🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 Sparklehorse

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J Dilla does very well and hits the top 25:

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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
J Dilla 4.23
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
Bill Callahan 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
Fuck Buttons 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
Broadcast 3.92
Dusty Springfield 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
Patti Smith 3.79
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
Spoon 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
Maxïmo Park 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
Ocean Colour Scene 2.26
Travis 2.25
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Phil Collins 2.21
Muse 2.20
Robbie Williams 2.20
Katy Perry 2.18
Panic! At The Disco 2.16
Counting Crows 2.13
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
Bruno Mars 1.79
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

And today;

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0 voters

2 Likes
  • Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot
  • Good Morning Spider
  • It’s A Wonderful Life
  • Dreamt For Light Years In The Belly Of A Mountain
  • Dark Night Of The Soul

0 voters

1 Like
  • Spirit Ditch
  • Hammering The Cramps
  • Someday I Will Treat You Good
  • Rainmaker
  • Come On In
  • Maria’s Little Elbows
  • Sick Of Goodbyes
  • Gold Day
  • Don’t Take My Sunshine Away
  • Ghost In The Sky
  • Knives Of Summerime

0 voters

1 Like

Hoooo boy that’s a 5 if ever I saw one.

17 Likes

This is a fun tune, and The Sparkle Horse is a decent pub, but otherwise everything else I’ve heard has left me cold at best, actually find the vocals make my skin crawl at times, so it will be a low score from me unless I find any tunes I’ve missed in the subsequent posts that change my mind.

6 Likes

He’s something I should love but I just don’t like anything he’s done.
This is amazing though.

3 Likes

Have a strange relationship with them. Only ever listened to Vivadixie, which I was really obsessed with when it came out. Feels like I must have listened to it hundreds of times.

At some point though my perception of it changed - sometimes I would listen to it and it would seem absolutely awful, everything about it would just grate. And yet other times I’d return to it to give it one last listen and it would sound again like an all time great.

I actually sold my album at some point and then ended up buying it again.

So that weird relationship with the album is probably at least partially why I’ve never listened to anything else, along with just the intensity of the connection I had with the album, not wanting to dilute it by listening to anything else.

Anyway will probably go 4 because of that strange relationship.

3 Likes

First two albums are gold - especially Good Morning Spider, which is an all-timer for me. Wonderful Life didn’t reach the same heights, and I’m not sure that I listened to Dream for Light more than a couple of times (I might do so today).

It’s a big old 5 for the first two albums though.

Still makes me sad thinking about Mark. Such a tragic end to a pained life.

6 Likes

Never really investigated properly, but this is one of the best songs of the last thirty years…

14 Likes

I have (and love) Vivadixie and Dreamt For Ligjht Years, but somehow I’ve never heard Good Morning Spider. Perhaps I should rectify that this morning.

This is one of the best ever songs named after a farmyard animal

7 Likes

@bugduv my brother in cows

10 Likes

Sort of similar in that like, say, the decemberists or devendra banhart or something, sometimes they really hit the spot and other times they irritate the life out of me and get skipped instantly.

But i think you need artists like that otherwise you end up with beige mush. Loved it’s a wonderful life and bits of dark night of the soul. There’s a few other tunes i like too but for some reason I’ve not really explored his other albums.

Definite 4/5 and i reckon i would have loved him live. Think he’d get that balance of guitars and vocals sometimes in harmony and sometimes clashing up against each other absolutely spot on.

3 Likes

An easy 5. I got to meet Mark too. Below is one of my most treasured possessions.

30 Likes

That whole Daniel Johnston tribute album is great. The covers are almost all better than the originals IMHO.

3 Likes

I only know this song and he can have a 5 for it

7 Likes

Haven’t listened to Sparklehorse since his death. It’s just too sad. Five out of five and thanks for everything Mark.

This post paid for by PROF$.

21 Likes

I only really discovered them in the past year, and have only listened to It’s a Wonderful Life so far - Piano Fire is an incredible song. 5.

9 Likes

a band i really need to investigate more, i love Good Morning Spider, just a great off kilter record.

this is such a beautiful song

6 Likes

Ah, man. Don’t really have the words for this one. Got really into Good Morning Spider and Vivadixie… as a teenager and they’ve been massively important to me ever since. Great lyricist. One of those bands whose songs reach some buried place inside of me. Have to be careful about listening to them some times, as it gets me very sad about his death. 5!

7 Likes

God I love him so much. He has a similar effect to me lyrically as David Berman, creates this vivid picture of emotions through his words (sounds pretentious, sounds right in my head though). He is on the more surrealist end, strange images of horses (of course) and things. These lyrics from spirit ditch are so evocative,

The moon it will rise with such
Horse laughter
It’s dragging pianos to the ocean
If I had a home
You’d know it’d be
In a slide trombone

Dragging pianos to the ocean is so squeeee, ahh I find it hard to talk about how much his words.meant to me as a teenager. Me and a friend obsessed over him, and I continue to love those albums.

5 for me Clive.

11 Likes