Here you are folks with your weekly dose of Top 100!
70. New Order
from : Manchester, England / first great sounds : 80’s / style : desperate dance pop / essential albums : Low-life (1985) , Technique (1989) / Click for more on the blog
Built on the ashes of Joy Division, New Order is quite a unique case in the history of rock as seldom has a band been so good and succesful after their members have been part of another great band. New Order have been masters in creating a sound you will find nowhere else, mainly due to tension and feelings between its two leaders (Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook with his very singular and great bass sound), mixing pure post-punk rock with electro-pop dance hedonism. And like in all great bands, you can listen again to all their records and it sound as if it had been going out today.
from : Glasgow, Scotland / first great sounds : 80’s / style : Beach Boys melodies with saturated guitars / essential albums : Psychocandy (1985), Darklands (1987)
Essentially based on Scottish brothers Jim and William Reid and their love/hate relationship, The JAMC were a band to cherish when you were growing up in the 80’s as they were basically representing all they you were fighting for : energy, talent, a sense of history, dedication…and a huge feeling against compromise. Their albums have recently been reedited with bonus tracks and the least I can say is that their music is still amazing and makes you feel indestructible when you listen to it.
68. Aretha Franklin
from : Memphis, Tennessee, USA / first great sounds : 50’s / style : Lady Soul / essential albums : I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You (1967) / Lady Soul (1968)
Lady of many lives, there have been many different periods within Aretha Franklin’s music but her greatest achievements have surely been done when she was on Atlantic records in the late 60’s. At that time, she was mixing with beauty and strength her great Gospel voice with a very pure sensitiveness, singing fantastic songs which are amongst the best ones ever sang. Her role and influence in the lives of black American women is highly material as well, in particular when she adapted Otis Redding’s “Respect“.
67. John Lennon
from : Liverpool, England/ first great sounds : 60’s / style : Lennono rock / essential albums : John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970), Imagine (1971)
I know I am now in clear jeopardy by putting such an artist at rank #67 but let me please give my view here before potential actions from you… The John Lennon were are talking about here is the solo artist one and one has to admit that apart from the extraordinary “Plastic Ono Band” LP and a few great singles (“Instant Karma” being the best example), the great man had been doing so-so albums between 1972 and his sad death in 1980. He would probably be ranked #1 if we were to consider his personality amongst musicians and the way he wished he changed the world.
66. Otis Redding
from : Dawson, Georgia, USA / first great sounds : 60’s / style : Mr. Soul / essential album : Otis Blue (1966)
This is always very sad when a talented young man such as Otis Redding disappears so young… Dead at the absurd age of 26 in a place crash, the question has always been what he could have achieved if fate had been different. If you are not familiar with his work and/or think you are not a soul music connoisseur, put “Try a Little Tenderness” very loud and try to stay still…