The Dork Report

The Dork Report for November 28, 2006

Because the Dork Report loves to quibble with lists of things: sharpen your fangs for Time Magazine‘s All-TIME 100 albums. The editors attempt to preempt criticism by admitting their exclusion of Pink Floyd, but I’d like to add a few more points:

  • I think the inclusion of so many greatest-hits compilation albums is a cop-out. I suppose one could argue that the concept of an "album" as a stand-alone work wasn’t established until around the time of The Beatles’ Sgt. Peppers and The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, severely limiting the decades from which to cull a list of "best albums". But look how many vintage artists are represented in the current decade: Elvis Presley, Muddy Waters, Hank Williams? If none of those could manage to squeeze out a classic stand-alone album in their own era, it shouldn’t penalize Pink Floyd’s massively popular and influential and critically acclaimed Dark Side of the Moon.
  • Perhaps another rule could have been to exclude multiple albums from the same artist? That said, I love Radiohead too much to make the Sophie’s Choice between OK Computer and Kid A. But that said, if I had to pick one Bowie album, I wouldn’t choose Ziggy Stardust or Hunky Dory (the real contest is between Heroes and Low).

Preview the first four minutes of this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special (spotted on Insomniac Mania):

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