TRIED listening to Spiritualized for the first time in two decades without the aid of copious amounts of weed? Best avoid these other albums too.
Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, Spiritualized (1997)
Dreamy, hypnotic and psychedelic are the words most often used to describe this album. But only by people who have smoked a shitload of skunk before listening. Anyone who pops it on Spotify while drug-free will find themselves nodding off through sheer boredom rather than excessive consumption of THC.
Bitches Brew, Miles Davies (1970)
Jazz is hard work at the best of times, but this aural madness, once described as ‘Picasso in sound’, is on another level altogether. It sounds like multiple instruments playing different tunes all at the same time and has an album cover that students who have dabbled in LSD like to stick on their bedroom walls. Probably great if you’re high enough to hear shapes, otherwise best left alone.
Drukqs, Aphex Twin (2001)
This album is 100 minutes long, has an unpronounceable title and most of the track names are written in Cornish dialect, for example Jynweythek and Bbydhyonchord. On top of all that, it sounds like what you’d expect from Apex Twin, making the whole package perfect for crawling into a K-hole and struggling to get out again.
Tusk, Fleetwood Mac (1979)
Everyone thinks Rumours was Fleetwood Mac’s cocaine album, but at least that was chock-full of classic tunes. They followed it up with Tusk, which was comparatively lo-fi and a bit weird, maybe because Lyndsey Buckingham was doing stuff like taping microphones to the floor and cutting all his hair off with nail scissors. The kind of thing to listen to when you’ve snorted so much gak you’re halfway to psychosis.
Now That’s What I Call Music 115, various artists (2023)
Is your mate insisting you listen to a double album of torturous new music by the likes of the Jonas Brothers, Olly Murs, Ice Spice and Niall Horan? The only way to get through this horrible punishment is to bosh a load of MDMA as then you’ll think they’re the best songs you’ve ever heard in your life. Just be sure to snap your friend’s CDs in half the next morning.