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Here we are, your votes are all plugged and not its time to reveal the results.
I might have made a mistake, so if you see any please inform me without losing any time, so I can correct it before unvailing the full list ! (I had quite a shitty day so I expect to have to redo all my work or something like that ^^ )
I have not yet made the formating of fans and "not so fans" automatic so it still takes some times to make each post ready. Anyway, everything else is done so I should be able to keep a good pace.
First, let me introduce our 26 voters :
And here is the bottom 5 :
100) Boston - Boston (1976)
Rank in the 1976 poll : 10
Rank in the AM 70s list : 181
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 153
Fan : Alex D #8
Least likely to listen to it once more : Mindrocker #100, VanillaFire1000 #100, Honorio #99, Henrik #99, RockyRaccoon #98, sonofsamiam #96, SR #73 (/77), netjade #91
Alex D : I wouldn't be surprised if nobody ranked it higher than I did - meticulously crafted, late-70s hard rock is just begging to put down as pandering, commercial nonsense. But Boston were different. Tom Scholz (who basically did everything except sing and play drums) created his own guitar sounds (literally making his own pedals) and weaved all the parts and harmonies together in his basement studio. (Dude had a master's from MIT, and he kept a high standard for himself). The result is a mix of glam solos, great melodies, and some seriously awesome riffs. Everyone knows "More Than a Feeling", but "Rock n' Roll Band" and "Smokin'" are just as good.
99) Eagles, The - Hotel California (1976)
Rank in the 1976 poll : 7
Rank in the AM 70s list : 38
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 86
Fan : Stephan #6
Least likely to listen to it once more : Michel #100, sonofsamiam #100, Brad #100, Jonah #70 (/70), Jackson #52(/52) Otisredding #74(upon 75), Midaso #94 (/95), Alex D #51(/52), netjade #98, Harold Wexler #95, snusmumrik #70 (/76), SR #70 (/77)
Alex D : I think I'm just tired of this album - it's good but no doubt certain tracks are overexposed to me.
98) Pink Floyd - The Wall (1979)
Rank in the 1979 poll : 7
Rank in the AM 70s list : 58
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 40
Least Likely to listen to it anymore : BillAdama #91 (/91), SR #77 (/77), sonofsamiam #99, Otisredding #73 (/75), netjade #94, Brad #94
Alex D : I was probably too young to remember the first time I heard this album - it's one of my dad's favorites. Surprisingly enough, I've never gotten tired of the tunes (there's plenty of good ones) but the message of alienation is a little worse for the wear.
97) Rolling Stones, The - Some Girls (1978)
Rank in the 1978 poll : 8
Rank in the AM 70s list : 139
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 185
Least likely to listen to it anymore : Henrik #100, sonofsamiam #98, netjade #96, BillAdama #86 (/91), Mindrocker #92
Alex D : Punk and disco actually suited the Stones really well: it's like they're in their twenties again. Charlie Watts' drumming style and of course Mick are perfect for this sort of thing. I have always liked their more aggressive rockers as opposed to say, country-based songs (with a few exceptions) and they really ramp it up here.
96) Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)
Rank in the 1973 poll : 9
Rank in the AM 70s list : 53
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 101
Fan : VanillaFire1000 #5
Least likely to listen to it anymore : Stephan #55 (/55), Mindrocker #99, Michel #99, Alex D #50 (/52), Petri #72 (/75), SR #72 (/77)
Alex D : Elton is a singles guy for sure - while this (his best album) sure has some good songs on it, I found it entirely too long to take in at once when I relistened to it for this poll.
Great start, Nassim!
I must say that the new "least likely to listen to" feature is quite entertaining.
95) Bob Dylan & The Band - The Basement Tapes (1975)
Rank in the 1975 poll : 10
Rank in the AM 70s list : 123
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 135
Least likely to listen to it : Otisredding #75 (/75), Romain #99, Henrik #95
Note : tied with Some Girls and another album for the title of “lowest highest vote”, with its best position in any list being 23rd
94) Jam, The - All Mod Cons (1978)
Rank in the 1978 poll : 5
Rank in the AM 70s list : 85
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 118
Least likely to listen to it : Jonah #66 (/70)
92 (tie) Roxy Music - Country Life (1974)
Rank in the 1974 poll : 9
Rank in the AM 70s list : 278
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 262
Least likely to listen to it : Honorio #98
92(tie) Steely Dan - Katy Lied (1975)
Rank in the 1975 poll : 8
Rank in the AM 70s list : 275
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 225
Fan : Georgie #2
Least likely to listen to it : Mindrocker #98, VanillaFire1000 #97, SR #74 (/77), Honorio #95, Michel #92
91) Roxy Music - For Your Pleasure (1973)
Rank in the 1973 poll : 8
Rank in the AM 70s list : 39
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 113
Least likely to listen to it : Alex D #52 (/52), Jonah #64 (/70)
Alex D : It's rubbish, particularly the one about the blow-up doll. I'm deeply offended.
having roxy music and katy lied on the rear end of the Six Million Dollar Man age did probably cost most of us some serious seal puppy souls... but go ahead, panda... me likez it nunorless
It appears that me and BillAdama have reached a conensus on what the worst album in the poll was. I'm very happy The Wall finished so low. We're off to a great start! And I echo Henrik's comment about the "least likely to listen to" section.
To Moonbeam, Mitchell Stirling, John, Greg, Fredrik, Vgrd, Schwah, Charlie Driggs, Mike Kelly, Greg Rumpff, Nick, SuperFurry, Beef Supreme, Beans, Michael, Andre (and others that I've missed):
I MISS YOU!
Great start, Nassim (even if some of my favorites have appeared already - ).
Just a clarification: the AM album poll rank represents the rank for '70s albums ONLY (i.e., GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD is #313 overall, #101 for the decade). I had to do a double-take at first: "Wait, BOSTON didn't rank THAT high in the poll, did it?"
