Anthony Hoey is the lead singer and guitarist for acoustic rock band Anthony Hoey and the Little People. He's currently recording an album to be released this summer.
Daft Punk, "Alive 2007"
From the boombastic intro of "Robot Rock" through classics like "Da Funk" and "Around the World" - all mixed with the clinical precision of a brain surgeon - "Alive" is a monster party album. Having seen this powerhouse show in Las Vegas, I can confirm that everybody's favorite French robots are one of the best live dance acts in the world. "Alive" will blow your mind.
The Pogues, "Rum, Sodomy & The Lash"
Being from Ireland, I could obviously fill my top five with just Irish acts. But if I had to pick only one album, it would have to be "Rum, Sodomy & The Lash." Songs like "A Pair of Brown Eyes," "Sally MacLennane" and "Sick Bed of Cuchulainn" all bring punk/traditional Irish music to the forefront in a way only The Pogues could. This is the complete Irish drinking soundtrack from the infinite songwriting genius of Shane MacGowan.
Radiohead, "The Bends"
As a huge Radiohead fan, I had to include "The Bends." Classics like "Fake Plastic Trees," "Just" and "Street Spirit" make it one of the most relevant albums of its time. When it was released, the massive dance scene in Dublin was slowing down. People like myself - DJs playing techno - heard this record and picked up our guitars and started to write songs again. A very important album from the band who went on to conquer the world.
Nirvana, "In Utero"
I've been a Nirvana fan since I was a kid. Some prefer "Nevermind," but I consider "In Utero" to be their best album. I love Kurt Cobain's vocals on this album, and "Heart-Shaped Box," "Scentless Apprentice" and "Milk It" showcase Nirvana at their very best. The swan song album from one of rock's true pioneers.
2 Many DJs, "As Heard on Radio Soulwax Part 2"
The first mix album from Soulwax alter-egos 2 Many DJs, it's an absolute tour-de-force that samples The Breeders, Basement Jaxx and Dolly Parton, to name but a few. My two favorite things, rock and dance music, meld perfectly on this album. 2 Many DJs were the first to combine the two elements, and they gave new life to the ailing dance scene. This record is a party waiting to happen.
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