Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Top Five: All time Favorite Albums

Since Red is inflicting … er, I mean, enlightening us with her tastes in everything and anything this week, I decided to jump in with my Top 5 Albums. I know no one listens to albums anymore, but pretend like technology never progressed past 1995 and you’re stuck on a desert island with only five CDs. These are mine – though ask me next week and they might be different:

Radiohead: OK Computer – If I could only bring one CD to this mythic isle, this might be the one. Its got a fantastic variety of songs to fit any mood (Exit Music from a Film = I’m depressed because I’m alone on an island / Electioneering = We’ve run out of coconuts and I. Am. Pissed!) and even after ten years, I still hear something new in the layers upon layers of tracks nearly every time I listen.

Bright Eyes: Lifted or The Story is the Soil So Keep Your Ear to the Ground – A long title for a long couple of months without the InterWeb or indoor plumbing. Again, great variety of songs, endless hours of fun studying the lyrics. Probably the closest Conor Oberst will ever get to a masterpiece.

Rilo Kiley: The Execution of All Things – Those who know me knew we weren’t getting through this without an RK record. While More Adventurous is also awesome, I’m going to give the desert island treatment to Execution. When I’m delirious from drinking seawater and the vultures are starting to circulate over my shipwrecked frame, I want the dulcet tones of Jenny Lewis and lap steel guitar to lull me to sleep.

The Beatles: Rubber Soul – You could really go with almost any Beatles album on a desert island. Hell, you could go with all Beatles albums and probably not go too insane. This one has Norwegian Wood, Nowhere Man, In My Life, Michelle and others. It’s going in my supply satchel next to the insect repellent and cyanide capsules.

The Clash: London Calling – This album came out three years before I was born and it still pissed off my parents when I played it as a teenager. Always a good sign. With songs like Rudy Can’t Fail and Spanish Bombs, Joe Strummer and the boys had a great sense of desperation in paradise. Just the thing you’d want to listen to when there’s water water everywhere and not a drop to drink.

OK, ya'll's turn.


Heidi said...

1. Rubber Soul, The Beatles
I love this album! In My Life is my all time favorite song ever, right up there with Too $hort's Don't Fight the Feelin'.

2. Blueprint, Jay Z
This is pretty much tied with Rubber Soul as the best album ever made. It's the album that made me fall in love with the artist Jay Z, who I've traveled the country to see live more times than I can count! "Yeah you shinin'/but the only thing you leavin' out/You're a candle in the sun/That shit don't even out."

3. Little Earthquakes, Tori Amos
I discovered Tori in middle school and haven't been the same since. This whole album is just AWESOME.

4. Future Sex/Love Sounds, Justin Timberlake
I love this album and it's even better live in concert. If you have doubts, just give this one a listen minus the over played SexyBack and I think you will see Justin in a whole new light. Justified, his first album, is right up there too.

5. Mary, Mary J Blige
Mary wrote this album about me and about my life when it came out. I love me some Mary.

I can't stop at 5...

6. Lovers Rock, Sade
Sade has been in some of the same relationships I have, I swear. She is one of my favorite artists ever. And she's amazing in concert. I saw this tour twice and I'm in the audience of the DVD!

7. Voodoo, D'Angelo
Brilliant, funky, and so different than any other sound out there with a very raw and earthy vibe. Plus it gave us the song "Untitled" which led to the naked video. THANK YOU for that.

8. Thriller, Michael Jackson
So many hits, best selling of all time, the videos, the dancing, what more can I say?

9. Songs in A Minor, Alicia Keys
I love singing along to this album. And it's a great introduction to the greatness that is Alicia Keys.

10. Get a Grip, Aerosmith
Eat the Rich, Living on the Edge, Get a Grip plus the Cryin'/Crazy/Amazing trilogy of Alicia Silverstone videos! This tour was my second concert ever and the first time I ever got drunk. Ah good times at the Sport Arena.

11. (tie) Celebrity and No Strings Attached, N*Sync
Think what you want but you can listen to these all the way through and they are GREAT. It's Gonna Be Me, Digital Get Down, I Thought She Knew (No Strings) and Pop, Celebrity, Gone (Celebrity) and on and on...the list of N*Sync jams just doesn't stop!

