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Top 10 Albums of 1982

Image result for thriller michael jacksonNumber 10.  –  Thriller – Michael Jackson

It’s a shame that the web of rumors and questionable behavior that surrounds Michael has overshadowed his career because albums like Thriller give substantial weight to his claim to the title King of Pop. Thriller, on paper, sounds like the type of album the music snob would traditionally reject: insanely popular, overly commercial, inseparable from its accompanying music videos and dance moves. This was not just an album, it’s is the image of popular culture that we all now live in today. His contagious songwriting (except for The Girl is Mine & Lady of My Life as the album’s missteps), his unreasonable dance moves, and even his brand new persona made made popular music sky-rocketing bigger than any album that came after it, especially. Even on Thriller (his most iconic achievement) the synthy grooves have fermented slightly like a cheese with an overdue sell-by date, owed in part to the countless amount of times we’ve been exposed these songs—which isn’t its fault, really. But even these feeble gripes cannot detract from the facts: Thriller is a phenomenon. It is immediately recognized by every household in the world as a staple of our culture, as well as the most substantial commercial juggernaut that has ever been committed to music. And this was intentional, invoked by a man who was so arrogant that he thought he could create the best record ever made, yet so aggressively determined and naturally educated that he actually succeeded somehow? It’s beyond an album, basically.

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Top 10 Worst Things of the 1990s

Just to let everyone know that I really love growing up in the 90’s and still cherish this decade for everything that I can remember. However, there’s no decade that’s perfect because there are of course good days and bad days for every single year. Of course I won’t be nitpicky for technologies, graphics, or cultures (backwards hat for example) that aged terribly because anything old in general can age badly. I’m looking at aspects of the 1990s that caused us grief and disappointments. The 1990s is infamous for being violent, drug-heavy, and rowdy than any other decade. And at the same time there were horrible moments in this era like these ten worst things in the 1990s. But despite anything I say in this list, this decade as a whole is WAY better than the 2000’s which I declare as the worst decade since the great depression. Before I make a list of the ten best things of the 1990s, let’s just look at the worst. As must was we desire to go back to this time, just remember that if we could possibly do so, we have to endure the punishment that came from this decade.

Number 10.  –  Too Many Consoles

I will still stand to my guts and stick with saying that gaming in the 1990s is the best time of gaming, however I will have to admit that there were downfalls of this decade of gaming. Why? Because there were just too many competitors trying to compete against Sega, Nintendo, and Sony like the NEO GEO, Turbografx-16, Atari Jaguar, 3D), and so many more that you need to see for yourself! Here’s the problem, as much as manufacturers and game companies like to say that the Genesis and Super Nintendo is inferior to their product, they still failed to do the most important thing; sell games. It was difficult to see if whether or not if any of their advertisement is true of propaganda to take so much money from you. Today, it’s easy to know what to spend our money on by looking it up on the internet and see other’s recommendation that actually tested it. If you want to take a look at some of the worst consoles of all time, just take a look at any system released in the 1990s with the Sega Saturn and Turbografx-16 being an exception. There were just more hardware than software. Even worse, buying a system is not good enough so we forced ourselves to buy the CD add-ons like the Sega CD, Sega 32-X, and Atari Jaguar CD that was sold separately. Also, can anyone tell me what handheld was better than the Gameboy or Gameboy Color that had a decent library and didn’t suck up so much batteries that caused childhood bankruptcies? If you’re one of those suckers that got them selves into video games that wasn’t made by Sega, Nintendo, Sony, NEC, or SNK, I pity you for waisting so much money and didn’t get a lot in return from the system.

