50 Years Of Tunes

Well there’s this thing on Twitter with the hashtag #50YearsOfTunes where an individual picks one album as their favourite for each year from 1964 to 2015. So I beavered away and worked it out and over the first weekend of 2014 I bombarded Twitter with 100 or so tweets full of these choices. I thought I would put them on a page here just to give readers an idea of my musical tastes. I have written about some of these albums here at Goldfish or at Toppermost (see the separate page for all my Toppermost posts).

Some quick thoughts. Some of these albums have been part of my life since I was young, some going back to my parents’ record collection. Some are related to my teenage years, when life and music are inseparable and amongst the most important things in your life. These are not “the best” albums from each year, these are “my favourites”. I doubt anyone would pick exactly the same list, especially not 1970. But that’s half the fun, seeing other people’s tastes. Each year had a preamble tweet so I have included those. Thanks to everyone who retweeted and favourites and engaged in conversations around this exercise. It’s you people out there who make these things special.

Anyway, let’s tweet…

#50YearsOfTunes – 1964 Well let’s face it, there were only a few options and in reality it was either “A hard days night” or…

#50YearsOfTunes – 1964  “Beatles for sale” – The Beatles. “I don’t want to spoil the party”. http://youtu.be/1O6gX0FCwpU

#50YearsOfTunes – 1965 – A lot more choice here, Dylan, Stones, this band’s other LP… this has special memories.

#50YearsOfTunes 1965 “Help!” – The Beatles. “You’ve got to hide your love away”. http://youtu.be/jz7IjXu0DfQ

#50YearsOfTunes – 1966 – Now it’s getting tough, “Blonde on blonde”, “Revolver”, “Aftermath”… But this beauty won.

 #50YearsOfTunes – 1966 – “Pet Sounds” – The Beach Boys. Caroline No. http://youtu.be/7w7ZeSIC6K0


#50YearsOfTunes – 1967 and its all gone psychedelic. Sgt Pepper, Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, so much great music but it wasn’t just flowers and beads. Bad trips and creeping darkness at the edges.

#50YearsOfTunes – 1967 – “Forever Changes” by Love.  “The Red Telephone”. http://youtu.be/IzkAwCs5bnI

#50YearsOfTunes – 1968. Riots, war, protests, a quest for freedom, going back and looking forward. And kicking out the best member.

 #50YearsOfTunes – 1968 “The Notorious Byrd Brothers” by The Byrds. “Tribal Gathering / Dolphin’s Smile” https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qX8rN8oMl-4#

50YearsOfTunes  – 1969. Probably my first curveball in this series. It took me ten years to work this out, but once it clicked….

#50YearsOfTunes – 1969. “In a silent way” by Miles Davis. http://youtu.be/FnGox3w4sb4

#50YearsOfTunes – 1970. First thought best thought. All life is there, y’know. But I’m not going to convince anyone…

 #50YearsOfTunes – 1970. “Can’t help falling in love” by Andy Williams. “Long time blues”. http://youtu.be/rXB7QC9j2fc


#50YearsOfTunes – 1971. This won’t be a surprise either especially if you’ve read my effusive praise for it at Goldfish.

#50YearsOfTunes – 1971. “One Year” by Colin Blunstone. Heartstoppingly beautiful. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6Z1_omga1NQ

#50YearsOfTunes – 1972. Not an album I’ve ever mentioned, but a  favourite for many years. So much music, so many layers…

#50YearsOfTunes – 1972. “Exile on main street’ by The Rolling Stones. One of the best album openers ever. “Rocks off”. http://youtu.be/Sqk1kdjk5o0

#50YearsOfTunes – 1973. Again first thought best thought.

#50YearsOfTunes – 1973. “Tubular bells” by Mike Oldfield. http://youtu.be/1LFCG7kOsxE

#50YearsOfTunes – 1974. Wiki says this album is distinctive for its “chewy guitar sound”. Can’t say fairer than that.

#50YearsOfTunes – 1974. “Radio city” by Big Star. Another great LP opener, and in mono too. “O my soul”. http://youtu.be/Pbnekl_rE-8

#50YearsOfTunes – 1975. Having missed out on ’74’s best lp by a whisker, he makes an even better LP the following year. Well, who would believe what a weak pair of hands can do?

#50YearsOfTunes – 1975. “Another Green World” by Eno. “Golden hours”.  http://youtu.be/Sxyg3sP03Cs

  #50YearsOfTunes –  1976. Again, shouldn’t surprise anyone who knows me. Loved this LP since the day it was issued.

#50YearsOfTunes – 1976. “Arrival” by Abba. “Tiger”. http://youtu.be/uKq0QjVsaaA

#50YearsOfTunes – 1977. It was either this or “Low” but this was one war that the Germans won!

#50YearsOfTunes – 1977. “Trans Europe Express” by Kraftwerk. “Showroom dummies”. http://youtu.be/ZVtT8xsiXBQ

#50YearsOfTunes – 1978. The perfect halfway point between punk rock and art rock. And a sleeve to die for.

