German magazine Musikexpress asked me to vote for their 40th anniversary list. At first I declined citing ignorance of last ten years or so, but it was made clear that this wasn’t a problem so, here’s the email –

OK – this is just my favourite 20 that I know from that period

Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run
Prince – Sign O’ The Times
Kraftwerk – Computer World
Tom Waits – Rain Dogs
David Bowie – Diamond Dogs
Brian Eno – Discrete Music
Steve Reich – Music for 18 Muiscians
Isaac Hayes – Hot Buttered Soul
Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks
The Walkmen – Bows and Arrows
Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers
The Blue Nile – Hats
Bob Dylan – Blood On The Tracks
Dusty Springfield – Dusty In Memphis
Fleetwood mac – Tusk
Chic – Risque
Leonard Cohen – Songs Of Love and Hate
T.Rex – The Slider
Pere Ubu – The Modern Dance
Pet Shop Boys – Behaviour

The order is quite arbitrary but this one will do.

Publication date: 31/07/09