🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 Fuck Buttons

Let’s see if there are any fives in here, yeah?

The Cribs do OK:

Leaderboard
Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
A Tribe Called Quest 4.56
Kraftwerk 4.50
Neil Young 4.48
Talk Talk 4.46
Miles Davis 4.42
Alice Coltrane 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
John Coltrane 4.37
Beastie Boys 4.36
Scott Walker 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
The Temptations 4.32
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Leonard Cohen 4.30
Pixies 4.30
Boards Of Canada 4.28
The Cure 4.28
Björk 4.27
Mogwai 4.24
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Fugazi 4.21
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Tom Waits 4.20
Johnny Cash 4.19
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Four Tet 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Minutemen 4.12
The Four Tops 4.12
Pavement 4.12
Cocteau Twins 4.11
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Orbital 4.11
Dinosaur Jr. 4.11
Jason Molina 4.10
De La Soul 4.10
Nick Drake 4.10
The Stooges 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Yo La Tengo 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Slowdive 4.07
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Burial 4.07
Autechre 4.06
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Joanna Newsom 4.02
Mclusky 4.02
Simon & Garfunkel 4.02
Sufjan Stevens 4.01
MF DOOM 4.01
My Bloody Valentine 4.01
The Knife 4.01
Run The Jewels 4.00
Sharon Van Etten 4.00
The Roots 4.00
New Order 3.99
Frightened Rabbit 3.97
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Wilco 3.97
Robyn 3.96
Low 3.96
Grandaddy 3.96
Built To Spill 3.94
Sigur Rós 3.93
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
Depeche Mode 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Arab Strap 3.91
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Janelle Monáe 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
The Twilight Sad 3.88
Frank Ocean 3.86
Spiritualized 3.85
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
Future Of The Left 3.84
Deftones 3.84
Siouxsie & The Banshees 3.83
Lou Reed 3.83
Guided By Voices 3.82
Underworld 3.82
At The Drive-In 3.82
The Kinks 3.82
The Jesus And Mary Chain 3.82
Deerhunter 3.81
Fucked Up 3.80
Run-D.M.C. 3.78
Young Fathers 3.78
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Trail Of Dead 3.76
Hüsker Dü 3.74
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
Nine Inch Nails 3.70
The Walkmen 3.70
The Avalanches 3.69
The National 3.68
Paul Simon 3.68
M.I.A. 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
Spacemen 3 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Fiona Apple 3.66
Neutral Milk Hotel 3.66
Soundgarden 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Solange 3.65
Cat Power 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Mercury Rev 3.63
Tricky 3.62
Blur 3.61
The Magnetic Fields 3.61
N.W.A. 3.61
Beck 3.59
Elvis Costello 3.59
Hope Of The States 3.58
The Smiths 3.57
Sea Power 3.56
65daysofstatic 3.56
WHY? 3.56
Sunn O))) 3.55
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Mew 3.54
Flying Lotus 3.54
Charli XCX 3.53
Eels 3.52
Half Man Half Biscuit 3.52
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
Roxy Music 3.51
Mastodon 3.51
Daft Punk 3.50
The Hold Steady 3.50
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Jimmy Eat World 3.49
Explosions In The Sky 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Teenage Fanclub 3.47
Wild Beasts 3.47
The Flaming Lips 3.46
The Cribs 3.46
Hot Chip 3.44
Bon Iver 3.43
Idlewild 3.42
The Fall 3.42
George Michael 3.41
Black Flag 3.41
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Queens Of The Stone Age 3.39
Big Thief 3.39
The Postal Service 3.38
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
TV On The Radio 3.37
The Cooper Temple Clause 3.37
The Go! Team 3.36
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
George Harrison 3.34
Paul McCartney 3.33
Supergrass 3.32
Dr. Dre 3.32
Leftfield 3.32
Sepultura 3.32
Hole 3.31
Squarepusher 3.31
Iggy Pop 3.31
The Decemberists 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Steely Dan 3.29
Misfits 3.29
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Vampire Weekend 3.26
Doves 3.26
Richard Hawley 3.25
Death Cab For Cutie 3.24
Laura Marling 3.24
James Brown 3.23
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Hall & Oates 3.21
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
The Streets 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Pearl Jam 3.15
Motörhead 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Goldfrapp 3.14
Gorillaz 3.13
Snoop Dogg 3.13
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Lana Del Rey 3.11
Los Campesinos! 3.10
Nas 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
St. Vincent 3.09
Animal Collective 3.07
T. Rex 3.07
Iron Maiden 3.06
Placebo 3.06
The Charlatans 3.06
Destiny’s Child 3.05
HAIM 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
The Divine Comedy 3.04
Everything Everything 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
System Of A Down 3.02
Wolf Alice 3.01
AC/DC 3.00
Frank Zappa 3.00
Duran Duran 3.00
The Bee Gees 2.99
Art Brut 2.99
Weezer 2.97
Grimes 2.96
Garbage 2.96
Amy Winehouse 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
Elbow 2.91
The Stone Roses 2.90
The Doors 2.89
Franz Ferdinand 2.89
The Mars Volta 2.89
Ariana Grande 2.88
Tool 2.88
The Coral 2.88
Paramore 2.88
Lizzo 2.86
Happy Mondays 2.86
Feeder 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
The Horrors 2.84
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
Slipknot 2.80
James 2.78
Foals 2.76
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Alanis Morissette 2.75
Miley Cyrus 2.73
John Lennon 2.73
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
The Verve 2.67
Fatboy Slim 2.67
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Faithless 2.63
The Levellers 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
The Police 2.59
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
My Chemical Romance 2.54
Justin Timberlake 2.52
The Maccabees 2.52
Editors 2.51
Little Mix 2.49
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
The Beautiful South 2.43
Meat Loaf 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Linkin Park 2.41
Cher 2.40
Michael Jackson 2.39
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Jamie T 2.32
Coldplay 2.31
IDLES 2.29
The 1975 2.28
Rancid 2.26
Guns N’ Roses 2.26
Travis 2.25
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Muse 2.20
Robbie Williams 2.20
Katy Perry 2.18
Panic! At The Disco 2.16
Bon Jovi 2.11
No Doubt 2.10
Christina Aguilera 2.09
Paul Weller 2.09
The Offspring 2.08
Usher 2.08
Moby 2.06
Ringo Starr 2.06
Adele 2.05
Aerosmith 2.03
Korn 2.03
Drake 2.02
Kings Of Leon 2.01
Bryan Adams 2.00
The Libertines 1.99
Celine Dion 1.99
Fall Out Boy 1.96
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Eagles 1.86
McFly 1.85
Limp Bizkit 1.82
The Spice Girls 1.81
Take That 1.76
Stereophonics 1.74
Busted 1.74
Razorlight 1.74
KISS 1.73
Morrissey 1.69
Kasabian 1.57
Ed Sheeran 1.29

