Wednesday, November 26, 2008

100 Albums that Changed my World

My friend Michael compiled a list of his 100 favorite albums and then challenged me to reciprocate, so here's mine. This is not my current heavy-rotation playlist, but rather the albums that had the biggest impact on my life, from the day I bought my first record (a K-Tel compilation of ABBA's greatest hits, I'm sorry to say) to now.

I hope someone else finds this entertaining or perhaps useful... though these albums are probably not to everyone's taste, I guarantee that not a single one of them is boring!

Devendra Banhart – Rejoicing in the Hands
Bauhaus – In the Flat Field
Bauhaus – Mask
Beastie Boys – Paul's Boutique
Beastie Boys – Check Your Head
The Beatles – 1967-1970
Bike for Three – More Heart Than Brains
Andrew Bird – & the Mysterious Production of Eggs

David Bowie – Hunky Dory
David Bowie – The Man Who Sold the World
David Bowie – Space Oddity
David Bowie – Diamond Dogs
David Bowie – Low
Buck 65 – Talkin' Honky Blues
Buck 65 – Secret House Against the World

Cabaret Voltaire – The Arm of the Lord
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Ballad of the Broken Seas
Candy Machine – A Modest Proposal
Johnny Cash – at Folsom Prison
Cat Power – The Covers Record

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – The Firstborn is Dead
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Your Funeral... My Trial
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Murder Ballads
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – The Boatman's Call
Cocteau Twins – Treasure
Leonard Cohen – Songs
Coil – Horse Rotorvator

The Decemberists – Castaways & Cutouts
Brian Dewan – Tells the Story
Johnny Dowd – Pictures from Life's Other Side
Nick Drake – Pink Moon
Bob Dylan – Nashville Skyline
Einstürzende Neubauten – Tabula Rasa

Brian Eno – Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)
Ethyl Meatplow – Happy Days, Sweetheart
Everlast – White Trash Beautiful
Clare Fader – The Elephant's Baby
fIREHOSE – Ragin', Full On
Dick Gaughan – Handful of Earth
Bobbie Gentry – Chickasaw County Child
The Geraldine Fibbers – Lost Somewhere Between the Earth &
My Home
P J Harvey – Dry
Ed Haynes – Sings Ed Haynes
Billie Holiday – Lady in Satin
Chris Isaak – Heart Shaped World

Jesus Wept – Starball Contribution
Greg Hale Jones – Now There Is a Tree of Ghosts
Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures
Joy Division – Closer
Macromantics – Moments in Movement
The Mamas & the Papas – The Best of the Mamas & the Papas

Morphine – Good
Morphine – Cure for Pain
My Dad Is Dead – The Taller You Are, the Shorter You Get
Neighborhood Texture Jam – Funeral Mountain
Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

Joanna Newsom – The Milk-Eyed Mender
Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine
9353 – To Whom It May Consume (a.k.a. Overdoses at Your
Mother's House)
9353 – We Are Absolutely Sure There Is No God (a.k.a. Make Your
Last Days Loud Days)
Phil Ochs – I Ain't Marching Anymore
Will Oldham – Joya
Beth Orton – Central Reservation

The Palace Brothers – There is No-One What Will Take Care of You
Palace Music – Viva Last Blues
Pixies – Surfer Rosa & Come on Pilgrim
Pixies – Doolittle
The Pogues – Red Roses for Me
The Pogues – Rum Sodomy & the Lash

Iggy Pop – Lust for Life
Psapp – Tiger, My Friend
The Residents – Commercial Album
Stan Ridgway – Songs that Made this Country Great
Sebadoh – Bubble & Scrape
Shriekback – Oil & Gold
Simon & Garfunkel – The Essential Simon & Garfunkel
Skinny Puppy – Bites & Remission
The Smiths – Louder than Bombs

Sonic Youth – Sister
The Sugarcubes – Life's Too Good
Swans – The Burning World
The The – Soul Mining
The The – Hanky Panky

Think Tree – Eight/Thirteen
This Mortal Coil – Filigree & Shadow
Townes Van Zandt – Rear View Mirror
The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico
Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes
Tom Waits – Rain Dogs
Tom Waits – Bone Machine
Wax Tailor – Tales of the Forgotten Melodies

Jim White – The Mysterious Tale of How I Shouted Wrong-Eyed Jesus!
Jim White – No Such Place
Hank Williams – The Original Singles Collection
Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music
Lonely is an Eyesore – 4AD Compilation
Prison Songs Volume 1: Murderous Home – Historical Recordings from Parchman Farm 1947-48
The Rocky Horror Picture Show – Soundtrack
The Triplets of Belleville – Soundtrack
Wings of Desire – Soundtrack


Anonymous said...

