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The Most Underrated Albums OfAll Time

September’s list of the Most Overrated Albums of All Time provoked a strong reaction to say the least. “Worst fucking list ever,” was how one Facebook user responded. Another threatened to kill us with rat poison. But to prove we’re not complete jerks, here’s its promised follow-up: A list of 50 albums that never really received the recognition – whether critically or commercially – they deserved. The records in this list fall mostly into one of three categories: unfairly maligned, overshadowed by the rest of the artist’s output or just obscure and therefore criminally underappreciated. We’ll be revealing 10 each day, with the Top 10 unveiled at the end of the week.

50. Life Without Buildings – Any Other City (2001)

It’s no surprise Sue Tompkins is an artist. Her words spray out like abstract brushstrokes on this one-of-a-kind album; the only one recorded by this short-lived Scottish band. Her scattershot, stream of consciousness delivery was hard for some to digest – one NME reviewer likened it to “animals dying in agony” – but Tompkins was a true original in the same way Jim White dances to the beat of his own drum. And speaking of the Dirty Three, her backing band of three fellow art graduates wasn’t half-bad either, providing the spiky post-punk backdrop for her to spit such endearingly fractured rhymes. Appreciated in Greece and Australia, but (criminally) nowhere else. – Darren Levin

49. My Chemical Romance – Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge (2004)

My Chemical Romance have a legitimate claim to being the most hated emo band ever (my money, however, is on Panic! At The Disco). And yet Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge is the best thing to have ever come out of that aesthetic ghetto. Just prior to descending into caricature with The Black Parade MCR delivered an improbable mix of punk, metal, glam, pop and – yes – emo that felt both innovative and intuitive, and pretty fucking exciting.

Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge announced Gerard Way as one of the best rock singers going around, delivering his gymnastic melodies with a startling, albeit hammy, sense of conviction (exhibit A: ‘The Ghost of You’). Meanwhile, guitarists Frank Iero and Ray Toro married Kirk Hammett-esque shredding with some of the most inventive arrangements this side of Television’s Marquee Moon. Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge could’ve been huge: Coming from a bunch of mascara-smeared sad-sacks, though, it never stood a chance. – Edward Sharp-Paul

48. The Soft Boys – Underwater Moonlight (1980)

English songwriter Robyn Hitchcock has certainly had an illustrious career, but at risk of being overlooked is the cult-classic album his band The Soft Boys put out in 1980 before splitting up (the first time). It leads with one of the all-time-best power-pop anthems in ‘I Wanna Destroy You’, laced with acid well beyond its title: “And when I have destroyed you, I’ll come picking at your bone/You won’t have a single atom left to call your own.” (No wonder it was covered by Circle Jerks.) The whole record flows with babble-like alacrity, mingling dank glam and psych seediness. ‘I Got the Hots’ starts as a bluesy prowl only to unravel in the second half, and ‘Old Pervert’ is happily subversive. Today Underwater Moonlight plays like the missing link between Syd Barrett and Bowie and R.E.M. and Teenage Fanclub. – Doug Wallen

47. Lost Animal – Ex Tropical (2011)

Seems kinda weird to have an album on here from last year, right? But for something that already feels like a classic, the debut for former St Helens frontman Jarrod Quarrell failed to make an impression beyond the tight-knit Melbourne community that adored it. There was no Australian Music Prize nomination. No Jagermeister Independent Music Award nod. No adulation from the overseas indie press, who seemed preoccupied with Pond and Twerps. No 9.2 from Pitchfork. Their loss. Ex Tropical is a true original, juxtaposing sunny calypso vibes with tortured lyrics in a similar fashion to the similarly underrated Amore del Tropico by The Black Heart Procession. Shag Chamberlain’s melodic bass, a drum machine, piano and synth provide the minimalist foundation for one of the coolest vocal performances this side of David Essex’s ‘Rock On’, while the shifting moods of ‘Lose The Baby’ and ‘Say No To Thugs’ prove there’s trouble brewing in paradise. – Darren Levin

46. Hot Hot Heat – Make Up The Breakdown (2002)

Make Up hints at the passion and precision for which Bloc Party were universally adored three years later, and is suffused with the exuberant pop flailing of classic weirdos like Talking Heads. For every hooky freakout (“BANDA JEZZ BANDA JEZZ!”) there’s a transcendent moment like the discordantly glowing swirl that punctuates opener ‘Naked In The City Again’.

