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Title: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: holyzombiejesus on April 26, 2021, 03:23:44 PM
To celebrate their 25th birthday, Norman Records have posted this in an attempt to find out their customers' favourite album of that year. Shame they didn't do it properly with one of those world cup thingies but thought I'd post it on here regardless.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ezqlu3RXMAAVVtQ?format=jpg&name=large)

According to Norman's twitter, most people said DJ Shadow.

For me, If You're Feeling Sinister beats Murder Ballads in the semi-final and Maxinquaye in the final. That bottom right group is fucking rubbish and the one above it isn't much better.
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: holyzombiejesus on April 26, 2021, 03:27:14 PM
Just noticed that Maxinquaye isn't even on the list.
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: SteveDave on April 26, 2021, 03:43:14 PM
Odelay

Fuck Norman Records
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: Rich Uncle Skeleton on April 26, 2021, 03:46:52 PM
Just realised if you told me to name an album from 1996 off the top of my head I'd have absolutely no fucking idea.

any other year, easy. 1996...wasteland, nothing came out apparently.

edit: Babybird - Ugly Beautiful there we go. BYE!
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: holyzombiejesus on April 26, 2021, 03:47:04 PM
Fuck Norman Records

Why?!
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: Midas on April 26, 2021, 03:51:08 PM
Squarepusher - Feed Me Weird Things
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: chveik on April 26, 2021, 03:55:38 PM
loads of great albums missing (and they're not particularly obscure)

UGK - Ridin' Dirty
Ghostface Killah - Ironman
Cardiacs - Sing to God
Swans - Soundtracks of the Blind
Mainliner - Mellow Out
The Juggaknots - s/t
Ground-Zero - Revolutionary Pekinese Opera ver.1.28
Kingpin Skinny Pimp - King of Da Playaz Ball
Susumu Hirasawa - Siren
Paperclip People - The Secret Tapes of Dr. Eich
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: jobotic on April 26, 2021, 03:57:36 PM
Yeah, I've heard all of them on Wilkinson in-store radio. ;-)
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: holyzombiejesus on April 26, 2021, 04:01:38 PM
loads of great albums missing (and they're not particularly obscure)

UGK - Ridin' Dirty
Ghostface Killah - Ironman
Cardiacs - Sing to God
Swans - Soundtracks of the Blind
Mainliner - Mellow Out
The Juggaknots - s/t
Ground-Zero - Revolutionary Pekinese Opera ver.1.28
Kingpin Skinny Pimp - King of Da Playaz Ball
Susumu Hirasawa - Siren
Paperclip People - The Secret Tapes of Dr. Eich

They are pretty obscure, aren't they? I know a bit about music and have only heard of 3 of them.
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: Corduroy Castle on April 26, 2021, 04:02:57 PM
I'm surprised they haven't got Smog's 'The Doctor Came At Dawn' or Palace Music's 'Arise Therefore' up there.

Everything on the right of that chart is shit, with the notable exception of Labradford, which is probably only there for *cool* points.
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: lankyguy95 on April 26, 2021, 04:05:26 PM
Fantastic Planet by Failure came out that year.

Also, going down the heavy (but not obscure) route, The Great Southern Trendkill by Pantera, Roots by Sepultura, and Aenima by Tool would all be considered classics.
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: holyzombiejesus on April 26, 2021, 04:08:52 PM
Everything on the right of that chart is shit, with the notable exception of Labradford, which is probably only there for *cool* points.

Don't think that's particularly fair. Norman probably shifted more copies of that than the vast vast majority of other UK retailers.
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: Pearly-Dewdrops Drops on April 26, 2021, 04:11:23 PM
loads of great albums missing (and they're not particularly obscure)

Modest Mouse - This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About is a surprising omission.
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: Corduroy Castle on April 26, 2021, 04:11:45 PM
Don't think that's particularly fair. Norman probably shifted more copies of that than the vast vast majority of other UK retailers.

Yeah, probably a bit snidey, soz
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: Norton Canes on April 26, 2021, 04:18:32 PM
Orbital's In Sides was the best album of 1996. Advance is the best on that list.
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: DrGreggles on April 26, 2021, 04:27:43 PM
Probably Odelay out of those.
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: The Culture Bunker on April 26, 2021, 04:49:34 PM
Of the albums on that list that I know, none of them particular does anything for me, nor will I be rushing to listen to them anytime soon. I suppose I'd say '1977' because it reminds me of getting pissed for the first time, aged 15.

1996 albums I do like:

'Attack of the Grey Lantern' by Mansun
'Ask Me Tomorrow' by Mojave 3
'Baja Sessions' by Chris Isaak
Fountains of Wayne's self-titled debut
'Among My Swan' by Mazzy Star
'Dizzy Heights' by Lightning Seeds
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: purlieu on April 26, 2021, 05:07:11 PM
1996 albums I do like:

'Attack of the Grey Lantern' by Mansun
1997, that.

