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By Seamus O'Sparks on February 27, 2016 — 3 mins read

Today I was tagged in a post that said, “In your status, list 12 albums that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t think too hard. They don’t have to be ‘right’ or ‘great’ records. Just ones that have touched you.” Thanks, Dave G Prewitt, for that. I have already violated the stipulation about “thinking too hard” as I spent all day at work running my thoughts around the issue. It was nice to have some mental occupation while at the salt mine…any port in a storm, eh? So, here are the 12 that I settled on. I will also go a step further by adding some commentary. You know, for sport. This was a fun excercise.

  1. The Beatles-Revolver: One giant musical leap for mankind. This record made me want to try L.S.D. I was 11 when I bought it.
  2. KISS-Destroyer: The first piece of music I ever selected for myself. I bought it (well, my mom paid for it) on 8-track in 1978. I was 4. LOVED IT and still do.
  3. Rush-2112: First record I owned that had one long song in seperate sections. It made me want to write epic material. Also piqued my literary curiosity. Still think Ayn Rand stinks. Still love Rush.
  4. Jesus Christ Superstar-Andrew lloyd Webber, Tim Rice: Made me want to write rock opera or at least songs with a bold narrative and historical context. Love the music. Floored by the libretto. Judas Iscariot as tragic anti-hero=AWESOME!
  5. Los Lobos-Kiko and the Lavender Moon: Video for Kiko blew my mind and I bought the record. Best album of the 1990s in my opinion. First record outside of my typical music genre that I turned on to. Go to the desert and listen to this record and you will see a ghost.
  6. George Carlin-Toledo Window Box: this record found me. Not sure how I came to posess it but it made me want to be a rebel AND a thinker.
  7. Rocky Horror Picture Show-Richard O’Brien- Frank wanted to dress like Faye Wray. I wanted to dress like Frank. I wanted to be seductive like Frank. I wanted to be seduced by Frank. Still do…
  8. Styx-The Serpent is Rising: Thought this record would ROCK. It was one of the stupidest albums I ever heard. Cautionary tale on what can go wrong with prog leanings (especially lyrically). I understood punk rock’s appeal a little better after listening to this record. Let me be clear on this though; I LOVE Styx. Always will.
  9. Meatloaf-Bat out of Hell: Absurd in it’s grandiosity. Sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll writ LARGE. This record proves that a little humor goes a LONG way. The perfect synthesis of FUN and GRANDEUR..the blueprint for my aesthetic sensibilites.
  10. Genesis-Foxtrot: It’s okay to be weird, as long as you’re clever. This album is pretty weird and very clever. The end of Supper’s Ready makes me feel close to God everytime I hear it. If I could write a piece of music that had that kind of spiritually transcendent power I would die a happy boy.
  11. Randy Newman-Sail Away: First record I ever fell in love with because of the lyrics. Go listen to “God’s Song” right now.
  12. Queen-Queen II: My favorite album of all time. Queen had to tone it down from this one in order to achieve Bohemian Rhapsody. It’s fearless, fun, ridiculous, and ROCKIN’…everything I live for.

I was suppose to tag 10 people and get them to participate. Since I’ve already broken the rules I’ll just tag 3…I want to know what Junior Scott, Nix Nova, and Brittany Carson Koepp would have on their list…

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The Story of Seamus

Seamus O'Sparks is the seventh son of a Seventh Day Adventist who went on a seven-day bender starting on July 7, 1977 at a strip club called Seventh Heaven at the corner of 7th St. and 7th Ave. in the West Village.