Number 9.  –  East Coast-West Coast Rivalry 

Just remember! Because of this trend is the reason why Pac and Biggie are dead. One reason why I’m not that much of a fan of rap culture is because it’s so violent and filled with sheep that gets involved with it. The feud in the 1990s between artists and fans of the East Coast hip hop and West Coast hip hop scenes in the United States. Focal points of the feud were East Coast-based rapper The Notorious B.I.G. (and his label, Bad Boy Records) and West Coast-based rapper 2Pac (and his label, Death Row Records), both of whom were murdered by unknown assailants. Not only these two were involved in this competition, but many rappers as well like Tim Dog, Bad Boy, Death Row, and more. Also violence between rap fans and gangstas. There are rappers out there that wasn’t involved with this rivalry like the Beastie Boys, Rage Against the Machine, and Nas just to name a few. But Hip-Hop still can’t stop creating heat because it still continues throughout the 2000s.

Number 8.  –  1970’s and 1960’s Retro

Do you know how I know of the 1970s and 1960s at a very young age? It’s not because of my parents who loves playing music from that era, it’s because the whole media is obsessed of resurrecting this era that made the 1990s nearly lost its identity. If the 90s will be remembered for one Big Trend, it will be Retro, especially 70s-Retro – which is eye-ron-ik because modern Retro started in the mid-70s, when American Graffiti and Happy Days became two of the biggest hits of all time. But unlike in the real, horrible 70s – when 50s retro was a tragic, pathetic cry for help to escape the wretched bummer of the 70s – the 70s-Retro fad in the 1990s was cute, kitsch and merely a way for mainstream-hipsters to drop quasi-obscure pop culture references. In fact, 70s-Retro isn’t even a 90s thing – it got its start in urban clubs around 1987, and wouldncha know it, 70s-Retro is still big today! Looking back at it now, there are just an overwhelming number of things that loving going back in time like That 70’s Show (overrated show), Quentin Tarantino movies, Austin Powers, and SO many movies and shows! Sure Generation X wishes that they were back in the past but why can’t anyone live in the times… oh I forgot… it’s because the next worst thing of the 1990s…

Number 7.  –  BoyBands and Teen Pop

Usually a group of 4 or 5 untalented males who take credit for songs that they didn’t write. They are put together by a greedy music industry, and eventually end up putting out every single thing in the world with their logo on it so ‘teenie-boppers’ will go spend their money.A boyband must consist of the following: good looks, charm, and no talent. The most obvious reason why they suck is the way the “music” sounds. Sure some of them may be able to harmonize and hit notes correctly (semi-correctly), but the simple fact is that they do not sound good. Boybands also suck because the members have absolutely no musical talent whatsoever. Sure, one or two of them may be able to sing, but rarely does the ability to sing well ever have anything to do with talent. Most of the time if a person is able to sing, it is something that he or she was born with and not something that must be practiced. They play no instruments, write no music, and are probably not even involved in the production until all of the music has been lain down and the producer is read to record the vocals. The thing that sucks is that this is where music jumped to when Kurt Cobain committed suicide and as a result many of us jumped to heavier and more violent music like Nine Inch Nails, Rage Against the Machine, and many more to rebel against the awfulness of Brittany Spears, Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls, NSYNC, and the rest that gave the 1990s a bad name! It would take many years after the 1990s for us to “leave Brittany Alone” finally!  It’s no wonder why people still wishes that they were in the 1970’s because of this awful trend of music and cultures.

Number 6.  –  Comic Books of the 1990s

During the ’80s, no medium was more innovative and daring than comic books. Shedding the notion that they were exclusively for children, writers like Neil Gaimain, Frank Miller, and Alan Moore revolutionized the industry with titles such as Batman: Year OneThe Dark Knight ReturnsWatchmen, and Sandman. These books transcended the superhero genre and wound up appealing to fans with more sophisticated tastes. That decade of revolution simply couldn’t bleed over into the ’90s, however. Even though Miller, Moore, and Gaimain were still churning out great work during the ’90s, new trends started to overtake the industry. The superlative storytelling of the ’80s were replaced by flashy art and greedy publishers’ get-rich-quick schemes. Thus began the era of tasteless, hyper-sexualized drawings and classic superheroes thrown haphazardly into mindless stories created purely for shock value. Many artists, like Rob Liefield, are responsible for this moment in art and as a result it gave comic books a bad name and caused Marvel to declare bankrupts which caused the Comic Book Market Crash of 1996 that still to this day we’re still recovering from. This week marks the 15th anniversary of one of the worst comic book events of all time, Marvel Comics’ Heroes Reborn, a 1996-1997 crossover story arc that needlessly “killed off” the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, and Dr. Doom and reinvented them in a pocket universe.  Of course not all comic books of the 1990s were at all bad, I was able to make a Top 10 Comics Books of the 1990s that still stand as being the greatest ever! It just took as a long ten year till the media as a whole got rid of this trend and moved on to the right direction for the business.

