TIMEWASTER: Favorite Album From Every Year You've Been Alive

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TIMEWASTER: Favorite Album From Every Year You've Been Alive

Postby hebrew hammer » Fri Jul 04, 2008 10:58 pm

Found this on Gorilla vs. Bear

"List your favorite record from every year you’ve been alive."

Well, this was fun. The following exercise was inspired by this post (which was inspired by this one), and it turned out to be much harder than I anticipated. No set guidelines, but I tried to base my list on some arbitrary combination of which record I liked best then, and which one is my favorite now. Kind of fun to do this with the advantage of hindsight, because this might be a pretty embarrassing exercise otherwise. I mean, not for me of course, but probably for some of yall. Certain years were harder than others, obviously -- see my cheating in '96, '98, and '06 -- but if there's anything definitive about my list, it's that my formative years were completely dominated by hip-hop:


Here's my list with a liberal amount of cheating:
1990: Fear of a Black Planet-Public Enemy
1991: My Bloody Valentine-Loveless
1992: Pavement-Slanted and Enchanted
1993: Wu-Tang Clan: Enter the 36 Chambers
1994: Notorious B.I.G.-Ready to Die/ Guided By Voices-Bee Thousand
1995: Radiohead-The Bends/ Don Caballero-Don Caballero 2/ Guided by Voices-Alien Lanes/ GZA-Liquid Swords
1996: Odelay-Beck/ Music from the Unrealized Film Script, Dusk at Cubist Castle-Olivia Tremor Control
1997: Radiohead-OK Computer
1998: Neutral Milk Hotel-In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
1999: The Flaming Lips- The Soft Bulletin
2000: Kid A-Radiohead/ Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven- Godspeed You! Black Emperor
2001: Jay-Z-The Blueprint/ Radiohead-Amnesiac
2002: Wilco-Yankee Hotel Foxtrot/ Spoon-Kill The Moonlight/ The Streets-Original Pirate Material
2003: Dizzee Rascal-Boy in Da Corner/ The Wrens-The Meadowlands/ Broken Social Scene-You Forgot it in People
2004: Animal Collective-Sung Tongs/ Madvillain-Madvillainy
2005: Animal Collective-Feels/ LCD Soundsystem-S/T
2006: Girl Talk-Night Ripper
2007: Panda Bear-Person Pitch
2008: Girl Talk-Feed The Animals

Your turn motherfuckers.

EDIT: These will help: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table_of_years_in_music

http://www.robertchristgau.com/xg/pnj/index.php

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Postby jaimoe0 » Sat Jul 05, 2008 3:18 pm

I couldn't possibly. This is the kind of thing I could easily spend a month obsessing about.

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Postby Tom4 » Sat Jul 05, 2008 4:51 pm

1983 - Murmur, REM
1984 - Zen Arcade, Husker Du
1985 - Tim, The Replacements
1986 - King of America, Elvis Costello
1987 - Paid in Full, Eric B. & Rakim
1988 - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Public Enemy
1989 - 3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul
1990 - Nowhere, Ride
1991 - Ten, Pearl Jam
1992 - 40 oz. to Freedom, Sublime
1993 - Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Wu-Tang Clan
1994 - The Blue Album, Weezer
1995 - The Bends, Radiohead
1996 - Pinkerton, Weezer (This was a tough year, choosing between this, Sublime's self-titled, Down on the Upside, Tigermilk, The Score, and Endtroducing)
1997 - OK Computer, Radiohead
1998 - Mos Def and Talib Kweli are...Black Star, Black Star
1999 - Summerteeth, Wilco
2000 - Kid A, Radiohead
2001 - Let It Come Down, Spiritualized
2002 - You Forgot it in People, Broken Social Scene (This was the toughest year)
2003 - Hail To The Thief, Radiohead
2004 - Madvillainy, Madvillain
2005 - Set Yourself on Fire, Stars
2006 - Everything All The Time, Band of Horses
2007 - In Rainbows, Radiohead
2008 - The Devil, You + Me, The Notwist

I feel like I'm forgetting some albums, especially pre-1994, but this is as close as I could possibly come to getting this right.

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Postby miss carol » Sat Jul 05, 2008 6:44 pm

jaimoe0 wrote:I couldn't possibly. This is the kind of thing I could easily spend a month obsessing about.


And list more albums than I care to know...

