been browsing in wikipedia for bands and musicians when a thought suddenly came to me: why not make a list of all the albums that I have listened to? Most of these are in my possession -- carefully tucked away in their respective CD racks or cassette tape boxes. Others were lent to me by my friends. (notably Rona and Corazon)While a few I lent, and then subsequently lost...this list is just a sample of those albums I think are "seminal" and "unique" in their own right. The best of the best 'ika nga...
For those of the more recent generation, this list may be a bit perplexing but try googling them and hopefully you'll like some of the artists that I featured in this list...it's a sample of the music that shaped my life. Most of these albums I've got either in CD or in cassette tape (old fashioned gid ah -- gone were the days when cassette tapes were the rage...they only cost 100 to 150 pesos then hehehe nowadays cassette tapes are practically extinct...)
1. Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness - The Smashing Pumpkins (had the double cassette AND the double CD...that's how much I love these guys...)
2. Watermark - Enya (LOVE!LOVE!LOVE!)
3. Post - Bjork (I remember I used to play "Army of Me" full blast on the stereo whenever I feel pissed off...second year high school pa ako nun hahahaha)
4. Dummy - Portishead (sad, gloomy, and sexy...)
5. The Joshua Tree - U2 (CLASSIC! what more can I say?)
6. Frogstomp - Silverchair (here is what i feel for you...and I want you to know that I WANT YOU DEAD!...talk about catharsis! hahahaha)
7. Throwing Copper - Live (I Live! I walk! I will! I talk! blah blah blah)
8. God Shuffled His Feet - Crash Test Dummies (mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm....)
9. Universal Mother - Sinead O'Connor (the rap song "Famine" was required listening in my Imperialism lesson in Third Year World History: "all of the lonely people, where do they all come from? all of the lonely people, where do they all belong?")
10. The Fat of the Land - The Prodigy (scary...)
11. Tiger Lily - Natalie Merchant ("San Andreas Fault" was a beautiful lyric chronicle of an earthquake in San Francisco)
12. White on Black - Texas (a bit POPpish but great)
13. There's No Need to Argue - The Cranberries (Dolores O'Riordan's unique voice catapulted their band to fame in their sophomore album...and to think they brought a sofa to all those places? niiiiice...)
14. White Ladder - David Gray (what got me hooked on him was the music video for "please forgive me" the floating piano and the boy breakdancing -- was he breakdancing? I can't seem to remember...in the rain)
15. Boys for Pele - Tori Amos (one word: WEIRD hahahahaha)
16. Tracy Chapman - Tracy Chapman (last night I heard the screaming...loud voices behind the wall...galeng! some of the best socially relevant songs she has ever made...all her albums are a must-buy)
17. This Fire - Paula Cole (the word motherf*cker was a classic!)
18. The Cross of Changes - Enigma (chanting, chanting, and more chanting -- wait is that heavy breathing I hear? Music for sex orgies hehehehe)
19. Whaler - Sophie Hawkins (as I lay me down to sleep...)
20. Book of Secrets ( - Loreena McKennitt (the one that was never returned to me! grrrr! new age meets medieval music...plus I love Loreena for making a song about Dante Alighieri -- O, kaya nyo yun?)
21. Foo Fighters - Foo Fighters (reminds me of the Mentos commercials hehehe)
22. X-Files the Movie (Soundtrack) - the best soundtrack album ever...another lost tape...
23. The Craft (Soundtrack) - second-best soundtrack album and must-have for those who wish to get a sample of alternative music during the 90's...one of the songs was used as the opening theme for the TV series "Charmed" -- "I am Human" by Love Spit Love...damu pa di nami nga kanta...
23. City of Angels (Soundtrack) - U2 and Peter Gabriel...whew! grabe!
24. Duncan Sheik - Duncan Sheik (swabeeeeeeh...)
25. Formica Blues - Mono (the song "Life in Mono" is simply haunting; and I think that this album is RARE...I think I'm one of the very few who has this album in their possession in the whole Philippines -- calling all Mono fans out there!)
OPM (I apologize, but my OPM music sense has been fairly limited since then...when it comes to music my nationalism falls short hehe
1. Circus - The Eraserheads (liked the song "sembreak" hahahaha)
2. Rivermaya - Rivermaya (long hair pa si bamboo)
3. Oracle - Sugar Hiccup (use the word "flambeaux" in a song...)
4. plus a smattering of songs from Yano, The Teeth, The Dawn, Grin Department, etc.