Well Well, talk about music taste..about 80% of your taste is mine too,exactly. I hate the commercial crap we here nowadays and I`m stuck in th dark eighties, music wise that is.
Love your blog!. I hope you will take time to visit mine soon, it is from a man`s perspective but hey, WTF, right.
Im from the Netherlands, and maybe you are willing to link my site on yours, I`d appreciate that very much..

Kirsten Anderson said...

Um...are we the same person?

Xopher said...

jesus wept

thanks you

Anonymous said...

When you least expect it, every now and then a miracle happens.
btw.Noir Desir "le vent ns portera", one should listen to this on You Tube.(le taxi pour la galaxy).Ollanda greetings to all.


Wow, that's really interesting:

Unknown said...

Two thumbs up for Starball Contribution by Jesus wept. + 9353 'We Are Absolutely Sure There is No God'. You like DC deathrock? Ever hear Strange Boutique? More on the goth side (think Banshees meet Chameleons+ Cult Electric/ Love era)... Our guitarist heard our cassette sold for like $20 or $40 in LA at some retro-vinyl shop
We did not realize anyone remembered this band at all...we do not exist on the internet!
I am the bassist of Wept, did you ever see us play d.c. space? Or perhaps see the mighty live 9353 there? They sounded more like the Who 'Live at Leeds' then the twerpy-psycho studio production.
Oh yeah, Jesus wept. kicked ass live too, and had 4 full length demos on Carrier Communications Cassetes 1. [eponomys, c60]
2. Rudenotse Wake Two 3. Starball Contribution 4. EXIT


Wow, how amazing that my list flushed a member of Jesus Wept out of the underbrush. I've always been surprised that nothing about you guys ever surfaces on the internet.

I wasn't in DC when Jesus Wept was around, but I had a lot of friends from DC who were really obsessed with your music and passed it on to me. I transferred my multigenerational cassette copies of demos 2,3 and 4 to CD a few years ago, and still love to listen to them.

I think your sound is still quite relevant today – you should put those old demos up on emusic. I'm sure there would be a lot of people who would love them.

Haven't heard Strange Boutique, but I will check out your MySpace page.

Thanks for dropping by!

Anu said...

Chris D and Will are both Jesus Wept members, I believe.

Will said they're about to do a remastered CD reissue of "Starball" (and "Exit" I think, too).

He's on Facebook and I'm sure would hook you up with one.

John Shipman said...

wow, i'm with kirsten - are we the same person? not only a great list of music, but you consider these albums to have had a big impact on your life... nice. cave's boatman's call, cash's folsom prison (my #1 album of all time), jim white, leonard cohen, pj harvey (i won dry at a cd release party, and remember listening to it and just sitting down and saying "fuck."), iggy pop and sebadoh... i'd say thats some sweet stuff to have an impact on a body's life.

Unknown said...

dear commandax,

a belated thanks for including wept on your 100 list, quite an honor to be amongst such genii.

a couple of us wepsterz have finally posted a website of the larger label/platform that harbored wept, xarrier, at this link:

there's not a lot of muzik up there (yet), but in a couple months time,= there will be much, much more... in the meantime, some wept you might not have heard yet can be found on this page:

by the way, very nice work on your blog. all the best,

Unknown said...

linx > old & neu WEPT. 'solstice' EP
previously unreleased. EXIT LP now remastered. our storefront's now up.
full~song hifi previews available.

Unknown said...

Former memebers of Jesvs Wept new project Serpent's Exile new album ENTER: Wake {V}orticiti. Full free mp3 previews temporary till official release. Also on Amazon for download purchase. Full release to include Hi Res artwerk, lyrics and album notes.

Listen here on XARRIER webpage