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Saturday, January 22, 2005

BEST ALTERNATIVE ALBUMS EVER!!! Through January 25, 107.7 THE END is taking votes for the all-time best alternative rock albums. (Go here.)

While I'll acknowledge that my views have some degree of subjectivity involved, I'll post my list.

Alice In Chains: Dirt, Facelift;
Audioslave: Audioslave;
Beastie Boys: Licensed to Ill;
Breeders: Last Splash;
Chemical Brothers: Dig Your Own Hole;
Coldplay: A Rush of Blood to the Head, Parachutes;
Cranberries: Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?;
The Crystal Method: Vegas;
The Cure: Disintegration, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, The Head on the Door;
Depeche Mode: Music for the Masses, Some Great Reward, Violator;
Garbage: Garbage;
INXS: Kick;
Joy Division: Closer, Unknown Pleasures;
Midnight Oil: Diesel and Dust;
Moby: Play;
New Order: Brotherhood, Low Life;
Nine Inch Nails: Pretty Hate Machine, Downward Spiral;
Nirvana: Bleach, In Utero, Nevermind, Unplugged in New York;
Pearl Jam: Ten, Vitalogy, Vs., Yield;
The Pixies: Bossanova, Doolittle, Surfer Rosa, Trompe Le Monde;
Police: Synchronicity;
REM: Green, Out of Time, Automatic for the People;
Radiohead: Kid A, OK Computer, The Bends;
The Smashing Pumpkins: Gish, Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness, Siamese Dream;
The Smiths: Meat is Murder, The Queen is Dead;
Soundgarden: Superunknown, Badmotorfinger, Down on the Upside;
Soundtrack: Singles;
Temple of the Dog: Temple of the Dog;
U2: Achtung Baby, All That You Can’t Leave Behind, Boy,
The Joshua Tree;
Write-in: Yaz: Upstairs at Eric's.

The tricky part in voting here is that there are a number of *classic* alternative tunes that are present on albums that simply aren't strong enough to get my vote. Do keep in mind that I absolutely HATE the music of Green Day, Tool, and a few other bands, so I simply could never vote for them.

Also, I find it hard to believe that they wouldn't give you the option of voting for New Order's Power, Lies and Corruption. That was a BREAKTHROUGH alternative album, featuring that wonderful hit "Blue Monday." Plus, I also think that Moby's Everything is Wrong album could have at least made the list of potential albums, along with Death Cab For Cutie's Transatlantacism, The Cure's Wish album. I may not have voted for any of those, but they probably deserved to make the list. Do note my write-in vote for Yaz (Yazoo) and their album Upstairs at Eric's. That is an EXCELLENT work of early 80's Brit-pop.

And yes, maybe I should've voted for Happy Mondays, Jane's Addiction, David Bowie, Elvis Costello, and a couple of others, but you have to go with the music you know best in voting.

(North Seattle--Green Lake)

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