I recently challenged my friend to do a post of his top 10 favorite albums of all time. This was maybe a stupid thing to do because it’s something that is damn near impossible to do. But, I am one of those weirdos who listens to the same stuff over and over and over again without getting sick of it, so I thought that maybe it would be possible for me to definitively say “Yes. This is my favorite and it will never change.” So here they are, on record, just like it’s high school again.
Also, for the sake of listing albums corresponding to moments in life, here you go:
Childhood years: Billy Idol - Billy Idol. This is mildly embarrassing, but I was like, five. I begged my Dad to play it all of the time. Before Batman: The Animated Series came on. Before dinner. Right when I got there on the weekends and before I even said ‘hello’. Also, my Dad had better musical tastes back then than he does now so who is the one who should be embarrassed, really?
When I actually started making a conscious choice about music: The Presidents of the United States of America - The Presidents of the United States of America. I. Loved. This. Cassette. Tape. No shame there. No shame ever. Other runner-ups include: No Doubt - Tragic Kingdom and The Beatles - Abbey Road. I also started making mix-tapes of songs I heard on the radio. I have a distinct memory of hearing The Clash for the first time. I also discovered Bush and Smashmouth but we won’t talk about that.
Sixth grade, or, the Most Badass Year of My Life Thus Far: Sixth grade gets it’s own category. This is when I discovered that you didn’t have to do homework assignments if you didn’t want to and that it was OK to be angsty about all of your friends not thinking that you’re cool enough anymore. Poe - Hello, Fiona Apple - Tidal, andCake - Fashion Nugget.
Junior high: All ska, all of the time. Less Than Jake - Hello Rockview. That is all I will say about that.
Junior & Senior Year of Highschool: My friend Steve made me a mix CD featuring the Breeders, Pixies, Radiohead, and Bjork. This changed my life forever.
The College Years: This is when I discovered The Smiths. I went to art school. While a lot of freshmen and sophomores had keg parties at frats, we didn’t even have a cafeteria or gymnasium or an actual campus. Thank god for that.
Here I am, 10 years later:Apparently I will never get sick of Midnight Boom or any Pixies song ever. Bjork is a tough one but I’ll settle with Homogenic because “All is Full of Love” is one of the most beautiful songs in this world. Also, I swear I listen to more recent stuff sometimes (besides Grimes)… but I guess nothing has gotten under my skin quite yet. If you want to make me a suggestion based on my taste and/or to get me out of the 90s, then, I’m all ears. Making this list reminds me that I used to be a lot better at discovering music than I am now. Now I’m either slightly ashamed by this or I just like what I like and, really, nothing will ever be better than the 90s…Probably both. The answer is always both.