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Off Topic: My Favorite Music

Today is a travel day for me, so here is some off-topic amusement, a list of my favorite songs and albums of all time.

Note that I also love classical music, particularly Mozart and Mahler, but today we'll stick with the rock genre.

Most of this is stuff that influenced me when I was growing up.

10) TIE, "Big Bottom" and "Sex Farm" by Spinal Tap. HAHAHAHA. The only 80s hair metal band that people will listen to twenty years from now. And they are fake.
9) "Dazzle" by Siouxsie and the Banshees. The strings, and her voice...I could listen to this song for hours, and have done so.
8) "Hummingbird" by B.B. King. Love the imagery of love here, and the gospel singers at the end get to my heart every time.
7) "After the Gold Rush": by Neil Young.
6) "Synchronicity II": by the Police. Suburban alienation and a hard driving beat. The Loch Ness Monster imagery represents the "stuff under the surface" of the protagonist's mind that can no longer be suppressed.
5) "Crimson and Clover": the Joan Jett cover version. Lust music at its best.
4) "Violet" by Hole. Pure rage.
3) "Comfortably Numb" by Pink Floyd. This song is not about drugs.
2) "The Final Cut" by Pink Floyd. "There's a kid who had a big hallucination."
1) "Across the Universe": by the Beatles. The first song that ever actually expressed what I felt about things spiritually, this helped keep me sane during a difficult period in high school. It did more good for me than the hymns in church ever did.

The last five are very important to me. Lust, anger, alienation, fear...but in the end, Love. I use music for emotional purgation.

10) Abbey Road, The Beatles
9) Let it Be, The Beatles
8) The Doors, by The Doors
7) Amused to Death, Roger Waters
6) Live Through This, Hole
5) Decade, Neil Young
4) Synchronicity, the Police
3) Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd
2) The Wall, Pink Floyd
1) The Final Cut, Pink Floyd: I know a lot of people don't like this one, but I find it completely brilliant, even more now that I'm old enough to understand it better.

Favorite rock lyricist and general musician of all time is Roger Waters, without question. Favorite guitarists are David Gilmour, Eric Clapton, Joe Walsh, and Jeff Beck. Other artists/groups I greatly respect though they don't place a specific item on the list above include Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Jefferson Airplane (Jefferson Airplane, not that Starship crap), Kurt Cobain, The Smiths, Green Day, and Weird Al Yankovic, who is a total genius.