Thursday, July 10, 2008

My Life in Records

Via The Onion A.V. Club Blog: There's a new survey circulating in the blogosphere, which asks you to pick a favorite album for each year you've been alive.

Danny Fisher tagged me to make my list, and since I am a bit of a music fan I thought this might be fun -- then I remembered how much older I am than some of my blogging peers (much longer list).

Anyway, here ya go -- a little of the expected, some not so much. Caution: I'm revealing my metal-head and punk roots here. There are quite a few ties (some three way ties), because I couldn't choose just one. And I reserved the right to say a given year just sucked.

1967: Strange Days - The Doors
1968: White Light/White Heat - The Velvet Underground
1969: Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin tied with At San Quentin - Johnny Cash
1970: Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
1971: Led Zeppelin IV (officially untitled fourth album) - Led Zeppelin
1972: Transformer - Lou Reed
1973: The Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd
1974: no winner
1975: Metal Machine Music - Lou Reed tied with Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
1976: 2112 - Rush
1977: Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols - Sex Pistols tied with Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel
1978: The Scream - Siouxsie and the Banshees
1979: Unknown Pleasures - Joy Division tied with The Wall - Pink Floyd
1980: Seventeen Seconds - The Cure tied with Closer - Joy Division
1981: Rage in Eden - Ultravox
1982: PornographyThe Cure tied with Under the Big Black SunX
1983: War - U2 tied with The Final Cut - Pink Floyd
1984: The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking - Roger Waters
1985: Misplaced Childhood - Marillion tied with Rain Dogs - Tom Waits
1986: Rage for Order - Queensrÿche
1987: The Joshua Tree - U2 tied with Appetite for Destruction - Guns N' Roses
1988: ...And Justice for All - Metallica
1989: Disintegration - The Cure tied with Pretty Hate Machine - Nine Inch Nails
1990: The Winding Sheet - Mark Lanegan
1991: Nevermind - Nirvana tied with Ten - Pearl Jam
1992: Us - Peter Gabriel tied with The Future - Leonard Cohen tied with The World Inside - Human Drama
1993: In Utero - Nirvana
1994: MTV Unplugged in New York - Nirvana tied with Whiskey for the Holy Ghost - Mark Lanegan tied with Hips and Makers - Kristen Hersh
1995: To Bring You My Love - PJ Harvey
1996: New Adventures in Hi-Fi - R.E.M. tied with Ænima - Tool
1997: Either/Or - Elliott Smith
1998: The Devil You Know - Econoline Crush
1999: The Distance to Here - Live
2000: Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea - PJ Harvey
2001: Amnesiac - Radiohead
2002: Momento's En El Tiempo - Human Drama
2003: Final Straw - Snow Patrol tied with History for Sale - Blue October
2004: Live at Benaroya Hall - Pearl Jam
2005: Plans - Death Cab for Cutie
2006: Foiled - Blue October tied with Eyes Open - Snow Patrol
2007: The Shade of Poison Trees - Dashboard Confessional
2008 (so far): Narrow Stairs - Death Cab for Cutie

Wow, that took a while -- and was kind of fun.

I tag John Craig, ~C4Chaos, and Matthew Dallman. Hopefully all three will play along.


John Driscoll said...

William, I came across this blog while looking for some IFS stuff on Google. (Your posts about it are great. Thanks for publishing them.)

Given your taste in music (Pink Floyd, grunge, Radiohead), I wonder if you have come across Catherine Wheel.

WH said...

Hey John,

Glad you found the IFS material useful -- parts work is one of my "hobbies."

Yeah, I do like The Catherine Wheel, just didn't make the top of any year. Really, so hard to pick 1 or 2 or 3 records for some years -- could have been 10 a few times.


Anonymous said...

here you go. man that took a while!

thanks for the flashback!


Danny Fisher said...

Great list, sir! We gotta hang out and listen to records sometime!