bandz ahoy
It's what the people are waiting for.


1. His taste is impeccable, but also idiosyncratic, especially on this forum, and I'm genuinely curious as to what would qualify.
2. He always writes good stuff to accompany his COTD selections.


I would suggest a maximum one selection per day, with accompanying mini (or not) essay.

One choon per artist, so it isn't just 50 killah priest b-sides.

Here is Craner's Top 100 on Spotify, as it develops...

Thanks to Version for providing this rundown:

Craner's Top 100.

1. Men at Work, Land Down Under
2. Bruce Springsteen, Dancing in the Dark
3. ABBA, The Day Before You Came
4. Alexander O'Neal, If You Were Here Tonight
5. A Guy Called Gerald, Too Fucked to Dance
6. Bryan Ferry, Don't Stop the Dance (Special Extended Remix)
7. Tamiko Jones, Can't Live Without Your Love
8. Loose Ends, A Little Spice
9. Campo Lo, Rockin' It AKA Spanish Harlem
10. Marvin Gaye, All the Way Around
11. Positive K, I Got A Man
12. Lil' Kim feat. Lil Cease, Crush on You
13. Francis Lai, L'arrivee D'Emmanuelle
14. YMO, Seoul Music
15. Japan, Taking Islands in Africa (Steve Nye Remix)
16. Mark Morrison, Return of the Mack (Luka insert)
17. Simple Minds, Hunter and the Hunted
18. Herbie Hancock, Rain Dance
19. Sex-O-Sonique, I thought it was You (12" mix)
20. Todd Edwards, End this Hate
21. Ramsey & Fen feat. Lynsey Moore, Love Bug (R.A.F. Bump Mix)
22. U.S. Alliance (Dem 2), All I Know (Da Grunge Mix)
23. Yasuko Agawa, 'L.A. Nights'
24. Meiko Kaji, 'Flower of Carnage'
25. Riz Ortolani, 'Theme from Cannibal Holocaust'
26. Ornella Vanoni, 'Quei Giorni Insieme a Te'
27. Stevie Nicks, 'Nightbird'
28. The Jones Girls, 'Nights Over Egypt'
29. Chic, 'A Warm Summer Night'
30. Sister Sledge, 'Easier to Love'
31. Diana Ross, 'Love Hangover'
32. Sylvester, 'Over and Over'
33. Patrice Rushen, 'Forget Me Nots'
34. Sylvia Stiplin, 'Give Me Your Love'
35. Junior M.A.F.I.A, 'Get Money'
36. Nine ft. Smooth da Hustler, 'Make or Take'
37. Smooth da Hustler ft Trigga The Gambler, 'Broken Language'
38. Jeru the Damaja, 'Statik'
39. Usher, 'Burn'
40. Ciara, 'Oh'
41. Cassie, 'Me & U'
42. Aurra, 'You and Me Tonight'
43. Mariah Carey, 'We Belong Together'
44. D.E.A. Project, 'Through the Rain'
45. Higher Sense, 'Cold Fresh Air'
46. Charles Mingus, 'I'll Remember April (Live at Antibes 1960)'
47. Eric Dolphy, 'Tenderly'
48. Miles Davis, 'Iris'
49. Roxy Music, 'True to Life'
50. The Rolling Stones, 'Shine a Light'
51. Steely Dan, 'Peg'
52. Hall and Oates, 'Maneater'
53. Whodini, 'One Love'
54. Drexciya, 'Sighting in the Abyss'
55. Lillo Thomas, 'I'm In Love'
56. Adam and the Ants, 'Prince Charming'
57. Intense, 'Journey to the Unknown'
58. DJ A.K.A, 'The Farside'
59. LFO 'LFO'
60. Black Box, 'Ride on Time'
61. 808 State, 'Pacific State'
62. DJ Rap, 'Spiritual Aura (Get Raw Mix)'
63. Tom & Jerry, 'Maximum Style'
64. Goblin, 'Suspiria'
65. Bruno Nicolai, 'Eyeball'
66. Ennio Morricone, 'Come Maddalena'
67. Haircut 100, 'Lemon Firebrigade'
68. Fonda Rae, 'Touch Me'
69. Case ft. Foxy Brown, 'Touch Me, Tease Me'
70. Chaka Khan, 'I Feel for You'
71. Prince, 'The Ballad of Dorothy Parker'
72. Joni Michell, 'Help Me'
73. Associates, ‘18-Carat Love Affair’
74. Fleetwood Mac, ‘Landslide (Live)’
75. Norman Connors, 'You Are My Starship'
76. Mobb Deep, 'Trife Life'
77. Show and AG, 'Next Level (DJ Premier Remix)
78. Luther Vandross, 'Never Too Much'
79. Change, 'You Are My Melody'
80. Aaliyah, 'One in a Million'
81. Foul Play, 'Finest Illusion (Legal Mix)
82. Rufige Kru, 'Terminator 2 Remix'
83. Ed Rush, Trace & Nico, 'Droid'
84. KMA, 'Blue Kards'
85. Strickly Dubz, 'Realise'
86. Shola Ama, 'Imagine (Asylum Remix)'
87. Lisa Maffia, 'All Over'
88. Martha & The Vandellas, 'Heatwave'
89. The Isley Brothers, 'This Old Heart of Mine'
90. The Four Tops, 'Baby I Need Your Loving'
91. The Supremes, 'Remove This Doubt'
92. Guido and Maurizio de Angelis, 'Driving All Around'
93. Janet Jackson, 'Come Give Your Love To Me'
94. Loose Joints, 'Is It All Over My Face'
95. Arthur Russell, 'Let's Go Swimming'
96. Al Green, 'Let's Stay Together'
97. Jimi Hendrix, 'Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)'
98. John Coltrane, 'Joy'
99. Alice Coltrane With Strings, 'Galaxy in Satchidananda'
100. Killah Priest, 'B.I.B.L.E'
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it's the first in a wider series; 'the craner canon'. with lists covering his favourite novels, films, political books, etc. absolutely can't wait


