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1981

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[Albums 960 – 964 / 1001]

Of the ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die,’ 18 are from the year 1981.

I’ve reviewed all but five of them so far.

The remaining non-reviewed albums from 1981: Black Flag – Damaged, X – Wild Gift, Siouxsie and the Banshees – Juju, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – Architecture & Morality, Bauhaus – Mask.

Which 1981 albums are the most essential to hear again?

Ranked by their essential-ness, here’s how I’d prioritize revisiting these 18 albums, enjoy!

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18. Einstürzende Neubauten – Kollaps. I don’t think I’ve ever actually heard the band name said out loud, not sure how it would be pronounced.

17. X – Wild Gift. Not really an ‘X’ for incorrect, nor an ‘X’ for ‘X marks the spot of the buried treasure,’ somewhere in between.

16. Siouxsie and the Banshees – Juju. Their 2nd of 2 on the list.

15. The Gun Club – Fire of Love.

14. Tom Tom Club – Tom Tom Club.

Multiple ’81 Clubs, tie goes to da club with the better hooks (such as the one from Genius of Love)

13. Heaven 17 – Penthouse and Pavement. I don’t always want to hear synthesizers but when I do, I appreciate when bands go all in!

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12. Bauhaus – Mask. One that I feel might continue to grow on me with repeated listens.

11. The Go-Go’s – Beauty and the Beat. Our Lips are Sealed and How Much More in particular.

10. The Psychedelic Furs – Talk, Talk, Talk. Though I might be somewhat more likely to reach for something by the group Talk Talk.

9. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – Architecture and Morality. Arguably the most pretentious name combo on the list, but far from the least appealing album.

8. Black Flag – Damaged. We’re gonna have a TV Party tonight!

7. Soft Cell – Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret. I often forget that their version of Tainted Love was actually a cover.

6. The Human League – Dare. I hadn’t realized how creepy the lyrics to Don’t You Want Me really were…

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5. Bobby Womack – The Poet. Although I can’t hear Bobby’s last name without thinking of Sean Connery in The Rock!

4. Brian Eno & David Byrne – My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. Interesting collaboration by pair of artists that appear on the list several times.

3. Motörhead – No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith. Their 2nd of 2 on the list.

2. ABBA – Visitors. Slipping Through My Fingers might be my favourite ABBA track (and Head Over Heels may not be far behind).

1. Rush – Moving Pictures. With both the top album & top album art visual pun of the year!

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Verbalize the Positive

My family has been enjoying playing Super Mario Bros on a borrowed Nintendo Wii – it has all kinds of throwbacks to the NES Mario games, great fun!

Artist of the Week V – Quiz #43

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2021 Artists of the Week (so far):

Bruno Mars, Stone Temple Pilots, Carole King, 2Pac, “Weird” Al Yankovic, Sonic Youth, Lady Gaga, Lionel Richie, Kings of Leon, Kenny Rogers, Nina Simone, Alice in Chains, Neil Diamond, Cher, Nine Inch Nails, Phil Collins, Curtis Mayfield, Kelly Clarkson, Foo Fighters, The Roots, Bing Crosby, Hall & Oates, Drake, No Doubt, Buffalo Springfield, Keith Urban, The Velvet Underground, Destiny’s Child, Ozzy Osbourne, Crowded House, Brian Wilson, Fugees, Captain Beefheart, MC Hammer, Hole, The Mamas and the Papas, Pantera, Tori Amos, Sam Cooke, Moby, Yes, Missy Elliott

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My thanks to all who have participated in the “Artist of the Week” quizzes so far.

Congrats to all those who correctly identified Missy Elliott last week.

The results after 42 weeks (as of Thursday evening – results submitted after that time will be added to next week’s spreadsheet):

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Ready for Quiz #43?

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Quiz Rules/Format
(Same as last year, feel free to skip to the quiz if you know the rules already)

Your Task: Name the mystery Artist, ideally with as few clues as possible.

Correctly guess the artist on the first clue? 500 points.

