I like that. Frivolous Friday. No-one wants to work on Fridays. We all know this.
My choices are:
1982 – Thriller, Michael Jackson (Well, it is still one of the best albums of ALL time)
1983 – 1999, Prince (Prince and Jacko were IT when I was 7)
1984 – Stoneage Romeos, Hoodoo Gurus (Amazing First Album from these classic Aussie Rockers. The Yanks still love it)
1985 – The Dream Of The Blue Turtles, Sting (First solo album. Lots of great hits. Good pedigree)
1986 – Raising Hell, Run DMC (It’s Tricky! I didn’t know what real rap was until I heard that)
1987 – Appetite For Destruction, Guns ‘n’ Roses (A no-brainer, although it’s a good year for albums. I loved Sign O’ The Times too)
1988 – It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, Public Enemy (Pretty crap selection, but You gotta love the Flav!)
1989 – Straight Outta Compton, N.W.A. (Rap galore. It was tight between this and Paul’s Boutique. Fuck Da Police gets them over the lin)
1990 – The Good Son, Nick Cave (My First experience with Nick Cave. Many more to come)
1991 – Nevermind, Nirvana (Cliche it may be, but it’s an album that helped shape my life)
1992 – Automatic For The People, R.E.M. (I jumped on the R.E.M. bandwagon after this, along with the rest of the planet. ‘Drive’ is still my favourite R.E.M. song ever)
1993 – The Honeymoon Is Over, The Cruel Sea (Beasts of who? This was my first taste of Tex. I listened to this album a LOT)
1994 – Grace, Jeff Buckley (He may be a whiny and he may be dead, but I guess this album is good. I must admit, I have never been a big fan. I nearly voted for Portishead, but Grace has had more of an impact)
1995 – Hi Fi Way, You Am I (Screw Radiohead, this album is classic. Cathy’s Clown, Purple Sneakers, Jewels and Bullets. Love it)
1996 – Hourly Daily, You Am I (Double award for Tim Rogers! Mr Milk, Good Mornin’, Soldiers. Wow they have a lot of cool songs)
1997 – The Boatman’s Call, Nick Cave (Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Even though he’s hardly ever here. Such a beautiful album)
1998 – Moon Safari, Air (They French. They smooth. They sexy (boy). This music started getting me into more electronica stuff)
1999 – Play, Moby (An amazing album. Porcelain is still one of my favourite songs ever)
2000 – Odyssey Number 5, Powderfinger – (By this stage the Brissy boys were well on their way to Australian rock legend status. Awesome album)
2001 – Is This It?, The Strokes (These youngsters came out of nowhere to give us this bit of slap and tickle and introduce us to NY garage rock)
2002 – Strange Bird, Augie March (Before Moo, You Bloody Choir, we had this one. It’s good. Listen to it)
2003 – Speakerboxx/The Love Below, Outkast (Sometimes double albums work well. Sometimes they work amazingly. This one was outstanding. Best thing they will ever do)
2004 – Chutes Too Narrow, The Shins (They make some beautiful music these boys. Whoever picked these songs has a thing for soulful music. . . Not that there’s anything wrong with that)
2005 – Illinois, Sufjan Stevens (I listened to this a lot in the States. Not only is ‘Chicago’ a fantastic song, this whole album is perfect for a lazy Sunday, but it’s pretty strange in parts..)
2006 – Moo, You Bloody Choir, Augie March (Yeah! I totally missed this album when I was away last year, but picked it up when I got back. Good stuff!)
Ok, so this guy’s taste is a little strange and not very mainstream, but hey, neither am I.
I think I’d rather go through and work out my own favourite albums from the last 25 years myself.
But that would take time….and effort, and is not very frivolous.
Enjoy your Friday 🙂