Posted by Michael, November 9th, 2011
Lately, I’ve been telling Rebecca that I want to frame some album art for my side of the office (and maybe hers, not sure if she wants to participate in AWESOME SIDE OF OFFICE or not). I spoke here about painting some dramatic lyrics on the wall (dramatic meaning BIG and BOLD, not lovey and all sappy) and I certainly still want to do so, but I figured we can throw in some nice white frames in the mix to offer some contrast with some of my favorite albums inside them.
So while working today and sorting through Spotify, I began thinking about which album art I would showcase. Of course, I thought about some of the best such as Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, The Beatles’ With The Beatles, Nirvana’s Nevermind and The Beatles’ Abbey Road. But, quite like my lyrics on the wall idea, I knew I wanted albums that actually meant something to me.
Here are a few that are in the running.
Ben Folds Five – Whatever and Ever Amen – SongMeanings was actually founded on a discussion around a track on this album. Pretty essential to be in office 2.0.
Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill – Some of my first music-related memories are because of this album.
Michael Jackson – Bad – Much like the Beasties, this album was always in my Walkman. Plus if the family wanted me to come out of my shell growing up, there was a good chance I would if Michael Jackson was playing.
Funny, I don’t think that has really changed — though maybe it’s more Justin Timberlake these days.
Beck – Odelay – One of the albums that made me want to be a DJ. I tried doing it in high school for a couple of years, but damn, it was a crazy expensive hobby.
I can’t wait for my future son or daughter is all like, “Daddy, I want DJ equipment!” and I’m all like, “LETS GO MAX OUT THE CREDIT CARD!”.
Weezer – Weezer (or the Blue Album) – I wore the hell out of this album in my discman back in 94-95. I found the album art and insert a few years ago and I remember noticing how beat up it was. It’s one of those albums that I can listen to over and over again (and heck, I did so today).
Justin Timberlake – FutureSex/LoveSounds - This is just one of those albums that continually gets me in a good mood (and wanting to dance (oh yes, I enjoy dancing)). And because I have a guy crush on good ol’ JT (yeah, I admit it) — though I wish he would ditch the acting gig and put out another album.
Jack Johnson – In Between Dreams – When Rebecca was away at college, we were an hour away and I would often visit on the weekends. Looking back, my memories of those drives were listening to this album. This album always seems to bring me back to those days.
Kanye West – 808s & Heartbreak – I’ve always been a huge Kanye fan, but this album always stands out to me. It was a drastic musical departure for Kanye after going through so many different events. And I loved how he was able to really tell a story in every track on this album. Much like Weezer’s Blue Album, I can listen to this thing over and over again.
I’m not sure if I’ll go with all of these albums above. I know there are a quite a few I’m missing (Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy just came to mind), but I guess you’ll just have to wait for the reveal down the road!
So how about you? Any favorite albums or album art you’d think about framing and rocking out on a wall?