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  1. Aerosmith - "Toys in the Attic" should be on the list as well, but I don't know what it would replace...
  2. I wonder if NWA will change to just WA?
  3. Bruce played the same venue a month and three days later. My first experience with the Boss!
  4. This is from Rolling Stone's Top 100 albums of the 1980's. "Daydream Nation" comes in at number 45. By comparison, "The River" comes in at 86. Best off of the album, and probably their best song, is "Teenage Riot". Everything you want to know about Sonic Youth is in that song. The trailblazing quartet has made its mark by exploring the rough edges that other bands smooth over, bolstering its experiments in sound with the raw power of a top-flight rock & roll band. Daydream Nation refined everything that made Sonic Youth the most powerful and innovative American guitar band of the Eighties and channeled it into a seventy-one-minute, double-album tour de force. The band's guitarists, Moore and Lee Ranaldo, harnessed an idiosyncratic vocabulary of overtones, harmonics, drones and feedback to create vast sounds and textures unlike anything else in rock. Daydream Nation is very much of the place where it was created, articulating the chaos and violent energy of the band's New York City. "The structures of Daydream Nation were really worked on a lot," says bassist-vocalist Kim Gordon, and sure enough, beneath the music's teeming surface is a Byzantine barrage of spine-tingling riffs and dynamic peaks and valleys fueled by drummer Steve Shelley. The band's lyrics tend toward a stream-of-collective-unconscious grab bag of underground culture, including erotica, grade-Z horror flicks and cyberpunk science fiction. "Hit the power/Psycho helmet's on/You've got to splice your halo/Take it to the moon," Moore sings in "Silver Rocket," as the song's raw punk thrust explodes in a shower of pure, exultant noise. Although the largely self-produced Daydream Nation was recorded for a paltry $30,000, that was twice as much money as the band had spent on any of its five other albums. According to Gordon, the extra production bucks "gave power to the songs. It's like buying credibility." "Providence," one of the album's most interesting tracks, is a quiet interlude for phone machine, piano and one abused amplifier. "It was a fan-cooled amplifier," Moore says, "and I had put something on the fan, so the tubes were suffocating and created this panicky rumble coming out of the speakers. So we recorded that and made it into a song." A friend of the band's, Mike Watt of the group Firehose, contributed a phone message from Providence, Rhode Island, scolding Moore for losing some guitar cables and insinuating that his short-term memory was shot. "It's about smoking pot," Moore explains. Moore says the band originally wanted to call the album Bookbag and package it in a plaid schoolbook tote, an idea scrapped only because of its expense. Instead, the band opted for a simple painting of a candle by German artist Gerhard Richter. "We wanted to use something that was outwardly conservative looking, just because people wouldn't expect that," Gordon says. "The most radical things outwardly look very conservative." Both Ranaldo and Moore are veterans of downtown noise maestro Glenn Branca's guitar orchestras. The massed guitars and colossal dissonances of those groups still figure in Sonic Youth's sound, although Moore doesn't quite see it that way: "I mean, he's into the harmonic series, we're into the TV series." Moore would rather compare his band to the early-Seventies New York grunge rockers in the Godz, whom rock critic Lester Bangs once lovingly described as "the most inept band I've ever heard." "We come straight out of them," Moore says. "If you can find The Third Testament, by the Godz, that's a great record." Daydream Nation received overwhelmingly positive reviews from contemporary critics.[39] Billboard called it "the supreme fulfillment" of the band's "fullbore technique".[34] Rolling Stone magazine's Robert Palmer said it demonstrated "the broad harmonic palette, sharply honed songwriting skills and sheer exhilarating drive" of the "influential quartet", while presenting "the definitive American guitar band of the Eighties at the height of its powers and prescience".[35] In The Village Voice, Robert Christgau believed that while Sonic Youth were embracing a "happy-go-lucky careerism and four-on-the-floor maturity", their relentlessly discordant music was "a philosophical triumph".[38] The British music press also embraced the album: Record Mirror enthusing that Sonic Youth were "the best band in the universe"; the NME calling Daydream Nation the "most radical and political album of the year"; and Q magazine saying it made an "enthralling noise".[34] At the end of 1988, Daydream Nation appeared in several lists of the year's best albums, being ranked at No. 2 by Rolling Stone, No. 1 by CMJ,[40] and No. 9 by NME.[41] It was also voted the year's second best record in The Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop poll,[42] which made the band realize that the album had made an impact.[28] Christgau, the poll's creator and supervisor, named it the fourth best album of 1988 in his own list.[43] Daydream Nation has received extensive critical acclaim and numerous accolades since its release in 1988. According to Matthew Stearns, writer of the 33⅓ book dedicated to the album, it has been "resoundingly canonized as a breakthrough landmark in the chronicles of avant-rock expression".[40] Stearns wrote that Daydream Nation comprised the "Holy Trinity" of early indie rock double albums with Hüsker Dü's Zen Arcade and Minutemen's Double Nickels on the Dime, writing that the three works "together mark a period of unprecedented creative expansion in terms of the possibilities of underground (or otherwise) American rock music".[44] In a retrospective review for AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine deemed it "a masterpiece of post-punk art rock" that demonstrated the degree of which "noise and self-conscious avant art can be incorporated into rock, and the results are nothing short of stunning".[3] Jon Matsumoto of the Los Angeles Times called it the band's masterpiece and said they had developed first-rate songwriting skills to complement their penchant for dissonant instrumentation.[45] Greg Kot, writing in the Chicago Tribune, called it one of the most recognizable albums of the 1980s with its combination of "hypnotic guitar jams and some of the band's best, straight-ahead tunes".[31] Reviewing the 2007 deluxe edition, Christgau credited Daydream Nation for making alternative rock "a life force" and remarked that, along with the "vital" bonus disc, the album remained an honest and thrilling listen because of its musical tunings and anthemic songs about post-irony and "confusion-as-sex".[46] In Spin, Will Hermes said it was perhaps "the greatest art-punk statement ever",[47] while John Mulvey from Uncut called it a still radical "avant-rock masterpiece".[48] In 2002, Pitchfork ranked Daydream Nation as No. 1 on their list of the 100 greatest albums of the 1980s.[2] It also placed at No. 13 on Spin magazine's list of the 100 greatest albums from 1985 to 2010,[49] No. 30 on Slant Magazine's "Best Albums of the 1980s"[50] and No. 45 on the Rolling Stone list of the 100 greatest albums of the 1980s.[51] The Spin Alternative Record Guide (1995) named it the ninth best alternative album,[52] and it was ranked 11th on Guitarist's 2000 list of the 101 essential guitar records.[53] In 2003, the album was placed at No. 328 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums ever,[54] and again in 2012.[55] Daydream Nation was one of 50 recordings chosen by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry in 2006.[4] Kurt Cobain listed it in his top 50 albums of all time.[56][57] PopMatters included it in their list of the "12 Essential 1980s Alternative Rock Albums" saying, it was "an ambitious double album that saw Sonic Youth's various influences coalescing into a striking, searing whole".[58]
  5. He used the n-word in the title of one of his songs in the 70's. People get a-scared of that. "If you don't believe it, take a look at the one you're with."
