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Old 02-02-2009, 09:42 PM   #61 (permalink)
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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.
Who knows how these things work. The ironic part is that I'm a huge fan of Maiden otherwise.
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Old 04-11-2009, 10:45 AM   #62 (permalink)
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Ok guys, I'm gonna bring this back from the dead.

73. Forever Changes - Love



Overrated a good deal by the hipster crowd (hey Urban, how many times has that been so far? I lost count) but whatever, it's here. Love brought about a certain air of whimsy that was very rare in American rock music at the time. Psychedelic folk before the term even existed. You can hear their influence in everyone from The Doors to Zep to Yes to Jeff Buckley. They were one of the defining hippie bands, yet all you indie kids surely love them, surely you still remember that they have influenced a big majority of the music that you despise (and I love) right? =D
Favorite tracks: Alone Again Or, Andmoreagain, The Daily Planet, The Red Telephone, Live and Let Live.

72. Getz/Gilberto - Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto



Bossa nova, and jazz in general. It was the music "cool" people listened to back in the day, before cool became associated with "being as retarded as possible". This is such a beautiful album, I can almost forgive it for all the awful smooth jazz it influenced. Almost.
Favorite tracks: The Girl From Ipanema, Doralice, Para Machuchar Meu Coracao, Vivo Sonhando (Dreamer).

71. Mass Romantic - New Pornographers



There's an exception to every rule. Ok guys, ONE indie band post 1999 that I actually like. And it comes as no surprise that this band has greater "pomp" rock leanings than their indie peers, that's right up my alley. I don't know why Pitchfork and the like clamor over a band that actually has a knack for those pesky little things called melodies, but that's a horrifying secret I don't want to uncover. I'm not gonna complain about musical abominations like The National or the hideously overrated Arcade Fire stealing all the limelight from a band that actually deserves it. I'm indie ranting again, I know. I highly recommend this album to any fan of power pop (like myself), but if you were unfortunate enough to read the godawful Pitchfork review, I'd perfectly understand if you say "F*ck you and get herpes" and then proceeded to vandalize my house.
Favorite tracks: Mass Romantic, The Slow Descent Into Alcoholism, Mystery Hours, Jackie, Letter From an Occupant.

70. Los Angeles - X



Like The Minutemen. X are a hardcore scene band that doesn't even remotely sound like a hardcore band. When their name is X and they're doing shows with Black Flag and Fear, it's hard to imagine their studio output would be something kin to Roxy Music, with a very talented guitarist, good production and....Ray Manzarek on organ? WTF? I like a little pomp in my punk, just like me prog. And this fits the bill nicely, I know I knock on punk a lot these days (comes with the territory of being a bitter prog fan), because I think music is hardly even considered a top priority for most punk bands, but if a punk band actually cares about what they put out on record then they have my attention if they got the talent.
Favorite tracks: The Unheard Music, Johnny Hit and Run Pauline, Nausea, Sugarlight, Los Angeles.
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Old 04-11-2009, 11:01 AM   #63 (permalink)
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90. Blood Sugar Sex Magik - Red Hot Chili Peppers



This band sure takes a beating here, even as a fan of their later work like Californication, I can understand the dislike for it, but anyone who says they like P-Funk and Bow Wow Wow and then says they don't like this album is just being pretentious for hipsters sake or is just incredibly inconsistant. This was the swan song for funk era RHCP, their musicianship had improved (Flea and Frusciante are both top notch here) and Rubin did a fine job of polishing their sound, but it's just as silly, raunchy, funky and fun as ever. I know there's a term out there called desert rock and while RHCP aren't considered such, that's the imagery I get from this album and I love it.
Favorite tracks: Power of Equality, Under the Bridge, Apache Rose Peac*ck, Sir Psycho Sexy.
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Los Angeles is an awesome album that I haven't listened to for ages. Need to revisit that one.
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Old 04-11-2009, 05:51 PM   #65 (permalink)
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69. Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine



