So I was tagged on that Facebook note that asks you to write down “15 albums in 15 minutes” with the following guidelines:
“These are the rules if you want to play: 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….”
Yeah, like I have the time to do this.
Well, yes, apparently I do. And if you’re my Facebook friend, you know that I post crap on there ALL DAY LONG because I have addiction problems and I sit at a desk all day long and I get lonely and Facebook is almost like human contact.
But I think this is actually a pretty fun exercise. Especially when you have work you’re trying to avoid. You can tell a lot about a person from their taste in music. And as you will see, I am a total cliché: I grew up in Seattle and went to a small liberal arts college in Portland in the late ‘90’s. I like pretty songs about feelings. Which brings up another question—when did “Emo” become a bad word? Because I remember when it was still cool. Or at least I thought it was.
So here’s my list, in no particular order. The 15 Albums That Changed My Life, the ones I played over and over and over until I knew every word and chord change, the ones that created the soundtrack of the B-movie that was my life.
What’s on your list?
1. Elliott Smith—Elliott Smith
2. Either/Or—Elliott Smith
3. This is Pinback—Pinback
4. Dry—PJ Harvey
5. Rid of Me—PJ Harvey
6. Like I Said—Ani Difranco
7. Hips and Makers—Kristin Hirsch
8. I Know About You—Ida
9. Call the Doctor—Sleater-Kinney
10. This is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About—Modest Mouse
11. Dirty—Sonic Youth
12. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea—Neutral Milk Hotel
13. Exile in Guyville—Liz Phair
14. There’s Nothing Wrong with Love—Built to Spill
15. Manos—The Spinanes
Oh wow. We may well share #1, #2, #4, #5, #9, #11, and #13! Great list.
Nova, glad to hear you have such great taste in music 😉
Oh, Amy, YES. And your interspersion of the cover art made me stop and think how important the album art used to be. You know, when we bought real physical CDs? Remember that?
Yeah, I miss real CDs. I remember loving to look through the inserts as I listened to albums the first time through. There was some really beautiful art in those.