Steve Bays’ creaking, yelping, hyperactive child of a voice still manages to express the unease and paranoia of being in your 20s, getting fucked up and failing at relationships and mucking with your self-perception. Lines like “I got my head shaved for her because she told me it would do all the right things for my identity” (‘Aveda’) can get lost in his ADD yowls and eccentric meter but show that even though they’ve fallen down the major-label black hole of accessibility in the ensuing decade (yes, decade), the Vancouver band made something emotionally raw and fun. In the same “revival” wave as the Strokes, but fundamentally different in mindset, stressing about their social failures instead of shrugging them off. – Caitlin Welsh

45. Lime Spiders – The Cave Comes Alive! (1987)

In the footsteps of Radio Birdman, Sunnyboys and The Scientists stood Lime Spiders, a band from south-west Sydney who came out of tumultuous beginnings to release their 1987 debut, The Cave Comes Alive. Continually struggling to hold down a steady line-up, their debut was a collection of forgotten gems from one of the richest veins of Australia’s garage history including the Stooges-indebted ‘Ignormy’, the fuzz ballad ‘Jessica’ and the career-defining ‘Just One Solution’. And yet despite praise from Iggy Pop and Joey Ramone, it somehow failed to make a lasting local dent. As one of the strongest rock relics of 1980’s Sydney, The Cave Comes Alive is a chronically underrated and forgotten record lost in time. – Max Easton

44. Supergrass – Life On Other Planets (2002)

Supergrass are often described as a “great singles band”. It’s a nice way of saying that their albums were patchy, and that they wrote hook-laden but facile pop. Firstly, there’s nothing wrong with hook-laden but facile pop, and secondly, it’s bullshit as Life On Other Planets attests. Sure, the singles are genius (‘Grace’ may be the best song called ‘Grace’ ever), but then so is the whole album. Few of Britpop’s leading lights survived the turn of the millennium with dignity intact (hello, Gallaghers). And yet here’s Gaz Coombes turning out masterful, breezy pop (from the glammy opening trio of ‘Za’, ‘Rush Hour Soul’ and ‘Seen The Light’ to the Beatles-y harmonies that close our ‘Run’), while bravely ignoring nu-metal, The Strokes and his band’s transition from Monkees-esque teen stardom to middle-ranking man-band status. And all anyone cares about is ‘Alright’. For shame. – Edward Sharp-Paul

43. Throwing Muses – The Real Ramona (1991)

This should have been the disc that propelled Throwing Muses into the same league as their proteges the Pixies. After three critically acclaimed albums and a near-hit with ‘Dizzy’, they made what was both their most polished and catchy effort and one of the weirdest guitar-pop albums ever. However, it ended up marking the end of the band as it was. Despite Kristin Hersh’s brilliant opener/lead single ‘Counting Backwards’ and stepsister Tanya Donnelly’s buzz-saw pop masterpiece ‘Not Too Soon’, a combination of a huge tax bill, management issues, Hersh’s schizophrenia and custody battle over her first son and internal issues saw Donnelly grab bassist Fred Abong and quit to form Belly, leaving Hersh and drummer Dave Narcizo to pick up the pieces. It should have been the next Doolittle, but instead The Real Ramona was a footnote to Donnelly’s brief but bright pop stardom. – Andrew P Street

42. Cee-Lo Green – Cee-Lo Green… Is the Soul Machine (2004)

Before he became Gnarls Barkley, before he swore his way to the top of the charts and before he became a parrot-toting judge on The Voice, Cee-Lo Green was a star. Or at least he should have been. He rose as a member of hip-hop cult heros Goodie Mob and joined OutKast (and others) in the southern/intergalactic supergroup Dungeon Family, but Cee-Lo could never contained by those groups and a solo career was inevitable.

