Friday, September 22, 2006

THIS LIST OF 100 TOP ALBUMS ACTUALLY PUT HAIR ON MY CHEST (and it can do the same for you, Ann Powers!)




OK, ignore the adolescent glee found in the above, for this here's a list (an idea I swiped from an internet rival of mine whom I loathe in order to one up him which isn't hard to do) consisting of the 100 bestest albums (rock 'n otherwise w/an emphasis on the former) that truly made me the beloved blogger of reknown that I am and shall remain despite the efforts of a few sanctimonious pudges out there. Really, each and every one of these albums (all from the age of vinyl with only one-non-LP release [a cassette-only affair from '86, still within the confines of the plastic age albeit a bit late]) are recordings that had me jumping up and down with umbridled joy when I'd obsessively spin them repeatedly night after night for weeks on end, and in sharing my faves with you I can only hope that YOU TOO will become the lunatic I was and make a fool of yourselves in your fart-encrusted bedrooms considering how you want to emulate me to the fullest! Argue and bicker if you will (you know where to comment!), but this is definitely the best (and most impartial!) listing of albums that have created the BLOG TO COMM o-mind-geared gulcher that we all revel in, and any complaints to the contrary would be pure blasphemy, dontcha think (but go ahead, comment and be prepared to be shot down!). The labels listed below do not necessarily indicate the US version of these discs but of the items in question which are wallowing in the serenity of my collection (perhaps).

