We are excited this morning to bring you the second edition of our newest weekly feature. For those of you who missed our inaugural edition with Danny Balis last week, in these weekly posts we are calling The Guestlist, we are inviting local musicians (and the occasional national act) to come up with a clever category and then to tell us about their top 5 songs in said category, hence the clever title.
This week's Guestlist comes from The O's guitar/bass drum/vocalist/hell-raiser Taylor Young. Their fantastic debut album "We Are the O's" released back in February has been called, among other things, "gritty and raw like a Texas sunburn". Hell, our own Jennifer Hudson was a pretty big fan as well. Anyway, without further ado:
"My Five Most Listened To Pop/Rock Albums of the 70's, 80's, and 90's" by Taylor Young
5. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses (1989)
The debut release for this short-lived Britpop band. They reinvented the Manchester sound at the end of the 80's moving into the 90's while Ian Brown changed the way a front man should act. Unfortunately, legal troubles with record label Silvertone (Sony) meant a five year delay to their follow-up; produced by John Leckie.
4. Nick Lowe - Jesus of Cool (1978)
His self-produced debut album. The blueprint for what would be known as power-pop. Clever lyrics with a firm foot in the back catalog of great Rock and Roll. Every band worth their salt should listen to "Heart of the City" live. Hit after hit.
3. Swervedriver - Mezcal Head (1993)
Screaming loud guitars and reckless drumming with beautiful songs, eerie harmonies and great arrangements. Huge choruses sneak up and explode in your ears with the help of Alan Moulder's production work. All held together by Adam Franklin's "living-dead vocals", an amazing album.
2. Fleetwood Mac - Tusk (1979)
This album, the much anticipated follow-up to the multi-platinum Rumors, sounds like Lindsey Buckingham completely turning his back on commerciality. His sense of abandon can be heard all over. The only things reminding you this is a Fleetwood Mac album are the vocal appearances of McVie and Nicks. I can't stand the title track, and can't stop listening to the rest.
1. Rollerskate Skinny - Horsedrawn Wishes (1996)
Rock Critics, always fumbling for adjectives and superlatives, have used every word in Roget's Thesaurus to describe Irish Alternative-rock quartet Rollerskate Skinny, so I'm not gonna try. I hear something different every listen and love it a little more day by day. Jimi Shields, brother of Kevin Shield (My Bloody Valentine) is on lead guitar, but who really cares. Just go buy it.
-Cory Coleman [c]/=w=