Monday, March 19

Some Records

I love looking at lists - Greatest Fruit, Coolest People, Tastiest Cakes - they're all obviously clear subjects that have right and wrong answers (pomegranate, me, and yellow with chocolate frosting). The internet has made bitching and arguing and whining over arbitrary rankings great fun; my new favorite list, The Definitive 200 Albums Every Music Lover Should Own, is sure to cause all kinds of rumblings among these old tubes. Why? Well, partly because the selection was made by the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (who want you to BUY or RE-BUY these albums! From a retailer!) and partly because 95% of the albums on the list suck.

But you know what? It's easy to mock others. For once, let me mock myself. The following is a list of records I own/owned that are among the Definitive 200; please, take time to look over the albums and share your shame with me.

1. BEATLES – SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND
3. MICHAEL JACKSON – THRILLER
9. BEACH BOYS – PET SOUNDS
10. NIRVANA – NEVERMIND

Okay, four out of the Top Ten. Very dull, relatively unimpeachable choices. Sgt. Pepper's is by no means my favorite Beatles album, but whatever.

11. PEARL JAM – TEN

I haven't listened to it since I was about 16, and I could probably only list off the singles.

12. BEATLES – ABBEY ROAD

Required (by law) to be on the Top Twenty of every list ever.

26. ALANIS MORISSETTE – JAGGED LITTLE PILL

Okay, here we go. I don't remember why it was purchased, but it was getting mad play on my Walkman back in '96. This was a pretty big deal for me; you have remember this was still in the days when talking about giving blowjobs in theatres was considered risque lyrical content, and I was only 12 or so. Oh Alanis, you helped kick-start the angst of my teen years. Well done.

39. BEATLES – WHITE ALBUM
42. BEATLES – REVOLVER

Okay, my favorite Beatles album is at number 42. Whatever. I ain't re-buying it. I've got most of it ripped to my iPod.

50. GREEN DAY – DOOKIE

I actually saw Green Day a couple of years ago at Gaylord with a couple of girlfriends. The tickets were free, the show was pretty good, and we (ranging in age from early- to late-20s) were the oldest people there who didn't have any children. It was slightly bizarre.

69. GEORGE HARRISON – ALL THINGS MUST PASS
80. MICHAEL JACKSON – OFF THE WALL

Both good records. As good as #57, Get Rich or Die Tryin'? Obviously not.

88. RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS – BLOOD SUGAR SEX MAGIK

I'm so boring. I used to really admire repetition, I guess.

91. MATCHBOX TWENTY – YOURSELF OR SOMEONE LIKE YOU

It was called "junior high" and those were crazy times. Sometimes you wanted to push people around, and I don't actually remember any of the other songs...I always preferred Third Eye Blind, anyway.

92. RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS – CALIFORNICATION

I'm so boring. I used to really admire repetition, I guess.

96. CLASH – LONDON CALLING

It's no "Dookie," but what can you do?

110. BEATLES – RUBBER SOUL
111. RADIOHEAD – OK COMPUTER

I'm not as embarrassed on the whole as I thought I was going to be.

120. NO DOUBT – TRAGIC KINGDOM

I loved this record. Beginning to end, I thought it was just about the best thing ever. I haven't listened to it in years, and now wonder if it would stand up over time. Of course, I sold it ages ago. I'm not buying it again.

149. SMASHING PUMPKINS – MELLON COLLIE & THE INFINITE SADNESS

The Smashing Pumpkins were my absolute favorite band when I was in high school. I can tell you the exact moment I heard this record: It was the summer of 1998 and I was on a class trip to Washington, DC, and the CDs were lent to me on the plane. I bought it as soon as I got back home, and had the band on repeat for like, 5 years. I think Siamese Dream is a better album overall, but I won't deny the role this record played in my whining teenage years.

167. STONE TEMPLE PILOTS – CORE

Geez.

171. DAVID BOWIE – RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST
178. WHITE STRIPES – WHITE BLOOD CELLS

I have no problems with either one of these.

Only 23 out of 200 - I think I got off pretty easily, all things considered. There were no Greatest Hits on there (so technically I could not admit to owning the Journey they listed), so that cut my list down a bit. There was also no Spice Girls or Hanson or N'Sync - Christina Aguilera was the only bubblegum listed, and she's all respectable and shit nowadays. No fun!

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4 Comments:

Blogger Elijah M said...

The funniest thing about that list is that most of the items on it can be gotten at any used CD store for around $3. A lot of people DID buy that Linkin Park CD, but most of them sold it pretty quickly too. Same with Creed, and the Footloose, Dirty Dancing and Titanic soundtracks.

I think it would be very telling to see what this list would look like if it were compiled in 1989. Would Warrant have made the list then?

9:16 AM  
Anonymous sharon said...

Wow, living with Thom really ups the album count.

8:07 AM  
Anonymous SaraJane said...

i thought that one, mr. griffith, gave you the mellon collie & the infinite sadness cd...? hmmm...

10:19 AM  
Anonymous Wood said...

Crappy, crappy list.

I have six of them.

One of those is Jethro Tull's Aqualung. I'm not proud of that.

4:52 AM  

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