Number 5.  –  Furbies

Which leads us nicely onto the Furby. Again, whilst the fears of the Millennium bug turning them all into Terminator-esque killing machines didn’t quite come to fruition, there was always something not quite right about these owlish creatures. In the late 90s, over 40 million of these things were sold worldwide, children everywhere lured by their apparent ‘intelligence’ at learning language and ‘ communication’ through infra-red ports – they were even banned at one point from many intelligence agencies’ offices, because there were fears they would share national secrets. All we know is, like true spies, they hold up well under torture. Especially water torture.

Number 4.  –  Kurt Cobain Suicide

I don’t doubt that Nirvana was going to come to an end because of the huge press that they were getting that effected their relationship with each other, but to go far as to committing suicide and destroy an era along with it is some of the worst things ever. Still to this day we debate on how or why this has happened, but to had the grunge movement to define a decade then all of the sudden just ended as we entered the mid-90s. To see that we’re still missing and sadden for this very incident shows how sad this moment really is. You can tell everyone misses Kurt and Nirvana because they still buy the same records from the band and getting never released tracks that still sells today. I would have loved to see the legacy of Nirvana to expand so much more if there was more control with the band. At lease he left us with a bang in the Live At Reading performance that still makes us feel that Kurt’s alive. Either way, it was a wrong decision for Kurt to do and it still effects all of us around the world.

Number 3.  – The Montreal Screw Job

If any of you guys think wrestling is fake, you’re an idiot! This is as real as it gets and never have I seen a disgusting actin in wrestling in my entire life! I don’t care what any of you Vince McMahon or Shawn Michaels marks say Bret was wrong, but it was all Vince’s fault for making Bret Hart heel only to have him to be the hero of Canada and prime enemy of the United States of America throughout 1997. You should have seen how violent the wrestling world was between Canada and USA because of all the back talking of cultural differences between both nations. If you’re seen as your country’s biggest hero, of course you can’t loose to your country as a finale of your career. Beside, Bret promised to give back the WWF Championship to Vince and I know Bret would never do that, but just because Vince had Madusa toss the Women’s title in trash live at WCW Nitro, doesn’t mean every wrestler is going to do it. This was an incident that was so tragic that it shows how much bullshit wrestling politics really is. I respect Shawn Michaels as a wrestling and a performer because he is the most talented guy in the industry, but let’s admit it he was the most immature, insecure bitch of all time. Not only he ruined a lot of wrestler’s careers with the fucking Kliq during the New Generation Era, but he also ruined Bret Hart’s as well. Sure, Bret could have seen it coming but it turned out way worse than anyone expected. Even Earl Hebner swore he won’t do the screwjob on his children, well I hope they have a special place in hell for breaking that swear. What’s even more of an insult to me was that after the Montreal Screwjob, Vince publicly said he had no sympathy for Bret whatsoever and Shawn and Triple H mocked Bret with a midget impersonator. This is the reason why I’ll never be a pro wrestler because of stunts like this! Vince McMahon is wrong, Bret didn’t screw Bret, Vince screwed Bret and screwed himself. The only reason why I still watch the WWF after all the bullshit they’ve made, is because I want to see good storytelling, talented wrestlers that are in their roster, and even Vince getting his ass kicked. Besides, Shawn got what he deserved by breaking his back and forcing himself to retirement till he became a born-again Christian. The only reason why this is not number 1 is because both of them made peace with each other 12 years later which really made me cry! It was one of the most magical moments that proves that anything can happen. Because of this I’m no longer mad at what Shawn, Vince, or Hebner did in 1997.

