Screw Your 100 Influential Albums List – I Like Mine More

Daniel House

Disraili Gears

It seems that everyone is expressing a similar annoyance with the “100 Influential Albums List” that’s been circulating around Facebook. Being among the annoyed, but using their list as a starting point, I’m taking a stab at my own personal top 100. Put me up to the task tomorrow, and I bet I’d come up with a different set of records, if for no other reason, because100 is just not enough to touch all the bases.  In no particular order, here is a list of records that most influenced me and changed my lifefor the better:

  • David Bowie – Hunky Dory
  • Television –  Marquee Moon
  • The Notwist –  Neon Golden
  • The Kinks – Village Green
  • Pink Floyd – Meddle
  • Leonard Cohen –Songs of Leonard Cohen
  • Roxy Music – Roxy Music
  • The Band – Music From Big Pink
  • Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers
  • Massive Attack – Mezzanine
  • The Stooges – Funhouse
  • The Jam –All Mods Con
  • King Crimson – Discipline
  • Radiohead  – OK Computer
  • Horace Silver –  Song For My Father
  • Portishead – Dummy
  • Charles Mingus – Mingus Ah Um
  • Failure –  Fantastic Planet
  • Velvet Underground and Nico
  • NoMeansNo – Sex Mad
  • The Beatles – The White Album
  • Cream – Disraeli Gears
  • Sonic Youth – Bad Moon Rising
  • Yes – Fragile
  • Sleepytime Gorilla Museum –  In Glorious Times
  • Talking Heads –  Remain in Light
  • This Heat – Deceit
  • Brian Eno – Another Green World
  • The Birthday Party – Prayers on Fire
  • The Wipers – Over the Edge
  • XTC –  Drums And Wires
  • Cheap Trick – S/T
  • Miles Davis – Kind of Blue
  • Killing Joke – S/T
  • Au Pairs –  Playing With A Different Sex
  • The Cars –  The Cars
  • Tool – Ænima
  • Wilco – Summerteeth
  • Elvis Costello – Armed Forces
  • Mahavishnu Orchestra – Birds of Fire
  • Gang of Four – Entertainment
  • Wire – Chairs Missing
  • Harry Nilsson – Nilsson Schmilsson
  • Frank Zappa – Waka Jawaka
  • Au Pairs –  Playing With A Different Sex
  • Buzzcocks – A Different Kind of Tension
  • Los Lobos – Kiko
  • Nick Drake – Five Leaves Left
  • Led Zeppelin – III
  • My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
  • Cocteau Twins – Blue Bell Knoll
  • Stevie Wonder – Innervisions
  • Bob Dylan – Nashville Skyline
  • Alice Coltrane – Journey In Satchidananda
  • Bauhaus – In the Flat Field
  • Jeff Buckley – Grace
  • Nirvana – Bleach
  • Mogwai – Mr. Beast
  • T Rex – Electric Warrior
  • Big Star – Third/Sister Lovers
  • Groundhogs – Thank Christ for the Bomb
  • Soundgarden – Badmotorfinger
  • Scratch Acid – S/T
  • José González – Veneer
  • Sweet – Desolation Boulevard
  • The Weakerthans –  Reconstruction Site
  • Alice Donut – Bucketfuls of Sickness and Horror in an Otherwise Meaningless Life
  • Weather Report – Mr. Gone
  • The Who – Quadrophenia
  • Psychic TV – Dreams Less Sweet
  • Pixies – Surfer Rosa
  • Genesis – Selling England By The Pound
  • Dead Can Dance – Aion
  • Echo & The Bunnymen –Heaven Up Here
  • Blur – S/T
  • The Specials – S/T
  • Metallica – Master of Puppets
  • David Grisman Quartet – S/T
  • Elliot Smith – Roman Candle
  • The Gun Club – Fire of Love
  • Drive Like Jehu – S/T
  • Byrne/Eno –My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
  • PJ Harvey – Dry
  • Atmosphere – Seven’s Travels
  • Steve Earle – Washington Square Serenade
  • Meat Puppets – Up On The Sun
  • Sir Douglas Quintet – Sir Douglas Quintet + 2 = [Honkey Blues]
  • Heatmiser – Mic City Sons
  • Santana – Abraxas
  • Oliver Nelson – The Blues and the Abstract Truth
  • Tuxedomoon – Desire
  • Aerosmith –Toys In The Attic
  • Richard & Linda Thompson – Shoot Out the Lights
  • Herbie Hancock – Head Hunters
  • John Coltrane – Giant Steps
  • Fugazi – Repeater + 3 Songs
  • Steve Reich – Music for 18 Musicians
  • Henryk Górecki – Symphony #3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs)
  • The Pretenders –S/T
  • Minutemen –Double Nickels On The Dime

Please feel free to comment, even if it’s just to say that this list is shiite. What would your essential life-changing list include?

6 thoughts on “Screw Your 100 Influential Albums List – I Like Mine More”

  1. much better list…still missing some early stuff, bo diddley, buddy holly, and maybe some souixsie, raincoats……..but glad to see au pairs …. and no list w/o double nickels is even worth mentioning so screw that young white boy and his list,,,,,,

  2. That’s a fine set of albums — barring a handful of unfamiliar titles (to me), it’s a record collection in itself! Just saw the Gorecki piece performed last year in San Diego — beautiful melancholy.

  3. what about chuck berry? i’m pretty sure there wouldn’t have been any stones without chuck berry. wilco summerteeth is a great addition. but i would add replacements let it be.

  4. I got about half-way down the list and you’re 500% closer to the mark. Maybe something by the Melvins ought to be in there but, whatever. Good job.

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