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#151 – The Best Air Guitar Album in the World…Ever – Various Artists

The Best Air Guitar Album in the World...Ever - Various Artists The Best Air Guitar Album in the World…Ever – Various Artists

This is every Dad’s favourite compilation from the nineties and noughties. Glove boxes throughout the UK had a copy of this album in it and jukeboxes in dodgy pubs were required by law to have this album also.

As much a part of pre-MP3 music culture as Tubular Bells, Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds and other coffee table albums, The Best Air Guitar Album in the World…Ever is one of those compilations that seem to be in every collection. It’s not hard to see why. All the traditionally popular bands are here; Queen, Def Leppard, Skynyrd and Blur but there are also bands and songs that are missing – Stiltskin’s Inside and Mountain’s Nantucket Sleighride for example, surely two of the most prolific air guitar riffs ever? Also there are some bands whose inclusion seems to only be to hook the younger generation in, Blur and Robbie Williams for example.

Still as compilations go, this is one of the better more agreeable ones.

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Album #88 – Arthur (Or The Decline and Fall of the British Empire) – The Kinks

Arthur (Or The Decline and Fall of the British Empire) – The Kinks

Ray Davies. What a guy. One of the few people in music that can actually craft an album that has a flavour and sentiment of Britishness. If music is the world, The Kinks are the British Empire in all respects, with the Beatles being notaries in the background.

Arthur  is a concept album originally created as a soundtrack for a television programme that was never made. But who needs visualisations, apart from the youth of today? When the mind is the most creative and cheap television screen available! If it’s gritty quirk British drama you want, chuck this album on your media player of choice, whack on your ridiculous Beats by Dr Dre, close your eyes and, by listening the the lyrics, begin a imaginary feast of Britishness. It’s not until Return to Waterloo that you get anywhere close to anything like this.

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