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Friday, July 11, 2008

the sounds of my youth

this is precisely the sort of thing for which i am a sucker. a musical meme! the premise is simple enough: pick a favorite album for every year that you've been alive -- it can be your current favorite from that year or your favorite record during the year in question. i'll try to strike a fair balance between the two. (god. i'm a geek.)

i'll even provide you with a handy tool for playing along at home: wikipedia. as in, here's a (thoroughly incomplete) wiki-rundown of the year in music: 1975, the greatest year of all time -- because it was that year in which i was born. february 3, to be exact. so since we're already talking about 1975, let's get my list started ... WITH the caveat that all of my selections are subject to change if you asked me this question on any other day. (for the, um, record, this idea was stolen from dad centric pet cobra guy, who found it here, though it seems to have originated, probably, here.)

here we go, then. year by sweet year of my life, my favorite album:

1975: Red Headed Stranger; Willie Nelson (narrowly edging out Dylan's Blood on the Tracks even though "Tangled Up in Blue" is one of my top five favorite songs ever)

1976: Songs in the Key of Life; Stevie Wonder (or Mothership Connection; Parliament ... or Rocks; Aerosmith FUCK THIS IS HARD)

1977: Menagerie; Bill Withers (runner up is Talking Heads: 77)

1978: Here, My Dear; Marvin Gaye. (sooo tempted to put in the Sgt Pepper soundtrack -- you know, from the movie starring the BeeGees & Peter Frampton? was a huge touchstone for me. still, couldn't do it. Marvin's record is a slow-burning mind-blower.)

1979: Off the Wall; Michael Jackson (suck it, Thriller)

1980: Dirty Mind; Prince (close second: Back in Black; AC/DC)

1981: Tattoo You; Rolling Stones (on the strength of "Slave" alone)

1982: 1999; Prince (tied for second place: Violent Femmes' self-titled debut ... and the Nightfly; Donald Fagen YOU KNOW IT!!!!)

1983: Synchronicity; Police (god it hurts to type that. oh, how i loathe you Sting)

1984: (i'd really like to say i'm cool enough to include Minutemen's Double Nickels on the Dime, but I am going to tell the truth and go with) Purple Rain; Prince

1985: Radio; LL Cool J (hey, i need a beat) (runner up: Rain Dogs; Tom Waits)

1986: Raising Hell; Run-DMC (and, the flipside, License to Ill; Beastie Boys)

1987: Appetite for Destruction; Guns 'n' Roses

1988: Vivid; Living Colour ( ... and i kinda liked Poison's Open Up and Say Aaaah. SO SUE ME)

1989: 3 Feet High and Rising; De La Soul ... followed by Paul's Boutique; the Beastie Boys (of course if you were to actually ask me this question in 1989, i'd have probably said Warrant or something. ooh, i know: Built to Last; Grateful Dead -- i'm all over the map, i know.)

1990: Shake Your Money Maker; Black Crowes (followed by People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm; A Tribe Called Quest) (can i kick it?)

1991: Star Time; the James Brown box set ... or if you want something contemporary, hell, i guess: Ten; Pearl Jam (never did care much for Nirvana)

1992: The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion; Black Crowes

1993: Exile in Guyville; Liz Phair

1994: One Foot in the Grave; Beck (followed by In this House on this Morning; Wynton Marsalis)

1995: Brown Sugar; D'Angelo

1996: Odelay; Beck

1997: OK Computer; Radiohead

1998: Moon Safari; Air

1999: Mule Variations; Tom Waits

2000: Nia; Blackalicious

2001: White Blood Cells; the White Stripes

2002: Clone; Leo Kottke and Mike Gordon

2003: Speakerboxxx/The Love Below; Outkast

2004: Cee-Lo Green ... Is The Soul Machine

2005: Arular; MIA (only because i got tired of putting Beck and White Stripes on here. Demon Days by Gorrillaz also strong)

2006: The Letting Go; Bonnie "Prince" Billy (i know this can't be right, it's a great album, but my favorite? shit. what else came out in '06 ... ?)

2007: Dirt Farmer; Levon Helm (also, speaking of retro, 100 Days, 100 Nights; Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings)

2008 ... who knows!? although since you're asking today, right now i'm totally in love with Abigail Washburn and the Sparrow Quartet

ok kiddies. homework time: let's have your lists please! i want them on my desk, asap!


Blogger Fairly Odd Mother said...

Oh why, oh why, couldn't I have been born in 1985? 1967 just seems light years away for me.

7/11/2008 10:52 PM  
Blogger mr. nice guy said...

fairly odd mother: NO EXCUSES. do it! ... or get a pass by telling me how brilliant i am.

