NME has a special issue this week to mark the 20th anniversary of the release of “The Stone Roses”, hailing it as “the greatest debut album ever”. Now I have to say I have never been a big fan of the Roses anyway and never really got the whole Manchester “baggy” thing but I guess it was one of those albums which perfectly captured the moment, a bit like “Sgt Pepper” or “Never Mind The Bollocks”. But strip away all that and consider the album purely on its own merits and it’s, well, OK. Not bad. It has a few decent songs but only one great one (“I Am The Resurrection”). Greatest debut album ever? Hmm…I would humbly suggest the following nominations for that accolade
1. The Velvet Underground – “The Velvet Underground and Nico”
2. The Jesus and Mary Chain – “Psychocandy”
3. The New York Dolls – “The New York Dolls”
4. Roxy Music – “Roxy Music”
5. Patti Smith – “Horses”
OK, maybe a bit narrow in terms of style and the timeframe but it’s not as though I stopped buying music in 1985, I just can’t think of any truly great debut albums since then which would stand up against those above, and I think you have to an extent consider works which have stood the test of time. Anyway, alternative suggestions greatfully received.