heard of Wire's 100 Records That Set the World on Fire

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  1. Charles Ives - Symphony No. 4 (Grammophon) 88
  2. Blind Willie Johnson - "Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground" (Columbia) 29
  3. Bob Graettinger - City Of Glass/This Modern World (Capitol) 53
  4. Louis & Bebe Barron - Forbidden Planet OST (Small Planet) 56
  5. Esquivel And His Orchestra - Other Worlds Other Sounds (RCA) 58
  6. The Blue Men - I Hear A New World (RGM White Label/RPM) 60
  7. Joe Harriott - Abstract (Columbia/Capitol) 61
  8. Son House - The Original Delta Blues (Columbua/Legacy) 64
  9. William S. Burroughs - Call Me Burroughs (ESP) 65
  10. Steve Reich - Early Works: Come Out/It's Gonna Rain (Elektra) 65
  11. Albert Ayler - In Greenwich Village (Impulse!) 67
  12. Bill Dixon Orchestra - Intents And Purposes (RCA) 67
  13. Gottfried Michael Koenig - Terminus II/Funktion Grun (Deutsche Grammophon) 67
  14. Sun Ra - Strange Strings (Saturn) 67
  15. Blue Cheer - Vincebus Eruptum (Philips) 68
  16. Dr. John the Night Tripper - Gris-Gris (Atco) 68
  17. Pearls Before Swine - Balaklava (ESP) 68
  18. Spontaneious Music Ensemble - Karyobin (Chronoscope) 68
  19. The United States Of America - The United States Of America (CBS) 68
  20. El Camaron De La Isla & Paco De Lucia - Al Verte Las Floras Lloran (Philips) 69
  21. Ram John Holder - Black London Blues (Beacon) 69
  22. Phil Ochs - Rehearsals For Retirement (A&M) 69
  23. Buffy Sainte-Marie - Illuminations (Vanguard) 69
  24. Sonny Sharrock - Black Woman (Vortex) 69
  25. Silver Apples - Contact (Kapp Records) 69
  26. Alexander 'Skip' Spence - Oar (Columbia) 69
  27. Kevin Ayers & The Whole World - Shooting At The Moon (Harvest) 70
  28. Comus - First Utterance (BGO) 70
  29. Michael Gibbs - Michael Gibbs (Deram) 70
  30. Alvin Lucier - I Am Sitting In A Room (Lovely Music) 70
  31. Cluster - Cluster 71 (Philips/Sky) 71
  32. The Last Poets - The Last Poets (Douglas Music) 71
  33. The Master Musicians Of Jajouka - Brian Jones Presents The Pipes Of Pan At Jajouka (Rolling Stones) 71
  34. John Cale - Paris 1919 (Reprise) 72
  35. Alice Coltrane - Universal Consciousness (Impulse!) 72
  36. Miles Davis - On The Corner (Columbia) 72
  37. Hugh Hopper - 1984 (CBS/Cuneiform) 72
  38. Modern Lovers - The Original Modern Lovers (Mohawk) 72
  39. Annette Peacock - I'm The One (RCA) 72
  40. Pierre Akendengue - Nandipo (Saravah) 73
  41. Faust - The Faust Tapes (Virgin) 73
  42. Herbie Hancock - Sextant (Columbia) 73
  43. Larry Young - Lawrence Of Newark (Perception) 73
  44. Betty Davis - They Say I'm Different (Vinyl Experience) 74
  45. Lewis Furey - Lewis Furey (A&M) 75
  46. Pere Ubu - "30 Seconds Over Tokyo" (Hearthan) 75
  47. Lee Perry - Revolution Dub (Cactus) 75
  48. Lou Reed - Metal Machine Music (RCA) 75
  49. The Electric Eels - "Cyclotraon/Agitated" 7" (Rough Trade) 77
  50. Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - Bat Chain Puller (Unreleased) 76
  51. Henry Cow - Concerts (Recommended) 76
  52. The Residents - Satisfaction (Ralph) 76
  53. Johnny 'Guitar' Watson - Ain't That A Bitch (DJM) 76
  54. Ornette Coleman - Dancing In Your Head (A&M) 77
  55. Glenn Gould - The Solitude Trilogy (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) 67-77
  56. Al Green - The Belle Album (Motown) 77
  57. Ron 'Pate's Debonairs featuring Rev Fred Lane - Raudeluna's 'Pataphysical Revue (Say Day Bew) 77
  58. Iggy Pop & James Williamson - Kill City (Bomp) 77
  59. Tim Souster - Swit Drimz (Transatlantic) 77
  60. The Human League - Being Boiled (Fast Product) 78
  61. The Walker Brothers - Nite Flights (GTO Records) 78