His first solo album His Perfect Imperfections is a fine opening shot, but it’s crazy that 2004’s 75-minute opus Cee-Lo Green… Is the Soul Machine wasn’t his big breakthrough. Cee-Lo settled into a safer, more coherent sound once he teamed with Danger Mouse, but Soul Machine is a kaleidoscopic tour de force through soul and hip-hop, with Cee-Lo displaying a depth and versatility that proved he was capable of playing any character in the cast of modern urban music. Cee-Lo takes his name from a dice game and appropriately enough this is a record that rolls unexpected combinations of genres and voices. (He croons neo-soul, spits battle raps and belts out club tracks with equal dexterity and skill.) The album also harnessed the talents of producers including DJ Premier, The Neptunes and Timbaland, yet for all its dazzling array of styles and voices it failed to connect. Perhaps that bizarre cover that looks like Pen and Pixel on a particularly uninspired day put people off? Or maybe the world was just waiting patiently for a breakthrough soul single about mental illness based around a sample lifted from a spaghetti Western? – Tom Mann

41. The White Stripes – Get Behind Me Satan (2005)

Having perfected the garage album about four times over, The White Stripes were free to really explore here. Cue the marimba (‘The Nurse’), an overeager chorus (‘My Doorbell’), heaps of piano (‘White Moon’ et al) and an occult bluegrass romp (‘Little Ghost’). Get Behind Me Satan foreshadowed the restless genre-hopping and sour introspection of Jack White’s solo debut Blunderbuss (2012), as if he was still trying to challenge himself now that the band had infiltrated the mainstream. Just as much as White Blood Cells, this has a real dial-turning slipperiness to it, typified by how naturally the chalky Meg White interlude ‘Passive Manipulation’ gives way to ‘Take, Take, Take’. And let’s not forget one of White’s best ballads, ‘I’m Lonely (But I Ain’t That Lonely Yet)’. – Doug Wallen

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Oflick

Oflick said on the 14th Nov, 2012



Depending on my mood it's sometimes my favourite.



So it's not just the "guess what albums" picture that was blurred...

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 14th Nov, 2012



I am asking you and I concur with your sentiment!

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 14th Nov, 2012

Get a room you two. Yeesh.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 14th Nov, 2012



It will be right next to the gumbuoy/jace Regurgitator love-in room.

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 14th Nov, 2012

why not the same room? Prude.

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 14th Nov, 2012

You know what always say about group sex, BC? No homo, but smoke 'em if you got 'em.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 14th Nov, 2012



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gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 14th Nov, 2012

[youtube]SrDFGa0juCM[/youtube]

Can someone tell me how to embed YT videos now? The way it used to work doesn't seem to work any more.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 14th Nov, 2012

I use [ youtube ] the bit of the youtube link after v= [ /youtube ]

That puts it in the little window like the one two posts above.

jacegalvin

jacegalvin said on the 14th Nov, 2012

[ME.DIA][/MED.IA]
remove the dots.

Napoleon Solo

Napoleon Solo said on the 14th Nov, 2012

Tiny Music... is a mess of an album. There are a few moments of brilliance but the majority is a bore and it is deservedly labeled a gash album. Now No.4, that album is underrated.

mickrad

mickrad said on the 14th Nov, 2012

chin chin...now there's an under-rated album...

Ellieangel

Ellieangel said on the 14th Nov, 2012

oasis defining an entire genre of music what utter shite! they believed there own hype. they were little more than a beatles tribute band. both albums were no different to what the likes of the beatles and the smiths had done decades before.