After scrolling down to the second clue? 400 points.

Still don’t know after the fifth clue? 0 points, but a crisp high-five for participating.

I’ll use google translate to put the correct answer at the bottom in Arabic (if you read Arabic, that’s fantastic, but no cheating by reading ahead!) and you can translate it back to the language of your choice to confirm your answer.

In the comments, please enter your POINTS earned (not the artist name) and I’ll keep track of the running totals in a spreadsheet.

In addition to eternal bragging rights, the winner at the end of the year may even get something as prestigious as a digital certificate.

Here goes!

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Artist of the Week #43
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..English duo, formed in London in 1981.

The duo (Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe) have a trio of one-word titles on the 1001 list: Actually (1987), Behaviour (1990)…

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400 points……………….and in case anyone needed a reason to buy a physical copy of their 1993 album, the orange ‘Lego’ style CD case is a Very persuasive one!

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300 points…………………… Now, I Wouldn’t Normally Do This Kind of Thing, but hopefully this puzzle clue isn’t So Hard!

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200 points………………..It’s Alright, you still have One More Chance after this clue!

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100 points………………..The artist is P___ S____ B___

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Answer: ميسي إليوت

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

It would be tough to be in a bad mood when listening to Go West – life is indeed peaceful there!

1980

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[Albums 955 – 959 / 1001]

Of the ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die,’ 24 are from the year 1980.

I’ve reviewed all but five of them so far.

The remaining non-reviewed albums from 1980: ACDC – Back in Black, Adam and the Ants – Kings of the Wild Frontier, The Cramps – Songs the Lord Taught Us, Talking Heads – Remain in Light, UB40 – Signing Off.

Which 1980 albums are the most essential to hear again?

Ranked by their essential-ness, here’s how I’d prioritize revisiting these 24 albums, enjoy!

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24. Circle Jerks – Group Sex. I did appreciate their efficiency, running through 14 songs in 15 minutes.

23. Dead Kennedys – Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables. If given the choice, I’d choose the Fresh Fruit. Then the Dead Kennedys. And as a distant third option, the Rotting Vegetables.

22. Killing Joke – Killing Joke. Another self-titled debut that made the 1001 list.

21. Adam & The Ants – Kings of the Wild Frontier.

20. The Cramps – Songs the Lord Taught Us.

19. UB40 – Signing Off.

In an alternate timeline, I sometimes wonder how my reactions would be different if I’d approached the 1001 albums in the complete opposite order.

Such as for these three albums: instead of being reviewed as one of my final 100 albums, what if I’d heard them as one of the first 100 albums?

Would I be more enthusiastic about them, given that I had just turned 30 and the project was still new and exciting?

Or would I be less open-minded to these ‘not-really-my-traditional-cuppa’ albums, as my musical tastes were still relatively narrow?

18. Steve Winwood – Arc of a Diver. Though I think I prefer his work with Traffic (the band, not the phenomenon)!

17. The Specials – More Specials. On par with The Specials.

16. Motörhead – Ace of Spades. With bonus marks for the umlaut & for referencing the most powerful of playing cards.

15. Tom Waits – Heartattack and Vine. I had forgotten I’d called Waits “the pickled ginger between pieces of sushi.” I meant it as a sincere compliment and I stand by it!

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14. Teardrop Explodes – Kilimanjaro. I’m not sure I’ll ever visit the dormant volcano in Tanzania, but I know what I’ll bring to listen to if I do.

13. The Soft Boys – Underwater Moonlight. Or in the somewhat more probable event that I find myself under the moonlight & swimming underwater…

12. The Undertones – Hypnotised. Like their tune, Nine Times Out of Ten, that’s about the ratio I think I’d be in the mood for listening to this again.

11. Talking Heads – Remain in Light. Will remain in one of the middle rings of the listening rotation.

10. Echo & The Bunnymen – Crocodiles. Terrified of actual crocodiles, no worries about enjoying these ones again in the future.

