RADIOHEAD tops a poll by the readers of Q Magazine to find the greatest album ever

I don’t read Q Magazine and I don’t agree with many of these selections. This statement – Almost one third of Q’s 100 Greatest Albums Ever were recorded in the 1990s, making it the best ever decade for music – suggests that Q readers are much younger than I am. To my ear, much of the popular music released in the 1990s is an embarrassment.

Link: The Sun Online – Bizarre online: OK Computer is best ever

RADIOHEAD have topped a poll by the readers of Q Magazine to find the greatest album ever – narrowly beating themselves to the No1 spot.

The band’s 1997 record OK Computer won the vote, with 1995’s The Bends grabbing second position. Their more experimental follow-up Kid A also made the Top 10.

Almost one third of Q’s 100 Greatest Albums Ever were recorded in the 1990s, making it the best ever decade for music.

Nineties record that charted highly include Nirvana’s Nevermind, which came third, Oasis’ fifth-placed Definitely Maybe and The Stone Roses’ self-titled debut album at No6.

There was some success for older bands – The Beatles came fourth with Revolver – but landmark records like The Clash’s London Calling and Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds had to make do with the outer reaches of the Top 20.

Voters also sprang a surprise by ranking Madonna’s 1998 album Ray Of Light at No33, ahead of classics by The Rolling Stones, Blur and Jimi Hendrix.

The newest record to make the list was Coldplay’s A Rush Of Blood To The Head, which was released in 2002 and ranked 25th.

The Top 20 are:

1. Radiohead – OK Computer
2. Radiohead – The Bends
3. Nirvana – Nevermind
4. The Beatles – Revolver
5. Oasis – Definitely Maybe
6. The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
7. R.E.M. – Automatic For The People
8. Oasis – (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?
9. U2 – Achtung Baby
10. Radiohead – Kid A
11. U2 – The Joshua Tree
12. The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead
13. Jeff Buckley – Grace
14. The Beatles – Abbey Road
15. Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon
16. The Verve – Urban Hymns
17. The Beatles – The Beatles
18. The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
19. The Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
20. The Clash – London Calling

Slate’s Most-Read Stories

Link: Slate’s Most-Read Stories – The 10 most popular articles of the year..

Slate’s Most-Read Stories The 10 most popular articles of the year.

1) Dog Day Afternoon
When summer fashions go bad.
By Amanda Fortini
Posted Wednesday, June 29, 2005

2) When Tush Comes to Dove
Real women. Real curves. Really smart ad campaign.
By Seth Stevenson
Posted Monday, Aug. 1, 2005

3) Crazy for You
How Michael Jackson got off.
By Emily Bazelon
Posted Monday, June 13, 2005

4) Do Dogs Think?
Owners assume their pet’s brain works like their own. That’s a big mistake.
By Jon Katz
Posted Thursday, Oct. 6, 2005

5) Top Dog
Why Americans love Labrador retrievers.
By Brendan I. Koerner
Posted Friday, July 8, 2005

6) Kate Moss
The ironies of her downfall.
By Amanda Fortini
Updated Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2005

7) The Murder of Emmett Till
The 49-year-old story of the crime and how it came to be told.
By Randy Sparkman
Updated Tuesday, June 21, 2005

8) Rachael Ray
Why food snobs should quit picking on her.
By Jill Hunter Pellettieri
Posted Wednesday, July 13, 2005

9) Welcome to Miller Time, Loser
The great American beer crisis.
By Daniel Gross
Posted Monday, May 2, 2005

10) Pity the Poor Prince
Charles is atoning for the sins of rich, middle-aged men everywhere.
By June Thomas
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Mark Twain on Adventure

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain

What Jimi Was Listening To

Link: RelishNow | Mix Master.

A recent exhibition at the Experience Music Project displayed many of the albums in Hendrix’s collection at the time of his death. It’s a wide mix of music but taken as a whole, Hendrix’s distinct musical vision takes form.

