Even Weirder: MOJO Readers’ 50 Weirdest Albums

Cue: 50 unmissable revelations of ape-kosmik thrash-prog and… The Osmonds???

Weird Albums

A WEEK AGO, MOJO published a list of The 50 Weirdest Albums Ever – which quickly proved to be one of the most popular features we’ve ever posted.

But it gets better. Because after revelling in our loony list, you fabulous freaks of the MOJO multiverse were asked to volunteer your own far-out favourites, and you responded in your thousands.

SO WEIRD and SO BRILLIANT were the responses that we’ve compiled an all-new, completely different, even barmier list of 50 Weird Albums, entirely from your recommendations.

You taxed our spellcheck (thank you, Magma’s Mëkanïk Dëstruktïẁ Kömmandöh) and stretched our credulity (can there really be an album called Reverse Atheism by Glands Of External Secretion? There can!). But mostly you enlightened and elevated us to a higher plane of weirdness.

So read on, and accept our blown minds as your prize… you weirdos.

50. Carla Bley  Escalator Over The HillJCOA | 1971

50. Carla Bley Escalator Over The HillJCOA | 1971

MOJO SAYS: Cast-of-thousands two-hour Brechtian country jazz-rock hotel soap-opera about… hang on, can we get back to you on this?

49. Doggerel Bank  Mister Skillicorn Dances CHARISMA | 1975

49. Doggerel Bank Mister Skillicorn Dances CHARISMA | 1975

MOJO SAYS: Revenant shades of Betjeman and Stanshall as British poet William Bealby-Wright recites yellow wallpaper gas deliriums to garden-party Victorian art-pop.

48. Nurse With Wound  The Sylvie And Babs Hi-Fi CompanionL.A.Y.L.A.H./United Dairies | 1985

48. Nurse With Wound The Sylvie And Babs Hi-Fi CompanionL.A.Y.L.A.H./United Dairies | 1985

MOJO SAYS: Steve Stapleton’s Two Way Family Favourites, for 10 Rillington Place.

47. Area Caution Radiation Area CRAMPS | 1974

47. Area Caution Radiation Area CRAMPS | 1974

MOJO SAYS: Multi-complex Italian Miles thrash prog.

46. Air Conditioning  Weakness LEVEL PLANE | 2005

46. Air Conditioning Weakness LEVEL PLANE | 2005

MOJO SAYS: Much-hated windowless noise assault from Pennsylvania. No let-up.

45. Aphrodite’s Child  666 VERTIGO | 1972

45. Aphrodite’s Child 666 VERTIGO | 1972

MOJO SAYS: Greek supergroup repurpose Book of Revelation as power-trio pop-prog-psych school play about coming apocalypse.

44. This Heat  Deceit ROUGH TRADE | 1981

44. This Heat Deceit ROUGH TRADE | 1981

MOJO SAYS: Camberwell’s pyretic prog-punk haruspices conceptualise nuclear destruction in Brixton meat fridge.

43. The Osmonds  The Plan MGM | 1973

43. The Osmonds The Plan MGM | 1973

MOJO SAYS: Because the U.S. Mormon family pop group once made a heavy orch-rock concept album about God’s strategy for human happiness.

42. The Godz  Contact High with The Godz ESP-DISK | 1966

42. The Godz Contact High with The Godz ESP-DISK | 1966

MOJO SAYS: Unravelling dope folk from NYC Shaggs wannabes.

41. The Books The Way OutTEMPORARY RESIDENCE | 2010

41. The Books The Way OutTEMPORARY RESIDENCE | 2010

MOJO SAYS: New York duo splice self-help and hypnotherapy tapes into hyperactive nerd-pop experiment-in-pleasure.

40. Spirit  The Adventures Of Kaptain Kopter & Commander Cassidy In Potato Land LINE | 1981

40. Spirit The Adventures Of Kaptain Kopter & Commander Cassidy In Potato Land LINE | 1981

MOJO SAYS: Randy California and Ed Cassidy transform 1974 Spirit session into Orwellian concept about spuds.

39. Sigue Sigue Sputnik  Flaunt It PARLOPHONE | 1986

39. Sigue Sigue Sputnik Flaunt It PARLOPHONE | 1986

MOJO SAYS: Synthetic sci-fi Suicide-Moroder rhythms and teen-dream vocal cut-ups, freezing in space.

38. Robert Wyatt  The End Of An Ear CBS | 1970

38. Robert Wyatt The End Of An Ear CBS | 1970

MOJO SAYS: Gil Evans’ Las Vegas Tango remade as cut-up free-jazz gibbering skronk. Thanks, Canterbury types.