9. Joy Division – Closer. Among the bleakest records on the 1001 list.

8. The Cure – Seventeen Seconds. Nowhere near my favourite Cure album but still…it’s The Cure, I’ll be back soon enough.

7. The Jam – Sound Affects. Their 2nd of 2, bridging the gap between 60s & 90s British Guitar Bands!

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6. Judas Priest – British Steel. It was a pleasure to help graph the Top Judas Priest albums on The LeBrain Train.

5. Iron Maiden – Iron Maiden. And it was a pleasure to help graph the Top Iron Maiden tracks on The LeBrain Train as well!

4. Dexys Midnight Runners – Searching for the Young Soul Rebels. I couldn’t have been more wrong about them being merely a 1-hit wonder. At the very least, they’re a 3-solid-album wonder!

3. Peter Gabriel – Peter Gabriel III. Games Without Frontiers is surely a Top 5 Whistling Interlude contender.

2. AC (Lightning Bolt) DC – Back in Black. I had the privilege of seeing them in Montreal a few years ago with my friend Andy, 5 of the 10 Back in Black tunes made the set list (including my personal favourite, Shoot to Thrill)!

1. The Pretenders – The Pretenders. An all-timer of a debut…

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…and Lovers For Today might have my all-time favourite guitar tones!

1979

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[Albums 953 & 954 / 1001]

Of the ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die,’ 27 are from the year 1979.

I’ve reviewed all but two of them so far.

The remaining non-reviewed albums from 1979: Public Image Ltd. – Metal Box, Holger Czukay – Movies.

Which 1979 albums are the most essential to hear again?

Ranked by their essential-ness, here’s how I’d prioritize revisiting these 27 albums, enjoy!

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27. The Slits – Cut. Feels like one I’d appreciate more after a few more listens. But will I ever get around to those appreciation-enhancing listens is the question…

26. The Fall – Live at the Witch Trials. Their first of three on the 1001 list.

25. The B52’s – The B52’s. I was pleased to find this on audiocassette.

24. Public Image Ltd. – Metal Box. Looks like a neat physical item (streaming the album may not have been the optimal medium).

23. The Damned – Machine Gun Etiquette. Met my enjoyment expectations.

22. Germs – GI. A case where ‘less is not necessarily more’ as it was the longer tracks that had the memorable moments, as shown in the graph below.

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21. Sister Sledge – We Are Family. I have the LP, that helps its chances of re-visitation.

20. The Crusaders – Street Life. A different standout instrument on each track.

19. Holger Czukay – Movies. Probably more likely to revisit his Can albums first.

18. Gary Numan – The Pleasure Principle. Exceeded my enjoyment expectations.

17. Gang of Four – Entertainment!. !

16. Japan – Quiet Life. If I ever go to Japan, clearly I will have to give it a spin.

15. Pink Floyd – The Wall. I like to paraphrase Pink Floyd when teaching exponent laws, Hey! Students! Leave That Base Alone!

14. Marianne Faithfull – Broken English. I had forgotten I’d made a PowerPoint presentation to review the album!

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13. Cheap Trick – At Budokan. According to the list, a 1979 album (though I gather it was released in 1978 in parts of the world).

12. The Undertones – The Undertones. Their first of two.

11. Elvis Costello and the Attractions – Armed Forces. His third of six.

10. The Specials – The Specials. Their first of two.

9. Chic – Risque. Bonus marks for the accent aigus.

8. AC (lightning bolt) DC – Highway to Hell. No stop signs, speed limits.

7. Michael Jackson – Off the Wall. Or as Murray Hewitt might say, Off The Planet.

6. The Police – Regatta de Blanc. I prefer albums #1 and #5 as shown by the quadratic relation in vertex form below!

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Let x represent the studio album number.
Let y represent the general awesomeness of the album.

y = 2.5(x-3)² + 80

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5. Neil Young and Crazy Horse – Rust Never Sleeps. Fellow blogger timeweleftthisworldtoday made a fine point recently that few can transition as seamlessly as Mr. Young when moving between acoustic / electric tracks.

