9. Maceo And The Macks – ‘Soul Power 74’
(For numbers 11/12 in John Doran’s top 20 albums please go here)
Funk and strong ecstasy is great combination.
“A tape recording of a man’s voice – “The senator’s been shot… been shot… he’s died!” – rang out, suggesting a dark significance that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. But if I was aware that there was both darkness and light, the light was winning. Another voice intoned: “Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop!” To the mountaintop. This was where we were going. Up to the peak where the air was purest and the sun brightest. At the summit, the light would scorch our retinas.”
10. Underworld – ‘Moaner’
No one plans to start smoking crack; or at least I didn’t anyway.
“In The House, the opening gambit on the first evening I tried crack was direct and only a half lie: “The coke got wet. So we dried it out in the microwave. No point in throwing it away though; might as well smoke it.” It was such a ridiculous thing to say that everyone started laughing their heads off. And three minutes later I was smoking a rock.”