Suppose you were given 50 blank CDs by someone who had little to no knowledge of popular music, either comtemporarily or historically. Yet said person enjoyed music and wanted to be exposed to it. Or, pretend the person is an alien (if you’re into that sort of thing) and gave you 50 discs to deliver a crash course in what’s going on in music and where it came from. And if it sucked, said alien would destroy the planet. Or, maybe just your neighborhood.
1) How would you divide up the 50 discs? By genre? By theme? By chronology? By influence?
2) What are your “Don’t tell anyone you don’t own Blonde on Blonde. It’s gonna be okay” albums? That is, regardless of genre, what are the 10 essential albums? What are the 10 albums someone absolutely, positively must own in order to understand life on this planet during the second half of the first decade of the 21st millennium? Please justify your answer with a brief response to each one.
Ugh! this is impossible and anyone who answers is bound to look like an ass as there’s no, absolutely no way to make a really comprehensive listing. that said we can be thankful that music has really only been viably recorded for the past 100 years or so…
1) how to divide the 50 disks
i don’t know how i’d divide up the 50 discs, dammit. i’d probably do it like 50 times, that’s what. in the end i’d probably be forced to settle on something that’s at least reasonably chronologic. and what’s the difference between theme and genre, really?
2) essential 10
1) Ella & Lois – ella fitzgerald & louis armstrong
2) foundation ska – the skatalites
3) hejira – joni mitchell
4) music with changing parts – philip glass
5) pet sounds – beach boys
6) in concert – janis joplin
7) workingman’s dead – grateful dead
8) live through this – hole
9) living in clip – ani difranco
10) the black album – jay-z
i find it interesting that in all the versions of this that i’ve come across, there are virtually no female artists listed – what’s up with that?
current listening – WYPR