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

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Postby creepy » Sun Jul 06, 2008 8:52 pm

This took me 4+ hours... Assholes...

1974: Court and Spark - Joni Mitchell
1975: Horses - Patti Smith
1976: The Ramones - The Ramones (Really close call between this, Tom Waits "Small Change", and Stevie Wonder "Songs in the Key of Life."
1977: Oh fuck you!!! I dunno man... If you twist my arm I'd probably say Elvis Costello "My Aim is True". I've probably listened to it the most and my mom's old vinyl copy is on my turntable as I type this...
1978: Van Halen - Van Halen
1979: Reggatta de Blanc - The Police
1980: Los Angeles - X (Pretenders self titled a close 2nd.)
1981: Minor Threat - Minor Threat (Technically 2 e.p.'s collected on a 12", but they all came out in '81, so pbtbtbtbtbt... Psychedelic Furs "Talk Talk Talk" gets honorable mention.)
1982: Bad Brains - Bad Brains
1983: Murmur - REM
1984: 1984 - Van Halen or Purple Rain - Prince. Total dead heat...
1985: Psychocandy - The Jesus and Mary Chain
1986: Graceland - Paul Simon
1987: Holy crap this is a good year... Ummmmmmmmmm, Pleased to Meet Me - The Replacements. Other correct answers could have been Sister - Sonic Youth, Criminal Minded -
B.D.P. or maybe Locust Abortion Technician - Butthole Surfers...
1988: Daydream Nation - Sonic Youth
1989: Doolittle: Pixies. Key Lime Pie - Camper van Beethoven is up there. And I endorse Tom4's selection of De La Soul and Joshua's selection of Paul's Boutique.
1990: Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic - The Sundays
1991: Boy oh boy... Another great year... I gotta go with The Low End Theory - A Tribe Called Quest...
1992: Kiko - Los Lobos
1993: Inner City Griots - Freestyle Fellowship (Wu Tang and many others came close)
1994: Yank Crime - Drive Like Jehu (Bee Thousand - GBV is #1.00000000000000001)
1995: Alien Lanes - Guided by Voices (Could also easily have been Red Medicine - Fugazi, or Liquid
Swords - GZA.)
1996: Depending on my mood, it would be If You're Feeling Sinister - Belle and Sebastian or
Emperor Tomato Ketchup - Stereolab
1997: OK Computer - Radiohead
1998: In the Aeroplane Over the Sea - Neutral Milk Hotel. (Moon Pix - Cat Power, TNT -
Tortoise, and Music Has the Right to Children - Boards of Canada are top tier from this year as well)
1999: 69 Love Songs - Magnetic Fields (Operation Doomsday - MF Doom is a close 2nd)
2000: Stankonia - Outkast
2001: Y'all Get Scared Now, Ya Hear! - The Reindeer Section
2002: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot - Wilco
2003: You Forgot It in People - Broken Social Scene
2004: Madvillainy - Madvillain
2005: Black Sheep Boy - Okkervil River (Another great year. My Morning Jacket, Spoon, New Pornographers, and M.I.A. were all in contention)
2006: Boys and Girls in America - The Hold Steady (Donuts - J Dilla and a bunch more are great too.)
2007: Person Pitch - Panda Bear
2008: So far it's gotta be Vampire Weekend...

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Postby Joshua » Tue Jul 08, 2008 10:43 am

Okay - forgive me for double-dipping here, but this really was a lot of fun. I was initially thinking "boy, this would make a great playlist," but then I looked at my list and it was too dominated by The Collected Works of My Favorite Bands. So I decided to look at what the list of my next favorite album was for each year and came up with this:

