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Friday, September 09, 2005

What Were The Top Five CD's/Cassettes/8 tracks/Albums That You Listened To When You Were A Senior In High School?

We have all shared a lot about cool music on this website. But I am just curious to know what we all listened to when we were just young'uns. I know that there may be some people who are not much older than a senior in high school and that is okay. I know that some of us may have to think back a long time, but that is also okay. Let's be honest now, and if you had a mullet back then, you might need to share that too. So here is the question:

What were the top five CD's/Cassettes/8 tracks/Albums that you listened to when you were a senior in high school?

Here are my answers and please remember that I grew up in rural Alabama so I deserve a break here. To quote Jeff Foxworthy, you might be a redneck if your top five list from that time includes:

5) Lynyrd Skynyrd, "Pronounced"- I think everybody in Alabama owned this cassette at that time. It was like a rule or something. More people owned this album than they did the Good Book.

4) Hank Williams jr., "Greatest Hits"- I know that it might not be too cool to like old Bocephus, but I still love these old outlaw country songs. I grew up around Talladega Superspeedway and I remember that if you went out there and partied, you would always see a bunch of rebel flags with Hanks picture in the middle. "Why do you drink? - to get drunk. Why do you roll smoke?- to get stoned." Yes that was me screaming out those wonderfully artistic lyrics.

3) Lynyrd Skynyrd, "Second Helping"- Okay now it is official. Anytime there are two Skynyrd albums in somebody's list, you know for sure that they are a redneck.

2) Aeroesmith, "Greatest Hits"- Since this was 1987, you know that this cassette didn't have any of the crap on it that they would later do on it. I still think that "Walk This Way" is one of the greatest rock and roll songs of all time.

1) AC/DC, "Back In Black"- Between the ages of 16 and 18, I don't think I ever rode in a car that did not have this cassette in the cassette player. Everybody owned it and everybody knew every single word to every single song on it. I am not ashamed to admit to Back in Black. I think it might possibly be the best straight up rock and roll album ever.

Now it's your turns. Remember to be honest now. You are among friends.


Blogger HUCK said...

1)Bob Mould, "Workbook
2)Red Hot Chilli Peppers, "Mother's Milk"
2)Drivin n' Cryin, "The Whisper Tames the Lion"
3)The Cult, "Electic"
4)Guns n' Roses, "Appetite for Destruction"

2:08 PM  
Blogger Rex L. Camino said...

1) Pixies, "Doolittle"
2) Lemonheads, "It's a Shame About Ray"
3) Connels, "One Simple Word"
4) Smashing Pumkins, "Gish"
5) Nirvana, "Nevermind"

2:49 PM  
Blogger John H said...

From the antedeluvian period:

1) Out of Heads -Rolling Stones (because it contained 'Satisfaction)
2) Bob Dylan - Subterranean Homesick Blues - 'johnny's in the basement, mixin' up the medicine'
3) Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited - It's alright ma, it's life and life only
4) Sgt. Pepper - Day in the Life..still amazing
5) Herb Alpert - Whipped Cream (it was the cover of the album, trust me)

2:57 PM  
Blogger Glen Dean said...

Huck, Drivin N Cryin. I hear you man. When I got to college, "Mystery Road" was the big album. It had "Straight to Hell" and "Honeysuckle Blue" on it. Is that Cult album the one that had "Wild Flower" on it?

4:36 PM  
Blogger Glen Dean said...

John thats not fair. I mean your stuff is cool even now.

4:37 PM  
Blogger Aunt B said...

1. Nirvana "Nevermind"
2. The Doors "Strange Days"
3. U2 "Actung Baby"
4. The Beatles "Magical Mystery Tour"
5. Hank Jr. "Greatest Hits"

5:14 PM  
Blogger Glen Dean said...

Aunt B. You sweatheart. I can't believe you had Hank jr. Greatest Hits. How cool.

5:21 PM  
Blogger Sharon Cobb said...

okay. my age will show way too much on this one, but screw it.

