So I am going to share with you the facebook meme brought to me by Bell’s Knits.
The rules: Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen albums you’ve heard that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes.
1. Rio – Duran Duran
2. Mercy Seat – Nick Cave
3. The White Stripes – The White Stripes
4. Eponymous – R.E.M.
5 . Epic – Faith No More
6. Nevermind – Nirvana
7. Pablo Honey – Radiohead
8. Hazards of Love – The Decemberists
9. Somery – The Descendents
10. Tommy – The Wedding Present
11. Shame About Ray – the Lemonheads
12. Slanted and Enchanted – Pavement
13. Is This It – The Strokes
14. Flood – They Might Be Giants
15. Bleach – Nirvana
Wow, doing that it shows how much I tend to think about songs individually rather than albums. The iPod age means I rarely seem to listen to entire albums at a time, just snatches here and there. Perhaps this is revealed by the fact that not that many of those albums are from the last 10 years, and fewer from the last 10. It is interesting that our conception of music has moved away from the album thing which probably reached its peak in the 1970s and 1980s, but has died away now that cd shuffle and iPods and our other technologies of music have moved beyond the mix tape – we no longer have to listen to music in the manner in which artists carefully construct it for us.Oh, how could I have forgotten Pink Floyd and Dark Side of the Moon for that list? But I think of it now because its tracks always sound oddly out of place when they randomly show up on my iPod. But then again, so do some of those by Eminem or OutKast – so maybe album construction isn’t totally dead.
All right, those of you who read this – I challenge you to construct your own and link back here – then I will return the favour by linking to you.