1) THE VELVET UNDERGROUND AND NICO (Verve)
2) Pink Floyd-THE PIPER AT THE GATES OF DAWN (British version) (EMI/Columbia)
3) THE STOOGES (Electra)
4) Various Artists-NUGGETS (Sire)
5) Brian Sands-REHEATED CHOCOLATE TANGOES (Bizart)
6) Various Artists-NO NEW YORK (Antilles)
7) The Stooges-FUNHOUSE (Electra)
8) Von Lmo-FUTURE LANGUAGE (Strazar)
9) YOKO ONO/PLASTIC ONO BAND (Apple)
10) Albert Ayler-BELLS (ESP-Disk)
11) The Deviants-PTOOFF! (Sire)
12) SUICIDE (Red Star)
13) THE NEW YORK DOLLS (Mercury)
14) Eno-HERE COME THE WARM JETS (Island)
15) The Pink Fairies-WHAT A BUNCH OF SWEETIES (Polydor)
16) Amon Duul II-PHALLUS DEI (Liberty)
17) T. Rex-ELECTRIC WARRIOR (Reprise)
18) The Stooges-RAW POWER (Columbia)
19) Hawkwind-DOREMI FASOL LATIDO (United Artists)
20) Various Artists-LIVE AT CBGB'S (Atlantic)
21) Pere Ubu-THE MODERN DANCE (Blank)
22) DUST (Kama Sutra)
23) MX-80 Sound-OUT OF THE TUNNEL (Ralph)
24) THE RAMONES (Sire)
25) Hackamore Brick-ONE KISS LEADS TO ANOTHER (Kama Sutra)
26) The Velvet Underground-WHITE LIGHT/WHITE HEAT (Verve)
27) Patti Smith-HORSES (Arista)
28) Robert Calvert-CAPTAIN LOCKHEED AND THE STARFIGHTERS (United Artists)
29) THE FABULOUS WAILERS (Golden Crest)
30) Iggy and the Stooges-METALLIC KO (Skydog)
31) The Flamin' Groovies-SHAKE SOME ACTION (Sire)
32) Amon Duul-PARADIESWARTS DUUL (Ohr)
33) Big Brother and the Holding Company-CHEAP THRILLS (Columbia)
34) THE DICTATORS GO GIRL CRAZY (Epic)
35) The Droogs-KINGDOM DAY (PVC)
36) PEBBLES VOLUME 3: THE ACID GALLERY (BFD)
37) Cecil Taylor-NEFERTITI, THE BEAUTIFUL ONE HAS COME (Arista/Freedom)
38) PETER LAUGHNER (Coolie)
39) WILDFLOWERS VOLUMES 1 THROUGH FIVE (Douglas) (OK, this should count as five entries but they work as such a cohesive whole, and for cohesive holes as well!)
40) Black Sabbath-PARANOID (Vertigo)
41) Alice Cooper-KILLER (Warner Brothers)
42) The Thirteenth Floor Elevators-EASTER EVERYWHERE (Drop Out)
43) ROXY MUSIC (Reprise)
44) MC5-KICK OUT THE JAMS (Electra)
45) THE FUGS FIRST ALBUM (ESP-Disk)
46) Simply Saucer-CYBORGS REVISITED (Mole)
47) THE MODERN LOVERS (Berzerkley)
48) Tony Williams Lifetime-EMERGENCY (Verve)
49) Lou Reed-METAL MACHINE MUSIC (RCA)
50) Stan Freberg-A CHILD'S GARDEN OF FREBERG (Capitol)
51) Can-MONSTER MOVIE (Spoon)
52) Various Artists-BACK FROM THE GRAVE VOLUME ONE (Crypt)
53) The Mothers of Invention-WEASELS RIPPED MY FLESH (Bizarre/Reprise)
54) The Velvet Underground-LOADED (Cotillion)
55) O-TYPE (Quadruped)
56) Alice Cooper-LOVE IT TO DEATH (Straight/Warner Brothers)
57) INTRODUCING THE SONICS (a.k.a. ORIGINAL NORTHWEST PUNK) (Jerden/First American)
58) Kim Fowley-ANIMAL GOD OF THE STREETS (Skydog)
59) The Flamin' Groovies-TEENAGE HEAD (Kama Sutra)
60) John Fahey-BREAKDOWNS, DEATH CHANTS AND MILITARY WALTZES (Takoma)
61) Sparks-PROPAGANDA (Island)
62) The Dictators-BLOODBROTHERS (Asylum)
63) John Coltrane-ASCENSION (Impulse)
64) The Velvet Underground-SWEET SISTER RAY (no label)
65) The Who-WHO'S ZOO (TMOQ)
66) John Cale/Terry Riley-CHURCH OF ANTHRAX (CBS)
67) The Byrds-FIFTH DIMENSION (Columbia)
68) FAIRPORT CONVENTION (Polydor)
69) THE SIDEWINDERS (RCA)
70) Brian Eno-DISCREET MUSIC (Obscure)
71) MX-80 Sound-CROWD CONTROL (Ralph)
72) Zappa/Beefheart-CONFIDENTIAL (Wizardo)
73) Kevin Ayers-JOY OF A TOY (Harvest)
74) Patti Smith Group-RADIO ETHIOPIA (Arista)
75) The Red Crayola-THE PARABLE OF ARABLE LAND (Radar)
76) Bob Dylan-ROYAL ALBERT HALL (TMOQ)
77) Be-Bop Deluxe-FUTURAMA (Harvest)
78) The Zantees-OUT FOR KICKS (Bomp)
79) Hawkwind-SPACE RITUAL (United Artists)
80) Unholy Modal Rounders/Michael Hurley etc.-HAVE MOICY! (Rounder)
81) The Plastic People of the Universe-EGON BONDY'S HAPPY HEARTS CLUB BANNED (Bozi Myln)
82) Amon Duul-DISASTER (BASF)
83) David Bowie-LOW (RCA)
84) NEU! (Germanofon)
85) MAX'S KANSAS CITY VOLUME ONE (Ram)
86) Link Wray-MISSING LINKS VOLUMES ONE THROUGH FOUR (Norton)
87) The Styrenes-GIRL CRAZY (Mustard)
88) SADISTIC MIKA BAND (US version) (Harvest)
89) Chrome-HALF MACHINE LIP MOVES (Siren)
90) Red Krayola-GOD BLESS THE RED KRAYOLA AND ALL WHO SAIL WITH IT (Radar)
91) MOBY GRAPE (Date)
92) Sun Ra-IT'S AFTER THE END OF THE WORLD (MPS/BASF)
93) Various Artists-SUBTERANNEAN MODERN (side two only) (Ralph)
94) John Lennon and Yoko Ono-UNFINISHED MUSIC NUMBER TWO-LIFE WITH THE LIONS (Zapple)
95) MONTAGE (Laurie)
96) THE RASPBERRIES (Capitol)
97) Sonny Sharrock-MONKEY-POCKIE-BOO (Affinity)
98) Tyrannosaurus Rex-A BEGINNING (A&M)
99) Sparks-KIMONO MY HOUSE (Island)
100) Kraftwerk-AUTOBAHN (Vertigo)

