Sunday, September 18, 2005


KCRW DJ Nic Harcourt has a book out. Harcourt is the music fan's voice behind "Morning Becomes Eclectic."

The idea behind these binded pages: 80 different lists for every 'mood, moment and reason.' Seems interesting. Here's an excerpt:

Great First Albums
They say that you have your whole life to write the songs on your first album. And up to the point that the work is written and recorded that’s true. The second album is often the tough one and some artists only ever get one album released. But that’s another category. Here are some debut albums that heralded the arrival of important new musicians .
Chuck Berry: After School (Session, 1958)
Little Richard: Here’s Little Richard (Specialty, 1958)
The Who: My Generation (MCA, 1965)
The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Are You Experienced (MCA, 1967)
The Velvet Underground & Nico: The Velvet Underground & Nico (Polygram, 1967)
The Band: Music from Big Pink (Capitol, 1968)
Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin (Atlantic, 1969)
Funkadelic: Funkadelic (Westbound, 1970)
Steely Dan: Can’t Buy a Thrill (MCA, 1972)
Bob Marley & The Wailers: Catch a Fire (Tuff Gong/Island, 1973)
Patti Smith: Horses (Arista, 1975)
The Clash: The Clash (Epic, 1977)
Talking Heads: Talking Heads 77 (Sire, 1977)
Television: Marquee Moon (Elektra, 1977)
Kate Bush: The Kick Inside (EMI, 1978)
Joy Division: Unknown Pleasures (Qwest, 1979)
R.E.M.: Murmur (IRS, 1983)
Run-D.M.C.: Run-D.M.C. (Profile, 1984)
The Smiths: The Smiths (Sire, 1984)
Sinead O’Connor: The Lion & The Cobra (Ensign/Chrysalis, 1987)
The Stone Roses: The Stone Roses (Silvertone, 1989)
Massive Attack: Blue Lines (Virgin, 1991)
Beck: Mellow Gold (Bong Load/Geffen, 1994)
Jeff Buckley: Grace (Columbia, 1994)
AIR: Moon Safari (Astralwerks, 1998)
Coldplay: Parachutes (Capitol, 2001)


To Nic's list, I would add The Wallflowers self-titled debut recording. This album, when it was released in 1992, sold only 25,000 copies.

The band got its start playing the Tuesday night jam sessions at Canter's Kibitz Room. I caught them once in that room, during that time. It was the last song or two of the set. And in that little time, I was struck by two things: the character and scenes spilling over in Jakob Dylan's lyrics and Rami Jaffi's fuck-I-love-that organ and piano sound. That night, I had no idea who Jakob or any of them were for that matter. Jaffi was the music director of those Tuesday night jam sessions that included regulars like Slash of G N' R and Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

The Wallflowers debut captures that time, beautifully. If you've ever seen The Wallflowers live, there's a good chance you've heard them cover The Band's "The Weight." Listen to this album and it makes sense why.

Here's a sample.

"Ashes to Ashes" **this was the single


"Somebody Else's Money"


At 1:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok - here's a couple of really good first albums -- "Greetings From Asbury Park", Bruce Springsteen; "Saturate Before Using", Jackson Browne; "I Just Can't Stop It", English Beat; "Look Sharp", Joe Jackson; "My Aim Is True", Elvis Costello...

At 11:12 AM, Blogger tj1972 said...

A few of my favorite firsts: "Ten", Pearl Jam; "Indigo Girls", Indigo Girls; "Let Love Rule", Lenny Kravitz.


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