#50YearsOfTunes – 1978. “Chairs missing” by Wire. “Used to”. http://youtu.be/gUZ5VgcMY88

#50YearsOfTunes – 1979. Once again, first thought best thought. I sometimes think this has never been surpassed in it’s genre

#50YearsOfTunes – 1979. “Equinoxe” by Jean Michel Jarre. Look at all those synths! “Equinoxe pt 4”  http://youtu.be/fG6j7VQSQ34

#50YearsOfTunes – 1980. A bit of an obvious choice, it was nearly “Remain in light” or “Organisation”…

#50YearsOfTunes – 1980. “Closer” by Joy Division.  “Heart and soul”. http://youtu.be/l9bH6R3gj0I

#50YearsOfTunes – 1981. An incredible year for music, so many to choose from. But this was an inevitable winner.

#50YearsOfTunes – 1981. “Architecture and morality” by OMD. “She’s leaving”. http://youtu.be/iefoFl0y9CA

#50YearsOfTunes – 1982. You don’t need me to tell you how great this year was for music. An abundance of riches.

#50YearsOfTunes – 1982. “New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)” by Simple Minds. “Somebody up there likes you”. http://youtu.be/D7918YtVdsk

#50yearsoftunes – 1983. “Another setting”? “Power corruption and lies”? “Harmony”? Something NOT on Factory?

#50YearsOfTunes – 1983. It could only be “Dazzle ships” by OMD. “Genetic engineering”. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OddgsPyCJmU

#50yearsoftunes – 1984. After raving about “Ocean rain” the other day, it nearly changed. But there’s more than one way to kiss the turtle shell.

#50yearsoftunes – 1984. “Fried” by Julian Cope. “Laughing Boy”. Far out. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MNqtqi9MCX8

#50YearsOfTunes – 1985. Tough competition from Microdisney, The Smiths, Tears For Fears, Yeah Yeah Noh… But this one sails through.

#50YearsOfTunes – 1985. “Here comes everybody” by The Wake. “O Pamela”. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Wb0FFo3v7sA

#50YearsOfTunes – 1986. Equally inevitable, as this act was in the middle of a purple patch during this period. I don’t mean Prince either.

#50YearsOfTunes – 1986. “Circuses and bread” by The Durutti Column. “Tomorrow”. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8qFIvnWy07w

50YearsOfTunes – 1987. When I get sick of music I use this album to cleanse my palette. Always does the trick.

#50YearsOfTunes – 1987. “Escape from noise” by Negativland. “You don’t even live here”. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5A88GbBxnWk

#50YearsOfTunes – 1988. Another superb year… 69, Daydream Nation, A Bell Is A Cup, Bummed, UVS… But no…

#50YearsOfTunes – 1988. “Isn’t anything” by My Bloody Valentine. “Feed me with your kiss”. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=s6I3JGzJAdM

#50YearsOfTunes – 1989. An easier choice, though I feel bad for AR Kame who get pipped at the post again.

#50YearsOfTunes – 1989. “Vini Reilly” by The Durutti Column. “Finding the sea”. http://youtu.be/ViGvRubCGxQ

#50YearsOfTunes – 1990. And then the world changed. It was tempting to choose “Temple Cloud”, but instead I was obvious again.

#50YearsOfTunes – 1990. “Skywriting” by The Field Mice. “It isn’t forever”. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-FwYsZEaFZU

#50YearsOfTunes – 1991. Screamadelica, Loveless, Bandwagonesque, Seamonsters, Foxbase Alpha? Better than all of ’em.

#50YearsOfTunes – 1991. “Unholy soul” by The Orchids. “The sadness of sex (pt 1)”. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5zxPxTGQzRE

#50YearsOfTunes – 1992.  lots of good LPs from Brian, Because, Red House Painters, Moose, Pale Saints, Boos but for long lasting pleasure…

#50YearsOfTunes – 1992. “The Telescopes” by The Telescopes. “Please tell Mother”. http://youtu.be/BLl55k0ordc

#50YearsOfTunes – 1993. Superb year, so much choice, but two Guernica LPs battled for the top spot…(“Euphoria” by Insides just missing out)

#50YearsOfTunes – 1993. “Spoonfed Hybrid” by Spoonfed Hybrid. “Boys in Zinc”. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_wpPS6gArFU

#50YearsOfTunes –  1994 A new house in a new town, lost on late night buses, lonely and listening to a lot of music. The ideal soundtrack.

#50YearsOfTunes – 1994. “Hex” by Bark Psychosis. “Eyes and smiles”. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2T90HkW9ldE

#50YearsOfTunes – 1995. It wasn’t all Britpop you know. This may be another of my curveballs. Nearly either Flying Saucer Attack LPs…

#50YearsOfTunes – 1995. This has an atmosphere all of its own, a wintry chill, an Arctic blast as white as it’s sleeve.

#50YearsOfTunes – 1995. “Only heaven” by The Young Gods. “Moon revolutions”. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRiu9Qk4_y4

#50YearsOfTunes – 1996. This was also inevitable, though “Amazing disgrace” was a close second. A raw  record of heartbreak.

