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Cover of "Love Songs for Patriots"

Cover of Love Songs for Patriots

I tend to dislike “top” lists, mostly because I hate being pinned down. One day my Top 5 Favorite Cities could be, Pacoima, Ukiah, New York, etc. But the next it could be somewhere else: 29 Palms, San Francisco, and Moscow.  The same goes for music but if I had to choose my Top 5, 10, 20 Favorite Albums (and it would kill me), it would be as follows (not necessarily in this order):


1)   American Music Club: Love Songs For Patriots

2)   Chet Baker: Italian Sessions

3)   The Clash: Sandinista

4)   Schubert: Trout Quintet

5)   The Abyssinians: Satta Massagana


Not easy choices mind you but I forced myself this morning. Continuing…


6)   The Merkin Dream: Merkin Dream

7)   The Clash: Black Market Clash (do NOT buy Super Black Market Clash)

8)   Miles Davis: Kinda Blue

9)   Jimi Hendrix: Are You Experienced

10) Stan Ridgway: Mosquitos


Geez this is annoying:


11)                   Les Negresses Vertes: 10 Remixes

12)                   Pete Townshend & Ronnie Lane: Rough Mix

13)                   Iggy Pop: Lust For Life

14)                   Bob Marley & The Wailers: Catch A Fire

15)                   Getz/Gilberto

16)                  Neil Young: Harvest

17)                   The Sea & Cake: One Bedroom

18)                   The Police: Zenyatta Mondatta

19)                   Steely Dan: Countdown To Ecstasy

20)                   John Mayall & Eric Clapton: Blues Breakers (this album is insane!)

If these are the only albums I can take to that deserted island, well, I guess these be the ones.  Now don’t go criticizing! Personally I don’t want your albums to be the same as mine because if we are stuck on that island together, lets hope we can open each others ears to different kinds of music.  That said, I can handle Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and even Willy Nelson but if you are going to bring the “new country” I might have to drown you and use your records to open coconuts. And that goes for anything Top 40 of today’s music. If I see a Britney Spears under your arm I will decapitate you with Sandinista and roast you over an open flame.

I know I’ve only one Classical listed but I was trying to round out my list. Since I am a Reggae nut, I have to put certain genres first, especially Jazz and Reggae. Please note I didn’t add any groovy yoga music. I couldn’t even fit in any World War II favorites, Rap or Hip Hop from the 80’s… Such is life on my island.

Bring extra needles, and some good speakers.


(PS: If I had to do Top 5 Literature For A Deserted Island, I might kill myself but to make it simple and practical: Complete Works of: Shakespeare, Edgar Allen Poe, William Chandler, Samuel Beckett, Dashiell Hammett…and The Zombie Survival Guide)