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#1 Pedro Cerrano

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 12:00 PM

This list doesn't contain nearly as many of the "influential" type records as other lists might, so I felt more comfortable just calling it a list of my 20 favorites rather than a "Top 20" list or whatever (basically that's my way of safely leaving anything by Nirvana and Pearl Jam off ):

 

1.  Radiohead "OK Computer"

2.  The Smashing Pumpkins "Siamese Dream"

3.  The Smashing Pumpkins "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness"

4.  R.E.M. "New Adventures in Hi-Fi"

5.  Radiohead "The Bends"

6.  Pavement "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain"

7.  The Notorious B.I.G. "Ready to Die"

8.  R.E.M. "Out of Time"

9.  U2 "Achtung Baby"

10.  Beck "Odelay"

11.  Pavement "Slanted and Enchanted"

12.  Neutral Milk Hotel "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea"

13.  Nas "Illmatic"

14.  Genius/GZA "Liquid Swords"

15.  Lauryn Hill "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill"

16.  Weezer "Weezer" (Blue Cover)

17.  Sonic Youth "Goo"

18.  Outkast "Aquemini"

19.  Foo Fighters "The Colour and the Shape"

20.  Soundgarden "Superunknown"


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Posted 09 October 2013 - 12:33 PM

This list doesn't contain nearly as many of the "influential" type records as other lists might, so I felt more comfortable just calling it a list of my 20 favorites rather than a "Top 20" list or whatever (basically that's my way of safely leaving anything by Nirvana and Pearl Jam off ):

 

1.  Radiohead "OK Computer"

2.  The Smashing Pumpkins "Siamese Dream"

3.  The Smashing Pumpkins "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness"

4.  R.E.M. "New Adventures in Hi-Fi"

5.  Radiohead "The Bends"

6.  Pavement "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain"

7.  The Notorious B.I.G. "Ready to Die"

8.  R.E.M. "Out of Time"

9.  U2 "Achtung Baby"

10.  Beck "Odelay"

11.  Pavement "Slanted and Enchanted"

12.  Neutral Milk Hotel "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea"

13.  Nas "Illmatic"

14.  Genius/GZA "Liquid Swords"

15.  Lauryn Hill "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill"

16.  Weezer "Weezer" (Blue Cover)

17.  Sonic Youth "Goo"

18.  Outkast "Aquemini"

19.  Foo Fighters "The Colour and the Shape"

20.  Soundgarden "Superunknown"

Great stuff, man.

 

Pavement is my second favorite, behind REM, and I'd probably have "Slanted" just a tad higher than "Crooked Rain", but that's just me.

 

And I know I'm in a minority on liking "The Bends" better than "Ok Computer", but both are definite top 10s.


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Posted 09 October 2013 - 12:34 PM

Cake "Fashion Nugget"

Green Day "Dookie"

Tom Petty "Wildflowers"

 

But Weezer's blue album was definitely my favorite album of the 90s.


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Posted 09 October 2013 - 12:49 PM

The Stone Roses is still the best of the 90s for me.


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Posted 09 October 2013 - 12:49 PM

Cake had some great albums. I don't know how I'd feel about them now, but they were great back then, in the moment.

 

OK Computer is the best album of all time, IMO, so no surprise it's #1 on that list.

 

DoggieStyle and Enter the 36 Chambers should also appear, IMO.


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Posted 09 October 2013 - 03:06 PM

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 03:06 PM

Also agree about the Snoop and Wu-Tang.  Love the OutKast album.  Their last, truly great album.

 

Than again, this is all personal preference so there is no wrong answer/list.


