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[Error: unknown template qotd]I haven't seen the New York Dolls, and am willing to take the revived version. I actually really enjoy their new records, anyway. I found out too late twice that they were playing in close by states, and nearly dropped everything to gas up the car and go.

Also, having never seen Hanoi Rocks will hurt me the rest of my life. The fact that I was 14 and their drummer died before their show in Atlanta doesn't help. I know it wasn't my fault, but it doesn't help.

From Birmingham, travel to Atlanta for a rock show is no big deal if gas is reasonable. I've done it many times. A lot of bands simply aren't going to play B'ham if Atlanta is on the list. So I'll go where the bands go.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]I have a handful of live shows that were actual transcendal experiences. The Jane's Addiction show of 1990 where I couldn't feel my feet touch the floor, where all the energy seemed to be pushing my conciousness to the top of my body.

The Iggy Pop show in '98. Sylvain Sylvain of the New York Dolls. The Demolition Doll Rods. My Chemical Romance when they pull all their shit together and unload it at once.

I don't know why some shows are spiritual experiences and others just shows, or worse, bad. It's not always the band, the audience has to be ready too. I saw the Strokes give a good show, and the audience loved them. They got better as the night went on as the audience kept begging for more. I realized that the local uni had just let out, and we were seeing college kids in a great mood. The band has to be on point, but so does the audience. And then, you've really got something.
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Oh god. I'm one of those people, uh-huh. Um, list subject to change at will and if I forget anything important. Oh, and live and best of records will be counted.

1. I Am the Cosmos-Chris Bell
2. Pet Sounds-the Beach Boys
3. Radio City-Big Star
4. Stoned Soul Picnic-the Best of Laura Nyro
5. Fun House-Iggy and the Stooges
6. It's Alive-The Ramones
7. Belfegore-self-titled (80's industrial rock, pre-Nine Inch Nails.) Thrown overboard in favor of the New York Dolls, self-titled first album. Sorry Belfegore.
8. Call the Doctor-Sleater Kinney
9. The Beatles Anthology One and Two
10. Back to Mystery City-Hanoi Rocks-their best record, and I have to adknowledge the huge effect they had on me growing up.

Honorable mentions would include The Smiths, Steve Earle, Nirvana, much more. I could easily redo this whole list.

Favorite Complations:
No Thanks! The 70's Punk Rebellion
Left of the Dial: 80's College Radio Alternative

If I'd done this list in the 80's, it would've included more Hanoi Rocks, some R.E.M, more Ramones, and Guns and Roses Appetite for Destruction. Probably Redd Kross as well. Most of these records are older because I have to live with them for a while before I'm sure they're top ten worthy. It's also astonishingly 60's and early 70's. I never really was a child of the 80's, I just grew up then.

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