Niche ‘Best Of…’ Lists

Like many folk, I bloody love a good list. Sometimes there’s nothing more satisfying than a little internal argument, followed by a firmly taken decision that results in a beautifully (and occasionally painfully) formed list. Something you can neatly file in your tastes drawer and use to preach at people when you’ve had too much to drink.


I remember reading Nick Hornby‘s novel, ‘High Fidelity‘ in my early 20’s and it was the lists that the lead character, Rob endlessly compiles that really pulled me in and got me hooked. I usually spend ages reading a book, but I flew through High Fidelity in a couple of sittings. Right now I can happily list my top five favourite albums of all time:

Love Forever Changes
Beck Mellow Gold
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Pig Lib
The Beta Band The Three EPs
Pixies Doolittle

My top five favourite films:

The Big Lebowski
Taxi Driver
The Shining
Blue Velvet
Punch Drunk Love

And even something random like, my top five favourite things to put on toast:

Bacon and eggs
Peanut butter and jam
Smoked ham and gherkin
Prawn cocktail
Moroccan hummus

But what I’ve been thinking about a lot recently are niche music and film lists. I’ve been watching loads of old Mark Kermode videos on YouTube and making lots of playlists on Spotify recently and little lists are always buzzing around in my brain.

As Facebook has proven, lists are also brilliant at creating conversations and debates, and I’d love it if readers of this blog added comments with some of their random film and music lists. For instance, I think there’s been a real dearth of decent comedy films over the past few years, so I’d love to know people’s top ten comedy films of the “twenty-tens” (aka the ‘teenties‘) so far. Or people’s top five new psychedelic bands (I’m a huge fan of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard).

Over the next few weeks I’m going to kick start this blog with a few random music and film lists that I hope will get a few conversations and debates started and if nothing else will give me a chance to shout about some things I love and maybe even I few albums and films I loathe too!

One Response to “Niche ‘Best Of…’ Lists”

  1. […] as part of Slacker Shack‘s ‘Niche Best Of… Lists‘ series, I’ve put together my ten favourite ‘SAXy Time’ rock tunes list […]

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