I was thinking of the essential albums of my generation (after the mid 1980's, before 2000 when I became an old man) and I'll list a few....
1) R.E.M - Eponymous - how can a greatest hits album be essential? It can that's why. Besides this was the next to last thing R.E.M did before I officially checked out. Every.......Single.....Song.......Is.....Great.
2) Afghan Whigs - Gentlemen - Greg Dulli and the boys came out with humdinger when I was in college. A man named J. Bundy got me hooked on them.
3) Pink Floyd - Division Bell - I feel the scornful look of all hard core Floyd fans right now. Well there are a couple of reasons I love this album 1) It reminds me of a great summer I had and 2) One of my favorite authors of all time (I have a few) Douglas Adams came of with the title for Pink Floyd.
4) Alice In Chains - Jar of Flies - great album that was a welcome departure from their usual fare, I do love Dirt, but this album was surprising. Those of you that remember Mary from the old days of General Cinema, she sold me this album at the old record store at Eastgate.
5) The Black Crowes - Shake Your Moneymaker - I saw these guys when they opened for ZZ Top back in '91. Love this album. I actually bought the album in Toronto during a band fag trip.
6) Bruce Hornsby - Harbor Lights - what can I say? I'm grew up in Virginia a couple of hours away where Hornsby lives.
7) Dream Theater - Awake - complete nerd album.
8) Eric Johnson - Ah Via Musicon - I was blow away by Cliffs of Dover, the rest of the album is great too.
9) Fishbone - Reality of My Surroundings - always have been a hard core Fishbone fan since way back. Saw these guys in 2000 at the now closed Patio (R.I.P) in Broad Ripple.
10) Live - Mental Jewelry - this and the next album were pretty much the only good output from this band.
11) Living Colour - Time's Up - I know that Vivid was a more successful album but I always liked this more.
12) Peter Gabriel - Us - album came out my senior year it was a long time between releases for this lad. Besides ZZ Top, Gabriel has the best live show.
13) Beastie Boys - Ill Communication - Called the godfather Weilhammer cochese when he started his first cinema job because of one their videos.
14) Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms - no explanation needed.
15) Donald Fagan - Kamakiriad - member of Steely Dan that made a decent solo album.
16) Hum - Heavenward Is Downward/You'd Prefer An Astronaut - Not enough has been made of Hum. A very underrated band.
17) Primus - Sailing The Seas Of Cheese/Pork Soda/Tales From The Punchbowl - haven't made a good album since, but these three are fucking fantastic.
18) Queens Of The Stone Age - Rated R - Josh Homme, great songwriter, VERY underrated.
19) Rancid - And Out Come The Wolves/Rancid (2000) - The lone punk band on this list.
20) Sugar - File Under Easy Listening - Too much Bob Mould? Naw.
21) Tool - AEnima - Completely fucked up band, but VERY talented.
22) 311 - Music - Nothing to see here, move on.
23) Luscious Jackson - Fever In Fever Out - Never got tired of this album.
24) Smashing Pumpkins - Machina - The Machine Of Love/Melancholy and The Infinite Sadness - They should have quit when they were ahead.
25) Soundgarden - Badmotorfinger/SuperUnkown - This band was great, no question.
26) Talking Heads - Naked - band that I'll always have complete respect for.
27) U2 - Achtung Baby - THE last good album of U2.
Too drunk to continue on.....