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#6…Top 10 Albums of All Time…because 5 just wasn’t enough! August 6, 2010

TNT’s #6
6. TIE! Bat out of Hell II: Back into Hell and Welcome to the Neighborhood by Meat Loaf – There’s no way to choose between the two, both albums defined my early years of discovering my taste of music.  Looking back, it was clear I had no idea what the songs meant on Bat out of Hell II: Back into Hell, since I was rocking out to this in second grade.  I can remember jumping off my bed and doing sick air guitar solos to “Life Is a Lemon and I Want My Money Back” and being amazed that “Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer than They Are” was quite true, as I read the lyrics on the real rear view mirror on my mom’s Oldsmobile Delta ’88.  I warped out the cassette tape of Welcome to the Neighborhood due to repetitive play.  If I listed my favorite tracks off of this one, it would all of them.  I saw the ‘Born to Rock’ tour at PNC Bank Art Center when I was in 4th grade, a few days after seeing Lynyrd Skynyrd for the umpteenth time.  Meat blew my mind; it was definitely one of the best concerts I’ve ever seen.

Mark’s #6
6. Violator by Depeche Mode – The album that helped me get over “Just Can’t Get Enough” and allowed me to experience DM for their deep, gloomy selves and highly rhythmic selves.  I don’t know how you do it Mr. Gore, but sometimes you so get me.

Angela’s #6
6. Pinkerton by Weezer – Now, Pinkerton wasn’t initially well received upon its release back in the day, but it has come to stand on its own as a definitive album as well as helping to broaden the genre of emo as a whole.  I do love the album, but it’s because my college room-mate was and still is a die-hard Weezer fan and introduced me to more than just “The sweater song”.  Consequently, I found a greater appreciation for the band and quickly sought this one out as my favorite album.  They’re also fantastic live.

Stigz’s #6
6. Bat Out Of Hell by Meat Loaf – One of my mother’s favorite albums and one of the very few that I can listen to over and over, on repeat.  Any band named after a dinner plate kicks major ass.

Klone’s #6
6. The Real Thing by Faith No More (1989) – One of the most amazing and seemingly forgotten about bands of ALL TIME in my opinion, Faith No More was one of those bands that created and defined cool at a time when the world was moving away from the big hair, pastel spandex, cocaine days of the 1980s and (unbeknownst to anyone at the time) preparing for the grunge explosion from Seattle that was shortly to come.  I fully admit to being fascinated by their videos for “Epic” and “Falling to Pieces” (back in the days when MTV still played music videos, hence the “M” in the networks moniker), but still being a timid boy, barely beginning to tread into the world of music and discovering my own tastes.  It wasn’t until High School when a friend lent me his copy of “The Real Thing” that I understood what a brilliant gem Faith No More was.  With the first paycheck I ever earned, I ran out and picked up my copy, and have never let go of my total obsession with all things Faith No More.  The world of rock needs more bands like this, and sadly, they seem to be extinct these days.  Luckily, Faith No More front-man Mike Patton’s original project Mr. Bungle continues to release new music.

Honorable Mentions: Achtung Baby by U2 (1991), Blood Sugar Sex Magik by Red Hot Chili Peppers (1991), La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. 1 by White Zombie (1992), Dig by I Mother Earth (1993)


#4…Top 5 Albums of All Time July 13, 2010

TNT’s #4
4. The Living End by The Living End – Australian punk can never be wrong.  When I heard the song “Prisoner of Society” for the first time, I had no clue who sang it but I was obsessed; it grabbed my attention like an airhorn in a library.  I love the entire album, but my favorite song is “West End Riot”.

Angela’s #4
4. Thriller by Michael Jackson – It’s Michael Jackson’s thriller…do I really need to explain this??  Even though I have never been one of his crazed fans . . . when the King of Pop died, it made me sad.  Similarly, he was the KING of Pop…that is a moniker truly earned in the music industry.  And rightfully so, you can not deny how he was iconic and extremely influential to music (even that is an understatement).  And Thriller?  It’s fucking Thriller dude, come on.

Klone’s #4
4. Bat Out of Hell by Meat Loaf (1977) – Two years before I was born, this epic album was released, a collection of musical masterpieces amounting to the closest thing to a rock opera that had never been performed theatrically.  Originally begun in 1974 as a workshop project called Neverland, songwriter Jim Steinman set out to do a sci-fi modernization of the Peter Pan story.  The core songs of the project became this historic album that almost never was.  Like many strokes of genius, this project was rejected by almost everyone in the music industry in the mid-to-late 1970s, that is until Tod Rundgren got a hold of the music being shopped around and decided to run with it, even though he found it more hilarious than serious and awe-inspiring.  The album has sold more than 43 million copies in the 30 years since its release, and annually sells 200,000 copies.  From first note to final, this album unfolds a story that is screaming to be made into a film or a theatrical production, the story of Romeo & Juliet romance between damned biker who meets his demise in a horrific motorcycle accident and an angel in the afterlife (my personal interpretation).

Mark’s #4
4. Shifting Skin by ON – I discovered this highly under-rated gem courtesy of one of Matt Pinfield’s radio shows, where he glowed about the upcoming solo release from former lead singer of alternative rock band Failure, Ken Andrews.  What followed in the ensuing minutes was three minutes of catchy electro rock bliss of the album’s first single,  “C’mon Collapse”.  This album didn’t leave my CD player for months.  I credit this album with introducing me to the wide and varied musical world of Ken Andrews, and allowed me to discover dozens of other associated acts, like the amazing Charlotte Martin.  Thanks Ken!

Dan’s #4
4. Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette – Released in 1995, Jagged Little Pill launched Alanis’s music career and spawned half an album of hits.  From the ex-boyfriend assault ‘You Oughta Know’ to the lovey ‘Head Over Feet,’ Alanis was a chick with edge.  I still love this album.

Stigz’s #4
4. From Here To Infirmary by Alkaline Trio – One of my favorite bands, one of their best albums, with awesome grooves on the entire CD.