Making Plans (for Nigel)

Given that the soonest we could possibly have another open window for proposals is around this time next year, it’s a bit dumb to be posting this now, but hey: which albums would you most like to see covered in the series?

Bear in mind that the “one book per artist” rule is being discarded next time around, so feel free to suggest other albums by people who’ve already been covered in the series. Or albums that haven’t yet been released…

I’ll start things off:

New Order – Power, Corruption and Lies
Neil Diamond – Tap Root Manuscript
Bhundu Boys – The Shed Sessions
Radiohead – Kid A

Sunday Afternoon Update:

Thanks to everyone so far for some fascinating suggestions, many of which haven’t come up much in the past. And thanks also to Zach for pointing out that several of the records mentioned are actually being written about, as we speak. As for the emerging/growing boner question, let’s just say that I can see both sides of it. You’ve got to think there are still dozens of fascinating stories to be told (although it would be naive to assume that every great album has much of a story behind it) – we just need to find the writers who can bring those stories to life…

79 thoughts on “Making Plans (for Nigel)”

  1. Artists already represented in the seriesPink Floyd-MeddleBob Dylan-Time Out of Mind -John Wesley Harding -Oh MercyNeil Young-Tonight’s the Night -Rust Never SleepsThe Velvet Underground-White Light/White Heat -The Velvet Underground -LoadedArtists not yet representedCan-Tago MagoFrank Zappa-Freak Out -We’re Only In It For the Money -Hot Rats -LatherKing Crimson-In the Court of the Crimson King -DisciplineRush-Moving PicturesGrateful Dead-Anthem of the SunFishbone-The Reality of My SurroundingsTortoise-Millions Now Living Will Never DieWilco-Being ThereWeen-Chocolate and CheeseSpiritualized-Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in SpaceHawkwind-Space RitualPrimus-Frizzle FryMorphine-Cure for PainMeat Puppets-Up on the SunDEVO-Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are DEVOPere Ubu-The Modern DanceNick Cave-Kicking Against the PricksTelevision-Marquee MoonTalking Heads-Fear of Music -Remain in Light -NakedYo La Tengo-And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out

  2. Can – Tago Mago, Ege Bamyasi, Future DaysThe B-52’s – The B-52’sButthole Surfers – Hairway to StevenCCR – Green RiverThe Fall – Grotesque, Hex Enduction Hour, Perverted By Language, The Wonderful and Frightening World of…, This Nation’s Saving GraceThe Gun Club – Fire of LoveIggy & The Stooges – Raw PowerKate Bush – Hounds of LoveRoxy Music – Roxy Music, For Your PleasureSilver Jews – American WaterTalk Talk – Laughing StockTelevision – Marquee MoonWire – Pink Flag, Chairs Missing, 154

  3. Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and the Infinite SadnessArab Strap – PhilophobiaMogwai – Rock ActionCody ChesnuTT – The Headphone MasterpieceOdetta – My Eyes Have SeenOdetta is one of the most underrated and forgotten artist, that deserves devoted write up!!!!

  4. New Order – Technique/Power, Corruption and LiesPavement – Slanted and EnchantedThrowing Muses – Throwing Muses/House Tornado/The Real RamonaPrimal Scream – ScreamadelicaBlur – Modern Life Is RubbishThe Breeders – PodMassive Attack – Mezzanine/Blue LinesAphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works 85-92The The – Soul MiningHappy Mondays – Squirrel & G-Man/BummedOrbital – The Brown AlbumThe Beatles – RevolverDavid Bowie – Diamond DogsTelevision – Marquee MoonUnderworld – DubnobasswithmyheadmanMylo – Destroy Rock and RollThe Chemical Brothers – SurrenderDaft Punk – Homework

  5. 1)Velvet Underground – SELF TITLED This story must be told. This is the most underappreciated album in their Discography and it has a fascinating story and classic songs. The ouster of John and the story of replacement Doug Yule and his role in the band. Lou’s new subdued sound and songs and whether the theft of their amplifers contributed to that. The bands relationship with the town of Boston. I hope it will be told in the same way VU and Nico’s book was. In depth analysis of the songs, production and back story.2)Beach Boys- SUNFLOWER or SMILE

  6. american music club’s ‘everclear’. which i’m going to just write, so when we get around to proposal time next year, the manuscript will already be done! and you can accept or reject it then

  7. Marc,iTunes offers a single download of Temptation the 7″ (edit) or as part of Disc New Order SinglesThe Qwest double CD version of Substance is readily available from places like Amazon and has the 12″ version of Temptation.Are those the what you’re looking for?You could shell out 60 plus for a CD copy of Factus 18 but why? unless you’re an original release fetishist. Best.

