50 – INXS – Shabooh Shoobah
I have a very clear memory of the first time I saw the video for “The One Thing”. 1) I had no idea what they were eating, and 2) my babysitter was in love with Michael Hutchence. I didn’t understand why she liked him so much. Years later I saw the video for “Need You Tonight” and then I understood completely. Completely. Oh yeah, and I like the album.
49 – Testament – The New Order
The first mosh pit I was ever accidentally caught up in was at a Testament show at Jannus Landing. I still love this album, even though I know it isn’t Mozart. My favortie song on this album is “Trial By Fire” but also check out their cover of Aerosmith’s “Nobody’s Fault”.
48 – The Suicide Machines – Destruction By Definition
It starts unbelievable strong with “New Girl” and it stays good. This album is hard enough to be considered punk, but it is still really upbeat. I highly recommend the song “Islands”.
47 – Pink Floyd – The Wall
I’m not sure why, but I always think that at some point I won’t like this album anymore. Maybe I think I’ll outgrow it. But every time I listen to it something else gets me. Hell, every time I head “Comfortably Numb” is gets me.
46 – Peter Tosh – Mama Africa
One summer I came home from college and my brother was really into reggae. I’m sure you can imagine the circumstances leading up to that, but he introduced me to a whole world of non-“Legend” island music. I think even I am surprised at how much reggae music is on my list. I feel like this is teaching me a lesson about what I really like.
45 – Nine Inch Nails – Broken
“Wish” is almost as heavy as it gets. That song is like being kicked in the stomach – but in a good way. I tend to forget about this album. I guess technically it’s an EP, but once you add the two hidden tracks it is almost full length.
44 – The Dead Kennedys – Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
Once somebody explained the reference in “California Uber Alles” (I know, it’s sad. Remember I was educated in the Florida public school system) I decided that this was my kind of band. “Holiday in Cambodia” is brilliant and who doesn’t appreciate “Let’s Lynch the Landlord”? Did I ever tell you guys that Gabe wants to form a Dead Kennedys cover band and call it Stealing People’s Mail? See why I married him?
43 – Danzig – Danzig
Oh, Glen Danzig. I used to think you were such a badass. I loved the Jim Morrison/lounge style lyrics with the crunchy music underneath. Then I found out you thought you were Wolverine and you wouldn’t even talk about being in The Misfits. Even worse, you tricked me into buying “Black Aria”. (Sigh.) Still, “Twist of Cain” and “She Rides” are great. I like them very much.
42 – Marilyn Manson – Antichrist Superstar
I may be alone on this one. I really like this album. I really think that before Brian Warner got caught up in being “Marilyn Manson” these guys made some great music. Even I think the line “I am the faggot anti-Pope” may be over the top, but I still somehow like the title track.
41 – The White Stripes – Elephant
I have a love/hate relationship with Jack White. I want to hate him. He freaks me out. He seems like an asshole, but I love almost all of his music. I can’t help myself. “The Air Near My Fingers”, “The Hardest Button to Button”, “There’s No Home For You Here”. Hmm. Maybe this album should be higher on my list. I’m going to get it out and listen to it right after The Goon Squad wakes up.