Today, I am participating in another nice little blogging challenge. It is the Super 8 Debut. The challenge is to list the top 8 debut albums ever. Of course this would be easy if you were to go purely based on sales, but I couldn't in good conscience - or in any form of sanity - list anything by Britney Spears or the Backstreet Boys. So, these then are my personal selections for top 8 debut albums ever....
Number 8 - The Eagles ~ Eagles
The Eagles talent should be obvious to any and all who have ever listened. Take It Easy has to be one of the most recognizable songs to ever come out of America. Plain and simple - this band has talent!
Number 7 - Guns N Roses ~ Appetite For Destruction
You knew it had to be on the list! Seriously, if you lived in the 'burbs back in the day this one was mailed to you. It is safe to say that almost everyone knows or has heard at least one track of this classic. I remember being in Steve's Music Store in Ottawa and the guy working went completely insane when someone picked up a guitar and started playing the riff for "Sweet Child of Mine", because that was what everyone played when they picked up an axe...too funny...the guy seriously went bonkers...and you have the riff in your head RIGHT NOW, don't you? LOL!
Number 6 - Pearl Jam ~ Ten
Classic! This is the one that really rocketed the Seattle grunge scene or "Alternative" music to the forefront. For all the Nirvana fans out there - this is the one that drove Cobain nuts to the point of calling Vedder a "sell-out". Personally, I never liked Nirvana so, that makes me laugh. Seriously though, this one was a beauty!
Number 5 - Marillion ~ Script For A Jester's Tear
All the album's from the "Fish" era were nothing short of musical genius. Those first three albums - this one - along with Misplaced Childhood and Clutching At Straws are brilliant. If you consider yourself any kind of music - as an art form - lover, you need to check those out!
Number 4 - Marillion ~ Season's End
The "debut" of Steve Hogarth proved to be a massive success for Marillion. I kind of cheated - I know - but this is a debut of sorts and as a die hard "Marillionaire" (fan), this was a new beautiful beginning for this band.
Number 3 - U2 ~ Boy
Seriously, I don't need to defend this selection do I? This really should be on every list.
If you know anything about me at all, you know that I love this band. They are quite simply the best at what they do. Start to finish, this is money - Finding My Way to open and Working Man to finish up - come on! Classic deluxe factor 10!
You knew this was going to be number one. Even more than "Boy" this one really needs to be on every list. If not, I seriously question your ability to do just about anything requiring logic or rational thinking. Seriously though, forget about debuts, this is one of the best albums of all time - period!
And now for a couple of honourable mentions...
Technically this shouldn't be included as a debut album because as a young teen Alanis released something that I hesitate to call an album. Yes, it was that bad.
And a couple of "where are they now" selections...
What's he up to now? Listen...you can almost hear the crickets.