Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Hump Day Shuffle: Prologue

Good bloggers start lazy trends, reliable bloggers jump on those trends right away, and your more laid-back bloggers tend to saddle up just as those trends are starting to smell pretty ripe.

So here's Catfish Vegas' take on the "pick a favorite album from every year you've been alive" meme. (Others are here, here, here, here, here and of course here.)

And this is just a prologue to the first weekly feature here at Catfish Vegas presents..., another void-of-originality exercise: The Weekly Shuffle, ten songs chosen at random by iTunes, going year by year, starting next week with 1979 and ending precisely 29 weeks later with 2008 (though I'll probably start easing into the whole Turning 30 thing by giving a bonus week of shuffle that represents the first seven weeks or so of 2009, so, you know, get ready to embrace that...)

The weakest musical year of my lifetime? 1981. The best? 1993. Other greats were 1979, 1984, 1991 and it's probably just 'cause I'm paying closer attention, but every year this decade has delivered numerous top-quality albums. And I don't get to cheat and list runners-up or anything, meaning you'll never know if your own favorite lost in a dead heat to the one you see here, so no complaining.

Here goes:

1979 - John Stewart - Bombs Away Dream Babies
1980 - Bruce Springsteen - The River
1981 - X - Wild Gift
1982 - Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes
1983 - Meat Puppets - Meat Puppets II
1984 - R.E.M. - Reckoning
1985 - Giant Sand - Valley of Rain
1986 - Paul Simon - Graceland
1987 - Replacements - Pleased to Meet Me
1988 - Billy Bragg - Workers' Playtime
1989 - Pixies - Doolittle
1990 - Social Distortion - Social Distortion
1991 - U2 - Achtung Baby
1992 - Dr. Dre - The Chronic
1993 - Uncle Tupelo - Anodyne
1994 - Soul Coughing - Ruby Vroom
1995 - Jayhawks - Tomorrow the Green Grass
1996 - Refreshments - Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy
1997 - Bob Dylan - Time Out of Mind
1998 - Beck - Mutations XO
1999 - Wilco - Summerteeth
2000 - Steve Earle - Transcendental Blues
2001 - Old 97s - Satellite Rides
2002 - Neko Case - Blacklisted
2003 - Calexico - Feast of Wire
2004 - Modest Mouse - Good News For People Who Love Bad News
2005 - Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy
2006 - Band of Horses - Everything All The Time
2007 - Feist - The Reminder
2008 - The Hold Steady - Stay Positive

John Stewart - Gold
Uncle Tupelo - Slate
U2 - Ultraviolet (Light My Way)


comoprozac said...

Interesting list. I look forward to your future projects.

I'm surprised by the Replacements and U2 picks.

Soul Coughing seems to be enjoying a bit of a comeback. I've seen and heard that several bands are covering SC songs in concert lately.

Kevin said...

Awesome list. I was just listening to the Chronic last night in the car. And I really love Summerteeth.

Catfish Vegas said...

It's a fun exercise - and I realized just how much some otherwise second-rate albums meant to me for a lot of the teenage years. Those were the toughest ones to chose against.