As I also have a Cardiacs record (although off the top of my head i couldn't say which one)
I feel I can talk music, Colin Zeal as normal has picked a whole stack of mainstream indie bands and referred to them.<p>A few points:
Please Please Me was the first boyband album and therefore set a presidence for the likes of Push by Bros.
Would Alanis's first album had sold so many copies if Miss Morrisette wasn't on the blob or single at the time of penning it.
Insiral carpets aren't as good as the Clint Boon Experiance (whomn I performed with!)
Oasis and Stone Roses I agree with.
The La's and Krapper Shaker hardly followed up with a string of great albums did they whereas Carter USM followed up with 30 Something, 1992 - The love album and Worry Bomb to name but three, class is perminant, form is temperary (mind you the second coming by the roses was crap!)
Ash, Idlewild and RATM never released a bad record, nor did Carter USM
Teenage Fanclub would of sold a lot mare records if they kept their original name - Teenage Fanny (true!)
Jamie Wednesday only released two singles - We three kings of orient aren't and vote for love!
And as the Cardiacs and a whole stack of obscure metal bands are being mentioned, I suggest you check out some of the following obscure indie bands for some real quality (there's life outside the Top 10 Colin Zeal)<p>New Fast Automatic Daffodils, Paris Anglels, Feild Mice, A Certain Ratio, Spearmint, Brassy, Twist, The Invisisables, Jims Super Stereoworld, Abdoujaparov, Family Cat.<p>And stacks more that I'm sure I will post when I've remembered them!<p>Oh yes and Chas'n'Dave are still going!