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1. Fugazi - 13 Songs
"What's Fugazi? Is it Japanese for noise?" My sophmore homeroom teacher. I was not cool enough to be into Fugazi then. I had not even found good music at that point.
I should have picked Red Medicine. I was going to and went back and forth several times. I have already posted Waiting Room, easily the best song on the album. And I am torn as to what to pick from this album to post here. Red Medicine had more songs that stood out on their own, while 13 Songs was a better overall album. I choose Suggestion, even though I am as guilty of the crimes in this song as any man.
2. Dinosaur Jr - Bug
You know how I said that I made some choices for the wrong reasons? This is that one. I should have gone with the album that changed my life upon it's first listen, Green Mind. But I choose the one I liked better, 15+ years later. Mistake.
But since I choose this album I feel a deep moral obligation to share with you one of the best band break-up songs of all time, a song I have included on every Dinosaur Jr mixtape I have ever made. Don't Can you believe they got back together again after this song?!?!?!?! This song is by no means indicative of the band.
3. Operation Ivy - Complete Discography
Words aren't needed here. Either you get it or you don't.
Here We Go again.
4. They Might Be Giants - Apollo 18
In the eternal debate over which album is better Apollo 18 or Flood, the correct answer is John Henry.
If I wasn't Shy (live)
5. Juliana Hatfield - Bed
Picked wrong again. But I love this woman so much I cannot go wrong. This album is dirty and sexy, just not her best, but still damn good. And I always spell her name wrong, like a jerk. I actually loved her "Sellout" album. Ms Hatfield, I liked that album. (That song is obviously not from that album, but from her kickass EP Do Not Disturb.)
I nearly spilled a beer on her at a show in Providence once. The friend I was with yelled me for NOT spilling my beer on her so I would stop being a coward and talk to her because she was hanging in the crowd during the opening acts. I should have listened to this friend.
6. Go-Kart vs The Corporate Giant (comp disc)
When deciding between Comp Discs, this was a no-brainer. I could listen to this whole album over and over.
Weston - Retarded
"You are so retarded / I must be retarded too!"
I have to pick two off this one, I can't stand just picking one song!
The Meatmen - Morrisey must Die!
Offended by these two songs? Then do not track down this CD. Note: I do love the Smiths, but this song is still awesome.
7. This is Boston Not LA (comp disc)
Need to pick 3 from this disc, because the songs are so short. And yes the names of the bands is half the reason I originally bought this disc. (With the Unsafe at Any Speed EP at the end!) This CD is still the hardest, fastest, most intense piece of my music collection.
Jerry's Kids - Straight Jacket
That song has the most amazing bass line. If I had to pick a bass line to be my heartbeat, that's it.
The Freeze - This is Boston Not LA
If you dance the same and dress the same
It won't be long 'til you are the same
You look the same
you act the same
There's nothing new when you're to blame.
(Discrimination summed in a song about the difference between LA and Boston punk in the early 80's.)
The Proletariat - Options
Again a song that rings true today nearly 30 years later. Suck on that whiny hippie protest music.
8. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones - More Noise and Other Dissturbances
Bust out the air trombones, I nailed this one.
Where'd You Go?
9. Green Day - 1039 Smoothed Out Slappy Hours
When making a "Love" Mixtape for my wife while we were dating and she was living in Maui, I nearly made a disc consisting of half this disc and half of Bjork's Debut. If you hate Blink 182-esque pop-punk, then give this album a listen and you'll hear what it could have sounded like, and it sounded good. I used 2,000 light Years Away to play on the distance angle, but I have to go with At the Library, sorry Going to Pasalaqua!
I love this whole album. Kerplunk was my first green day album, this was 2nd, and then 2 weeks after I got this I saw Longview on MTV and was very confused. It seemed like it could be the same band. Green Day has a permanent place in my heart for this album, and the fact that they still some of these songs live!
10. Rancid - Let's Go!
"When I got the Music, I got a place to go!"
11. Lunachicks - Pretty Ugly
I should have gone with Luxury Problem, but it's a tough call all around. All the albums have songs will make people wonder about me, and all have their great songs and their weak ones. This was as good a choice as any. Although Jerk of All Trades is my favorite song of theirs. They were such a great live band.
I need to share their cover of Heart of Glass.
12. The Pixies - Surfa Rosa
Gotta pick my favorite Pixies song, although this is my favorite album of theirs.
13. Pennywise - Unknown Road
This was thew album that got me into Pennywise. Not their best, but damn fucking good. This tape went with me everywhere. So inspirational. I always said if I ever get cancer, stack my Pennywise discs next to me, and all will be fine.
14. L7 - Bricks are Heavy
Another one where I went with the album that got me into the band. I love L7 and this album. Perfect roadtrip music. I first heard Shitlist while watching Natural Born Killers, and once I saw it was one the same album as Pretend that You're Dead, I bought it and they won me over. If you don't feel One More Thing, then you don't feel anything.
One More Thing
15. The Gits - Enter the Conquering Chicken
The song I want to use isn't anywhere for embedding, so I'm going to use the Evil Stig version and tell 2 tales. I first heard this song from the Evil Stig version. It wasn't until a few years later that I heard about The Gits from my good friend, Jess. It was then that I realized who Evil Stig was and my mind was blown. Evil Stig was the surviving members of The Gits, with Joan Jett doing Mia's vocals. Wow. Also, after hearing this song, I put Evil Stig on my Xmas list, and my mom, as always at the time, took my list of CD's and my Sister's to Newbury Comics, handed the list over to the first employee there she saw and said pick 3 from each list. Newbury Comics, for those who do not know, is a legendary independent record store in New England, and at the location my mom went to, they had never heard of Evil Stig.
Bob (Cousin O.)
It hurts me to be angry / kills me to be kind
In Part 2 I'll go through albums I should have put on this list, is I wasn't going to stick with one album per band, the 15 album limit, and other sillyness.
Thanks for reading,