1973: Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd
1974: Autobahn, Kraftwerk
1975: Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd
1976: Songs in the Key of Life, Stevie Wonder
1977: The Clash, The Clash
1978: More Songs About Buildings and Food, Talking Heads
1979: Highway to Hell, AC/DC
1980: London Calling, The Clash
1981: Ghost in the Machine, The Police
1982: Thriller, Michael Jackson
1983: Eliminator, ZZ Top
1984: Learning to Crawl, The Pretenders
1985: Meat Is Murder, The Smiths
1986: Graceland, Paul Simon
1987: Kick, INXS
1988: Heavy Nova, Robert Palmer
1989: The Stone Roses, The Stone Roses
1990: Don't Explain, Robert Palmer
1991: Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Red Hot Chili Peppers
1992: 99.9F, Suzanne Vega
1993: Undertow, Tool
1994: Dookie, Green Day
1995: Elastica, Elastica
1996: Farewell: Live from the Universal Amphitheatre, Oingo Boingo
1997: Be Here Now, Oasis
1998: Version 2.0, Garbage
1999: Hours..., David Bowie
2000: Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia, The Dandy Warhols
2001: Pretty Together, Sloan
2002: Kill the Moonlight, Spoon
2003: Tallahassee, Mountain Goats
2004: From a Basement on the Hill, Elliot Smith
2005: Get Behind Me Satan, The White Stripes
2006: Stadium Arcadium, Red Hot Chili Peppers
2007: Live At Massey Hall 1971, Neil Young
2008: The Slip, Nine Inch Nails

Then I took the two lists and merged them so that only The Who, Beck, the Smiths and Boingo each appear twice, and there are no other duplicate artists. That's much more solid playlist I look forward to putting together and listening to.

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Postby Greenwood The Sock Monkey » Tue Jul 08, 2008 11:57 pm

Joshua wrote:Okay - forgive me for double-dipping here, but this really was a lot of fun.

1974: Autobahn, Kraftwerk
1975: Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd
1976: Songs in the Key of Life, Stevie Wonder
1978: More Songs About Buildings and Food, Talking Heads
1980: London Calling, The Clash
1982: Thriller, Michael Jackson
1983: Eliminator, ZZ Top
1986: Graceland, Paul Simon
2000: Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia, The Dandy Warhols
2001: Pretty Together, Sloan
2002: Kill the Moonlight, Spoon
2007: Live At Massey Hall 1971, Neil Young


I completely understand the rationale for not overloading on specific bands. And based on these 12 in particular, dude, we can totally be friends.

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Postby MF » Wed Jul 09, 2008 1:06 am

1971: Just as I am, Bill Withers
1972: Let’s Stay Together, Al Green
1973: Funky Kingstown, Toots and the Maytals
1974: Kiss, Kiss
1975: Blood on the Tracks, Bobby Dylan
1976: The Ramones, The Ramones
1977: Live at the Old Quarter, Townes Van Zandt
1978: Blue Valentines, Tom Waits
1979: London Calling, The Clash
1980: Women and Children First, Van Halen
1981:
1982: Goldberg Variations, Glenn Gould
1983: Murmur, REM
1984: Hatful of Hollow, The Smiths or Rattlesnakes, Lloyd Cole
1985: Big Lizard in My Backyard, Dead Milkmen
1986: Talking with the Taxman, Billy Bragg or Orgasmatron, Motorhead
1987: Pleased to Meet Me, The Replacements
1988: Short Sharp Shocked, Michelle Shocked
1989: Doolittle, Pixies
1990: I clearly remember this year, but can’t think of a single album - did it really suck that badly?
1991: The Missing Years, John Prine or Low End Theory, Tribe Called Quest
1992: Cracker, Cracker
1993: Anodyne, Uncle Tupelo
1994: American Recordings, Johnny Cash or Ill Communication, Beastie Boys
1995: Foo Fighters, Foo Fighters
1996: Being There, Wilco
1997: Whatever & Ever Amen, Ben Folds Five
1998: American Water, Silver Jews
1999: Your Favorite Music, Clem Snide
2000: Furnace Room Lullaby, Neko Case
2001: Feather in the Engine, David Kilgour
2002: Is a woman, Lambchop or Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, The Flaming Lips
2003: Summer Sun, Yo La Tengo
2004:
2005: Thelonious Monk at Carnegie Hall, Thelonious Monk; Nashville, Josh Rouse
2006: Post War, M. Ward
2007:
2008:

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Postby jaimoe0 » Wed Jul 09, 2008 1:41 am

Interesting choices, MF. But really... "Summer Sun"? Something else must have come out that year that's better than that... and this from a Yo La Tengo fan.

