🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 Los Campesinos!

Right then, after all that excitement, let’s get back to business.

A reminder of the table

Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Neil Young 4.48
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
Beastie Boys 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Pixies 4.30
Leonard Cohen 4.30
The Cure 4.28
Björk 4.27
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Nick Drake 4.10
Pulp 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Low 3.96
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
The Clash 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
The Ramones 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Blur 3.61
The Smiths 3.57
Beyoncé 3.54
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Idlewild 3.42
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
Supergrass 3.32
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Elton John 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Sugababes 3.22
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Interpol 3.12
The Rolling Stones 3.09
Destiny’s Child 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
Weezer 3.00
Girls Aloud 2.93
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
The Jam 2.75
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
Kings Of Leon 2.01
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Spice Girls 1.81

And today, Los Campesinos!


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  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

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  • Hold On Now, Youngster
  • We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed
  • Romance Is Boring
  • Hello Sadness
  • No Blues
  • Sick Scenes

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  • We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives
  • Don’t Tell Me To Do The Math(s)
  • You! Me! Dancing!
  • The International Tweexcore Underground
  • Death To Los Campesinos!
  • My Year In Lists
  • The Sea Is A Good Place To Think Of The Future
  • There Are Listed Buildings
  • Romance Is Boring
  • Kindle A Flame In Her Heart
  • By Your Hand
  • Hello Sadness
  • Songs About Your Girlfriend
  • Tiptoe Through The True Bits
  • A Doe To A Deer
  • What Death Leaves Behind
  • Avocado, Baby
  • The Holly And The Ivy
  • I Broke Up In Amarante
  • 5 Flucloxacillin
  • The Fall Of Home

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Never really got into these guys but I met Gareth (?) once and he seemed really nice, and that never kiss a Tory t-shirt is iconic.

I predict a score of 3.03 - lock it in.





Seem like a very GBOL but I grew out of their music pretty quickly after Romance is Boring. 3

Absolutely one of the biggest ‘when I’m in the mood’ bands. Realistically that mood is nostalgia. First album came out when I was 16 and absolutely prime age for it.

Bit shit. Got a massive soft spot for them anyway. 3

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Gareth seems a good egg too

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Fucking hell :older_man:

The old man is me, not you.


4/5 for me. Saw them in Bath before the first album came out and absolutely loved them. Have really enjoyed their development musically and they’ve not put out anything I’ve hated, just a couple of records that don’t do much for me, but when they’re good, they’re fucking great. One of those bands I love but I can see easily why you wouldn’t. Also they are very very good eggs, do a lot to raise money and awareness for good and maybe less well-known causes, and Gareth is very good on a pub quiz team


Beer Commercial Indiepop


In my last two years living in Cardiff, I used to go to a club night that was run by a guy who worked in the same shitty office as me. Absolutely lovely guy, with an exceptional eye for detail and remembering what songs everyone liked so he’d play them when we arrived.

Anyway, I’d left Cardiff by the time Los Camp! arrived, but You! Me! Dancing! is written about that club night. TBH I’ve not really kept up with them since their debut (in spite of having seen them live a couple of times) but it brings back nice memories, and they seem like good eggs. I’ve gone with a 3/5.


Never really listened to them so :man_shrugging:t2:/5.

The band queen are better.

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They’re fine. The very definition of “fine”. Literally nothing more I can say about them. Loved “Hold On Now Youngster”, saw them in Tunbridge Wells when they toured that, thought “Romance Is Boring” was decent but it didn’t grab me like the debut, then I kind of forgot about them. That is my take on Los Campesinos!

Really liked The International Tweexcore Underground but everything since then has been rubs. 2/5 for being a GBOL.

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I briefly worked with one of them once. They were pretty nice. Musically they’re okay, I was just too old to really get them - as was alluded to upthread, you never fall in love with a band the way you fall in love with a band when you’re sixteen.

Yeah there’s probably a thread in ‘who was your 16 year old band’

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I’ve been meaning to listen to Los Campesinos! ever since the debut came out, starting to think I may have missed the boat. They do seem rather like I would have liked them a lot, but I’m not sure I can give them a score based on how much I think I would like them.