8 May 2016

45 great records by people older than Sleaford Mods

This week, Radio 1 friendly indie-pop pretty-boys Blossoms and Sleaford Mods had one of those petty Twitter spats that gets everybody talking. Sleaford Mods - one of Britain's most interesting, talented and passionate bands - slagged off Blossoms' Savage Garden-soundalike songs for sounding like Savage Garden (if you don't know who Savage Garden are, don't look them up, they're worse than Blossoms) and Blossoms' twit account bit back with a lot ageist diatribe. Sure, Sleaford Mods are older than most bands on 6Music today, but surely it's bigoted for privileged 20-sumthings to shut down any art that doesn't come from pretty, sharply dressed, middle class white boys. And besides, Sleaford Mods aren't even that old. Jason (frontman-slash-lyricist) is literally 45, and I guess that kinda shows Blossoms' Twitter account operator is just a bit of a dick'ed looking for controversy, because, well, lotsa great artists release brilliant things post-45, right? Anyway, I had a think, and came up with a list of records that come from artists older than Sleaford Mods, that you probably wouldn't slag off if you were in a pseudo-psych band trying to look edgy on the internet. (In most cases with bands, it's if the frontman/singer is over 45).

1. David Bowie - Blackstar
2. Bjork - Vulnicura
3. Lou Reed & John Cale - Songs For Drella
4. John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
5. Scott Walker - Tilt
6. Scott Walker - The Drift
7. Brain Donor - Drain'd Boner
8. Anton Newcombe (and Tess Parks) - I Declare Nothing
9. The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Revelation
10. The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Musique de film imagine
11. Mazzy Star - Seasons Of Your Day
12. Swans - To Be Kind
13. Lush - Blind Spot EP
14. John Cale - Hobosapiens
15. Laurie Anderson - Homeland
16. Tom Waits - Orphans
17. Tom Waits - Blood Money
18. Tom Waits - Mule Variations
19. Johnny Cash - American Recordings I-IV (IV is the one with 'Hurt')
20. Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression
21. Sun Kil Moon - Benji
22. Nick Cave - Push The Sky Away
23. Lou Reed - Magic & Loss
24. The Album LCD Soundsystem Put Out This Year
25. My Bloody Valentine - m b v
26. The Fall - Fall Heads Roll
27. Public Enemy - How You Sell Soul To A Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul???
28. Moondog - Moondog
29. Patti Smith - Gung Ho
30. Is the new Radiohead album any good?
31. The Sonics - This Is The Sonics
32. Gil Scott Heron - I'm New Here
33. Todd Rundgren - Liars
34. Miles Davis - You're Under Arrest (OK, so any Miles fans might hate it but...)
35. Kate Bush - 50 Words For Snow
36. Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse - Dark Night of the Soul
37. The Flaming Lips - The Terror
38. David Bowie - 1. outside
39. Primal Scream - More Light
40. PJ Harvey - Hope Six Demolition Project
41. Serge Gainsbourg - Aux armes et cætera 
42. Angelo Baldamenti - Soundtrack From Twin Peaks
43. David Byrne (and St Vincent, who isn't 45 yet) - Love This Giant
44. David Bowie - The Next Day
45. Sonic Youth - The Eternal

Anyway, people of the world - I'll leave you with this list of albums that you should almost unconditionally listen to. These are quite often fiercely creative, and y'know, just so damn good that no one should stop older artists from being creative. Long live Sleaford Mods.

Words: Calum Cashin