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    What musical hill are you prepared to die on?

    The biggest band allegiance thing I can remember was a huge Wham vs Duran Duran debate going on in my primary school at the time of The Reflex and Wake Me Up Before You Go Go. The prevailing view among my friends was that Duran Duran were obviously the best and coolest so I went for them down to peer pressure. Although Wake Me up Before You Go Go was the first single I owned after winning it in a sailing competition crewing for my big brother. In retrospect of course Duran Duran were a load of shit and Wham! were bloody marvellous.
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    What musical hill are you prepared to die on?

    Took me quite a while to get over being woken up every morning by my sister playing Erasure at full volume, but years later I came to appreciate how ace loads of their songs actually were. Vince Clarke was irrefutably fucking amazing in the 1980s.
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    League 1, 2, Non League Football 2018-19 Season

    A Luke Young first half cracker, an own goal for Dagenham and Redbridge shortly after, and then a second half penalty to us for the 2-1 win. Wrexham are now equal top/second on goal difference
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    League 1, 2, Non League Football 2018-19 Season

    Until the football league allow artificial pitches it makes absolute sense for Sutton to have as much fun in as many cup competitions as possible perhaps at the expense of league form. I mean, I look at Macclesfield rock bottom without a win in League 2 and think that could have been you heading straight back down with the added silly costs of pulling up the plastic and replacing it with grass. No chance would I have wanted Wrexham playing in that competition though. On the cost implications, unless we get to the final apparently we lose money staying in the FA Trophy because the prize money is so small and Saturday league games get moved to midweek with smaller attendances. Although when people focus on money, often how much you can make from FA Cup runs, it's always irritated me a bit. Money you can make (or lose) is not completely irrelevant, but it is forgotten about in the long term. The memories of cup runs, giant killings, and getting to finals always remain.
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    What musical hill are you prepared to die on?

    I get why people think Joy Division were particularly special because of the lyrics and power of Curtis. As much as I love them, and listen to them absolutely loads, personally those albums are just a bit too gloomy in places for me to stick on in full very often. And the stuff they did post death of Curtis as New Order was just as influential wasn't it? What I particularly love about them as a band( both of them) is how idiosyncratic and wonderful they all are separately. I'd happily bung both Morris and Hook as may favourite ever drummer and bass player. But then all distinctive members magically come together to make something even better than the sum of their parts. Joy Division and New Order were both in another league. It has to be Sumner's role that stands out as the reason I personally love them so much though. The driving force behind increasingly using electronics, moving in a dance direction, and the one with the strongest pop sensibility.
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    Astro Bot - PSVR - Game of the year 2018.

    This is fucking brilliant.
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    What musical hill are you prepared to die on?

    Their first was good shoegazing with one or two really ace songs on it, but Giant Steps was a monumental step forward for them. Pet Sounds and Hit to Death in the Future Head by the Flaming Lips were apparently the albums that were the influences at the time. You can clearly hear The Flaming Lips one on Giant Steps, but there was always loads of stuff making their way onto their records.
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    What musical hill are you prepared to die on?

    I tend to judge an album purely on whether I like the individual songs and I'm not arsed about any overall concept or whether it hangs together. The sound of a band who are a bit all over the place and playing around putting different ideas on a record can be a very good thing. And I'm not bothered about how influential or how big a splash they make, just how good they are. You have to give it a while before you can properly judge them I reckon, years even. I also see albums as a kind of snapshot of a band or person at a particular point in their career. So yeah, the albums I like most are when my favourite bands are right at their peak of song writing, whenever that may be, and/or when they were doing stuff at that time right up my street. Stanley was interested in the ones I rate and given that nobody is doing a best albums of all time thread here is a list of some in no particular order. Some are obviously quite frequently high up best of lists people do and one or two aren't. I always consider myself a pop man rather than anything else loving a melody or a repeated hook thing and I like it when people are playing around a bit. Enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers) - Wu Tang Clan This Nations Saving Grace - The Fall Power Corruption and Lies - New Order Murmur - REM Green - REM Dare! - The Human League Pauls Boutique - Beastie Boys Giant Steps - The Boo Radleys 3 Feet High and Rising - De La Soul Guerrilla - Super Furry Animals. Low - David Bowie It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold us Back - Public Enemy Revolver - The Beatles The White Album - The Beatles Slanted and Enchanted - Pavement Crooked Rain Crooked Rain - Pavement The Soft Bulletin - The Flaming Lips Doolittle - Pixies Madvillainy - Madvillain Blonde on Blonde - Bob Dylan Feel free to question my selection of something like Giant Steps or my high rating of Green by REM, but I stand strong. In the context of this thread I'm going to claim that The Boo Radleys were the most underappreciated uk band of that decade and no singer and instrument magically fit more perfectly than Michael Stipe and a mandolin. As illustrated here. Also, Bernard Sumner was just as good a frontman as Ian Curtis they were just bit different. No cooler frontman has ever existed. as you can see here
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    League 1, 2, Non League Football 2018-19 Season

    The title race was over before the season started. Havant and Waterlooville were not good at all yesterday. They looked like a side from a lower league, or two sides amalgamated from two leagues below. With fellow promoted team Braintree rooted to the bottom of the table I can only assume that the quality of the national league south was pretty low last season. So many potentially ace games that could have come out of the hat and we've been drawn away at Harrogate in the FA Cup 4th round qualifying which is a bit bollocks. Not easy, plastic pitch, not that close, and we only played them away a couple of weeks ago. I might go and support my local team Marine against those cunts Salford instead.
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    League 1, 2, Non League Football 2018-19 Season

    Cheers for Stuart Beavon wullie. He's been fucking ace. Works his bollocks off, clearly above conference level linking up with other players, and a bonus 3 goals already this season. We basically hammered Havant and Waterlooville in the first half yesterday, but their keeper was amazing and we only scored one goal. Second half we weren't quite as good and a bit sloppy. They threatened more, but I don't think our keeper had to make a save all match. The difference in quality between the top and bottom sides in this league seems far more substantial than last season.
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    What musical hill are you prepared to die on?

    I was as excited by that Arcade Fire album as I was about1990s Paul Weller.
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    What musical hill are you prepared to die on?

    clearly dubnobasswithmyheadman was the best electronic album of the 90s
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    Flower for the sixaxis, which is fantastic.
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    What musical hill are you prepared to die on?

    Sure I'll do you a proper list with explanation after I'm back from holiday. Start a thread and we can all do one. I'm genuinely interested in what people rate too.
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    What musical hill are you prepared to die on?

    I'm going to say that Ok Computer was better than that, but I've also recently found myself questioning whether there has to be a better Radiohead album released since The Bends. I mean, that's for the likes of Mojo and Q readers to worry about.
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