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Friday 27 November 2009

The Streets Original Pirate Material reaches Zane Lowes Masterpieces.

The Streets 2002 debut album Original Pirate Material has been honoured with Zane Lowe's Masterpieces 2009. 

BBC Radio 1's very own master of all things really-good-musakified DJ, Zane Lowe, will present The return of Masterpieces. Four of the greatest albums of all time will be played in full on Zane's shows as we learn about the influence these artists had on other successful acts. Also includes interviews with the artists involved.

Masterpieces is renowned for it's success and being a commendable introduction of music genres to Zane's younger listeners.

Past Masterpieces include Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV,
Guns N' Roses - 'Appetite For Destruction',
Public Enemy - 'It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back',
The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses,
Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine and
The Prodigy - Music For The Jilted Generation.

This years awesome foursome announced for 2009 is

The Streets - Original Pirate Material 
Daft Punk - Discovery
The Clash - London Calling
Metallica - Metallica

Original Pirate Material
Released May 2002 (UK) Original Pirate Material, the ground-breaking album about being young and raw, with piano loops through indie garage beats was completely different because it was so honest, sharing day-to-day circumstances at a time when everything else was either over glamorised or an utter sob-story.
written, arranged, produced, 'beat-talked' and mixed by Mike Skinner, It is hard to talk about Original Pirate Material in past-tense because it was so fresh and true in 2002 - the same excitement and adoration is exuberated from today's generation when they too discover OPM for their first time.
With well respected classics such as Has It Come To This? Lets Push Things Forward, Don't Mug Yourself, Turn the Page, Geezers Need Excitement, Its Too Late, The Irony Of It All  and Weak Become Heroes, this was the album to gain Mike Skinner a huge amount of respect and loyalty from the fans that rightfully still stand strong by Skinners side today, as witnessed when an army of European Streets fans followed Skinner to each and every venue of The Streets October 2009 tour of America.
Addolorata 27th November 2009

The Streets Original Pirate Material will be aired on Tuesday 1st December. When asked recently by Zane Lowe "Have you heard the good news about Pirate?" Mike Skinner replied on his Twitter feed "yes i got an email about it. cant really take it all in to be honest. those sorts of honours are very surreal"

To be a part of it, tune in to Zane Lowe BBC Radio 1 From Mon 30 Nov - Thu 3 Dec between 7-9pm

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Friday 20 November 2009

THE STREETS Original Pirate Material and A Grand Don't Come For Free makes NME'S Top 100 Greatest Albums of the Decade.

The NME's Top 100 albums released between January 2000 and December 2009, as voted for by NME staff - past and present, plus a selection of musicians and industry figures that included Carl Barat, Johnny Marr, The Killers, Ian Brown, Jarvis Cocker, Pete Doherty, Elbow, MGMT, The Big Pink, Snoop Dogg, Alan McGee, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Michael Eavis, Arctic Monkeys to name but a few.

THE STREETS cut the top 10 with a swift number 9 for The Streets 2002 debut album ORIGINAL PIRATE MATERIAL and at number 16 THE STREETS are rewarded for the 2004 successor album A GRAND DON'T COME FOR FREE.
This list is taken from the ‘End Of The Decade’ issue of NME magazine which is on sale 18th November 2009, where each album included is reviewed again from a 2009 perspective, alongside brand new interviews as well as a look back at the defining musical moments of the past 10 years.

Personally, I feel strongly that The Streets 2008 released 'straight-up' album EVERYTHING IS BORROWED could have made the NME list proud as well. With it's peaceful, positive vibes encapsulating Mike Skinners usual charm and wit, boasting gig-goers and fan faves such as Heaven For The Weather, On The Flip of a Coin,  The Escapist, The Strongest Person I know, On The Edge Of A Cliff and Everything Is Borrowed. EIB is the penultimate album of lyrical magnificence that swept up a huge wave of new fans onto The Streets scene to boot and held the hard-core anchored for more skiinner, skiinner, skiinner!!!

The thing is with The Streets, within his 5 album Warner's deal, he has never released a below standard or average album, the four that have already been released (Original Pirate Material, A Grand Don't Come For Free, The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living & Everything Is Borrowed) have all been of an original, diversified direction to the last and exceptional standard.

The fifth and final Streets album is due for release in February 2010. Fortunately, The Streets hard-core followers are already in-the-know that they are in for a euphoric treat after Mike Skinner leaked many ravey, dark and inspirational tasters for his new Computers and Blues album via Twitter and his It is going to be massive, honest, clever and unique because that's what Skinner does best. Addolorata 20th November 2009.

The top 50 albums of the decade are:

1. The Strokes – 'Is This It'

2. The Libertines – 'Up The Bracket'

3. Primal Scream – 'XTRMNTR'

4. Arctic Monkeys – 'Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not'

5. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – 'Fever To Tell'

6. PJ Harvey – 'Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea'

7. Arcade Fire – 'Funeral'

8. Interpol – 'Turn On The Bright Lights'

9. The Streets – 'Original Pirate Material'

10. Radiohead – 'In Rainbows'

11. At The Drive In – 'Relationship Of Command'

12. LCD Soundsystem – 'Sound Of Silver'

13. The Shins – 'Wincing The Night Away'

14. Radiohead – 'Kid A'

15. Queens Of The Stone Age – 'Songs For The Deaf'

16. The Streets – 'A Grand Don't Come For Free'

17. Sufjan Stevens – 'Illinois'

18. The White Stripes – 'Elephant'

19. The White Stripes – 'White Blood Cells'

20. Blur – 'Think Tank'

21. The Coral – 'The Coral'

22. Jay-Z – 'The Blueprint'

23. Klaxons – 'Myths Of The Near Future'

24. The Libertines – 'The Libertines'

25. The Rapture – 'Echoes'

26. Dizzee Rascal – 'Boy in Da Corner'

27. Amy Winehouse – 'Back To Black'

28. Johnny Cash – 'The Man Comes Around'

29. Super Furry Animals – 'Rings Around The World'

30. Elbow – 'Asleep In The Back'

31. Bright Eyes – 'I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning'

32. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – 'Show Your Bones'

33. Arcade Fire – 'Neon Bible'

34. Grandaddy – 'The Sophtware Slump'

35. Babyshambles – 'Down In Albion'

36. Spirtualized – 'Let it Come Down'

37. The Knife – 'Silent Shout'

38. Bloc Party – 'Silent Alarm'

39. Crystal Castles – 'Crystal Castles'

40. Ryan Adams – 'Gold'

41. Wild Beasts – 'Two Dancers'

42. Vampire Weekend – 'Vampire Weekend'

43. Wilco – 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot'

44. Outkast – 'Speakerboxxx/The Love Below'

45. Avalanches – 'Since I Left You'

46. The Delgados – 'The Great Eastern'

47. Brendan Benson – 'Lapalco'

48. The Walkmen – 'Bows and Arrows'

49. Muse – 'Absolution'

50. MIA – 'Arular'


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