Whatever happened to the Erik Gonzalez 100? #96-91

So, I got a little sidetracked from the Erik Gonzalez 100 – my list of my 100 favorite albums of all time. Now, I’m going try to catchup by posting much shorter comments on each album until we get near the top.

Here goes:

#96 The Faint: Danse Macabre (Saddle Creek Records – 2001) One of the best post-punk electroclash albums ever, sick and slick as everything. The band seems to have lost focus since then, but it is still get listen. Best Songs: “Glass Danse”, “Agenda Suicide”, “Your Retro Career Melted”, “Let the Poison Spill from Your Throat”. EG100 Score: 78.00

#95 Unicorns: Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone? (Alien8 – 2004) – Mischievous and infectious at the same time. It might be close to the perfect nerdcore album (we’ll see the perfect one later on). Best Songs: “I was Born (a Unicorn)”, “Tuff Ghost”, “Sea Ghost”. EG100 Score: 78.014

#94 Curve: Doppelganger (Virgin – 1992) – They lost their fame to Butch Vig’s Garbage, who was more or less a clone of Curve. Toni Halladay was also possibly the hottest modern rock vixen this side of Tanya Donelly in the early ’90s. Best Songs: “Already Yours”, “Fait Accompli”, “Horror Head”. EK 100 Score: 78.123

#93 Billy Bragg: Talking to the Taxman about Poetry (Elektra – 1986) – Billy begins to get a more robust sound after his “electric guitar and mic” days. An excellent mix of love & politics (as the title might imply). Best Songs: “Greetings from the New Brunette”, “There is Power in a Union”, “Help Save the Youth of America”, “The Marriage”. EK100 Score: 78.291

#92 Nirvana: Nevermind (DGC – 1991) – Ok, yes, this seems really low for the seminal album of the ’90s, but I actually rank the Nirvana discography differently than most people (as you will see later). Don’t get me wrong, it is a fabulous, music-changing album, but … Best Songs: “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, “In Bloom”, “Something in the Way”, “Breed”. EK100 Score: 78.326

#91 M.I.A.: Arular (Interscope – 2005) – You probably either love the album or hate it, but M.I.A. is definitely ear-catching. The album is sort of patchy and is plagued with dreaded  “skits”, but the good songs are grrrreat. Best Songs: “10$”, “Galang”, “Sunshowers”, “Fire Fire”. EK100 Score: 78.375.


EK100 Preview (of sorts)

I have almost completed my Erik Gonzalez 100 and will likely start posting the list in the next week or so, but to get things rolling, I will post my top 10 favorite “Live” albums. I didn’t count live albums in my EK100 (except for one exceptional case), so this list is separate from the Top 100 for the most part. I feel I should mention that, on the whole, I don’t get too excited about live albums, I mean, not like the rabid Phish or Pearl Jam fans out there who want to own every concert the band has ever performed. Mostly, I feel that live albums can be a bit of a bore, but these stand out in my mind. Feel free to comment, but remember what rules I’m playing by here if you’re upset I left something out.

EK100 Top 10 Live Albums

  1. Johnny Cash – At San Quentin/At Folsom Prison
  2. Ministry – In Case You Didn’t Feel Like Showing Up
  3. Nirvana – Unplugged in New York
  4. They Might Be Giants – Severe Tire Damage
  5. Built to Spill – Live
  6. Mighty Mighty Bosstones – Live at the Middle East
  7. The Police – Live!
  8. Depeche Mode – 101
  9. Rufus Wainwright – Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall
  10. Morrissey – Live at Earls Court
Johnny Cash Live