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