Number 2.  –  OJ Simpson Trail, Michael Jackson’s Allegations, Mike Tyson Incident

Nothing can ever more disappointing than having celebrities that are looked as heroes to turn us down because of legal problems that we never knew that they had it with them. But what’s even worse is how it damaged their reputation so badly that every time we mention their names we still think of that very legal problems. Try saying Michael Jackson and see if anyone isn’t thinking of pedophilia, or say OJ and see his murder. At least those two got away with it (except for OJ’s second trial), but Tyson had to go to prison during his boxing career making boxing itself boring to watch without him. Another thing in common with these three is that they had to deal with trials more than once later in the 2000’s and it’s just crazy to see that people are still after them since the early 1990s. It just hurts to see that these three really talented big names has destroyed all praise and recognition. This was the time when society was hostile and vicious with anything and when it comes to legal problems, it’s scary to be a celebrity. Not only are we just scare of even confronting these three but they left us in disappointment! All those memories of seeing them do what they do best is for ever tainted with their uncontrollable behavior.

Number 1.  – Columbine Shooting

If there’s always a strong debate on gun control, it has to be because of this massacre. On April 20, 1999, in the small, suburban town of Littleton, Colorado, two high-school seniors, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, enacted an all-out assault on Columbine High School during the middle of the school day. The boys’ plan was to kill hundreds of their peers. With guns, knives, and a multitude of bombs, the two boys walked the hallways and killed. When the day was done, twelve students, one teacher, and the two murderers were dead; plus 21 more were injured. The haunting question remains: why did they do it? I can really see that they were really troubled kids that couldn’t fit in anywhere, we would of see them as victims, but to see all of them get shot shows that whoever they wanted to kill turned out to be the victims. It’s truly horrifying to see that the youth of America could degenerate themselves to shoot the innocent, but for the fact that they are responsible for the darkest times of the 1990s, and there should be nobody to blame than Eric David Harris and Dylan Bennet Klebold on Adolf Hilter’s birthday of all things. This shows that teenage rebellion is bullshit and whatever they stood for, it was not worth it. The Columbine Massacre changed the way society looked at children and at schools. Violence was no longer just an after-school, inner-city activity. It could happen anywhere.

Well, I’m done talking about the worst aspects of the 1990s, however let’s finish the 1990s list by making our final list of the Top 10 Best Things of the 1990s!

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Top 10 Albums of 1991

Image result for 1991 musicThis where the 1990s started to grow from a seed and into a tree because everything that you remember about the 1980s is forever faded out of fashion and the new era just begun. This was an exciting, yet memorable year in music where the old takes its last breath and the new becomes a generation defining moment. We have the rise of grunge with three fantastic albums of this very movement, to brand new sound of dance music, and even innovative sounds of wave from shoegaze. How can nobody think that 1991 was at all a great year to remember? In fact, there are just so many things released in the 1991 that will forever put a special place in history and these are the albums that proves the greatness of this year.

Number 10.  –  Achtung Baby – U2

Regardless of what your personal thoughts are about U2 or Bono as a person, you need to give Achtung Baby a good listen for about a week.  In my opinion, this is U2’s greatest work and one of the greatest albums in rock and roll history.  Achtung Baby was a seemingly rash leap into the unknown. It completely ignored the grunge revolution and instead interfaced electronica and dance beats with a traditional guitar-driven, sound-albeit experiments with guitar distortion. It proved to be a bridge between the old and new and, as such, is looked back on with fondness by those long serving fans as their connection to the halcyon days. Examined with a less prejudicial eye this album was an evolutionary step. I don’t think there is a bad track on here (though “Even Better than the Real Thing” is somewhat lame, not to mention that the video used to make me dizzy).  For all of his ego stroking and sanctimony, Bono once was a hell of a charismatic singer.  He completely sells “One,” “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wilde Horses” and “Acrobat.”  In the hands of another vocalist, the lyrics could come off as cheesy or the songs could fail all together.  The Edge’s guitar parts are also great, especially the monster riff which “Mysterious Ways” is built around and the spastic sound of the guitar on “Until the End of the World.”  Overall, there’s a certain tone of bleakness or darkness that runs all the way through Achtung, Baby from the hollowness of “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wilde Horses” until the quieter moments on “Acrobat” and on the last and most subdued track, “Love is Blindness.”  This sort of uneasy feeling is what made Achtung, Baby such a compelling listen, and it was also a mastery in tone that U2 never replicated anywhere else.

