So there we are. 51 albums. 51 calendar years. And my 50th birthday on Saturday.

It wasn’t the year that any of us were expecting.

And as a result of the minor inconvenience of a global pandemic, my options for a venue for celebrating my 50th are somewhat limited. So it’s going to happen on Twitter and Spotify.

If you’d like to join me, keep an eye out for the hashtag #51for50 from 7pm GMT on Saturday evening. There’s a playlist you can listen along to on Spotify here. Or if you don’t have Spotify, there’s an MP3 mix here. Press play at 7pm and listen along. It’s basically a 21st Century Mix Tape.

The 51 for 50 Mix Tape Inlay
YearArtistAlbumLink
1970Curtis MayfieldCurtishttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-1970
1971Sly and the Family StoneThere’s A Riot Goin’ Onhttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-1971
1972Nick DrakePink Moonhttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-1972
1973Herbie HancockHeadhuntershttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-1973
1974Gil Scott HeronPieces of a Manhttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-1974
1975Lonnie Liston SmithExpansionshttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-1975
1976Stevie WonderSongs in the Key of Lifehttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-1976
1977Steely DanAjahttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-1977
1978Bob Marley & the WailersBabylon by Bushttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-1978
1979MadnessMadnesshttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-1979
1980The CureSeventeen Secondshttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-1980
1981UltravoxRage in Edenhttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-1981
1982Duran DuranRiohttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-1982
1983Billy BraggLife’s a Riot with Spy Vs Spyhttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-1983
1984The Art of Noise(Who’s afraid of) the Art of Noise?https://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-1984
1985The WaterboysThis is the Seahttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-1985
1986Miles DavisTutuhttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-1986
1987David SylvianSecrets of the Beehivehttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-1987
1988Talk TalkSpirit of Edenhttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-1988
1989The TheMindbombhttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-1989
1990The SundaysReading, Writing & Arithmetichttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-1990
1991The OrbAdventures Beyond the Ultraworldhttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-1991
1992The Beastie BoysCheck Your Headhttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-1992
1993OrbitalOrbitalhttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-1993
1994BlurParklifehttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-1994
1995GoldieTimelesshttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-1995
1996DJ ShadowEntroducinghttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-1996
1997Roni SizeNew Formshttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-1997
1998Red SnapperMaking Boneshttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-1998
1999The Chemical BrothersSurrenderhttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-1999
2000Badly Drawn BoyThe Hour of Bewilderbeasthttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-2000
2001Roots ManuvaRun Come Save Mehttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-2001
2002BlackaliciousBlazing Arrowhttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-2002
2003OutKastSpeakerboxx/The Love Belowhttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-2003
2004The EggForwardshttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-2004
2005Sigur RosTakk..https://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-2005
2006ColdcutSound MIrrorshttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-2006
2007Groove ArmadaSoundboy Rockhttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-2007
2008GoldfrappSeventh Treehttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-2008
2009Lily AllenIt’s not me, it’s youhttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-2009
2010Hot ChipOne Life Standhttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-2010
2011Little DragonRitual Unionhttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-2011
2012Alt-JAn Awesome Wavehttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-2012
2013Daft PunkRandom Access Memorieshttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-2013
2014Christine & the QueensChaleur Humainehttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-2014
2015Belle and SebastianGirls in Peactime Want to Dancehttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-2015
2016Xenia RubinosBlack Terry Cathttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-2016
2017St VincentMASSEDUCTIONhttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-2017
2018Janelle MonaeDirrty Computerhttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-2018
2019Mungo’s HiFiMore Fyahhttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-2019
2020Groove ArmadaEdge of the Horizonhttps://mmitii.mattballantine.com/51-for-50-2020

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