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6 Dic 2008, 0:41

Considering the infrequency with which I use this, and the bizarre cross-section of my music collection that exists in mp3 format, the 5,000 list seems oddly representative.

Anyway, make sure you're sat comfortably. This might take a while.

1 Elliott Smith 195 plays
First song heard
Let's Get Lost. It was when From a Basement on the Hill was coming out and I think it was on something free. Hilariously, I don't remember thinking very much of it, probably because the only thing I was listening to was Bright Eyes, Bright Eyes, and more Bright Eyes at this point.
Favourite song
I Didn't Understand is the most consistent answer to this, because I'm a sentimental old fool.
Favourite album
XO. Regardless of whatever Dreamworks were doing to induce such intense paranoia, Elliott was still writing the best material of his life. Which is the horrible irony in the fact that, based on the hallucinations he was having, Dreamworks' business practices almost certainly contributed to his declining health. Either way, the album is pretty much flawless.

2 Idlewild 168 plays
First song heard
American English, because I listened to the top 40 religiously. Again, I was nonplussed.
Favourite song
The Bronze Medal (acoustic), which is on the B side of the first 'El Capitan' 7". I'm gutted that I didn't get to see them on the acoustic tour from which it originated. The normal version is a close joint second with Let Me Sleep (Next To The Mirror), I guess.
Favourite album
I usually say 'ohgoddon'tmakemechoosebetween100BrokenWindowsandTheRemotePart'. But blatantly 100 Broken Windows.

3 Radiohead 159 plays
First song heard
Street Spirit (Fade Out). I was eight. It was on record 1 of Now 33. I used to spend hours alone in my room listening to records (which might explain my my attitude to socialising twelve years later) and this was ubiquitous.
Favourite song
Street Spirit (Fade Out), again. I was extremely affected by everything I listened to as a child - maybe I hadn't quite 'learnt' to compartmentalise/damn things yet. It's still extremely intense, but it's also bound up with the recollection of its intensity in 1996.
Favourite album
The Bends. I believe this means I don't 'get' Radiohead.

4 Blur 138 plays
First song heard
We have Now compilations to blame for this, too. Parklife-o-rama.
Favourite song
For Tomorrow. I have a strange romantic attachment to the idea of early 90s London.
Favourite album
Modern Life Is Rubbish. I have a strange romantic attachment to the idea of early 90s London.

5 Bright Eyes 127 plays
First song heard
Arienette, on a 2004 Fierce Panda compilation. That compilation is fucking immense.
Favourite song
At the moment, it's Nothing Gets Crossed Out, but this is contentious.
Favourite album
Digital Ash in a Digital Urn. Conor Oberst+synthpop+string arrangements? I wonder why I like this.

6 Manic Street Preachers 119 plays
First song heard
A Design for Life, on Top of the Pops, when I was 8. I hated it.
Favourite song
No Surface All Feeling. I'd say that, 50% of the time, it makes me cry.
Favourite album
As much as it defeats the point to say 'but this isn't an exact science!', I genuinely can't decide between Everything Must Go and Lifeblood. Most people I tell this to think I am missing the point and that The Holy Bible is far better than both, but those people are wrong David.

7 Boards of Canada 118 plays
First song heard
In year 9, my friend burnt me a copy of Geogaddi. So, technically, it was Ready Lets Go. But it was very closely followed by the rest of the album.
Favourite song
Hmmmmz. 1969? Orange Romeda? Amo Bishop Roden? I'm going with the first one. But I'm not happy about it.
Favourite album
Geogaddi. If only because of association.

8 Pet Shop Boys 112 plays
First song heard
Go West, on TOTP, in 1993. The rest, unfortunately, is history.
Favourite song
I'll set the above aside because it's a cover, even though there are obvious problems with determining which 'received' elements do and do not constitute an act of artistic autonomy. Dreaming Of The Queen, probably. Oddly enough, ranking the contents of my favourite album is rather tricky.
Favourite album
Very. Check out my ease of decision.

9 Death Cab for Cutie 106 plays
First song heard
Tiny Vessels, on the same compilation that brought us Arienette a few paragraphs ago.
Favourite song
As above. It's one of the most bitter, passive-aggressive things I've ever heard. Nothing comes close, for me.
Favourite album
Transatlanticism. A 2003 hierarchy is emerging.

10 Björk 97 plays
First song heard
Must've been It's Oh So Quiet, yeah?
Favourite song
Venus as a Boy. This song is David. And the harmonic language is The Shit.
Favourite album
Weirdly, it's Debut. Sitting on my bed and listening to it for the first time with David is one of my most intense memories since leaving home. Actually, this came out in 1993, so it isn't remotely weird. I think that's the third album in this top ten from that year. Predictable I am.

I can't help but wish there was a way of scrobbling my turntable, but it's probably for the best.

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