Our Music Buff, John Seebach, Picks 15 Albums

Our Music Buff, John Seebach, Picks 15 Albums

I was asked to complete this list by a dear friend. I am very intrigued by what I will eventually list, and you can be assured that the list you are reading now has probably gone through several revisions.

If someone out there can’t understand why a particular album made the list, it is probably because I have better musical taste than you. This list is in no particular order and should not be taken as such!

Keep in mind–the albums I am listing, and that you are being asked to list, are those that somehow changed your life, resonated with you most deeply, or that you couldn’t (and perhaps still can’t) get out of your head. These are albums that can transport you instantly to another time, another place, another frame of mind.

1. New Order–Power, Corruption and Lies
2. The Smiths
3. The Cure–Pornography
4. Pixies–Doolittle
5. AC/DC–Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
6. R.E.M.–Fables of the Reconstruction
7. Joy Division–Closer
8. Prince and the Revolution–Purple Rain
9. The Magnetic Fields–House of Tomorrow EP
10. Husker Du–Flip Your Wig
11. The Dandy Warhols Come Down
12. DEVO–Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
13. The Velvet Underground and Nico
14. Love and Rockets–Express
15. Urgh! A Music War!

Questions? Comments?

5 thoughts on “Our Music Buff, John Seebach, Picks 15 Albums

  1. admin

    A great list… I lean more toward ‘Unknown Pleasures’ than ‘Closer’, but that is just personal taste. I just singled out ‘Fables of the Reconstruction’ a while back at aetherchronicles.com. It was an album that introduced me to college rock.

  2. Dr J.P. Schwartz

    Sorry I don’t agree and it isn’t that your taste is better. It is just you are young and don’t know any better! Maybe the Smiths and Devo the Cure and Prince. how bout VERY early Chrissie Hines? Sonic Youth? David Byrne y Brian Eno? How bout them Cramps? Morphine? Gavin Bryers? Holgar Zuchae? Ever HEAR of any of them?
    You have totally ignored the realm of acoustic music, and that is sad. Early Richard and Linda Thompson, Fairport Convention, Ray Wylie Hubbard’s later music, Dave Carter (most likely too erudite for you…) It goes on and on.. Your list is not as sophisticated as you would like us to believe. And Velv. Undgrd and Nico? totally overplayed and mildly overrated, significant more only in the historical sense.

  3. admin

    Yo, Dr. J. I just got one question… are you a medical doctor? If so, I have a funny itch…
    This is by no means a definitive list that John posted, more a jumping-off point for discussion. I appreciate your feedback and invite you to come up with an article about your own tastes…

  4. Matt

    Not a bad list. If I were thinking in the same category I don’t think I could leave out Sisters of Mercy. The Cramps, as Dr. J mentioned would fit well also. I must say, and this may show my age a little too much, that 2 albums for certain that always cause me to reflect on a different era in my life are:

    1.) Marilyn Manson – Anti-Christ Superstar
    Being that I grew up in a religious house, Manson’s biblical antitheticism was heresy in its most delicious
    form. I was addicted to this album.

    2.) The Foo Fighters – The Colour and the Shape
    I have no explanation for why this album remains so nostalgic aside from the general fantastic writing
    and performing that went into making it.