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When the sun beats down and I lie on the bench, I can always hear them talk; if I had ever been here before on another time around the wheel, I would probably know just how to deal with all of you:

DOK
Artist Album Year 2013
20 Genesis Selling England by the Pound 1973 7
19 The Beatles Abbey Road 1969 11
18 The Moody Blues In Search of the Lost Chord 1968 5
17 Talking Heads Remain in Light 1980 30
16 Cream Disraeli Gears 1967 23
GvZ
Artist Album Year 2015
20 The Kinks Face to Face 1966 24
19 Van Morrison Astral Weeks 1968 14
18 Genesis Selling England by the Pound 1973 6
17 Radiohead OK Computer 1997 23
16 The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers 1971 *
RKH
Artist Album Year 2015
20 Santana Abraxas 1970 31
19 Paul McCartney & Wings Band on the Run 1973 22
18 Crosby Stills Nash & Young Déjà Vu 1970 23
17 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & Nico 1967 17
16 Genesis Selling England by the Pound 1973 10

The sun is eclipsed by the moon, so one way or another this darkness got to give :

DOK
# Artist Album Year 2013
30 The Band Music from Big Pink 1968 12
29 The Doors The Doors 1967 36
28 Brian Wilson SMiLE 2004 10
27 Paul Simon Graceland 1986 2
26 The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 1967 31
25 Neil Young After The Gold Rush 1970 24
24 Electric Light Orchestra Out of the Blue 1977 8
23 Crosby Stills Nash & Young Déjà Vu 1970 16
22 Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon 1973 26
21 Radiohead OK Computer 1997 32
GvZ
Artist Album Year 2015
30 Harry Nilsson Nilsson Schmilsson 1971 *
29 Santana Abraxas 1970 11
28 Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness 1995 17
27 Kraftwerk Trans Europe Express 1977 *
26 Paul McCartney & Wings Band on the Run 1973 16
25 Crosby Stills Nash & Young Déjà Vu 1970 25
24 The Smiths Strangeways Here We Come 1987 28
23 The Beatles Abbey Road 1969 20
22 Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti 1975 13
21 Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon 1973 12
RKH
Artist Album Year 2015
30 Pixies Doolittle 1989 36
29 Grateful Dead Workingman’s Dead 1970 *
28 Paul Simon Graceland 1986 15
27 The Beach Boys Pet Sounds 1966 43
26 Kraftwerk Trans Europe Express 1977 *
25 Guided By Voices Bee Thousand 1994 44
24 Steely Dan Aja 1977 *
23 Bruce Springsteen Nebraska 1982 *
22 Radiohead OK Computer 1997 26
21 Donald Fagen The Nightfly 1982 25

Sunday’s on the phone to Monday, Tuesday’s on the phone to me, we had access to too many, too much money, too much equipment, and little by little we went insane:

DOK
Artist Album Year 2013
40 Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot 2002 45
39 Neil Young Harvest 1972 *
38 The Who Who’s Next 1971 *
37 Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes 2008 40
36 DJ Shadow Endtroducing… 1996 49
35 Santana Abraxas 1970 28
34 Creedence Clearwater Revival Green River 1969 *
33 Blind Faith Blind Faith 1969 27
32 Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited 1965 *
31 The Beatles The Beatles (White Album) 1968 *
GvZ
Artist Album Year 2015
40 The New Pornographers Twin Cinema 2005 *
39 The Byrds The Notorious Byrd Brothers 1968 36
38 The White Stripes Elephant 2003 *
37 Sunset Rubdown Shut Up I Am Dreaming 2006 *
36 Spirit Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus 1970 *
35 Paul Simon Graceland 1986 18
34 UNKLE Psyence Fiction 1998 *
33 Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavillion 2009 42
32 Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine 1992 *
31 The Kingsbury Manx The Kingsbury Manx 2000 33
RKH
Artist Album Year 2015
40 The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 1967 42
39 Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream 1993 *
38 Moody Blues In Search of the Lost Chord 1968 30
37 The Beatles Abbey Road 1969 19
36 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II 1969 16
35 Eagles Hotel California 1976 34
34 Afghan Whigs Gentlemen 1993 27
33 Fleetwood Mac Bare Trees 1972 18
32 Lambchop How I Quit Smoking 1996 40
31 Weezer Weezer (Blue Album) 1994 33

Citizens of hope and glory, I look at the world and I notice a red car in the fountain, so this must be what people once called, and still call, winter. And as I am he as you are he as you are me and I’m the space invader, I’ll be a rock ‘n rollin’ bitch for you and gather the most notorious music professors in town to contemplate the most vital question of the year: “Which is the best rock album of all time?”. Heading into the fifth edition this year, we’re looking for successors of Selling England by the Pound, Kid A, The Velvet Underground & Nico, Band on the Run, What’s Going On, Blood on the Tracks and Revolver.

