It was twenty seven years ago today that I entered the world. So much has changed in that time, in this blog I am going to describe the top 100 key events during my lifetime.
Or perhaps not as frankly that would be far too much like work (I'm a history teacher) so instead I am going to share with you three albums that in my humble opinion you really, REALLY should own.
Weezer - by Weezer (also known as the Blue album)
It saddens me to say it but I wish Rivers Cuomo had never decided to bring Weezer back together after Pinkerton. Much like the return of Family Guy after a hiatus there output since has become a more and more desperate to recapture the glorious early days with increasingly embarassing efforts to appear relevant. The new song is garbage and sticking the fat bloke from Lost as the album cover is like, so edgy, and like, hilarious! I sound far too grumpy for a man enjoying his birthday so I'll quickly return to focus on Weezer's debut. If you do not own this album I envy you, I would love to experience listening to it for the first time. The good news is everytime you listen it's like a hit of sunshine; the opening bars of My Name is Jonas never fail to give me a surge of excitement. I'm not going to do an in-depth track by track analysis as I have a limited knowledge of synonyms for brilliant. Just bloody buy it.
Three great tracks: No One Else, Say It Aint So, Surf Wax America
Like this? You may also like: The Replacements; Lemonheads; Death Cab for Cutie;
Rating: 9 1/2 out of 10
Innervisions - by Stevie Wonder
Three great tracks: Visions, Living for the City, He's Misstra know it all
Like this? You may also like: Gil Scott-Heron; The Fugees; Mos Def;
Rating: 9 1/2 out of 10
Buena Vista Social Club - by Buena Vista Social Club
First of all I know my ignorance is staggering. Recommending this to anyone with a knowledge of Cuban music is a bit like saying 'hey have you heard Definitely Maybe by this Oasis band?' My knowledge of Cuban music is regrettably minimal so for me this album was a fantastic introduction. I took an extremely roundabout way of getting into it. The roots can probably traced to my Peru trip where I loved the music even if the panpipes were a bit overkill by the end. Shortly after having arrived back and like any self-respecting middle class Guardian reader I decided I was now 'into World Music.' A documentary came on TV about the making of this album and experiencing music for the first time visually was an unusual method but the songs really shone out for me. Ever since this album has regularly brightened up a rainy afternoon in my classroom slogging through marking. It showcases a wide variety of styles and performers but what is always consistent is the sky high standard of musicianship and infectious rhythms. If you have never listened to latin music I urge you to give it a go.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8c6u4PFKg_o (El Carretero)
Three great tracks: Chan Chan, Y Tú Qué Has Hecho?, ElCarretero
Like this? You may also like: Ibrahim Ferrer; Omara Portuondo; Rubén Gonzaléz
Rating: 81/2 out of 10