There seem to be a lot more agreement among us in this poll compared to the '80s and '90s polls. I remember "The Fat of the Land" ending up as #100 although it was SuperFurry's #1!
royal scam on #86... sigh... and no led zep record so far... stupud, stupuud hoominz wee are
Last 5 for today !
85) Bruce Springsteen - The Wild, The Innocent and the E-Street Shuffle (1973)
Rank in the 1973 poll : 5
Rank in the AM 70s list : 238
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 95
More puzzled than shuffled : Snusmumrik #73 (/76), Romain #95, Otisredding #69 (/75)
Alex D : My least favorite Bruce album of the ones that made this round - he sounds too much like Van Morrison here. But holy crap is "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" a good song!
84) Derek and the Dominos - Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (1970)
Rank in the 1970 poll : 9
Rank in the AM 70s list : 26
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 51
Fans : RockyRaccoon #6, Georgie #10
Did not find the songs that much assorted : Nassim #55 (/55), Stephan #54 (/54), netjade #97, Henrik #96, Petri #70 (/75)
82(tie) Bob Marley & The Wailers - Natty Dread (1974)
Rank in the 1974 poll : 10
Rank in the AM 70s list : 43
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 81
Fan : RockyRaccoon #4
Not much of a rastaman : Brad #91
82(tie) Specials, The - The Specials (1979)
Rank in the 1979 poll : 8
Rank in the AM 70s list : 73
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 172
Ain’t no rude boy : sonofsamiam #93, Petri #68 (/75)
81) Talking Heads - Talking Heads 77 (1977)
Rank in the 1977 poll : 8
Rank in the AM 70s list : 106
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 108
Would not have bet back then on the future of that band : Mindrocker #95, sonofsamiam #92
Good start. All my big favourities are still in the game. Actually highest entry so far is The Wall. It was my #46 and it jumped a lot in my list just before I sent the list (I listened it to that day and I liked it more than I remembered).
Xcellent presentation, Nassim.
And yes, I know it's not cool but I admit I like "The Wall" quite a lot. Like Alex pointed, the message hasn't aged well, some of the song are extremely bloated but still there's a lot of good music on it. When I re-listened for the poll after many years of not listening to it I detested the Side 4 of the original vinyl and I didn’t like that much Side 2 too. But instead I found side 3 really interesting, from “Hey You” to “Comfortably Numb”, in fact I enjoyed a lot “Nobody Home” a dark ballad that I didn’t care at the time.
Wow, and "Layla.." is actually among my 300 favorite albums.
Good work, Nassim
I guess I'm the only one who wrote comments...
I started to write them from 100 on down, but then decided it was going to take way to long, so I scrapped it.
Nice list so far. I also like the 'least favorite albums' feature.
Great start so far !
Bad start for mid-70s soft rock, but you could expect that.
I grew up with "Hotel California" and it's still in my all time top 100. "Wasted Time" is a beautiful song, and the title track is still a masterpiece IMO.
None of my least favorites (Fear of Music, Entertainment, Unknown Pleasures) are here, but you could expect that too.
And I'm disappointed too that the only country and reggae albums that passed are still behind us (Bob and Gram). But you could expect that too.
I have my own 2-cent theory about these polls : looks like a lot of 70s albums or songs that sound like '90s or '00s music are gonna end high. Example : Talking Heads, Eno, the Wire song, etc...
On the other hand, if you listen to my 2009 selection, most of the albums sound like they were made in the seventies .
Last : I'm happy that Suicide and Fela are still in the race
80) Big Star - Third Album/Sister Lovers (1978)
Rank in the 1978 poll : 6
Rank in the AM 70s list : 103
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 124
Fans : Brad #9, Jackson #10
Two were enough for : Nassim #54 (/55), Otisredding #71 (/75)
79) Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy (1973)
Rank in the 1973 poll : 7
Rank in the AM 70s list : 166
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 75
Fan : Jonah #10
No Quarter : Honorio #100, nicolas #97, SR #71 (/77)
Alex D : I think all in all Houses of the Holy is Led Zeppelin's most underrated album. It's hard to imagine any band following up an album as enormous as IV, and instead of trying to top it, Zep moved in a more subtle, stylistically diverse direction. Best (and most adventurous part): the white-boy reggae on "D'yer Maker".
78) Cars, The - The Cars (1978)
Rank in the 1978 poll : 10
Rank in the AM 70s list : 239
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 131
Fan : Jonah #1
Bad Times Roll : Honorio #97, BillAdama #88 (/91), nicolas #93
Alex D : I never really thought of the Cars as a huge critical success - more of a guilty pop pleasure for me. But if they do halfway decent in this poll, well all the better!
77) Neil Young - Harvest (1972)
Rank in the 1972 poll : 6
Rank in the AM 70s list : 36
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 39
Fans : nicolas #6, Miguel #8
Still looking for their heart of gold : Georgie #100, Jonah #68 (/70), Otisredding #72 (/75), Snusmumrick #71 (/7
76) Neil Young - On The Beach (1974)
Rank in the 1974 poll : 4
Rank in the AM 70s list : 147
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 69
Fan : BillAdama #7
“I’m more of a Mountain guy” : Stephan #55 (/55), brose #93, Mindrocker #91
Beware, next one in the lower half is even more surprising than Harvest (in my humble opinion).
75) Elvis Costello - My Aim Is True (1977)
Rank in the 1977 poll : 6
Rank in the AM 70s list : 41
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 32
Fan : BillAdama #8
Waiting for the end of the
world album : Mindrocker #96
Alex D : He looks like a slightly crippled Buddy Holly - and the songs he writes are just as good. In some ways I feel like this is late-50's rock n' roll dressed up as punk, with the energy of both.
74) Joni Mitchell - Hejira (1976)
Rank in the 1976 poll : 6
Rank in the AM 70s list : 159
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 134
Fan : Miguel #5
Least likely to listen to it : Brad : #99, Harold Wexler #97, Michel #94
73) Steely Dan - Pretzel Logic (1974)
Rank in the 1974 poll : 3
Rank in the AM 70s list : 96
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 74
Fans : Georgie #3, Harold Wexler #5
Least likely to listen to it : SR #75 (/77), brose #97, BillAdama #87 (/91), Brad #96, VanillaFire1000 #96
Honorio : The last Steely Dan album as a rock band avoided the lengthy solos focusing in song-writing and gaining in concision.
