My top 10 NI albums

What’s the greatest album of all time by a northern Irish act?

This question was posed by David O’Reilly also known as Rigsy from BBC NI’s Across the Line.  He’s doing a poll for the Daily Mirror and Belfast Live and it will be interesting to see who makes the list.

Using the hashtag #NIALBUMS you can nominate up to three albums for inclusion and they don’t need to be in order.

My three were Therapy?Troublegum, Ash1977 and Stiff Little FingersInflammable Material.

Both Therapy? and Ash had a big impact on me in the early 1990s and I was too young to appreciate Stiff Little Fingers at the time as I got older I started to listen to them a bit more.

But why stop at three? You could be all day trying to do a top 10, so I thought I’d give it a go with my very own top 10 NI albums.  Obviously the three above are going to be there so who will make it for the other seven?

My all-time NI top 10

  1. Therapy? – Troublegum (1994)
  2. Ash – 1977 (1996)
  3. Stiff Little Fingers – Inflammable Material (1979)
  4. The Undertones – The Undertones (1979)
  5. Jetplane Landing – Zero for Conduct (2002)
  6. And So I Watch You From Afar – And So I Watch You From Afar (2009)
  7. Fighting with Wire – Man vs. Monster (2008)
  8. La Faro – La Faro (2010)
  9. The Wood Burning Savages – Stability (2018)
  10. Scheer – Infliction (1996)

That concludes my top 10. A few bands missed out like Joyrider whose excellent Be Special album from 1996 was great.

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