My Top 20 Albums – ‘Attack of the Grey Lantern’ by Mansun.


This amazing debut album blew me away from the moment I first heard it. It’s a bewildering hotpot of musical styles that shouldn’t really work but somehow come together in a glorious messy triumph. Offering a peephole into an otherworldly English village, it follows the lives of its eccentric and highly dysfunctional inhabitants. There’s Penelope Cheapskate, Fatima Toothpaste, Egg Shaped Fred, Albert Taxloss and Dark Mavis. Not to mention a nameless vicar with an addiction to cross-dressing and stripping (‘‘And he’s dressing like his daughter, while he’s making wine from water”).

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