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by the way thirdfrom i'll be springing one of these threads on you at some point so you better start getting your list sorted.


bandz ahoy
I hope Craner's silence is an indication that he's sequestered somewhere working on what is now set to be his magnum opus


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His top 100 Hardcore:

Acen Trip to the Moon Part 2
DJ Seduction Hardcore Heaven
Manix Feel Real Good
Manix You Held My Hand
Manix Oblivion (Head in the Clouds)
Manix Alright Wid Me
Manix Never Been to Belgium (Gotta Rush Mix)
2 Bad Mice Bombscare
Krome & Time This Sound is for the Underground
Blame Music Takes You (2 Bad Mice remix)
4 Hero Mr Kirk’s Nightmare
The Prodigy Charlie
The Prodigy Your Love
The Prodigy Everybody in the Place
Sonz of da Loop da Loop Era Far Out
Liquid Sweet Harmony
Top Buzz Living in Darkness 93 Remix
Desired State Dance the Dream
Red Alert & Mike Slammer In Effect
Gem 77 Never Felt This Way
Shades of Rhythm Sweet Sensation
Glide All Right (All Night remix)
M17 Rockin the House
Noise Factory The Fire
Xenophobia Rush in the House
Ratpack Searching for my Rizla
Urban Shakedown Some Justice
Noise Factory I Bring You the Future
Noise Factory Can You Feel the Rush
Phantasy & Gemini Never Try the Hippodrome
Red Alert & Mike Slammer Ganja Man
Noise Factory Breakage
Altern-8 Evapor-8
Zero B Lock Up
Metalheads Kemistry
Rufige Kru Darkrider
Nookie Shinin In the Darkness
Nookie Sound of Music (Original Mix)
SL2 DJs Take Control
SL2 On a Ragga Tip
The House Crew Keep the Fire Burnin
Altern-8 Activ 8
Acen Close Your Eyes
Doc Scott NHS Disco Mix
Johnny L Hurt You So
DJ Excel Just When You Thought It Was Safe
Tango & Ratty Final Conflict
Krome & Time The Slammer
Dance Conspiracy Dub War
Shades of Rhythm Sound of Eden
Bizarre Inc. Playing with Knives
Criminal Minds Baptized by Dub
2 Bad Mice Hold it Down
DJs Unite Volume 1
DJ Edge Compounded
Nueromancer Pennywise