  8. A Walk Across the Rooftops or Hats – The Blue NileBlue Lines – Massive AttackChronic Town (EP) – R.E.M. (you COULD!)I Can Feel the Heart Beating as One – Yo La TengoLearning to Crawl – The PretendersMeat Puppets II or Up On The Sun – Meat PuppetsNo Pussyfooting – Fripp and EnoOf Human Feelings – Ornette ColemanSpiderland – SlintTurn on the Bright Lights – Interpol

  9. AndreaA fine list. For me New Order is a singles band, esp. 12″ Singles so I’d go for Substance. Don’t know anything about Prolapse but will investigate, Thanks!

  10. Pylon, Gyrate —YES!!The Feelies, Crazy RhythmsThrowing Muses, Throwing MusesRed Krayola, Kangaroo? (Calling David Nichols!)Siouxsie & The Banshees, A Kiss in the DreamhouseSeefeel, QuiqueNew Order, Power, Corruption, and LiesThe Slits, CutThe Raincoats, The RaincoatsX, Los AngelesBrian Eno, Taking Tiger Mountain By StrategyProlapse, Pointless Walks to Dismal Places

  11. 33 1/3 ideas for BarkerSkynyrd, Second HelpingLittle Feat, Waiting for ColumbusJourney, InfinityThe AvengersThe B-52sBuzzcocks, Singles Going SteadyTalking Heads, The Name of This Band is . . .Mission of Burma, Vs.Young Marble Giants, Colossal YouthSam Cooke, Live at the Harlem Square ClubThe Pogues, Rum Sodomy & The LashThe Wedding Present, George Best or SeamonstersHüsker Dü, Flip Your Wig or Warehouse: Songs and StoriesElvic Costello, King of AmericaGalaxie 500, This is Our MusicMekons, The Mekons “Rock’N’Roll”MBV, Isn’t AnythingTerence Trent D’Arbay, TTD’s Symphony Or DamnSpinanes, ManosThe Mountain Goats, TallahasseeThe Mr. T Experience, Love is Dead

  12. AKinCLE notes: I somehow forgot an excellent candidate for the series, which sports beautiful themes, some witty, heartfelt lyrics, pretty ambient sketches, some rocking guitar, a freakout or two, musical saw, an interesting back-story, a riff on “All the Young Dudes,” and two former members of The Band: “Deserter’s Songs” by Mercury Rev…

  13. I picked CROWN OF CREATION over VOLUNTEERS because I find it holds together better as an album, because it represents the various players most completely, and (most importantly) because it’s the best vantage point to consider the group’s transformation from folk psychedelicists into a more confrontational political unit. But the book looks ahead as well as to the group’s past. I favored VOLUNTEERS as an album when I started writing, but I convinced myself that CROWN is their best by writing about it.

  14. Pearl Jam – No CodePearl Jam – VitalogyNew York Dolls – New York DollsThe Who – TommyThe Who – Live at LeedsPretenders – PretendersVan Halen – Van Halen (I)Sleater-Kinney – The WoodsRod Stewart – Every Picture Tells A StoryLou Reed – Street Hassle (I second the recommendation someone made earlier) and/orLou Reed – Transformer

  15. I love the No NY idea with multiple writers and would like to throw in “Red Headed Stranger” by Willie Nelson and “You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever” by Orange Juice. Also, if there’s going to be a Jefferson Airplane book, it should really be “Volunteers”, don’t you think?Happy to announce that the “Gilded Palace of Sin” book is finished and is virtually boner-free!

  16. ABC – The Lexicon Of LoveABC – The Lexicon Of LoveABC – The Lexicon Of LoveABC – The Lexicon Of LoveABC – The Lexicon Of LoveABC – The Lexicon Of LoveThat is all.

  17. Stooges – raw power, fun houseSugar – Copper BlueBlack Flag – DamageOasis – What’s the story morning gloryBilly Bragg – anythingPavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked RainSwervedriver – Mezcal Head (know it will never happen but it would be amazing if so)Husker Du – Zen ArcadeDinosaur Jr – Green Mind or BugMisfits – Walk Among UsGZA – Liquid SwordsBad Brains – Rock for Light/bad brains/i against iDescendents – Milo Goes to College

  18. Holy crap! I’m thinking about printing out this page of comments and leaving it for people who know and love me as a Christmas list. (And if the books for these albums existed, I’d want them, too.)

