This is a list exercise that has made the blog rounds of late. I discovered it via Steve Hyden of the AV Club Blog, who in turn picked it up from Idolator. The premise is simple: list your favourite album for every year you’ve been alive.
There’s a couple different ways to go about this, with the most obvious being choosing what your favourite album from a given year is now, but a different way would be to try and recollect what your favourite album was then (at least for years where you were old enough to have an opinion). I’m choosing the favourite album now way to go, since I think it’s more interesting posting opinions I can defend now, as opposed to ones where I can just say “what do you want from me; I was a kid”. That said, in years where I didn’t have a strong favourite, or needed a tiebreaker, I chose albums that defined the year for me at the time.
So here’s the list, with some thoughts about how it all shaped up to follow:
It’s our final day in London, as we leave early tomorrow morning. Since I last posted, we went to the British Museum, the Tate Modern gallery, shopped at a market in Knotting Hill, went to Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, watched The Other Boleyn Girl, and had really good Indian food (and some not so great British food). So, another calm and relaxed Andy and Kim vacation then.
At the market, I bought three Smiths records, a Stone Roses record, a Joy Division 7-inch and a couple t-shirts (The Stooges and Neil Young). That’s pretty sweet, I must say. Madame Tussaud’s was fun, but way too crowded to really enjoy. The same was true of the British Museum (well, maybe replace “fun” with “interesting” for that). I enjoyed the Tate Modern, especially since it was later in the evening and thus less crowded. It’s hard to look at stuff when you’re dodging crowds.
We’ve got tickets to go see We Will Rock You tonight, so that should be a big extravaganza of fun… or something like that. Til then, we’ll head off the Westminister Abbey, then maybe St. Paul’s Cathedral and Shakespeare’s Globe. But maybe not… it is pretty miserable out. We may be less ambitious in our travellings. We’ll see.
I feel fine, not too exhausted. But I am looking forward to going home. I miss Gromit.
Happy Canada Day everyone! This post marks the third year in a row where I’ve written about something Canadian on Canada Day. Sadly, since I just came up with the idea to do this list a few hours ago, it’s hardly the most complete, thought-out list ever. But, it’s kinda fun. Plus, how many of you non-Canuck readers are gonna know the difference anyway? You probably think Canadian music begins and ends with Celine Dion and Bryan Adams. Bastards.
Alright, time to move on to the next decade… so all you stragglers out there, better get your 60s lists in soon. Or, later, whatever. It’s cool. I had a bit more time to put this together, leading to a bit of research, some downloads and such, but ultimately, when putting together a list of five, you tend to go with the five you already know and know best. Still, the best part of these lists are going through old songs and picking your favourites and maybe rediscovering some you haven’t heard in awhile. That said, this list could easily change in a few weeks.
As with my Best Songs of the 60s list, I’m limiting this to one to one song per artist. That gives me some variety, and is actually easier that way (since I don’t have to go through my favourite artist’s entire catalogue to decide my top few from them, instead I can just chose my favourite song).
Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006)
Starring: Neil Young, Pegi Young, Emmylou Harris, Ben Keith, Spooner Oldham, Rick Rosas, Grant Boatwright
Directed by: Jonathan Demme