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Postby creepy » Wed Jul 09, 2008 8:44 am

I hereby declare that MF's selection of Townes Van Zandt in '77 as the most punk rock pick of that year so far...

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Postby grounded5am » Wed Jul 09, 2008 9:52 am

i'm surprised to see another michelle shocked fan.

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Postby MF » Wed Jul 09, 2008 11:30 am

This list got progressively harder the further I moved away from 82-89 and the mid-90s. I guess you can tell when my teenage years were.

It's also tough in that I didn't buy a single new release in 2007 or 2008.

Also, what the hell happened in 1990? How is it I can't turn up a single decent pick from my collection?

Re. Summer Sun - I think it's the only music I actually own from 2003. I'm sure there's better stuff out there, but this filled a hole on the list (and I love "Don't have to be so sad")

Re. Townes Van Zandt - It was a toss up between this one and Elvis Costello's My Aim is True. I own a lot of music from 1977, but this is easily the one I listen to the most - it helps that most of these songs work as lullabyes, unlike say Holidays in the Sun or anything off the Jam's In the City.

Re. Michelle Shocked - It's the only one of hers that I own, but it's a great album.

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Postby Jake » Wed Jul 09, 2008 1:37 pm

I decided to do something a little different. Instead of looking back and picking what I NOW think is the best album of the year, I tried to remember what I would've thought was the best album at the time. So, obviously, I could only go back to when I started actually buying albums. Some embarassing choices in the beginning...

1980: Queen: The Game
1981: The Go Gos: Beauty and the Beat
1982: Michael Jackson: Thriller
1983: Steve Taylor: Meltdown
1984: Van Halen: 1984
1985: Tears for Fears: Songs from the Big Chair
1986: Top Gun soundtrack
1987: The Smiths: Louder Than Bombs
1988: Morrissey: Viva Hate
1989: The Stone Roses: The Stone Roses
1990: Ice Cube: AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted
1991: Nirvana: Nevermind
1992: Beastie Boys: Check Your Head
1993: Cranberries: Everybody Else Is Doing It
1994: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: Orange
1995: Neil Young: Mirror Ball
1996: Beck: Odelay
1997: Cornershop: When I Was Born for the 7th Time
1998: Lucinda Williams: Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
1999: Wilco: Summer Teeth
2000: Madonna: Music
2001: The Strokes: Is This It

And after that, we started doing the Top Shelf on GLONO: 2007, <a href="http://www.gloriousnoise.com/articles/2006/top_shelf_2006.php">2006</a>, <a href="http://www.gloriousnoise.com/articles/2005/top_2005-12-21.php">2005</a>, <a href="http://www.gloriousnoise.com/articles/2004/top_2004-12-20.php">2004</a>, <a href="http://www.gloriousnoise.com/articles/2003/top_2003-12-23.php">2003</a>, and <a href="http://www.gloriousnoise.com/articles/2002/2002_a_few_of_our_favorite_thi.php">2002</a>.

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Postby Greenwood The Sock Monkey » Wed Jul 09, 2008 2:25 pm

Jake wrote:I decided to do something a little different. Instead of looking back and picking what I NOW think is the best album of the year, I tried to remember what I would've thought was the best album at the time. So, obviously, I could only go back to when I started actually buying albums. Some embarassing choices in the beginning...

1980: Queen: The Game
1981: The Go Gos: Beauty and the Beat
1982: Michael Jackson: Thriller
1983: Steve Taylor: Meltdown
1984: Van Halen: 1984
1985: Tears for Fears: Songs from the Big Chair


I hope you're not embarassed about liking The Game. That album rocks the box for blocks and blocks. "Another One Bites The Dust". "Crazy Little Thing Called Love". "Save Me". The title track. All gold.

And I won't quibble with the MJ, VH, or TFF albums either. Back in the day, they got lots of spins in young Greenwood's walkman too.

Now as for the Go-Go's, you're on your own...


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