💿 How Good Is It Really 💿 Turn On The Bright Lights

8.51 for It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back. We have a new leader

This week is Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights. I’m certain this’ll get more replies than the Nation Of Millions thread but will it get a higher score? How good is it really:


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Best track:

  • Untitled
  • Obstacle 1
  • NYC
  • PDA
  • Say Hello To The Angels
  • Hands Away
  • Obstacle 2
  • Stella Was A Diver And She Was Always Down
  • Roland
  • The New
  • Leif Erikson

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Next week’s album:

  • U2- Achtung Baby
  • Duran Duran - Rio
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
  • Nirvana - In Utero
  • Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly

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Position Album Rating
1 It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back 8.51
2 The Sophtware Slump 8.45
3 Spiderland 8.44
4 Loveless 8.24

I reckon it’s pretty good and I love singing along to the chorus of Obstacle 1 as loud as possible


It’s an 8 from me. Hugely formative for young Ruffs in 2001/2 not really hearing this kind of sparse post punk beyond the couple of culturally ubiquitous Joy Division singles there are. Felt energetic and dangerous and dark all at once. Looking back the second half in particular with obstacle 1, stella, roland and leif erikson is really, really strong. Downsides are maybe only being able to see these songs now as post punk influenced indie pop songs but they’re so well put together, and as always with Interpol - the wildly unreliable lyrics.
That said still really, really enjoyable and far and away the best record they ever made. Probably one of the albums of that decade for this type of genre. Happy with 8.


I think they are a rubbish band and this is a rubbish album. Perhaps I’ll revisit it to confirm that though.


Looks ok to me

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10/10. Absolute modern classic.

They created an album of astonishing mood and beauty, which they have sadly not matched since.

One of the best debut albums of all time.


Easy 10/10

Leaderboard in the correct order so far too :open_mouth: wonder if it will continue the trend this week

you go STABBING yourself in the NECK :sunglasses: :face_with_hand_over_mouth:


Just cast my vote for Rio

Would be well up for any of these

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big big favourite of mine.

i was a bit late to Interpol, i remember hearing Evil when it came out and finding it boring (still do) but when i was in 6th form in about 2006 a friend of mine was a huge fan so i downloaded a few more tracks and then went and bought this album and loved it.

hadn’t listened to it in a couple of years until the end of 2018 when me and that friend went to see them touring the latest album and i started listening to TOTBL solidly again and was delighted at how well it holds up, realised that it’s still one of my favourite albums years later. shame i didn’t get to see them play it in full, they only did that a festival here, but i’ve seen them play a handful of songs from it over the years.

incredibly consistent, not really a duff track on it. Antics is good but comes nowhere near and obviously the later albums are very much hit and miss.

but this one is a 10.


1 billion points for this peak lyricism

Her stories are boring and stuff
She’s always calling my bluff


Yeah, good selection this week

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The subway is a porno


Some good tunes but it’s a pretty dreary record and the lyrics arent just bad, they’re noticeably bad. 5/10


An astonishing, brooding post-punk night stalker of an album with a shimmering production that elevates it from the gloom. And it came out of nowhere. So good they’ve sadly never come anywhere close since.



Interpol’s lyrics

  • Stupid on purpose, legacy of New York Dolls / Voidoids and CBGB punk and post punk
  • Maybe at one point but actually the result of being a bit of a silly boy

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