Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The 30 (no 31) albums meme

I HATE memes. I really do, but I have to admit that being tagged by Derek on this particular subject got me thinking and... well here we are...

Think of 25 (sorry, I couldn't whittle down below 31 - even then I felt like I was cutting off a limb...) albums that had such a profound effect on you they changed your life or the way you looked at it. They sucked you in and took you over for days, weeks, months, years. These are the albums that you can use to identify time, places, people, emotions. These are the albums, no matter what they were thought of musically, that shaped your world.

When you finish, tag 25 others, including me. Make sure you copy and paste this part so they know the drill. Get the idea now? Good.

  1. Star Wars Soundtrack - John Williams
    (probably the first album I bought on my own)
  2. The Dream Police - Cheap Trick
    (first rock album I bought)
  3. Back in Black - AC/DC
    (god, memories of middle school flooding back...)
  4. The Wall - Pink Floyd
    (ditto with above)
  5. Moving Pictures - Rush
    (move to London Ontario - grade 8 - I've owned this on two cassettes, an LP and CD ... now ripped into MP3 - high quality of course!)
  6. Thriller - Michael Jackson
    (didn't everyone pick this up back then?)
  7. Freeze Frame - J. Geils Band
    (Centerfold - grade 8 - puberty ... need I say more?)
  8. Synchronicity - Police
    (like, who DIDN'T own this album and wear it out?)
  9. 1984 - Van Halen
    (Eddie plays an Oberheim ... my connection with hard rock)
  10. 5150 - Van Halen
    (grade 13 and summer before university - plain and simple)
  11. Songs from the Big Chair - Tears for Fears
  12. (grade 11 written all over this in my head)
  13. Rio - Duran Duran
    ('k, I was dating a John Taylor groupie back then...)
  14. Dream into Action - Howard Jones
    (wore this album out - grade 12 and 13 through and through)
  15. Appetite for Destruction - Guns 'n Roses
    (I can still remember the night I first heard Sweet Child o' Mine on the car radio ... blew me away)
  16. Boston - Boston
    (got me through a summer job)
  17. Pyromania - Def Leppard
    (they hit it big with this one, but still had that pent-up energy - can still remember playing this over and over at a pool I worked at - must have driven the regulars nuts)
  18. Scenes from a Memory - Dream Theater
    (still cannot get enough of this work - priceless)
  19. Emerson, Lake and Powell - Emerson, Lake and Powell
    (no, not Palmer ... Powell - remember seeing the video on MuchMusic with Keith surrounded by 20 keyboards ... woah, that guy is wild, I have GOT to get this album)
  20. 90125 - Yes
    (my first exposure to Yes ... it all went downhill after this - I've lost count of how many albums I have from them!)
  21. Pornograffitti - Extreme
    (got me through a summer clerk desk job...)
  22. Welcome Interstate Managers - Fountains of Wayne
    (there are still easter eggs and ear candy I find in this album - pop songwriting at its' best)
  23. So - Peter Gabriel
    (remember waiting to see what "Big Time" would look like when released on MuchMusic)
  24. Version 2.0 - Garbage
    (the model of late '90's pop sound)
  25. Genesis - Genesis
    (probably their peak with just the trio)
  26. Flying in a Blue Dream - Joe Satriani
    (when Joe actually started to sing - such diversity through this album)
  27. Metallica - Metallica
    (couldn't get enough of this CD)
  28. Dream of the Blue Turtles - Sting
    (you either hated the new sound or you loved it ... stuck with me)
  29. Bridges Over Borders - Spoons
    (their "rock" / change of direction album post Nile Rogers - grade 12/13 through and through - Catherine can't believe I have this in iTunes too!)
  30. Fumbling Towards Ecstasy - Sarah McLachlan
    (I think this was her peak - so far - she's just hitting what's now become her monotonous sound, but there are still things from days of Solace and Touch)
  31. Commitments Soundtrack - The Commitments
    (Catherine and I spent a lot of Sunday mornings listening to this)
  32. Sleepless in Seattle Soundtrack - Various
    (When I Fall in Love - NKC version - was what Catherine and I chose for our 1st dance tune - listened to this album pre-wedding almost every day)

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