7/11/2008 11:02 PM  
Blogger anonymom said...

You're brilliant! And funny...did I add dashing? (Going for the brownie points as well as the pass).

I'm strongly tempted to opt out of this one; trapped in rural Arkansas, I was forced to listen to Contemporary Christian Music for most of my formative years and I don't know if I want to either acknowledge or relive my early list, which goes a little something like this: Amy Grant, Amy Grant, Amy Grant, BJ Thomas, Petra, Randy Stonehill. Who? Exactly! Maybe I should post, just to represent all of the musical CCM "Nells" out there. "Tay in the waind", ya'll.

I did, however, pass this challenge on to my husband, in the hopes that he'll represent for my fams, yo.

7/14/2008 4:46 PM  
Blogger Kara said...

part one esta aqui:

7/16/2008 6:15 PM  
Blogger mr. nice guy said...

anonymom ... no more passes after ms kara so completely raised the bar!

7/17/2008 12:01 AM  
Anonymous Erica C. said...

Ok, you've made me pull out the cassesttes. Although I was born in 1973, I'm gonna list the music that had the biggest impact in my "formative years":

1982 10,000 Maniacs Hope Chest

1985 R.E.M. Fables of the Reconstruction

The Cure Standing on a Beach the singles

1987 10,000 Maniacs In My Tribe

1988 R.E.M. Green and Eponymous

1988 Edie Brickell & New Bomhemians
Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars

1989 Kate Bush Sensual World
B-52's Cosmic Thing
10,000 Maniacs Blind Man's Zoo
XTC Oranges & Lemons

1990 Suzanne Vega Days of Open Hand
Cowboy Junkies The Caution
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
Ghost of a Dog

1991 Nirvana Nevermind
Toad the Wet Sprocket Fear
Siouxsie and the Banshees
Pearl Jam Ten

1992 XTC Nonsuch
Lemonheads It's a shame about
Juliana Hatfield Hey Babe

***Ok MNG this is beginning to be more like a thesis***!

These are my recent buys:

Arcade Fire Neon Bible

Lily Allen Alright,Still

ColdPlay Viva La Vida

Beck Modern Guilt


R.E.M. Accelerate

The White Stripes Get Behind Me Satan

Kate Bush Aerial

Antony and the Johnsons I am a Bird Now

Adele 19

Modest Mouse We were dead before the ship even sank

Feist The reminder

Modest Mouse Good News for People who Love Bad News

Theres more but I think this enough MNG!!!

7/20/2008 10:48 AM  
Blogger Gringcorp said...

I feel strangely naked. And sleepless. Even with iTunes open, that was hard work:

1977 - Pink Flag, Wire
1978 - Double Live Gonzo, Ted Nugent
1979 - The Wall
1980 - Searching For The Young Soul Rebels, Dexy's Midnight Runners
1981 - I slept
1982 - Nebraska, Bruce Springsteen
1983 - Was Bob Marley's Legend about now?
1984 - Let It Be, The Replacements, or Nothing Can Stop These Men, The Milkshakes
1985 - New Day Rising, Husker Du
1986 - Paul Simon, Graceland
1987 - Appetite For Destruction, Guns N' Roses
1988 - Superfuzz, Bigmuff, Mudhoney (or Surfer Rosa, or Daydream Nation)
1989 - The Real Thing, Faith No More
1990 - The Hot Spot - Jack Nitzche et al
1991 - Badmotorfinger, Soundgarden
1992 - Sweet Oblivion, Screaming Trees (or Nine Inch Nails - Broken)
1993 - Gentlemen, Afghan Whigs
1994 - Worst Case Scenario, dEUS,
1995 - Elastica, Elastica
1996 - Insides, Orbital
1997 - Pardise Don't Come Cheap, New Kingdon
1998 - Bring It On, Gomez
1999 - The Evil Powers of Rock N' Roll, Supersuckers
2000 - The Night, Morphine
2001 - The Tyranny of Distance, Ted Leo
2002 - Three Times Infinity, The Hentchmen
2003 - thickfreakiness , The Black Keys
2004 - Since We Last Spoke, RJD2
2005 - Black One, Sun O)))
2006 - Boys And Girls In America, The Hold Steady
2007 - Death Is The Communion, High On Fire
2008 - Vampire Weekend, epon

7/22/2008 10:50 PM  
Blogger mr. nice guy said...

gringcorp: you are a serious musichound. i salute you.

mostly, i salute Double Live Gonzo, Ted Nugent. niiiice!

7/22/2008 11:19 PM  

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