“All time” “favorite” “albums” BONUS!!!!! Day 13: U2
Bonus days because Tom Novak was the catalyst for this revist to my formative years and after dolling out ten full lengths that were in part the definition of my rebellion there were still influential records from my youth worth exploring
Today, I nominate : Alexandra because despite believing she won’t play along I figured half the people I tagged woudn’t but most still did, so why not.
U2 — the Joshua Tree — With or without you i still haven’t found what i’m looking for on the streets with no name on one tree hill i stand in god’s country where you bullet the blue sky
The single “Where the Streets Have No Name” could arguably be my entry int U2. From there I passionately went into the back catalogue and was made a fan. But, after the release of Rattle & Hum (live) my fandom fell off dramatically. Not only did I not love the so-called “new” version of U2 but it began to erode at my listening habits for the older records. Interning at Island Records as well as comparisons to Radiohead’s works brought me back it at different points but never quite overcame the schism their change in approach created with my listening back then.
Nowadays, I’m ok with carving off their career into segments I enjoy in different magnitudes for different reasons and in that there is absolutely no denying the fortutide that the Joshua Tree displays. For all of the novelty in the production and lyrics there was also a maturity that it displayed and it produced a staying power that is noteworthry.
Day 12: Tears for Fears — the Hurting — Woah, this much doom and gloom was considered pop music?
Day 11: Bruce Springsteen — Born in the USA — We learned more from a three minute record than we ever learned in school
The Original Ten, recapped:
Day 10: Public Enemy — It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back — Armageddon had been in effect, go get a late pass and a copy of this record. seriously.
Day 9: Queensryche — Empire — Just asking, for a friend, Anybody listening? this was my bridge into and out of, or out of and back into prog
Day 8: Metallica — …And Justice For All… — The Harvester of sorrow draws the shortest straw to be blackened, in the eye of the beholder you see the frayed ends of sanity so that and justice for all is to live is to die on dyers eve.
Day 7: Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill – Now, here’s a little story I’d like to tell about a record my parents didn’t like so well.
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?
Day 5: Faith No More – the Real Thing – it did so much, including confuse people, even me, at the time.
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 band that “made me metal” (and the song “Wasted Years” even more specifically)