• Sean Bardwell

Listen to this & B well (Disc 1)

Music has always been a huge part of my life due to my Dad. We grew up having an appreciation for music. It was like an ongoing life-lesson that our Dad gave us. He never tried to force his opinions on us. He just listened to his music and if we liked it, cool. If we didn't, too damn bad, he was going to listen to what he liked. We were "taught" to do the same thing: listen to what we liked and not care what anyone else thought. His attitude and his passion are no doubt what formed my sister and my passions for music.

I am a music junkie. I consume music like most people consume food. Every week I go out of my way to try to discover new music or at least new to me music. I'm going to try to start sharing my findings. I'll only be posting album covers because I'm not trying to get sued. This week I might post twice because there was a lot of stuff last week that I feel deserves to be mentioned.

To give you a taste of what you are in for, here are the Top 10 albums that created my hunger for music...

This is one of the first albums I remember owning. I thought these guys were the epitome of cool (and I still think Brian Setzer is one of the coolest cats on the planet). Cool hair, cool tattoos, cool swagger & kick ass rock n' roll. "Rock This Town" is one of those classic anthems that is impossible not to sing along with anytime you hear it. "Rumble in Brighton" has a punk roll soul with a rockabilly sound. This album and this band most certainly had an influence on who I am today.

"We're Not Gonna Take It" I was 7 years old when I first heard this, the same age as my son. Back then there were music videos too so along with this anthem of not giving an f there was an actual visual to back how much they did not give a f. This band is a big part of the reason I have the open mind that I do. I don't care what you look like because "I Wanna Rock" too!

Thirty three minute of pure, classic rock n' roll awesomeness! It's not too often a band puts out an album as EPIC as this! Again, this was one of those albums that came out in the video era. David Lee Roth was entertaining as hell (not so much so when I saw him about 10 years later, doing washed up covers in the beer tent at the Sun Prairie Corn Festival in WI). Eddie Van Halen made me want to play the guitar. I took some lessons but he makes it look way easier than it actually is.

I will fully admit this is the 1st "hip hop" album I owned. This album dropped the same year as "Straight Outta Compton" which is an album I now love. At the time, I couldn't really relate to N.W.A. (not that I can now, I just have a different appreciation for music). It was fun and different from what I had been listening to. I was 11 so I felt that Will and I were completely on the same wavelength and that's why he wrote "Parents Just Don't Understand" because he understood me. The struggle is real when you're 11.

What the funk? For everything I had been listening to up until now, this album just completely changed everything. I didn't even know funky was a word until I heard this album. It was funky, it was rock, it was good. It made me want to get up, take my clothes off, paint myself in glow in the dark makeup and put a sock on my...foot. This is one of those "start to finish" albums: you can listen to it from start to finish without wanting to skip a song.

I'm 14 on a bus going to a track meet the first time I listen to this album. It starts with "The Wagon"...'there's a way I feel right now, wish you'd help, you don't know how'. I was instantly hooked. "There's a place I'd like to go. When you get there then I'll know". "Ring the doorbell in your mind but it's locked from the outside.' "You don't live there anyway but I knock on it all day." It was the first time I had recognized the lyrics of a song as amazing poetry but before I could finish that thought I got hit with a face melting guitar solo. To this day Dinosaur Jr is my favorite band and I truly believe J Mascis is a musical god. This was the fourth release from Dinosaur Jr. It was the first album after the bassist Lou Barlow, originally left the band. The founding drummer Murph, only played on three tracks. J played most of the instruments and produced the album!

I was 16 when this album first came out but I wasn't introduced to it until I was 18. The rawness of it reminded me of when I first heard N.W.A. The lyrics and the beats were like something I had never heard before. It was like I was angry but wanted to nod my head and dance at the same time..."Bring Da Ruckus". I hadn't been this blown away by an album since Dinosaur Jr. This is 1 of 2 albums that completely changed the way I listened and continue to listen to hip hop today.

I grew up listening to the Clash and the Ramones. This album was kind of my re-birth into punk. I first heard it when I was 18, the same year I discovered Wu-Tang. I was living in Madison, a freshman in college, no clue who I was and what I wanted to be and didn't care what anyone thought about me. "Got a face like Charlie Bronson, straight outta Green Bay, WI." "Aw hell, he's even more punk than me". Yes, I turned into "Punk Guy" for almost the next decade of my life. This became less of an album and more of a soundtrack to my everyday. I can't count the number of times I've listened to this album.

18 was definitely the year of music realization for me...I was also introduced to these two dope boys in a Cadillac. This is the second half of the equation that formed the way I listen to hip hop. I was introduced to this album and Wu-Tang within months of each other. Mind blown!

Where to start...

This album means so much to me.

It is a "start to finish" album.

I know almost every word. This album is what kept a "coming of age" punk on the right path. To me, Tim Armstrong is an American poet. He is the Joe Strummer of my generation. Eddie Van Halen made me want to play guitar and Matt Freeman made me want to play bass. I did but again, not nearly as easy as you'd think.

In my opinion, easily one of the Top Ten Punk albums of all time.

"Listen to this and B well"

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