4. Talking Heads – Fear of Music. I wasn’t always a Talking Heads enthusiast…but now, to borrow a Kevin McCallister exclamation, I’m Not Afraid Anymore!

3. Fleetwood Mac – Tusk. Neat when an artist hits their commercial &/or critical peaks on albums #11 and 12 of the discography.

2. Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures. I saw a student wearing an Unknown Pleasures shirt recently, the future is in good hands!

1. The Clash – London Calling. According to the 1001 list, it is a 1979 release (I gather it wasn’t released until 1980 in the U.S.) – it would be #1 in either year!

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One of the finest arguments in favour of YouTube:

Billy Corgan singing 1979 on a Roller Coaster!

1978

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[Albums 948 – 952 / 1001]

Of the ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die,’ 32 are from the year 1978.

I’ve reviewed all but five of them so far.

The remaining non-reviewed albums from 1978: Public Image Ltd. – Public Image: First Issue, Willie Colón & Rubén Blades – Siembra, Marvin Gaye – Here, My Dear, X-Ray Spex – Germfree Adolescents, Siouxsie and the Banshees – The Scream

Which 1978 albums are the most essential to hear again?

Ranked by their essential-ness, here’s how I’d prioritize revisiting these 32 albums, enjoy!

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32. The Residents – Duck Stab!/Buster & Glen. Probably more likely to revisit the Replacements or the Refreshments.

31. Siouxsie and the Banshees – The Scream. Their first of a pair of 1001-listed albums.

30. Public Image Ltd. – Public Image: First Issue. Also their first of a pair of 1001-listed albums.

29. Thin Lizzy – Live and Dangerous. It would be much higher than the 29th “best” album of 1978. But as these rankings are based on probability of revisiting, I find I just don’t revisit most live albums all that often.

28. Joe Ely – Honky Tonk Masquerade. The second ‘Honky Tonk’ album title on the list (along with Waylon Jennings’ Honky Tonk Heroes)

27. The Adverts – Crossing the Red Sea with the Adverts. Unlike actual advertisements, I wouldn’t suggest these Adverts ought to be skipped.

26. Buzzcocks – Another Music in a Different Kitchen. The title reminds me of the almost logical English from Sloan’s Penpals, certainly a favourable association.

25. Saints – Eternally Yours. Oh when the Saints, go playing Eternally Yours, I’ve generally got the time.

24. Rubén Blades and Willie Colón – Siembra. I rarely say no to a bit of Salsa – and not just because, as Seinfeld observed, because I like to say salsa!

23. Elis Regina – Vento de Maio. On a windy day next May, I think this would be an appropriate soundtrack.

22. X-Ray Spex – Germfree Adolescents. In my line of work, I certainly hope they are.

21. Marvin Gaye – Here, My Dear. I’m more likely to revisit one of his other albums ‘On’ the list (What’s Going / Let’s Get It)

20. Throbbing Gristle – D.O.A. The Third and Final Report of Throbbing Gristle. Thanks to a felicitously timed listen of this album, I was able to earn 400 points on Jeopardy!

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19. Pere Ubu – Dub Housing.

18. Pere Ubu – Modern Dance.

A pair for Pere, can’t argue with that kind of productivity.

17. Chic – C’est Chic. C’est vrai, it’s not just a clever name!

16. Willie Nelson – Stardust. Timeless.

15. Devo – Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo. More likely to rewatch Devo (Devon White) turn a triple-play, but this Devo could still be back too.

14. Kraftwerk – The Man-Machine. More likely to listen to The Hip’s Man Machine Poem but still, this Man-Machine will likely return as well.

13. Big Star – Third. Third is their second of two on the list.

12. Elvis Costello – This Year’s Model. His second of six on the list.

11. The Jam – All Mod Cons. Their first of two on the list.

And they are an important part of the history of British Guitar Rock!

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10. Blondie – Parallel Lines. Parallel lines never cross & I cannot picture myself ever being cross while listening to this one either.

9. Brian Eno – Ambient 1: Music for Airports. I may not find myself in an airport anytime soon, but I know what my soundtrack will be the next time I’m at YYZ.

