1997 Poll Results

By theajaysharma

Well, the final results are in, and while there are a few surprises, the
year was pretty much dominated by three bands: Radiohead, Spiritualized,
and The Verve. Over 90 albums and over 200 songs received votes, which is
one indication of how much the list has grown. In some of the categories,
I've listed more slots than last year, to give a broader perspective of
the list.

The Excellent Mailing List Top 20 Albums of 1997

  1. The Verve - Urban Hymns
  2. Radiohead - OK Computer
  3. Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen...
  4. Charlatans UK - Tellin' Stories
  5. Primal Scream - Vanishing Point
  6. Blur - Blur
  7. Stereolab - Dots and Loops
  8. Gene - Drawn to the Deep End (tie)
  9. Portishead - Portishead (tie)
  10. Bjork - Homogenic
  11. Oasis - Be Here Now
  12. Chemical Brothers - Dig Your Own Hole
  13. Supergrass - In It For the Money
  14. Suede - Coming Up (was #2 album on our 96 list)
  15. Boo Radleys - C'Mon Kids (was #4 album on our 96 list)
  16. Dandy Warhols - The Dandy Warhols Come Down (first amerks)
  17. Ben Folds 5 - Forever and Ever Amen
  18. Catherine Wheel - Adam and Eve
  19. Gus Gus - Polydistortion
  20. Echo & the Bunnymen - Evergreen

Basically a close race among the top 3, with a few anti-Radiohead and
anti-Spritualized votes swinging it to the Verve.

The Excellent List Top 30 Songs of 1997

    1. Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
    2. Radiohead - Paranoid Android
    3. Radiohead - Karma Police
    4. Spiritualized - Cop Shoot Cop
    5. Verve - The Drugs Don't Work
    6. Blur - Song 2
    7. Blur - Beetlebum
    8. Chemical Brothers - Block Rockin' Beats
    9. Oasis - D'You Know What I Mean?
    10. Primal Scream - Kowalski
    11. Hurricane #1 - Step Into My World
    12. Spiritualized - Electricity
    13. Gene - We Could Be Kings
    14. Pulp - Help the Ages
    15. Spiritualized - Think I'm In Love
    16. Spiritualized - Broken Heart
    17. Radiohead - No Surprises
    18. Blur - On Your Own
    19. Boo Radleys - Ride the Tiger
    20. Chumbawumba - Tubthumping (see also worst song...)
    21. Gus Gus - I Believe
    22. Yo La Tengo - Autumn Sweater (Kevin Shields mix)
    23. Echo & the Bunnymen - Nothing Lasts Forever
    24. Bjork - Joga
    24. Verve - Catching the Butterfly (tie)
    26. Bjork - Bachelorette
    26. Cornershop - Brimful of Asha (tie)
    28. Kula Shaker - Hush
    29. Charlatans - One to Another (on last year's list as well)
    29. Underworld - Moaner (tie)

    Spiritualized had 4 of the top 16 songs, while Radiohead, Verve and Blur
    had three each. Last year, Lush had 5 of the top 30, which still stands as
    the records.

    As to songs by one band receiving any votes, the old record of 7 held by
    the Bluetones last year fell, as 8 different Verve songs received votes
    this year. Radiohead and Oasis both had 7 different songs receive votes,
    while Blur, the Charlatans, and Spiritualized each had 6.

    Top 20 Albums of the 90's

    1. Ride - Nowhere
    2. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
    3. Radiohead - The Bends
    4. Slowdive - Souvlaki
    5. Charlatas - Some Friendly (tie)
    5. Lush - Split (tie)
    5. Primal Scream - Screamadelica (tie)
    8. Boo Radleys - Giant Steps
    9. Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen...
    10.The Verve - A Storm in Heaven
    11.Cocteau Twins - Heaven or Las Vegas (tie)
    11.Oasis - What's the Story... (tie)
    13.Trash Can Sinatras - Cake
    14.Adorable - Against Perfection (tie)
    14.Suede - Dog Man Star (tie)
    16.Blur - Parklife (tie)
    16.Blur - The Great Escape (tie)
    18.Spiritualized - Laser Guided Melodies
    19.Lush - Spooky (tie)
    19.Oasis - Definitely Maybe (tie)

    Some other notes: "Nowhere" won best album in a landslide. It had more
    people vote for it than any other record, more #1 votes than any other
    record, and more than double the points than "Loveless" at #2.

