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Old 01-24-2008, 04:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Top 10 Most Important Albums To You

Basically post/write something on the top 10 albums that are most important to the musical shaping of your taste. Please be legit about this, if you list like 10 obscure albums from the past year we all know you're full of shit. Get it? So yeah, rank them in order of impact and go.

10. Blink-182 "Enema of the State"
This was probably the first album I ever really got into. The lyrics were funny, the music simple pop songs I have many fond memories of this album. It got me through my first crush and all sorts of things an Elementary Schooler deals with.

9. Cursive "The Ugly Organ"
This album was single-handedly responsible for pulling me out of the musical hellhole I was in during my freshman year. I was listening to crap like The Used around this time and when I heard the Ugly Organ I had left all that behind and started obsessing over Cursive for awhile instead which led me to get into indie/emo.

8. The Smiths "Louder Than Bombs"
This album was the first Smiths album I really got into. It opened me up to 80s music like Joy Division and such, stuff I had never really bothered with before. It also really helped removed this old music bias I had towards certain eras.

7. Circle Takes the Square "As the Roots Undo"
This album opened up emo for me, because it was much more accessible than most emo albums yet it was much more intelligent than most too and probably one of the greatest emo albums ever recorded even if most people would deny that now because they're "overrated."

6. Sigur Ros "Takk..."
This album led me into post-rock and ambient music which still do dominate most of my taste. I don't care what people say, Sigur Ros is a great band and no one disagreed until they signed to a major label and got popular, figures.

5. Elliott Smith "Either/Or"
This is probably the album that got me into folk most I think. It's not the first album I really clicked with by him, but I kind of clicked with this and XO at the same time anyway but I think overall this one did more for me.

4. The Ramones "The Ramones"
It was either this or the Misfits that really got me into punk but I'm fairly sure I heard this album first. I don't remember where I even heard of them before I'd just somehow gotten the album and I'd love it.

3. Patrick Wolf "Lycanthropy"
I think I got this sometime after wind in the wires came out. This girl kept talking about him and I found this album online, this was around the time I was heavily into Cursive and Bright Eyes this had just clicked with me too though I didn't get Wind in the Wires till a few months later. This album helped get me into the more electronic side of music (though I'm still not heavy into most of it) and also into british folk like Drake and Bunyan.

2. The Blood Brothers "March on Electric Children"
This was the album that got me out of pop-rock and more into punk. The Ramones were the foundation but the Blood Brothers were definitely the house. I could never find a band (until much later) that was as chaotic as them so I wore them down very quick.

1. Bright Eyes "Fevers and Mirrors"
My best friend got me this album and I really should thank her for it sometime. This album basically single-handedly got me into Indie, though I was never heavy on it until about a yearish ago I still loved a few artists (all mentioned in here except for a few) alot it was mainly emo that dominated my taste at the time but this album is probably mostly responsible for all the stuff I like now.

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Old 01-24-2008, 05:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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1 being most important:
10: Green Day: American Idiot
This album kinda dissapointed me, making me realize that punk has now turned into crap over the years, and got me to move on from that phase to other better music.

9: Soft Machine: Third
This album completely redefined my tasts in music, and made me question what bands were good, and which ones werent. It also led me to a greater appreciation of wierd stuff like this. It should acutally be higher up on my list.

8: Avenged Sevenfold: Waking the Fallen
Featured the first great guitarists I had ever heard at the time, and got me interested in more complex music.

7: Soundgarden: Superunknown
This got me interested in lighter rock, as opposed to the heavy stuff that I had primarily listened to earlier(system of a down, avenged sevenfold, etc)

6: Tool: Aenima
This got me interested in Tool/like music, and is still one of my favorite albums. It also contains the first rock song I think I ever heard, which is stinkfist.

5: Tool: 10,000 days:
Through this album, I found out about Tool(I had head parts of Aenima before I started listening to rock, but I didnt know it was Tool then), and introduced me to odd meter, and got me interested in bass, my main intrument.

4: Soft Machine: The Soft Machine albums 1 and 2
This combined album introduced me to jazz fusion/like stuff, and led me to become interested in jazz and 60's stuff.