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Postby DJMurphy » Sun Jul 06, 2008 1:06 am

It's late, I've done as much as I can stand right now... what you see is what ya get. No apologies for ANY of the albums on this list:

'72: Big Star - #1 Record
'73: The Who - Quadrophenia
'74: Big Star - Radio City
'75: Steely Dan - Katy Lied
'76:
'77: Todd Rundgren - Hermit Of Mink Hollow
'78: (tie) Elvis Costello - This Years Model and Joe Walsh - But Seriously, Folks...
'79: Alex Chilton - Like Flies On Sherbert
'80: Pete Townshend - Empty Glass
'81: Joe Walsh - There Goes The Neighborhood (this was a tough year; nothing's popping into my head)
'82: (tie) Richard & Linda Thompson - Shoot Out The Lights and Elvis Costello & The Attractions - iBmEpDeRrOiOaMl (yes, that's Imperial Bedroom)
'83: Yes - 90125
'84: The Replacements - Let It Be
'85: (tie) Game Theory - Real Nighttime and Husker Du - New Day Rising
'86: (tie) Joe Jackson - Big World and XTC - Skylarking
'87: Game Theory - Lolita Nation
'88: Pixies - Surfer Rosa
'89: Elvis Costello - Spike
'90:
'91: Richard Thompson - Rumor and Sigh
'92:
'93: Jellyfish - Spilt Milk
'94: The Loud Family - Plants & Birds & Rocks & Things
'95:
'96:
'97: Primal Scream - Vanishing Point
'98:
'99: Alex Chilton - Loose Shoes and Tight Pussy (sorry, it's a great album)
'00: Verbow - White Out
'01:
'02:
'03: Richard Thompson - The Old Kit Bag
'04:
'05:
'06:
'07:
'08:

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Postby thousandfold » Sun Jul 06, 2008 1:40 am

DJMurphy wrote:No apologies for ANY of the albums on this list:


'73: The Who - Quadrophenia

'75: Steely Dan - Katy Lied

'80: Pete Townshend - Empty Glass




No apologies necessary, for these at least! If we rep'd on this board, I'd totally rep you for these alone. :)

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Postby Joshua » Sun Jul 06, 2008 4:15 pm

Whew - that was fun... Based on sifting through the Wikipedia records and my poorly-tagged iTunes library:

1973: Quadrophenia, The Who
1974: On the Beach, Neil Young
1975: Physical Graffiti, Led Zeppelin
1976: The Ramones, the Ramones
1977: 77, Talking Heads
1978: Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, Devo
1979: The Kids Are Alright, The Who
1980: Freedom of Choice, Devo
1981: Only a Lad, Oingo Boingo
1982: Nothing to Fear, Oingo Boingo
1983: Violent Femmes, Violent Femmes
1984: Stop Making Sense, Talking Heads
1985: Dead Man's Party, Oingo Boingo
1986: The Queen is Dead, The Smiths
1987: Louder Than Bombs, The Smiths
1988: Boingo Alive, Oingo Boingo
1989: Paul's Boutique, Beastie Boys
1990: Ritual de lo Habitual, Jane's Addiction
1991: Nevermind, Nirvana
1992: Turns Into Stone, The Stone Roses
1993: Pablo Honey, Radiohead
1994: Boingo, Oingo Boingo
1995: Resident Alien, Spacehog
1996: Odelay, Beck
1997: The Dandy Warhols Come Down, The Dandy Warhols
1998: Hello Nasty, Beastie Boys
1999: Midnite Vultures, Beck
2000: Bowie at the Beeb, David Bowie
2001: A New Morning, Changing Weather, International Noise Conspiracy
2002: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Wilco
2003: Chutes Too Narrow, The Shins
2004: Now Here is Nowhere, Secret Machines
2005: Guero, Beck
2006: The Information, Beck
2007: Year Zero, Nine Inch Nails
2008: Heretic Pride, Mountain Goats

It's hard to balance "albums that were my favorite then" with "albums from that year that are my favorite now." But there it is.
Last edited by Joshua on Mon Jul 07, 2008 9:29 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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Postby grounded5am » Sun Jul 06, 2008 4:36 pm

ok i'll do this. mind you i won't start until 1980 because i don't really have a lot of music from the 70's that i listen to aside from pink floyd. sorry.