72) Elvis Costello and The Attractions - Armed Forces (1979)
Rank in the 1979 poll : 6
Rank in the AM 70s list : 119
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 63
No fans, no detractors !
71) B-52's, The - The B-52's (1979)
Rank in the 1979 poll : 10
Rank in the AM 70s list : 162
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 139
Throw this mess away : Jonah #67 (/70), Honorio #96, nicolas #95, Midaso #87 (/95)
70) Bob Dylan - Desire (1976)
Rank in the 1976 poll : 5
Rank in the AM 70s list : 135
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 54
Fans : Snusmumrik #5, Stephan #8, Michel #9
Least likely to listen to it : Harold Wexler #93, Romain #91, sonofsamiam #91
69) Fela Kuti & Africa '70 - Zombie (1976)
Rank in the 1976 poll : 8
Rank in the AM 70s list : 305
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 175
Fan : sonofsamiam #5
Least likely to listen to it : Midaso #93
68) David Bowie - Heroes (1977)
Rank in the 1977 poll : 9
Rank in the AM 70s list : 83
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 78
Fan : Snusmumrik #8
Least likely to listen to it : Stephan #55 (/55), Harold Wexler #94, RockyRaccoon #93, Otisredding #68 (/75)
Alex D : Underrated among Bowie albums - the epic title track and subsequent futuristic jams on Side 1 are very well balanced by the ambient experiments on Side 2.
67) King Crimson - Red (1974)
Rank in the 1974 poll : 7
Rank in the AM 70s list : 201
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 106
Fans : Jackson #2, Petri #7
Least likely to listen to it : RockyRaccoon #100, Midaso #92 (/95), Nassim #51 (/55), Jonah #65 (/70)
Honorio : It was conceived as a last album and a decided step further, noisier, heavier and more experimental than any of the band previous efforts.
66) Big Star - Radio City (1974)
Rank in the 1974 poll : 6
Rank in the AM 70s list : 110
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 93
Fan : Harold Wexler #1
Least likely to listen to it : Stephan #50 (/55)
I'm sorry I couldn't send in my votes! I would have helped Roxy Music a LOT.
Harold Wexler, Romain, sonofsamiam, you crazy?!
Anyhow, excellent presentation Nassim.
65) Todd Rundgrenn - Something/Anything (1972)
Rank in the 1972 poll : 9
Rank in the AM 70s list : 94
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 71
Fan : Georgie #4
Something ? Anything ? Nothing ! : brose #100, Brad #97, VanillaFire1000 #95, BillAdama #82 (/91)
Honorio : A one-man double album touched by the magic wand of inspiration, boarding every different style with ease and genius.
64) Richard & Linda Thompson - I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight (1974)
Rank in the 1974 poll : 5
Rank in the AM 70s list : 115
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 60
Fan : Petri #9
Turn off the bright lights : Romain #100, Brad #95
63) Roxy Music - Roxy Music (1972)
Rank in the 1972 poll : 8
Rank in the AM 70s list : 75
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 88
Fan : Mindrocker #7
Bitter ends : RockyRaccoon #96, nicolas #92
62) John Cale - Paris 1919 (1973)
Rank in the 1973 poll : 6
Rank in the AM 70s list : 112
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 110
Fan : Snusmumrik #7
Least likely to listen to it : BillAdama #86 (/91), Henrik #93, Harold Wexler #92
Honorio : A dreamy work set in evocative locations (“Andalucía” ), in literary environments (“Macbeth” ) or in hazy childhood memories (“Child’s Christmas in Wales” ) .
61) Joni Mitchell - Court And Spark (1974)
Rank in the 1974 poll : 2
Rank in the AM 70s list : 61
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 47
Fans : Miguel #6, Georgie #8
Least likely to listen to it : VanillaFire1000 #99, Michel #93, Stephan #53 (/55)
59(tie) Talking Heads - Fear of Music (1979)
Rank in the 1979 poll : 9
Rank in the AM 70s list : 88
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 49
Fans : Romain #6, Miguel #7
Least likely to listen to it : nicolas #100, Snusmumrik #72 (/76)
59(tie) Talking Heads - More Songs About Buildings and Food (1978)
Rank in the 1978 poll : 7
Rank in the AM 70s list : 116
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 103
Fan : Jonah #7
Least likely to listen to it : nicolas #94, Snusmumrik #69 (/76), Honorio #91
57(tie) David Bowie - Station To Station (1976)
Rank in the 1976 poll : 3
Rank in the AM 70s list : 97
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 43
Fan : #5 Romain
Least likely to listen to it : Georgie #91, RockyRaccoon #91
Alex D : As musical chameleons go, no one can top David Bowie. How he made an album that is both fully Krautrock and fully plastic soul is beyond me - all I know is it works amazingly well.
57(tie) Gang of Four - Entertainment! (1979)
Rank in the 1979 poll : 5
Rank in the AM 70s list : 60
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 80
Least likely to listen to it : nicolas #99, Miguel #98
56) Sly and the Family Stone - There's a Riot Goin' On (1971)
Rank in the 1971 poll : 7
Rank in the AM 70s list : 19
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 38
Fans : sonofsamiam #4, netjade #8
Alex D : Between Sly's depressed, drugged-out lyrics to the sludgy funk, this album is not for the faint of heart. Alas, the troubles of ghetto life won't get any better until you have to hear about them first-hand, and Sly's heroin-addicted self is more than up for the task.
Only two out of my top 10 (and 5 of top 20) has showed up.
Lots of ties. No logarithms in scoring system I guess.