  19. I think the one book per band rule should stay.Anywho:Van Morrisson – Astral WeeksSmashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and the Infinite SadnessManic Street Preachers – The Holy BiblePulp – Different ClassScott Walker – Scott 4

  20. AKinCLE suggests:Alternative TV-“The Image Has Cracked” or “Vibing Up the Senile Man”The Monks-“Black Monk Time”Boogie Down Productions-“Ghetto Music”The Fall-“Hex Enduction Hour” or “Gramme Friday”Faust-“The Faust Tapes”Julian Cope-“Autogeddon”The Residents-“Fingerprince” or “Third Reich ‘n’ Roll”Roxy Music-“For Your Pleasure”Fairport Convention-“Liege and Lief”The Stooges-“Metallic K.O.”Edwyn Collins-“Gorgeous George”Vic Godard/Subway Sect-“What’s the Matter, Boy?” or the “lost” Subway Sect album”No New York” (The Contortions, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, Mars, and DNA)-with a different writer for each group************************Re: some earlier suggestions—I think that the Buzzcocks’ “Singles Going Steady” is an anthology of singles, not an album per se. Also, I think that if there’s a book on Neu!, it should be written by two cool rock chicks…

  21. Sweet Old World – Lucinda WilliamsBluefinger – Black FrancisMetal Box – Public Image LimitedMusic for a New Society – John CaleThe Marble Index – NicoMetal Machine Music – Lou ReedLive at the Troubador – Rick NelsonOdessey and Oracle – The ZombiesSmile – Brian WilsonMaxinquaye – TrickyOn the Corner – Miles DavisChristmas and the Beads of Sweat – Laura NyroDub Housing – Pere UbuAll Things Must Pass – George HarrisonFunhouse – The Stooges… and, of course, my book on Jefferson Airplane’s Crown of Creation, which is written, gassed up, and ready for take-off.

  22. Wire – any of the holy trilogy, “Pink Flag” “Chairs Missing” or “154”Gang of Four “Entertainment!”Fugazi “Steady Diet of Nothing” or “13 Songs”Wu-Tang Clan “Enter the Wu-Tang”Blackalicious “Blazing Arrow”Slayer “Seasons in the Abyss”

  23. GZA- Liquid SwordsCannibal Ox- Cold VeinVan Morrison- Astral WeeksPortishead- DummyJesus And Mary Chain- PsychocandyDevo- Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!The Cure- DisintegrationBoards Of Canada- Music Has The Right To ChildrenGang Of Four- Entertainment!The Misfits- Static AgeFugazi- 13 Songs or RepeaterBig Black- Songs About FuckingSlint- SpiderlandThe Smiths- The Queen Is DeadThe Orb- Adventures Beyond the UltraworldAphex Twin- Anything before the Windowlicker singleBonnie ‘Prince’ Billy- I See A DarknessGodspeed You Black Emperor- Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven Arthur Russell- World Of Echoand eventually Burial- S/T. I think it might be too soon for Neon Bible but this and Funeral both deserve it in any case. And i agree about either of the first two De La Soul records.

  24. Tracy Chapman- Tracy ChapmanRickie Lee Jones- Rickie Lee JonesRickie Lee Jones- Flying CowboysMos Def- Black On Both SidesIggy Pop- The IdiotIggy Pop- Lust for LifeDavid Bowie- ‘Heroes”Digable Planets- Blowout CombTeena Marie- It Must Be MagicRick James- Street SongsIndigo Girls- Indigo GirlsIndigo Girls- Nomads Indians & SaintsJoni Mitchell- Turbulent IndigoJoan Armatrading- Joan ArmatradingAretha Franklin- I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love YouAretha Franklin- Lady SoulAretha Franklin- Aretha Now!Arcade Fire- Neon BibleLou Reed- Street HassleMarvin Gaye- Let’s Get It OnInterpol- Turn On The Bright LightsOutkast- AqueminiBjork- Vespertine

  25. The Smiths – The Queen Is DeadToo Much Joy – Son of Sam I AmThe Skids – The Saints Are ComingLloyd Cole – Lloyd Cole (AKA the X album)Crowded House – Crowded HouseDavid Sylvian – Brilliant TreesArcadia – So Red The RoseOingo Boingo – Dead Man’s PartyFountains of Wayne – Utopia ParkwayTalking Heads – Stop Making SenseThe Tender Idols – Distressor (the greatest unknown album released since the millennium)Almost all of the above acts are dismissed as tuneful but ultimately lightweight–and they’re not. There’s serious cred waiting to be uncovered for all these guys (excepting the Smiths, who of course, ARE taken seriously–but you need a non-fic Smiths entry in the series and that’s the album).Someone mentioned Naked City–that’d be cool but hard to believe there’d be enough there for an entire book, even if Zorn is such a fascinating character.

