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Ten things I learnt from watching Rocky I, II, III and IV back to back

It didn’t start as a Rocky marathon… I was only supposed to watch the first two but then I found myself so wrapped up in the story of the Italian Stallion that I had to carry on. Well I say that, in actuality, it was my wife watching them for the first time who was obviously baying for blood so much that she couldn’t turn them off. And so it came to pass that I watched Rocky I, II, III and IV back to back. Here is what I learnt:

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RANKED: Bright Eyes

Music  can be all things to all people. A shoulder to cry on, an old friend, or simply something to dance to. But can it also be a devil on your shoulder? There are certain artists who are so intertwined with teen angst that they feel like a rite of passage, part and parcel of coming of age.

How many teenagers believe they have found a kindred spirit in Morrissey or Kurt Cobain? For the most part we grow out of these obsessions as we emerge on the other side of adolescence. With Conor Oberst however, and more specifically his main musical project Bright Eyes, I still find myself plummeting down the rabbit hole of his music even now. When the old familiar darkness does hover at my  door, it sometimes feels that I have a devil on each shoulder, Oberst and Tom Waits, with the angel seemingly missing in action.

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RANKED: Frank Turner

Music is universal. There are, however, nuances and details that attract different people to different aspects of the art of song. Some people are drawn to the music themselves whilst others are infatuated by lyrical proficiency. Some like minimal sonic soundscapes whereas others just want to dance. I’d like to think that all those elements have influenced my musical tastes over the years. All of this pales into insignificance when compared to the most fundamental reason for enjoying music however. Do they fucking mean it?

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RANKED: The Strokes

I have spoken before about my undying love for Oasis, Nirvana and Weezer. More than any other artists, those three shaped my life in untold ways and they continue to influence me even now. Even with that in mind though, there is a nagging feeling that they were never truly mine. I was 7 in 1994. The year that saw the release of Oasis’ Definitely Maybe, Weezer’s The Blue Album and the tragic suicide of Kurt Cobain. At 7, I was more interested in finding a free transformer in a box of Coco Pops than Kurt Cobain’s shotgun.

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RANKED: Interpol

Interpol are a curious beast. Beloved of hipsters and muso’s alike without ever really crossing into the public conciousness. This does Interpol an injustice however. New York’s finest are a thoughtful, intelligent and frighteningly talented band. Their standoffishness is another string to their bow for adoring fans. On first listen there is little to distinguish between Interpol’s five albums. Upon repeated listens however the nuances begin to announce themselves. Interpol made a million imitators want to pick up a guitar…

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RANKED: Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire are one of that rare breed of bands who manage to maintain their cult status and independent spirit despite being a global success. Until their most recent album I would probably have said they are the best band in the world but Reflektor was huge misstep for an otherwise excellent band.

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RANKED: Oasis

It was bound to happen, sooner or later. Every Oasis album ranked.

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RANKED: Radiohead

Radiohead are a band defined by their refusal to compromise for the sake of commercial gain. Staunchly left wing, and outspoken critics of the Iraq war and the Bush administration, Radiohead on paper are the perfect fit for a ‘band of the people’. Due to their perceived middle class background and gloomy music however, they have instead been characterized as having an audience made up of Guardian readers. A difficult and arty band that produce miserable, plodding music at odds with the anthemic, sing along choruses employed by the likes of Oasis and Kasabian.

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RANKED – Weezer

When I tell people that Weezer are my favourite band, the reaction ranges from mild amusement to downright disbelief. Whilst it is true that being a Weezer fan has had its ups and downs over the years, nobody can deny the genius of the LA bands’ early work. There is however, a common misconception that Weezer stopped making good music around 2003 and have only harmed their legacy with each passing release. That is simply not true.

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RANKED: Alex Turner

Love him or loathe him, there is no denying that Alex David Turner has been at the forefront of the most interesting and most successful British band of the last ten years. Not content with one era defining band, he is due to release his second album with The Last Shadow Puppets on 1st April as well.

Ranking the Arctics albums has always proven a difficult task amongst fans, throw in the LSP stuff and Turner’s wonderful soundtrack to Submarine and the final ranking probably changes from fan to fan, maybe even from day to day. Having said that my opinion on Alex Turner’s work has remained largely unchanged over the years. So here it is, all of Alex Turner’s albums and EP’s ranked.

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