I guess if I had gotten around to submitting a list it wouldn't have made much of a difference, but I'm bummed that so many of my top 20 or so are in the bottom 50. Pretzel Logic, The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Band, Something/Anything, I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight, My Aim is True, Talking Heads '77... I can't believe they're as low as they are. (Though we are talking about the best of an entire decade, aren't we?) And I must admit I'm pleased to see that the bottom three is what it is. Anyway, if you don't vote, you can't complain, right? So I'll go back into hiding.
There are three Stephan #55/55 albums. (Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, On the Beach and Heroes)
Hoping that this little issue does not change much the results of the other 55 albums (it should not )
55) Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti (1975)
Rank in the 1975 poll : 7
Rank in the AM 70s list : 37
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 41
Fans : Brad #6, Romain #8
Least likely to listen to it : Stephan #51 (/55), Henrik #91, Midaso #89 (/95)
Alex D : The breadth of the album is astonishing - Led Zeppelin cover too many genres and styles of music to count here. Most of them are sure to induce booty-shaking too - on this one the boys sound like they really are getting to it, and grooves better than their other records, especially on one of my favorite Zep songs, "Trampled Under Foot".
54) Iggy & The Stooges - Raw Power (1973)
Rank in the 1973 poll : 3
Rank in the AM 70s list : 33
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 70
Fan : Nassim #8
Least likely to listen to it : brose #95, Honorio #92, Miguel #91
Alex D : When the Stooges named the album Raw Power, they meant it. It's hard to think of an album that sounds as loud and massive as this one - it sounds like the front lines in 'Nam (at least in movies). Sometimes it's frantic ("Search and Destroy"), other times it's gloomy ("Gimme Danger"), but it's always unfailingly heavy.
53) Ramones - Ramones (1976)
Rank in the 1976 poll : 2
Rank in the AM 70s list : 13
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 35
Least likely to listen to it : Henrik #92
Alex D : Best and worst part: they write the same song 14 times in the course of an album. Sometimes I love it, sometimes I hate it. But for the most part I respect it and realize neither their melodies nor their guitars will be denied.
52) Miles Davis - Bitches Brew (1970)
Rank in the 1970 poll : 10
Rank in the AM 70s list : 32
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 76
Fan : sonofsamiam #7
Least likely to listen to it : Henrik #98, Midaso #91 (/95), brose #96, Nassim #50 (/55)
Alex D : Is there really any album with an atmosphere like Bitches Brew? It's no wonder that when Radiohead were looking for something new and weird for inspiration on Kid A that they looked to Miles' incredibly dense freak-outs. You may hate the album while you're listening to it (it's hard to take in all at once), but by the time it's over you will love it.
51) Blondie - Parallel Lines (1978)
Rank in the 1978 poll : 3
Rank in the AM 70s list : 45
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 62
Fan : Harold Wexler #7
Alex D : If this is a disco album, it's head-and-shoulders above any other, and if it's not, well, it's still a really really good new wave album. Either way, nobody can command a band like Debbie Harry can - I think I was smitten about halfway through the first song.
Now that we have reached the middle of the results :
There are 9 albums left from 1971, only one from 1974 and one from 1976.
4 albums which ended 10th are still awaited (that's more than albums which ended 9th ! or 8th ! or 7th ! even more than albums which ended 6th)
Georgie is the only voter to have his 3 top albums on the lower half (and to only have 4 top 10 albums left)
In the mean time, Otisredding, Honorio, Henrik, brose, Midaso and SR still have their whole top 10 left. One of them even have the same 6 favourite albums as the final results (not in the right order however).
Yeah, I ranked the first 54 and then gave everything I liked as well (but didn't have time to give an exact ranking) the 55th place.. I think I specified that in the email. Sorry if it caused any confusion.
"Blue, i love you!"
I hope Joni's Blue is inside the top 10. What an album! What an artist! She already have 2 inside the top 100 that's awesome, but Blue is top ten material, actually the seventies was a hell of a decade, many terrific albums above the top 50, i can hardly wait to see who made the top 50. Many great albums so far, i liked all the picks, at least the ones i have heard.
Man... i knew you guys loved to do some great pools, but i never imagined it would be that organized, and that good. Too bad i wasn't an user when this one started, hope i can make part of the 2009 and 00's pool. Or the 50-60's one too. I am going to participate of all 3. I really liked this one, and i hope the others keep that level. This is awesome is so cool. Congratulations to all of you.
Ramones s/t is boring. what's not boring is the wild, innocent and the e street shuffle! wish it were higher! (and i'd voted...)
This poll is really surprising. Most of the albums in the 50s I hadn't expected to see until well until the top half.
Oh, my bad, I thought I had ranked 54. Then two of those in 55th place should have 56's as well.
50) Michael Jackson - Off the Wall (1979)
Rank in the 1979 poll : 3
Rank in the AM 70s list : 40
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 52
Fans : Nassim #9, Petri #10
Stop because they got enough : Michel #97, Brad #93
Alex D : Probably the slickest album out of the top 100, which is for the better - it also makes it the best dance album of the decade. The singles are legendary, particularly "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough", but some of the album tracks sound like Quincy Jones is just going through the motions.
49) Brian Eno - Here Come the Warm Jets (1973)
Rank in the 1973 poll : 10
Rank in the AM 70s list : 137
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 111
Fan : Petri #5, Romain #10
Least likely to listen to it : Alex D #48 (/52), Henrik #94, Honorio #93
Alex D : Brian Eno is undoubtedly a genius, and he did pretty good on this one - and while the experiments sometimes go horribly right (the title track), the ones that go bad seem to last far too long.
47(tie) Kraftwerk - Die Mensch Maschine (1978)
Rank in the 1978 poll : 9
Rank in the AM 70s list : 92
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 77
Least likely to listen to it : nicolas #96, Georgie #95, RockyRaccoon #92
Honorio : Futuristic soundscapes for the modern times, times of neon lights, metropolis, men-machine and also women-machine ("Das Modell").
