“All time” “favorite” “albums” BONUS!!!!! Day 14: MADONNA
Bonus days because Tom Novak started this chain for me and ten was just too difficult to stop at. The originals are my musical rebellion. Not that these bonus aren’t but they represent a different kind of musical enlightenment that came with being a kid discovering music on my own and continue to stay with me as an adult
Today, I nominate : anyone who wants to play along just tag yourself in the comments
Day 14: Madonna — True Blue — I want to blame my sister Jeannette for this since I remembering back she was the fan and everyone else was just along for the ride. I distinctly remember the cassette cover of this and these are the songs I most associate with that era still, but honestly it could have been Like a Virgin, Who’s That Girl, Like a Prayer, etc. where it all began – the roots aren’t really that important as much as this being the record that stands out earworm wise.
There were other female pop artists I personally probably loved more during the era (Debbie Gibson, Tiffany, Kylie Minogue, Belinda Carlisle/GoGos) but most of them didn’t grow with me. Madonna, on the other hand, I continued to revisit over and over, throughout college, during my industry and grad school years and still come back to regularly now. In that time she’s reinvented herself at least a half-dozen times which is part of the catalyst for going back and listening again.
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
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)