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You'll forgive me if I pass on the end of year survey thing this time out as, for more reasons than I care to remember, I'll have little desire to recall 2016 in the future. But nonetheless I'll draw a veil on this most egregious of twelvemonths in my own time-honoured fashion:

1. Odetta - Be honest, you didn't see that one coming! I got a boxset of her larks in Edinburgh in the spring and she was rather good, even with that weird "hnnh" thing she does.
2. Marianne Faithfull - Fleshed out my Marianne collection with a few hauls from the BHS closing down sale. Glamorous. Her 60s stuff is the shizzle, as you all know by now.
3. John Lee Hooker - I said last year to expect a high finish this time out and so it proves. Still plenty of albums to get through so expect another top ten if I make it to next year.
4. Strawbs - One of my older bands but this year I filled in the blanks in my collection where their albums were concerned. Grand old hoarse rhubarb.
5. 少年ナイフ - Shonen Knife of course. A pretty good album by them after a few dodgy efforts and I saw them in concert, even if I couldn't hack the pace this time out.
6. U-Roy - I let my reggae credentials slip a bit last year so sought to rectify that this time. Where better to start than this legend?
7. Barclay James Harvest - Another old band who fell into Operation Missing Albums. At their peak they were outstanding, even if they had an all too frequent bland side.
=. Big Bill Broonzy - A good year for the blues it was, rather aptly. Big Bill himself was a miserable legend.
9. Extreme Noise Terror - I didn't catch their 2015 album until this year; it was good but the classics were better and I revisited them to remind myself.
10 Butthole Surfers - This year has marked a decade of my being a fan of their demented output. Not sure why as they don't really fit with the rest of my taste but they're top notch.
=. Lightnin' Hopkins - One of the best of the later blues acts, his electric work was second to none.
12. Scan Tester - Some old chap who played the concertina. A double album of his was perhaps overkill but fun in parts.
13. Thee Headcoats - Billy Childish in his middle days, an exhaustive retrospective entered my collection this time out. Not his best work but still good.
14. Big Youth - He usually comes out top of the reggae boys but a close second does it for him this year. Probably still the best of the lot though.
=. Terveet Kädet - A Finnish hardcore outfit, an album of whose demos I snagged in London. It wasn't very good unfortunately and was flogged on e-bay but worth a try.
16. Dalida - Double album again, this time of one of France's main pre-ye-ye pop stars. Again nothing special really.
=. Motörhead - The first year without Lemmy proved a disaster for the world. Who would have thought that he was holding things together for us all? I hope to God they never make a Queen-style comeback though.
=. Wanda Jackson - Rockabilly gal with a screechy voice and another double album that proved a bit of a letdown. Too samey really.
19. The Portway Pedlars - An album of Oxfordshire folk songs that I picked up second hand for cheap in a local haunt of mine. Nailed it with this one because it's good throughout and bloody brilliant in parts. Like a lot of these sort of bands their existence is hardly acknowledged online so you may take my word for it.
=. Wild Billy Childish & CTMF - The album he released this year under this label was a fine piece of work although it was the previous one that got the most outings as it's his best in years.
21. Discharge - Remember that time they back-combed their hair and started playing cock rock? What the hell was that about?!
22. Charley Patton - Grim old blues from the year dot, with the requisite gravel-voice and deft fingerwork.
=. Prince Far I - Speaking of gravel-voices, reggae's Mr. Sandpaper is always welcome round these parts.
=. Throwing Muses - A band who have quietly become one of my favourites without my even noticing. Very, very moving at times too.
25. Conflict - Had they gone that little bit further into crust territory they would have been in peak Discharge turf but they never quite did. Still a high end act in their own right, of course.
=. L7 - My otherwise ill-starred spell in Manchester at least yielded a rarities collection by these legends. Love the bones of them, I do.
=. Napalm Death - Not a bad addition to the canon this year and a band who have genuinely been contenders for the title of my favourites these last few years.
=. Sonny Boy Williamson - Pretty much all the second Sonny Boy as I nabbed a box set of the harmonica maestro and his ilk. I wouldn't put him with the real blues greats personally but he had his fair share of moments.
=. Status Quo - Dare I say it, but of all the famous musicians who carked it in 2016 Rick Parfitt is probably the one I personally will miss most.
30. The Exploited - They're always in there somewhere, aren't they? Dozers.
=. Wretched - More hardcore punk, this time Italian. Track Records fixed me up with double LP comp of their work and a good find it proved.
32. Judee Sill - Her descent has probably overshadowed her work somewhat but she crafted some beautifully fragile songs and is worth hunting down.
=. The's - "Woo Hoo" doesn't do them justice. Try "Bomb the Twist" for a change.
34. Deep Purple - I actually hear kids these days daring to suggest that Deep Purple were no more than a tiny influence on the development of metal. Let's take this outside.
