Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Top 100: 80 - 71

What time is it- 5 AM?? Ugh... where's my coffee?? We're out? We only have DeCaf?? DeCaf?? I mean, really, what's the point?? I know I bought real coffee... where is it... where... AHA! Here it is... aaaaaahhhhhhhhhh...

Anyway, while I "patiently" wait for the coffee, here's another part of my list

80 – (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? by Oasis I know… it’s their most-commercial album and, because of that, a bit of a sell-out. But it’s still my favorite from the Fighting Brothers. Despite Liam and Noah’s objections, the album is full of Beatles-heavy influences and harmonies. Favorite Song: “Don’t Look Back in Anger”

79 – Exile in Guyville by Liz Phair. I’m not a huge fan of Liz, I can take her or leave her, but this is a phenomenal album with some really rockin’ tunes. And she’s easy to look at, which always helps.

78 – Come Away with Me by Norah Jones. She is a singer to be reckoned with as her voice is nearly-flawless, her style is natural and she draws favorable comparisons with Billy Holiday… and did you know that her father is sitar-master Ravi Shankar? This one is a family-favorite on lazy Sunday afternoon’s… calm, cool, and collected. Favorite Song: “I Don’t Know Why”

77 – Curtain Call by Eminem. He’s everything that Vanilla Ice wanted to be but failed spectacularly at. Sure, this is called a greatest hits compilation, but whenever new songs are included, three on this album, it loses it’s ‘GH’ label… at least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

76 – Pulp Fiction Soundtrack. Another college album with personal connections as well as HoMu and I walked into our wedding to Misirlou (this was in 1997, before everyone else started doing it and before Black Eyed Peas sampled it) Not as good as another QT-directed film’s soundtrack, but darn close. “Flowers on the Wall”

75 - Reservoir Dogs Soundtrack. What can I say? Quentin Tarantino knows how to put together a soundtrack album better than anyone else. Between the Steven Wright monologs and the “Madonna Speech” interwoven between the songs, it’s a stockpile of classic non-disco songs from the 70’s. Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right always struck a chord with me. And the Madonna speech? I had it down pat. Almost every time we went to a bar, one of my friends would ask me to do the speech, and, being a ham, I always obliged. Favorite song: “Stuck in the Middle with You” (ear-cutting scene memories included)

74 – Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness by Smashing Pumpkins. I’m not a fan, per se of the Pumpkins, but something about this album spoke to me. Favorite song: “1979”

73 – License to Ill by Beastie Boys. How can you not like this album? Favorite Song: “Fight for your Right to Party”

72 – Madman Across the Water by Elton John. One of his smaller, lesser-known albums, but still my favorite as it showcases Elton and Bernie's more soulful side. Favorite Song: “Indian Sunset”

71 – Goodbye Jumbo by World Party. A great album. While at Illinois, my brother worked as a DJ at a “Chambana,” radio station, and constantly received free CD’s; this was one of them. He got 2 copies of this disk and gave one to me in the hopes that it would transition me from the ‘pop-bubblegum’ crap of my youth to a purveyor of fine musical taste. He succeeded. Funky, bluesy, rockin and mellow, it’s a great album that now, unfortunately, is very hard to find. Favorite Song: “When the Rainbow Comes”

See 101 - 91 and 90 - 81 to get an idea of where I'm coming from with my musical tastes.