Sarah’s 100 Favorite Albums of All Time (60 – 51)

You can see 100 – 91 here, 90 – 81 here , 80 – 71 here and 70 – 61 here.

60 – Badlands – Badlands
Does anybody remember Badlands? It was Jake E. Lee (former Ozzy), Ray Gillen (Ian’s little brother), Eric Singer (later he was in KISS) and Greg Chaisson (the other guy). They had a shitload of hair collectively. It was distracting how much hair they had. Anyway, this album is really on the bluesy side of glam metal if you can hear that in your mind. Ray Gillen had a phenomenal voice and he really uses it on this recording.

Bakers Pink
59 – Baker’s Pink – Baker’s Pink
Who the hell is Baker’s Pink, you ask? Well, they used to be called The Front, but for some legal reasons they had to change their name before they released their second album. Who the hell is The Front, you ask? (Sigh) I’ll tell you later.

Apple Mother Love Bone
58 – Mother Love Bone – Apple
In college we had a suitemate named Donna. She used to come through the bathroom (everyone is clear on suitemate and I don’t need to explain what she was doing in our bathroom, right?) into our room all the time. I remember she hated “Stardog Champion” because she was convinced they were saying “Dumb, Dumb Donna. Dumb, Dumb, Donna” at the end. It really bothered her. I miss Donna.

God Fodder
57 – Ned’s Atomic Dustbin – God Fodder
I think Tammy got this CD free somehow when we were in college. I remember thinking that the name “Ned’s Atomic Dustbin” was stupid, but the album quickly grew on me. I really like the song called “Throwing Things”, but they’re aren’t really any songs on here that I don’t like.

Let Love Rule
56 – Lenny Kravitz – Let Love Rule
I still try to play and sing “Rosemary” when I get out my guitar. I am seriously one of the worst guitar players on the planet. When people ask me if I play, my usual respone is “I know how to play. (This is also true for the piano and bass, I have no motor skills, so I sing.) Somebody left this tape at my house one time. It was the friend of someone else in my band. I never saw the girl who owned the tape again, which was fine with me, if she hadn’t left it there I don’t know if I would have ever chosen to listen to Lenny Kravitz.

Suicidal Tendencies
55 – Suicidal Tendencies – Suicidal Tendencies
I’m not crazy. You’re the one that’s crazy. All I wanted was a Pepsi.

In Utero
54 – Nirvana – In Utero
I think this was closer to what Kurt Cobain wanted than “Nevemind” was. From what I’ve read the huge success of “Nevermind” allowed Nirvana to have more musical control on the production of this one. This album is crunchy and heavy and thoughtful and musical. It is very representative of what I like so much about music in the first place.

Land of Rape and Honey
53 – Ministry – Land of Rape and Honey
One word – “Stigmata”.

52 – The Beatles – Abbey Road
I probably don’t need to say much about “Abbey Road” but the song “Something” is so beautifully written that George Harrison should be unconditionally forgiven for “I’ve Got My Mind Set on You”.

Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge Mudhoney
51 – Mudhoney – Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge
“Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge” was released in 1991, along with Nirvana’s “Nevermind” and Pearl Jam’s “Ten”. I love Mudhoney and I’m not sure why they never got popular like some of the other Seattle bands did in the early ’90s. There is a great version of “Let it Slide” on this album.

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  1. I agree about “Something.’

    But (since I am a Beatles-nerd I feel I have to flex my nerd-muscles), HArrison did not write Got My Mind Set on You. It was a remake from the 60’s/70’s and he was (supposedly) told to put it on there for an upbeat, happy tune since the rest of the CLoud Nine album (which may be making an appearance on my list) was rather sad.

  2. Does anyone remember Badlands? I was still putting their songs on mix tapes as late as 1998. Jade’s Song, Winter’s Call, The Streets Cry Freedom …

    I think I’m blog stalking you over this list. Is that possible? I keep checking back for the next 10 albums. And I have stories to tell for at least half of them. I think I’m going to have to do a list of my own to tell ’em.

  3. Nice…good list. Love to see Mother Love Bone make an appearance….

  4. I got Mudhoney’s ‘My Brother the Cow’ at the supermarket right next to the school I went to from grades 5-13 for the equivalent of like 3 dollars. The only reason I got it was because it was so cheap and I had heard the band’s name before. And I ended up loving that album.

    I also like George Harrison very much. And In Utero. And I never listened to Suicidal Tendencies, despite their popularity among skateboarders. I guess I’m a few years too young.

  5. I have a very strong memory of seeing that Suicidal Tendencies video EVERY DAY one summer. Music videos were new, and my friend and I watched a video show every afternoon. Since there were about 20 videos in total, each one got a LOT of play. I definitely preferred that one to the Super Tramp video that was also in high rotation.

  6. Wow, I don’t know a lot of your music! :) So what were they saying instead of Dumb Dumb Donna? that’s funny.

  7. John Lawless says:

    Badlands was an excellent band. However Ray was not related to Ian. R.I.P. Ray

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