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After the Flood: In tribute to Nikolai Rainbow

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Last week we learned of the sad passing of one of our writers Nikolai Rainbow. He had written for us since 2014. I forget how we met. It may have been a music group on Facebook. In all my work with him and conversations, Nikolai always came across as such a kind, warm, and funny man. He was a passionate music fan, writer, and musician who lived in Bristol, he was born in London in October of 1973 and described himself as a “DJ and musician and music collector and Support Staff at Dean Healthcare.”  He also offers on his Facebook page that he liked “great music, great company, and great big standing stones.”

Tragically, in the last few years Nikolai suffered ill health, he had been diagnosed with bowel cancer, his occasional posts and videos were a window into his treatment and the struggle and suffering that entailed. But also a snapshot of his positivity and bravery when facing such a cruel, cruel illness. He filmed videos on beaches and after long walks.  I often used to think if I had a tenth of his positivity and love of life and people I would be a happy man.

On Thursday morning his mum posted to Facebook ” RIP Nikolai Rainbow To all of you lovely people who cared about Nik. He lost the fight at 2.15am, my boy slipped away so peacefully. At rest.” We send his family and friends our deepest condolences.
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Nikolai was an avid and passionate music fan, who always made lists so we decided what better way to pay tribute to Nik than to publish a list of his lists.  I know he’s up there looking down. Rest in peace, my friend.

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Nikolai Rainbow, September 13, 2020  My top 50 albums of all time!

1/ Spirit Of Eden- Talk Talk (1988)

2/ Laughing Stock- Talk Talk (1991)
3/ Ágætis Byrjun- Sigur Ros (1999)
4/ In Rainbows- Radiohead (2009)
5/ Violator- Depeche Mode (1990)
6/ The Seeds Of Love- Tears For Fears (1989)
7/ Orbus Terrarum- The Orb (1995)
8/ Orbital II-Orbital (1992)
9/ Congratulations- MGMT (2010)
10/ Giant Steps- Boo Radleys (1993)

11/ Abbey Road-The Beatles (1970)
12/ Homogenic- Bjork (1997)
13/ Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating In Space- Spiritualized (1997)
14/ A Saucerful Of Secrets-Pink Floyd (1968)
15/ Kid A- Radiohead (2000)
16/Attack Of The Grey Lantern- Mansun (1995)
17/( )- Sigur Ros (2002)
18/Insides- Orbital (1996)
19/Modern Life Is Rubbish-Blur (1993)
20/Cast Of Thousands – Elbow (2003)

21/10,000 htz Legend- Air (2001)
22/Touch- Eurythmics (1983)
23/Asleep In The Back- Elbow (2002)
24/Seventh Tree- Goldfrapp (2008)
25/The Coral- The Coral- (2002)
26/OK Computer- Radiohead (1997)
27/Dark Side Of The Moon- Pink Floyd (1973)
28/Found Sound- Spooky (1996)
29/Peter Gabriel III (1980)
30/Surfing On Sine Waves- Polygon Window (1993)
31/Low- David Bowie (1977)
32/Given To The Wild- The Maccabees (2012)
33/Rock Action- Mogwai (2001)
34/Lift Yr Skinny Fists… Godspeed! You Black Emperor (2000)
35/Screamadelica- Primal Scream (1990)
36/Animals- Pink Floyd (1977)
37/13- Blur (1999)
38/Behaviour- Pet Shop Boys (1990)
39/Vanishing Point- Primal Scream (1997)
40/Music For The Jilted Generation- The Prodigy (1994)
41/Lonerism- Tame Impala (2012)
42/Think Tank- Blur (2003)
43/Dummy- Portishead (1994)
44/Illinois- Sufjan Stevens (2005)
45/Bridge Over Troubled Water- Simon and Garfunkel (1970)
46/Six- Mansun (1998)
47/The Downward Spiral- Nine Inch Nails- (1994)
48/Origin Of Symmetry- Muse (2001)
49/Loveless- My Bloody Valentine (1991)
50/Faraway Trains, Passing By- Ulrich Schnauss (2001)
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Nikolai Rainbow, 9 June, 2020: My top 10 number ones of the 2000s.
10/Manic Street Preacher-The Masses Against the Classes
9/Black Eyed Peas-Where is the Love
8/Stereophonics-Dakota
7/Daft Punk-Get Lucky
6/Sugababes-Freak Like Me
5/Madonna-Frozen
4/ Daniel Bedingfield-Gotta Get thru This
3/Arctic Monkeys-I Bet That You Look Good…
2/Girls Aloud-Sound of the Underground
1/Gnarls Barkley-Crazy