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey Chris,
That's a GREAT list. How sick I am
of these SAFE lists one sees from the likes of Rolling Stone and the UK music press, even the self-appointed "alternative" music press. If every teenager in America
was exposed to this music, imagine how things would change. I still loan out and make CDR copies of
this kind of music for teenagers and people in their 20's I meet who
need a grounding in THE REAL THING.
They may think Metallica or Nirvana
(the Cobain band, not the superior
UK pop-sike unit)are great, but only because they haven't heard
the first Blue Cheer album, or the MC5, or Children of the Sun by the Misunderstood, or Louie Louie by the Swamp Rats, etc. I see the same reaction when someone who has just heard of Elvis or maybe seen one of his 1960s movies gets to hear The King in his 54-63 prime, or even some of his under-rated 69-70 studio material. I'm glad you've posted this list online.
Let's hope many people see it and some impressionable minds start listening to the music...

BILL SHUTE

Christopher said...

Great note Bill. How about posting YOUR top 100?

Anonymous said...

I second the redoubtable Mr Shute, it's SO F-ING GREAT to read a list that gives THE REAL DEAL, as opposed to some corporate tie-in doofus twaddle ... I'm also behind Chris, howsaboot your own list, Bill?

Joss Hutton

Anonymous said...

Chris, so no good rock records were made before roughly '66 and for the most part besides a stray mx-80 or pere ubu rec after '73? 1. I am just shocked you learned to use a computer; 2. I am still amazed by that by that image of you ca. '92 from a fiction piece in the Baffler (or maybe a Nest of Ninnies?) y'know, strumming a tennis racket in yr underwear in yr momma's basement; 3. Actually, do you run an analog computer, and do you make your entries by punch-card?; and 4. oh fuck it, I just made my quarterly stop at Agony Shorthand to see it was over, just to see a reference to you being online and I just wanted to see if it was true.

Oh well, I cannot bear to google Chuck Eddy or Peter Davis now.

Christopher said...

Chris, so no good rock records were made before roughly '66 and for the most part besides a stray MX-80 or pere ubu rec after '73?

Well, THE FABULOUS WAILERS album came out in 1960, and most of the Link Wray material on MISSING LINKS was recorded in the pre-Beatle days, while THE RAMONES and SHAKE SOME ACTION came out in '76 (ditto LIVE AT CBGB's) and KINGDOM DAY in '88 or so (and Sparks' PROPAGANDA came out '74 and Kraftwerk's AUTOBAHM [plus Smith's HORSES...i could go on!] '75), but yeah, I can see your ironclad point there.

I am just shocked you learned to use a computer.

So am I, especially since these typewriter keyboads have the letters and numbers all mixed up instead of in A-B-C order!


I am still amazed by that by that image of you ca. '92 from a fiction piece in the Baffler (or maybe a Nest of Ninnies?) y'know, strumming a tennis racket in yr underwear in yr momma's basement.

Oh, that wasn't me...that was actually a pic of Dave Lang taken at the secret wedding of J. Neo Marvin and Jay Hinman in San Francisco a few years back. Boy the guy looks like he was having such a fun time!


Actually, do you run an analog computer, and do you make your entries by punch-card?

