If there had been a music book of the year award in 2002 Garry Mulholland's This is Uncool: The Greatest 500 Singles Since Punk and Disco would have walked away with it. The review coverage was extremely impressive, and two years on from the original publication Garry is still regularly hauled into radio stations and the odd TV show to talk about the book. Virtually unlike any other music journalist in this country Garry Mulholland has that knack of writing about music with such clarity that brings it all back again, and has you searching for some long-lost dusty record. But despite going to great lengths to demonstrate the superiority of the single format over the full length album in This Is Uncool, the next logical step is Fear of Music: the Greatest 287 Albums Since Punk and Disco, which roughly follows the original successful, chronological formula of This Is Uncool but, naturally, focuses on albums rather than singles. Or, in Garry Mulholland's words: 'Entire albums don't slap you in the face when blasted out of a radio in the hairdressers. You have to buy them, listen to them, and form a deeper relationship...'
The book features plenty of Mulholland's witty, irreverent and insightful criticism, taking in classics from the last thirty years by everyone from Television, David Bowie and The Smiths, through to Eminem, Snoop Doggy Dog, Earth, Wind and Fire and The Prodigy.
As well as being the author of This is Uncool: The Greatest 500 Singles Since Punk and Disco, Garry Mulholland has contributed frequently to the Guardian and Time Out. He currently writes for the Observer Music Monthly and Q magazine.