  62. Chrome - Half Machine Lip Moves (Siren/Beggars Banquet) 79
  63. Lol Coxhill - Digswell Duets (Random Radar) 79
  64. Robert Fripp - Exposure (EG/Polydor) 79
  65. Nurse With Wound - Chance Meeting On A Dissecting Table Of A Sewing Machine And An Umbrella (United Dairies) 79
  66. Family Fodder - Monkey Banana Kitchen (Fresh) 80
  67. Fire Engines - Get Up And Use Me (Pop: Aural) 80
  68. La Nimba De N'Zerekore - Gon Bia Bia (Syliphone) 80
  69. Nancy Sesay & The Melodaires - C'est Fab 7" (It's War Boys) 80
  70. Monoton - Monotonprodukt 07 (Monotonprodukt) 81
  71. Derek Bailey - Aida (Incus/Dexter's Cigar) 82
  72. Bad Brains - Bad Brains (ROIR) 82
  73. Kip Hanrahan - Desire Develops An Edge (American Clave) 83
  74. Youssou N'Dour - Djamil (Senegalese Cassette) 83
  75. Mark Stewart & The Maffia - Learning To Cope With Cowardice (On-U Sound) 83
  76. Jonathan Harvey - Bhakti (NMC) 84
  77. The Homosexuals - The Homosexuals (Recommended) 84
  78. Chaba Fadella & Cheb Sahraoui - N'Sel Fik (Factory/Mango) 85
  79. Christian Marclay - Record Without A Cover (Recycled) 85
  80. Arthur Russell - World of Echo (Upside/Rough Trade) 86
  81. Fingers Inc - Another Side (Trax) 88
  82. Conlon Nancarrow - Studies For Player Piano (Wergo) 88
  83. Dead C - Trapdoor Fucking Exit (Siltbreeze) 90
  84. Royal Trux - Twin Infinitives (Drag City) 90
  85. Fushitsusha - DBL Live (PSF) 91
  86. Public Enemy - Apocalypse 91 ... The Enemy Strikes Black (Def Jam) 91
  87. Galina Ustvolskaya - No. 1 (Hat Art) 91
  88. Steven Jesse Bernstein - Prison (Sub Pop) 92
  89. Bally Sagoo - Wham Bam 2: The Second Massacre (Oriental Star Agencies) 92
  90. Luke Skywalker - "I Wanna Rock" 12" (Luke Records) 92
  91. Bernhard Gunter - Un Peu De Neige Salie (Selektion/Table of the Elements) 93
  92. Ken Ishii - Garden On The Palm (R&S) 93
  93. Jean C Roche - A Nocturne Of Nightingales (Sittele) 93
  94. Jeff Mills - X-103 Atlantis (Axis/Tresor) 93
  95. Paul Dolden - L'Ivresse De La Vitesse (Empreintes Digitales) 94
  96. 4 Hero - Parallele Universe (Reinforced) 94
  97. Joey Beltram - Places (Tresor) 95
  98. Oval - 94 Diskont (Mille Plateaux) 95
  99. Tony Conrad - Four Violins (Table Of The Elements) 97
  100. Cathy Lane - Nesting Stones (Unknown Public) 98
Author Comments: 

Taken from here. Many bizarre, irritating recommendations, but lots of interesting music is here.

if they set the world on fire, how come i know none of them.

Lol. In fact, I think the long title of the list is "100 Records That Set the World On Fire, While No One Was Listening." I think the idea is that, in many cases, these records made a huge difference for all future music, but later pop music artists incorporated their ideas, and the true innovators remain (unsurpringly) obscure.

You may be glad to know that the more I collect this list, the more I become irritated with it. Its intention seems to be to confound collectors (like the infamous NWW list) rather than to present a list of highly important or passionate albums. There are many great albums on the list, but some ridiculous choices to be found even after I've heard only a third of the list. Consider:

Call Me Burroughs: Burroughs reads his own writing as dryly as possible. It could be a computer reading.
I Am Sitting In A Room: Yes, this piece is pretty well known among classical music fans, but it is purely academic and mathematical; no art or passion whatsoever.
Bat Chain Puller: Here they're referring to the lost tracks questionably released in 2002 by Ozit Records, not Shiny Beast. Good music, but why choose it over Beefheart's masterpieces? Apparently because it was not commercially released at the time.

And there are many others I'd consider very questionable.