You know how I love the "Top 5 Movies" game as an instant-get-to-know-you fix. But what about this question, which was posed to me, and I still don't quite have an answer to it, but I will try to FINALLY ANSWER for the purposes of not asking you what I cannot answer myself.
Here's how it goes.
You are banished to a desert island and you cannot take any music -- EXCEPT one single album to listen to, but only one. What do you chose?
The reason this question is so interesting, the stranger who posed it to me said, is that he has asked it to many people from jazz aficionados to connoisseurs of classical music to college radio station DJ's and what he said is so fascinating is that the question forces you to really ask what album would make you consistently happy to listen to again and again. Because for the jazz snob he asked, he actually picked Eminem. The classical music dude picked a musical theater score. That's the one album he would want to listen to again and again.
So, my first response was Frank Black's "Teenager of the Year" as I've found it one of the most relistenable albums of all time, and I love it to write to. Another thought was perhaps Girl Talk's "Night Ripper" because you're kind of getting multiple albums for the mashup choice of one.
But upon further reflection, I've decided what I'm going to settle on. I would pick Weezer's The Blue Album. There is no album I love to sing along to more, that never seems to get old and that evokes a feeling of pure joy, urgency and release again and again.
Now, you, go. (And include a YouTube link if you want.) Here's one of my all-time favorites from that album:
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