  26. I’d be interested to see more critical writing on conventionally maligned albums, things in genre ghettos (particularly “pop”), and so on. Obviously there’s only one Carl Wilson, but there are so many Celine Dions… Basically, as you see in these comments, there are still tons and tons of great canonical rock/jazz/soul/rap albums that have yet to be written about, but I also wonder if there aren’t diminishing marginal returns to writing about them — that more 33 1/3 books in this mold will grow increasingly indistinguishable from each other.

  27. Say it with me everyone – “3 Feet High and Rising”!!!!Yes, “De La Soul is Dead” is truly a staggering achievement, but it’s overshadowed by the previous album by being a response to the response to the first album.Also, why do I have the feeling that in the next year, someone’s going to start a band called “Authorial Boners”, and record an album just so they can pitch a book on the album?

  28. Can we please get some De La Soul? —”De La Soul Is Dead” would be fantastic. —”Buhloone Mindstate” would be equally so.D’Angelo’s “Voodoo” would be lovely as well.Marvin Gaye’s “Here, My Dear” has the chops and history to be ridiculously good.Ice Cube’s “Death Certificate” is complicated, content- , context- and composition-wise.But really, De La Soul. I mean, seriously.

  29. Liz Phair – Exile in GuyvilleHole – Live Through ThisJohn Lennon – Plastic Ono BandElvis Costello – Imperial BedroomJohn Coltrane – Blue TrainEric Dolphy – Out to LunchMiles Davis – On the CornerThe Zombies – Odessey and OracleEminem – The Marshall Mathers LPSublime – SublimeBilly Bragg and Wilco – Mermaid AvenueShelby Lynne – I am Shelby LynneElliott Smith – Either/OrFrank Sinatra – In the Wee Small HoursDionne Warwick – Golden Hits, Part 1Roxy Music – SirenAnd last but not least, and nobody laugh, I’m perfectly serious:Carrie Underwood – Some Hearts

  30. The Icicle Works, “The Icicle Works”Lou Reed, “Take No Prisoners”Dexy’s Midnight Runners, “Don’t Stand Me Down”Roxy Music, “Flesh And Blood”

  31. A lot of these albums already have books being made, or even released already in one case. Namely:Richard and Linda Thompson – Shoot Out the LightsPavement – Wowee ZoweeThe Flying Burrito Brothers – The Gilded Palace of SinPublic Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us BackBrian Eno – Another Green WorldNas – IllmaticBelle & Sebastian – If You’re Feeling SinisterThe Clash – London Calling (hesitant about this one, as it was once commissioned but the original author wasn’t able to complete it. However, on this very blog, you said that there would be news about a new author “soon”, which was some time ago)Do your research people! Also, don’t discourage the so-called authorial boners!

  32. SlappHappy – Acnalbasac NoomRobert Wyatt — Ruth Is Stranger Than RichardUncle Tupelo – Still Feel GoneTricky – MaxinquayeThomas Jefferson Slave Apartments – Bait and SwitchMekons – Curse of the MekonsBaader Meinhof – Baader Meinhof (Luke Haines of the Auteurs/BBR)

  33. Everyone seems to want Neu!I want Neu!!My Bloody Valentine – Isn’t AnythingThe My Bloody Valentine album that is supposedly coming out soon would make for an interesting readAlice Coltrane – Journey In SatchidanandaKraftwerk – Trans Europe Express (I can already picture book – slick black and gold, Damn!)Neu! Neu!