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 14th Nov, 2012



And INXS are one of the best bands in the world and on Sunday I go apple picking with scooby doo.

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 14th Nov, 2012

inxs are my favourite inxs tribute band.

sarahanne

sarahanne said on the 14th Nov, 2012



You may think they were shit, and Beatles rip-offs - nothing new there - but What's The Story, along with Blur's Parklife are undeniably the two albums that defined brit-pop. Just because an album defines a genre it doesn't mean that is original or particularly good - just the pinnacle of a moment and a sound.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 14th Nov, 2012

Wait... are you telling me that The Beatles and The Smiths weren't '90s Britpop bands?

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 14th Nov, 2012

They would have just been called Beatles and Smiths.

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 14th Nov, 2012

I use [ youtube ] the bit of the youtube link after v= [ /youtube ]

That puts it in the little window like the one two posts above.

Hey that worked!

[ME.DIA][/MED.IA]
remove the dots.

thats what I was trying to do but it wasn't working.

batdan

batdan said on the 14th Nov, 2012

Saw this gem on rage last Saturday. Get some Snout up ya.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dq0z1lF4YeE

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 14th Nov, 2012


FINISH HIM!
http://www.smartshanghai.com/blogpix/flyer1242891757.jpg

Dirk Chanley

Dirk Chanley said on the 14th Nov, 2012

i just bought stone temple pilots discography randomly last week, haven't listened to them all but tiny music was defiantly the stand out really enjoyable! bit of a coincidence i think.

deanoss

deanoss said on the 15th Nov, 2012

In/Casino/Out is still one of my favourite albums

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 15th Nov, 2012

The Afghan Whigs - Gentlemen is a good call.

A very underrated band in the grunge era but they had some cracking tunes.

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 15th Nov, 2012

Good call on #4, although I'm a little surprised you think Hi-Fi Way is rated higher than Hourly Daily.

hoipolloi906

hoipolloi906 said on the 15th Nov, 2012

tiny music is a disaster. the pitchfork review nailed it: http://web.archive.org/web/20011126210250/pitchforkmedia.com/record-reviews/s/stone-temple-pilots/tiny-music.shtml

Napoleon Solo

Napoleon Solo said on the 15th Nov, 2012

The Exploding Hearts album is definitely underrated.
I love In/Casino/Out, I think it wouldn't be underrated if people went further than solely listening to ROC. Completely agree with Lopsided that track gets unintentionally dwarfed by the power of Napoleon Solo. Vaya although an EP is definitely deserving of the same praise. A seven track roller coaster that ends with the track that for me defines them, 198d.

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 15th Nov, 2012

GREAT call on Nada Surf, Let Go is one of my all time favourite albums, would probably make a top5.

Dirk Chanley

Dirk Chanley said on the 15th Nov, 2012



yeah it is, but as i just got them last week its going to take me quite a while to get familiar, i guess time will tell what will be my favourite. but tiny music stood out on first listen so thats the one thats spinning the car cd player for now. just found it weird that out of all the albums in the world the one i am listen to at the moment came up on this list.

Annies boobs

Annies boobs said on the 15th Nov, 2012

The Afghan Whigs - Gentlemen is a good call.

A very underrated band in the grunge era but they had some cracking tunes.

I was about to post something like this but you beat me to it. Although Gentlemen is their best album, 'John the Baptist' is my favourite song of theirs. It's pure sex.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 15th Nov, 2012



Not many people say that sort of thing.

Most people prefer Matthew or Mark.

Annies boobs

Annies boobs said on the 15th Nov, 2012

Not many people say that sort of thing.

