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08.02.09 My 20 Favorite Albums.

My 20 Favorite Albums.

These are the albums that I have enjoyed the most for the first seventeen years of my life. All of these are highly recommended. I have thought long and hard about my selections. I had to omit lots of stuff, however, like Nina Simone, Tiny Tim, Daniel Johnston, and Dead Milkmen.
1Devo
Duty Now for the Future


Devo strikes a perfect balance between their early guitar sound and their later synths resulting in a dark, ominous sound. That combined with the cryptic lyrics have made this my favorite album ever.
2Captain Beefheart
Ice Cream for Crow


Beefheart returns in the eighties for his last album. As his last musical project he seems sad and more contemplative than usual.
3Captain Beefheart
Lick My Decals Off, Baby


The messiness of Trout Mask condensed into one of the most consistently great albums of his career. I never give two fives to one artist but dammit, Don earned it.
4Portishead
Portishead


Wall of fear as my friend Evan says. Just really well written ridiculously haunting triphop with Beth Gibbons being as icy sounding as ever.
5Elvis Costello
Armed Forces


More eclectic and catchy than his other early records, this album has Elvis at his angry best.
6King Crimson
Red


King Crimson stops dicking around, writes a set of five mean, hard, metallic songs and immediately breaks up. Good job with that one, Fripp.
7Lou Reed
Magic and Loss


Lou Reed spent the sixties being some boring avant-garde sonic artist loser, the seventies being some glam David Bowie ripoff, the eighties being annoyingly happy with that "I Love You, Suzanne" crap. But finally sometime in the early nineties two of his close friends died. And somehow that inspired him to create the most macabre, woeful experience I have ever heard. Then he went to crap again. So I appreciate this as all I will ever get from him.
8Prince
Controversy


Prince being as sappy, catchy, sexual, and awesome as he ever will be, all at the same time.
9Minutemen
Double Nickels on the Dime


Hardcore punk's greatest album. And it lasts like two hours.
10Randy Newman
Sail Away


Before Randy sold himself to Disney he was a pissed off singer songwriting who wrote more hilarious songs a year than anyone but Zappa.
11Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention
Absolutely Free


Speaking of Zappa, an album of political topics presented as vegetable metaphors can't possibly miss this list.
12Radiohead
Amnesiac


Kid A but less focused, more wild and inventive, and with New Orleans sounding brass here and there. If The National Anthem was on here this would leave Kid A as little more than interesting.
13System of a Down
Toxicity


I hate to have anything in common with assholes that worship this band but nearly every song on here is a really brutal thrashy metal that appeals mostly to my love of punk. Except "Needles" kind of sucks.
14Wire
Pink Flag


Wire's first three albums beat down 99.9 percent of anything else ever made. And this is the best one. Lots of thrashy, intellectual punk punctuated by slow moody pieces. "Champs" is the best song ever.
15The Cure
Three Imaginary Boys


The Cure's first record. It sounds like they listened to lots of Wire around then. Then they must have heard some shitty Joy Division and thought they should make "Just Like Heaven". Shame.
16The Aquabats
The Fury of the Aquabats


The most consistent set of silly and fun skapunk ever.
17Tom Waits
Swordfishtrombones


Fresh from leaving Asylum records, Tom found Captain Beefheart and mixed the Captain's style of thumpy, rhythmic noise with his own smooth, jazzy portraits of downtrodden people in bars. He got thumpy tales of downtrodden people burning down their houses, I guess. Good Job.
18The Clash
Combat Rock


This isn't the Clash selling out like most people say. Take that "Should I Stay or Should I Go" radio hit nonsense off of here and you have Clash's most creative set of ponderous, discreet, low-key songs.
19Pink Floyd
The Final Cut


This is as much Pink Floyd as those two Gilmour abominations are. Roger Waters wrote some personal songs and some political songs, made them slow and boring and sang annoyingly. I really can't think of anything good about it. For some reason I love it though.
20Talking Heads
Fear of Music


Byrne's offsetting lyrics and vocal delivery are finally applied to much more eerie and inventive music. "Drugs" is probably the best of these.
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