As an aside, I would like everyone to know how much it pains me to have to leave the Ramones and Ozzy off of my list. My first real exposure to the Ramones was “Ramones Mania” and once I was given all of the good stuff it is impossible to go back and pick one album. I feel the same was about Simon and Garfunkel, Cream, The Doors, Hendrix and Bowie. With Ozzy, I love him very much, but I couldn’t settle on one album. They all seem to have at least one song that is really bad. But I guess that didn’t stop me from picking Faster Pussycat earlier. Anyway, behold 80 -71:
80 – Anthrax – Among the Living
Several of the songs on this album were written about Stephen King stories, so being about 16 when this album came out, everything sort of came together. Plus, I really love “Caught in a Mosh”.
79 – Ratt – Dancing Undercover
(blushing like crazy) Can we please talk about something else? Hey! Look over there!
78 – Culture – Cumbolo
Ah. Culture. This is a tough band to get used to. They use a lot of brass that isn’t necessarily tuned exactly right. However, if you can get beyond the pitch issues there is a lot to love. 1) On the album cover they are all holding weed. That cracks me up. It’s like the picture all boys take when they are 17 years old. I love the songs “Natty Dread Naw Run” (uplifting) and “Mind Who You Beg For Help ” (the fable of the and and the cricket).
77 – The Prodigy – The Fat of the Land
I almost forgot all about this album. I think I took off “Danzig II: Lucifuge” to make room for it. I’d probably feel better if I had not just mentioned that there had originally been more than one Danzig album on my list. Oh, the shame. Anyway – Gabe and I used to have crazy dance parties to this album when we first started dating. I’m sure my downstairs neighbors were thrilled. We used to joke that our first dance at the wedding was going to be to “Smack My Bitch Up”. The whole album is really strong, but I think “Breathe” is outstanding.
76 – Prince – Purple Rain
Yeah, I know. This one is on everybody’s list, but it’s there for a reason. I own this on vinyl and one night we spun it backward and it really does say stuff. I think it says something like “Hello. How are you? I’m fine because I know the lord is coming to save me”, but it scared the living shit out of me anyway. (The Iron Maiden back-masking wasn’t as scary because I don’t speak German). Aw crap. This is a soundtrack too, isn’t it. I keep breaking my own rules.
75 – Celtic Frost – Cold Lake
I know. I know. Celtic Frost fans everywhere are groaning. All three of them. This is their worst album. This is Tom Warrior’s big sell out. It’s crappy. I like it. It’s my list. I’m only humiliating myself.
74 – Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
This is another album that is a classic for a reason. Of Course we turned this on and watched “The Wizard of Oz”. Now that I have two kids the phrase “The lunatic is in the hall” comes up a lot. I understand that a lot of people like Pink Floyd a lot more than I do, but I still really appreciate the brilliance of this album.
73 – Dokken – Tooth and Nail
I know that Mark will tell you that “Back For the Attack” is Dokken’s finest work, but Mark is three years younger than I am. He just doesn’t understand “Heartless Heart” and “Just Got Lucky”. Dokken broke up just in time to not go down in flames when grunge came around. I would still have respect for them if they hadn’t reunited.
72 – Live – Mental Jewelry
“The Beauty Of Gray” is a beautiful song. It is almost a folk song. I know that the single off of this album was “Pain Lies on the Riverside” but I think that it is one of the weakest tracks on here. I know that a lot of people were really into Live for about twelve minutes and then promptly forgot all about them. There is some great songwriting on this album. “Throwing Copper” is a really good record too, but I like this one better. “Mother Earth Is A Vicious Crowd” is a great song too.
71 – Motley Crue – Shout at the Devil
I can’t type without looking. One reason is because in typing class I always got one of the typewriters with letters on the keys. Another reason is because I used to type notes to my friends instead of doing the exercises that were assigned to me. Yet another reason is that when we were supposed to be typing “The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog” instead I would type “He’s the wolf screaming lonely in the night, he’s the blood stain on the stage, he’s the tear in your eye, been tempted by his lie, he’s the knife in your back, he’s rage”. So now you know that. Fantastic.