Most people prefer Matthew or Mark.

http://data.whicdn.com/images/6150926/tumblr_ld5326Q1WI1qb6ign_thumb.jpg

hearsz

hearsz said on the 15th Nov, 2012



Agreed on #4, highly underrated, though all of You Am I's albums (apart from HFW and HD) are underrated aren't they?
And I personally rate Hi-Fi Way over Hourly, Daily mainly because I like how it was recorded, there's a certain rawness to it that's unmatched on any of their other releases. Though my favoritism of these two albums in particular have changed over time and no doubt will again next week!

d-ren

d-ren said on the 15th Nov, 2012

stop agreeing with us guys!

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 15th Nov, 2012

It's different to the last list. In this one you are recommending people good music they haven't heard before and validating the taste of those who have.

In the last list you were shitting on the birthday cake of the worlds most humourless music fans.

Oflick

Oflick said on the 15th Nov, 2012

Will the next list be "The Most Accurately Rated Albums Of All Time"?

Oflick

Oflick said on the 15th Nov, 2012

Why should I even come back here then?

jacegalvin

jacegalvin said on the 15th Nov, 2012

Because you're a worthless pleb.

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 15th Nov, 2012



my thoughts exactly.

http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100429003526/callofduty/images/archive/b/b9/20100429003744!Sneaky_troll.jpg

infinitycat

infinitycat said on the 16th Nov, 2012

gotta give you guys props for adding sleater-kinney in the top 10.

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 16th Nov, 2012

You totally nailed it on 'In Utero', Sarah.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 16th Nov, 2012

Everyone knows that Heart-Shaped Box is the best Nirvana song.

RocknrollHendo

RocknrollHendo said on the 16th Nov, 2012



Top 5 along with Pennyroyal Tea, Aneurysm, Negative Creep and About A Girl

Napoleon Solo

Napoleon Solo said on the 16th Nov, 2012

School was always my favourite but I always thought Nirvana for the most part were overrated.

Oflick

Oflick said on the 16th Nov, 2012

Scentless Apprentice is my favourite Nirvana song. That one is awesome.

p1owz0r

p1owz0r said on the 16th Nov, 2012

Heart Shaped Box pffffft

Aneurysm for me, then Frances Farmer, Pennyroyal Tea, Very Ape, Milk It (pretty much anything on In Utero), On A Plain

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 16th Nov, 2012

I'd say Aneurysm is my favourite song, but In Utero is by far my favourite record by them.

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 16th Nov, 2012

my favourite nirvana songs:
come as you are.
serve the servants.
aneurysm.
frances farmer will have her revenge on seattle.
sliver.

green-faerie

green-faerie said on the 16th Nov, 2012



agree 100%.

i enjoyed this list immensely. some awesome stuff to check out and some old favourites to reminisce over. how good were snout? really, i just loved those guys. i ran into ross mclennan in a salvos once and said "hey are you ross from snout? can i have your autograph?" (what a nerd!) and he signed my salvos receipt saying "i'm ross from snout". whatta guy.

garthinho

garthinho said on the 16th Nov, 2012

i read that room on fire write-up multiple times in my disbelief that they didn't mention reptilia - far and away the best track on the album.

Dwayne Barry

Dwayne Barry said on the 16th Nov, 2012

no cardiacs is a god damn crime. they are so underrated that they don't even rate a mention on the underrated list!

i guessed in eutero on the first day and that wasn't even cheating on the blurred image. it's not underrated (it rated quite well), though it is kind of overlooked. it's inclusion on this list seems all too obvious!

Harrishun

Harrishun said on the 16th Nov, 2012

completely agree with the listing of ...art, but you could've put any regurgitator album after tu-plang and unit on there and it would've made sense. especially eduardo and rodriguez... and mish mash.

kaydee

kaydee said on the 16th Nov, 2012

Love your work FL, this is a great list. Good call for number one.

Grunge Revival

Grunge Revival said on the 16th Nov, 2012

nukeateen - reginalds revenge is pure awesome.

lateleigh

lateleigh said on the 16th Nov, 2012

There's nothing underrated about The Strokes or Weezer. The Manic Street Preachers connection to Kylie album, 'Impossible Princess' was not all about James Dean (Bradfield). The song, 'Some Kind of Bliss' was written by the Manics bassist/songwriter Nicky Wire. James, Nicky and Sean were all involved in production and writing the hooks only on the remainder of the album.

