Saturday, 21 April 2018

10 Albums?

So I recently got tagged in this Top 10 Albums thing that has been going around on Facebook, and as I don't always have the energy or the memory to keep something like this going for 10 days straight, I thought I would save time and put ten memorable and special albums into one short blog...
First up, it's the self titled album by Tenacious D. The first gig me and my brothers went to as a trio was these guys, the album is hilarious and musical, and if you can't register a smile after listening to Tribute, Wonderboy and Fuck Her Gently, then there's something wrong with you!
Next, who doesn't love a bit of Europop eh? Ace of Base are one of my guilty pleasures I guess, but I loved this album, and still do. The group may have changed on their latest release (which admittedly was nearly a decade ago), but I have all 5 of their albums, and this still holds firm as my favourite of the bunch
Originally just the DJ for Kid Rock, Uncle Kracker finally branched out on his own with Double Wide, and what an album this was. The stand out track is Follow Me, and remains a favourite of mine to this day. Kracker moved towards country music in his later albums, and really shone, but it was Double Wide that really won him the fans.

Wrestlemania: The Album, not a collection of wrestler entrance themes, this was a collection of cheesy, character focused songs that the wrestlers sung, or at least added their voices to. The lead track, Wrestlemania, along with Slam Jam are cult classics amongst the older generation of wrestling fans, and as bad as some of the tracks are, I still love this album.
I love this album, it's what made me fall in love with this band and made them one of my favourites, and sadly one I've yet to see live. Tracks like Youth of the Nation, Alive, and Boom really stuck with me, and I would say they have a big part to play in some of the music I still listen to now. Nu Metal was how this was defined, to me though it was just awesome
Jeff Wayne put together this truly incredible interpretation of War of the Worlds back in the late 70s, I heard it growing up thanks to my parents, and it is an album I play on a regular basis. To me it's the best version you can find of the War of the Worlds story, and an album I am proud to have in my collection.
In 2001, I was snowboarding in Bulgaria and caught a track on the hotel tv which quickly became a favourite. That was Oh No, by Nate Dogg, Mos Def and Pharoahe Monche. Now upon my return home, tracking down the song proved to be a pain in the backside, but I finally found it on this album, and given that I kept listening to that track, the album soon became a favourite. Makin It Blend by Q-Tip, and Legendary Street Team by M.O.P and Kool G Rap are still standouts
Queen were a truly legendary band, but growing up I was too young to really appreciate and get to experience the greatness, and when I was old enough, Freddie had passed away. I grew up listening to Queen thanks to my dads love of the band, and this collection of their three greatest hits albums is for me the best way to show my appreciation and love of the music in this challenge as such.
Maligned for naming every track on the album with a single word, including the album title being just one word, the Believe album by Disturbed may not have been the best around, but it's one that sticks in my memory and is my favourite of theirs without question. Metal from start to finish, to me, quite simply, it rocked...
My tenth album is essentially a parody of a concept album, one that was released long before I was even thought of, let alone born. Jethro Tull put together an album which was one track from start to finish, that being Thick As A Brick. It's one piece of music spread over two sides of the LP, and whilst not to everyones tastes, it holds a special place in my heart, even more so after seeing Ian Anderson perform it live a few years back.
So that's my 10, I know I'm supposed to tag 10 friends in this, going by the friend a day rule for those that do this on a daily basis. But if you've read this, and taken the time to get to the bottom of this blog, consider yourself nominated!

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