Rocket2Russia's List of Albums to Listen to Because He Told You To

Rocket2RussiaRocket2Russia Road Warrior
edited July 2010 in History of Rock
These are my favorite albums just randomly selected and added to. There's no specific number on this. Multiple albums per artist are allowable. This is jus ta list of albums I personally enjoy, so some may be lolgeneric.

Album (Artist, Year)

Amesoeurs (Amesoeurs, 2009)
Autoamerican (Blondie, 1980)
Autobahn (Kraftwerk, 1974)
Automatic for the People (R.E.M., 1992)
Bandwagonesque (Teenage Fanclub, 1991)
The Bends (Radiohead, 1995)
The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse (The Besnard Lakes, 2007)
The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night (The Besnard Lakes, 2010)
Black on Both Sides (Mos Def, 1999)
Blood on the Tracks (Bob Dylan, 1975)
"Born Into Trouble As the Sparks Fly Upward." (The Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band, 2001)
Boy (U2, 1980)
Bug (Dinosaur Jr., 1988)
The Cars (The Cars, 1978)
Chairs Missing (Wire, 1978)
The Chronic (Dr. Dre, 1992)
Closer (Joy Division, 1980)
Completely Removed (Medications, 2010)
Computerwelt (Kraftwerk, 1981)
Crocodiles (Echo & the Bunnymen, 1980)
Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (Pavement, 1994)
Daydream Nation (Sonic Youth, 1988)
Die Mensch Maschine (Kraftwerk, 1978)
Dirty (Sonic Youth, 1992)
Discovery (Daft Punk, 2001)
Disintegration (The Cure, 1989)
Donuts (J Dilla, 2006)
Doolittle (Pixies, 1989)

Comments

  • Rocket2RussiaRocket2Russia Road Warrior
    edited December 2009
    Thanks for the feedback, especially the negative stuff, as I've been trying to find another Echo album. And I frequently go back and forth between Tim and Let It Be, but I think Let It Be is winning this week because I've fallen so in love with "Androgynous".

    Also, expect this to expand. This is both a showcase and a journal of my taste to watch it evolve in the coming months (and over Christmas, as I'll have a lot of new music and a lot of free time on the trains in Europe!).
  • supernova1324supernova1324 Headliner
    edited December 2009
    Sixteen Blue is one of my favorite tracks of all time.

    Also, Zen Arcade>>>>>>>>New Day Rising.
  • MrFruitLordMrFruitLord Headliner
    edited December 2009
    Zen Arcade is better. And I think a lot of people have heard most of those albums.
  • neckermanncjneckermanncj Washed Up
    edited December 2009
    Rocket2Russia;3308082 said:
    I think Let It Be is winning this week because I've fallen so in love with "Androgynous".
    that happened to me too ;)
    MrFruitLord;3308499 said:
    And I think a lot of people have heard most of those albums.
    neckermanncj;3307955 said:
    very cliche'd choices, still good none-the-less
  • GowienczykGowienczyk Pooper of Parties
    edited December 2009
    Descriptions why you like it? Are you trying to outplay the rest of us?
  • LegendofRock3021LegendofRock3021 Nice Doggy
    edited December 2009
    Great list, I'll keep a close eye on your thread for your updates.
  • Rocket2RussiaRocket2Russia Road Warrior
    edited December 2009
    MrFruitLord;3308499 said:
    Zen Arcade is better. And I think a lot of people have heard most of those albums.
    Please note the list is more a favorite albums list than an albums to hear before you die. It's more to showcase some great albums and get your thoughts/suggestions, not really show you an obscure rap-tweecore band or something.
  • schmeankmanschmeankman Headliner
    edited December 2009
    I have these... I need to catch up on my alt hipster albums I figure. Either way..