37. Peter Ivers  Terminal Love WARNER MUSIC | 1974

37. Peter Ivers Terminal Love WARNER MUSIC | 1974

MOJO SAYS: Doomed theatrical art-pop vignettes from the Harvard Classics graduate who wrote Eraserhead’s Radiator Song.

36. Vile Imbeciles  …Ma PIAS | 2007

36. Vile Imbeciles …Ma PIAS | 2007

MOJO SAYS: Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster man raises ugly demons of Big Flame guitar discordance.

35. Morton Subotnick  Silver Apples Of The Moon NONESUCH | 1968

35. Morton Subotnick Silver Apples Of The Moon NONESUCH | 1968

MOJO SAYS: Acid-basted cut-and-paste vision of 21st Century electronic chamber music.

34. Moondog  Moondog CBS | 1969

34. Moondog Moondog CBS | 1969

MOJO SAYS: Blind street musician soars over New York with symphonic snaketime minimalism and cryptic aphorisms.

33. Merzbow Pulse Demon RELAPSE | 1996

33. Merzbow Pulse Demon RELAPSE | 1996

MOJO SAYS: Japan’s premier sonic necromancer seeks hypnotism via thin shards of electronic torture.

32. Meredith Monk  Turtle Dreams ECM | 1983

32. Meredith Monk Turtle Dreams ECM | 1983

MOJO SAYS: NYC composer for voices remembers childhood. Cut to: Patti Smith extemporising with choir of muppet Messiaens.

31. Krokodil  An Invisible World Revealed UNITED ARTISTS | 1971

31. Krokodil An Invisible World Revealed UNITED ARTISTS | 1971

MOJO SAYS: Swiss-Brit tabla-blues windowpane commune tank-rolled by zaftig Amon Düül riffs.

30. Kayo Dot  Choirs Of The Eye TZADIK | 2003

30. Kayo Dot Choirs Of The Eye TZADIK | 2003

MOJO SAYS: Toby Driver’s avant-metal quartet puncture clouds of drifting beauty with storm-surges of heavy terror.

29. Jeff Simmons  Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up STRAIGHT | 1970

29. Jeff Simmons Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up STRAIGHT | 1970

MOJO SAYS: Zappa-fried blues-rock, with none of the horrible effects those words connote.

28. Hampton Grease Band  Music To Eat COLUMBIA | 1971

28. Hampton Grease Band Music To Eat COLUMBIA | 1971

MOJO SAYS: Atlanta blues quintet homage Beefheart in manners unsettling.

27. Group 1850  Agemo's Trip To Mother Earth PHILIPS | 1968

27. Group 1850 Agemo's Trip To Mother Earth PHILIPS | 1968

MOJO SAYS: The Dutch Pink Floyd, deformed by surreal weights of Zappa metal.

26. Geinoh Yamashirogumi  Ecophony Rinne INVITATION | 1994

26. Geinoh Yamashirogumi Ecophony Rinne INVITATION | 1994

MOJO SAYS: Cast-of-hundreds Japanese collective blow minds with blended voices, electronic conjury and gamelan ceremony.

25. Fantômas  Suspended Animation IPECAC | 2005

25. Fantômas Suspended Animation IPECAC | 2005

MOJO SAYS: Mike Patton, Dave Lombardo and Buzz Osborne soundtrack April 2005, day-by-day, as Looney-Tunes speed metal.

24. Dogbowl FlanSHIMMY DISC | 1992

24. Dogbowl FlanSHIMMY DISC | 1992

MOJO SAYS: King Missile’s Stephen Tunney sings his talking-fish picaresque novella. Result: 99¢-shop psych-opera.

23. David Bowie  1. Outside ARISTA/BMG | 1995

23. David Bowie 1. Outside ARISTA/BMG | 1995

MOJO SAYS: The Thin White Duke trapped inside the future’s bleak industrial machine.

22. Comus  First Utterance DAWN | 1971

22. Comus First Utterance DAWN | 1971

MOJO SAYS: Macbeth ’n’ his wytches make a British folk album. Result: pure transporting rural horror.

21. Brainticket  Cottonwoodhill BELLAPHON | 1971

21. Brainticket Cottonwoodhill BELLAPHON | 1971

MOJO SAYS: Northern European head-trust invent ultimate aural acid trip.

20. Basehead  Play With Toys IMAGO | 1992

20. Basehead Play With Toys IMAGO | 1992

MOJO SAYS: ’90s Slacker indie? Meet 40oz hip-hop.