12. (tie) Rainbow and The Emancipation of Mimi, Mariah Carey
Mariah is one of the best voices ever and she writes all her own songs! Whitney aint shit!! Rainbow introduced the new hip hop Mariah. Heartbreaker, Crybaby (love this song!), X-Girlfriend all showed the new side of this slow song girl. On Mimi, the first 3 songs alone (It's Like That, We Belong Together (one of my fav songs ever) and Shake It Off) are JAMS and the rest of the album doesn't disappoint!

13. Janet, Janet Jackson
The hits from this album: That's the Way Love Goes, If, Throb, Again, Where Are You Now, Any Time, Any Place...this was the album that made Miss Janet no longer in the shadow of her brothers and a superstar in her own right.

doorknob_dan said...

This one is a little easier for me. But God, still flipping hard to pick only 5. These ones are all dig-though-the-pile-worthy for me.

1) Zepplin - Houses of the Holy
2) Boston - Third Stage
3) Abba - Gold
4) Iron Maiden - No Prayer For the Dying
5) (tie) Guns n' Roses - Appetite For Destruction & Meatloaf - Bat Out Of Hell

Despite my rather erudite nature, I've been known to bang my head a bit. Which may explain a bit.

BeckEye said...

I'm not one of those cool kids who thinks "Ok Computer" is better than "The Bends." I think the latter is a pretty perfect record.

I don't think I could pick an absolute favorite album. I guess if I were forced, it would probably be "Vs." by Pearl Jam. Or maybe Springsteen's "Born to Run." *sigh* I don't know.

Garney said...

Radiohead - OK Computer
The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
U2 - The Joshua Tree
The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

alternates from same:
Radiohead - The Bends
The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
U2 - All That You Can't Leave Behind
The Beach Boys - Smile
Wilco - Sky Blue Sky

10 runners-up:
Ben Folds Five (self-titled)
Beck - Sea Change
Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head
Depeche Mode - Violator
Gorillaz - Demon Days
Jamiroquai - Travelling Without Moving
Billy Joel - The Stranger
Oasis - (What's the Story) Morning Glory
R.E.M. - Automatic for the People
They Might Be Giants - Flood

Falwless said...

This blog makes me think entirely too much.

Red said...

Heidi: Do you have Wendie to thank for Little Earthquakes, too?

Thanks Liz for posting this :) Love Rubber Soul and prefer More Adventurous as a Rilo album.

Mine would be:

Born to Run - Springsteen
Rock Spectacle - BNL
Rockin' the Suburbs - Ben Folds
Jagged Little Pill - Alanis
August and Everything After - Counting Crows

Garney said...

I prefer Recovering the Satellites for Counting Crows and probably would have put them in my runners-up if I had thought of it sooner

doorknob_dan said...


I'm going to have to kill you.

See, I clicked your profile and saw 'My web page'. "Hey, Garney's web page!" So I clicked it and of course it took me to Myspace.

I had my headphones cranked up and all of a sudden I hear a song which had fax machine/modem sounds in the intro. I was freaking out and fumbling with the fax machine trying to stop whatever it was that was being sent...and thinking "WHY WON'T IT STOP? WHAT'S GOING ON???!"

Then I realized what a dummy I am, once again.

The Guv'ner said...

Scary fact: I have every one of those bands on my iPod. In fact, Rilo Kiley's "It's a Hit" is playing RIGHT NOW!

My favourite Radiohead song is "No Surprises". It makes me all emotional and sad (in a good way) :)

Dave H said...

No props for Odelay?

Garney said...

Dan you fell into my trap... that wasn't fax/modem noise... what you heard was the sounds of robots getting it on... no one can resist free robot sex

doorknob_dan said...

That free robot sex is like crack. I can't control myself!

Heidi said...

If my memory serves me correctly, Wendie has ME to thank for bringing Tori around! But I definitely have memories of listening to that album at her mom's house after maybe I'm totally wrong.

Red said...

I just remember making a commercial for Little Earthquakes during our Slavery project. Not sure who introduced who, but that project was effing amazing!

Liz said...

Awesome Guv, guess that means you have fantastic taste in music :-)