1998 Albums

A lot of people do music-related posts on Fridays (maybe because Friday is a day of joy), so I’m going to follow the trend and do the same – well, at least for this week. Strangely enough, this reminds me of my post from yesterday where I said that nobody should be a snob about their musical tastes. So about the following albums… I’m not going to say that they’re the best in the world (because they’re not) and if you listen to anything else, then your taste is bad (because it’s not). I try not to be a snob when it comes to music.
 
I am going to list a few albums that came out in 1998. Why 1998? I was 10 years old then and I didn’t listen to music much, but when the radio played back then, this was what was on. When I became a teenager, my favorite genre of music was 90s rock, grunge, and post-grunge, and that is still my favorite genre to this day. My theory is that a lot of people enjoy the kind of music that came out when they were children, maybe because it reminds us of our carefree childhood days. Not sure how correct this theory is, but I suppose that’s why it’s a theory. I hear people who were born in the 70s say that anything recorded after 1990 is awful. People who were born in the 30s tend to say that anything recorded after 1950 is terrible, and on it goes.
 
Anyway, after all that babbling, here are those albums.
 
Adore – The Smashing Pumpkins
 
I would not say it’s their best album, not by a long shot, but it’s good music to listen to if you’re in a contemplative mood, or, as I once joked with a fellow Pumpkins fan, if you’re planning to jump off a bridge.
Listen to: “Daphne Descends,” “The Tale of Dusty and Pistol Pete,” and “Pug”
 
Dizzy Up the Girl – Goo Goo Dolls
 
They probably have the stupidest band name of all time, but they make good music. It rocks, it’s emotional, and for some reason, no matter how often I listen to the album, it never gets old.
Listen to: “Black Balloon,” “Bullet Proof,” and “Hate This Place”
 
System of a Down – System of a Down
 
Quirky and full of bizarre ideology, SoAD’s first album is definitely not for everyone. It’s difficult to tell whether the lyrics are hilarious or serious, and often, they can be a bit of both.
Listen to: “Mind,” “Suite-Pee, and “Darts”
 
No Substance – Bad Religion
 
Back in college, I wrote a paper for one of my classes about how music and its lyrics seem to be more aware of the degeneration of society than a lot of other forms of entertainment, and this was one of the albums I wrote about. (The other was Rammstein’s Reise, Reise.)
Listen to: “No Substance,” “The Biggest Killer in American History,” and “At the Mercy of Imbeciles”
 
Oceanborn – Nightwish
 
Nightwish didn’t really get that popular until Evanescence revealed that the Finnish symphonic metal band was one of their big influences… but many do think Nightwish is an Evanescence copycat. My favorite thing about Nightwish is how their albums seem like soundtracks to fantasy novels.
Listen to: “Sleeping Sun,” “Moondance,” and “Passion and the Opera”
 
And some more good albums that came out in 1998:
 
Hellbilly Deluxe – Rob Zombie
Follow the Leader – Korn
Celebrity Skin – Hole (although I’ve never cared for Courtney Love’s public persona)
Yield – Pearl Jam
Americana – The Offspring
 
Happy listening and happy Friday!

Halloween Special

I’ve never liked Halloween. (Probably because I startle easily.) I didn’t even enjoy the holiday when I was a kid – and I was quite an odd child.

Nevertheless, here’s a list of Halloween songs for you to enjoy (or be freaked out by). Titles are links to YouTube videos. So, in no particular order:

1. “Monster” by Skillet

What’s scary about the song is the “scream” at about 2:17 and the fact that the lyrics are about the “monster” within ourselves, whether that be something we can control or something beyond us. The video’s also a little creepy, too – it’s set in a hospital and there’s a bit of a chase going on.

2. “Bring Me to Life” by Wykked Wytch

A frightening cover of the famous Evanesence song, Wykked Wytch’s song starts out slow enough, then the vocals kick in. Decide for yourself whether they’re hilarious or utterly chilling – and yes, that’s a woman singing. The video can be nauseating, so viewer discretion is advised.

3. “Living Dead Girl” by Rob Zombie

I love silent-movie style video for this song. Nearly every song I’ve ever heard by Rob Zombie can be classified as a Halloween song, but this one is especially freaky.

4. “Haunted” by Evanescence

One of my perennial Halloween favorites. There’s no official video for the song, so the link leads to a fan-made video. Listen to this song in a totally dark room and try not to be freaked out.

5. “This is Halloween” by Marilyn Manson

Another cover – the song’s from Tim Burton’s cult classic The Nightmare Before Christmas, but Manson’s collection of altered vocals makes it even more eccentric. It’s been my Halloween theme song for the past two years.

6. “Crown of Horns” by Cryptopsy

Every song in this particular genre is disturbing, but this song, with its maddeningly fast drums and inhuman vocals, is probably the most frightening I’ve heard from the genre. The video’s just an image of the album cover – I don’t think the band ever made a video for the song, which may be a good thing.

7. “Le Portail de la Vierge” by Anorexia Nervosa

French black metal band Anorexia Nervosa (just the band’s name is scary enough) has put together a brutal mixture of sounds – from the haunting church bell sounds to the garbled lyrics (in English and French), this song is perfect for a haunted house.

8. “Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett

A classic staple of Halloween festivities everywhere. Doesn’t require any more explanation. Most of you’ve probably heard it before.

9. “Thriller” by Michael Jackson

Another classic, though a bit more modern. Requires no explanation – just sit back and enjoy the awesomeness.

10. “Get Your Body Beat” by Combichrist

The video contains clips from the movie The Gene Generation, which I have never seen. This would be a really good song for a dance party on Halloween night. It also reminds me of the Blade movies, specifically those scenes where Blade enters vampire clubs and starts ripping the bloodsuckers to shreds.

Feel free to comment with more songs and have a Happy Halloween weekend! 🙂