Rod's 'Top Tens' for 2005

Albums I loved:
Madonna - Confessions on a Dance Floor
Per Gessle - Son of a Plumber
Garbage - Bleed Like Me
Cyndi Lauper - The Body Acoustic
Neil Diamond - 12 Songs
Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine
Buck 65 - This Right Here Is
Carole Pope - Transcend
Bananarama - Drama
New Order - Waiting for the Siren's Call
LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem
Supergrass - Road to Rouen
Dwight Yoakam - Blame the Vain
Simple Minds - Black & White 050505

Albums I liked, but don't love, yet:
A-Ha - Analogue
Depeche Mode - Playing the Angel
Enya - Amarantine
Erasure - Nightbird
Lisa Marie Presley - Now What
David Sylvian (Nine Horses) - Snow Bourne Snow
Tori Amos - The Beekeeper
Goldfrapp - Supernature
Queens of the Stone Age - Lullabies to Paralyze
Suzie Suh - Susie Suh
Jamiroquai - Dynamite
Ric Ocasek - Nexterday
Rick Astley - Portrait

Albums I liked but need to listen to more:
Robbie Williams - Intensive Care
Andy Bell (Erasure) - Electric Blue
James Blunt - Back to Bedlam
Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill Acoustic
Sheryl Crow - Wildflower
Tracy Chapman - Where You Live
Dandy Warhols - Odditorium
Cowboy Junkies - Early 21st Century Blues
Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket) - Winter Pays for Summer
Michelle Shocked - Threesome

Major Disappointments:
Kate Bush - Aerial
Barbra Streisand - Guilty Pleasures
Bette Midler - Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook
Nine Inch Nails - With Teeth
INXS - Switch
The Tears (Suede) - Here Comes the Tears

Billy Idol - Devil's Playground
Olivia Newton John - Stronger Than Before
Elizabethtown soundtrack (w/new Lindsey Buckingham song)
Carly Simon - Moonlight Serenade

Sarah Brightman - Love Changes Everything
tATu - Dangerous a
nd Moving

Among the worst albums I've ever heard:
Scott Stapp (Creed) - The Great Divide
Rick Springfield - The Day After Yesterday
Stevie Wonder - A Time to Love
Institute (Gavin Rossdale) - Distort Yourself
Ricky Martin - Life

Tracks I loved (not on the above albums)
INXS - Dirty Vegas
Deep Dish feat Stevie Nicks - Dreams
Kelly Osbourne - One Word

Great covers
She Will Have Her Way - The Songs of Tim and Neil Finn (album)
The Man Who Sold the World (David Bowie) - Jordis Unga (Rock Star INXS)
Dirty Laundry (Don Henley) - Lisa Marie Presley
Michael Buble - Save the Last Dance for Me
Close to You (Carpenters) - Rick Astley
No Matter What (Badfinger) - Def Leppard
Baby I Love Your Way (Peter Frampton) - Mig Ayesa (Rock Star INXS)
Metal Guru (T Rex) - Rooney

Remasters, re-issues and compilations:
Captain & Tennille catalog + DVD box set
Eurythmics catalog remasters
Rickie Lee Jones - Duchess of Coolville Anthology
Adam & the Ants catalog remasters

Boomtown Rats catalog remasters
ABBA Complete Recording Sessions (box set)
Barbra Streisand Guilty 25th Ann Ed

Bionic Woman on DVD (UK)
Elton John Captain Fantastic (deluxe edition)
Frida (ABBA) remasters
Rick Springfield - Written in Rock Anthology
ABC catalog remasters
Human League - Original Remixes (UK) and 2 catalog titles
Olivia Newton John - Gold

Universal "Gold" series
Stock Aitken Waterman Gold
Rosanne Cash catalog remasters
Yello catalog

Musical Wish list for 2006
Kate Bush singles collection (box set)
Kate Bush catalog Remaster
Pretenders catalog remaster
Rickie Lee Jones catalog remaster
A good new Duran Duran album
Something new from DalBello
Hudson Brothers on cd/dvd
Dead or Alive 12" mixes on CD
Carpenters tv specials on DVD

Concerts and Shows
Duran Duran, Staples Centre Feb 26
Nina Hagen, Silverlake Street Festival Mar 20
Cher, Hollywood Bowl Apr 28
Avenue Q Oct 7
Elton John, the Red Piano Oct 8
Avenue Q Nov 7
Rickie Lee Jones, Wilshire Theatre, Nov 12
Ellen Dec 6
Avenue Q Dec 26

Movies I loved
King Kong
Walk the Line
Brokeback Mountain

The Island
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith

Cinderella Man
War of the Worlds
Batman Begins
Happy Endings
Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Chronicles of Narnia

Fantastic Four (only for Chris Evans)
Amityville Horror (only for Ryan Reynolds)

Being Julia

TV shows that warmed my tivo:
Veronica Mars
My Name is Earl
The Closer
Rock Star INXS
Prison Break
Commander in Chief
Jack & Bobby (RIP)

Books I really enjoyed:
A Long Way Down - Nick Hornby
Killing Yourself to Live - Chuck Klosterman
The Woman I Am - Helen Reddy
Letters to Montgomery Clift - Noel Alumit
A Lotus Grows in the Mud - Goldie Hawn
If I Was - Midge Ure
The Future of Music - David Kusek

Specimen Days - Michael Cunningham
Angels Crest - Leslie Schwartz
My Life so Far - Jane Fonda
A Million Little Pieces - James Frey

Autographs (chronological order):
Motels, Key Club Jan
Ian Hunter, Key Club Mar 11
Tori Amos, Tower Sunset Mar 14
Sandra Bernhardt, Silent Movie Theatre Mar 20
Nina Hagen, Silverlake Street Festival Mar 20
Garbage, Wiltern Apr 11
Queens of the Stone Age, Henry Fonda Theatre Apr 18
The Eels, Roxy May 12
Erasure, Avalon May 13
LCD Soundsystem, El Rey May 15
Rachel Yamagata, Amoeba July 18
Naked Eyes, House of Blues Aug 28
ABC, House of Blues Aug 28
Styx, Wiltern Sept 29
Gowan, Wiltern Sept 29
Casablanca, Pantages Oct 2

LeAnn Rimes, Beverly Hilton Oct 10
Eric Carmen, House of Blues Oct 21
Donny Osmond, Borders Westwood Nov 7
Raul Malo, Roxy Nov 17
Tony Orlando & Dawn, Tower Sherman Oaks Nov 27
Sting, Wilshire Theatre Dec 1
Burt Bacharach, Wilshire Theatre Dec 1
Renee Olstead, Wilshire Theatre Dec 1
Desperate Housewives cast, Wiltern Dec 4

Shooter Jennings - Troubadour Dec 8
Captain & Tennille, Tower Records Sherman Oaks Dec 15

see the actual autographs!
go to main page