Number 9.  –  Screamadelica – Primal Scream

I think what makes it so different from the other attempts at crossover material before is that this doesn’t purely rely on a drum machine to give it the dancefloor feel but is heavily textured with the lush ambient sounds of the sort of house music the UK was producing at the time.  This is all thanks to Andy Weatherall (who to all intents and purpose becomes an extra member of the band for this album), who produced all but three of the tracks on the album, and The Orb, who produced just one track – the psychedelic wonder that is “Higher Than The Sun”.  Pulling these names to work on the album was a master stroke – Weatherall was at one of the hottest DJs on the London scene at the time and was also enjoy clubland success with his Sabres Of Paradise project (whose “Smokebelch” featured on just about every ambient compilation at the time) and The Orb were, well, The Orb.  The two remaining tracks, the gospel sounding “Movin’ On Up”, which kicks the album off, and the country ballad “Damaged”,  are the only ones where the old Primal Scream sound is really to the fore. You will almost certainly recognise every song on this album but the major hits were “Come Together” and the mighty “Loaded.  This is some of the most experimental albums of the 1990s and it works successfully.


Number 8.  – Blue Lines – Massive Attack

When talking about British music in the 90’s, most people remember one of two things, either Britpop or the evolution of dance music. Okay, there was that entire manufactured pop explosion going on the charts in the late 90’s but let’s just forget about that shall we? However,  the city of Bristol brought about another genre into the fold; trip-hop, which would incorporate hip hop sampling, jazz, soul and guitars to make music for people crashing as dawn broke after a heavy night out. Blue Lines was the first major album release for the genre and pretty much kicked off one of the most interesting genres of the 90’s that would influence a huge amount of music for the next 20 years. Why is it so influential? Well first of all, Massive Attack manage to create an atmosphere that wasn’t really characteristic of hip-hop music at the time. It’s massively bass heavy with an industrial, urban sense to it but at the same time, deeply melodic in places. But this album remains as a great record of the peaks these guys created. The follow up album “Protection”, has a couple of possibly better individual songs, but is not as holistic, integrated and consistent as this album overall. Unlike other brand new genres or musical movements that started from the 1990’s, trip hop never lost any ounce of popularity and we have to thank Massive Attack for it!

Number 7.  –  Human – Death

Death’s 1991 masterpiece, Human, re-wrote the book of death metal. While still maintaining the relentless brutality that made Chuck Schuldiner and co. famous in the first place, the album took death metal into previously unexplored territories and resulted in the most innovative and impressive album Death had created to date. The addition of top-notch musicians into Death’s lineup surely helped Chuck Schuldiner expand upon his innovative ideas for this album. The sheer technicality, brutality, and progressiveness of this release was groundbreaking back when Human came out. Even 20 years after its release, Human still remains a revolutionary and highly influential masterpiece – this timeless gem has lost none of its luster through the sands of time. To celebrate the album’s twentieth anniversary, Relapse Records has reissued the album fully remastered and repackaged; surely nothing to miss if you’re a Death fan. Human is a mandatory purchase for all fans of progressive death metal, and this reissue is the best way to go if you’ve been living under a rock and still haven’t heard this legendary masterwork. I’d even venture to say that the Relapse reissue may be worth a re-purchase for fans of the original album; it really is that good. Human is a masterpiece and one of the best albums in extreme metal history.