47(tie) Nick Drake - Bryter Layer (1970)
Rank in the 1970 poll : 8
Rank in the AM 70s list : 86
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 50
Fans : Petri #1, Georgie #6
Least likely to listen to it : Stephan #52 (/55),RockyRaccoon #95
46) Suicide - Suicide (1977)
Rank in the 1977 poll : 7
Rank in the AM 70s list : 67
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 92
Fans : netjade #1 , Petri #4
Least likely to listen to it : Miguel #96, Midaso #90 (/95), Georgie #92
Great list everyone. The seventies in fact were great (and much more varied that any given decade). Biggest surprise for me is that we got a quite classic list so far, with many of the post punk acts gone. Probably some people that helped these albums to get to the Top 100 finally didn't vote on the final round. And a little sad to see the three Dan albums going so soon (well I gave low ratings myself to "Katy Lied" but I put quite high "Pretzel Logic").
I expected (and would have liked to have seen) Suicide higher than 46. Oh well.
So we have our first 5 number Ones!!: netjade (Suicide), Petri (Bryter Lyter), Harold Wexler (Radio City), Jonah (The Cars) and Georgie (The Royal Scam).
Four of my top 10 in the last group of five.
But actually at least Hear Come the Warm Jets was higher than I expected. Four of my fan albums left and four dislike albums too.
Nassim, I think I should have been a fan of "The Man Machine". I hope it got its deserved points from me.
Good performance for Creedence
I think "Cosmo's Factory" is one of the best albums of all time if you consider the ratio Best album/Ugliest cover art
I'm surprised at Loaded's finish, and shocked by Rust Never Sleeps. I would have expected that one to be a T30, certainly ahead of Tonight's the Night.
Fleetwood Mac's Rumours Rocks! That harmonies, and the hooks. The perfect summer pop record.
I'm liking these results so far, only three of my bottom 10 remain, and only two of my top 10 have dropped.
Rumours at 42? I thought it was T25 for sure.
Great albums all, I'm dissapointed to see The Clash go so low, and I'm especially dissapointed to see Maggot Brain done. Oh well, it had a good run.
Another Green World and Pink Moon continue to grow on me with every listen. I'm surprised the latter wasn't much higher. I need to re-listen to Rock Bottom after disliking my initial listen, which was a while ago.
And now, here come my 3 favorite discoveries of the poll.
35) Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)
Rank in the 1970 poll : 6
Rank in the AM 70s list : 47
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 29
Fans : Miguel #2, Stephan #4, Nassim #10
Less likely to listen to it : Mindrocker #93
Alex D : Sure, it's a little soft-rocky, but when Paul Simon is writing the songs, you know it's good. Tunes as good as "The Boxer" don't come around that often.
34) Neil Young - Tonight's the Night (1975)
Rank in the 1975 poll : 5
Rank in the AM 70s list : 55
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 53
Fans : Jonah #4, BillAdama #10
33) Leonard Cohen - Songs of Love and Hate (1971)
Rank in the 1971 poll : 9
Rank in the AM 70s list : 132
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 68
Fans : Nassim #5, Jackson #8, VanillaFire1000 #8, Miguel #9
Least likely to listen to it : brose #91
32) Wire - Pink Flag (1977)
Rank in the 1977 poll : 10
Rank in the AM 70s list : 87
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 57
Fans : Brad #1, Nassim #4, Jackson #6, netjade #10
Least likely to listen to it : Georgie #98, Miguel #97, Honorio #94
Note : for me the biggest surprise of the poll, I feared it would be around #75 ; not really an easy album. There is still an album which ranked 10th of its year left, but it’s much less a surprise I think given the density of acclaimed album that given year
31) Lou Reed - Berlin (1973)
Rank in the 1973 poll : 4
Rank in the AM 70s list : 68
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 42
Fans : Romain #2, Mindrocker #2, Henrik #9
Least likely to listen to it : Jackson #50 (/52), Georgie #97, Rocky Raccoon #97
Honorio : The morbid, bleak and sordid story of Caroline and Jim told by Lou Reed for the most uncomfortable and desolate masterpiece ever.
I've still got 8 of my top 10 and my whole top 6. (I wonder if I'm the one to have the same top 6 as the final list. Five of my top six seem likely candidates, one does not.)
Edit: Rather, 7. Nassim beat me to the 35-31 post. Still my whole top six.
I'm really liking this list! You kinda have an idea of which albums will be inside of it, but the ranking is totally unpredictable.
Really great list, with a few nice surprises. I'm surprised by how well Lou Reed has finished, as well as by the fact that Stevie Wonder still has all three of his superb albums left. As we enter the T30, it's primarily albums that could have been "expected", although Surf's Up's very high finish is a beautiful thing indeed.
BillAdama: I'm very sure that I was the poster who called the T6. I dont want to post it to ruin any surprises, but I will say that one album I thought would definately make the T6 is left out, although it probably isn't lower than seventh.
#40-31 (with a (verrry) few exceptions) go down like jellypeanutbutterfish on me... that suicide ranking is painless, though
"Pink flag" rules. It's one exception to my anti-punk attitude
wtf is wrong with this poll?
Pink Moon and Rock Bottom are the shit, man.
30) Sex Pistols, The - Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols (1977)
Rank in the 1977 poll : 4
Rank in the AM 70s list : 4
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 23
Fans : mindrocker #4, Michel #5, Brad #8
Least likely to listen to it : Miguel #100, BillAdama #89 (/91), Alex D #49 (/52), Georgie #94, Romain #93, VanillaFire1000 #93
Honorio : A great set of songs played furiously but with an undeniable gift and sung with impoliteness, vitriol and sarcasm by Johnny Rotten.
Alex D : Most polarizing album on the list, no doubt. I'm not particularly fond of it, but it has a few good monents.
Notes : There are 2 really polarizing albums in the top 30, here is the first and the one for which the dislike lead to the biggest gap between the poll result and the AM ranking.
29) Bruce Springsteen - Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978)
Rank in the 1978 poll : 2
Rank in the AM 70s list : 44
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 21
Fans : nicolas #1, Snusmumrik #2, Harold Wexler #9
Least likely to listen to it : Romain #98, Petri #73 (/75), Georgie #93
Alex D : I believe it was nicolas (who will no doubt have this at #1, unless Robert Wyatt has something to say about it) who said this is Springsteen's angriest album, and there's definitely a rawness to the E Street sound you don't hear on other records. However, the best moments are the most tender ones - check out the lovers on "Racing in the Street" and the loving "Candy's Room".
