo, aka Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel. EDM, IDM, and paying actual money to watch people behind turntables and/or a laptop is discussed. Daniel gets his riot grrrl gear on and discusses Sleater Kinney’s 1997 masterpiece, Dig Me Out. Erich’s Mid-Year Kicker Pick from the 1997-1998 era will be as elliptical and retro-futurist as our listeners might expect.

Album Oriented has made it to the 80s of our two top 100 lists! You know what that means, don’t you? We’re living in the 80s! Like Killing Joke, by day we run and by day we dance. We do. Erich takes us on a Moon Safari, the 1998 album by Air, the electronic French duo, aka Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel. EDM, IDM, and paying actual money to watch people behind turntables and/or a laptop is discussed. Daniel gets his riot grrrl gear on and discusses Sleater Kinney’s 1997 masterpiece, Dig Me Out. Erich’s Mid-Year Kicker Pick from the 1997-1998 era will be as elliptical and retro-futurist as our listeners might expect.

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Album Oriented 90: The Streets and The White Stripes

We close out the 90s with two idiosyncratic artists from the aughts that use “garage” to describe their music in very different ways. Daniel presents A Grand Don’t Come for Free, the 2004 sophomore release from British hip-hop garage act The Streets. (That’s the New Musical Express #90 pick in case you couldn’t tell.) Erich offers thoughts on Entertainment Weekly’s #90: Jack and Meg White, aka garage rockers The White Stripes, specifically their 2001 third LP, White Blood Cells. Daniel’s Mid-Year Kicker Pick stumps Erich–which means, for starters, that it isn’t Brian Eno-related.

We close out the 90s with two idiosyncratic artists from the aughts that use “garage” to describe their music in very different ways. Daniel presents A Grand Don’t Come for Free, the 2004 sophomore release from British hip-hop garage act The Streets. (That’s the New Musical Express #90 pick in case you couldn’t tell.) Erich offers thoughts on Entertainment Weekly’s #90: Jack and Meg White, aka garage rockers The White Stripes, specifically their 2001 third LP, White Blood Cells. Daniel’s 2003 Mid-Year Kicker Pick stumps Erich–which means, for starters, that it isn’t Brian Eno-related.

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Album Oriented 92: Super Furry Animals and Elliott Smith

We remember the nineties, specifically 1997, as Daniel presents Welsh neo-psych Super Furry Animal’s 1997 release, Radiator, from the New Musical Express top 100 list. Just how neo-psych is it? Three band members are credited with “claps.” That’s neo-psych, right there. Erich discusses whisper-troubadour Elliott Smith’s 1997 folk release, Either/Or, from Entertainment Weekly’s top 100. Daniel’s Mid-Year Kicker Pick, also from 1997, bears mentioning here because he found an album he loved from 1997 and it isn’t Radiohead.

We remember the nineties, specifically 1997, as Daniel presents Welsh neo-psych Super Furry Animal’s 1997 release, Radiator, from the New Musical Express top 100 list. Just how neo-psych is it? Three band members are credited with “claps.” That’s neo-psych, right there. Erich discusses whisper-troubadour Elliott Smith’s 1997 folk release, Either/Or, from Entertainment Weekly‘s top 100. Daniel’s Mid-Year Kicker Pick, also from 1997, bears mentioning here because he found an album he loved from 1997 and it isn’t Radiohead.

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Album Oriented 97: Dusty Springfield and The Smiths

Two British icons, two iconic albums. Erich presents Dusty Springfield’s 1969 masterpiece Dusty in Memphis from Entertainment Weekly’s top 100 list, while Daniel has much to answer for as he tackles one of The Smiths’ five (count ’em, five) appearances on the NME top 100 with their 1984 debut, The Smiths. And we get a real treat with Erich’s Mid-Year Kicker Pick from 1976-1977.

Two British icons, two iconic albums. Erich presents Dusty Springfield’s 1969 masterpiece Dusty in Memphis from Entertainment Weekly‘s top 100 list, while Daniel has much to answer for as he tackles one of The Smiths’ five (count ’em, five) appearances on the NME top 100 with their 1984 debut, The Smiths. And we get a real treat with Erich’s Mid-Year Kicker Pick from 1976-1977.

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