Number 6.  –  Ten – Pearl Jam

Out of all of the major Seattle grunge era bands that came to occupy mainstream popularity, Pearl Jam’s music was probably the most technically/instrumentally accomplished and relied the most on a certain degree of improvisation. A testament to this are Mike McCready’s blazing solos and Dave Krusen’s crackling drum fills. McCready is something of a secret weapon as he bridges the stylistic gap between the album’s modern rock and classic rock influences. This helps to make “Ten” perhaps the most accessible out of all the breakthrough grunge albums; it strikes a good balance between Nirvana’s abrasion, Soundgarden’s cosmic sensibility, and Alice in Chains’ heady darkness. he album was so inviting to so many people that the band later regretted having such a produced sound and reissued a stripped down version of the debut in 2009. However, Parashar’s production is one of the many essential idiosyncrasies of the album that, for better or worse, made it WORK, and gained the band recognition beyond its wildest dreams. After “Ten”, Pearl Jam were arguably never so natural and unselfconscious on record ever again. There is little to no affectation in the music, which is what helps to solidify the album’s status as a true 90’s classic.

Number 5.  –  Badmotorfinger – Soundgarden

After Hendrix, Soundgarden have to be the most interesting and musically exciting act to come from Seattle, and this, their third album, is simply packing power and is arguably Soundgarden’s finest hour. With the twin guitar attack of Kim Thail and Chris Cornell layered fat and heavy they riffed away on a wave of Black Sabbath inspired psychedelic hysteria, just listen to the bottom end chug of “Outshined” or the bass thump of “Rusty Cage”, or the dark tone and well structured harmony of “Jesus Christ Pose” these are some of the catchiest riffs and constantly remind me of_Master Of Reality_ era Black Sabbath. The harmony of the guitar and vocal on the chorus of “Outshined” is inspired and creates an accessible hum in a rough and rapid interior bursting through. Overall Bad Motor Finger is a strong and consistent album that wipes the floor with the more known, and lengthy, Super Unknown which followed, but that album was a more streamlined album though still containing a solid force. The Terry Date production is very clean and very idiosyncratic. The big looping riffage soundscapes give finishing touches to monster tracks like “Room A Thousand Years Wide”, complete with fantastic droning guitar from Thail, and the rapid hypnotic “Drawing Flies”. This is essential listening.

Number 4.  – Whirlpool – Chapterhouse

From its title to its curled-up-cat cover art, the debut LP for Reading quintet Chapterhouse is an album of circular sound: repeating guitar patterns turning pirouettes of whitewashed noise. With three guitars and banks of effects pedals, Chapterhouse created a guitar sound that felt spinning; their dosed-up set-up sending strums into eternal circles of trailing feedback and delay. Whirlpool is one of shoegaze’s classic moments. Set apart from other early 90’s classics like Nowhere, Loveless and Souvlaki, it can stand on its own in the realm of swirling, reverb-y, blissful music without sounding like the cheap knockoff some naysayers may claim it to be. There are many stellar moments behind the sweet kitty cat cover, like “Pearl” and “If You Want Me”, but some parts begin to drag a bit (particularly in the middle) with repeated listening. The 2006 reissue is kind of nice with the several added tracks, but some of them drag the album down a bit more. Regardless, essential shoegaze listen. The band then applied this dizzying sound to four-minute pop-songs, delivered with the genre’s requisite fey mumbles and unintelligible incantations. On its release, Whirlpool found a lukewarm reception; the band themselves were, after all, generally maligned. But years have been kind to Chapterhouse: 20+ years on, this sounds like classic, vintage shoegaze.  There are just multiple songs that sounds so unordinary where you listen to instruments and sound waves that sounds so out of this world. Because of its amazing original effect, it deserve to be high on the list.

