Tuesday, February 5, 2008
15 Perfect Albums: There is No Argument
Perhaps this was a little over-ambitious, but my friend Jack-O and I tried to make a list of all the perfect albums ever recorded. We got exactly 45, with a few honorable mentions we called "Number Twos." When the list was complete (read: when we got to our Super Bowl party), we felt it necessary to immortalize our findings.
First, we set the parameters.
Rule number 1: Just because someone is dead doesn't mean their album is great (sorry, Jeff Buckley).
Rule number 2: Even one bad song keeps an album off this list (hence all the Number Twos).
Rule number 3: Live albums don't count. This point was crucial, as Jack-O is the single most idiotically fanatical Grateful Dead fan in New York, and rule number 3 let me keep them off the list.
Then, we massaged our egos.
Assumption number 1: This list is completely exhaustive. We left nothing off, and anything not on the list doesn't deserve to be.
Assumption number 2: This list is completely correct.
Assumption number 3: You will agree with this list.
Then, we watched the Super Bowl.
Observation number 1: The Giants didn't win; the Pats lost.
Observation number 2: The commercials were terrible.
Observation number 3: Someone said Tom Petty, who performed at halftime, looked "like a Nazir." Good times.
For the sake of presenting our choices in no particular order, here are the first 15. The next completely random grouping will be posted later.
1 Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
2 Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
3 The Postal Service - Give Up
4 Puff Daddy & The Family - No Way Out
5-6 Neil Young - Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, Harvest
7 Ben Harper - Welcome to the Cruel World
8-9 Radiohead - OK Computer, Hail to the Thief
10 Paul Simon - Graceland
11 Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy
12 Metallica - Master of Puppets
13-14 Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life, Innervisions
15 The Counting Crows - August and Everything After
16-30 coming soon...get ready, world.
Stay Stupefying, Super Bowl