It’s All Happening :: The Thing About Great

IAH-TheThingAboutGreatThe thing is, with all great art, it’s the biggest fucking love affair of your life.

That sounds lame but stay with me.

A person will never ever get as much satisfaction and fulfilment from another person as you do from your art.

And if you expect that euphoric feeling of purpose in another human, you will always be left wanting, because that feeling can only be found though passion, expression and creativity.

Your purpose, your external presence, the one thing that makes the world just shut the fuck up – that’s your own great love, your one and only.

So on that note, I am balls deep in the Jacobites discography. Today, I will be putting together a little play list of my favourite albums of all time!

In part to remind me why I love some silly little piece of music or some band so much that it hurts, as well as to turn you onto some kick-ass jams!

 

Taking Drugs To Make Music To Take Drugs To – Spacemen 3 (1990)

Spacemen 3, my favourite band of all time. It is my opinion, however, that they remain the most underrated, yet most influential band to come from the ’80s.

Actually, that is motherfuckin’ fact!

If this band is new to you, I suggest you pick up the album, roll a huge joint, and let your mind float to to mystic, psychedelic euphoria!

 

The Madcap Laughs – Syd Barett (1970)

The best singer and songwriter Pink Floyd has ever known. . . .

The simplicity is tragically splendid, there this nothing better then a tea party with the insane ‘Terrapin’ – it claws my heart every time.

 

Tago Mago – Can (1971)

The best Krautrock album in my opinion; nobody takes you on a trip like the Germans, and you can take that to the bank.

 

The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators – The 13th Floor Elevators (1966)

Roky Erickson is one far-out dude and this is one far-out band. These guys are seminal psychedelic rock – and they had an electric jug player.

Epic.

 

Marquee Moon – Television (1977)

He maybe number 76 on Rolling Stone’s list, but Tom Verlaine will always be my favourite guitarist of all time.

The opening riff of the title track is simply perfect. My number-one band to emerge from the New York punk scene in late ’70s. Fronted by Verlaine (who was dating Patti Smith at the time) and Richard Hell – how can you go wrong?

 

Smile – The Beach Boys (1967) / (2003)

This album was intended to be the follow-up to Pet Sounds but was never completed until 2003.

Bootleg copies had floated around for years but only now are the entire Smile sessions are available!

 

The Velvet Underground & Nico – The Velvet Underground (1967)

Nico’s haunting voice, Lou Reed’s graphic description of a drugged out New York . . . . Perfect songwriting, perfect use of minimalism.

Brian Eno is famously quoted as saying, “The first Velvets album only sold 10,000 copies but everyone who bought it formed a band.”

 

. . . And Don’t the Kids Just Love It – Television Personalties (1980)

The perfect U.K. indie rock ’80s album, hands down!

 

Suicide (or, Album One) – Suicide (1977)

Martin Rev and Alan Vega.

‘Ghost Rider’.

1970’s art rock.

 

Murray Street – Sonic Youth (2002)

I know its strange to pick a later album as my favourite SY album, but disconnection notice just does it for me.

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