2013/05/22

50 Albums Every Person Should Own

This is a response to an article written by Flavorwire indicating one album per each year that everyone should own. I attempted to follow the same rules: only one album per band, list an album relatively relevant to the time period, and I avoided The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Doors and the obvious choices. However, I attempted to include sections that cater to "everybody" and that consisted of making everybody significantly cooler than they are now. Whatever.

I am contemplated creating a "Reader's Choice" award for the obvious selections, a Critic's Choice award, and a Cult Credibility Award... so it would be as if there are 3 different lists... and that might be coming soon.

Press play to hear all of the songs:


1963:

Charles Mingus
The Black Saint and Sinner Lady



1964:

John Coltrane
A Love Supreme




1965:

Bob Dylan
Bringing it All Back Home



1966:

The Seeds
S/T





1967:


The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground & Nico

1968:

Van Morrison
Astral Weeks





1969:

MC5
Kick Out The Jams



1970:

The Stooges
Fun House


1971:

Alice Cooper
Love It to Death


 
1972:

David Bowie
Ziggy Stardust



1973:

Terry R. Brooks & Strange
Translucent World




1974:

New York Dolls
Too Much Too Soon




1975:

Smokey Robinson
A Quiet Storm



1976:

Ramones
Ramones


1977:

Television
Marquee Moon



1978:

Big Star
Third

The best Big Star album.

1979:

The Clash
London Calling

The obvious choice is Pink Floyd's The Wall. However, London Calling is growing increasingly obvious and it was tempting to insert The Pop Group's Y or Gang of Four.


1980:

The Feelies
Crazy Rhythms


1981:

Black Flag
Damaged


1982:

Flipper
Generic


1983:

Tom Waits
Swordfishtrombones


1984:

Minutemen
Double Nickels On The Dime


1985:

The Jesus and Mary Chain
Psychocandy


1986:

Slayer
Reign in Blood


1987:

Spacemen 3
Perfect Prescription


1988:

Sonic Youth
Daydream Nation


1989:

Pixies
Doolittle


1990:

Public Enemy
Fear of a Black Planet


1991:

Primal Scream
Screamadelica


1992:

Pavement
Slanted and Enchanted


1993:

Mercury Rev
Boces


1994:

The Sea and Cake
S/T


1995:

Yo La Tengo
Electr-O-Pura


1996:

Swans
Soundtracks For The Blind


1997:

Spiritualized
Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space


1998:

Neutral Milk Hotel
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea


1999:

Wilco
Summer Teeth


2000:

Lambchop
Nixon


2001:

The Strokes
Is This It


2002:

Liars
They Threw Us All In A Trench And Stuck A Monument On Top


2003:

Broken Social Scene
You Forgot It in People


2004:

The Fiery Furnaces
Blueberry Boat


2005:

Flotation Toy Warning
Bluffer's Guide to the Flight Deck


2006:

Helvetia
The Clever North Wind


2007:

Frog Eyes
Tears of the Valedictorian


2008:

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Dig Lazarus Dig


2009:

Oneida
Rated O


2010:

Titus Andronicus
The Monitor


2011:

Pure X
Pleasure


2012:

BEAK>
>>


2013:

Dumbo Gets Mad
Quantum Leap




NC-17 SOUNDTRAXXX is being edited, revised, and published. The literature content is gradually being removed for publication or  being transferred to the upcoming site: MHQ HEADQUARTERS. The music countdowns, however, shall remain here.

In the meantime... our first actual book publication, a dystopian epic: The Mansion 


According to the plant and animal life on Earth, which eventually unfriends the human race amidst bold accusations coming from an oddly-shaped row of trees: the concepts of government, religion, and economics were fabricated by the same sources that devised such absurdity as Black Friday sales, fashionable bowling attire, expiration dates for vaginal lube, and marketing strategies to entice specifically targeted mayonnaise consumers … and these sources obviously did not originate on the Planet Earth. From Prohibition to the dystopian future plagued with revolution, animosity towards society, and farming hippos with growth hormones, characters such as Squirrel Abraham and Jimmers Waffles (raccoon) not only challenge the status quo, but also question the entire history that created it.

Compiling 30 Sections and 68 different themes and storylines, which explore topics ranging from concepts of customer service to victimless crimes to a town in West Virginia that repeatedly becomes a ghost town; and featuring guest appearances from the likes of seahorses, dragonflies, praying mantis, chickens, and raccoon, The Mansion chronicles the plight of the human race, where Primitive Man evolved into the species known as Homo Bowler, and set out to destroy the world in a quest for decorative plates, generic shoes, and non-dairy powdered creamer.







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