35. Frank Sinatra - I've always nursed a healthy respect for Frank's singing but he rarely makes this list for some reason. That's that oversight rectified then.
=. Uncle Dave Macon - Crazy old galoot, few can touch him. Includes the odd wincing "did he say what I think he did" moment but they were different times, I suppose.
37. Autopsy - The great workmen of death metal, I'm not convinced they ever made a great album but you could easily haul together a killer compilation by them.
38. First Aid Kit - The none-more-American-sounding sisters from Sweden seem to find their way into my listening regularly these days.
=. Leadbelly - Without question my favourite of the very early blues men, some of his work is genuinely unsettling. Heck, his version of "Goodnight Irene" sounds like it was recorded just after he had finished murdering the eponymous Irene!
40. Carcass - Goregrind done by a bunch of hippies, there was always something a bit weird about Carcass. It's not a genre I love but I make a massive exception for them as they're outstanding.
41. Flux of Pink Indians - One of the most inconsistent of the anarcho-punk mob as "Strive to Survive Causing Least Suffering Possible" was a good album whereas "The Fucking Cunts Treat Us Like Pricks" was a horror show.
=. Jethro Tull - The oldest of my old favourites make their annual appearance.
=. Lucky Dube - A South African bloke who initially played the indigenous Mbaqanga style before switching to roots reggae. Funnily enough, despite my being strictly roots, I much preferred his first incarnation.
=. MIX MARKET - The sort of cutesy Japanese girl pop-punk that dominated my tastes six and seven years ago. Reconnecting with it has been a feature this year.
=. Subhumans - Angry and articulate, anarcho-punk rarely sounded as persuasive as it did when this lot were delivering it.
46. George Formby - Angry and articulate, anarcho-punk rare.... No, sorry mixing him up, aren't I? Eeh, 'e were grand were our George.
=. I-Roy - Copying his name from U-Roy was a bit daft but reggae's other Roy was a fine performer too and shouldn't be overlooked.
=. Jobbykrust - Gloomy hardcore punk from Belfast, with male and female vocals. The last of their kind in some ways as ska-punk has dominated the local scene since they packed up, more's the pity.
=. Lonnie Donegan - No doubt about it, British rock music owes a big debt to Danny Lonergan and his whiffle sound. All pretty much the same it has to be said but in terms of influence he's up there. And sod the critics, "My Old Man's a Dustman" is his best.
=. Lulu's Marble - Their stuff was mostly covers and from a technical perspective none of them were anything special but I adore these Japanese crazies so much it's untrue.
=. The Bonzo Dog Band - Another backbone of the collection sort of band. Remembered now for their humour but they weren't above the odd tender moment too.
=. The Marvelettes - These sort of 60s girl groups have started to creep into the chaos these last few years. Another good example right here.
53. Pan Ron - My devotion to Cambodian music was another one that had waned recently so again, steps were taken to fix that problem. My favourite of that tragic generation.
=. Skyclad - I picked up a compilation of them in stinky Manchester and it reminded just how hit and miss they were. Excellent at their peak but a lot of filler too and a bit too in love with themselves at times. Equally true of Manchester, I suppose (barring the excellent bit).
=. ロリータ18号 - The Japanese punk band with the helium-huffing vocalist that I've been repping on here for years. If you don't know them by now then there's no hope for you.
56. Culture - Probably the best reggae band (as opposed to soloist) there was. They dragged the arse out of it a bit but the 70s albums are strong.
=. Icons of Filth - Another of the anarcho-punk mob, albeit one who aren't quite as harsh sounding as their name suggests. Still top stuff but surprisingly contemplative in places.
58. Gitogito Hustler - Fun-packed Japanese girly pop-punk of the kind that defined me once upon a time. Hard not to love.
=. John Renbourn - Expect guitar and lots of it!
=. Tarja - She did a mini-album earlier in the year that made me fear the run was over but the actual album was another triumph. Well, most people hated it but to me she is a goddess.
61. Bathory - The years have cooled my fervour for a band that once ranked amongst my very favourites but "Hammerheart" is still a blinder and "Twilight of the Gods" is consistent too.
=. Hole - We'll all miss Courtney when she's gone. Well, I know I will if nothing else.
=. Lonnie Johnson - Is there a blues compilation he doesn't appear on? A fine guitarist but not really one of my personal favourites in that august genre.
=. The Damned - They had a few incarnations in terms of sound but I have house-room for all of them, something that can be said about few shape-shifting bands.
65. Bikini Kill - Kathleen Hanna blotted her copybook something rotten with that God-awful song she did for Killery (nothing says feminism like sending drones over to blow your sisters to bits, does it?) but I can never give upon Bikini Kill. Whether Kathleen has just had a stereotypical middle-aged lurch to the right or was always just bullshitting I don't know, but I still love the band.
=. Candlemass - Be it big Messiah making a fool of himself or the other fellow taking things easier, the Swedish gloomsters are a doom metal delight. More consistent than Solitude Aeturnus and probably my top doom metal band these days as a result.
