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The M&E Best Sellers Chart – New Year 2001

KEY:

NY – New Year 2001, the current chart, period ending December 31st.

F previous chart position, Fall 2000, period ending August 31st.

R – and the one before that, Rise 2000, period ending April 30th.

Artist – we’ve done that one, it’s the posh name for underground bands, old chap. Cucumber sandwich anyone? I say, eh, what.

Nation – that’s the big place with lots of people in that they come from.

Title – that’s in case they’re a Lord or Knight or something. Like Stephen Spielberg. No, hang on, I’m getting confused there, it’s the actual title of the album. Silly Magic. Waffy danker.

Cat.No. / DD Format – Now this one confused a lot of people, so let me clear it up… it does NOT mean the number of their cat. Don’t feel foolish though, easy mistake to make. It actually refers to the M&E CATalogue (geddit?) number, should it be one of our cassette releases.

If it is available on another format, that’ll be listed as “DD” (“Distro Direct”, for the benefit of those who remember a Double Diamond working wonders), followed by the initials of the format, which only seems to be CDs or CDRs at the moment. Good of us to keep things so simple, huh? “LP” might have complicated things just too much.

       So here we are, the latest look at what’s going down in the underground! And you get the chance to work out how everything fared in the unpublished Rise and Fall charts from last year too. And I would like to firmly scotch the rumour that the only reason we didn’t publish the Rise 2000 chart was coz Judge Trev & Nik Turner were no.1 and we hate anybody being no.1 but us. Hah! As if we would ever be that petty and childish! Can’t believe anyone could ever think that of us. Anyway, Judge Trev was just lucky to be no.1 and we reckon he buys all the copies himself, so there, na-na na-na-na, bagsy no returns.

Childish and petty? Moi? Oh, the pain, the pain…

              Most annoying thing about this particular chart is that six bloody albums had the unmitigated gall to tie for 47th position. Like hmmph, eh? That means a top 52 really, which wasn’t quite what I had in mind. That’s why we call it a “Top 50”. Thinking about it, we don’t call it a “Top 50” though. Ahem. It’s nice and easy to read in columns and boxes though, don’t you think? They are very clever things, these computers, if only they were a little more stable. Then again, that’s been said about me too. Man and machine in perfect harmony or what? I still can’t find the button to make it get me tea and cake though.

 
 

NY

F

R

Artist

Nation

Title

Cat.No. / DD Format

01

1

2

Magic Moments At Twilight Time

England

Creavolution

MMATT CD 1

02

5

¬

Gurus Of The New Millennium

England

2 / Flux

M&E 553 / DD-CD

03

6

¬

Sister Sinister

Norway

Sister Sinister

M&E 559

04

14

¬

Sirenee

Austria

Distance

M&E 558 / DD-CD

05

7

26

Sleepy People

England

Typhoid & Swans

DD-CD

06

2

Judge Trev & Nik Turner

England

Judgement & Thunder

M&E 440

07

11

30

Werk

Austria

Unpleasant Things

M&E 561 / DD-CD

08

13

¬

Gurus Of The New Millennium

England

Gurus Of The New Millennium

M&E 444 / DD-CD

09

27

¬

Sleepy People

England

Paint A Ceiling On The Sky

M&E 560

10

8

12

Artemiy Artemiev

Russia

Electroshocking Works

M&E 475

11

¬

¬

Uncle Id

Wales

A Girl’s Guide To Self Defence

DD-CDR

12

19

42

Sleepy People

England

Blunt Nails In A Sharp Wall

M&E 442

13

23

¬

Various Artists (Dagger Tapes)

U.S.A.

The Best Of Dagger Tapes

M&E 496

14

25

¬

Artemiy Artemiev

Russia

Five Mystery Tales Of Asia

DD-CD

15

¬

¬

Sabotage

Germany

Acoustic Costumes

DD-CD

16

28

45

The Witches

Poland

Welcome All To The Solstice Sabbath

M&E 347

17

15

9

Cosmic Dance Society

Germany

Our Gods & Users

M&E 297

18

¬

¬

Blacklight Braille

U.S.A.

The Castle Of The Northern Crown

M&E 563 / DD-CD

19

12

11

Scrooge

Austria

Cinematograph

DD-CD

20

36

26

Mr.Quimby’s Beard

England

Out There

DD-CD

21

38

¬

Earth

Germany

The God Machine

M&E 552 / DD-CDR

22*

39

¬

Endymion

Germany

Endymion

M&E 415

22*

4

4

Silverspoon

Germany

Ecdyson

M&E 491 / DD-CD

24

22

5

Sigis Bruder

Austria

Leftovers

M&E 278

25

40

¬

Mother Goose

Finland

5-4-3-2-1

M&E 439

26

18

19

Ed

U.S.A.

Rock & Roll Is Cool, Daddy, And You Know It

M&E 485 / DD-CD

27

41

¬

Motion Control

England

Jam Jar Ambience

M&E 556

28

¬

¬

Ir Visa Tai Kas Yra Grazu Yra Grazu

Lithuania

Progine Muzika

M&E 555

29

46

49

Into The Abyss

Greece

Martyrium

M&E 202

30

10

8

Into The Abyss

Greece

Cosmogonia

M&E 472 / DD-CD

31

47

¬

Doug Michael & The Outer Darkness

U.S.A.

Outpost

DD-CDR

32

17

17

Scrooge

Austria

Happy What Else

M&E 315

33

¬

15

Steve Andrews

Wales

Changing Faces

M&E 456

34

¬

¬

Stormclouds

England

Not Of This Earth

DD-CDR

35

¬

¬

Magic Moments At Twilight Time

England

Zoen Nostalgia II Earthbound

MMATT 33

36*

¬

¬

Sons Of Selina

Wales

Ambition

M&E 054

36*

42

44

Alien Planetscapes

U.S.A.

Celestial Dance Hits

M&E 253

38

¬

16

Sons Of Selina

Wales

Now Give Me Back My Cake

M&E 321

39

¬

¬

Mr.Quimby’s Beard

England

Mr.Quimby’s Beard

M&E 410 / DD-CDR

40*

¬

39

Communication Union

U.S.A.

Where Land Meets Water

M&E 249

40*

34

35

Dark Star

Germany

When Twilight Falls On NGC 891

M&E 401

42

¬

¬

Ir Visa Tai Kas Yra Grazu Yra Grazu

Lithuania

Ir Visa Tai Kas Yra Grazu Yra Grazu

M&E 091

43

¬

¬

Space Cadet

England

Virtual Panic

M&E 441

44*

¬

¬

Doctor Brown

England

Live At Hebden Bridge

M&E 292

44*

¬

¬

Into The Abyss

Greece

The Feathered Snake

M&E 317

46

37

41

Blacklight Braille

U.S.A.

Old Bones & Sacred Stones

M&E 450 / DD-CD

47*

¬

¬

Sweet William

Germany

Kind Of Strangest Dream

M&E 304

47*

¬

¬

Esperanza

Norway

Esperanza

M&E 389

47*

¬

¬

Jaws Of The Flying Carpet

Canada

Live At The Whipping Post

M&E 402

47*

¬

¬

Doug Michael & The Outer Darkness

U.S.A.

Collections 1993-1997

M&E 433

47*

¬

¬

Edition Grundmann & Neubert

Germany

Extractions Vol. 2

M&E 460

47*

26

¬

Eye / Aya

Australia

Aphazia 1992-1998

DD-CDR

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