Tangredi, Lead Vocals
Born January 1 1959
25 Records Tthat
Made Me Who I Am Today
Trying to pare down
50 years of music listening to 25 choices is pretty tortuous for a music
junkie. So to make up for it I have cheated where every possible in order
to add as many names as possible. Probably my first vivid memory of liking
music would have to be listening to the radio and hearing the Beatles.
I checked the internet and the Beatles released "I Saw Her Standing
There" in Canada in 1964, which would have made me 5 years old. That
is my first memory of hearing and loving a song (see how I am cheating
already). I have tried to keep this list in a chronological order to give
you an idea of what I was listening to at what particular age ... as best
as I can remember it. In some cases I was listening to albums long after
they had been released so I tried to approximate my age.
- The Beatles - Hey
Jude/Revolution 45rpm (1968/9 yrs. old)
I mention this single but it was just one of many that I had as a kid.
I used to get a buck a week allowance, and the cost of a 45 was essentially
a buck. To me the golden age of AM radio was the late 60's. Perhaps
every kid feels this way but I would have to say that the late sixties
was a very cool time to listen to music. You had the British rock explosion
with The Beatles, Stones, Kinks, The Who and many more. You also had
all the fantastic Soul music coming out of Motown and Stax along with
great soul/rock hybrids like Sly and the family Stone, Jimi Hendrix
and Santana. Add to that cross over country acts like Johnny Cash and
just weird shit novelty acts like Tiny Tim. To me it was also just a
great period for pop music in general. It was one big funky stew. To
me the Hey Jude 45 epitomizes this time, over 7 minutes of ecstatic
screaming glory on one side, and the kick ass version of Revolution
on the other. Both sides got huge radio airplay.
- Elvis Presley
- 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong (1959/approx. 8 or 9)
Probably my first LP. I (like every kid) had lots of exposure to Elvis.
Saw him on TV a lot and went to see his movies. This album was a greatest
hits collection. All great songs and a great LP cover to boot of Elvis
in Gold pajamas.
- The Beatles - Beatles
65 (65/approx. 8 or 9)
I think this is the first LP I bought. When I got it, it was already
3 or 4 years old. I probably bought it used or at a cut rate price.
Great album though. I still listen to it today. "I'm a Loser"
by John Lennon is one of my fave Beatles songs
lyrics that cut
to the bone. Of course this was just the beginning of my love affair
with the Beatles. The next LP I got by them was "Magical Mystery
Tour" (1967) (also used, also not current at the time. The first
Beatles LP that I got when it was released was "Let it Be"
which was their last (released) in 1970.
- Alice Cooper -.
Killer (1971/12yrs old) Billion Dollar Babies (1973/ 14 yrs old)
Okay, when I was in grade eight Alice Cooper was "HUGE." He
had lots of hits on the radio (including "School's Out" 1972)
and even came and played at the London Arena. My friend Graeme Fenwick
had a lot of his LPs and we would sit downstairs in his cool psychedelic
pad and dig Alice. That was also my first introduction to Frank Zappa
and Shel Silverstein.
- David Bowie -
The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust (1972/13 years old)
When I was in grade 7/8 I met a guy named Gary Williamson at Empress
public school. He had two older brothers named Rick and Terry who had
a fantastic record collection. They had a lot of Stones so it was my
first introduction to many of their LPs like "Beggars Banquet"
(1968) and "Let it Bleed" (1969). They also introduced me
to David Bowie and Roxy Music. I listed "Ziggy Stardust,"
which is my favourite of many great LP's I had by Bowie while I was
still a teenager including: "Hunky Dory" (1971)," Pin
Ups" (1973), "Aladdin Sane" (1973), "Diamond Dogs"
(1974), "David Live" (1974), and "Young Americans"
(1975). "Station to Station" (1976).
- John Lennon -
Imagine (1975/16 yrs)/George Harrison - Living in a Material World (76/17yrs
After the Beatles broke up I had to be content with their solo projects.
"Imagine" is the first solo album I heard by Lennon. I love
the whole thing. "Living In A Material World" really struck
a chord with me when I was a teenager. I loved listening to music on
the headphones and this was one of my favourites.
- The Kinks - The
Kinks Present a Soap Opera (1975 /16 yrs old)/School Boys in Disgrace
(1975/16 yrs old)
Of course I had heard the Kinks on the radio growing up but the first
time I got to hear there LP's like "Everybody's in Showbiz"
(1972) was at the Williamson's place. I love their mid-seventies stuff
especially these two albums which are quirky little rock operas. This
brings up the whole enjoyment of listening to albums during the seventies.
You could kick back, put on your headphones, and check out the album
art, read the lyrics (which often told a story) and for an hour you
could be sucked into another world that was interactive and worked on
many different artistic planes.