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Nikolai Rainbow, January 14, 2019: So here it is, after a lot of deliberation, my top 50 songs of all time!
50/Move on Up-Curtis Mayfield
49/The Sun Rising-The Beloved
48/History-The Verve
47/Rock Lobster- The B-52’s
46/For a Friend-The Communards
45/Butterfly House-the Coral
44/Swords and Knives-Tears for Fears
43/The Sun and the Rain-Madness
42/Cop Shoot Cop-Spiritualized
41/Golden Brown-The Stranglers
40/Sunrise-Pulp
39/Epic-Faith No More
38/Shoot Speed, Kill Light-Primal Scream
37/Protection (Eno Mix)-Massive Attack
36/Powder Blue-Elbow
35/Layla-Derek &The Dominos
34/Autumn Leaves (Irresistible Force Mix)-Coldcut
33/Mercy Street-Peter Gabriel
32/Love of My Life-Queen
31/Private Investigations-Dire Straits
30/Say Something-James
29/Citizen Erased-Muse
28/Broken Heart-Spiritualized
27/Oh Father-Madonna
26/Food for Thought-UB40
25/Utopia-Goldfrapp
24/Hotel California-The Eagles
23/Babooshka-Kate Bush
22/Cowboys and Angels-George Michael
21/Baker Street-Gerry Rafferty
20/Here Comes The Rain Again-Eurythmics
19/Clowns-Goldfrapp
18/Hello, Turn Your Radio On-Shakespear’s Sister
17/Siberian Breaks-MGMT
16/Lush 3-Orbital
15/I’m Not In Love-10CC
14/Let Her Down Easy-Terence Trent D’arby
13/Higher Than the Sun-Primal Scream
12/Being Boring-Pet Shop Boys
11/The Sun Always Shines on T.v-A-ha
10/I Want You (She’s So Heavy)- The Beatles
09/The Logical Song-Supertramp
08/The Rip-Portishead
07/Out There Somewhere pts 1&2-Orbital
06/Nude-Radiohead
05/Left to My Own Devices-Pet Shop Boys
04/Roads-Portishead
03/Life On Mars?-David Bowie
02/Svefn-G-Englar-Sigur Ros
01/Mr Blue Sky- ELO

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Nikolai Rainbow, September 18, 2020, My Top 25 T.V. Programmes that i can think of right now!
25/The Tube
24/Have I Got News For You?
23/8 Out Of 10 Cats/…Does Countdown
22/Ideal
21/Fonejacker/Facejacker
20/The League Of Gentlemen
19/Spaced
18/Brass Eye/Anything involving Chris Morris
17/Anything involving Brian Pern
16/Fonejacker/Facejacker
15/Teachers
14/Fawlty Towers
13/Top Of The Pops
12/Trigger Happy T.V.
11/Shameless
10/The Young Ones
09/Peep Show
08/Flight Of The Conchords
07/Monty Python’s Flying Circus
06/Only Fools And Horses
05/Monkey Dust/Adult Swim
04/South Park
03/Blackadder
02/Never Mind The Buzzcocks
01/Anything involving David Attenborough, basically!

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Nikolai Rainbow, March 19,2021: The latest song to reduce me to a blubbering mess, 11 minutes of pure catharsis, going from calm and serene to utterly raging…
It is the most potent example of tension and release ever committed to record in my mind and is taken from 2003’s ( ) album.
I saw them on this tour in Bristol in 2003 and it was the most intense atmosphere ever at a gig, total awed silence throughout from the crowd…They’re the best live band I’ve ever witnessed and this was the last track they played.

I was at front of stage just four feet from Jonsi who spent most of the gig lying down playing his guitar with an E-bow between his teeth!! This song in particular was like a religious experience!

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  1. Great to read Rainbow’s lists and recall gigs we went to and albums we really dug back in the mid ‘90’s. What he wrote about that Sigur Ros song being a religious experience live is exactly how I remember experiencing it – that was the best gig I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen a lot. He had such a great sense of humour too as you said – I remember when he changed his name Rainbow (back in ‘95 I think?) He was signing on at the time and said he originally did it to mess with the people at the local job centre, who were invariably unpleasant towards him and his friends. It took a while for some of us to get used his new name, and when we would stubbornly call him Nik, he would turn to us, face in mock thunder-mode and theatrically proclaim (think Brian Blessed here) “MY NAME’S NOT NIK – ITS RAAIN-BOWW!!” .. R.I.P old bud, see ya on the other side of the sky xx

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