1. "I Want You (She’s So Heavy)," The Beatles, Abbey Road

2. "Rainy Day Women, 12 & 35," Bob Dylan, on Blonde on Blonde

3. "A Hazy Shade Of Winter," Simon and Garfunkel, on Bookends

4. "2,000 Light Years From Home," The Rolling Stones, on Their Satanic Majesties Request

5. "Cocaine Blues," Johnny Cash, on At Folsom Prison

6. "Seven and Seven Is," Love, on Da Capo

7. "Plastic Factory," Captain Beefheart, on Safe As Milk

8. "Darling Be Home Soon," Lovin’ Spoonful, on You’re A Big Boy Now

9. Gustav Holst, The Planets, conducted by Adrian Boult, performed by The New Philharmonia

10. "Pink Half Of The Drainpipe," Bonzo Dog Band, on The Doughnut In Granny’s House

11. "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band," The Beatles, on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band

12. "In The Evening, The Sun Is Going Down," Lightnin’ Hopkins, on Autobiography In Blues

13. Lenny Bruce, Warning: Lenny Bruce Is Out Again

14. "Crosscut Saw," Albert King, on Born Under A Bad Sign

15. "All Along The Watchtower," Bob Dylan, on John Wesley Harding Interview with Bono and Gates

Link: "We Just Go Off" — Dec. 26, 2005 — Page 1.

TIME Are you bigger music fans now?

BILL GATES: I’ve always been a music fan. Paul [Allen, Microsoft’s co-founder] played guitar and made sure I knew all the Jimi Hendrix songs. He’s a real music nut. Not many people create a music museum. [Allen founded Seattle’s Experience Music Project.]

BONO.: You couldn’t not listen to music if Paul Allen was your partner. So Jimi Hendrix helped form [slipping into a monster-movie voice] "the Brain of Bill!"

BILL GATES: Paul would always say, "Are you experienced?" And it would mean different things at different times.

Sandhill Crane Watch


I heard sandhill cranes above our home today (Dec 13).

I heard them also on Saturday (Dec 10).

Last Wednesday (Dec 7) I was at a golf driving range about five miles south of here (probably on the same flyway) when I heard a flock. I spotted them at high altitude, flying in a V. Soon another flock was passing over. I could hear more in the distance, and then I saw about a dozen flocks strung out over several miles on the horizon.

One of the flocks hit an updraft and started riding the spiraling air currents to gain altitude. It was a beautiful day, blue sky and bright sunlight, and the sun mirrored off the flaring underside of their wings, creating flashes of silver as they circled upward. While I was there, several thousand sandhill cranes passed over. It was a wonderful experience.

There were about 10 other people hitting balls at the range. When I looked around, none of them seemed to notice the amazing migration occurring overhead. They must have ignored the melodic chortling the cranes share with anyone who wants to listen.

Perception experts say we only consciously perceive about 10 percent of the sensations in our environment. My experience at the golf range supports that observation.

Links to sightings

Review of “Hendrix: Live at Woodstock” from All About Jazz

Below are excerpts of Doug Collette‘s review of the recently released DVD of Jimi’s performance at Woodstock.

Link: Hendrix: Live at Woodstock Redefined

Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock

Adorned with a banner on its glossy color front cover that reads “Definitive Collection.” this comprehensive production actually lives up to its title. Startling in both its video and audio clarity, this double-DVD is nevertheless more than just another remaster. In enlisting the aid of the original film editor and gaining the rights to an independent recordist’s shots of Jimi’s heralded performance (never before see due to official film crew lapse), the producers of this package—Janie Hendrix and John McDermott along with esteemed Warner Brothers film restoration specialist Bill Rush— provide every sight and sound to a presentation that, with positive revisionist hindsight, now is as courageous as it is striking.

Live at Woodstock, as full of color, vision and intensity as it is, may be the clearest illustration why Jimi Hendrix’s death was such a tragedy.