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His top 100 jungle


1) Rufige Kru Terminator 2 Remix
Foul Play Finest Illusion (Legal Mix)
Origin Unknown Valley of the Shadows
DJ Crystl Warpdrive
A Guy Called Gerald Nazinji Zaka
Shimon Predator
E-Z Rollers Believe
Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Drowning in Her
Tom & Jerry Maximum Style
Omni Trio Renegade Snares (Foul Play remix)

Hyper-on-Experience Lord of the Null Lines (Foul Play Remix)
DJ Hype Roll the Beats
4 Hero Journey from the Light
Foul Play Open Your Mind (Remix)
A Guy Called Gerald Too Fucked to Dance
Bodysnatch Euphony (Just 4 U London)
DJ Rap Spiritual Aura (Get Raw Remix)
Noise Factory Can You Feel the Rush
Dillinja Deeper Love (Remix)
Subnation Scottie

Deep Blue Helicopter Tune (Rufige Kru Remix)
Brain Killers Screw Face
Intense Journey to the Unknown
Studio Pressure Jump Mk II
Droppin Science Vol 1
DJ Dextrous Time to Move
Tom & Jerry Air Freshener
Roni Size Music Box
A Send & Ultravibe What Kind of World
Leviticus The Burial

Johnny Jungle Johnny (Origin Unknown Remix)
Beyond the Future Feel It
Higher Sense Cold Fresh Air
DJ Trax High Time (Nookie Remix)
DMS & The Boneman X Sweet Vibrations
DJ Rap Digable Bass (Heaven Remix)
Q-Bass Gun Connection
LTJ Bukem Horizons
DJ Crystl Dark Crystl
Manix Back to Burn

Chimera Deeper Life
Lick Back Organisation Maniac Music (Lick Back VIP Mix)
Run Tings Ruff Revival
Dillinja You Don’t Know (Remix)
Boogie Times Tribe Dark Stranger (Q-Bass Remix)
Roni Size Time Stretch
Skanna Until the Night is Morning
LTJ Bukem Atlantis
Tom & Jerry Dancer
Underground Software Music Maker Posse


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I completely forget I submitted that hardcore list to you.

The jungle selection is pretty good, if I do say so myself.

Matthew Ingram inspected my record collection in 2003 and gave me top marks. In fact, he discovered The Infamous Mobb Deep that night if I recall. I’m sure Luke can vouch for this, as he was there, albeit quite pissed.


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I wasn't remotely pissed. I was astonished, drunk with amazement that Matt had never heard of that canonical album.


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This legendary international record collector who had never heard the central document of mid 90s east coast rap.


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He remarked on my pristine copy of Technodelic, told me I was correct because I had the only YMO album worth owning.

There was also a panicky moment when he didn’t recognise a Juice Box 12” I had, until he remembered what it was.

It was an intense night!


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When you went out for more wine he rubbed his balls on that juice box record. That made a deep impression on me. There was something so profoundly atavistic about it. Literally unzipped and rubbed them against the unsleeved vinyl.


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Does anybody want to buy an original Guy Called Gerald Juice Box 12”? Very good condition.


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Yes. He did. It was almost as if it was unconscious, as though he were in a trance. After performing the ritual he sort of snapped out of it, very hurriedly put his ballsack away, didn't mention it or make eye contact with me.


Beast of Burden
Matthew, if you are reading this, I expect you to deny this story and discipline the reprobate.