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The 20 Albums List Exercise (Via Facebook)

My friend Sherm posted his top 20 list under the auspices of the exercise described below to Facebook and tagged me to respond. (No, I won’t include his. That’s his decision to make)

Normally these viral “post your yadda yadda” things drive me bat#$%^ but, typical of Sherm, he posited an exercise interesting enough that I responded. It’s important that it’s not the “Desert Island” list because that one just doesn’t work for me. Though, obviously, there’d be huge overlap from this list to whatever too-damned-short-a-list I had to come up with to take to the proverbial desert island.

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(Sorry folks, I don’t do the ‘tag your friends’ thing. Sherm and somebody else asked me to do this and the exercise struck me interesting. This took 8 minutes. Then I decided to remove some duplicates from the same artist. Another 10 minutes. I’d probably pick 80% of these if forced to redo the exercise again. Which would drop and which would add, I can’t predict. In redoing, I’d guess 80% would stay again and probably not the same 80%.)

The rules: Don’t take too long to think about it.  List 20 albums you’ve heard that will always stick with you.  20 albums that “changed your life.”  List the first 20 that come to mind in 20 minutes.  Tag 20 friends, including me, because I am interested in seeing what my friends choose.  To do this, go to the Notes heading on the left column of the Home page, paste the rules in a new note, list your 20 picks, and tag 20 friends.

In no particular order:

  • The Dark – Artsy Annoyance/Boring Contrivance (Actually an untitled tape that has a storied history with other Dark on it as well)
  • Peter Garbriel – 3
  • Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine
  • Robert Palmer – Clues
  • Kraftwerk – Computer World
  • The Silencers – A Letter From St. Paul
  • Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
  • Led Zeppelin – IV
  • The Beatles – Rubber Soul
  • The Clash – Sandinista!
  • Machines of Loving Grace – Concentration
  • David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust
  • The Crystal Method – Vegas
  • Big Catholic Guilt – Possession
  • John Lennon – Shaved Fish
  • Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
  • Gary Numan – The Pleasure Principle
  • O- Positive – Only Breathing/Cloud Factory (It’s one Disc so ;-P~
  • Simon and Garfunkel – Bridge over Troubled Water
  • Oingo Boingo – Good For Your Soul

Those of you who were ON some of these records and are reading this, don’t let it go to your heads…. and don’t doubt for a second doubt that, standing apart from my knowing you, the music rates.

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