The first Genesis album I ever got, and still my favorite. Could be the posterboy for 70’s prog, this was also the last record Steve Hackett played on. I’ve done three comics based on songs from this album. Favorite songs: 11th Earl of Mar, Blood on the Rooftops, An Unquiet Slumber for the Sleepers. Generally available.
The first solo album for Genesis keyboard player Banks. None of his solo efforts was a success; and this was the only one I enjoyed. Sounds very much like Genesis of that era, which is probably why I like it! A concept album about someone who makes a childhood bet with fate, and then loses his mind. Very tragic. Portions of this album inspired a character in one of my comics. Favorite songs: Lucky Me, The Lie, Forever Morning. Very hard-to-find.
This is pretty much a no-brainer for the list; most people my age have this album memorized. Both the album and the movie had a huge influence on my work when I was in my late teens and early 20's. A couple tracks that were in the movie, When the Tigers Broke Free and What Shall We Do? are also worth seeking out. Favorite songs: Hey You, Nobody Home, In the Flesh, Waiting for the Worms and The Trial. Generally Available.
A concept album about a man from our time transported to the future by generally benevolent robots and 21st century dwellers. A sequel of sorts to their earlier album Eldorado. Favorite songs: Twilight, The Lights Go Down, 21st Century Man. Generally available. Note: three songs that were cut from this album, Julie Don’t Live Here, When Time Stood Still, and Bouncer, were released on the 3 CD compilation Afterglow.
A 2 CD compilation of Jeff Lynne’s early (pre-Move) band. Sounds very, very much like the Beatles, with just enough hints of the Move and ELO to make it fascinating. Favorite songs: Skeleton and the Roundabout, Follow Me Follow, Mr. Crow and Sir Norman, Going Home, A Better Life. Nearly impossible to find. Due to the interest people have expressed in this CD, here are scans of the track list and liner notes for those who wish further information
The Turn of a Friendly Card
Alan Parsons Project
A concept album about gambling, the vagarities of life and the lure of Las Vegas. Very typical prog rock from 1980, similar to the other Parson's albums of Vulture Culture and Eye in the Sky. Favorite Songs: Turn of a Friendly Card (all 6 parts). Generally available
A Clockwork orange
One of the few movies that is as good as the book it’s based on.
A very rare case where the sequel was as good or better than the original. IMHO one of the most exciting SF films ever made.
Silence of the Lambs
An awesome thriller. Hannibal Lechter seems so much like Salem….
Star Wars Trilogy
I doubt there’ll be many people my age who don’t include these as part of a favorite films list.
Pink Floyd: The Wall
Although the film itself is not entirely engaging, the animated sequences stunned me when I saw them, and the fascist segment perfectly capture the album’s flavor.
Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind
An entertaining favorite.
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Disney version)
A movie I saw in my late childhood that had a huge effect on me, and influenced much of my early writing.
Hands-down the best animated film ever made, from an artistic standpoint. And the story and songs are pretty darn good, too.
The Music Man
A movie I saw as a teen, and a sentimental favorite of mine.
Secret of NIMH
One of the best animated films done in the last 20-odd years, and the only decent film Bluth ever did.
2001: A Space Odssy
My dad dragged me to see this when I was a kid, and I never regretted it.
Probably the only time I sat spellbound through a 3 hour movie. Yes, I cried.
Toy Story II
Another sequel as good as the original. Funny, touching and entertaining in turns, it succeeds on all levels.
Back to the Future
Good solid entertainment. What more can I say?
Bevis and Butthead do America
Definitely low-brow fare, but it does what cartoons are supposed to do; make you laugh. I was rolling in the aisles. One of the few modern cartoons that was only interested in being funny, not teaching anyone a ‘lesson.’
An unusual pick, but there’s no denying the impact the movie had on me when I saw it. Not a movie for the whole family, that’s for sure.