Notes : nicolas’ favourite does a little worse than on the All Time Poll but still stand well above its AM ranking
28) Beach Boys, The - Surf's Up (1971)
Rank in the 1971 poll : 10
Rank in the AM 70s list : 173
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 67
Fans : Miguel #1, Jonah #6
Least likely to listen to it : Harold Wexler #99, Michel #98
Notes : Miguel’s favourite proves that with a bit less support but a little bit less hatred too, you can win a few steps. Big improvement versus the All Time Poll and 145 places above the AM rank. The #10 of 1971 is the highest #10 in this final list, 1971 being the year with the best results with still 6 albums left.
27) Stevie Wonder - Talking Book (1972)
Rank in the 1972 poll : 5
Rank in the AM 70s list : 42
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 36
Fans : Midaso #7, Romain #7
Alex D : It's the lowest of the Stevie albums here, but really, is there such a thing as a bad Stevie Wonder album? (In the '70s, I mean). On the strength of "Superstition" alone it's a shoo-in for the top 30.
25(tie) Patti Smith - Horses (1975)
Rank in the 1975 poll : 3
Rank in the AM 70s list : 7
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 24
Fans : BillAdama #2, netjade #4, Michel #7, Snusmumrik #9
Least likely to listen to it : Midaso #88 (/95)
Alex D : Patti Smith was punk before there was punk, as there's nothing more punk than starting you record with "Jesus died for somebody's sins / But not mine" before launching into a crazy-good cover "Gloria".
25(tie) Stevie Wonder - Songs In The Key Of Life (1976)
Rank in the 1976 poll : 1
Rank in the AM 70s list : 16
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 15
Fans : nicolas #4, Alex D #10
Least likely to listen to it : Snusmumrik #74
Alex D : Songs in the Key of Life is Stevie Wonder's crowning achievement. There has never been another double album like it, ever, and I doubt any could top it. Every song was practically a hit, and famous or not they're all equally memorable. It's funky as shit, catchy as any as Beatles' tune, ambitious as the most challenging symphony and all-in-all just spectacular. Hell, even Kanye West puts it on a level above himself, which stands for something.
Note : that's the 2nd album which ended #1 to appear on our list, making 1976 the second year to have no albums left (after 1974).
Lucky Honorio, he's the only one to have his 10 favourite albums left... but something makes me thing that it won't last any longer (and by "something" I mean the fact that I know the results)
Except for Surf's Up, I'm not really a fan of any of the last five. Why is Berlin so high? My first listen to it was an absolutely miserable experience; I never want to go back to it again. I do need to give Horses a fair listen.
Happy to see that my 3 favorites (Darkness, Rock Bottom and Songs in the Key) made the top 50.
24) Lou Reed - Transformer (1972)
Rank in the 1972 poll : 3
Rank in the AM 70s list : 27
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 25
Fans : Otisredding #7, Honorio #10, Miguel #10
Honorio : Lou Reed travelled from New York to London with his baggage filled with stories from the wild side of life. David Bowie, Mick Ronson and himself applied tons of make-up and lipstick to these stories and together created the most definitive statement of glam-rock. It could seem odd coming from an outsider within this movement but he was his main influence.
So now nobody has its full top 10 left (and Miguel only have 2 of his left). Transformer is only the 3rd album so far to appear in everybody’s ballot (with My Aim is True and, quite unexpectedly, There’s a Riot Going On)
23) Neil Young - After the Goldrush (1970)
Rank in the 1970 poll : 1
Rank in the AM 70s list : 17
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 10
Fans : nicolas #5, Snusmumrik #6, Honorio #9, Harold Wexler #10, brose #10, Midaso #10
Honorio : Neil masterpiece managed to be a cohesive work showcasing simultaneously all past, present and future faces of Neil Young: Buffalo Springfield pop ("Only Love Can Break Your Heart"), C,S,N&Y harmonies ("Tell Me Why"), aching piano-ballads ("After the Gold Rush"), spectral country ("Oh Lonesome Me") and furious rock with lengthy solos ("Southern Man").
Alex D : Neil and Nils (Lofgren, who played the piano) go really well together here - Young's voice suits the instrument really well, and it balances out the rockers for a more subdued tone. Not to mention the album has Neil's best writing, like the title track, which is one heckuva ballad.
And Neil Young is out ! No top 20 for Canada. Despite winning the 1970’s poll, he only ends 4th of his year in the final round.
4th album to appear in every ballots.
22) Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here (1975)
Rank in the 1975 poll : 4
Rank in the AM 70s list : 64
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 17
Fans : Michel #4, Henrik #5, Midaso #8
Least likely to listen to it : Harold Wexler #98, sonfosamiam #97, netjade #95
Alex D : A good example of an album that is greater than the sum of its parts. While I don't care for hearing any of it on classic rock radio (because most it, especially the title track, is well beyond "overplayed" status) all the songs work much better in the context of the other songs around them than on their own.
Honorio : Many of your childhood albums lose the spark within a few years, that’s not the case with WYWH, I still play air drums every time I listen to it.
5th album everybody has an opinion on.
Despite some heavy dislike, especially from netjade and sonofsamiam, the most polarizing band of the poll still has an album left… will it reach the top 20 or will it fall short ?
Yeah, Horses was the one in my top 6 I thought almost certainly wasn't in the top 6.
Guess it's probably SR.
Still don't understand why After The Gold Rush does better in polls than Tonight's the Night, On The Beach and Rust Never Sleeps.
Despite some heavy dislike, especially from netjade and sonofsamiam
Y'know, I don't even really "dislike" WYWH. It's a little tired, and has a lot of the Floyd cliches, but there are still very good moments on there. My low placement really attests to the rather spectacular quality of the albums in this poll.
21) Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures (1979)
Rank in the 1979 poll : 2
Rank in the AM 70s list : 25
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 31
Fans : Romain #3, Petri #8, Michel #8, SR #10
Least likely to listen to it : nicolas #98, Georgie #96
Alex D : This one was a discovery for me - I hadn't listened to it prior to the '79 poll. But man, did it stick! Amidst the robotic drumming and Ian Curtis' droning baritone, there's certainly a uniquely human quality to it, sort of like an OK Computer-type atmosphere. And any album where you can make that comparison is few and far between.
Joy Division stays at the doors of the top 20 because of a relative lack of strong support ; too many votes in the middle of list for Ian and his pals (with an average position of 41)
20) Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon (1973)
Rank in the 1973 poll : 2
Rank in the AM 70s list : 8
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 8
Fans : Michel #3, Alex D #5, Georgie #5, RockyRaccoon #10
Least likely to listen to it : Otisredding #70 (/75), sonofsamiam #94, netjade #93, BillAdama #83 (/91)
Alex D : Yeah, it's the butt of a lot of jokes, mostly about weed, laser shows and The Wizard of Oz, but that by no means degrades the album from its "classic-rock classic" status. I've never really thought of it as prog - it's more like psychedelic ambient. It's not an album about melody or hits (though "Money" and "Brain Damage" do succeed in both departments) but rather atmosphere and texture, which is sort of a rarity among the decade's albums. Assuming you aren't pretentious about your tastes in music, there isn't much better than listening to Pink Floyd take a great organ riff and just jam on it while Clare Torry (yeah, she's just the chick singing in the background) just wails with all she's got, like on "The Great Gig in the Sky" and "Any Colour You Like".
Pink Floyd succeeds in putting an album in the top 20 with a very polarizing album, but fails in reaching its rank in the AM3000 or in our all time poll
19) John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band (1970)
Rank in the 1970 poll : 3
Rank in the AM 70s list : 24
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 22
Fans : Henrik #1, Mindrocker #5, RockyRaccoon #8, SR #9
Alex D : Unfortunately for him, John Lennon was a little moody after the Beatles broke up. Fortunately for us he channelled it into a great record, not only examining the emotions of bitterness and childhood trauma in a very deep but introspective way, but also flat-out singing his ass off in the process. Some people call "God" the best-sung rock record ever, and I'm not inclined to disagree all that much.
Following Survivor and some others thread on the poll, I expected some people to put this album at the very bottom of their list, however nobody voted it below the 69th position, a performance only our winning album has topped.
Strange coincidence, I have to type "4 Fab" as the validation code to post this message
i'm really angry with myself that i didn't vote in this.
I also like that the point system makes high ratings stronger than low ratings.
18) David Bowie - Hunky Dory (1971)
Rank in the 1971 poll : 4
Rank in the AM 70s list : 23
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 18
Fans : Michel #2, Honorio #5, brose #9, Romain #9
Honorio : David Bowie not only described perfectly his perpetual reinvention behaviour on this album ("I turned myself to face me / but I never caught a glimpse") but even prove it. Instead of the hard-rock of his previous effort (with some traces in “Queen Bitch” he offered elegant songs that showcased his craft as a songwriter and his astonishing abilities as a modern crooner.
Alex D : David Bowie's easy-listening period is not the best - he gets a little schmaltzy in spots. "Life on Mars?" is flawless though, and there are several good choruses throughout. And it's still DAVID BOWIE, for cryin' out loud.
17) Stooges, The - Fun House (1970)
Rank in the 1970 poll : 5
Rank in the AM 70s list : 29
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 28
Fans : Petri #3, netjade #6, Mindrocker #8, Otisredding #9
Least likely to listen to it : Nassim #52 (/55), Miguel #93
Honorio : Rock & roll should always be like that: wild, dirty, loud, energetic, furious, sweaty, raw and dangerous. Just like Iggy Pop himself.
16) Van Morrison - Moondance (1970)
Rank in the 1970 poll : 2
Rank in the AM 70s list : 34
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 19
Fans : Otisredding #1, Miguel #3, RockyRaccoon #5, Honorio #6, Mindrocker #10
Least likely to listen to it : Romain #97, Petri #71
Honorio : Just like way back to the days of old, the gypsies caravan on its way, the moon dancing to a swing rhythm, the mystery of ancient Celtic fables, the intimacy of the falsetto on "Crazy Love", the ethereal and suggestive sound of flutes and clavinets but also the earthy and bluesy sound of drums and saxophones. Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic.
And 1970 is out
I should be also a fan of Fun House. It was my #3. Edit. Thanks for editing the fans part.
Only one album left out of my top 10. Hope it will be in the top 10.
15) Curtis Mayfield - Superfly (1972)
Rank in the 1972 poll : 4
Rank in the AM 70s list : 57
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 33
Fans : Mindrocker #1, sonofsamiam #3, Henrik #6, Stephan #9, Georgie #9
Least likely to listen to it : Alex D #47 (/52)
Alex D : It's a good state-of-the-hood address, but I think it would be better without the instrumentals. Hell, the best part is Curtis's falsetto anyway!
Probably the most surprising album in the top 20, far above its AM rank and much better than its place in the all-time poll
14) Joni Mitchell - Blue (1971)
Rank in the 1971 poll : 6
Rank in the AM 70s list : 18
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 16
Fans : VanillaFire1000 #3, Petri #6, BillAdama #9, Henrik #10
13) Elvis Costello - This Year's Model (1978)
Rank in the 1978 poll : 1
Rank in the AM 70s list : 28
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 20
Fans : Brad #4, Otisredding #5, VanillaFire1000 #6, Harold Wexler #8
Honorio : The best definition of late 70s power-pop: wry lyrics, modernity (in a good sense), smart song-writing and powerful playing.
Alex D : Costello refined his sound for This Year's Model - a move I don't entirely approve of, because while the songs are certainly tighter, he seems to be a little more focused on the singles here (they're excellent) at the expense of the rest of the album.
We are now left with 12 albums.
