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Ten Albums That Did Not Define the Dot Com Era

Napster Circle Barred

With the exceptions of Radiohead’s Kid A and Moby’s Play, I don’t own any of these albums. I also wonder about the inclusion of the Rushmore soundtrack and the complete absence of The Colour and the Shape (Foo Fighters), Homogenic (Björk), In Sides Orbital, Mezzanine (Massive Attack), and U.F.Orb (The Orb).»

How can any list of albums that defined the Dot-Com era fail to at least mention one of the hundreds of techno compilation albums that practically was the musical zeitgeist when Netscape and Microsoft duked it out?, especially when these albums and the anonymity and interchangeability of its artists were part and parcel of the fragmentation of musical markets due to electronic distribution?

I suppose nothing makes a good top ten list like a top ten list that’s just plain wrong.1 2


1 At one point, Steve Robles notes.

And it [Kruder & Dorfmeister — The K&D Sessions] holds up easily to this day, embodying the best of what DJ culture had to offer, tastefully, artfully, and not without wit ("Kruder and... Dorfmeister?").

I suppose Kruder and Dorfmeister is witty in the way surnames are witty when you’re in grade school.

2 I was all ready to check the albums I knew nothing about but then my inner curmudgeon got loose.


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