I push button and it go in.

Oh fuck it, I just made my quarterly stop at Agony Shorthand to see it was over, just to see a reference to you being online and I just wanted to see if it was true.

It's true big boy! Ooooh, now go hissy fit somewhere else!

Oh well, I cannot bear to google Chuck Eddy or Peter Davis now.

Why not, judging from the aptitude you've just displayed they seem exactly right for your mental capabilities! Now run along and comfort yourself with all of those BAFFLERs you've scarfed up all these years!

Anonymous said...

Uh, Chris who is J. Neo whatshisname? Back off, I am not a thread follower, I am shocked, NAY, shocked, that after a decade of not caring that the guy who did ppfthud and black to comm who is much like that that senator from virginia who feels so overly put-upon by homos and blacks and jews and crap, i dunno, GIRLS, that they over-compensate for the existence of Brian Berger to just freeze themselves into a crappy timeline. Wanna come down to Arizona and fight? I'll even beep you into MY gated community, and we can do it Mortal Kombat style in front of the pool. I'll be glad to rip out your spine with a Mummies lp. My wife will patch you up, but you are totally not allowed to see my children. SICKO.

You are a disgusting pro-Foley caricature of a guy in a Daniel Clowes-based movie. Quit trying to groom young boys with your knowledge of 1972.

P.S. Bloodrock < Audio Two

What more can I say, top billin' ?
-Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger, may I take you orde?

Christopher said...

OOOOOH, I'M SO THKARED!!!! Tell you what, send me a note that makes sense, and maybe we can do it Mortal Combat-style in front of the pool, lovey! Don't you have anything better to do at 1:40 AM than "cruise" the internet...how about something more suitable to your talents like doing amyl nitrate and picking up some runaway Indian boys?

While yer at it, you should google J. Neo Whatshisname in order to find a fellow traveler whose musical tastes are probably more in touch with your, er, mental capabilities.

And as far as me beingg "pro-Foley"...why, I haven't listened to Ellen Foley in years! And besides, considering the stories flying around having to do with her White House sexcapades with Hillary, I'd think she'd be more in line with your sense of values anyhoo...

PS-Feel free to add as many "sics" to my previous post as you wish, or to the anonymous one's while yer at it!

jymn said...

Nice to see Red Cayola on the list. Worked with Steve Cunningham in Saudi Arabia during the mid-nineties. Great guy. Religious now but a great guy nonetheless! Used to play the CDs and get blasted on home-made wine. Told me great stories of the Crayola's trips to Cali and jamming with Fahey and Country Joe and the Fish.

jymn said...

Chris - Sweet list. How can you encapsulate all those years into 100? Well, I tried (after the top 20 or so, no particular order):