8. Magazine – Real Life. Lots of nice & subtle drum details.

7. Talking Heads – More Songs About Buildings & Food. Their second of four on the list.

6. The Only Ones – The Only Ones. Not a bad year for self-titled debuts.

5. Dire Straits – Dire Straits. Yep, not a bad year for self-titled debuts

4. The Cars – The Cars. It would appear to not be a bad year at all for self-titled debuts (with the best of the bunch yet to come).

3. Funkadelic – One Nation Under a Groove. Who says a funk band can’t play rock?

2. Van Halen – Van Halen. To paraphrase a line from Nerf Herder, I bought Van Halen I, it was the best (or 2nd most likely to be revisited) damn record I ever owned!

Or, to borrow a line from Wayne’s World 2, Wow, Van Halen, Who else?!

1. Bruce Springsteen – Darkness on the Edge of Town . I guess the Boss’s records are OK too.

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Pumpkin pie, yes please!

Artist of the Week V – Quiz #42

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2021 Artists of the Week (so far):

Bruno Mars, Stone Temple Pilots, Carole King, 2Pac, “Weird” Al Yankovic, Sonic Youth, Lady Gaga, Lionel Richie, Kings of Leon, Kenny Rogers, Nina Simone, Alice in Chains, Neil Diamond, Cher, Nine Inch Nails, Phil Collins, Curtis Mayfield, Kelly Clarkson, Foo Fighters, The Roots, Bing Crosby, Hall & Oates, Drake, No Doubt, Buffalo Springfield, Keith Urban, The Velvet Underground, Destiny’s Child, Ozzy Osbourne, Crowded House, Brian Wilson, Fugees, Captain Beefheart, MC Hammer, Hole, The Mamas and the Papas, Pantera, Tori Amos, Sam Cooke, Moby, Yes

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My thanks to all who have participated in the “Artist of the Week” quizzes so far.

Congrats to all those who correctly identified Yes last week.

The results after 41 weeks (as of Monday morning – results submitted after that time will be added to next week’s spreadsheet):

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Ready for Quiz #42?

This is a one-time exclusive!

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Quiz Rules/Format
(Same as last year, feel free to skip to the quiz if you know the rules already)

Your Task: Name the mystery Artist, ideally with as few clues as possible.

Correctly guess the artist on the first clue? 500 points.

After scrolling down to the second clue? 400 points.

Still don’t know after the fifth clue? 0 points, but a crisp high-five for participating.

I’ll use google translate to put the correct answer at the bottom in Arabic (if you read Arabic, that’s fantastic, but no cheating by reading ahead!) and you can translate it back to the language of your choice to confirm your answer.

In the comments, please enter your POINTS earned (not the artist name) and I’ll keep track of the running totals in a spreadsheet.

In addition to eternal bragging rights, the winner at the end of the year may even get something as prestigious as a digital certificate.

Here goes!

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Artist of the Week #42
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..American artist/producer, born in Virigina in 1971.

She has a pair of Hip Hop and R & B albums on the 1001 list: Under Construction (2002)…

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400 points……………….and her debut, Supa Dupa Fly (1997), whose album cover also included her nickname, “Misdemeanor”

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300 points……………………Word Puzzle #1, is it worth it?

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200 points………………..Or how about the solution to word puzzle #2? Work It out!

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100 points………………..The artist is M____y E_______

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Answer: ميسي إليوت

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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I’ll borrow from my previous review of Supa Dupa Fly, as on her debut, this artist delivered a line for the books that ought to be acknowledged again.

Now I recognize that insults are not necessarily something to celebrate (particularly in a section named Verbalize the Positive!).

But credit where credit is due, this week’s artist delivered a brilliant ‘complisult’ on her track, Pass da Blunt:

“My style is supa dupa fly and yours is so so”

I’m not sure who’s on the receiving end of this song-ending zinger but it’s a devastatingly effective closing statement.

