I got tagged to do this on Facebook, but I mostly use Facebook just to spy on my kids, so I’ll do it here.
The idea is to list 15 albums that have been meaningful to you for whatever reason without wasting too much time on the exercise.
1. Paul Revere and the Raiders – the one with the guys sitting on the tank. First album I ever bought.
2. Neil Diamond – Some Neil Diamond album. Oh, yeah: Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Part of a set of what, a dozen? albums received at considerable discount from Columbia House, if you know what I mean. If not for this album, the next album would be the most embarrassing album I ever bought.
3. Elton John – Goodby Yellow Brick Road. This got a lot of play. And yet, my parents didn’t beat me to death. Why not, I will never know.
4. Ramones – Ramones. Thank God for punk music. 1976 was a good year. I found out about the Ramones, the Sex Pistols and Bob Marley.
5. Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks.
6. Bob Marley and the Wailers – Rastaman Vibration
7. Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
8. Jimi Hendrix – I never owned a Hendrix album when I was a kid, for some reason. And whenever I hear the Doors “Rider on the Storm” I think about picking raspberries one rainy day (one of my first jobs), when that song was on the radio. Funny how the memory works.
9. Devo – Q: Are we not men? A: We are Devo!
10. Kraftwerk – Autobahn I don’t think I owned this album, but it was a big deal
11. Led Zeppelin – Houses Of The Holy
12. Elvis Costello – My Aim is True. I saw Mr. MacManus in concert for a buck in Seattle back in college and he was great.
13. Sigur Rós – Saeglopur (or any other album of theirs)
14. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers This also brings back memories.
15. Stephen Isserlis – Bach Cello Suites
Boy, any list of 15 isn’t going to do it, is it?