Hello everybody, how are we today? I am writing this article with a wonderment which I would love for you to answer: What albums are significant to YOU?
Beneath the line break are four albums from my CD collection that bare a lot of context and meaning to me, all providing a different backstory which represents a certain stage of my life. This week documents which album revealed that there’s more to music than the shit that gets played on the radio and gets spewed out the anus of The X Factor every year.
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE – ERA VULGARIS
Era Vulgaris was the first album I ever heard from Queens of the Stone Age, and the first time I had ever heard that band name also. Oddly enough, the first single to promote the band’s fifth release, Sick Sick Sick, was being played on Popworld. It’s hard-edged guitar tone, and passionate lyrics from Josh Homme really turned my ears away from mainstream music and stuff like Guns N Roses and whatnot, I had finally heard a sound that filled my eardrums with glee, and it came in the form of a fucking badass guitar riff.
Instantly after hearing the track, I ran to the computer and went on Youtube, replaying Sickx3 over and over again. Then a few weeks later, second single 3’s & 7’s was played on Popworld, and it’s much more accessible sound made it a lot easier for me to enjoy.
FINALLY, Era Vulgaris arrived in stores and I bought it immediately, and have been in love with it since. Tracks such as Turnin’ On The Screw, Misfit Love and Battery Acid contained all of the elements that made me enjoy the singles, but propelled them in an aggressive way. 5 Years later, QotSA remain one of my favourite bands of all time, I have all of their albums now, and Era Vulgaris still gets the occasional play.