- Led Zeppelin -
Houses of the Holy (1973/ approx. 16yrs old)/Physical Graffiti (1975/16yrs
When I got to high school I started to realize that the music I was
listening to at the Williamson's was not necessarily what was really
popular at school. So I started to hear what was popular with some of
the new friends I made. Of course Zeppelin was huge and these two LPs
were my faves by them. There was also stuff like Yes and Genesis and
the kind of stuff that appealed to stoners. A slightly amusing anecdote:
I went to a high school party and heard the song "Vicious"
from "Lou Reed Live" (1975). I went into the bedroom to see
who this brilliant song was by, and an open copy of "The Lamb Lies
Down On Broadway" (1974) was beside the stereo. I went and bought
that album. I liked the album a lot, but I eventually found Lou ...
and I love Lou.
- John Lennon -
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970/approx. 17 yrs. old)
When I was in High school I went tobacco picking one year and a British
guy I was working with suggested I should buy this LP since I was a
Lennon fan. Of course this is probably the best Lennon LP. Stripped
bare (surprising since it was co-produced by Phil Spector) with very
raw emotions. Great songs, hard to pick my favourite, but "Mother,"
"Isolation," and "Working Class Hero" are all up
- Bruce Springsteen
- Born To Run (1975/16yrs old)
At this point I was still listening to AM radio. I didn't have a receiver
or FM cable so I had no idea what was going on there. "Born to
Run" hit the airwaves with the title track, and at the time there
was nothing like it on the radio. I loved this whole album. I liked
the whole romantic imagery of losers looking for love and trying to
escape their fate. A few years previous to Born to Run I also bought
"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" (1973/14 yrs old) and "Band
On The Run" (1973/14 yrs old) both of which had lots of AM air
play and sold a bazillion copies. I still love both those albums. Eventually
though, the radio just didn't do it for me anymore and I started to
get annoyed with the fact that AM radio did not play a lot of the music
that I really liked.
- The Sex Pistols
- Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols (1977/18 yrs old)
And so it begins. I had been reading about punk long before I actually
got to hear any of it. The magazines I read made it seem very enticing.
When I first heard "Never Mind the Bollocks" me and my buddy
Gus Lukas burst out laughing. I don't know if Gus was laughing for the
same reason as me, but I thought it was brilliant ... totally audacious
... unlike anything I had heard then or since. You can see how the stars
aligned for me here because I turned eighteen at the same time this
album was released, which was also about the same time the Demics started
playing locally. At that time eighteen was the age of majority in Ontario.
I saw the Demics play at least a hundred times and absolutely loved
every minute of it. However, their recordings are not included in this
list as I didn't really feel like they were a good representation of
- The Clash - The
Clash (1977/18 yrs old)
The Clash's first album was among four LP's that I played the crap out
of , including Eddie and the Hot Rods "Teenage Depression"
(1976), The Vibrators "Pure Mania" (1977) and "Never
Mind the Bullocks": all killer shit. At the time I had a pretty
big record collection but I only wanted to play those four albums. We
would have parties (me and John Warner on Empress Ave.) and I would
have to fight people away from the record player. They all wanted to
hear Led Zeppelin or whatever. Eventually I got sick of that and just
sold the majority of my record collection.
- Lou Reed - Street
Hassle (1977/18 yrs old)
Dark and beautiful, and quite the opposite of what I was listening to
at the time (see number 12), I bought this album also when I was living
on Empress Ave. It was not the same tempo as the punk stuff, but it
was in the same head space. At this point I feel like I should at the
very least mention The Velvet Underground. Every one of their albums
could be on this list.
- Television - Marquee
Moon (1977/18 yrs old)
During my initiation into the world of punk I was introduced to a lot
of music I had never heard before; everything from Karlheinz Stockhausen
to the Flaming Poodles. What a great time. I would just grab stuff off
the shelves and it all seemed brilliant. So it was not like I was just
listening to songs that conformed to punk clichés (short and
fast). Marquee Moon has long meandering guitar solos and abstract lyrics.
It was one of my favourites of a lot of art fart/quirky rock that was
also coming out of the Punk/New Wave scene. Stuff like: "Marquee
Moon," "Talking Heads 77," XTC "Go 2" (1978)
Pere Ubu's "The Modern Dance," (1978) and other off the wall
- The Ramones -
Rocket to Russia (1977/18 yrs old)
Gotta' mention the Ramones ...are you CRAZY!! This is my fave LP by
- Bob Marley - Bob
Marley Live! (1975/ approx 18 yrs old)
In the early days of the Demics somebody made up a compilation tape
of punk stuff that used to get played in-between sets, that tape also
contained the live version of "No Woman, No Cry." It was hypnotic
and beautiful, and one of the impetuses for a life long love affair
with reggae music. I love Bob's entire catalogue.