Piko

Piko said on the 17th Nov, 2012

This album! ... that is all

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_hA5wC3kPrFs/S0gOOd_CsKI/AAAAAAAAAHY/79JtDab0Pdo/s400/00-CURVE-Cuckoo-1993.jpg

Surely the producer of Rage was onto a good thing.... If anyone is old enough to remember this intro and never knew where it came from.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqL7RlmPwws

Piko

Piko said on the 17th Nov, 2012

Anyhow I also agree with the #4 record inclusion and especially Dallas Crane and Snout. Always loved those albums in their day. Snout especially deserved more attention.

As for Rowland, might listen to him again soon. I missed him at ATP and then found out last minute waiting for him at Homebake that I might have missed any chance to ever see him blow my mind. But I will get around to it one day.

napoleon

napoleon said on the 17th Nov, 2012

love that kylie album - wish someone would unearth exactly what she was up to in those days. i am so curious. good list, dl.

Napoleon Solo

Napoleon Solo said on the 18th Nov, 2012

http://img15.nnm.ru/5/4/d/a/b/2a35ac882dc3eb9ec1cc84ffb5c.jpg

Would be in my top 50, just bought it from a record fair.

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 19th Nov, 2012

this is the second time i've seen an article about Room On Fire that has failed to even mention Reptilia, like honestly, what the fuck? explain yourselves please.

sarahanne

sarahanne said on the 19th Nov, 2012



'Some Kind of Bliss' was actually a co-write b/n Minogue, James Dean Bradfield and fellow MSP Sean Moore (Sean's only contribution to the album). Nicky Wire's only contribution was to 'I Don't Need Anyone'.

RocknrollHendo

RocknrollHendo said on the 19th Nov, 2012




Agree, such an awesome song the best The Strokes have ever done and I love Room on Fire, would be one of my all time favs.

Have you heard the Punch Brothers cover? you should here the Punch Brothers cover, shit band though this and their cover of Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground is the only good things I've heard from them.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qayc6yJXG-8

mzein

mzein said on the 20th Nov, 2012

i am very happy to see two albums in this list.

1. mgmt - congratulations
2. beach boys - sunflower

these two easily come in my top 10 of all time. i though they were both horrible the first few times i listened to them, but with each listen they grew more and more.

grattan

grattan said on the 22nd Nov, 2012

http://cdnl.complex.com/mp/620/400/80/0/bb/1/ffffff/664206c722103ee20d5f59083733bc40/images_/assets/CHANNEL_IMAGES/MUSIC/2012/10/50albumshatedon.jpg