    Big Star - #1 Record/Radio City 10/10 & 10/10
    The Cars - The Cars 7/10
    Hüsker Dü - New Day Rising 5/10
    Lou Reed - Transformer 9/10
  • clashcityrocker10clashcityrocker10 Headliner
    edited December 2009
    Rocket2Russia;3308082 said:
    (and over Christmas, as I'll have a lot of new music and a lot of free time on the trains in Europe!).
    Where are you going in Europe?
  • Rocket2RussiaRocket2Russia Road Warrior
    edited December 2009
    clashcityrocker10;3311640 said:
    Where are you going in Europe?
    Very, very west Germany, London, Paris, mainly. We're spending the bulk of the time in Paris and London and the surrounding areas. Very excited to see Abbey Road, Jim Morrison's grave, and other sites.
  • clashcityrocker10clashcityrocker10 Headliner
    edited December 2009
    Rocket2Russia;3311763 said:
    Very, very west Germany, London, Paris, mainly. We're spending the bulk of the time in Paris and London and the surrounding areas. Very excited to see Abbey Road, Jim Morrison's grave, and other sites.
    Nice. I've been to London before, it's a really nice city. Never been to Paris or Germany.
  • Rocket2RussiaRocket2Russia Road Warrior
    edited December 2009
    Television - Marquee Moon
    Pretty generic choice to keep this thread afloat. I promise some 2009 stuff is coming up in the next week or so.
  • RHCPgroupie42RHCPgroupie42 Opening Act
    edited December 2009
    me gusta el velvet underground!
  • CommonCriminalCommonCriminal The Stork Whisperer
    edited December 2009
    Rocket2Russia;3343253 said:
    Pretty generic choice to keep this thread afloat. I promise some 2009 stuff is coming up in the next week or so.
    Generic? yes. Still awesome? yes. ;)
  • Rocket2RussiaRocket2Russia Road Warrior
    edited December 2009
    The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
    The first of that big batch of CDs I recently got that I've heard more than once, and I already love it to death.
  • TheCoolGuyTheCoolGuy Road Warrior
    edited December 2009
    CommonCriminal;3343404 said:
    Generic? yes. Still awesome? yes. ;)
    pretty much this. it's gold, even if it is one of the more well known post-punk albums.
    perhaps "obvious" choice would be a better word than generic; it's already a given that everyone should have this on their top albums list.
    Rocket2Russia;3362553 said:
    The first of that big batch of CDs I recently got that I've heard more than once, and I already love it to death.
    agreed, fantastic album.
  • mason95mason95 Rising Star
    edited December 2009
    As soon as I saw those two Big Star albums I knew this would be a good list. Bravo.
  • Rocket2RussiaRocket2Russia Road Warrior
    edited December 2009
    mason95;3363974 said:
    As soon as I saw those two Big Star albums I knew this would be a good list. Bravo.
    Thank you! :)
  • SoratarSoratar Scapegoat
    edited December 2009
    This thread and your avatar have convinced me to look into Big Star. I just listened to Thirteen. I like it! What songs other songs of theirs should I listen to?
  • mason95mason95 Rising Star
    edited December 2009
    Soratar;3364222 said:
    This thread and your avatar have convinced me to look into Big Star. I just listened to Thirteen. I like it! What songs other songs of theirs should I listen to?
    If you have even the slightest knowledge in TV pop culture, you've heard "In The Street" because a cover of that song was used for the opening of "That 70's Show". Also The Ballad of El Goodo is a fantastic song.
  • Rocket2RussiaRocket2Russia Road Warrior
    edited December 2009
    They Might Be Giants - Flood
    I'm deeply embarrassed that I forgot this.
    Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes
    I'm surprised at the number of people on this forum who haven't heard this!
    Pixies - [I]Doolittle[/I]
    It was only a matter of time before another obvious album got in!
  • chumsicleschumsicles Road Warrior
    edited December 2009
    Rocket2Russia;3307934 said:


    Hüsker Dü - New Day Rising

    This is actually my least favorite album of theirs
  • CommonCriminalCommonCriminal The Stork Whisperer
    edited December 2009
    Rocket2Russia;3367683 said:


    I'm surprised at the number of people on this forum who haven't heard this!



    I thought this was pretty popular... great album either way.
  • ZidaneZidane Road Warrior
    edited December 2009
    4 out of 10, damn I'm behind. But the ones I've listened to are either a 9 or a 10. You got good taste, brotha.
  • Rocket2RussiaRocket2Russia Road Warrior
    edited December 2009
    CommonCriminal;3368543 said:
    I thought this was pretty popular... great album either way.
    JBH and Gowie both need to hop on the bandwagon.
  • mason95mason95 Rising Star
    edited December 2009
    Rocket2Russia;3367683 said:


    I'm surprised at the number of people on this forum who haven't heard this!
    I just got this album at a used CD store. Very nice so far.


    I can't get the riff from Blister In the Sun out of my head now, and I've only listened to it once. You know it's a good song if it does that.
  • Rocket2RussiaRocket2Russia Road Warrior
    edited February 2010
    OK. List completely rehauled. Looking forward to some feedback.
  • Alright_ComputerAlright_Computer Butt Neck
    edited February 2010
    Nothing I've never seen before, but I like the majority of the albums on here, with the exception of Misfits and Sufjan Stevens. I imagine I'd include a few of these on my own top album list.