=. Death - Silly boy death metal which later became much more intricate but equally listenable in either guise.
=. Sunburst - A 70s band from Tanzania, I bought their album blind on the strength of that description. Pretty good, although West Africa pretty much ruled the decade.
69. Edgar Broughton Band - As apt as it ever was.
=. Knifed - Irish hardcore band with vocals screamed by a large fat chap all about his favourite topic - gay sex. Hilariously, they actually have a song called "Bum Gravy"!
=. Max Miller - The greatest comedian ever. Fight me if you don't agree.
=. Mirel Wagner - Ah, my gloomy little Finno-Ethiopian miserabilist. That third album better show up this year or I'll scweam and scweam and scweam.
=. The Houghton Weavers - I don't know what it is but I really do enjoy this shower of cabaret chancers.
74. Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup - One of the old stagers of the blues, somewhat unjustly written off as a bit of an also-ran these days. I bet he was actually about five six.
=. Blind Blake - I accidentally bought his best of twice and had to flog one of the copies. Stupid boy. Good stuff, though.
=. Blind Boy Fuller - They certainly believed in advertising their disabilities, did the bluesmen. Just putting the Big Doctor off his scent maybe. Possibly my favourite of the blind mob when I think about it.
=. Einherjer - They re-recorded one of their earlier albums this year in an exercise in complete barrel-scraping. A shame because they were outstanding when they put their minds to it.
=. Fairuz - Remember the days when I loved her? You probably don't but I've neglected my Lebanese flower these last years so I was very glad to reacquaint myself with her.
=. Harry Belafonte - I plumped for a huge box set of calypso during the year and Harry was the most featured artist thereon. A shame as he was a bit crappy really - give me the Lords and Dukes any day of the week.
=. Legion of Parasites - More of that anarcho-punk foolishness that I dig these days.
=. Lucille Bogan - Did she really just say that?! Every bit as crude as Foxy Brown and Lil Kim but a lot more real.
=. Mississippi Sheiks - The old hokum jug bands make for a fun change of pace now and then.
=. Mummy the Peepshow - Another of the Japanese female groups that I used to love so much. Glad to have them back.
=. Puffyshoes - Japanese and female again but rather distinct from the others in this list in terms of their sound and a slightly more recent discovery. Absolutely delightful act either way.
=. The Flying Column - From Belfast as far as I'm aware, one of the old rebel bands from the early 70s. Oddly humorous in places but a lot better than that makes them sound.
=. The Rezillos - I picked up two of their albums at various points this year. Ended up selling them both though as they didn't really do it for me.
87. Dirt - Bit dodgy this one as it's actually two separate bands. Most of the plays were the female-fronted anarcho-punk act from Crass Records but a few were the American noise rock outfit from the early 90s. I preferred the former, you'll be amazed to learn.
=. Hagar the Womb - More bloody anarcho-punk. Female-fronted this time and I bought their best of directly from them.
=. Memphis Minnie - She's no Lucille Bogan but still one of the better of the early blues women.
=. The Shaggs - Played and sang with no skill whatsoever but with such a joie de vivre that I love it. "Philosophy of the World" genuinely ranks amongst my all-time favourite albums.
=. Tronics - An obscure post-punk outfit, two of whose albums I bought in a sale for some reason. Not for me alas and both now sold.
=. Vomit Yourself - Ah, fond memories of Paris when the world seemed an altogether gentler place. Screechy-voiced grindcore might not say that to most but for me they will always recall those hot afternoons on the Boulevard Voltaire. The greatest example of fair and foul together this side of Zorana Mihajlović.
=. Wesley Willis - Similar to the Shaggs, his enthusiasm made up for his lack of any real talent. Unlike the Shaggs he did it thousands of times so the novelty does wear off but in small doses he's smashing.
=. Zuzu's Petals - As ever. My annual birthday listen to their album "When No One's Looking" didn't happen this year, though.
95. Frank Zappa - Off the pace this year, Frankie boy.
=. Lord Kitchener - Now that's more like it. Proper calypso of the old school.
=. Ros Sereysothea - Probably Cambodia's biggest star before the Khmer Rouge. Pan Ron is better in my eyes but Ros was a dear nevertheless.
=. Rudimentary Peni - Wild stuff, wonderfully weird and experimental hardcore punk from a chap who has battled mental health problems for years.
=. Sacrilege - Female-fronted hardcore thrash and clearly a massive influence on my beloved (and conspicuous by their absence) Pink Turds in Space. Nabbed their album in Glasgow in the autumn.
=. Suspiria - Possibly the most overblown Goth band ever, they surely had to be taking the piss at least a bit. Good laugh though.
=. The Pierces - Just sneaked onto the list this last week actually, after I picked up one of their albums in the sales and was reminded of how jolly they are.
=. Voivod - Thrash isn't my main type of metal by any stretch of the imagination but the Canadians are probably the best of its exponents.
=. War Wound - Hardcore/crust punk band or something like that. Can't recall much about them, to be honest.

