🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 Idlewild

Hello! Time for another thread, this time picked at random by @Aggpass, and it’s a good one this time!

RHCP manage to stay clear of last place

Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Neil Young 4.48
R.E.M. 4.38
Otis Redding 4.34
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Pixies 4.30
Leonard Cohen 4.30
The Cure 4.28
Björk 4.27
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Aphex Twin 4.18
Stevie Wonder 4.17
PJ Harvey 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Public Enemy 4.08
Pulp 4.08
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Bob Dylan 3.97
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
The Clash 3.77
Blondie 3.73
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
The Ramones 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Blur 3.61
The Smiths 3.57
Beyoncé 3.54
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
Supergrass 3.32
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Elton John 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
Sugababes 3.22
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Jay-Z 3.14
Taylor Swift 3.14
Interpol 3.12
The Rolling Stones 3.09
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
Weezer 3.00
Girls Aloud 2.93
Britney Spears 2.85
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
Bloc Party 2.41
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Blink-182 2.21
Adele 2.05
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Spice Girls 1.81

So we move on, to Idlewild…

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

0 voters


  • Captain
  • Hope Is Important
  • 100 Broken Windows
  • The Remote Part
  • Warnings/Promises
  • Make Another World
  • Post Electric Blues
  • Everything Ever Written
  • Interview Music

0 voters


  • Queen Of The Troubled Teens
  • Chandelier
  • Satan Polaroid
  • A Film For The Future
  • Everyone Says You’re So Fragile
  • I’m A Message
  • When I Argue I See Shapes
  • Little Discourage
  • Actually It’s Darkness
  • These Wooden Ideas
  • Roseability
  • You Held The World In Your Arms
  • American English
  • Live In A Hiding Place
  • A Modern Way Of Letting Go
  • Love Steals Us From Loneliness
  • I Understand It
  • El Capitan
  • If It Takes You Home
  • No Emotion
  • A Ghost In The Arcade
  • Readers & Writers
  • City Hall
  • Collect Yourself
  • Come On Ghost
  • Dream Variations

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Nothing to do with the music, but was lucky to work on the pre-order for Everything Ever Written and got to speak to Roddy and Rod a bunch of times. Really nice guys and all around a great bunch of GBOLs


Finding it really hard to choose in both these polls. Idlewild are a 5/5, loved them since I heard WIAISS on the radio aged about 13. That run of Captain, Hope Is Important, 100 Broken Windows and Remote Part is fucking brilliant. Also the band I’ve seen live the most (8 including once supporting Coldplay in Plymouth). Gonna change my single and album votes at least 3 more times I reckon.


I’d give everything up to and including 100 broken windows a 5, then everything past that point a 3. They just changed to the point that what I loved had largely gone.

Listening to Captain or Hope is Important, there’s nothing else in my music collection which so vividly transports me back to a particular place and timein my life.


A solid 3. So great once, now so bad, dreadful lyrics throughout, bit too earnest, but clearly lovely humans.


Never knowingly heard them, abstain/5.

The Remote Part is one of my all time favourite albums, never connected as much with the stuff before or after tbh.


Remember kerrang used to love “a modern way of letting go”.

Good band.


I love it. I can see why some people who were really into them before would lose interest around that point but it’s such a brilliant record.


Lad liked to repeat words to make rhymes didn’t he?


going to do this at intervals throughout the thread


There are a few bands from around that era where I connected with just one of their albums, but that album still gets regularly listened to. Hefner is one and Idlewild are another. Big fan of 100 Broken Windows, quite like the other stuff I’ve heard of theirs. It’s a 3.7(ish) rounded to a 4.


Couple of good albums, seem like nice enough guys. Haven’t released anything of interest in nearly 20 years. Slightly generous 3

It’s a 4 for me. Captain through to Remote Part are all top records and some of my most played in my teens, what came after is more variable bit still has its moments. Went completely rotten live for a few years, but seem to have found their love for what they do again now.



Meh. They’re good, but I’m not going out of my way to listen to them.

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Quite enjoyed his decision to repeat verses in their entirety early on as well.

“Roddy, we need a second verse to this one.”
“Ah, fuck… Just use the vocal line from the one I’ve already done again.”


  1. Liked the first 3 albums, lost interest after that. Never saw them either so don’t know if they’re good live