Welcome to the Top Five special! I discovered my favorite band when they were mentioned by another artist in an interview. It's natural to be want to check out the influences of your favorite artists and see what inspires them to make the music that you love. That's what this special is all about. We send out requests to tons of bands and labels to have their artists share with us their Top Five Albums of All Time and we have quite a collection of artists from across the musical spectrum that have turned in their picks! In the coming weeks we will be unveiling a new Top Five list three times a week. Lists from big names as well as indie artists will be included, so we hope you enjoy this special and you discover some music in the process. - Keavin (editor antiMusic.com)
July 4th Update: Now that we have the official launch under our belt, we are moving to posting new lists on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. So stayed tuned over the next few months for more Top 5 lists, including special Top 5 song lists and Top 5 Artists lists.
Today we hear from Bruce Kulick (KISS, GFR, Union) and antiMusic's DeadSun
Bruce Kulick's Top Five Albums of All Time!
Abbey Road - The Beatles: sonically
supreme, vocally impeccable, and brilliant overall
Are You Experienced - Jimi Hendrix:
creative guitar work that lit the world on fire forever
Led Zeppelin IV:
Jimmy Page and company hit their stride with excellence every way
Blow By Blow - Jeff Beck: guitar
master creates a masterpiece of emotion
Ok Computer - Radiohead: Modern
Brits make music that means something
About Bruce Kulick: Bruce IS one of the hardest working men in show business as his resume shows, from his twelve year stint as the lead guitarist of KISS to touring with Meat Loaf on the "Bat Out of Hell" tour, performing and recorded with Billy Squier and Michael Bolton. After the KISS decided to kiss and make-up with Ace and Peter, Bruce went on to form Union with former Motley Crue vocalist John Corabi. Two studio and one live album followed to critical acclaim including Metal Edge Magazine designating them best new band of 1999. In 2000 joined up with Grand Funk Railroad and has been touring and recording with them ever since. All the while he has managed to put out two solo CDs since 2001. Bruce is on the road this summer with Grand Funk and Union just released a brand new DVD. Check out the link to Bruce's site for more info on both.
For more on Bruce Kulick
On Friday's we are featuring a Top 5 list from a member of the antiMusic staff. This week DeadSun checks in with his 5 favs.
DeadSun's Top Five Albums of All Time!
5. Slayer: "Reign in Blood" (1986):
If extreme metal had a bible, then "Reign in Blood" would be in the early
part of its Book of Genesis.
4. Bad Brains: "Bad Brains" (1982):
The band's first full length release, a follow up to the (no less) legendary
"Pay to Cum". This album was the de facto spark that ignited a hardcore
punk movement nationwide. The Bad Brains are to hardcore as Chuck Berry
is to Rock and Roll.
3. The Velvet Underground: "The Velvet
Underground and Nico" (1967) :: The first alternative rock album?
Look no further. All alternative roads lead back to Lou Reed.
2. Ramones: "Ramones" (1976):
The release that opened chapter three of Rock and Roll. Before there was
"punk rock", and any of its devotees, there were four misfits from Queens.
1. Black Sabbath: "Black Sabbath"
(1970): The album that launched an entire genre--- the amniotic fluid.
This is heavy metal in utero.
About DeadSun: What can you say about DeadSun, his biting wit keeps us on our toes here at antiMusic. He's quick with a laugh or he'll light up your smoke… (Billy Joel pun over) He like most of us here at anti, seems to enjoy the silliness of popular culture but DeadSun will beat down any comer when it comes to debate of serious issues. Plus he has an encyclopedic knowledge of music with taste ranging from extreme metal to jazz to hardcore punk and men have lost their lives trying to raid his music collection.
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Nick Lucero's Top Five Albums of All Time!
My top five records of all time might change this week but at this moment I will give you the most accurate list for me.
5. Interpol - "Turn On The Bright
Lights": I love the tones on that record, the low end sounds
like syrup and makes me melt.
4. The Refused - "The Shape of
Punk to Come": For me this record is the most important record
to come out in the last ten years. I feel that our generation did something
3. The Beatles - "Sgt Peppers Lonely
Hearts Club Band": The third is even more difficult, The Beatles
"Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band" (how do you pick your favorite Beatles
2. Masters of Reality - "Sunrise
on the Suffer Bus": In order to cut my list down to five records I
had omitted The first one but this record has one of my favorite songs
of all time (one hundred years). Of course the drumming on both records
1. The Cult - "Love": The
number One record of all time for me is The Cult "Love" I have gone through
many copies of this one and always love hearing it, Mark Brzezicki played
great drum tracks.
About Nick Lucero: Nick Lucero has used his aggressive yet technical drumming ability with a whole host of bands ranging from Queens of the Stone Age (Rated R) to Masters of Reality, Lowfive and The Flys to name a few.
Today we hear from Kevin DuBrow (Quiet Riot)
Kevin DuBrow's Top Five Albums of All Time!
The Who - Live At Leeds
Humble Pie - Rockin The Fillmore
Free - Free Live
Montrose - S/T
Hughes/Thrall - S/T
About Quiet Riot: Quiet Riot was formed in 1975 by guitarist Randy Rhoads and bassist Kelly Garni. Randy and Kelly caught wind of Kevin's vocals and knew they had their frontman. After two albums in Japan and the exit of Rhoads and Garni (Randy left QR to join Ozzy's Blizzard of Ozz), Quiet Riot burst onto the international scene in 1983 with their US debut Metal Health. You couldn't turn on MTV or rock radio without catching their hit single "Cum on Feel the Noize.," That single, as well as the album's title track helped the band make history by becoming the first metal band to ever top the Billboard album chart. After a brief break-up the band reformed in October of last year and have been rockin fans around the globe ever since. The band is current in the midst of the "Rock Never Stops Tour" with Cinderella, Ratt and Firehouse. See Kevin's site for dates.
For more on Quiet Riot and Kevin DuBrow
Check out week two's Lists from members of Lamb of God, In Flames, Devildriver, Domeshots and Clit 45, plus Travis Becker's list