Well, if you wanna see the sun rise honey, I  know where, as I’m not alone in this smoky dark cave. Of course there’s RKH, going strong since 2012, and be quick or he might already be gone: Guus ‘Rockin’ Chair’ Fog. Too late! Anyway, they say he comes on a pale horse, but I’m sure I hear a hybrid car, so that must be Donald ‘Ramblin’ Oude Kamphuis actually rejoining the armed forces this year. This means 2016 will be brought to an end with a great musical blast, so trouble ahead, lady in red, and the results of the first autumn nights:

DOK
Artist Album Year 2013
50 Tool Aenima 1996 *
49 Rolling Stones Exile on Main St. 1972 44
48 Janis Joplin Pearl 1971 *
47 Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavillion 2009 37
46 Steely Dan Aja 1977 *
45 The Move Shazam 1970 *
44 George Harrison All things must pass 1970 25
43 David Bowie The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust 1972 *
42 Yes The Yes Album 1971 *
41 Radiohead The King of Limbs 2011 42
GvZ
Artist Album Year 2015
50 My Morning Jacket Circuital 2011 45
49 John Cale Fear 1974 35
48 Pink Floyd A Saucerful of Secrets 1968 31
47 Queens of the Stone Age Queens of the Stone Age 1998 *
46 Killing Joke Killing Joke 1980 27
45 Jethro Tull Aqualung 1971 30
44 The Mountain Goats The Sunset Tree 2005 40
43 Buffalo Springfield Buffalo Springfield Again 1967 39
42 The Afghan Whigs Gentlemen 1993 *
41 Creedence Clearwater Revival Green River 1969 49
RKH
Artist Album Year 2015
50 Kanye West The Life of Pablo 2016 *
49 Elvis Costello This Year’s Model 1978 *
48 Kate Bush Hounds of Love 1985 *
47 Frazey Ford Indian Ocean 2014 46
46 Bruce Springsteen Darkness on the Edge of Town 1978 35
45 Guided By Voices Alien Lanes 1995 29
44 Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot 2002 47
43 Bob Dylan Bringing It All Back Home 1965 *
42 Dismemberment Plan Emergency & I 1999 *
41 Lee Hazlewood Cowboy in Sweden 1970 41

 

 

Year: 1999

Genre: Rap Metal

Preceded by: Evil Empire (1996)

Followed by: Renegades (2000)

Related to: not available yet

 

 

“Sir, I finished your inaugural speech for the Changing of the Guard. I restlessly worked on it all night and I’m curious after your opinion.”

“That’s great news, boy. Can you read it aloud for me please?”

“Beloved people of the free world, it is a huge honor for me to address you here today as the new Appointed One on the occasion of this Changing. A Changing that, for me personally, is a Changing that asks for remembrance and commemoration. Remembrance, so we won’t forget what we overcame in the past. Commemoration, so we won’t lose sight of the challenges we are still facing today and in the future.

Dear ladies and gentlemen, first of all are you witnessing the tenth Changing on this special day, meaning that we are celebrating the 50th birthday of your courageous revolt, a revolt of the people of the free world standing here on this sacred ground, as well as their brave forefathers who are sadly no longer among us. A revolt against the repulsive and repelling system of elections. The elderly among you, and I’m addressing these advocates of freedom with the greatest respect, will surely remember the disgusting and shameless scenes that this moldy concept bore at the end of its existence. Two street fighting parties, slandering each other with irrelevant details from their private lives during vulgar charades; we are praising ourselves never ever having to face that again. A revolt in which the free people, with the keyboard as the new megaphone, took their responsibility for dispersing nothing less than the truth. Down with political colors, as our interests were always the same, as they still are today: freedom. Freedom to trade and freedom to defend oneself against unfree ideas and visions.

Beloved people, let us also remember that the striving after freedom has always been a common theme running through our rich history, in which many unfree people were redeemed from their chains. We might go a long way back, and remember the brave immigrant Columbus, who freed the black people from the Indian indigenous tradition of slavery. But think also of our Asian friends, who were freed from imperial aggression in Vietnam and with whom we completely rebuilt, shoulder to shoulder, the wonderful cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, after they were completely destroyed by the horrific nuclear attacks of the evil empire.

Think also of our Eastern European friends, who suffered for many years from the unfree idea of solidarity, an idea that preached the end of history and deceived its believers by stating that there was no alternative to neosolidarism. What started as ‘there is no alternative’ ultimately ended as ‘there is no other pill to take, so swallow the one that made you ill’, using every systemic crisis to further exploit the unfree, and spreading lies with completely monopolized mass media to preserve the rotten system. Always different names, always the same hungry bodies, let us not forget them. Let us also not forget that they were able to overthrew their walls and seize the palaces of their corrupt leaders once we came to their rescue.