50. Cam'ron, Crime Pays (2009)
49. Kiss, Music From "The Elder" (1981)
48. Elvis Costello, Goodbye Cruel World (1984)
47. Britney Spears, Blackout (2007)
46. Steppenwolf, For Ladies Only (1971)
45. Dee Dee King, Standing In The Spotlight (1989)
44. Rihanna, Rated R (2009)
43. Pharrell, In My Mind (2006)
42. Die Antwoord, Ten$ion (2012)
41. The Beatles, Yellow Submarine (1968)
40. Jimi Hendrix, War Heroes (1972)
39. Bob Dylan, Self Portrait (1970)
38. Creedence Clearwater Revival, Mardi Gras (1972)
37. DJ Shadow, The Outsider (2006)
36. RZA, Bobby Digital In Stereo (1998)
35. Metallica, St. Anger (2003)
34. Sly & the Family Stone, Small Talk (1974)
33. Jay-Z, Kingdom Come (2006)
32. G.O.O.D. Music, Cruel Summer (2012)
31. Muddy Waters, Electric Mud (1968)
30. Aerosmith, Night in the Ruts (1979)
29. Leaders of the New School, T.I.M.E. (1993)
28. Paul and Linda McCartney, Ram (1971)
27. The Velvet Underground, Squeeze (1973)
26. Lou Reed, Metal Machine Music (1975)
25. The Doors, The Soft Parade (1969)
24. The Who, It's Hard (1982)
23. Tha Dogg Pound, Dogg Food (1995)
22. Yoko Ono, Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band (1970)
21. Kanye West, 808s & Heartbreak (2008)
20. Guns N' Roses, Chinese Democracy (2008)
19. De La Soul, Stakes Is High (1996)
18. The Pharcyde, Labcabincalifornia (1995)
17. Wu-Tang Clan, 8 Diagrams (2007)
16. LL Cool J, Walking With A Panther (1989)
15. EPMD, Business As Usual (1990)
14. Eric B. & Rakim, Don't Sweat The Technique (1992)
13. Boogie Down Productions, Sex and Violence (1992)
12. Black Flag, My War (1984)
11. Eugene McDaniels, Headless Heroes Of The Apocalypse (1971)
10. OutKast, Idlewild (2006)
9. Neil Young, Trans (1982)
8. Radiohead, Hail To The Thief (2003)
7. Prince Paul, Psychoanalysis: What Is It? (1996)
6. Nas, I Am.../Nastradamus (1999)
5. Led Zeppelin, In Through The Out Door (1979)
4. M.I.A., Maya (2010)
3. Nirvana, In Utero (1993)
2. The Rolling Stones, Exile On Main Street (1972)
1. Beastie Boys, Paul's Boutique (1989)

http://www.complex.com/music/2012/10/50-albums-that-were-unfairly-hated-on/

RocknrollHendo

RocknrollHendo said on the 22nd Nov, 2012

St Anger was fairly hated on.

Oflick

Oflick said on the 22nd Nov, 2012

St. Anger is Metallica's second best album. Their best is Lulu.

Death of Marat

Death of Marat said on the 22nd Nov, 2012

Who da fuck hated on Paul's Boutique

Stefan Beck

Stefan Beck said on the 22nd Nov, 2012

At the time of release? Supposedly everybody.

Nosyt

Nosyt said on the 22nd Nov, 2012

Now I've got that bobby digital song stuck in my head, dang

muddy

muddy said on the 23rd Nov, 2012

at least half a dozen fantastic and ignored ed kuepper alboms missing imho. triffids calenture agree - listened to that a million times.

matmcc

matmcc said on the 27th Nov, 2012

the lost gospel - according to.
seriously the most underrated album imo. even better that it's aussie-grown!

ARACHNID

ARACHNID said on the 27th Nov, 2012

this is a dubious honour for the lime spiders. i'm not sure if receiving 3 aria nominations (for cave comes alive), a plethora of rave reviews internationally & healthy sales constitutes being "underrated", but i'll accept it as a compliment...lol

ARACHNID

ARACHNID said on the 27th Nov, 2012

any other city would easily be in my own personal top ten favourites.

good to see lime spiders in there. aussie legends.

thanks...nice to be remembered fondly...mick blood

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 27th Nov, 2012

Underrated, as in they aren't generally appreciated or known by the greater majority.

E.g. 'Who the the fuck are The Lime Spiders" - BC101

ARACHNID

ARACHNID said on the 27th Nov, 2012

my freakin' band of 30 years

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 27th Nov, 2012

how many Ipod commercials were you on? :)

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 27th Nov, 2012

[youtube]2UodZ_fFyO8[/youtube]

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 27th Nov, 2012

Ha ha, yeah I figured. A quick wiki says your first, ARIA award nominated, record came out two years before I was born and you broke up before I started kindergarten. So fair to say, I and people of my age may not know you guys so well. Clearly you're not shit though because you're on this list. I'm sure it will help plenty of new people discover your music. it should increase to your healthy sales.