  34. Stereolab– Emperor Tomato Ketchup OR Dots and LoopsArcade Fire– Funeral OR Neon Bible (both classics, IMHO)Public Enemy– It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us BackRaekwon– Only Built 4 Cuban LinxBlack Moon– Enta Da StageEric B & Rakim– Paid In FullCommon– ResurrectionSlowdive– SouvlakiGhostface Killah– Supreme ClienteleBelle & Sebastian– If You’re Feeling SinisterDe La Soul– De La Soul is DeadGZA– Liquid SwordsUltramagnetic MC’s– Critical BeatdownDr. Octagon– Dr. OctagonecologystNeu!– Neu!Joy Division– CloserKraftwerk– Computer World

  35. Can – Future Days (or any Can in general)The Zombies – Odessy and OracleFela Kuti – ZombieNeu! – Neu!Tim Buckley – LorcaIncredible String Band – The Hangman’s Beautiful DaughterTalk Talk – Laughing StockAnimal Collective – Campfire SongsJoni Mitchell – Blue

  36. The Allman Brothers – Live At Fillmore EastFrank Zappa – Joe’s GarageBruce Springsteen – Born To RunLou Reed – Transformer / BerlinTool – AenimaVan Morrison – Astral WeeksKiss – Destroyer

  37. Actually, I think 33 1/3 books should only be about authorial boners. Seriously. If I want a straight “how the album was made” story, I can read back issues of Musician. My favorite books in the series have been reactions to the album, rather than being strictly about the album.

  38. Charles Mingus – The Black Saint and the Sinner LadyThe Beatles – Please Please MeLeonard Cohen – Songs of Leonard CohenThe Velvet Underground – White Light/White HeatOs Mutantes – s/tThe Zombies – Odessey and OracleFrank Zappa – Hot RatsThe Stooges – Fun HouseSerge Gainsbourg – Histoire de Melody NelsonCan – Tago MagoBob Dylan – Blood on the TracksKraftwerk – Trans-Europe ExpressTalking Heads – Remain in LightSam Cooke – Live at the Harlem Square ClubThe Jesus and Mary Chain – PsychocandyThe Smiths – The Queen Is DeadSlint – SpiderlandAphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works Volume IIBill Hicks – Rant in E-MinorBoards of Canada – Music Has the Right to ChildrenBoredoms – Super æThe Avalanches – Since I Left You

  39. how aboutbeck- seachangepulp- this is hardcorer.e.m.- reckoning, automatic for the people, uptalking heads- remain in lightkid a would be good.

  40. Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban LinxNas – IllmaticA Tribe Called Quest – The Low End TheoryDe La Soul – De La Soul Is DeadThe Roots – Things Fall Apart

  41. Austin has a good point there with GZA’s Liquid Swords. My personal choices would have to beDelton 3030 – Deltron 3030Danzig – Danzig III: How the Gods KillNaked City – Naked CityMotorhead – Ace of SpadesPrimus – Seas of CheeseDown – Down II: A Bustle in Your Hedgerow

  42. Beat Happening – JamboreeBadly Drawn Boy – Hour of the BewilderbeastThe Stooges – Self titledAphex Twin – Richard D JamesArcade Fire – FuneralKraftwerk – The Man MachineThe Beta Band – the three ep’s

  43. Pavement – Slanted & Enchanted / Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain / Wowee ZoweeThe Flying Burrito Brothers – The Gilded Palace of Sin / Burrito DeluxeBuzzcocks – Singles Going SteadyPublic Enemy – It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us BackThe Cure – Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me / DisintegrationLiz Phair – Exile in GuyvilleUncle Tupelo – AnodyneJohn Cale – Vintage ViolenceThe Specials – The SpecialsNeu! – Neu!The Louvin Brothers – Satan Is RealBjork – HomogenicBrian Eno – any of his first four solo recordsGhostface Killah – Supreme Clientele

  44. any black flagx – more fun in the new worldac/dc – back in black or highway to helland a rule that no author should be allowed to spend more than 5 pages writing personal biographies about the first time they heard the album and what a boner it gave them.

  45. Sugar – Copper Blue/BeasterU2 – WarRide – Going Blank AgainMartin Denny – ExoticaThe Who – QuadropheniaWilco – Being ThereThe Wonder Stuff – Never Loved ElvisThe Flaming Lips – The Soft BulletinThe Jayhawks – Hollywood Town HallWhiskeytown – Strangers AlmanacDrive-by Truckers – Decoration DayGenesis – Selling England By The PoundThe Jam – Sound AffectsThe New Pornographers – Mass RomanticPeter Gabriel – SecurityR.E.M. – Lifes Rich PageantSon Volt – TraceThe Replacements – TimTwilight Singers – Blackberry BelleYo La Tengo – ElectropuraThe Velvet Underground – White Light/White HeatThe Band – The BandNick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Let Love InArcade Fire – FuneralCocteau Twins – Heaven or Las VegasSmashing Pumpkins – Siamese DreamRichard & Linda Thompson – Shoot Out The LightsSlowdive – SouvlakiBob Dylan – Time Out Of Mind

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