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Posted 10 October 2013 - 03:28 PM

Without putting a ton of thought into it, this is my list:

 

1. Radiohead 'The Bends'

2. Radiohead 'OK Computer'

3. Neutral Milk Hotel 'In the Aeroplane Over the Sea'

4. Pearl Jam 'Vs.'

5. Flaming Lips 'The Soft Bulletin'

6. Weezer 'Pinkerton'

7. Oasis 'What's the Story (Morning Glory)

8. Pearl Jam 'Ten'

9. Rage Against the Machine 'Rage Against the Machine

10. Our Lady Peace 'Clumsy'

11. Guns n' Roses 'Use Your Illusion I & II

12. Nirvana 'Nevermind'

13. Eminem 'The Slim Shady LP'

14. Rage Against the Machine 'The Battle of Los Angeles'

15. Black Lab 'Your Body Above Me'

16. Stone Temple Pilots 'Tiny Music...Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop'

17. Ben Harper 'Welcome to the Cruel World'

18. Social Distortion 'Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell'

19. Soundgarden 'Superunknown'

20. Weezer 'Weezer'


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Posted 10 October 2013 - 04:00 PM

Agree with a lot of those. Suprised no one mentioned Bush, sixteen stone. I feel like everyone on the planet owns that album. Offspring, Smash is a personal favorite of that era.
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Posted 10 October 2013 - 04:03 PM

Agree with a lot of those. Suprised no one mentioned Bush, sixteen stone. I feel like everyone on the planet owns that album. Offspring, Smash is a personal favorite of that era.

 

Even though I think 'Sixteen Stone' is a fine album, I'm not so sure that a ton of people are proud of owning that one.

 

Offspring 'Smash' is really good; I forgot about that one to be honest, but it would probably still miss out on the top 20.



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Posted 10 October 2013 - 04:04 PM

I never really cared for Bush, but when I hear their songs now, the lyrics are terrible and the arrangements just seem...off.

 

They're a band best left in the 90's IMO.


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Posted 10 October 2013 - 04:11 PM

"Everything Zen" was definitely a knock off of "keep on rockin in the free world". I just remember growing up, when friends would always rummage through each others CDs, literally everyone had sixteen stone.
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Posted 10 October 2013 - 04:43 PM

There's really no way to say this without sounding like a dick, so my apologies, but do you guys listen to anything that isn't on the radio?


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Posted 10 October 2013 - 04:53 PM

There's really no way to say this without sounding like a dick, so my apologies, but do you guys listen to anything that isn't on the radio?

 

I don't think a few of the albums I listed to got much airplay at all.

 

But to answer your question, I listen to more somewhat obscure bands now than when I was a teenager, but I'm sure I'm missing out on plenty.



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Posted 10 October 2013 - 05:04 PM

There's really no way to say this without sounding like a dick, so my apologies, but do you guys listen to anything that isn't on the radio?

 

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 05:26 PM

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 08:21 PM

Nice mention of The Offspring album. I still rock that on the iPod while at the gym working out. It's a quality album.

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Also put me in the camp of as I've gotten older the more I've gotten into little known/obscure/random groups

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 08:24 PM

Didn't really start listening to music until like 2000... long story, lame, I know... 

 

I've heard most of these albums and love it... but one I had never heard before was Neutro Milk Hotel. I listened to Aeroplane Over The Sea today and it was fantastic. 

 

I love stumbling across awesome music I haven't yet heard thanks to lists like this. Well done, Pedro.


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Posted 10 October 2013 - 09:13 PM

Oasis - Definitely Maybe, WTSMG Weezer - Blue, Pinkerton Silverchair - Neon Ballroom

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 09:51 PM

In no order, because that is basically impossible

 

Bonnie “Prince” Billy – There is a Darkness

Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

Modest Mouse – Lonesome Crowded West

Modest Mouse – Building Nothing Out of Something

Built to Spill – Kept it Like a Secret

Built to Spill – Perfect from Now On

Fugazi – Repeater

Fugazi – Red Medicine

Lambchop – Nixon

The Magnetic Fields – 69 Love Songs

Pavement – Slanted and Enchanted

Pavement – Crooked Rain

Smog – Red Apple Falls

Sunny Day Real Estate – Diary

Tom Waits – Mule Variations

The Pixies – Trompe Le Monde

Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds – Let Love In

Guided by Voices – Alien Lanes

The Flaming Lips – Soft Bulletin


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