The 50 Albums Strage Should Have Included

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Fredrik Strage, the Swedish culture journalist, has published his list of the 500 best albums of all time.

Appearing in Dagens nyheter under the title, “From The Congos to Alphaville – Here Are Fredrik Strage’s Best Albums,” the list includes plenty of classics, but we couldn’t help noticing that there were some big gaps. Everyone is entitled to their own list, but there are some releases that we think are towering achievements. After a quick whip-round, and just for fun, we offer our own list, The 50 Albums Strage Should Have Included, in no particular order.


1. John Foxx – Metamatic


2. This Mortal Coil – It’ll End in Tears


3. Propaganda – A Secret Wish


4. Visage – Visage


5. Simple Minds – New Gold Dream


6. Apoptygma Berzerk – Exit Popularity Contest


7. A Split Second – Ballistic Statues


8. Berlin – Pleasure Victim


9. Boytronic – The Working Model


10. Classix Nouveaux – Classix Nouveaux


11. Colouroid – Long Play


12. Bronski Beat – The Age of Consent


13. 808 State – ex:el


14. Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams Are Made of This


15. Hard Corps – Metal Flesh


16. The Human League – Travelogue


17. Kim Wilde – Select


18. William Orbit – Strange Cargo III


19. Lustans Lakejer – Uppdrag I Genève


20. Ratata – Ratata


21. Adolphson-Falk – Med rymden i blodet


22. Madness – One Step Beyond


23. Indochine – L’Aventurier


24. The Mission – Dios Es El Remedio


25. Mr Jones Machine – New Wave


26. Mylène Farmer – L’Autre


27. Secret Service – Cutting Corners


28. Position Parallèle – Néons Blancs


29. Page – Page


30. Psyche – Unveiling the Secret


31. Rational Youth – Cold War Night Life


32. Revolting Cocks – Big Sexy Land


33. Sparks – No. 1 In Heaven


34. Talk Talk – It’s My Life


35. Tears for Fears – Songs from the Big Chair


36. Telex – Sex


37. Twice a Man – Music for Girls


38. The House of Love – The House of Love (Butterfly cover, of course)


39. I Start Counting – My Translucent Hands


40. Thomas Leer and Robert Rental – The Bridge


41. Cabaret Voltaire – The Crackdown


42. Wire – 154


43. Sista mannen pa jorden – Ligger tyst ett tag med


44. Simple Minds – Sons and Fascination


45. Portion Control – The Man Who Did Backward Somersaults


46. Skinny Puppy – Cleanse Fold and Manipulate


47. Ministry – Twitch


48. Nash the Slash – Children of the Night


49. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – The Good Son


50. The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses


Thanks to Anders Wickholm

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