Musical Moron
Musical Moron

Classic Albums

 

Each month, I will be reviewing two classic albums. The first will be selected from Rolling Stone's '500 Greatest Albums Of All Time', the full version of which can be accessed here. The second album will be something that has a personal resonance and will often be accompanied by a memory/poignant reminiscence/rant. As with all other reviews, please contribute through the comments pages and tell me what you think.

October

#315 - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Damn The Torpedoes

We revisit Tom Petty's 1979 breakthrough album and pay tribute to a man who will forever be part of the history of US rock music...

 

 

 

Marilyn Manson - Holy Wood (In The Shadow Of The Valley Of Death)

 

Released in the aftermath of the Columbine tragedy, relive Manson's response to the media storm that thrust him unfairly into the centre of it...

 

 

June

#26 - Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

Forget Love Island. There is enough heartache and heartbreak in Fleetwood Mac's seminal 1977 album to fill an entire series of reality TV...

 

 

Britney Spears - ...Baby One More Time

Journey back with me to 1999 and witness the birth of a new kind of popstar...

 

 

April

#199 - The Strokes - Is This It

Working once again with our friends at theus100.com, we take a look at the debut album from New York band The Strokes and see if it's all it's cracked up to be...

 

 

Concept Albums

With a little help from The Streets and Aimee Mann, we take a closer look at the concept of concept albums...

 

 

 

March

#242 - Run-D.M.C. - Run-D.M.C.

In conjunction with our friends over at theus100.com, we take a trip to Queens to see the beginnings of hip-hop...

 

 

Frank Zappa - We're Only In It For The Money

My wife has been handed the decision-making power this month and she has selected an album from her twentieth century musical hero...

 

 

February

#39 - The Beatles - Please Please Me

Pure pop perfection from the Merseyside mob. Come and witness the start of an era...

 

 

Cameron Crowe - Assorted Soundtracks

In a slight break from the norm, we create a soundtrack retrospective of a director who has helped shaped the relationship between movies and music...

 

 

January

#71 - Paul Simon - Graceland

The solo one from that band you might have heard of combines South African beats and all-American storytelling to create an album about new beginnings...

 

 

Dixie Chicks - Taking The Long Way

Journey back with me to 2003 to revisit a dark day for musical democracy and experience the incredible album that resulted from it...

 

 

December

#213 - The Rolling Stones - Tattoo You

It's 1981 and the 'Glimmer Twins' are at loggerheads. Enter a quick-thinking producer with a box of relegated tapes to save the day...

 

 

Green Day - Nimrod

Angst-filled 90s band venting their anger at the world and the Year 11 German exchange trip. A marriage made in heaven...

 

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