    10 Different artists tied with 3 albums each receiving votes: Blur, the
    Boo Radleys, the Charlatans, Morrissey, Oasis, Pulp, Ride, Saint Etienne,
    Stone Roses, and the Trash Can Sinatras. Oh, and the 3 Stone Roses albums,
    for those who found that a bit confusing are: Complete Stone Roses, Second
    Coming, and Turns Into Stone.

    106 different albums received votes in the poll.

    The Excellent List Top 15 Bands (Last Year's Spot)

    1. Charlatans UK(3)
    2. Blur(2)
    3. Radiohead(new)
    4. Spiritualized(new)
    5. The Verve(new)
    6. The Boo Radleys(7)
    7. The Smiths(erm...new)
    8. Pulp(4)
    9. Suede(1)
    10. Oasis(6)
    11. Stereolab(new)
    12. The Stone Roses(10)
    13. Ride(5)
    14. Trash Can Sinatras(new)
    15. Cocteau Twins(new)

    Fell Out: Crowded House, Chemical Brothers
    The Next Five: The Beatles, The Cure, Lush, Slowdive, and St. Etienne
    Basically, I'm not sure that this means much more than that the
    Charlatans don't really have an "anti" contingent on the list as, say,
    Oasis, Radiohead, Blur, and Suede all do.

    Most Loveable Indie Boy

    Tim Burgess from the Charlatans

    14 different people got votes, with Jarvis running 2nd.

    Most Loveable Indie Girl

    TIE: Rachel Goswell (Mojave3/Slowdive), Bjork, and Sarah Cracknell.

    13 different people got votes.

    Best Movie

    The Full Monte

    Unlike last year, in which damn near everybody voted for either Trainspotting or Fargo, this year 13 different movies got votes.

    Event of the Year

    Cure Live

    Others were quite happy to see Echo and the Bunnymen, Mark Gardener, the Verve, the Rolling Stones, and Morrissey back in action.

    Best Thing about 97

    Verve Reunion

    Although meeting Vroo, hanging with the Boos, and discovering Spiritualized were all top notch answers.

    Worst Thing about 97

    Death of Princess Di

    Also mentioned were the (relative) failures of Squire and Bell, the end of VOLUME, and the Prodigy and Radiohead U.S. takeovers.

    Best Concert

    Charlatans/Dandy Warhols tour

    Spiritualized and Verve running close seconds.

    Worst Song

    Chumbawumba - Tubthumping

    Which edged out D'You Know What I Mean?, both of which, of course, also ended up in our year's top 30.

    Worst Person

    TIE! Liam and Noel will, predictably, have to duke it out for this award

    with Kieth Prodigy scheduled to fight the winner in a cage match.

    Worst Band


    Also receiving consideration: Oasis, Sublime, Menswear, Cast, the Manics, Bis, Chumbawumba, and, erm.. Radiohead.

    Gone But Not Forgotten

    Mikey from INXS and Ride

    Best response: John Squire's talent.

    Brightest Hope

    no real winner

    although Dubstar, Elastica, the Bluetones, Travis, Cecil, Embrace, Symposium and Jadsie's child all were reasonable enough selections.

    Psychic Prediction

    Boy, do I wish I hadn't asked this one. All I'll say is that there's MORE THAN A LITTLE pre-mellinium tension floating around the collective pshyce of the Excellent Mailing list.


    The Stone Roses


    together in a landslide. By far, the most collective decision reflected in
    this year's poll.

    Next year's frontrunners, based on the 97 returns, are Lush and The
    Smiths, with Slowdive, Adorable, and the fab 4 not far behind.