Date: 2017-01-01 03:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Your descriptive talent is second to none; I laughed out loud to such statements as:
Motörhead - I hope to God they never make a Queen-style comeback though.
Deep Purple - Let's take this outside.
Leadbelly - Heck, his version of "Goodnight Irene" sounds like it was recorded just after he had finished murdering the eponymous Irene!
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup - I bet he was actually about five six.
You really are a source of entertainment.

Happy New Year, I hope 2017 proves to be a good one

Date: 2017-01-02 01:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Glad you liked it. Have a good new year :)

Date: 2017-01-02 06:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Frank Sinatra may be my second-favorite cover band of all time. No, third, but still up there.

My most recent acquisition was Ghost in the Machine on CD to join the cassette and the two vinyl copies.

I'll have to look into Mix Market.

Date: 2017-01-02 08:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Who are one and two in that case? Intrigued now.

Ghost in the Machine as in the Police? Never a fan, personally but kudos for having four copies of the one album.

Mix Market will be with you in the next few days, just as soon as I work out where I left it.

Date: 2017-01-02 08:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
One and two, in some order, are Billie Holiday and Hindu Love Gods. (Did I acquaint you with Hindu Love Gods?) Up there for single albums of covers are Siouxie and the Banshees (Through the Looking Glass) and Joan Jett (The Hit List).

I'd like to get Outlandos d'Amour to complete the set, but Ghost in the Machine is, I believe, their best and only truly essential album.
Edited Date: 2017-01-02 08:36 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-01-03 08:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I believe it was this time last year you sent me the Hindu Love Gods one. My personal favourite covers album would be this one even if, lazily, they toss on a few songs from previous albums.

Meanwhile I've sent Mix Market but your Gmail account has rejected some of the e-mails. I'm now not sure which tracks you have and which you don't as it doesn't specify the content of thee-mails it doesn't like. There are 17 tracks, let me know which ones are missing and I'll resend them.
Edited Date: 2017-01-03 08:39 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-01-04 05:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
8-17 appear to have come through.

I've never been a big Grateful Dead fan -- not even a small one, really, except maybe for In the Dark -- but covers of their stuff are pretty good! Jimmy Buffett doing "Scarlet Begonias", Suzanne Vega doing "Cassidy", and especially Lyle Lovett doing "Friend of the Devil", for example.

Date: 2017-01-04 08:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've sent the rest in two e-mails to be on the safe side.

Bob Dylan is probably my version of that. I really can't get into him as a performer but he wrote some amazing songs that others have interpreted brilliantly. I can't find the correct version of "Chimes of Freedom" from Julie Felix's otherwise fairly lacklustre Flowers online for instance, but it's amazing.

I hear you about the Grateful Dead too. I've been trying for years to get into them but every time I listen to any of their work I always end up thinking "is that it?". Glad I'm not the only one.

Date: 2017-01-06 05:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Nice! Is there a bit of Mick Jones and Nick Headon influence there?

Date: 2017-01-09 01:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
They've a pretty varied sound but I can definitely hear it some of the stuff.


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