no way in hell does “rattle and hum” deserve the last spot. there is nothing the band has done since “zooropa” that possibly merits higher placement. the album, although displaying bono at his most pretentious, has aged very well. in my world, “rattle and hum” sits at #3.
damn, i just saw that someone above said the exact same thing. that of course, makes our opinions indisputable.
number 1 and number 2 are dead on. those songs are mastodon distilled into their purest form. nice job on the list.
i’m a big yir supporter. it’s in my top three with ultimate alternative wavers and perfect from now on. it’s a loose and very fun album. it also feels more like a band effort than the usual dug show. it’s the two albums that bookend this one (ancient melodies and there is no enemy) that don’t do it for me.
1. although my version of it differs slightly from neil’s version i absolutely love broken arrow. . i dump the awful jimmy reed track (yeah, i get the bootleg joke), put “loose change” at the end and put in it’s place the b-side from the “big time” single “interstate” (which was recorded during the ragged glory sessions. find an empty highway, partake of some fine herb and crank it. i guarantee this album will climb up the list.
2. “living with war” is indeed an atrocity. however, “living with war raw” is a pretty solid album. it mercifully dumps the backing vocals and the awful “god bless america”. what remains is a pretty fun, admittedly goofy rock album.
3. i’d also move “greendale” up the list. sure, poncho is missing but the story is a good one. the live show with the playbill and the stage show fit in rather nicely. “bandit” is pretty high on my list of favorite neil songs of all-time as well.
ok, a quick #4….i really, really dig psychedelic pill.
1. 7th son
2. piece of mind
3. number of the beast
4. iron maiden
7. somewhere in time
8. brave new world
9. fear of the dark
10. dance of death
11. a matter of life and death
12. the final frontier
13. the x factor
14. no prayer for the dying
15. virtual xi
news flash: universities offer degrees that can open the doors to high paying jobs. you might want to look past the basket weaving 101 course that serves as a capstone to the journalism degree to find one. hint: if the degree has an “a” instead of an “s” after the “b” there’s a good chance you just wasted your time and money. don’t believe me because i’m an “asshole”? mr. toth is the one that pointed out a few examples of worthless degrees. so take his word for it if you won’t take mine.
i certainly don’t advocate getting a toilet paper degree. i forgot there were people out there that considered philosophy and journalism as realistic avenues for employment.
i’m 40 and i agree with the younger dude. nobody is entitled to get paid for music or art or any creative outlet. if you got a dime from your work, consider yourself one of the lucky ones. especially those who made out during the unsustainable industry days. music was never supposed to be about a mountain of cocaine in the scarface mansion. if you want money, get an education.