top 50 'indie anthems' for the more discerning...


3 May 2007, 12:56

Fucking NME and its predictable, boring, Oasis-filled list of 'indie anthems.' If you've not seen it, this is it in its full glory:

It's dull, dull, DULL - why does no one try to be original with lists any more? Eventually they'll get their staple 50 and the list will never change, and they'll never have to think about it ever again.

Fair enough, if it WAS the best 50. Personally I prefer my rather more biased (I'm not partial to Stone Roses, Strokes, Oasis, White Stripes &c.), rather less obvious list. I compiled it before looking at the NME's - check it out if you can be bothered, in alphabetical order for fairness, also one track per artist for fairness. Like no Libertines/Baby Shambles because of For Lovers, and no Radiohead/Thom Yorke because of This Mess We're In. Pipettes/Indelicates don't count because Julia was no longer a member when Pull Shapes was recorded. Right?

N.B. I don't really know what 'indie' is anymore. If you object to my classing Adam & the Ants as indie I don't actually care.

65 Days of Static: Retreat! Retreat!
Adam & the Ants: Prince Charming
The Arcade Fire: Rebellion (Lies)
Arctic Monkeys: Mardy Bum
Art Brut: Modern Art
Be Your Own PET: Adventure
Billy Bragg: A New England
Björk: Isobel
Bloc Party: This Modern Love
The Bluetones: Slight Return
Blur: Parklife
British Sea Power: Please Stand Up
The Buzzcocks: Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)?
Ciccone: Look at You Now
The Clash: Train in Vain
The Cribs: You Were Always the One
The Cure: In Between Days
Deep Blue Something: Breakfast at Tiffany's
The Divine Comedy: The Pop Singer's Fear of the Pollen Count
The Dresden Dolls: My Alcoholic Friends
Editors: Munich
Elvis Costello: Oliver's Army
Franz Ferdinand: You're the Reason I'm Leaving
Guillemots: Trains to Brazil
Half Man Half Biscuit: Bottleneck At Capel Curig
Hefner: The Science Fiction
The Indelicates: Sixteen
The Jam: That's Entertainment
Jeff Buckley: Grace
Jilted John: Jilted John
Jonathan Richman: I Was Dancing In The Lesbian Bar
Joy Division: Digital
Kate Bush: Babooshka
The Kinks: David Watts
The Knife: Heartbeats
The Long Blondes: Fulwood Babylon
Louis XIV: Finding Out True Love Is Blind
Manic Street Preachers: Faster
Maxïmo Park: The Coast Is Always Changing
Patrick Wolf: Overture
The Pipettes: Pull Shapes
PJ Harvey: This Mess We're In
Pulp: Disco 2000
Regina Spektor: Us
The Smiths: Panic
Suede: The Drowners
Tom Vek: If You Want
The Undertones: Teenage Kicks
Wolfman & Pete Doherty: For Lovers
Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Cheated Hearts


  • awalrus

    Your list wins hands down just for the lack of Oasis. You seem to have missed out Bon Jovi though. They have anthems galore and you can't get any indier an attitude than a cowboy obsession. Apparently the NME list was compiled by them, musicians and the readers. That will be the reason it was so shit then, the average NME reader knows nothing about music except what NME tells them and democracy doesn't work however good the intentions. One of the clowns there should have just compiled a list and they could print it every week with a different title. 50 songs to make your dreams come true, 50 songs you must listen to whilst waiting in casualty to have the hamster removed, 50 songs for you to vote for the next time we compile a list. The possibilities are endless, it would fill up a few pages until the end of the world, and all for the cost of a single article. They wouldn't even have to pay the monkeys to come up with the titles.

    7 May 2007, 8:48
  • allremovables

    As Frank Zappa once said music journalism is people who can't write interviewing people who can't speak for people who can't read. I'd add that there's a lack of thinking with each party concerned too. (And I am preparing you a nice little piece of post, so don't be offended by my lack of reply as will come).

    8 May 2007, 17:19
  • Ratpick

    I am Patrik Renholm, and I approve of this message.

    24 Sep 2007, 13:17
  • portraitofsound

    your list looks really good, I'd like to try this although I've never thought about it before... mine definitely would include A New England as well...

    21 Nov 2007, 22:07
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