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:
The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead – A Classic Album Under Review (2008)
Starring: Stephen Street, Craig Gannon, Johnny Rogan, Len Browne, Steven Logan, Brett Anderson, Gavin Hopps, Douglas Noble, Grant Showbiz, Tony Wilson, Morrissey [archival footage], Johnny Marr [archival footage], Thomas Arnold [narrator]
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.
Time to move on to a decade that I was actually alive for (the whole decade!). This made the list a little difficult, since I had to battle nostalgia when deciding if a song was actually as good as I remembered it to be, and compare songs that have recently become favourites with ones that I loved back then. Still, even though I was alive for all of the 80s, I wasn’t really a music consumer (what with being 3-13 years old). Instead, I listened to whatever was around me, and had no appreciation for quality. So I was able to dismiss sentiment fairly easily this time.