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Old 01-27-2009, 01:02 AM   #51 (permalink)
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After I get down to number 1, I think I'll be finished with the other half of my top 200 and I'll post them as well.

81. Ten - Pearl Jam



This is not as high as it would have been say, 3 years ago. But I still have much love for this album. I'm not gonna try to convince anyone that this is true alternative rock, it's heresy to a lot of people to even mention Pearl Jam or Smashing Pumpkins in the same sentence as alternative, because taking alternative influences and giving it stadium rock treatment is the unpardonable sin or something. I think the reason Pearl Jam have never topped this album is because since then they have tried to become more and more "authentic" in the eyes of hipsters (ok Urban, that's four) and forgetting what made their debut so great in the first place. I get just as much Zeppelin and Neil Young out of this album as REM or Husker Du, and that's the way I like it. Not even the singles have gotten old for me, despite the constant overplaying of them on radio. I love Even Flow just as much as the first time I heard it.
Favorite tracks: Even Flow, Jeremy, Oceans, Release.

80. Cosmo's Factory - Creedence Clearwater Revival



Hate on classic rock all you want, I have NEVER met a person who dosen't like CCR, in fact, they're the ONLY band in existance I can think of that no one talks trash about. Their music has such a universial appeal to the point that I'm convinced that anyone who dosen't like CCR, just dosen't like music. They're one of the best singles bands of all time. Their music defines music better than most rock bands could ever hope to achieve. It's hard to believe these guys are from California, they sound so damn southern. And Fogerty is such a great songwriter, and he has that distinctive voice that sounds like whiskey and cigarettes, and that delicious country fried guitar sound, and he tells these very poignant tales and coats them in honey like Lennon did that catches you off guard. It's funny, because CCR is my grandma's favorite band, yet she's very conservative, it's funny when she sings along to a song like Run Through the Jungle, then I have to explain to her what the song is actually about.
Favorite tracks: Run Through the Jungle, Around the Bend, Ramble Tamble, I Heard It Through The Grapevine.

79. Modern Life is Rubbish - Blur



It's a known fact that I'm in total disagreement with Urban 95% of the time, but I have to give the ol' hatemonger some credit, without him there would have been a fair share of great music that I would have never discovered. I didn't hear much from Blur before this album, I just remember thinking Coffee and TV was a pretty good song, when I saw this album in the Urban 100, I decided to check it out and I'm very glad I did. Of all the so called britpop scenes bands of the mid 90s, Blur were the best. Oasis pisses me off and I never got into Pulp or Seude, but Blur have that very Kinks/Jam kind of sound that I just love. I also really relate to Albarn's lyrics about boredom and cultural identity.
Favorite tracks: For Tomorrow, Advert, Star Shaped, Sunday Sunday, Coping.

78. Dummy - Portishead



Man, Beth Gibbons has such a sexy and hypnotic voice. The way she croons on this album comes off as both really nostalgiac (a bit of Billie Holiday) and new at the same time, how a white british woman can sound this soulful is beyond me, and the way her vocals compliment the jazzy trip hop arangements is just brilliant. Every note she sings sounds like she means it. I always love music like this that takes me to some place, like a sleazy nightclub in some really strange part of the city.
Favorite tracks: It Could Be Sweet, Sour Times, Strangers, Pedestal.
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Old 01-27-2009, 08:25 AM   #52 (permalink)
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Finally some bloody love for Pearl Jam!

I actually prefer VS to Ten as a whole but Ten has my favourite songs, Jeremy and Why Go are quite possibly some of the best written songs of the 90's.
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Old 01-27-2009, 08:40 AM   #53 (permalink)
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'jeremy spoooke in, cleeess t'deeehhhh' <authentic quote

as much as I want Eddie Vedder annihilated I always liked their first two albums. And temporarily that one with the roadsign on the cover
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Old 01-27-2009, 12:38 PM   #54 (permalink)
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I'm not a Pearl Jam fan but the other day I sang Umbrella in Vederesque vocals to the amusement of my friend.

This is probably one of the best threads going on right now; I like the list so far it shows you're an indie ***.
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Old 01-27-2009, 12:46 PM   #55 (permalink)
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Sam, I'll promise to shut up about you trolling other threads as long as you stop trolling mine.
Pardon me for trying to inject some conversation into your thread. I suppose I should have just said "good pick" like everything else.

Don't worry, it won't happen again.
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80. Cosmo's Factory - Creedence Clearwater Revival


What your view on Pendulum? I would have o go with that personally. Not to mention the vinyl for it is beautiful.
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77. Mirrored - Battles



What with this band being associated with math rock and being a huge hit among the indie community, I had no idea this album would sound like this, a huge throwback to 70s prog bands like Gentle Giant and Magma more than anything. This album is so crazy and over the top, but it's also very catchy, it's poppy prog, I don't really see this being as inaccessible as people claim, it comes off as abrasive in it's weirdness, but once you get passed that you'll find quite a beautiful and adventurous album. It's both complex and simple, like Disney songs on acid. I love it.
Favorite tracks: Race In, Atlas, Ddiamondd, Rainbow.

76. You're Living All Over Me - Dinosaur Jr



To me, most of the better alternative rock bands take in more than just punk, pop and folk influences. Dinosaur jr took in a lot of classic rock and even had the balls to cover Peter Frampton, I'd like to see REM do that. This is a deceptive album, it's considereded alternative, but underneath the lo-fi production and walls of distortion and feedback lies the old and tired soul of classic rock. I usually hate lo-fi production but I love the murky sound of this album, it's like an FM classic rock radio station playing on a radio with crappy reception on an old pickup truck. I don't mean that as a put down, I love it. Dinosaur Jr were a very imporant band for their time, taking the noise of Sonic Youth and giving it a more accessible structure, paving the way for Nirvana and the like.
Favorite tracks: Little Fury Things, Sludgefeast, The Lung, Show Me the Way, Raisans.

75. Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden



OMG Iron Maiden rawks!! Bruce D*ckinson can really hit those high notes and Steve Harris is a bass god and Dave Murray and Adrian Smith are awesome guitarists they kick Kurt Cobains butt IRON MAIDEN OWNS!!!!!!!!11!!!! \m/

Yeah, I can't really think of anything serious to say, this album rules, that's about it.
Favorite tracks: Invaders, Number of the Beast, Run to the Hills, Hallowed Be Thy Name.

74. Back in Black - AC/DC



I know Urban won't agree with this one. I too probably prefer Scott to Johnson as an overall vocalist, but I do like Johnson as well, he does his own thing instead of imitating Scott, but everything still sounds like pure AC/DC, I think this is their most consistant album, but I do have to admit, You Shook Me All Night Long has worn out it's welcome a long time ago. But I've never tired of the other singles, and the deep cuts are just as good. Trashy no bullsh*t rock n roll at it's best.
Favorite tracks: Hells Bells, Shoot To Thrill, Back In Black, Shake A Leg, Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution.
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I must be one of the few Maiden fans who doesn't like Number Of the Beast. Hallowed Be Thy Name is a great track-unfortunately that track is the live version on 'Live After Death' and Run To The Hills is one of their worst tracks IMO. Good call on Dinosaur Jr.
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Number of the Beast is a great album, but I never got why the title track is one of Maiden's most popular. I could never get into it.
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Number of the Beast is a great album, but I never got why the title track is one of Maiden's most popular. I could never get into it.
What? Come on, honestly. It may not be their best song, but it's catchy as hell. I thought anyone would be able to pick up on that.
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