Month: August 2016

“Copper Blue” by Sugar (No. 60)

Sugar‘s debut album, Copper Blue is a fusion of metal and melody, full of joyful noise and irresistible poppy compositions. Sugar is Bob Mould‘s follow-up to Hüsker Dü, and you can hear the logical progression from tunes like “Makes No Sense At All” to Copper Blue. But Copper Blue...

“God Shuffled His Feet” by Crash Test Dummies (No. 62)

You have to love an album that asks the important questions, like how does a duck know which direction south is, and whether you have to get your hair cut in heaven. God Shuffled His Feet is full of little things to ponder, and strong pop tendencies. The Crash...

“Stunt” by Barenaked Ladies (No. 64)

It’s unclear to me when I first heard the Barenaked Ladies. It feels like I was introduced to the band through a sort of osmosis, hearing their tunes in the background for a long time before I really noted them as a band I should check out. Stunt is...

“Everything Under the Sun” by Jukebox the Ghost (No. 65)

The band behind today’s album may have the distinction of having the oddest name in the entire lineup. Naming aside, the trio produces amazing piano-based pop, and Everything Under the Sun is a fantastic snapshot of their work. The band consists of Ben Thornewill (piano, vocals), Tommy Siegel (guitar/bass,...

“Your Arsenal” by Morrissey (No. 66)

When I first got my hands on Your Arsenal back in 1992, I knew from the first few notes of “You’re Gonna Need Someone on Your Side” that it’d be a winner. No disrespect to Moz, but it’s tough to carry a band with vocals and lyrics alone. Johnny...

“Puzzle” by Dada (No. 67)

The early 90s were a great time for music. Not only were there a lot of really interesting bands putting out albums, it was the first time in my life that I actually had a fair amount of disposable income to drop on new music. Those factors combined meant...

“All of this and Nothing” by Psychedelic Furs (No. 68)

Thank goodness for Columbia House. The “12 cassettes for a penny” deals helped me build a healthy music collection back when I was a teen with minimal spending cash. That’s how I landed All of this and Nothing, the Psychedelic Furs compilation album that serves as a fairly comprehensive...