1) The Seeds
2) Strictly Personal - Captain Beefheart
3) Village Green Preservation Society - Kinks
4) Velvet Underground and Nico
5) Blue Oyster Cult
6) Pagliaro Live
7) Kinks Kontroversy - Kinks
8) Trout Mask Replica - Captain Beefheart
9) New York Dolls
10) Funhouse - Stooges
11) Ogden's Nut Gone Flake - Small Faces
12) Moby Grape
13) Buffalo Springfield
14) Indian War Whoop - Holy Modal Rounders
15) Brain Capers - Mott the Hoople
15) Best of the Chocolate Watchband
16) The Doughnuts in Granny's Greenhouse - Bonzo Dog Band
17) Cold Sun
18) Who Sell Out - Who
19) Redwing
29) Bayou Country - CCR
30) Kick Out the Jams - MC5
31) Rubber Soul - Beatles
32) Aftermath - Rolling Stones
33) Get Yer Ya's Ya's Out - Rolling Stones
34) Then Play On - Fleetwood Mac
35) Freak Out - Mothers of Invention
36) Arthur - Kinks
37) 1+1+1=4 - Sir Douglas Quintet
28) Raw and Alive - The Seeds
29) Killer - Alice Cooper
30) Give it Back! - Brian Jonestown Massacre
31) Refugee - Savage Rose
32) Led Zeppelin
33) Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan
34) Wolfking of LA - John Phillips
35) Everybody Knows This is Nowhere - Neil Young
36) DFFD - Dictators
37) Loaded - Velvet Underground
38) Raw Power - Stooges
39) Snafu - East of Eden
40) Shine on Brightly - Procol Harum
41) Axis: Bold as Love - Jimi Hendrix
42) The Acid Gallery - Nuggets #3
43) Pet Sounds - Beach Boys
44) High Time - MC5
45) Live at Kelvin Hall - Kinks
46) Gilded Palace of Sin - Flying Burrito Brothers
47) Green River - CCR
48) Them
49) Blonde on Blonde - Bob Dylan
50) Exile in Guyville - Liz Phair
51) Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd
52) Anthem of the Sun - Grateful Dead
53) Moondance - Van Morrison
54) After Bathing at Baxters - Jefferson Airplane
55) L.A. Woman - Doors
56) Radio City - Big Star
57) Piper at the Gates of Dawn - Pink Floyd
58) Live at Leeds - Who
59) Live at the Fillmore East - Allman Brothers Band
60) Buffalo Springfield Again
61) White Heat/White Light - Velvet Underground
62) Stone Roses
63) Sunflower - Beach Boys
64) Tantamount to Treason - Michael Nesmith
65) Radios Appear - Radio Birdman
66) Shazam - The Move
67) Fantastic Expedition - Dillard & Clark
68) Happy Trails - Quicksilver Messenger Service
59) It Crawled in My Hand - Honest - Fugs
60) Nilsson Sings Newman - Nilsson
61) The Stooges
62) Disraeli Gears - Cream
63) It Hurts to be in Love - Gene Pitney
64) Beck-Ola - Jeff Beck Group
65) Johnny Winter And Live
66) England's Newest Hitmakers - Rolling Stones
67) Quebec Love - Charlebois
68) Da Capo - Love
69) East-West - Butterfield Blues Band
70) Ride the Wild Surf - Jan and Dean
71) Somewhere Outside - Ugly Ducklings
72) Broken English - Marianne Faithful
73) Web of Sound - Seeds
74) Eighteen Stories Down - Penelope Houston
75) Take it from the Man - Brian Jonestown Massacre
76) Live in Japan - Ventures
77) Gorilla - Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
78) Hogwash - Groundhogs
79) Split - Groundhogs
80) Full House - Fairport Convention
81) Swallow Tails - Cochise
82) Grease Band
83) Leon Russell
84) Revolver - Beatles
85) Let it Bleed - Rolling Stones
86) Autumn Stone - Small Faces
87) Pretenders
88) GOD BLESS THE RED KRAYOLA AND ALL WHO SAIL WITH IT - Red Crayola
89) Royal Albert Hall - Bob Dylan and Band
90) Then I Saw the Holy City - Out Crowd
91) Magic Potion - Black Keys
92) Future - The Seeds
93) Bloodbrothers - Dictators
94) Oh! Pleasant Hope - Blue Cheer
95) Cheap Thrills - Big Brother
96) Easy Action - Alice Cooper
97) Gathering of Promises - Bubble Puppy
98) Truth - Jeff Beck
99) Number 5 - Steve Miller Band
100) Time Out of Mind - Bob Dylan

Christopher said...

Great list Jymn. Y'know, there were so many good records that gave me such a throb that I didn't mention, and I'm sure a top 500 list would encapsulate my total feelings towards music in general, or at least rock & roll, a lot better than the list I had posted. Other faves I didn't put on the list include the Mothers of Invention's FREAK OUT, INTRODUCING THE BEATLES and even the Wailers' OUT OF OUR TREE (and I even like their cover of "Summertime" which seems to be an aesthetic no-no!). Believe me, if I wanted to take this list to its fullest I most certainly could! And there would be a few hundred more I could put on there as well!