Musicheads®

Musicheads® Essentials is a web feature that gives the Current staff a chance to share some of our favorite albums of all time with our listeners. Join us each week as a different Current host or staff member picks an essential album from their collection and tells you why they love it.

Musicheads Essentials: The White Stripes - Elephant


The White Stripes - Elephant

If one listens to any one album by the White Stripes, they will hear a different shade of the band. Yet for all their elusiveness and apparent shape-shifting, the entirety of the band is really only visible on one album and one album alone: Elephant.

Musicheads Essentials: Led Zeppelin III


Led Zeppelin III

Led Zeppelin's influence on modern music is undeniable but... which of their LPs is essential? 1970's "III" was the last breath taken by a band who were still mere mortals, mates from the Midlands trying hard to make a career out of this fledgling rock industry.

Musicheads Essentials: Stax Records


Stax Records

Bill DeVille takes you through the history of one of rock & roll, soul and R&B's most quintessential labels, Stax Records.

Musicheads Essentials: The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin


The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin

What is a studio masterpiece album? To me, it's a record that reaches beyond the traditional boundary of studio constraints. The musicians and producers who've made this type of record have been able to think outside of the box and have found innovative ways to create an expanded sonic environment. I put The Flaming Lips' "The Soft Bulletin" in that realm.

Musicheads Essentials: The Best of Faces


Faces - The Best of Faces

In their brief career (1969-76), this band provided the soundtrack to my final years in high school. If the English had done Proms, me and my mates would have ended ours drunkenly singing "Stay With Me" in the middle of the dancefloor, even if the DJ wouldn't play it!

Musicheads Essentials: Talking Heads - Remain in Light


Talking Heads - Remain in Light

My pick this time for Musicheads Essentials is the 1980 avant-pop masterpiece from Talking Heads, Remain in Light. Written during a chapter of extreme creative exploration for the band, Remain in Light is not only considered by many to be Talking Heads' crowning achievement, but one of the greatest albums of the 1980s.

Musicheads Essentials: The Clash - Sandinista!


The Clash - Sandinista!

Why is this album essential? Because The Clash were one of the most exciting bands in the world at that time. Sandinista!, the highly anticipated follow up to their rock masterpiece London Calling, is a joyride around the world.