  6. Ok, Dan. I've actually put a little work into this one, but I have to go with your original 50 instead of 40. The Beatles / The Beatles The Ramones / The Ramones The Beatles / Abbey Road Bruce Springsteen / Born to Run Rolling Stones / Let It Bleed The Beatles / Revolver R.E.M. / Reckoning Sonic Youth / Daydream Nation The Clash / London Calling The Smiths / The Queen Is Dead The Ramones / Rocket to Russia John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band Neil Young / Rust Never Sleeps The Feelies / Only Life Bruce Springsteen / Darkness on the Edge of Town R.E.M. / Murmur Elvis Costello / Armed Forces The Clash / The Clash The Pretenders / The Pretenders The Pixies / Doolittle Talking Heads / Fear of Music Guided by Voices / Bee Thousand Neil Young / Decade The Who / Who's Next Dire Straits / Making Movies The Silos / Cuba Sugar / Copper Blue Bruce Springsteen / The River The Replacements / Let It Be Nirvana / Nevermind X / Under the Big Black Sun Lucinda Williams / Car Wheels on a Gravel Road The Who / The Kids Are Alright Guided by Voices / Alien Lanes X / More Fun in the New World Bob Dylan / Live 1966 "Royal Albert Hall" Bob Marley / Legend U2 / Joshua Tree Pearl Jam / Vitalogy Rolling Stones / Some Girls Elvis Costello / My Aim Is True Sonic Youth / Dirty Husker Du / Candy Apple Grey Velvet Underground / Loaded Sex Pistols / Nevermind the Bollocks Liz Phair / Exile in Guyville Violent Femmes / Violent Femmes The Police / Outlandos D'Amour Led Zeppelin / Houses of the Holy Sebadoh / Bakesale
  7. The White Album has been my favorite album forever. But, even I don't like a couple of songs even though they still add to the wildness of the album flow. While I am a fan of Revolution #9, I am not a big fan of "Honey Pie" or "Savoy Truffle". Have you ever heard the version of Revolution 1 take 20? It's a mash-up of Revolution 1 and Revolution 9....may be the most interesting piece the Beatles ever did post- Sgt. Pepper and pre-Abbey Road medley. Unfortunately, it never made the final album.
  8. Hmmmm..... That's a commendable list. Of course, it's easier to criticize the exclusions than the inclusions, but you've obviously put some good time into this. My most glaring omission would be:
  9. Here’s a list of two that all people should do: Be more kind Be more understanding
  10. It should be called "75 Things White People Won't Do for Racial Justice". It is just a silly notion that despite the conveniently recent "woke" celebrity parade of do-gooders, it is unlikely that after this social melee is over that anyone is going to change their natural behavior to live their lives. It would be helpful to see what the specific 75 things are so we can roll our eyes at them individually.
  11. Can't believe I missed Mary J Blige singing 41 Shots to HIllary Clinton. Fascinating.
  12. I live in a residential area within the boundaries of a large Midwestern city. We are under curfew here from 8pm until 6am. Haven't had this since the race riots in 2001. This is definitely concerning, but not what we would come close to calling a civil war. We've had these periods of social unrest before...1968 comes to mind. One of my neighbors is a SWAT member for the Cincinnati Police Department. He wears the body armor and carries a high grade weapon as he patrols in groups downtown. I have real concern for him and his wife and kids. This is nothing to mess with, and I hope he is safe. Quite honestly, we live in a mostly white enclave here and we have seen more and more blacks walking and shopping here in the neighborhood. My daughter works in a donut shop in our little neighborhood village, and she also noticed many more blacks shopping in her store over the weekend. It's a very welcome sight to see more diversity in our area, but sad that it's under such awful circumstances. But, at least in our metropolitan area, it's nothing close to a civil war. The city and county government are doing a very good job (as they did with Covid) on properly patrolling the streets and keeping the violence and vandalism down. If you're watching CNN to get an idea of what's going on here, then it's likely a very skewed look at our situation. Just know that there is another side to their story.
  13. Ok! Thanks for the political commentary. We should probably break for commercial.
  14. Great song! There was a Sonic Youth tour back in the early 90's where this would play over the speakers whenever SY prepped their tunings in between songs. Cool vibe....
  15. Agree with this 100%. Your individual experience depends on your age, exposure to big rock shows, the crowd or even how many beers you had before the show.