1980: the cure - seventeen seconds
1981:
1982: r.e.m. - chronic town
1983: 10,000 maniacs - secrets of the i ching
1984: r.e.m. - reckoning
1985: new bohemians - it's like this
1986: r.e.m - life's rich pageant
1987: the cure - kiss me, kiss me, kiss me/10,000 maniacs - in my tribe
1988: edie brickell and new bohemians - shooting rubberbands at the stars
1989: the sugarcubes - here today, tomorrow next week
1990: edie brickell and new bohemians - ghost of a dog
1991: r.e.m. - out of time
1992: suzanne vega - 99.9f/ the cure - wish/10,000 maniacs - our time in eden/r.e.m. - automatic for the people/the sugarcubes - stick around for joy/ the sundays - blind

1992 was a hard year. i know we're only to pick one, but i couldn't do that. all those albums vie for the top spot regularly.

1993: liz phair - exile in guyville
1994: liz phair - whip smart
1995: radiohead - the bends
1996: suzanne vega - nine objects of desire
1997: abra moore - strangest places
1998: liz phair - whitechocolatespaceegg
1999:
2000: radiohead - Kid a/elliot smith - figure 8
2001: rufus wainwright - poses
2002:
2003: edie brickell - volcano
2004: abra moore - everything changed
2005: martha wainwright - martha wainwright
2006: edie brickell and new bohemians - stranger things
2007: abra moore - on the way
2008: r.e.m. - accelerate

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Postby Greenwood The Sock Monkey » Sun Jul 06, 2008 4:47 pm

This was tough to nail down. I arbitrarily limited myself to one record per band to keep this from being a Radiohead/REM love-in. Plus, these are my favourite records from each year as of today, not necessarily what was rocking my world in, say, 1975. That said:

1972: Rolling Stones - Exile on Main Street
1973: Stevie Wonder - Innervisions
1974: Genesis - Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
1975: Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
1976: The Ramones - The Ramones
1977: The Clash - The Clash
1978: The Who - Who Are You
1979: AC/DC - Highway To Hell
1980: Pete Townshend - Empty Glass
1981: The Police - Ghost In The Machine
1982: Kraftwerk - Computer World
1983: R.E.M. - Murmur
1984: Bruce Springsteen - Born In The USA
1985: Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms
1986: Elvis Costello - King of America
1987: Rush - Hold Your Fire
1988: Pet Shop Boys - Introspective
1989: The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
1990: Midnight Oil - Blue Sky Mining
1991: Queen - Innuendo
1992: The Jayhawks - Hollywood Town Hall
1993: Uncle Tupelo - Anodyne
1994: Tom Petty - Wildflowers
1995: Matthew Sweet - 100% Fun
1996: Beck - Odelay
1997: Radiohead - OK Computer
1998: Manic Street Preachers - This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours
1999: Ben Folds Five - Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner
2000: Eels - Daisies of the Galaxy
2001: Soundtrack Of Our Lives - Behind The Music
2002: Spoon - Kill The Moonlight
2003: The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
2004: Wilco - A Ghost Is Born
2005: My Morning Jacket - Z
2006: Muse - Black Holes and Revelations
2007: New Pornographers - Challengers
2008: The Raconteurs - Consolers of the Lonely

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Postby Maarten » Sun Jul 06, 2008 7:13 pm

couldn't sleep, fortunately there's always geeky lists to make.

1980 nina hagen band; unbehagen
1981 this heat; deceit
1982 roxy music; avalon
1983 tom waits; swordfishtrombones
1984 robyn hitchcock; i often dream of trains
1985 kate bush; hounds of love
1986 the smiths; the queen is dead
1987 dinosaur jr; you’re living all over me
1988 leonard cohen; i’m your man
1989 pere ubu; cloudland
1990 pixies; bossanova
1991 my bloody valentine; loveless
1992 pj harvey; dry
1993 tindersticks; tindersticks
1994 suede; dog man star
1995 pulp; different class
1996 stereolab; emperor tomato ketchup
1997 nick cave & the bad seeds; the boatman’s call
1998 dirty three; ocean songs
1999 the magnetic fields; 69 love songs
2000 antony and the johnsons; antony and the johnsons
2001 björk; vespertine
2002 sonic youth; murray street
2003 nina nastasia; dogs
2004 air; talkie walkie
2005 coil; the ape of naples
2006 liars; drum’s not dead
2007 rickie lee jones; sermon on exposition boulevard
2008 mountain goats; heretic pride


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