#50YearsOfTunes – 1996. “Her handwriting” by Trembling Blue Stars. “Less than love”. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PH5rxD19wgU

#50YearsOfTunes – 1997. Could’ve been “Being there”, was very nearly “Sound of lies”, but in the end happiness wins.

#50YearsOfTunes –  1997. “Songs from Northern Britain” by Teenage Fanclub. “Ain’t that enough”. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jdeqYx-9-AQ

#50YearsOfTunes –  1998. Yeah there was Deserters Songs and the first Pernice Brothers and Golden Smog but happiness wins again

#50YearsOfTunes – 1998. “The lateness of the hour” –  Eric Matthews. “No gnashing teeth”. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TqF7lq383Xk

#50YearsOfTunes – 1999. And now an album I still haven’t finished writing about at Goldfish, although I started the post in August.

#50YearsOfTunes – 1999. “Works Project LP” by Scott 4.”Troubles 1 2 3″ http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Eyt0-DlkEro

#.#50YearsOfTunes  – 2000. A band who had been bubbling under for a few years finally flourish. Side Two has killer songs…

#50YearsOfTunes – 2000. “Lost souls” by Doves. “Melody calls”. What a song! http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cbLU5jBWgKc

#50YearsOfTunes – 2001. First appearance by the most consistent band of the 21st Century.

#50YearsOfTunes – 2001. “Let you down” by The Kingsbury Manx. “Baby you’re a dead man”. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SeikId1qbpM

#50YearsOfTunes – 2002. Happy memories of playing this on repeat during marathon photocopying sessions.

#50YearsOfTunes – 2002. “Geogaddi” by Boards Of Canada. “1969”. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-6th_CqdjXc

#50YearsOfTunes – 2003. Was dragged kicking and screaming to chaperone a friend’s son at a Muse gig. Blown away by this support band.

#50YearsOfTunes – 2003. “Cast of thousands” – Elbow. “Grace under pressure”. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SWCL_cbASR4

#50YearsOfTunes – 2004. Was this the most unexpected comeback of the 21st Century? Ten years on from their last album…

#50YearsOfTunes – 2004. “Codename: Dustsucker” by Bark Psychosis. “Shapeshifting”. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vWG4hTiP76o

#50YearsOfTunes – 2005. A record so good it has made me dance around various nursing home kitchens.  No surprise for Goldfish readers.

#50YearsOfTunes – 2005. “The fast rise and fall of the South” – The Kingsbury Manx. “Snow angel dance”. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nB2na6FY_TQ&list=PLJzvbjDNOXIw9CuPxnZl8HWH6jyFDMoPS

#50YearsOfTunes – 2006. There’s a story about how I discovered this band’s music, involving early morning baby feeding and music channels….

#50YearsOfTunes – 2006. “The warning” – Hot Chip. “Boy from school”. Love this video! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=X-fu1PQWTBk

#50YearsOfTunes -2007. Could’ve been Wilco, or a few others, but in the end it was about noise and a broad accent….

#50YearsOfTunes – 2007.  “Fourteen autumns and fifteen winters” – The Twilight Sad. “Cold days from the birdhouse”. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=79pmP4FjnXc

#50YearsOfTunes – 2008. Nearly Goldfrapp, almost Fleet Foxes but eventually the boys from the cold won it.

#50YearsOfTunes – 2008. “All we could do was sing” – Port O’Brien. “Close the lid”. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HEkJQ6le5BA

#50yearsoftunes – 2009. Sometimes you take a chance on something you don’t know and it turns out to be utterly brilliant.

#50YearsOfTunes – 2009. “Time to die” – The Dodos. “The strums”. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HyL5ERriQ2k

#50YearsOfTunes – 2010. A storming comeback, a worthy successor to their previous winner in this list.

#50YearsOfTunes – 2010. “The lost star” by The Orchids. “She’s my girl”. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3sqDj5eO8mM

#50YearsOfTunes – 2011. Another storming return to form, I saw them tour this LP in Bristol, a wonderful night of ear ringing noise and melody.

#50YearsOfTunes – 2011. “Red barked tree” by Wire. “Red barked trees”. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ug0DghbVT-M

#50YearsOfTunes – 2012. An album I hammered at the time, yet I never tire of. Album closer one of my favourite songs ever.

#50YearsOfTunes – 2012. “Shields” by Grizzly Bear. “Gun-shy”. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wIyGBQW_9Pc

#50YearsOfTunes – 2013. Talking of unexpected comebacks, this takes the biscuit.

#50YearsOfTunes – 2013. “m b v” by My Bloody Valentine. “new you”. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VpoOjoiYcWY

#50YearsOfTunes – 2014. A theme at this point seems to be older artists still capable of producing great music. The theme continues.

#50YearsOfTunes – 2014. “Blank project” – Neneh Cherry. “Across the water”. http://youtu.be/6JFZxjDoUEY

And there we go!

1 thought on “50 Years Of Tunes

  1. Inspired by your post, slowly working on my own list. I suspect there will be few points of intersection. My 1977 is “Kew. Rhone.” by Greaves/Blegvad/Herman.

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