If she’d said, “your style is stupid,” or some equally juvenile variation on an extreme point of view, it’s not a credible insult, it just feels like uninformed name-calling.

But, because she says “yours is so so,” it feels like she’s listened, contemplated, and delivered a lukewarm review.

Which makes such a ‘complisult’ so much more vicious as there’s no comeback for tepid praise!

1977

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[Album 947/1001]

Of the ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die,’ 26 are from the year 1977.

I’ve reviewed all but one of them so far.

The last non-reviewed album from 1977: Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks.

Which 1977 albums are the most essential to hear again?

Ranked by their essential-ness, here’s how I’d prioritize revisiting these 26 albums, enjoy!

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26. Suicide – Suicide.

I stand by my assessment of this album: there’s nothing halfway about it.

This is either among the most brilliant albums on the list or…at the other extreme.

I thought by this point in the project I’d have a definitive answer but alas, I’m still uncertain (apart from the absolute certainty that it’s one or the other).

And since I know it’s also not the #1 album from 1977 that I’m most likely to revisit, to borrow the Ricky Bobby-ism, at least in terms of % chance of re-listening soon, if Suicide’s not first, they’re last!

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25. Stranglers – Rattus Norvegicus.

24. Wire – Pink Flag

23. Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols.

I find most of the late-70s punk albums from the list do a great job of meeting my expectations. Which isn’t really a complaint but also doesn’t generally lead to a burning desire to revisit.

Always better than Bollocks (the nonsense/disaster/failure definition of the term), maybe not quite as up my street as Nevermind.

22. Bob Marley & The Wailers – Exodus. I’m more likely to gravitate to Natty Dread or Catch a Fire.

21. Weather Report – Heavy Weather. According to Back To The Future II, The Weather Reports in the future (or I suppose, now the past) are absolutely amazing. This Weather Report from the past is pretty reliable as well.

20. The Clash – The Clash. London Calling will be considerably higher in 1979.

19. John Martyn – One World. An ideal soundtrack for a potentially stressful drive through Toronto.

18. Electric Light Orchestra – Out of the Blue. Sounds a bit like a bunch of other artists & it sounds good to me!

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17. Brian Eno – Before & After Science. Before a few of his producer/collaboration appearances & After a few of his Roxy Music/solo appearances on the list.

16. Talking Heads – 77. Qu’est-ce que c’est?!

15. Muddy Waters – Hard Again. His 2nd of 2 appearances.

14. Kraftwerk – Trans-Europe Express. Their 2nd of 3.

13. Ian Dury – New Boot & Panties!!. The benchmark for most exclamation marks on the back side of an album cover (23!)

12. Dennis Wilson – Pacific Ocean Blue. Even at the time, I knew I’d be revisiting it soon enough.

11. Elvis Costello – My Aim is True. His 1st of 6(!) appearances on the list.

10. Meat Loaf – Bat Out of Hell. In the Top 10, ahead of approximately 2/3 of the rest of the 1977 albums, that ain’t bad.

9. Steely Dan – Aja. The album where I finally understood their appeal & attempted to document my Lightbulb / A-ha / Aja moment accordingly!

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8. Peter Gabriel – Peter Gabriel. Moribund the Burgermeister, maybe the most head-turning album-opening track name on the 1001 list.

7. Television – Marquee Moon. What a title track.

6. Iggy Pop – The Idiot.

5. Iggy Pop – Lust for Life.

4. David Bowie – Low.

3. David Bowie – Heroes.

Yeah, I suppose Bowie had a reasonably productive 1977.

2. Fleetwood Mac – Rumours. A Murray Hewitt once said, they did make some of their best music back then, all true.

1. Billy Joel – The Stranger. It’s no Glass Houses, but it’s still never that far from the turntable.

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Billy Joel’s 1976-1983, not bad at all!

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[Albums 944 – 946 / 1001]

Of the ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die,’ 20 are from the year 1976.

I’ve reviewed all but three of them so far.

The last trio of non-reviewed albums from 1976: David Bowie – Station to Station, Penguin Cafe Orchestra – Music from the Penguin Cafe, and Fela Kuti – Zombie.