Image result for white light from the mouth of infinityNumber 3.  –  White Light From the
Mouth of Infinity – Swans

Even though I disagree with every Swans fan & Micheal Gira that Burning World was at all awful, I still will agree that having the band return to their God-like sound left off from Children of God was a smart move.  I feel this is one of the best rock albums ever made, and I ‘enjoy’ listening to it, but definitely not in the same way I enjoy listening to the Ramones or Judas Priest, etc. And it`s unrealistic to expect to be entertained in that way all the time, or that all music has to make you feel 100% good to be good itself. Just sit down alone and this album will totally absorb you. Entertainment can be mental too, which is definitely the appeal I see in this album. Just be mature is all. Anyone familiar with the concept of a symphonic poem will easily understand what White Light is. The songs are mainly vehicles for Mike Gira and Jarboe’s philosophical meditations and this level of profound thinking is highly poignant, but will understandably turn some people off of the music. Basically, these are metaphysical meditations transposed in to music, and not fun and easy entertainment obviously. However, this kind of mental journey music is very rarely this good. This would be seen as a risible and mercifully brief phase in their existence between their shockingly raw early post-punk material that preceded this and their exceptional post-rock material that came after, were it not for one thing: they’re amazingly good at this stuff. Perhaps Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds could have stood toe to toe with Swans in the post-punk/goth stakes at this point in time, but precious few others could.

Number 2.  –  Nevermind – Nirvana

I love this, love this, love this album. I remember going to a jukebox looking at album covers and was shocked as hell to have an album cover of a drowning baby. I did all I could to finally get the name of the album years later and wouldn’t you know, it turned out to be some of the best albums I’ve ever experienced! Sure, hearing another person praise this album is like a cliche, but who cares, that’s why this album still sounds great! The thing that sucks is when I became a fan of this album, Kurt Cobain already killed himself which is why it sucks to be born too late and never experience them live or get into subjects of his fame when he was alive. Here we are now, twenty years later and it still entertains the living hell out of us. I memorize all the lyrics on each song and sing them out loud time after time again like a la-la-by. I really can’t say the same with any other song list out there. Nevermind is a great album, but not because Kurt Cobain or the media or a combination of both, the music is great without the hype as well as the ego that follow. Nevermind will always remain on a high belt of music wether you hate it to shit, are indifferent, or love it like a fanatic. Nevermind was revolutionary for what it did with the music industry at the time, but as far as the music goes itself, it’s great, and that’s final.

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Number 1.  –  Loveless – My Bloody Valentine 

Funny that I put some of the most calm, slow, and relaxing album ahead of the wildest and most fun album of all time, but it shows that subtlety wins it all. This is the prime reason why I love shoegaze with a mighty passion. There are so many little sonic details that can be gleaned over if you listen to this at a low volume. So crank it up. This isn’t background music, either. You must immerse yourself in it. If you want to get high before you listen, go for it (I am not condoning this, but if it’s what you have to do to stay focused on this, do what you gotta do); just give it your undivided attention. This album was hugely influential on alternative rock in the 1990’s and even today. It’s spaced out, ethereal tone and gliding reverb drenched wall of guitar sound have been admired and copied since it’s release almost 20 years ago. It opens up with the best song opener “Only Swallow” and to the end song “Soon” it leave you speechless.  Whenever I listen to Loveless it reminds me of all the possibilities of human existence.  The first half of the album has its distinct songs, but they seem more focused on images and intricacy.  The second half goes further, arousing even more of those ineffable moods that you experience once in a long while in life, in a certain place, a certain situation, at a certain time of day, and think you’ll never feel again.  The rest of the album completes this journey through the inner depths of human emotion, and as the closing track rambles on with no real elaboration on the songwriting, you don’t even care.  Its repetition assumes an incredible power based solely on the context of all that preceded it and as the fadeout finally approaches, all you feel, despite the album title, is love, pure love.  I still can’t believe that mortal human beings could create anything this beautiful.  As your jaw is still on the floor during the former’s several-second outro, as you think there’s no way they could possibly follow that song, the latter kicks in and successfully sustains that entrancement, not with a salvo of almost percussive sounds, but with a simple, melancholy drone, soon to be synergized by the perfect cathartic melody as accompaniment.  My mind is overflowing just thinking about it. If that’s not a good enough reason for it to be number 1, then I don’t know what will.