Among them, the less-acclaimed is Low which only ranks 30rd of the decade in the AM list.
In the all-time poll, the lowest ranked of them was Sticky Fingers which ended 14th of the decade. (it is also the only one who did not end on the top 3 of its year poll).
So, are they the 2 albums who will miss the top 10 ? If not, which albums will fall short ? I leave you few hours to bet.
I hope that Led Zeppelin and The Who are next, but I would be surprised if it wasn't Sticky Fingers at 12th and Low at 11th. From there I think I know the rest of the poll. I guess the low performance for My Aim is True is explained: most people (including myself) put their Elvis Costello points top heavy for This Year's Model.
Next up better not be Low. That's one of the two or three best albums left in the poll.
wow, excellent rating for Curtis ! Good news to see 3 black music albums in the top 20 (and still pending : innervisions and What's Going on)
I keep repeating myself so I think it's time for Rolling Stones. So my guess Exile on Main St. and Sticky Fingers are #12 and #11.
By the way I don't think it's duel between Ziggy and London Calling (They are the biggest favourites). Soul albums have been higher than expected so I guess that Innervisions will be #1.
Im sure Innervisions will be very high indeed, however I really don't think any album could take on London Calling. I could potentially see Innervisions or What's Going On finishing ahead of Ziggy Stardust though.
12) Bob Dylan - Blood On The Tracks (1975)
Rank in the 1975 poll : 2
Rank in the AM 70s list : 9
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 6
Fans : Snusmumrik #1, Stephan #3, Otisredding #4, Harold Wexler #6, nicolas #8
Least likely to listen to it : Romain #94
Alex D : For a while in the earlier half of the decade Bob seemed to have lost his way - but boy when he got his mojo back, did he ever. It's a little less angry than most Dylan, but his more mature outlook allows him to write some more poignant stuff.
Relatively bad results for Blood On The Tracks, below its AM rank and its result on the Albums Poll. Dylan is still too polarizing for the kind of poll where you rank everything, not just the albums you like
11) Rolling Stones, The - Exile On Main Street (1972)
Rank in the 1972 poll : 2
Rank in the AM 70s list : 2
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 4
Fans : brose #3, Stephan #5, BillAdama #6, SR #7, RockyRaccoon #7, sonofsamiam #8
Least likely to listen to it : Petri #74 (/75)
Alex D : I don't fully get the acclaim for Exile on Main St.; it feels a little all-over-the-place to me. But I'd be shocked if I ever heard a better roots-rock album, even if I don't like the style enough to hang on for all 60-odd minutes.
I did not see that one coming, really expected it to end on the top 5… we are an unpredictable bunch of people !
WOW. Now that's a shocker. I knew from Nassim's comment about the T6 that Blood on the Tracks and Exile would be on the outside of that, but outside of T10 is absolutely crazy. Who would have thought Sticky Fingers would have finished above Exile on Main St? Led Zeppelin above Dylan seems wrong to me, but oh well.
I didn't know Tapestry didn't make the final cut, such a great album, maybe next time. I knew Pearl had no chance, when albums like Rumours & Pink Moon started to appear.
Now i'm surprised with Dylan & Exile outside the top 10. Now that was totally unpredictable, they fell so short. WOW. London Calling now has even more chances to end it up topping this list. Soul albums are going really well. But i really can't see Stevie or Marvin topping this poll, but sure they have several chances of making the top 5, but we talking about a poll which had 2 terrific albums, considered front-runners to be inside the top 10, outside the top 10.
About Bowie having 2 albums inside the top 10, that's awesome and he deserves, but this fact also means that the chances of one of them be the number one album are lower ?
10) David Bowie - Low (1977)
Rank in the 1977 poll : 2
Rank in the AM 70s list : 30
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 13
Fans : Jackson #3, Midaso #4, Mindrocker #6
Low, indeed : Nassim #53 (/55)
Alex D : Overrated - everyone loves it, and I feel like everytime I listen to it it will just click one day and it will become this amazing work of art - but for now it's a middle-of-the-pack Bowie album (though there's no shame in that).
Alex D seems more hopeful than I am ! Anyway, Low easily improves both its AM Rank and his all time pall rank but lacks some more top 10 votes to make it higher than #10
I'm surprised This Year's Model did so much better than the other two Costello albums.
I would have expected them all to be pretty close together. Either all high or all low. I have trouble seeing how somebody could like one but not the other two.
My top three are all still alive ... woohoooo! And all of my bottom 10 bit the dust before number 30 ... woohoooo!
P.S. I'm one that doesn't get the acclaim for "Low," either. It's pretty good, but I feel all the science fiction sound effects that a lot of people thought were brilliant experimentation are just distracting from what could have been a very good set of songs.
9) Rolling Stones, The - Sticky Fingers (1971)
Rank in the 1971 poll : 5
Rank in the AM 70s list : 15
Rank in the AM Albums Poll : 14
Fans : Honorio #3, Brad #3, BillAdama #4, brose #6, Snusmumrik #10, Stephan #10
Least likely to listen to it : Petri #69 (/75)
Alex D : The Stones are all about dirty, riffy, blues-rockers, and nowhere else did they nail their own signature style better than Sticky Fingers. And while I don't think that they are at their absolute best on it, the album is pretty much everything you could expect from the world's greatest rock n' roll band, which is 45 minutes of Mick and Keith rocking out like nobody else can.
Honorio : The first album for Rolling Stones Records, the new label that allowed the band to release polemic cover arts (like the Warhol one) and songs previously banned (like "Sister Morphine") and, even more important, allowed their creative development and the crystallization of the particular Stones sound, a distillation of dirty blues, ragged country and raw rock & roll.
Sticky Fingers is the only album on the top that 3 people did not rank (actually only one other album has not been ranked by everybody)
Surprise surprise! "Sticky" above "Exile"! Great! I love both albums but I'm delighted that Sticky won, I always thought that the difference of critic acclaim (always in favour of "Exile") was unfair.
P.S.: Go Ziggy Go!!