Lockdowns Are Alright with The Who
The 1979 double-album soundtrack to their documentary of the same name, The Who's The Kids Are Alright is the best of both worlds - it's packed with all of their greatest hits from 1965 to date and all the tracks are from live performances, which is really the only way to listen to these iconic legends of rock. Notable gems to crank at Who-level volume here include "My Generation," "Happy Jack," "Long Live Rock," "Baba O'Riley," "See Me, Feel Me," and "Won't Get Fooled Again." This compilation followed 1978's Who Are You, the last studio album with drummer Keith Moon before he died, chillingly pictured on the cover sitting on a chair stenciled with "NOT TO BE TAKEN AWAY."
John Cougar Uncaged
A huge commercial breakthrough for John Mellencamp, featuring the ridiculous stage name he was given by his slick New York City manager since his given name wouldn't sell records, 1982's American Fool is still a fun listen. Airwave favorites were "Hurts So Good," "Hand To Hold On To," and his little ditty about "Jack & Diane" that stayed at #1 for four weeks. (Fun fact: Mellencamp was originally offered Brad Pitt's part in Thelma & Louise that was actually written with him in mind, but he turned it down.)
Madonna Makes Her Debut
The summer of 1983 brought the debut album of Madonna Louise Ciccone with Madonna as the sole writer for most of the tracks on this self-titled chart-burner, including the top hits "Everybody," "Burning Up," "Holiday," "Lucky Star," and "Borderline." Along with her stratospheric follow-up album Like A Virgin, the Material Girl was a bubbly pop fixture who got every college party going freshman year at Hamilton College.
The Doors Closed For Quarantine
For my born-a-decade-too-late musical taste as a young kid, The Doors were my go-to mainstay along with The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones and The Moody Blues to name a few. Though not my favorite Doors album compared to others like Morrison Hotel, Waiting For The Sun and Strange Days, their L.A. Woman finale is the only one left in my stacks with classics like the title track, "Love Her Madly," "The WASP," and "Riders On The Storm" and marks their last time with Jim Morrison before he died three months later in the summer of '71. It's also a very special one given to me by our beloved SBHS teacher Tim Comolli from his disc jockey career collection.