Missing from my '96 faves list:
FSOL - Dead Cities
Orbital - In Sides
Nurse With Wound - Who Can I Turn to Stereo
Lightning Seeds - Dizzy Heights
Suede - Coming Up
Current 93 - All the Pretty Little Horses
Archive - Londinium
Dead Can Dance - Spiritchaser

Some of my favourites are on the list, though. Everything Must Go, Second Toughest in the Infants, Under the Bushes Under the Stars and If You're Feeling Sinister are all great.
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: El Unicornio, mang on April 26, 2021, 05:11:46 PM
I thought there'd be at least one album I really love from that year, most of my faves are mid 90s, but realised it's all stuff from 1994-5 and 1997. Seems like my favourite artists took a break in 1996.

Actually, REM are my favourite of all time but New Adventures isn't one I particularly love.

Edit 2: actually I didn't notice the Tortoise one, that got a lot of plays back in the day. That one then.
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: OnlyRegisteredSoICanRead on April 26, 2021, 05:15:14 PM
I'm surprised they haven't got Smog's 'The Doctor Came At Dawn' or Palace Music's 'Arise Therefore' up there.

Everything on the right of that chart is shit, with the notable exception of Labradford, which is probably only there for *cool* points.


The Peel Session version of Battered  (https://youtu.be/_KsZJJ192PI) blows the album version out of the water.

Sorry, trying a bit too hard there.


Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 26, 2021, 05:18:46 PM
(https://img.discogs.com/E_-oZfeYg9EWko4GPlcWVKV2GKk=/fit-in/600x599/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb():quality(90)/discogs-images/R-603164-1137298874.jpeg.jpg)
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: Famous Mortimer on April 26, 2021, 05:26:30 PM
loads of great albums missing (and they're not particularly obscure)

UGK - Ridin' Dirty
Ghostface Killah - Ironman
Cardiacs - Sing to God
Swans - Soundtracks of the Blind
Mainliner - Mellow Out
The Juggaknots - s/t
Ground-Zero - Revolutionary Pekinese Opera ver.1.28
Kingpin Skinny Pimp - King of Da Playaz Ball
Susumu Hirasawa - Siren
Paperclip People - The Secret Tapes of Dr. Eich
No argument that you've listed some good ones, but there are some I've never heard of and none of them are that well-known, surely?

1997, that.

Missing from my '96 faves list:
FSOL - Dead Cities
Orbital - In Sides
Nurse With Wound - Who Can I Turn to Stereo
Lightning Seeds - Dizzy Heights
Suede - Coming Up
Current 93 - All the Pretty Little Horses
Archive - Londinium
Dead Can Dance - Spiritchaser

More agreed, certainly. "Dead Cities" is brilliant, and that's a cracker of a NWW album.
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: DrGreggles on April 26, 2021, 05:36:55 PM
Dead Cities is 25 years old?!

Shit, I'm old...
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: OnlyRegisteredSoICanRead on April 26, 2021, 05:39:23 PM
I can't believe they missed off Spice.

I guess it was too obvious.
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 26, 2021, 05:46:41 PM
Here are mine

Alien Mutation (vs. Indigo Egg) - Microcosmacrocosm
B12 - Time Tourist
Bullitnuts - 1st of the Day
Dan Curtin - Art & Science
Dubstar - Disgraceful
The Egg - Albumen
Electric Orange - Orange Commutation
Jedi Knights - New School Science
Meat Beat Manifesto - Subliminal Sandwich
Gary Moscheles - Shaped to Make Your Life Easier
Mike & Rich - Expert Knob Twiddlers
Nature™ - In a Gentle Mood
Nine Invisibles -   Pureheadspace
Ian O'Brien - Desert Scores
Squarepusher    Feed Me Weird Things
Surface 10 - Surface 10
Timeshard - Hunab Ku
Underworld - Second Toughest in the Infants
Wamdue Kids - Wamdue Works
Frank Zappa - Läther (CD boxset)
T-Power - Waveform
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: purlieu on April 26, 2021, 05:50:18 PM
Dubstar - Disgraceful
'95.

Dead Cities is indeed 25, just been reissued on vinyl, and they're releasing an album of new versions of We Have Explosive for Record Store Day.
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: chveik on April 26, 2021, 05:53:53 PM
No argument that you've listed some good ones, but there are some I've never heard of and none of them are that well-known, surely?

yeah i was being a bit facetious. (and i have no idea what type of customers Norman Records have).

still, in our internet age, it's hard to draw the line where something becomes obscure enough
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: BlodwynPig on April 26, 2021, 05:53:56 PM
'95.

Dead Cities is indeed 25, just been reissued on vinyl, and they're releasing an album of new versions of We Have Explosive for Record Store Day.

ah, seems I have this copy

https://www.discogs.com/Dubstar-Disgraceful/release/220573 (https://www.discogs.com/Dubstar-Disgraceful/release/220573)
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: Norton Canes on April 26, 2021, 05:56:13 PM
Just trawled the '96 Wiki, realised I've missed a couple: 808 State's imperious Don Solaris; and Pet Shop Boys' Bilingual, which for me (Clive) shades it as their best long-player.
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: The Culture Bunker on April 26, 2021, 06:33:54 PM
1997, that.