ARACHNID

ARACHNID said on the 27th Nov, 2012

i have a new band bloodshot, based in brisbane...early days, but sounding awesome!

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 27th Nov, 2012

Where's Hedonism Gibbon? I'm sure he'd be a Lime Spiders fan.

Stugalug

Stugalug said on the 27th Nov, 2012



You guys were a few years before my time, but a mate, a few years older than I, only speaks about two bands. Billy Bragg and Lime Spiders. He's always banging on about how awesome Lime Spiders were and he vividly talks about a gig you played at Frankston Pier? I think he was underage, so 25 years ago? Anyways, I saw you guys a couple of years ago and it was a great set. Love your work! Occasionally hear your stuff on Triple R too.

Brian B

Brian B said on the 28th Nov, 2012



I saw a number of their gigs 30 odd years ago.
Usually when they were playing on the same bill as a couple of bands I used to see a fair bit at the time (Lonely Hearts)
Always solid and very big in the pub venues around Sydney.

lineofbestfit

lineofbestfit said on the 28th Nov, 2012

anything by american analog set
the photo album by death cab (trans and facts always get all the love)

Napoleon Solo

Napoleon Solo said on the 28th Nov, 2012

Goo Goo Dolls broke me in with Lime Spiders. True Story. They are pretty revered in the States, was always surprised by how many peeps wanted to talk about them.

Gyroscope

Gyroscope said on the 30th Nov, 2012

no albums from captain beyond, the fucking champs (a personal favourite, though i was far from expecting them to make the list considering how incredibly few people have heard of them) & rush annoys me. on the other hand, in utero, tusk and in/casino/out are all fantastic inclusions.

edit: well i was going to post a youtube video of the fucking champs but i failed, even when embedded properly it said the video did not exist. fuck that

CASK

CASK said on the 1st Dec, 2012

yes! i'm not alone! three cheers for sweet revenge is in fact a brilliant album!!!
sad how it all went to shit when they got bigger :(

lineofbestfit

lineofbestfit said on the 4th Dec, 2012

meaning under-rated, if there has been a thread like this do yo redirecting thang admins

This town needs guns
Kevin devine (aside from the brand new tour and bright eyes opening slot in Brisbane isn't widely known here which is a shame)
achoo bless you
the head and the heart
johnny flynn (more known for being the dude in coin laundry in Australia than his actual music)

Napoleon Solo

Napoleon Solo said on the 4th Dec, 2012

They should bring back the death penalty for double negatives.

Gyroscope

Gyroscope said on the 15th Dec, 2012

bump

can't believe no devin townsend albums made the list. i mean any one of, if not several of; ghost, ziltoid the omniscient, deconstruction or ocean machine: biomech should be on this list. i intentionally didn't mention dt in my last comment to see if anyone would bring him up, but no one did. wtf? the only way i can justify his non inclusion is by assuming that he is too underrated to make the underrated albums list.

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 15th Dec, 2012

Devin Townsend and his bald patch can fuck off.

batdan

batdan said on the 15th Dec, 2012

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_4wp-YHFQjUg/S-F7Q5YoI-I/AAAAAAAAC1w/XGJE1UkOgr8/s1600/IMG_9622.JPG

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 16th Dec, 2012



I remember listening to A Larum, and liking it, but for some reason I never went back and listened to it again, or any of his other stuff...

firetruckPOW

firetruckPOW said on the 24th Mar, 2013

dallas crane. yes. i was underage the whole time they were together so i only ever got to see them at a handful of instores and special appearances, i long for a time machine to get the full atmosphere of a proper show!

PaulPS

PaulPS said on the 8th Sep, 2014

so many fine records on here. it was inevitable that you won't please everyone but if you make the bold claim of an "all time list" you just cannot leave out the dreaming by kate bush. it's her least selling album, and she even slags it off but its her best by far. so experimental, so raw that it's the still ahead of it time 32 years after its release.

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