3: Led Zeppelin: IV
This CD got me interested in classic rock, and music before the 90's.

2: System of a down: Toxicity
this album pretty much introduced me to hard rock, and led me to find most of my favorite bands now.

1: Green Day: Dookie
this was the sole album that got me into music. before dookie, I didnt really have any big interest in music.

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Old 01-24-2008, 06:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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10. Jimmy Eat World: Chase This Light

9. Sublime: Sublime

8. Jack Johnson: On and On

7.The Offspring: Smash

6. Tool: Lateralus

5. Dave Matthews Band: Before These Crowded Streets

4. Of A Revolution: Between Now and Then

3. Coldplay: A Rush of Blood o the Head

2. Dave Matthews Band: Listener Supported

1. Red Hot Chili Peppers: By the Way
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Old 01-24-2008, 08:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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10: iv - zepplin : there were a few albums i stole from my dad back in 5th grade,.....this was one of them,.............i can remember it being one of the first times i really let the music 'sink in' and not just bounce off of me

9: war - u2 : i think its undeniable the impact us has man on the music industry and on me,...

8: live - roxy music

7: eat a peach - the allman brothers

6: great gonzos - jerry jeff walker : living in texas, country music is all around you,....jerry jeff walker has always been played at my house (my mom's a big fan) and it started my love for the texas singer/songwritter

5: american beauty - the grateful dead

4: shake your moneymaker - the black crowes

3: singles - the soundtrack : opened my world up the grunge

2: self titled - jimmy cliff : everyone needs alittle jimmy cliff

1: harvest - neil young : still the most listened to album in my collection
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Old 01-24-2008, 08:25 PM   #5 (permalink)
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GOdm this is so incrediably hard. at the moment....
10. Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness - Smashing Pumpkins. The name says it all, best album to listen to when your depressed or whatnot. I dunno, i just really love it

9. The Jimi Hendrix Experinece Greates Hits. No, it's not an actuall album, but it has all their best songs, and it blows me aways every time, amazing guitar.

8.Viva Hate - Morrisey. First I ever heard of Morrissey, even before I heard of the Smiths, and it's still my favorite Morrissey album.

7.Bob Dylan Greatest Hits. No, not a real album again, but it still had all his greatest song, so I'll count it.

6.Ramomes - Ramones. First Ramones album I ever bought, and defiantly their best ever. Really got me into punk rock and all.

5.Wind In The Wires - Patrick Wolf. I belive this was the first album I heard from him, although I sadly have yet to buy the actuall CD. It killed all my predjuces against electronica/pop music, and opened my mind up a bit (I would have never dreamed of listeing to electronica before that album) and then I fell in love with Patrick Wolf as well

4.London Calling - The Clash. Greatest punk rock album ever. Period. Inspired me sooo much, it never ever seems to get old or boring, Absolutly amazing

3.Dookie - Green Day. I fell in love with this band after I got this album (years after it came out) First album I ever bought with my own, and was the first band I actually liked on my own, even though i absolutly despise them now.

and tied for first are....

Up The Bracket - The Libertines. One of my all-time favorite albums from one of my favorite bands. I loved the lyrics and the guitar melodies, and simplisticness of it, and then I fell in love with Pete Doherty
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Im Wide Awake, It's morning - Bright Eyes. Simply for the songs Lua, Land Locked Blues, and Poison oak, which are all so simple, and yet beautiful, and lyrically amazing and inspriring.
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Old 01-25-2008, 02:34 AM   #6 (permalink)
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1 is the best:
10. The Living End - State Of Emergency
9.The Offspring - Smash
8. Wolfmother - Wolfmother
7.Alanis Morrissette - Jagged Little Pill
6.Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
5.Silverchair - Freak Show
4.Metallica - Reload
3.The Darkness - One Way Ticket To Hell
2. Guns N Roses - Appetite For Destruction
1. Queen - A Night At The Opera

It's a close call for me - the order above would change depending on my mood.

THeres also a lot of albums that I havent heard in full - mostly classic stuff like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin.

