10 days because Tom Novak tagged me and he’s a good guy, so I’m returning the favor
“all time” “favorite” and “albums” is kinda the kind of vagary that gets people in trouble. These are the albums released in my youth, that I found for myself then and continue to find their way back to me today
I hope they inspire conversation because I love talking about music. I hope they inspire you to listen too, and if you want more beyond the 10 tune into MPH noise radio. I totally know half the people I nominate won’t participate but that’s part of the game so I’ll do it anyhow.
Today, I nominate : Jason Durand because I love his taste in music and he loves his local scene which works well for my pick today being one from my local scene
Day 6: Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet – I’m from fuckin’ Jersey bitch, what else did you expect was going to be here for an 80s kid?
The 1986 breakthrough produced singles for “You Give Love a Bad Name,” “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “Wanted Dead or Alive,” and “Never Say Goodbye” as well as fan faves, deep cut radio standards and live cuts including the popular ballad “I’d Die for You” as well as rockers “Let it Rock,” “Raise Your Hands,” and the closing fistpumper “Wild in the Streets.” It is among the most important hair metal, post-glam, 80s stadium rock era albums, perhaps ranking next to only Def Leppard’s Hysteria in terms of depth and breath. What’s more, the lyrics are in the vein of fellow Jersey poets Springsteen and to a lesser degree Sinatra in the way the capture the blue collar, suburban life that is Jersey. Saying that, there’s no reason to defend this other than if you don’t respect the successful crossover in an era of increasing compartmentalization than that’s on you.
I still one man mosh, make an ass out of myself singing along, and generally, yes smile every time Bon Jovi songs come on pre-New Jersey.
Day 5: Faith No More – the Real Thing – it did so much, including confuse people
Day 4: Primus – Sailing the Seas of Cheese – because as a nerdy music dork this is like the soundtrack of adolescence, both real and revised
Day 3: Run DMC – Raising Hell – Peter piper picked a pepper but my parents picked this as being a passing phase, it wasn’t.
Day 2: Soundgarden – Badmotorfinger – the band and album that guided me into the 90s
Day 1: Iron Maiden – Somewhere in Time – the album that “made me metal”