And people, think also of our friends from the south. Who doesn’t remember the revolt of the brave Mexican people against its own unfree government? A government that desperately tried to keep our ideal of freedom outside its borders, culminating in the absurd idea of building a wall along the entire border, a wall wé were supposed to pay for, we, people of the free world! However, as you know, this ridiculous idea and its government was toppled by the Mexican people, who since that moment are able to enjoy the delights of the free world, for example the thousands of zealous guest workers who are enriching our fashion industry every day. Always different names, always the same cheap manpower.

Ladies and gentlemen of the free world, let us at last also seize the opportunity to commemorate our own fallen heroes, who defended our freedom throughout the years. On this matter, I particularly want to honor the numerous victims of the attack on LA on February 25th 1942, as well as those who suffered from the complete destruction of the same city by the endless Iraqi air strikes sixty years later.

Dear friends, free people of the free world, the idea of freedom is embedded in the DNA  of this wide nation, and I want to conclude with a little personal anecdote to illustrate this. When I arrived in this wonderful town this morning, I met a wonderful young guy called Jim. I asked him why his clothes were so dirty and he told me that he was repairing his car. “Do you love your car, Jim?”, I asked him, and he said: ”That car is my life, Sir. It brings me wherever I want to go; for me, freedom grows out of the tailpipe of my car.”. My friends, people like Jim remind me of the fact that freedom has different meanings for all of us, from trade to driving a car, and I will dedicate the next five years of my life to ensuring that freedom for every single one of you, as it may glimmer on the New Northern Horizon forever!”

“Very well done, Winston, very well done. Can I ask you something, son?”

“Of course, Sir.”

“Are you greedy?”

“No Sir, I’m free.”

 

 

Year: 1977

Genre: Electronic

Preceded by: Radio-Activity (1975)

Followed by: The Man-Machine (1978)

Related to: not available yet

 

 

Good morning boys and girls, take your history books out and open it again at chapter 23: ‘Europe: Endless? (150-50 B. OWG)’. Put yourself in a comfortable position and switch your focus to maximum power, as this chapter presents itself as all-comprehensive and will be treated without any break. So Maxine, put away that walkman and listen together with the rest of the group carefully to the following sound fragment.

Sweet. So what did you hear guys? How could you link it with what we saw last week? Mima?

Artificial, fictitious sounds. But nevertheless somehow recognizable. It was not all organic, notwithstanding it did have a certain kind of verve in it… Last time we spoke about how the population in new urban areas started to grow, surrounded by machines and industry. They must have become acquainted with a whole new range of sounds they’d never heard before.

Absolutely. The European continent was developing on various domains at an enormous high pace, one that was never seen before. What you heard was a nice example of cross-pollination, an example of how culture was fed by the economic and technological world it was created in. Those technological innovations of course also greatly influenced the sociological domain, what to think for example about the rise of the high-speed train? You should realize that free of charge flying for everybody was not introduced till 60 B. OWG, so this train really was the first-rate way to visit and discover all those new countries during the early years. Travelling quick from metropolis to metropolis, suddenly it became reality with this miraculous machine. All those borders between all those former different countries seemed to disappear aboard of this train, and the New Europe seemed to be one infinite entity. Nationalities that were at physical war with each other for about 95% of the time during the previous gazillion years, wasn’t it great that they all dissolved in this one, big, promising European identity now? What it certainly promised was prosperity. Prosperity, welfare and an unlimited wealth for everybody. It was the fulfillment of the last part of this promise that proved to become the greatest battle for Europe in the decades to follow.

The continent seemed to wallow in elegance and decadence, which indeed became reality for a certain amount of the New Europeans, while it was destined to remain an imagination for others. At this point, history offered two options: ensure that this balance will be restored again or ensure that the boundaries between reality and imagination become invisible. The last one was picked, supported by the infinite opportunities that the digital revolution now had to offer.

Boys and girls, and this is really important, when a person doesn’t have an awful lot to be proud of or happy about in real life, you give this person a mirror. Obviously this won’t change his reality, but what does it matter when you’ll only have to see and show your reflection? This reflection can be completely adapted to your likings, eventually becoming a totally different result. After a while, it doesn’t matter anymore how you perceive things yourself, but only how others perceive you.

This is exactly where we situate the origins of the so-called ‘dummie-mass’, that would persistently ensure the stability of the young and ambitious continent during the following decades. Called after synthetic dolls that were used to sell certain products and their accompanying ideas, the dummies were considered not to be able to think for themselves any longer. The only thing the dummies were expected to do, was to utter that which was put in first, hereby permanently striving after an enormous uniformity with its congeners. That’s why they often speak about ‘the human being as flawless minimalistic pop-art’ when talking about this era. Are there any questions?

Who actually was the creator of the sound fragment we heard?

Well, the artist was officially never discovered, but according to unofficial research he should have been a pre-European, Austrian composer who lived a quite enigmatic life, as a result of which there’s very little known about him. All right, next week we’ll see how Europe evolves towards 1 B. OWG, with the interchangeable relation between humans and robots and the rise of a new source of power: control of data.

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