“The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss” by Whitehorse (No. 90)

Not only do The Barenaked Ladies put on one hell of a live show, they also have impeccable taste in opening bands. I've seen BNL live four times in the past five or six years, and they haven't missed yet. The past two years, they've had legends like Colin Hay, OMD, Howard Jones, and the … Continue reading “The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss” by Whitehorse (No. 90)

“Red Sails in the Sunset” by Midnight Oil (No. 91)

Midnight Oil's breakthrough in the United States came with "Beds Are Burning," off Diesel and Dust. That's a fine album, as are many in Midnight Oil's catalog, but Red Sails in the Sunset is the album I reach for most often. Sunset preceded Diesel by three years, and while both albums are excellent representations of … Continue reading “Red Sails in the Sunset” by Midnight Oil (No. 91)

“World Outside” by Psychedelic Furs (No. 94)

The Psychedelic Furs' 1991 swan song, World Outside has been one of my go-to albums since its release. The Furs snuck this one in just before grunge, industrial, and second (or maybe third) wave punk took over the alternative music world. Released in July 1991, Pearl Jam's Ten and Nirvana's Nevermind came out in September … Continue reading “World Outside” by Psychedelic Furs (No. 94)

“All the Roadrunning” by Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris (No. 95)

Mark Knopfler has a tendency to make magic when he picks up a guitar. If he's written a bad song or recorded a dud, I'm not aware of it. His work with Dire Straits, his solo work, and work composing film scores (I love the Wag the Dog soundtrack) is all fantastic. So when I … Continue reading “All the Roadrunning” by Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris (No. 95)

“Prison” by Steven Jessie Bernstein (No. 99)

The second entry in my top 100, Steven Jesse Bernstein's Prison, takes a sharp and dark turn away from the late-80s poppy techno vibe of Information Society. Sometime in the early 90s, after learning about my love of Charles Bukowski's work, and Henry Rollins' books, gave me a dubbed cassette of Prison. If you like those, he said, you'll … Continue reading “Prison” by Steven Jessie Bernstein (No. 99)