I went from a freshman in high school to a freshman in college at age 15, so this is what I listened to a lot that year.
Madman Across The Water-Elton John
Harvest-Neil Young
Sticky Fingers--Stones
Days Of Future Past-Moody Blues.
Anything Beatles, of course, all the time.

6:29 PM  
Blogger Sharon Cobb said...

Herb Albert?? Okee dokee.
I *do* remember the cover, which was considered controversial at the time. How funny is that?

6:31 PM  
Blogger Glen Dean said...

Sharon, just curious. Were you one of those really, really smart kids?

7:02 PM  
Blogger John H said...

Glen said to be honest..hormonally speaking, my teenage lust led me to that girl on the cover of Alpert's somewhat corny music..nonetheless, when I hear that trumpet, that girl is right there, if youknowwhatimean...

Glen - not sure if Herb Alpert was ever considered cool, but I was a Stones and Dylan freak from the time I was 12...

8:29 PM  
Blogger dolphin said...

Senior Year in high school?

That'd probably have been:

Caedmon's Call - Caedmon's Call
Caedmon's Call - 40 Acres
Caedmon's Call - My Calm // Your Storm
Jars of Clay - Jars of Clay
Original Broadway Cast recording of RENT.

Yeah I tended to get fixated on a couple bands at a time during that part of my life.

9:27 PM  
Blogger John H said...

Two other albums that I have to include in my senior year musical calvacade (sorry, i know this is more than 5) are: Four Tops Live (Reach out, I'll be there, and 'I can't help myself, sugar pie, honeybunch), and the creme de la creme, Otis Redding live in Europe. I can't believe I left this album off of my original list..The version of 'Try a little tenderness' on this album will make blind men see and the lame walk..it just keeps going and building, and building, and just when you think it's done, the crowd just won't let him quit. The Memphis Horns on that night could have taken down the Jericho wall after one lap...

9:51 PM  
Blogger Kerry Woo said...

Hey Sharon -
Back when music was really, really good .... 1972
Neil Young "Harvest"
Rod Stewart "Every Picture Tells a Story" - I'm Losing You was gritty and sounded great cranked up LOUD even on a AM radio...
Traffic "Low Spark of High Heeled Boys" - Sax and piano with no guitar was innovative sound back then...
The Who - "Who's Next" - teenage wasteland indeed...
Band "Rock of Ages" - double LP heaven... few albums where live is better than studio...
and yes - Beatles all the time!

12:37 AM  
Blogger Sharon Cobb said...

How did I leave out "Every Picture Tells A story?" ARGH! Still one of the best albums ever made. Rod Stewart is so underated as a songwriter. I was thinking about that tonight when I saw him to a rendition of "People Get Ready," Doo-Wap style. And last night I just watched a doxumentary on the Who. I can't believe I left them out as well.
Thank you for bringing to my attention songs/artists/albums I should have mentioned, because I sure listened to them! I'd have to say I wore out "Harvest" in 1972, though.

12:54 AM  
Blogger Sharon Cobb said...

PS...Excuse typos in the last post. I am the typo queen. (Better than the acid queen!)
I looked at your profile, and see you have 183 flix in waiting at Netflix. The Who documentary I just mentioned is from Netflix. I also rented The Joshua Tree. Both documentaries were filmed in 1999. I think you would find them interesting. In both of them, the engineers isolate the tracks, and really show how the songs were made. With U2, the importance of how Edge layers his guitar parts is crucial, while during The Who, Pete's synth work is well demonstrated...especially since they were relatively new. Like The Beatles, they were creating sounds before the actual sounds were electronically created.
Anyhow, thought I'd give you a heads up on two more to add to your list over at Netflix!

1:04 AM  
Blogger Kerry Woo said...

Not only are you a night owl, but you have great taste as well - plus I think I'm the oldest commenter on this blog... which makes you (never mind)

I use to buy my lps at Sears! (Moody Blues, Peter Frampton, etc) until one day I stumbled into a "head shop" in Richmond, VA and saw all of these lp covers I never seen before in my life! - the hippie behind the counter recommended three lps - "Super Session" by Stephen Stills / Michael Bloomfield and Al Kooper; Emerson Lake & Palmers' 1st LP and "Court of the Crimson King" by King Crimson... my defining moment in expanding my musical horizons!

