Mogwai Vinyl, CD & tapes by Mogwai at Norman Records
One of the most important post-rock bands, Mogwai's career arc has been similar to that of a snowball. The band has slowly built up a huge following from inauspicious (but brilliant) beginnings with the Young Team debut and the Ten Rapid compilation. These records took their cues from Slint and the spindly post-rock bands of the day, but they were simply a mere blueprint of what was to come later. Mogwai's famous quiet/loud dynamic and consistently stellar live shows have elevated the band way out of the post-rock ghetto, and they now sit as one of the most popular alternative bands on the planet. Their mixture of post-rock, shoegaze, electronica and art rock has produced not only a series of successful albums but has been perfect for soundtrack work such as their score for the film Zidane.
Perhaps second only to Radiohead in terms of making music on their own terms, but also having a wide-reaching appeal and influencing countless others. Well, amongst British bands at least.