    Though I do have to say, I'm disappointed with your choice of Talking Heads albums. I mean, Remain in Light is pretty much a given since it's a brilliant album, everyone has it on their lists. But I never got the fuss over Fear of Music. The first side is brilliant, certainly up to par with Talking Heads' standards. The second side... not so much. It just seems like they put everything they had into the side one and rushed side two because they needed an album (and this is coming from one of their biggest fans). I'd put any of their other albums from 1977-1985 in front of it, and I'd certainly even put parts of True Stories and Naked in front of certain songs on that album.
  • afterstasisafterstasis Washed Up
    edited February 2010
    here's some fairly picky ratings, skipping anything i'd give below a 5 (which is pretty much my "i like it" threshold).

    good list overall...
    Rocket2Russia;3307934 said:

    Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion - 7/10
    Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam - 7/10
    The Antlers - Hospice - 5/10
    Bad Brains - Bad Brains - 9/10
    Battles - Mirrored - 8/10
    Bauhaus - In The Flat Field - 6/10
    The Beach Boys - 20/20 - 8/10
    The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds - 10/10
    Beck - Odelay - 6/10
    Big Star - #1 Record - 10/10
    Blondie - Autoamerican - 7/10
    Brian Wilson - SMiLE - 8/10
    Buzzcocks - Singles Going Steady - 8/10
    The Cult - Love - 6/10
    The Cure - Disintegration - 10/10
    David Bowie - Low - 9/10
    Echo & The Bunnymen - Crocodiles - 7/10
    Elvis Costello - My Aim Is True - 10/10
    Elvis Costello & The Attractions - This Year's Model - 9/10
    The Flaming Lips - Embryonic - 7/10
    The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin - 9/10
    The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots - 8/10
    Gang Of Four - Entertainment! - 7/10
    Hüsker Dü - Zen Arcade - 10/10
    Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights - 5/10
    Japandroids - Post-Nothing - 5/10
    Joy Division - Closer - 10/10
    Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures - 10/10
    King Crimson - In The Court Of The Crimson King - 9/10
    Lou Reed - Transformer - 8/10
    Magazine - Real Life - 5/10
    Misfits - Walk Among Us - 10/10
    Modest Mouse - The Moon & Antarctica - 9/10
    The Mountain Goats - Tallahassee - 10/10
    My Bloody Valentine - Loveless - 10/10
    Neon Indian - Psychic Chasms - 10/10
    Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea - 10/10
    Nirvana - Bleach - 10/10
    Panda Bear - Person Pitch - 9/10
    Pavement - Slanted And Enchanted - 8/10
    Pixies - Doolittle - 10/10
    Pixies - Surfer Rosa - 8/10
    Pixies - Trompe Le Monde - 9/10
    Pylon - Gyrate - 9/10
    R.E.M. - Murmur - 9/10
    Radiohead - Amnesiac - 6/10
    Radiohead - The Bends - 9/10
    Radiohead - Kid A - 10/10
    Radiohead - OK Computer - 9/10
    Ramones - Ramones - 8/10
    Ramones - Rocket To Russia - 9/10
    The Replacements - Pleased To Meet Me - 9/10
    The Replacements - Tim - 10/10
    Richard Hell And The Voidoids - Blank Generation - 5/10
    Sebadoh - III - 9/10
    The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead - 9/10
    Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation - 10/10
    The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses - 5/10
    The Strokes - Is This It - 5/10
    Talking Heads - Fear Of Music - 7/10
    Talking Heads - Remain In Light - 7/10
    Television - Marquee Moon - 10/10
    They Might Be Giants - Flood - 9/10
    They Might Be Giants - Lincoln - 9/10
    U2 - Boy - 5/10
    U2 - The Joshua Tree - 5/10
    The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico - 9/10
    The Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat - 8/10
    The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground - 6/10
    The Velvet Underground - Loaded - 5/10
    Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes - 7/10
    Wire - Chairs Missing - 8/10
    X - Los Angeles - 8/10
    Yo La Tengo - Popular Songs - 6/10
    The Zombies - Odessey And Oracle - 8/10
  • tridentgum0tridentgum0 Uninteresting Poster
    edited February 2010
    Alright_Computer;3481742 said:
    Nothing I've never seen before, but I like the majority of the albums on here, with the exception of Misfits and Sufjan Stevens. I imagine I'd include a few of these on my own top album list.

    Though I do have to say, I'm disappointed with your choice of Talking Heads albums. I mean, Remain in Light is pretty much a given since it's a brilliant album, everyone has it on their lists. But I never got the fuss over [I]Fear of Music.[/I] The first side is brilliant, certainly up to par with Talking Heads' standards. The second side... not so much. It just seems like they put everything they had into the side one and rushed side two because they needed an album (and this is coming from one of their biggest fans). I'd put any of their other albums from 1977-1985 in front of it, and I'd certainly even put parts of True Stories and Naked in front of certain songs on that album.
    The club. Join it.
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