I’m back, and with quite a bit of music for you — I’m going to try to give you some personal history on these, because it’s all about #BeReal apparently.
Weezer – Blue
Buddy Holly. Best music video ever? Perhaps. But the Sweater Song, with it’s perfect metaphor about breaking up, has stuck with me all these years. I made reference to it in Memoirs of a Dilettante in a story about my time in Halesowen, where I overdosed on painkillers. It wasn’t about a breakup, though, it was far more complicated than that. It always is.
Tori Amos – Under the Pink
I remember discovering Cornflake Girl in a tiny little town in Iowa, of all places — I’d been (is shipwrecked the right term in a landlocked state?) marooned there for three months after my time in England, and someone there had this album, and I listened to it incessantly.
Green Day – Dookie
First year of college I couldn’t escape this album. It was being played everywhere, and for anyone who’d never heard the Clash, it was a big deal. I’d heard the Clash, but still enjoyed the album.
Marillion – Brave
You could say this is the album that launched my ‘career’ as Helena. I’d gone to Montreal to see Marillion perform this album live. See Also: Couche Tard and the Jumping Asians
Beck – Mellow Gold
You know… I just put this album on here for Loser. It’s not really representative of his best work.
Elvis Costello – Brutal Youth
A RETURN TO FORM!!!!! I really had lost interest with Elvis during the ’80s (I’ve since gone back and picked out the gems) but THIS album is amazing.
Nine Inch Nails – Downward Spiral
It would take the film Se7en to get me to really listen to Nine Inch Nails. They frightened me — Trent Reznor is a creepy dude.
Soundgarden – Superunknown
Another album you just couldn’t ignore, even if you wanted to.
Pink Floyd – The Division Bell
I happen to like post-Roger Waters Pink Floyd, thank you very much.
Milla – The Divine Comedy
You wouldn’t believe it, but Milla Jovavich was actually a singer — her family is very musical — before she was ever a model/actress.
BNL – Maybe You Should Drive
Again, I like Barenaked Ladies’ early stuff. They get shit upon (and sometimes for good reason) but you’re missing out if you just listen to the detractors.
Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Sleeps with Angels
The story is, Neil Young spoke to Kurt Cobain before he died. This is a strange, sometimes hit and miss Neil Young album, but I still like it.
Portishead – Dummy
I wouldn’t discover this until a few years later, but fell instantly in love with Beth Orton’s voice, which could be so anti-pop at times that it gave me chills.
Jeff Buckley – Grace
I love Jeff Buckley. I’ve made no secret of this. It’s a tragedy that he died so young, leaving us with so little of his genius.
Manic Street Preachers – Holy Bible
Nasty album. After this, Richey Edwards disappeared, never to resurface. Would you believe they toured with Guns N Roses? Weird.
Eric Clapton – From the Cradle
A blues cover album, after the man who was once referred to as god had gone all adult contemporary for most of the ’80s. This album kicks ass.
Massive Attack – Protection
Again, discovered this years later — love love love British trip hop.
REM – Monster
Michael Stipe et al tried to bring back glam. Lenny Kravitz and David Bowie tried to help them, but it only lasted for a heartbeat.
Cranberries – No Need to Argue
The last really good Cranberries album.
Nirvana – Unplugged
This is what we got as an epitaph. A snapshot of Kurt as an artist.
Tragically Hip – Day for Night
When it comes to the Tragically Hip, I’m much more a fan of their singles rather than whole albums, but this one is fantastic.