💿 How Good Is It Really 💿 It's A Shame About Ray

A Love Supreme goes into the top 10

Position Album Rating
1 Spirit Of Eden 9.06
2 Homogenic 8.97
=3 Didn’t It Rain 8.80
=3 Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven 8.80
5 Hounds Of Love 8.79
6 Illmatic 8.70
7 A Love Supreme 8.52
8 It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back 8.51
9 Endtroducing…. 8.51
10 Marquee Moon 8.47
11 The Sophtware Slump 8.45
12 Spiderland 8.44
13 Untrue 8.43
14 Kid A 8.41
15 Low 8.36
16 Illinois 8.34
17 Loveless 8.24
18 Pet Sounds 8.22
19 69 Love Songs 7.99
20 Mezzanine 7.98
21 100 Broken Windows 7.97
22 Tago Mago 7.92
23 Turn On The Bright Lights 7.91
24 Ys 7.83
25 The Blue Album 7.71
26 Siamese Dream 7.64
27 The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 7.54
28 Is This It 7.40
29 1989 6.80
30 Definitely Maybe 5.90

The week is the Lemonheads - It’s A Shame About Ray. It’s less than half an hour long if you ignore the tacked on Mrs Robinson cover (which you should) so go on, give it a listen if you haven’t heard it already


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Best track:

  • Rockin’ Stroll
  • Confetti
  • It’s A Shame About Ray
  • Rudderless
  • My Drug Buddy
  • The Turnpike Down
  • Bit Part
  • Alison’s Starting To Happen
  • Hannah & Gabi
  • Kitchen
  • Ceiling Fan In My Spoon
  • Frank Mills

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Next week’s album:

  • Mogwai - Come On Die Young
  • The Libertines - Up The Bracket
  • Madonna - Like A Prayer
  • The National - Boxer
  • Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

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  1. One of my all time favourite albums by one of my all time favourite bands. Not a duff moment on it. A perfect album.

Never knowingly heard anything by Lemonheads so I will address that today


Love this album. A breezey load of pop songs that doesn’t outstay its welcome.




Can’t remember exactly which sketch it soundtracked, but My Drug Buddy always reminds me of Trigger Happy TV.


I actually really love the Mrs Robinson cover :partying_face:


Gone for an 8, but may bump up to a 9.
The first half is ridiculously good, tails off a little towards the end imo.

I’m amazed that anyone cares about the Lemonheads these days. Never bothered with them when it came out. Will try this afternoon.

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it, it just seems out of place on the album

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No it doesn’t, we’ll not if you didn’t know

Listen pal, this is my thread, what I say goes

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…into the bin.



Going to listen today if I get the chance.

Really liked it at the time and don’t mind Mrs Robinson (even though I kind of hate S&G tbh).

I don’t listen to it regularly but on the odd occasion when I’ve gone back to it I’ve been surprised how well it has stood up.

Think they’re a band who operate on a bit of a razors edge - when they get it right it is breezy and engaging and combines a slight melancholy and sense of longing but with a brightness that prevents it from being maudlin. But it’s a fine line and they can easily sound very slight, cliched and just a bit naff.

I know there are plenty of fans of the earlier stuff and the later stuff but for me they only really got it right with this album, the odd E.P. and maybe 90% of Come On.


Oooft choosing between CODY and Boxer :grimacing:

And picking like a prayer. Agreed.


this is what i’ve thought when listening to them before. Like @Scagden said in the Pearl Jam thread, I’d be a bit surprised if anyone told me they were their favourite band in 2021; without saying they’re bad at all I’m just surprised they’d evoke that level of emotion still

I got into them originally through the reunion album because of the J Mascis feature and members of All/Descendants being part of the recording process. That’s an uneven album but I liked the extra punch it had compared to what I know of their 90s output