19. ATV Vibing Up The Senile Man (Part One)DEPTFORD FUN CITY | 1979

19. ATV Vibing Up The Senile Man (Part One)DEPTFORD FUN CITY | 1979

MOJO SAYS: All punk furniture destroyed, new directions echo eerily in empty South London flat.

18. Alice Cooper  Pretties For You STRAIGHT | 1969

18. Alice Cooper Pretties For You STRAIGHT | 1969

MOJO SAYS: Furnier and gang’s hyperactive kaleidoscope debut.

17. Caetano Veloso  Araça Azul PHILIPS | 1973

17. Caetano Veloso Araça Azul PHILIPS | 1973

MOJO SAYS: Tropicalia’s Metal Machine Music.

16. Chrome  Alien Soundtracks SIREN | 1977

16. Chrome Alien Soundtracks SIREN | 1977

MOJO SAYS: Degenerate San Frankensteins stitch together febrile post-punk colossus.

15. Jandek Ready For The House CORWOOD INDUSTRIES | 1978

15. Jandek Ready For The House CORWOOD INDUSTRIES | 1978

MOJO SAYS: Insular gnomic terrors recounted, over troubled guitar, by Corwood Industries’ resident phantom.

14. Renaldo & The Loaf  Songs For Swinging Larvae RALPH RECORDS | 1981

14. Renaldo & The Loaf Songs For Swinging Larvae RALPH RECORDS | 1981

MOJO SAYS: Residents’ Brit pals manipulate electronics into buzzing metallic earworm of mental collapse.

13. Pere Ubu  Dub Housing CHRYSALIS | 1968

13. Pere Ubu Dub Housing CHRYSALIS | 1968

MOJO SAYS: Cleveland punk noise reassembled as wailing musique concrète synth-art-assault.

12. Nico  The Marble Index ELEKTRA | 1969

12. Nico The Marble Index ELEKTRA | 1969

MOJO SAYS: A cold fortnight in hell.

11. Magma  Mëkanïk Dëstruktïẁ Kömmandöh A&M | 1973

11. Magma Mëkanïk Dëstruktïẁ Kömmandöh A&M | 1973

MOJO SAYS: Blood Sweat And Tears riff-yodeling in Valhalla.

10. Mr Bungle  Disco Volante WARNER BROS | 1995

10. Mr Bungle Disco Volante WARNER BROS | 1995

MOJO SAYS: Carnival dreams of childhood destroyed by Mike Patton’s jazzspeedmetallatintechno attack-squad.

9. Joe Byrd And The Field Hippies The American Metaphysical CircusCOLUMBIA | 1969

9. Joe Byrd And The Field Hippies The American Metaphysical CircusCOLUMBIA | 1969

MOJO SAYS: Ragtime acid-trip studio suite for pensioners, from Kentucky avant-country savant.

8. Yoko Ono FlyAPPLE | 1971

8. Yoko Ono FlyAPPLE | 1971

MOJO SAYS: Mrs. Lennon’s demons go ape-kosmik.

7. Pink Floyd  Ummagumma HARVEST | 1969

7. Pink Floyd Ummagumma HARVEST | 1969

MOJO SAYS: The heavy-collective Floydian unconscious fractures into four individual madnesses.

6. Ween  The MolluskELEKTRA | 1997

6. Ween The MolluskELEKTRA | 1997

MOJO SAYS: Lynchian neighbourhood slides into sea on sickly-sweet waves of brown acid nursery rhyme.

5. John Frusciante  Niandra LaDes And Usually Just A T-ShirtAMERICAN | 1994

5. John Frusciante Niandra LaDes And Usually Just A T-ShirtAMERICAN | 1994

MOJO SAYS: Crumbling Chili Pepper maps sickness via guitar-shred stream-of-consciousness’n’wailing.

4. Van der Graaf Generator  Pawn Hearts CHARISMA | 1971

4. Van der Graaf Generator Pawn Hearts CHARISMA | 1971

MOJO SAYS: Conceptual prog nightmare of sax, organ and needling vocal, lurching from odd beauty to high horror.

3. Gong  Flying Teapot VIRGIN | 1973

3. Gong Flying Teapot VIRGIN | 1973

MOJO SAYS: Magick psych-jazz transmissions from Franco-Canterbury space collective.

2. Can Tago MagoUNITED ARTISTS | 1971

2. Can Tago MagoUNITED ARTISTS | 1971

MOJO SAYS: Kosmische mystery from light to darkness and back again.

1. Lou Reed Metal Machine MusicRCA | 1975

1. Lou Reed Metal Machine MusicRCA | 1975

MOJO SAYS: Four sides of NYC screw-you guitar noise. Plus drone. And feedback. That’s it.

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