I love lists. They’re useful and fun. I recently was tagged in a post from a friend at work asking for 12 albums that have “stayed with me.” The instructions were simple — don’t think too hard, and you don’t have to rank them. OK! I’m up to that challenge.
You weren’t supposed to add commentary, so I decided to take it to my blog (my own personal running commentary) to add a few notes.
Here’s my list:
1. In Utero – Nirvana: Even though this isn’t a ranked list, this is hands-down the album that I have listened to the most in my life. From my moody teenage years to my roaring 20s to today, I have always loved the gritty, raw sound of this album produced by Steve Albini. Also, the album art is tres magnifique!
2. Low – David Bowie: His best record, in my opinion. Great progressive rock that is enjoyable from start to finish. Brian Eno’s influence is clear. Also, props to my hubby who got me an amazing “Low” T-shirt a few years back. RIP, Starman.
3. Black Album – Metallica: A perfect metal album. Bang your head, grab your denim vest, assault your air guitar, and hang on for an amazing ride. That’s all I have to say about that.
4. Greatest Shit – KMFDM: I debated – to include “best ofs” or not? The instructions said not to think to much, so I opted to include them. This is an amazing collecting spanning KMFDM’s career. It will make you jump up and down and sing out loud. Also, every time I listen to “Sucks” I smile.
5. End of the Century – Ramones: Haters gonna hate — a lot of Ramones fans don’t like Phil Spector’s work with the band, but I love it. I sing “Baby, I Love You” to my kids when I rock them to sleep.
6. Immaculate Collection – Madonna: One of the first CDs I ever bought, this singles collection is nothing but one great pop song after another.
7. To Bring You My Love – PJ Harvey: Along with “In Utero” this album was pretty much a constant in my adolescent playlist.
8. Antichrist Superstar – Marilyn Manson: A dark, heavy rock opera, Mr. Manson was the horror of mothers everywhere in the ’90s. Fortunately, mine was pretty cool and just looked at me with raised eyebrows when I would pop it in on the way to school.
9. Live Through This – Hole: I love Courtney Love. She is fierce, she seeks to offend and she’s got a killer set of pipes. This was the aural embodiment of my angst. It still is.
10. Tabula Rasa – Einstürzende Neubauten: A beautiful album, perfect for any mood, from a groundbreaking group of true artists.
11. Static Age – The Misfits: Fast, loud music by the OGs of horror punk, The Misfits. When I hear Glenn Danzig sing, “I got something to say…” I go complete fangirl.
12. Self Titled Debut – Black Sabbath: Doom, pure and simple. Heavy, stoner metal for the ages. NIB forever baby.