Musical Geneology


I've (after several hours of pondering) completed Nialler's Musical Geneology chart. Give it a shot yourself if you really don't want to be working on a Monday.

Check it out in the read more.

The idea is to pick your favorite album from each year you've been alive, attempting to combine what you were listening to at the time and your thoughts now. Believe me, it aint so easy.

Here's mine anyways- the early years are going to have to be judged retrospectively, as my listening habits were pretty much exclusively The King of Pop, some Van Morisson (thanks, Dad) and a dash of the Beatles (until my older stepped in with Bon Jovi).

1982 Thriller (what else…)
1983 Power, Corruption & Lies- New Order
1984 Run D.M.C.- Run D.M.C.
1985 Raindogs- Tom Waits
1986 Slippery When Wet- Bon Jovi
1987 Appetite for Destruction- Guns’N’Roses
1988 Surfa Rosa- Pixies
1989 Doolittle - Pixies
1990 Ritual De Lo Habitual- Jane’s Addiction
1991 Blood Sugar Sex Magik- Red Hot Chili Peppers
1992 Automatic for The People- REM
1993 Vs- Pearl Jam
1994 Grace- Jeff Buckley
1995 The Bends- Radiohead
1996 Ænima- Tool
1997 The Colour & the Shape- Foo Fighters
1998 The Shape of Punk to Come- Refused
1999 The Fidelity Wars- Hefner
2000 Fevers & Mirrors- Bright Eyes
2001 Toxicity- System of a Down
2002 Lifted- Bright Eyes
2003 The Ugly Organ- Cursive
2004 Wet from Birth- The Faint
2005 LCD Soundsystem- LCD Soundsystem
2006 Return To Cookie Mountain- TV On The Radio
2007 The Flying Club Cup- Beirut
2008 Ritual- Jape (strongest contender so far anyways…)

Top 5 important albums that didn’t make it:

1994 Blue Album- Weezer
1995 Elliott Smith- Elliott Smith
1997 Ok Computer- Radiohead
1998 Adore- Smashing Pumpkins

Conclusions: Many good artists/albums were discovered after the fact. Also, lots of great albums have a tendency to come out in the same years, making a list like this very difficult to compile. Fun though, and much better than actually doing any work on a Monday...

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3 comments:

July 7, 2008 at 3:53 PM ctrl/alt/delete said...

1981 - Deceit - This Heat
1982 - The Message - Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five
1983 - Speaking in Tongues - Talking Heads
1984 - Born in the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen
1985 - Bad Moon Rising - Sonic Youth
1986 -Graceland - Paul Simon
1987 - Songs About Fucking - Big Black
1988 - The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick - Slick Rick
1989 - Paul's Boutique - Beastie Boys
1990 - Goo - Sonic Youth
1991 - Loveless - My Bloody Valentine
1992 - Nurse - Therapy?
1993 - Houdini - Melvins
1994 - Weezer (Blue Album)- Weezer
1995 - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx - Raekwon
1996 - Pinkerton - Weezer
1997 - Album of the Year - Faith No More
1998 - XO - Elliott Smith
1999 - California - Mr. Bungle
2000 - Circle - Boom Bip And Doseone
2001 - The Directors Cut - Fantômas
2002 - Highly Refined Pirates - Minus the Bear
2003 - Plague soundscapes - The Locust
2004 - ten - cLOUDDEAD, mm food MF Doom (cant pick between them)
2005 - Elephant Eyelash - Why?
2006 - Drum's Not Dead - Liars
2007 - Person Pitch - Panda bear
2008 - lot of contenders so far Alopecia,ExitingARM,Xaphan,Nouns to name but a few

July 8, 2008 at 10:54 AM nialler9 said...

It's harder than you first think right?

Slick Rick? awesome.

July 8, 2008 at 6:40 PM Evil Bob said...

My Two cents

1982 - Combat Rock by The Clash
1983 - War by U2
1984 - Ocean Rain by Echo & the Bunnymen
1985 - Rain Dogs by Tom Waits
1986 - Evol by Sonic Youth/True Stories by Talking Heads
1987 - Document by R.E.M.
1988 - Daydream Nation by Sonic Youth
1989 - Pretty Hate Machine by Nine Inch Nails
1990 - Ritual De Lo Habitual by Janes Addiction
1991 - Loveless by My Bloody Valentine
1992 - Rage Against the Machine by Rage Against the Machine
1993 - Siamese Dream by Smashing Pumpkins
1994 - Weezer (Blue) by Weezer/The Downwad Spiral by Nine Inch Nails/The Holy Bible by Manic Street Preachers
1995 - Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness by The Smashing Pumpkins
1996 - Aenima by Tool
1997 - Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space by Spiritualized
1998 - The Boy With the Arab Strap by Belle & Sebastian/Moon Safari by Air
1999 - Middle of Nowhere by Orbital
2000 - Kid A by Radiohead
2001 - Discovery by Daft Punk
2002 - ( ) by Sigur Ros
2003 - Echoes by The Rapture
2004 - Funeral by The Arcade Fire/The Milk-eyed Mender by Joanna Newsom
2005 - Frances the Mule by The Mars Volta
2006 - Cansei de Ser Sexy by CSS
2007 - Mirrored by Battles
2008 - Narrow Stairs by Death Cab for Cutie (so far)