Which 1976 albums are the most essential to hear again?

Ranked by their essential-ness, here’s how I’d prioritize revisiting these 20* albums, enjoy!

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20. Peter Tosh – Legalize It. ‘It’ has been legal in Canada since October 2019.

19. Jorge Ben – África Brasil. Neat to learn that because of the similarities to Jorge Ben’s song, Taj Mahal, all the royalties from Rod Stewart’s song, Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?, are donated to UNICEF.

That is easily my favourite settlement (so far) in a copyright infringement case!

18. Jean Michel Jarre – Oxygène. Avec l’accent grave.

17. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

16. Stevie Wonder – Songs in the Key of Life.

Two legends, I’m just more likely to reach for some of their other albums (Wonder’s Innervisions / Petty’s Greatest Hits) first.

15. Abba – Arrival. My girls love the Mamma Mia soundtrack, I imagine that will be in the rotation more frequently.

14. Penguin Cafe Orchestra – Music from the Penguin Cafe.

13. Fela Kuti – Zombie.

At the risk of being repetitive, I should unequivocally note, these rankings are based on the order in which I’m most likely to revisit the albums.

So if an album appears at #14, that doesn’t necessarily mean that album #13 (or 12,11,10…) is superior when evaluated note-for-note / lyric-for-lyric / significance-for-significance.

Instead, purely in terms of probability, I’d wager I’ll play Zombie again slightly before I re-play Music from the Penguin Cafe.

12. The Eagles – Hotel California. Great as the title track is, I just don’t recall much of the rest of the album.

11. Rush – 2112. Speaking of which.

10. The Modern Lovers – The Modern Lovers. Released in ’76, recorded in ’72.

9. Joni Mitchell – Hejira. Her 4th of 4 on the list.

8. Peter Frampton – Frampton Comes Alive!. And thanks to my friend Aaron, Frampton comes via the mail too!

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7. Kiss – Destroyer. Somewhat surprisingly, the lone Kiss appearance on the list.

6. Boston – Boston. I’m pleased with the return on investment from my $2.99 record purchase!

5. David Bowie – Station to Station. To modify a Mitch Hedberg line, I used to like David Bowie. I still do, but I used to too!

4. Joan Armatrading – Joan Armatrading. One of a pair of ‘Joan’s (along with Baez) with an eponymous LP on the list.

3. Parliament – Mothership Connection. Gotta have the funk.

2. Ramones – Ramones. I didn’t always to see the appeal, I do now.

1. Aerosmith – Rocks …Not just a clever name!

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*Hard to think of the number twenty without thinking of Paul Rudd!

1975

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[Albums 941 – 943 / 1001]

Of the ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die,’ 22 are from the year 1975.

I’ve reviewed all but three of them so far.

The last trio of non-reviewed albums from 1975: Patti Smith – Horses, Keith Jarrett – The Köln Concert, and R.D. Burman – Shalimar.

Which 1975 albums are the most essential to hear again?

Ranked by their essential-ness, here’s how I’d prioritize revisiting these 22 albums, enjoy!

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22. R.D. Burman – Shalimar. Although if/when I see the film, I imagine it might climb a few places.

21. Tom Waits – Nighthawks at the Diner. His first of five on the list.

20. Burning Spear – Marcus Garvey. When combined with R.D. Burman and Tom Waits, an eclectic trio to start the year.

19. Dion – Born to Be With You. Make that an eclectic quartet.

18. Neu! – Neu! ’75. Or quintet!

17. Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here. Do you think you can tell?

16. Joni Mitchell – The Hissing of Summer Lawns. If having lots of weeds can be considered ‘hissing,’ our Summer Lawn did plenty of hissing this year!

15. Curtis Mayfield – There’s No Place Like America Today. Powerful album & album art.

14. Earth, Wind and Fire – That’s the way of the World. There’s wordplay to be made here about this album having all the key Elements of a clasic record, I’ll get there!