I know this one won't win over a lot of positive feedback but oh well, if you guys agreed with every choice on my list it would be boring. RATM are a band who I got into, like every human being since 1993, at age 13. And while this was around the same time I was listing to Significant Other and Issues and all that Nu Metal stuff. RATM stuck with me even when I became aware of how awful the music they inspired is. You can jump on them for their politics, they're hypocrisy for being on a major label, Tom Morello's use of effects pedals, or god forbid the fact that they have influences that somehow makes them a "direct ripoff" of I dunno, 100 different bands. Whatever retarded reason the indie kids/metalheads/punks/*enter annoyingly snobbish music subculture here" are pulling out of their bums these days, none of it it seems to be relevant to their music. Don't get me wrong, I do understand why someone would hate these guys. I'm no commie but geez, without Tom's funky/heavy riffs and Zack's fist pumping vocals, I just wouldn't know how to start the day. =(
Favorite tracks: Bombtrack, Know Your Enemy, Freedom, Killing In The Name, Settle For Nothing.

68. Something/Anything? - Todd Rundgren



I know none of you have heard this, and if you did, you'd surely hate it. It's pure 70s pop rock, soft rock and blue eyed soul, oh and it's a double album too, from who is in my opinion the most criminally underrated musician in rock music. Todd Rundgren has dabbled with many styles, after this album he would go power pop, and then prog with his band Utopia. There is one thing about this album I can't deny, it's got enough corn in it to fuel 30 greyhound buses, but I love it, god I love it, this album IS the 70s, it has a little bit of everything that defines the more pompy side of the decade, soft rock, power pop, blues rock, prog. I have a weakness for girly falsetto vocals and lavishly produced pop songs. Rundgren like him or hate him is a musician by every definition of the word, he writes his songs, sings them, produces them, and for 3 sides of the album he plays all the instruments and does all the dubbed background vocals. Side four is done live in a studio. And most of all, for a double album, it's all consistantly good. Normally I hate soft AOR stuff, but this just proves that there are exceptions for every genre.
Favorite tracks: I Saw the Light, Cold Morning Light, Breathless, The Night the Carousel Burned Down, Hello It's Me, You Left Me Sore.

67. Meat is Murder - The Smiths



Surprised? Now of course I piss on The Smiths all the time. Why? Well lets see. 1. Morrissey is a douche. 2. I hate their fans. 3. Queen is Dead is overrated and boring. 4. Morrissey is a douche. 5. Johnny Marr now plays for my least favorite band in the world. But I love this album. That doesn't make me a Smiths fan, I'm not. I could do without their other albums entirely, this album works for me because they spreaded their wings a little, they experiement with many styles, and it all appeals to me a lot more than what they usually dish out, it doesn't sound like The Smiths that much, go figure. Morrisseys lyrics with his "I'm so painfully shy and lonely" BS, lame pseudo intellectualism, ironic humor and moral imperialist propagonda (the awful title track for example) still grates the f*ck out of me. But the music here makes up for that, Johnny Marr really kicks ass on this album, and the rhythm section, heck even Morrisseys vocals are good here. Just don't make me listen to anything else by this band, please.
Favorite tracks: The Headmaster Ritual, I Want the One I Can't Have, That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore, How Soon is Now?, Barbarism Begins At Home.

66. The Joshua Tree - U2



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Favorite tracks: I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, Bullet The Blue Sky, Red Hill Mining Town, In God's Country, Trip Through Your Wires.
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Old 04-11-2009, 06:08 PM   #66 (permalink)
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I DL'd The Queen is Dead (my only Smiths albums atm) just yesterday, and I rather enjoyed it. However with all of this hyping of Meat is Murder on these boards, I guess I should probably go ahead and look for a torrent.
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Oh Lord, I love Rage Against The Machine. I don't see why they get so much hate, they have a great sound. First album is a masterpiece.
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RATM's first album is great, how do they get so much hate?
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All of Unfan's posts are deleted and will be until he stops being a douche, which of course will be never, carry on.
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