I’ve been looking backward musically lately. I go in and out of having fits over new music but lately I’ve been thinking of all the albums I listened to in high school and college.
I tend to listen to an album that I love so much and so often that at some point my brain just removes it from my life and I will go years without giving it any play. None of these are persay my favorite albums of all time. Just ones that seemed to have slipped my mind for a while. Enjoy.
1. Third Eye Blind – Self titled debut
I severely underestimated this album. The Third Eye Blind I remember as a kid is in part due to watching that episode of Real World where the cast works for a Suicide Prevention hotline (or something) and puts together a video using “Jumper.” The big surprise is that STEPHEN JENKINS is sitting in a room close by the whole time unbeknownst to the cast. He just looked a smug ass hole. Even to an 11 year old.
BUT that’s besides the point, this album has so many awesome songs and great lyric writing.
Do NOT watch any of their live videos though because you’ll probably get a really bad taste in your mouth.
2. Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head
This albums is the cusp of Coldplay’s coolness to me. After this album Chris Martin just started getting real Bono on me.
3. The Postal Service – Give Up
Everybody had a raging Ben Gibbert phase in my high school. Mine actually started with The Postal Service. I didn’t get into Death Cab until I was in college and after college.
4. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – Let’s Face It
Yes I did know of them because of Clueless buuuut I also went to college in Boston. So our meeting was inevitable.
5. TV on the Radio – Return to Cookie Mountain
If you’ve never hauled ass on your bike listening to “Wolf Like Me” you haven’t lived. Plus they got David Bowie on this album. I mean come on.
6. Royksopp – Melody A.M.
I worked in an awesome coffee shop through college and each of the employees had an hour to play whatever music they wanted. I found a lot of my favorite albums through my coworkers. This was one of my favorite things to listen to at the butt crack of down while I was pulling espresso shots and making bagel sandwiches.
7. City and Colour – Bring Me Your Love
This is one of the more depressing albums I’ve ever held onto. A lot of the subject matter is about a relationship ending, mostly due to infidelity done by the singer/songwriter. Whether any of it was true biographically I don’t know but it sure feels genuine to me.
8. Murder By Death – In Bocco al Lupo
I love this guys voice. Super low and creepy. They write almost Burlesque, stompin’ whiskey drinking music. Really great storytelling too.
9. The Chemical Brothers – Push the Button
This song kills me. Every time. The rest of the album isn’t this mellow but is still awesome.
10. Bloc Party – Silent Alarm
I don’t really know why I couldn’t stop listening this album. It’s dancey and a little emo but I was pretty obsessed with it.
Hope you enjoyed my random memory lapse. What albums did you love back in the day? Don’t be embarrassed.