But its so hard to narrow it down to 10!
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10. Live At Leeds: The Who. The ultimate version of Substitute, a perfect opener in Heaven & Hell, and, most importantly, John Entwistle. For once, I'm glad the album is in stereo; ignore the right channel (Townshend's guitar, ugh) and listen to the left speaker. This is the album that helped me understand why I've never been impressed by "guitar heroes." Give me a great bass player anyday.

9. Rear View Mirror- Townes Van Zandt. My initial reaction? "Hey, there is music worth listening to besides Bob Dylan!"

8. Small Songs With Big Hearts- Buzzcocks. Hey, pop-punk doesn't have to suck!

7. Straight Outta Compton- NWA. Hey, rap doesn't have to suck!

6. The Definitive Collection: Chuck Berry. Hey, I actually like rock music! What do you know, I don't have to spend the rest of my life listening to Beethoven!

5. Spunk: The Sex Pistols: NMTB, London Calling, etc. always left me a bit dissatisfied, and the extremely raw sound of this album explained why. Gritty = better.

4. Darkness On The Edge Of Town: Bruce Springsteen. Brucie isn't the lightweight third-rate Dylan I used to think he was. And rock heroism doesn't have to be cheesy.

3. Apple Venus, Vol. 1: XTC. The first "pop" album that I truly loved. Lesson: sappy strings and corny sentiments don't have to kill an album.

2. This Year's Model: Elvis Costello. Not my favorite Costello album by any means, but enough to make me a "punk" convert.

1. Blood On The Tracks: Bob Dylan. Two words; Idiot Wind. Rock music can be poetic, beautiful, and haunting.
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10. Steely Dan - Aja
Upon hearing this for the first time, I discovered I had a bit of a soft spot for jazzier music

9. Happy Mondays - Pills, Thrills 'n' Bellyaches
Got me into all that Madchester stuff, therefore late 80s/early 90s house, therefore a lot of dance music

8. The Fall - Hex Enduction Hour
Got me started on my hugely rewarding journey through the Fall's discography

7. Faith No More - King For a Day, Fool For a Lifetime
One of the few albums I got when I was 13 that I still listen to and love to this day

6. The Pogues - The Very Best Of the Pogues
I picked this up for about a fiver second-hand in Aberdeen and it's one of the most rewarding bargain-purchases I've ever made. I used to have no opinion on them, now they're one of my favourites

5. Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers - LAMF
And then there's this. I'd heard punk before (Sex Pistols and the Clash basically) but this album encouraged me to really get into punk music

4. Steel Pulse - Handsworth Revolution
If it weren't for this album I wouldn't be into reggae. 'nuff said

3. New Order - Substance
Before I bought this album I basically listened to Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Papa Roach - all sorts of stuff your average white 14 year-old would listen to back in the day and all the stuff I can't stand to hear now. Of all people it was my history teacher who recommended it to me

2. The Doors - The Doors
Another one of the first non nu-metal albums I ever bought, and one which therefore had a massive impact on my taste in music

1. David Bowie - Low
And I always mention this album whenever someone asks what got me into music. I was into music before, but not into music if you know what I mean

There are a couple I've missed out. Nick Cave's 'No More Shall We Part' and Elvis Costello's 'Armed Forces' for example, but I'll leave it there
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Old 10-21-2008, 05:29 PM   #9 (permalink)
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^^

Nice selection. I would'nt mind an up of the Steel Pulse album
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5. television - marquee moon

it led me into the post-punk scene, and this was really the first album i remember that i let grow on me. i'm out of time. maybe i'll finish this later.

4. olivia tremor control - dusk at cubist castle

i liked this, and a friend recommended that i listen to some neutral milk hotel. the rest is magical lovefest history.

3. elliott smith - elliott smith

it's the album that got me digging elliott. the white lady loves you more was the first of his records that i couldn't stop listening to. i enjoy either/or quite a bit more, but this was the one that got me going.

2. tom waits - rain dogs

i heard this album for the first time when i was 12 years old or so, and it was really the first time i realized that there was music out there that i enjoyed a lot more than nelly and linkin park.

1. neutral milk hotel - in the aeroplane over the sea

it's the album that has pretty much shaped who i am. i've listened to it probably three times as much as any other, yet it still leaves me in like, temporary paralysis each time.
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