THE AGONY SHORTHAND 100…….
A handful of times in my life, I’ve been asked to compile a “top albums” or “Desert Island Discs” sort of list, and usually it’s pretty easy to get me to acquiesce to such a request. I’m nothing if not willing to foist my musical opinions on others, and if it gets anyone else to dig deeper into the stuff I already like, well then – how about that. We’ve talked before in this forum about the sort of pathologies that drive individuals to keep such lists in their noggins, and chances are if you’re reading this site it all seems perfectly natural to you, as it does me. Yet I can only usually rattle off 20 classics or so at a time – the life-changers, the ones usually discovered in the teenage years or just thereafter that set you/me on the fanatic course we still cling to. So I decided to go deeper. 100 is a nice number, why not go there? Thus here sits the Agony Shorthand 100 – the hundred best rock and roll albums of all time, or at least the ones I’d save from flames had I the time to meticulously sort through the alphabetized stacks & pull ’em out. In order. Like a true dork.
The only rules for the list are that they have to be “rock” records (bending the rules slightly for 2 John Fahey albums), they have to have been LPs that came out during the artist’s lifetime as an official LP (no greatest hits or posthumous collections allowed), and they have to be righteous & amazing. They also have to represent an honest accounting of my favorites – seriously, I could have thrown on some ultra-obscurities to impress you (even though they wouldn’t have) but that’d be cheating, right? So there’s a lot of Velvet Underground & Stones & Fall & Flesh Eaters in here – because those are my favorite bands when ya get down to it. Maybe yours too. Oh yeah – EPs are allowed. Why not? I also reserve the right to revise the list ten years from now, but I have to say, my list ten years ago would’ve looked a lot like this one (minus CAN and THE KINKS, both of whom I