1:08 AM  
Blogger Sharon Cobb said...

A "head shop!" For the younger people on this blog, that has no sexual meaning! A "head shop" is where we hippies hung out that had black lights and posters and roach clips and incense and candles and you could buy a two finger lid (more than an ounce with few stems and mostly buds) for ten dollars. Apparently, inflation hit the pot market as well.

Good taste, Kerry! You know, Al Kooper lived here (Nashville) for the longest time, as did Frampton. I used to bump into both at the Krogers on West End/Harding all the time. Emerson Lake and Palmer...I still listen to "Lucky Man." I think that was the first hit record where the moog synth was so predominant. Actually, I need to strike the "hit record" part. Lucky Man did not chart in the top 40, and "From The Beginning" only made it to #39. Neither song would get airplay, today since they were album cuts. I digress...
King Crimson was mandatory for any self respecting hippie.
BTW...John Hutcheson might be older than you. He was born circa 1952. I was born in 1956(Oct 9...the same as John Lennon) Anyhow, John *might* be the oldest around here, and, it's nice that we are all still rocking!

2:50 AM  
Blogger HUCK said...


Herb Alpert was/is a genius. I've got that lp myself. I had to pick up after falling for Esquivel's bachelor pad coolness.

A little trivia for any of you Soul Asylum fans. "Clam Dip and Other Delights" is a direct rip-off of the Alpert 'Whipcream' album.

"Mystery Road" actually came out in my senior year in highschool. It probably would have made it to number 6 if my list had continued.

...and yes. "Electric" by the Cult is the one with "Wildflower". I still have to dust this one off and crank it up from time to time.

5:54 AM  
Blogger John H said...

Thanks, Sharon, for setting the 'age' record straight..Glad you gave Rod Stewart some props. He has been kind of a parody of himself over the last decade, but in the early 70s, the man put out 4 or 5 great albums, going back to the one with 'Handbags and Gladrags' (great lyrics there) and going thru 'Every Picture Tells a Story Don't it'.

Stewart did a great cover of 'Reason to Believe' somewhere in all that..

Of course, that music was my COLLEGE music, considering I was born in 1952..I'm really hoping that Kerry can top that!

7:05 AM  
Anonymous Sarcastro said...

In random order...
1)Van Halen, "1984"
2)Police "Synchronicity"
3)Pretenders "Learning to Crawl"
4)Don Henley "Building the Perfect Beast"
5)The Who "Quadrophenia"

Honorable mention: Spinal Tap "This is Spinal Tap"

7:36 AM  
Blogger melusina said...

1. The Cure - the Head on the Door
2. Duran Duran - Rio
3. Love and Rockets - Earth, Sun, Moon
4. David Bowie - Low
5. Elton John - Captain Fantastic

I know I was listening to Clannad a lot but I can't remember which album. This could also partially be morphing into what I listened to my first couple of years of college, but these were things I listened to most back then.

8:10 AM  
Blogger Glen Dean said...

Sarcastro, 1984 is a classic. So overall do you prefer the DLR Van Halen or the Hagar Van Halen?

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Sarcastro said...

The class of '84 Sarcastro will heartily endorse the DLR years as being the only true version of Van Halen.

But even the older, wiser, mature Sarcastro looks at the Van Hagar years as being mediocre and uninspiring. Although, they sold a lot of records in a meaningless successful kinda way.

1:48 PM  
Blogger Kat Coble said...

I'm coming late to the party with my pathetic choices because I've been working all day instead of going to the Fair with Sharon. Yet here they are....

1. Meat Loaf-Bat Out Of Hell
2. Abba's Greatest Hits (wore the heck out of Gimme Gimme Gimme)
3. Evita--the CT Wilkinson concept album
4. Dvorak's New World Symphony
5. AC/DC Back In Black

Honourable mention goes to the following singles:
Here I Go Again - White Snake
Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard
Radar Love - Golden Earring
Sister Christian - Night Ranger
Apparently I was a gay biker S&M chick in High School.

3:43 PM  
Anonymous Sarcastro said...