It seems so. I just typed "1996" into Media Player and that came back, for whatever reason.
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: sevendaughters on April 26, 2021, 06:42:30 PM
my favourite album of 1996 might be my favourite album - Labradford's S/T release.

not been re-pressed for yonks and fetches £50+ easy, sadly
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: greenman on April 26, 2021, 07:52:28 PM
Did Shack's Waterpistol finally get a release in 96 or was it late 95?
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: holyzombiejesus on April 26, 2021, 08:44:16 PM
Did Shack's Waterpistol finally get a release in 96 or was it late 95?

'95 and The Strands album was '97.

I only started the thread to see who you would have to win the Norman world cup thing, but if we're going to just list albums released in 1996, I'll have Denim on Ice and Pioneer Soundtracks.
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: peanutbutter on April 26, 2021, 09:24:28 PM
It'd take me a while to think of a 1996 album off the top of my head and the album would be Emperor Tomato Ketchup, which I'm not even that keen on.


There is something off about the year for me, in a zeitgeisty sense most of the notable releases for me feel kinda trapped between eras.
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: purlieu on April 26, 2021, 09:49:12 PM
Oh bloody hell, I forgot The Divine Comedy's Casanova and The Boo Radleys' C'mon Kids from my list.

Was just reminded of C'mon Kids because it's pretty much the only attempt at going beyond britpop that was attempted by any of the major players that year. It's definitely a bit of a weird year, with comparatively few era-defining records compared to the ones around it, for better or worse. Even on the electronic side of things, Dead Cities, In Sides and Second Toughest in the Infants are all loved, but they've been eclipsed by Dig Your Own Hole, Fat of the Land and Homework from the following year.
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: Joe Oakes on April 26, 2021, 11:09:35 PM
The hip hop selections are hella weak, at first I assumed they just picked the biggest sellers, but there is no way Mobb Deep would be there. These are superior...

Kool Keith - Dr Octagonecologyst
Company Flow - Funcrusher Plus
Heltah Skeltah - Nocturnal
The Roots - Illadelph Halflife
Ghostface Killah - Ironman
Poor Righteous Teachers - New World Order

Surprised Dr Octagon didn’t get a look in, non-hip hoppers tend to love it.
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: chveik on April 26, 2021, 11:23:03 PM
Company Flow - Funcrusher Plus

1997 mate
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: Joe Oakes on April 27, 2021, 12:36:41 AM
Yeah, I was getting mixed up with the EP. Apologies to anyone affected by this sordid incident, I have banned myself from posting until I can trust myself to not to fuck it up again.
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: chveik on April 27, 2021, 01:12:19 AM
The hip hop selections are hella weak, at first I assumed they just picked the biggest sellers, but there is no way Mobb Deep would be there. These are superior...

the best hip hop realease of '96 is DJ Screw's June 27th tape.

i do quite like Reasonable Doubt and ATLiens though, dunno if that makes me a hip hop dunce.
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: jamiefairlie on April 27, 2021, 05:15:32 AM
Not a great year, but here's two that still stand out for me....

Animals That Swim - I was the king. I really was the king


Low - The Curtain Hits the Cast
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: SteveDave on April 27, 2021, 10:03:41 AM
Why?!

Their job is to sell records. Why post sarcastic reviews that actively discourage people from buying records. Specifically my records. Cunts to a man. I'm pirating all music until they close down.
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: holyzombiejesus on April 27, 2021, 11:52:44 AM
Their job is to sell records. Why post sarcastic reviews that actively discourage people from buying records. Specifically my records. Cunts to a man. I'm pirating all music until they close down.

That's a shame. I quite like it when record shops feel they can be critical of releases - their slating of Public Service Broadcasting was great - but it can't be nice when you're on the receiving end.
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: sevendaughters on April 27, 2021, 10:36:56 PM
Their job is to sell records. Why post sarcastic reviews that actively discourage people from buying records. Specifically my records. Cunts to a man. I'm pirating all music until they close down.

I hate this about them, they've dissed stuff or people I wanted to buy from them, but I never even thought that there might actually be musicians who are aware of it.
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: OnlyRegisteredSoICanRead on July 18, 2021, 07:40:15 PM
From https://www.normanrecords.com/features/upcoming-albums-2021 (which is probably the sort of thing that changes all the time)

Damon Albarn - The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows
(12th November)

Really hope the title of this one is an indicator that Damon Albarn has gone full Yellow River Boys and made an album about drinking piss.
Title: Re: Norman Records' Best Albums of 1996
Post by: badaids on July 18, 2021, 07:55:20 PM

Mad that Dead Cities and Work and Non-Work aren't on that list but If You're Feeling Sinister would still win.  Disappointed in Norman's but their still the place I get nearly all my records if I have to get them on-line.  They'll always sort you out if you give them a bell.