The Back Catalogue


Currently On The Go

 

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Sparks Depeche Mode David Bowie Yazoo

Done the singles, now it’s time for the albums…

This, to put it bluntly, is a doddle compared to seeking out 8,000+ Top Ten singles. The idea’s very simple – find a singer or a group that interests me in some way and listen to all their studio albums in chronological order. Could be someone I already know, could be someone whose singles I’ve heard but never their albums, could be someone I know by name only – doesn’t matter. If I’m tempted enough, I’ll listen to the lot. Easy.

That said, there are some rules. There always are. No remix albums (bye bye Disco by the Pet Shop Boys), no live albums (bang goes Depeche Mode’s 101), no put-together-posthumously albums (cheerio, Queen’s Made In Heaven), no best ofs and no singles collections (any band you care to mention), just the original studio albums, made by the people involved at that time. And, if at all possible, no bloody “bonus tracks” either. Soundtracks are a bit tricky though, so I’ll take them on a case-by-case basis.

I’ll have four acts on the go at any one time (as you can see above), and I’ll alternate between them – this way, if somebody loses the plot after five albums and they released another 15 of the same old tat at least I get a break from them for a while. Sounds like a plan to me.

Oh yes, one more rule – whoever I listen to must have released at least two studio albums – well, there’s no way to tell how things have progressed otherwise, is there?

Righto, off we go, then. Above you can see who I’m listening to at the moment, with the most recent album pictured. Said picture will take you to what I thought of it. Meanwhile, below all these tedious paragraphs, you can see who’s already had their stuff done. What’s more, if I haven’t bored you enough, if you look underneath that, you’ll find the full list of albums that I’ve listened to so far.

 

Already Done

 

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Elastica Housemartins Joy Division Leftfield
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Rihanna We’ve Got A Fuzzbox and We’re Gonna Use It!! aka Fuzzbox

 

The Back Catalogue so far

ALADDIN SANE (David Bowie, 1973)
ALTERNATIVE LIGHT SOURCE (Leftfield, 2015)
ANTI (Rihanna, 2016)
BIG BANG! (We’ve Got A Fuzzbox And We’re Gonna Use It!!, 1989)
BIG BEAT (Sparks, 1976)
BLACK CELEBRATION (Depeche Mode, 1986)
BOSTIN’ STEVE AUSTIN (We’ve Got A Fuzzbox And We’re Gonna Use It!!, 1986)
BROKEN FRAME, A (Depeche Mode, 1982)
CLOSER (Joy Division, 1980)
CONSTRUCTION TIME AGAIN (Depeche Mode, 1983)
DAVID BOWIE (David Bowie, 1967)
DAVID BOWIE (David Bowie, 1969)
DELTA MACHINE (Depeche Mode, 2013)
DIAMOND DOGS (David Bowie, 1974)
ELASTICA (Elastica, 1995)
EXCITER (Depeche Mode, 2001)
GIRL LIKE ME, A (Rihanna, 2006)
GOOD GIRL GONE BAD (Rihanna, 2007)
HALFNELSON / SPARKS (Halfnelson / Sparks, 1971)
“HEROES” (David Bowie, 1977)
HUNKY DORY (David Bowie, 1971)
INDISCREET (Sparks, 1975)
INTRODUCING SPARKS (Sparks, 1977)
KIMONO MY HOUSE (Sparks, 1974)
LEFTISM (Leftfield, 1995)
LODGER (David Bowie, 1979)
LONDON 0 HULL 4 (Housemartins, 1986)
LOUD (Rihanna, 2010)
LOW (David Bowie, 1977)
MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD, THE (David Bowie, 1970)
MENACE, THE (Elastica, 2000)
MUSIC FOR THE MASSES (Depeche Mode, 1987)
MUSIC OF THE SUN (Rihanna, 2005)
PEOPLE WHO GRINNED THEMSELVES TO DEATH, THE (Housemartins, 1987)
PIN UPS (David Bowie, 1973)
PLAYING THE ANGEL (Depeche Mode, 2005)
PROPAGANDA (Sparks, 1974)
RATED R (Rihanna, 2009)
RHYTHM AND STEALTH (Leftfield, 1999)
RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS, THE (David Bowie, 1972)
SOME GREAT REWARD (Depeche Mode, 1984)
SONGS OF FAITH AND DEVOTION (Depeche Mode, 1993)
SOUNDS OF THE UNIVERSE (Depeche Mode, 2009)
SPEAK & SPELL (Depeche Mode, 1981)
STATION TO STATION (David Bowie, 1976)
TALK THAT TALK (Rihanna, 2011)
ULTRA (Depeche Mode, 1997)
UNAPOLOGETIC (Rihanna, 2012)
UNKNOWN PLEASURES (Joy Division, 1979)
UPSTAIRS AT ERIC’S (Yazoo, 1982)
VIOLATOR (Depeche Mode, 1990)
WOOFER IN TWEETER’S CLOTHING, A (Sparks, 1973)
YOUNG AMERICANS (David Bowie, 1975)