The story of the scandals and mystery behind the biggest selling album never released

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The most expensive record ever sold inside a silver and diamond encrusted box, Wikicommons.


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“A Basket of Roses”, used as the artwork for New Order’s Power Corruption & Lies, nationalgallery.org.uk.

Public Service Broadcasting, New Order, Donny Hathaway.


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Made Kuti, Spin.com

Billy Stewart, Your Old Droog, Made Kuti


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Jackson Sisters — Jackson Sisters (Discogs.com)

And 3 Other Classic Albums That Never Made It

Jackson Sister — Jackson Sisters (1976)


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Free Your Mind by Amnesty. Source: Amnestyfunk on Bandcamp

Amnesty, The Whitest Boy Alive, The Vibrations.


A decade-defining hit with a history of iconic deaths, underground movements, and Oscar-winning failures.

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Soft Cell’s Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret album, containing “Tainted Love”. Source: Classic Pop Magazine

A top-selling failure


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Sleaford Mods. Source: New Noise Magazine.

Sleaford Mods, JGrrey and Maribou State ft Khruangbin


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Miserable Faith outside Tiananmen. Source: i-D

These underground bands represent the best of new Chinese music.


Here are 5 of the legendary losers of the Mercury Music Prize


The serial killers, revolutionaries and concentration camps that made this modern jazz classic

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Bobby Darin (Wikimedia Commons)

Oliver Norris

Music discovery, connections and history.

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