From: De Angela Duff (deangela_at_mindspring.com)
Date: 2004-05-19 00:13:11
>you can't pick any generally considered timeless classix, i.e.,
>black brown and beige, love supreme, kind of blue, innvervisions,
>and the likeŠ these have to be releases from "our" eraŠ i.e., the aj
>era andŠ u can't pimp your new favorite, i.e. nsm, dkd, etcŠ
what a great thread. I haven't been this excited about one for
months. for me, old drum and bass always puts a smile on my face.
Whenever, I'm down I listen to drum and bass (or the Doors (Jim
Morrison and his rhyming lyrics are pretty funny), I find it
uplifting and there are some jamiroquai and dj shadow songs that do
so, but not a whole album, but here goes:
off the bat, any Omar, Luke Vibert/Wagon Christ/Plug/etc, etc, etc or
Outkast CD will get a smile on my face pretty quick, but to choose
specific albums (impossible for me for Outkast! hey, I'm a southern
girl, living in Philly, when I want to connect with my roots and hear
my vernacular, I slap one of those on), that pretty much never leave
my playlist even though they are old:
1. DJ Kicks: Kemistry and Storm
(If you could wear out a CD like a vinyl record, this would be the one for me.
I played this over and over and over and over and over, and even
moreso after Kemistry died unexpectedly. Bill Riley's "Closing In"
contained the words: Now time is close at hand / death be starring. I
don't know if I heard them right, but that's what I always thought
they were, and it just made me value life more due to her death and
my state of mind at the time. I don't play it so much any more, but I
usually have a hankering for it more often than other old albums.
2. J Majik: It's a tie between infrastructure and nightvision
(I can play these two compilations every day for a month and still
not get tired of them because I have done so. I play one of these
almost weekly for over a year now)
3. Plug: Drum 'N Bass for Papa
(of everything listed here, this probably puts the biggest smile on
my face. only luke vibert could twist drum 'n bass up like this and
make it his own.
brilliant in my opinion. he's just so quirky, kitschy, fun. you gotta love him.
if i had to pick only one luke vibert cd to take with me on a desert
island, this would be the one.
4. Fishbone: Give a Monkey a Brain and He'll Swear He's the Center
of the Universe (The Warmth of Your Breath and Drunk Skitzo are
absolutely hilarious. Even though Chim Chim's Badass Revenge is very,
very close with beergut, monkey dick, and alcoholic.)
5. Nicolette: Let No One Live Rent Free in Your Head
(this is the only thing I've ever liked by plaid; her vocals are
amazing. I've been playing this one since I got it). this also gets
my vote for best album title even though Clifford Gilberto's I was
young and I needed the money is close behind.
6. Lewis Taylor: Lewis II
(semi-happy lewis. no one croons like lewis, not even prince)
7. Omar: Music
(it is very hard to pick just one omar album, almost impossible, but
if I had to...)
8. Vincent Gallo: When
(very simple, but visceral at the same time. never get tired of this one.)
9. Doyle Bramhall II: Jellycream
(great guitarist/great singer/great songwriter/great album. it must
be when eric clapton records two of the songs off of this album on
the next album he recorded after he heard this, and got Doyle to play
on his album and took him on tour.)
10. Goldie: Timeless
(i feel like I'm in another world/another dimension. very much a
concept album. It was my virgin drum 'n bass experience. I was
Snoop Dogg's debut, Doggystyle
(when this came out, I was like finally someone who sounds country)
Common: one day it'll all make sense
(stolen moments pt. 1 and 2, cracks me up every time)
Writing about these albums, put a huge smile on my face. Let me go play 'em.
Thanks for the thread, again.