Mixless top 50 debut albums

This last week I’ve been counting down my favourite 50 debut albums on Twitter (@mixless).

You can relive the excitement and pretend you were there by reading the #Mxlss50Debut tweets backwards, or you can cast your eye over the full list below.

This list thing wasn’t my idea – for that we must thank @StaggerLee30. I’m not the first and won’t be the last – in fact you’ll find a list of lists compiling those who have contributed so far over on @CLButler76‘s Top Fifty Albums Lists blog.

If you only have time for one other, do check the Top 50 of my oldest mate, gig buddy and fellow music explorernaire @weloveallthat.

Disclaimer: I have not heard every debut album ever released. Yet. These are the 50 I know and love the most.

Here’s a YouTube playlist containing a favourite track from each of the extraordinary debut albums listed below.

  • 50. Kid Koala – Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (2000)
  • 49. McCarthy – I Am A Wallet (1987)
  • 48. Mazzy Star – She Hangs Brightly (1990)
  • 47. The Irresistible Force – Flying High (1992)
  • 46. Martina Topley-Bird – Quixotic (2003)
  • 45. Seefeel – Quique (1993)
  • 44. Dinosaur – Dinosaur (1985)
  • 43. The Streets – Original Pirate Material (2002)
  • 42. East India Youth – Total Strife Forever (2014)
  • 41. The Chameleons – Script Of The Bridge (1983)
  • 40. The Bhundu Boys – Shabini (1986)39. New Fast Automatic Daffodils – Pigeonhole (1990)
  • 38. A.R. Kane – 69 (1988)
  • 37. The Strokes – Is This It? (2001)
  • 36. Fresh Snow – I (2013)
  • 35. Leftfield – Leftism (1995)
  • 34. Karen Dalton – It’s So Hard to Tell Who’s Going to Love You the Best (1969)
  • 33. Yargo – Bodybeat (1987)
  • 32. The Auteurs – New Wave (1993)
  • 31. Eric B And Rakim – Paid In Full (1987)
  • 30. The Teardrop Explodes – Kilimanjaro (1980)
  • 29. Boards Of Canada – Music Has The Right To Children (1998)
  • 28. Life Without Buildings – Any Other City (2001)
  • 27. Bavon Marie Marie et L’Orchestre Nègro Succès – L’Intrépide Bavon Marie Marie (1970)
  • 26. Angel Olsen – Half Way Home (2012)
  • 25. Jeff Buckley – Grace (1994)
  • 24. The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses (1989)
  • 23. Massive Attack – Blue Lines (1991)
  • 22. The Specials – The Specials (1979)
  • 21. Dr Alimantado – Best Dressed Chicken In Town (1978)
  • 20. DJ Shadow – Endtroducing….. (1996)
  • 19. The Wedding Present – George Best (1987)
  • 18. My Bloody Valentine – Isn’t Anything (1988)
  • 17. The House Of Love – The House Of Love (1988)
  • 16. Throwing Muses – Throwing Muses (1986)
  • 15. LCD Soundsystem – LCD Soundsystem (2005)
  • 14. The Jesus And Mary Chain – Psychocandy (1985)
  • 13. Pixies – Come On Pilgrim (1987)
  • 12. De La Soul – 3 Feet High And Rising (1989)
  • 11. Happy Mondays – Squirrel And G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out) (1987)
  • 10. Portishead – Dummy (1994)
  • 9. The xx – xx (2009)
  • 8. Soon E MC – Atout… Point De Vue (1993)
  • 7. The Smiths – The Smiths (1984)
  • 6. Tricky – Maxinquaye (1995)
  • 5. Cocteau Twins – Garlands (1982)
  • 4. Spiritualized – Lazer Guided Melodies (1992)
  • 3. Curtis Mayfield – Curtis (1970)
  • 2. Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (1992)
  • 1. The Avalanches – Since I Left You (2000)

Oh, and here’s a cheeky extra album I couldn’t ignore. Strictly speaking it’s not a debut but it was the first album they released, a compilation of their first three EPs that would otherwise be high in my top 10:

  • The Beta Band – The Three EPs (1998)

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Your collaborative Mixless mix – results in full

Update: here’s the mix: You Made This.

Thanks everyone who voted for their favourite 10 from this list of 500-ish tracks that have appeared in previous Mixless mixes over the last four years.

Here are the numbers that matter and the tracks that will make the mix.

  • 191 tracks got at least 1 vote
  • 98 of those got 2 or more votes
  • 49 of those got 3 or more votes
  • 27 of those got 4 or more votes
  • 15 of those got 5 or more votes

The mix was going to be the top 20 tracks, but as 15 isn’t quite enough and it’ll get messy trying to whittle down the 27, I’m going to go with all 27… and will throw in one of my own favourites that was cruelly overlooked by all but two of you.

So, in joint 27th place with 4 votes each we have:

  • A Certain Ratio – Shack Up
  • Björk – Hyperballad (The Hyperballad Fluke Mix)
  • Dinosaur Jr – Just Like Heaven
  • Eric B. & Rakim – I Know You Got Soul
  • Low – Breaker
  • Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – Dancing In The Street
  • Orange Juice – Felicity
  • Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come
  • The Chameleons – In Shreds
  • The Cure – Jumping Someone Else’s Train
  • The Mekons – Where Were You?
  • White Denim – I Start To Run

In joint 15th place with 5 votes each we have:

  • Beck – The New Pollution
  • Burial – Archangel
  • Cocteau Twins – Love’s Easy Tears
  • Dawn Penn – You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No)
  • Echo & The Bunnymen – Nothing Lasts Forever
  • New Order – Everything’s Gone Green
  • New Order – Thieves Like Us
  • New Order – Temptation
  • Siouxsie & The Banshees – Happy House
  • The Cure – All Cats Are Grey
  • Young MC – Know How

In joint 4th place with 6 votes each we have:

  • Aaron Neville – Hercules
  • Boards Of Canada – Dayvan Cowboy
  • The Jesus & Mary Chain – Just Like Honey

And in 1st place with 12 votes, twice as many as its nearest rivals, it’s:

  • A Guy Called Gerald – Voodoo Ray

The mix featuring all 27 – plus the surprise extra track – will follow is here.

Thanks again for taking part, sorry if your choices didn’t make the final mix, but I think I might make another mix with a bunch of tracks that got just one vote.

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