13. Brian Eno – Another Green World. Another year, another Eno album worth re-hearing.

12. Neil Young – Tonight’s the Night. It sat on the shelf for 2 years before being released, I anticipate it won’t sit on my shelf for nearly that long before being revisited.

11. Emmylou Harris – Pieces of the Sky. They say time heals all wounds. And I suppose it only did cost $1 (and as a listening medium, it has been obsolete for decades), but still, it stings!

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10. Keith Jarrett – The Köln Concert. What a performance.

9. Patti Smith – Horses. And what a way to make an entrance.

8. Willie Nelson – Red Headed Stranger. His first of two on the list.

7. Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti. A mainstay in my LZ Top 3.

6. Aerosmith – Toys in the Attic. Rocks will be in even higher in ’76.

5. David Bowie – Young Americans. Compared to other Bowie albums, a good one. Compared to just about any other artist’s albums, Top 5 material!

4. The Dictators – Go Girl Crazy!. Though easily #1 for album art.

3. Queen – A Night at the Opera. The Marx Brothers title sharing doesn’t hurt.

2. Bob Dylan – Blood on the Tracks. His last appearance on the list for a while, he’ll be back for a couple more albums in the late ’90s.

1. Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run. The Boss’ first of five on the list, maybe not his final #1 either!

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Verbalize the Positive

The NHL returns!

Artist of the Week V – Quiz #41

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Exceptional Artist of the Week V Series logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming

2021 Artists of the Week (so far):

Bruno Mars, Stone Temple Pilots, Carole King, 2Pac, “Weird” Al Yankovic, Sonic Youth, Lady Gaga, Lionel Richie, Kings of Leon, Kenny Rogers, Nina Simone, Alice in Chains, Neil Diamond, Cher, Nine Inch Nails, Phil Collins, Curtis Mayfield, Kelly Clarkson, Foo Fighters, The Roots, Bing Crosby, Hall & Oates, Drake, No Doubt, Buffalo Springfield, Keith Urban, The Velvet Underground, Destiny’s Child, Ozzy Osbourne, Crowded House, Brian Wilson, Fugees, Captain Beefheart, MC Hammer, Hole, The Mamas and the Papas, Pantera, Tori Amos, Sam Cooke, Moby

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My thanks to all who have participated in the “Artist of the Week” quizzes so far.

Congrats to all those who correctly identified Moby last week.

The results after 40 weeks (as of Wednesday evening – results submitted after that time will be added to next week’s spreadsheet):

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Ready for Quiz #41?

Your Move!

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Quiz Rules/Format
(Same as last year, feel free to skip to the quiz if you know the rules already)

Your Task: Name the mystery Artist, ideally with as few clues as possible.

Correctly guess the artist on the first clue? 500 points.

After scrolling down to the second clue? 400 points.

Still don’t know after the fifth clue? 0 points, but a crisp high-five for participating.

I’ll use google translate to put the correct answer at the bottom in Arabic (if you read Arabic, that’s fantastic, but no cheating by reading ahead!) and you can translate it back to the language of your choice to confirm your answer.

In the comments, please enter your POINTS earned (not the artist name) and I’ll keep track of the running totals in a spreadsheet.

In addition to eternal bragging rights, the winner at the end of the year may even get something as prestigious as a digital certificate.

Here goes!

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Artist of the Week #41
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..English band, formed in London in 1968, featuring drummer Bill Bruford.

If there’s an argument to be made that bands really hit their stride / reach their peak with albums # 3 / 4 / 5, this group might be considered Exhibit A for Affirmative.

In part because the 1001 list includes their 3rd album (a somewhat eponymous 1971 release)…

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400 points……………….as well as this progressive rock band’s 4th album, Fragile (1971), and 5th album, Close to the Edge (1972)

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300 points……………………One word band name, the missing word in the following movie titles:

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200 points………………..One-word, one syllable group name:

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100 points………………..The artist is Y___.

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Answer: نعم

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

Chris Squire’s Roundabout bassline?

Oui, s’il te plait!