- Iggy Pop -Lust
for Life (1977/approx. age 19)
Certain people who predated punk were quite popular with the punks.
People like: Lou Reed, John Cale, Eno, David Bowie, Jonathan Richmond,
the New York Dolls, Ian Hunter and of course Iggy. This is just one
of many Iggy LPs put out in the seventies. Some are better than others,
but they all have a least a few great tracks. "Lust For Life"
is probably the best of the batch. Stand out tracks for me are the killer
title track, "Success" and "Turn Blue" which is
- Bob Dylan - Slow
Train Coming (1979/20 yrs old)
In 1979 during the punk explosion Bob Dylan released his overtly Christian
LP "Slow Train Coming". We (Darko, Billy, Gil) played the
shit out of this album at the Crash 80's band houses. Great songs and
Bob often seems to be wrenching them out of his gut. Eventually I bought
all of Bob's albums of which there is too much brilliant shit to count.
But stand outs include "Blood On The Tracks" (1975) and "Blonde
on Blonde" (1966). I also love every LP he did in his "Christian
- Talking Heads
- Remain In Light (1980/ 21 yrs old)/ Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
(1979/ approx. 22 yrs old)/Gang of Four - Entertainment (1979/approx.
22 yrs old)
Ok, we are getting into the eighties here. I realize I am getting to
the end of my 25 picks so I am trying to jam a whole load of shit in.
"Remain In Light" is the third album that Eno produced for
the Talking Heads. We spent many nights playing this album over and
over. Great grooves, and lots of amazing guitar. "Entertainment"
is also a great ,crazy, disjointed, jagged, crashing guitar LP
great freakin' band. Joy Division, contained lots of heavy pumping bass,
sweeping orchestral movements and doom and gloom. What more does a young
- Various Artists
- Sound d'Afrique (1982/23 yrs. old)
This is a brilliant compilation of African music. I was obsessed with
this album for a long time. I loved how big bands (with up to twenty
members or more) could create very propulsive music but with spaces
you could drive a truck through. This led me later to funky dudes like
Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade.
- Tom Waits - Swordfish
Trombones (1983/ approx. 26).Rain Dogs (1985/ 26 yrs. Old)
Heartbreaking and hilarious, a cacophony of barking dogs, strangled
vocals, and disjointed rhythms, with the occasional beautiful melody
thrown in. Loved them!
- Stevie Wonder
- Innervisions (1973/approx. late twenties) Fulfillingness First Finale
(1974/approx. late twenties) Songs In the Key (1976/approx. late twenties)
Eventually I started listening to the albums of guys that I had heard
in my youth but was unaware of their larger Catalogue. Each of these
three albums is brilliant. In this category you can also add artists
like Al Green. Sly and the Family Stone, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding and
the next artist on the list.
- Van Morrison -
Astral Weeks (1968/approx. late twenties) Moondance (1970/approx. late
Love Van. Love everything he has done. Love these two albums especially,
one being wild and jazzy with just Van's vocals keeping the whole damn
thing from flying off into space, and the other pure pop paradise.
- Robert Johnson
-Robert Johnson the Complete Recordings (1990/originally recorded in
the 1930's/ approx. in my 30's)
I had always been unimpressed with the blues (electric blues especially),
largely because I had only heard it played by crappy white guys (or
maybe I just wasn't listening). Robert Johnson was a revelation. The
lesson I learned from listening to him is that there has always been
crazy/passionate musicians throughout human history in all different
genres ... and when you hear them you want to laugh and cry.
Artists - Ain't That Good News (Specialty records 1969/ approx. 30's)
You may have noticed that I started to get into roots music. Old blues,
rock and roll, soul, country, jazz, reggae whatever ...love discovering
this shit. "Ain't That Good News" was a gospel compilation
that I found at the library. Every artist on this recording is balls
to the wall brilliant. You know ... singers who were the equivalent
of James Brown or Etta James, but were unheard of because they sang
gospel. I love the sparse driving instrumentation of the small groups
with the emphasis on the vocals.
- Lucinda Williams
- Car Wheels On A Gravel Road (1998/39 yrs. old)
This album was released in 1998. That is as far as I could get in the
confines of this format. There is a ton of stuff I would have liked
to have mentioned preceding this album and following, but I am alright
quitting with Lucinda. Great album, great lyrics, great songs ...love
singing along to this album. I also really appreciate this album for
the fact that it was made by an artist who seemed to be peaking in her
forties as apposed to declining.
Those of you who are
very perceptive may have noticed that I cheated by repeating number 24
to band biographies