10 Days, 10 Albums

I’ve been nominated by absolutely no one to choose 10 albums that have greatly influenced my taste in music (or just served as a TV-dinner trays). 10 consecutive days – 1 each day. Just post the album cover – no explanation, except lots of explanation. Each day I will choose someone to play along too and hopefully get their bank account info.

Mr. Dressup – Live at Kingston Penitentiary
Is it the absolute best live album by a children’s entertainer performing for an audience of hardened criminals? No. (See Mr. Rogers Sings Songs of Freedom.) But it is the best such album with a gender-ambiguous puppet and a mute dog. Ushering in Mr. Dressup’s “electric pants” period, this album taught me how to transform a prison shiv into a kazoo, and I have never looked back. Today I nominate my co-worker Neil who chews loudly.

The Beech Buds – Tunes in the Key of Tree
Filled with such 60s folk psychedelia as “Alma, My Elm Ma” and “Carol-Lee No, Good God No! Pleeeease!”, this album spoke to me as a small child when I would pull it out of my sister’s collection and fantasize about one day wearing slacks, even though I was too young to understand slacks. I didn’t end up having slacks until I was 20. Today I nominate Boris Yeltsin’s granddaughter Chuck.

The Pistachio Five – Are You Boogie, Son?
This funk-disco-soul album filled with infectiously relentless dance tracks taught me I was white. Today I nominate that sweater in my closet I haven’t worn in five years and should probably give away, so really this is its last chance.

Lisza Bloof – Am I Bloof
Side one is all introspective acoustic pain. Side two is just the sound of Bloof eating an entire bag of potato chips. One of the very worst of the 1980s “singer-songwrithers” albums. Nonetheless, I have a soft spot for it because this was playing when I lost my virology. Today I nominate Carlos Santana’s second-best maid. 

Chad Mendelssohn – Sad Windows of Arkansas
This album stretched the definition of “rock and roll” for me in that it is just former Hellz Welder guitarist Chad Mendelssohn reading small-town obituaries over random notes played on a church organ with a broken speaker. Is it likeable music? No. Is it hateable? Yes. Was I going through some things? Clearly. Did I have a diary? It was a “journal,” dammit! Today I nominate all my exes, obviously.

Stupid Fat Babies – Arguably Fascist Mom
By posting this seminal 1979 punk album, I am clearly demonstrating my esoteric taste, and that, even at a young age, I had an eye on the cutting edge, presaging the rebellious iconoclast I would become, when in reality at the time I was constantly playing The Carpenters’ Wish Me Well in Woolens. Today I nominate this half-eaten Three Musketeers bar

Gush – Pictures at an Execution
Cliché, I know, but a classic. The sound that launched a thousand air drummers. Today I nominate actor John Krasinski to find out if he’s really as nice as he pretends to be.


Nixon’s Cheese Fondue – In the Paint Tarp Over the Caribou
Featuring the songs “Fetch Yourself in Loincloth” and “Mumble Mumble Something Mumble,” this classic album from the cult underground indie darlings and bong enthusiasts taught me that it is never okay to weep openly in front of a girl. Today I nominate anyone who remembers TV’s “The Associates.”

The Jumblin’ Gorges – Painting the Cow Red
One of the many supergroups that came out of the 70s, the Gorges consisted of Cat Stevens, Dusty Springfield and Rod Stewart’s accountant and included the minor hit “You May Be Young, Old Man, But You’re Taxes Are Still Overdue” and the miner hit “Keep Diggin’, Mama (You Hot But You Pension Not).” This record showed me the power of music to be truly, truly terrible. Today I nominate a great white shark just to see what happens.

DAY 10
Bart Schnabble & His Orchestra – Make Mine Marmalade
Fine, I confess! I really only like vintage easy listening with gushing strings and sentimental arrangements! Percy Faith. Ray Conniff. I can’t get enough! Judge me all you want, music snobs, I don’t care who knows it, because Make Mine Marmalade is my jam!

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32 Responses to 10 Days, 10 Albums

  1. markbialczak says:

    Record-breaking choices, Ross! I think I may have played a few of these at the college radio station …

  2. kristawells says:

    You have some mad photoshop (or insert generic design program here) skilz! Have you considered a second (or first) career in album cover design? Anyway, great choices. Hard to pick a fave! Just don’t invite me over to spin platters for me, unless you’re talking busker type platter spinning.

  3. Great picks! Bart Schnabble!! Even the name is pure lyricism, instantly evokes all the good times as a kid, riding elevators in department stores. I have a CD reissue of his 1001 strings version of “Nilsson Schmilsson Schmaltz & Kostelanetz”
    Nixon’s Cheese Fondue reminds me I haven’t listened to King Missile’s “Cheesecake Truck” for a while, all you Analog Generation people really were pretty weird, maybe it was chemical fumes from the vinyl.

    • rossmurray1 says:

      I was going for a Neutral Milk Hotel sense with Nixon, but I’m never sure if things translate outside my own brain-head.

      • I’m ok with mumbling, and I know “Aeroplane” is supposed to be genius/critics’ darling, it’s just too way cool & sophisticated for me I guess. I have a limited appreciation for The Decemberists, which I guess is a tamer version of that band. Robyn Hitchcock is more my thing, weird & surreal stories but with actual tunes.

        • rossmurray1 says:

          I like The Decemberists well enough but not a band I would binge listen to. I have Globe of Frogs on cassette (!) somewhere.

        • pinklightsabre says:

          “When I was Dead” by Hitchcock. Have you heard the album that’s from? Its perfect start to finish. Can’t remember what it’s called now or I’d say. Starts with The Yip Song. Recommend it for you both, you word weirdos.

      • This whole thing was excellent, the artwork, bands, songs, all sound so plausible. Just saying “The Beech Buds” makes me laugh

  4. I logged back on Facebook briefly and then wobbly loved back off when I realized everyone was doing these daily post things. As usual, you have harpooned people’s behaviour in an intelligent and funny manner.

    • rossmurray1 says:

      I love music but I hate chains. I don’t spend much time on FB anymore. Any posts that are useful I’ve already seen on the news three days earlier or on Twitter. Plus, people are weird, god love them.

  5. Ahhhhhh logged back off. Dammit technology!

  6. Fantastic, can’t wait to see what your great white shark friend comes up with!

  7. sthomson303 says:

    I don’t think I’ve heard of any of those albums! Great blog post though

  8. beth says:

    Day 8 is my favorite, no questions asked.

  9. pinklightsabre says:

    This is chiseled agate. I can go back and pick up different things each time…weird. I’m doing that now. What was your inspiration for this? I don’t know if it’s easy to answer, I’m just curious how you pulled this off.

  10. pinklightsabre says:

    Day 5, I’m going with that. “Rock and roll.” This is really good shit here, man. Pass that over here, LeRoy.

  11. My most influential album pick: Donna Bummer and Debbie Downer, performing an anthology of medieval funeral dirges over a back track of Euro beat.

  12. amandahoving says:

    This was worth coming out of my distance-teaching Zoom Cocoon to read. Thank you. Am I Bloof is a family favorite, BTW. Are those chips Pringles? Ruffles? Generic brand? Lots to ponder.

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