Monday, August 13, 2007

Top 5 Self Titled Albums

A musician (who exactly I can't recall) once said "Life's too short for self titled albums." I couldn't agree more. There are simply too many great options for album titles to go around using one's band name. But every now and again these eponymous albums turn out just ducky in spite of the lack of care in titles. Here's my top 5.

5. Paul Simon (1972) -
Paul Simon would be more expansive in his solo career but he was rarely as melodicly satisfying as on his solo debut.

4. The Velvet Underground (1969) -
The album that perhaps carries the imprint of the Velvet Underground's droney and downcast reputation more than any other also happens to be packed with Lou Reed's most emotive songs written for the band. The album finds the band finding the true balance of their clanging with the subdued sense of tone later copped by R.E.M. and millions of other bands.

3. Suicide (1977) -
In the year of punk Suicide decided to take the next step. Rather than pumping songs like "Ghost Rider" and "Cheree" with punk distorted power chords and howls they created a burbling synth record. Some of the creepiest music of the generally creepy post punk genre.

2. Weezer (1994) -
The most well crafted guitar pop album of the 90's (possibly ever) was also one of the most blandly packaged hits of that decade. It happens to remain one of the most listenable albums of the Alternative Nation and a perfect entry point for most pre-teens to the world of indie-geek chic.

1. The Modern Lovers (1976) -
Maybe I just make lists to talk about how amazing this pre-punk album is. Not a spec of fat on this album that includes it's lack of a title. Jonathan Richman was one of the finest songwriters of all time if for only this albums 12 tracks.

Some Honorable mentions:
Ramones (1976), The Beatles (1968), They Might Be Giants (1986), The Clash (1977), Liars (2007), The Velvet Underground and Nico (1967), LCD Soundsystem (2005).

Labels: , , , , , , , ,


Blogger Pol Dodu said...

As you probably know The Modern Lovers is not a "proper" album. It's a compilation of previously unreleased tracks released after the fact.
If you were to choose a self-titled Jonathan Richman album, I'd say you'd have no choice but to go for Jonathan Richman, the album he released in 1989 and recorded 99% solo.

11:56 AM  
Blogger Tim Duffy said...

I can't help but consider it an album proper as many other well respected pubs do. But I appreciate your opinion.

3:06 PM  
Blogger PB said...

I thought honorable mentions were cheating.

What's with your love of Paul Simon by the way?

I thought someone who is as big a TV on the Radio fan as you would realize that Peter Gabriel has at least 3 self-titled albums.

1:55 AM  
Blogger Tim Duffy said...

Paul, why are you so lonely? Honorable mentions are cheating when you post like 20. Paul Simon is amazing, at least on a handful of albums. I will not dignify your Peter Gabriel comments with a response.

10:17 AM  
Blogger Dfactor said...

Your Pop Tarts bro mentioned The Clash. Fine choice.

But I add...
Cheap Trick - Cheap Trick
Killing Joke - Killing Joke

thanks to...

2:24 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home