Your Sister Christian pick just gave me a Proust moment. There's a song I haven't heard since I dated the town bimbo. A Remembrance Of Jezebels Past.

The record that I still love, that came out right after High School, was The Honeydrippers, Volume One. I picked it up on cd just the other day. That should be on the list.

4:06 PM  
Blogger Raizor's Edge said...

My five favorite albums my senior year in high school were:

Moments - Boz Scaggs
Silk Degrees - Boz Scaggs
Recall the Beginning - a Journey From Eden - Steve Miller
Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy - Elton John
Band on the Run - Wings

And I still have all five of these.

5:05 PM  
Blogger Sharon Cobb said...

Wings?? Huh...
I've known you over a decade and had no idea...

9:58 PM  
Blogger Joe Powell said...

mind if i jump in here? like the music memories and the blog, but enough suckin up.
(and btw, i found a pristine copy of Whipped Cream in a Goodwill store about 8 years ago -- still had the plastic wrap and the $4 price tag, though i got it fer a cheep 50 cents)
top five my senior year in no order of importance but just the ones most prevalent -
Saturday Night Fever soundtrack
Rush - By-Tor and the Snow Dog
Heart - Little Queen
Styx - Grand Illusion (not my fave but it was everywhere, like the Fever soundtrack)
and a tie for the two i had been listening to for years, Zappa's One Size Fits All and Dylan's Blood On The Tracks (no wonder i found this website)
if memory serves the prom theme was Queen's We Are The Champions -- no, i was not on any committees.
Oh, and Zappa's was the lone 8-track of the pack

10:18 PM  
Blogger Raizor's Edge said...

>>Sharon: Wings?? Huh...
I've known you over a decade and had no idea... <<

At least you didn't pick on the Steve Miller album listed! LOL

Yeah, Sharon, I even owned (gag) Wings Wild Life at one time...

11:09 AM  
Blogger Glen Dean said...

Sarcastro, I remember the HoneyDrippers. That band featured Robert Plant doing fifties music. I think "Sea of Love" was on that album. Good stuff.

You know my number six would probably be Led Zeppelin II.

Also, if this was a top five from when I was 12, the Stray Cats would have made it. Heh!

I noticed a couple of you had Styx and Night Ranger in there. Does anybody remember Damn Yankees, that featured Tommy Shaw from Styx, whats his name from Night Ranger, and the Motor City Madman Ted Nugent?

3:05 PM  
Anonymous Sarcastro said...

Glen, The collected works of Led Zeppelin would have to be the dominant soundtrack to my high school years. No individual album, per se, just everything we could get our hands on.

What is with the Wings busting? Wings Over America was one of the great live albums of all time. Well, maybe just the seventies, but still.

5:02 PM  
Blogger Raizor's Edge said...

>>Sarcastro: What is with the Wings busting? Wings Over America was one of the great live albums of all time. Well, maybe just the seventies, but still.<<

I'm sorry if you thought I was badmouthing Wings. I used to have all the Wings albums. I appreciate the fact that Wings Over America was the concert in its entirity instead of someone at the record company saying, "Oh, people just want to hear these hits."

OTOH, I think Wild Life might well be one of the worst albums a superstar like McCartney ever made. In fact, it might well be one of the worst albums, period.

7:07 PM  
Blogger Sharon Cobb said...

WOA was a great album. I'm just a die hard Beatles fan, and I don't think Paul's material with Wings or on his own has ever come close to the amazing writing he did on Revolver...I think, his most creative period.
Also, toward the end of the Beatles he had some amazing creative bursts. I will say, however, post Beatles, "Maybe I'm Amazed" and "My Love" hold up with any top 20 of all time great love songs.

2:17 PM  
Anonymous Sarcastro said...

I agree with you Sharon, but the other side of the coin is that John's post-Beatle stuff never hit the high water-mark he established earlier in his career, either.

4:36 PM  
Blogger Luna said...

Tom Petty's Greatest Hits
Led Zeppelin II
Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II
Dave Matthews' Crash (I'm showing my age now)
Rolling Stones' Flashpoint

5:44 PM  

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