Today then;

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  • Street Horrrsing
  • Tarot Sport
  • Slow Focus

0 voters

  • Let’s See If There Are Any Ghosts In Here, Yeah?
  • Bright Tomorrow
  • Colours Move
  • Surf Solar
  • Olympians
  • Brainfreeze
  • The Red Wing

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Solid solid 4, pushing a 5 if I can be bothered later. Nothing will beat that rush of hearing Street Horrrsing for the first time. Also was nice to see them pop up in the Olympics in 2012. Unexpected place to hear them.

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I once soundtracked most of a half marathon with Tarot Sport and at points it felt like I was flying. 5/5

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When I was a student I used to DJ occasionally at indie nights in Southsea. One of my favourite ways to end a set was to play Okay Let’s Talk About Magic followed by The Blackout Crew’s underrated classic Put A Donk On It.

Other than that though they were a bit emperors new clothes weren’t they? Like…it’s just a couple of dudes doing the same sort of vaguely noisy ambient stuff that you see at any local DIY show, why were they so hyped? I mean I know the answer to that which is that Barry Hogan had more money than sense. Think they were going somewhere interesting with Slow Focus which felt a bit denser and better structured - almost reminds me of noisy hip hop stuff like Dalek in places. They do take me back to those mid 00s ATP days though so definitely a big nostalgia kick.

Think they’ve individually released better albums as Blanck Mass and I LOVE Andrew Hung’s soundtrack to The Greasy Strangler.

I dunno 3/5 maybe?

Easy 5! Some of the best nights of My life have involved Fuck Buttons…

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The records we have are very decent, at least a four, but my overriding impression of them is one of wasted potential. Feels like they had a lot more to offer, and that they packed it in before they reached their peak. Reckon they had a blindingly brilliant album in them that we never got to hear. Don’t know if it’s fair to mark them down for that though.

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Saw them before mogwai in Edinburgh. Think I’d turned up late and missed errors, dammnit.

Totally blown away by some head bobbing frenetic button twiddling dudes making a total racket.

Love them. Wish they’d do another album. 5 all day long.

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Naaaah! Maybe on the first album defs couldn’t level this charge at them from Tarot Sport on - it’s no surprise that Blanck Mass ended up doing so much scoring work and Andrew Hung branched into left field pop

5/5 for me so formative for me

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Agree with Slow Focus as I said in my post but I genuinely couldn’t tell the difference between Tarot Sport and Street Horrrsing :man_shrugging:t2:

Slow Focus is mint

Saw them live in 2008 supporting Mogwai and it was so loud it made me feel sick. Not good

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Yep. 1/5.

Tarot Sport is one of my all time favourites. Nothing really compares to them.

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Love love love the music but i love how ANGRY they used to make people almost as much.

It’s not real noise there was an article, in the guardian i think, championing a new Noise Scene enthusiastically with FB as pioneers which led to a lot of very angry gate keeping dudes losing their shit and crying about Merzbow. To be fair they have a point, FB were never Noise, they were just noisy but it was still hilarious.

they’re not doing anything special, you can create those loops/ patches using basic software in 30 seconds wah wah wah. Again true, again missing the point. The analogy to guitar bands serves well here i reckon: just cos Nirvana has the same basic arse pentatonic chords as every chugging pub band, does not mean they don’t capture something much more than a sum of their parts with it.

So yeah 5 for the music and 5 for the rage.

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Also love how Blanck Mass has become my eldests default “get off your arse and actually write that essay” music :+1:

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Absolutely love them. My first introduction was this video which I still really love. Has a proper DIY feel to it all.

Remember going to see them in Leeds (Woodhouse working men’s club?) and it having the oddest mix of audience. Some people there to take pills and rave who were baffled by loads of beard-stroking, headhnodders, probably a few people with a heavy music taste thrown in there too.

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I only managed to see them once in Koko on the Slow Focus tour and they were incredible. Just so loud and powerful and joyous. Really gutted I never got to see them again.

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Love them. Blew my mind hearing them during the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, fair play Danny Boyle! Seen them live a couple of times, once supporting Mogwai. The volume, the power, all from a trestle table laden with electronics and children’s toy microphones!

Edit: it’s a 5 btw!

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Used to play with them back in the day when I was in maths quite a bit as we were both on Holy Roar at the time, nice fellas

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