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Monday, August 16, 2004

TED'S TOP TWENTY-FIVE
I hate lists. When I read "High Fidelity" I could relate to it, but VH1, Rolling Stone, and Spin have ruined my taste for lists, mostly because they are invariably created by morons. My list of the twenty-five most influential records (upon myself, not you!) is in chronological order (my chronology - the order in which they came to me), mostly because the order of importance is constantly being revised. I am a liberal democrat, and therefore it's in my nature to flip flop on important issues such as this one. It was supposed to be ten, I couldn't do it. I'm sure Tony Alva will fill me in on what I forgot.

The Carpenters - Greatest Hits
Elton John - Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Piano Player
The Beatles - Abbey Road
Kiss - Desroyer
UFO - Strangers In The Night
Nazareth - Greatest Hits
Cheap Trick - At Budokan
The Beatles - Revolver
Ramones - Rocket To Russia
Judas Priest - Brittish Steel
Motorhead - Ace Of Spades
AC/DC - Let There Be Rock
The Kinks - Give The People What They Want
Black Sabbath - Sabotage
Frank Zappa - Zoot Allures
Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers
T. Rex - The Slider
Pink Floyd - Animals
David Bowie - The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
U2 - Unforgetable Fire
The Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks
REM - Life's Rich Pageant
Neil Young - After The Gold Rush
Thin Lizzy - Jaibreak
The Clash - The Clash


Comments:
Ted, nice list, but nothing has influenced you after the early eighties? I find that had to believe. Steve Earle has a new album coming out next week called "Start the revolution now", listen to it as soon as you can, it will influence your thought as well as your lyric writing.
 
One would think so, I'm not sure. There's plenty of good music out there that has come along since then, but the list reflects the music that made me want to make music The mid eighties is when I began to develop as a composer/musician/producer (admittedly I produced a lot of crap in the beginning) and my focus became my music, and I stopped being interested in anything that I wasn't already interested in. No room on the old desktop.
 
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