OK, so I’m never going to finish this list before the site goes dark (I’m not re-upping after this year. I’ve kind of shifted focus to my other blogging effort, over here. Yes, it’s a little different).
Given that, I’m just going to list entries 11-35, making a comment if I’ve got something to say.
35. Depeche Mode – Violator
34. Dramarama – Cinema Verite – I understand the limited appeal of many of the bands I like. This is not one of them. The inability of classic rock radio of the 1980-90s to find a place for songs like Anything, Anything or Last Cigarette is both mystifying and a thorough indictment of radio programming for as long as I’ve been listening to music.
33. Sunny Day Real Estate – Diary
32. Crooked Fingers – Dignity and Shame – Eric Bachmann will make another appearance later.
31. The Smithereens – Especially For You – I saw them at Jones Beach, opening up for No. 22. Then it rained, canceling the headlining act.
30. Palomar – All Things Forest
29. Rival Schools – United by Fate
28. Bad Religion – The Gray Race – My favorite punk band, fronted by one of the smartest dudes in popular music history.
27. Meat Puppets – Too High to Die – Kurt Cobain was onto something.
26. The Replacements – Tim – I’ve said it before. If I could pick one time and place to have grown up other than where I did, I’d choose the Twin Cities in the early 1980s. The Mats, Husker Du, Prince, Soul Asylum, etc.
25. Bound Stems – The Family Afloat
24. Fischerspooner – Odyssey – As with country, dancy kind of stuff isn’t usually my bag. There’s always one exception.
23. Violent Femmes – s/t
22. Voxtrot – Mothers, Sisters, Daughters & Wives – the first EP on the list. A second cracks the Top 10.
21. Rainer Maria – Catastrophe Keeps Us Together – Now that the band is a going concern again, I’m hopeful I can catch a show with my oldest son Ian, who accompanied me to see them when he was just 10.
20. And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – Source Tags and Codes
19. The Waterboys – This is the Sea
18. Squeeze – Argybargy – Like many folks my age, I discovered them through the Singles album. As good as that is, I still think this collection of songs is better, highlighted by should-have-been the band’s song in my Top 100, Vicky Verky.
17. Titus Andronicus – The Monitor
16. XTC – Skylarking – The re-released version, of course. Hard to believe they didn’t think Dear God worked upon its initial recording.
15. INXS – Shabooh Shoobah – If my wife was ever inclined to do a Top 50 (she most definitely isn’t), this might be the only disc on both of ours (on retrospect, Catastrophe would have an outside chance of making hers).
14. Expoxies – Stop the Future – The very best 1980s new wave album was released in 2005.
13. Silversun Pickups – Carnavas
12. Sinead O’Connor – The Lion & The Cobra – About four years ago, my daughter was interviewed by the local paper for one of their meet an athlete type things. They asked her what music of her parents did she truly hate. She chose Sinead.
11. The Sundays – Reading, Writing and Arithmetic – I could listen to Harriet Wheeler sing the tax code.
The Top 10 will follow in the original format.