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I consider myself a student of film. I watch a lot of movies. I read about them. As a photographer, I’m always looking at how cinematographers use visual elements as part of the filmmaking. As a writer, I look at how words and the rhythm of dialogue becomes part of a movie. Then I watch them again to see what I missed.

CHICAGO

Another band that was part of my early years listening to the radio. Terry Kath and Robert Lamm provide unmistakable vocals, and Chicago really developed my love of backing horns in rock music.

ESSENTIAL TRACKS/ALBUM
25 or 6 to 4 / Chicago II
Make Me Smile / Chicago II
Saturday in the Park / Chicago V

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DOOBIE BROTHERS
I have to admit that I got onto the Doobies late, in the Michael McDonald years, but eventually appreciated the early work better. The two greatest hits albums may be the only ones I had in vinyl, 8-track and cassette, and I wore them all out.

ESSENTIAL TRACKS/ALBUM
Long Train Runnin’ / The Captain and Me
Jesus is Just Alright  / Toulouse Street
China Grove / The Captain and Me


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ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA
It’s only been in the last 10 years or so that I really started listening to ELO, and I can’t say why it took so long. I know there was a VW commercial that used “Mr. Blue Sky” that may have jump-started it, and I realized how many great songs they had.

ESSENTIAL TRACKS/ALBUM
Turn to Stone / Out of the Blue
Mr. Blue Sky / Out of the Blue
Don’t Bring Me Down / Discovery


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PETER GABRIEL
I knew about Gabriel through “Shock the Monkey,” but in 1986 he came out with the stellar album “So.” The video for “Sledgehammer” was amazing, and it led me to listening to his other great work.

ESSENTIAL TRACKS/ALBUM
Solsbury Hill / Peter Gabriel 1
Sledgehammer / So
In Your Eyes / So


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ELTON JOHN
Of course, Elton John got huge radio play in the 70s when I was listening to the radio. There was hit after hit, and they are all well-known, but I really started liking a lot of his lesser-known deeper tracks like “My Father’s Gun” and “Amoreena”.

ESSENTIAL TRACKS/ALBUM
Bennie and the Jets  / Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me  / Caribou
Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds  / Single


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THE CURE
Of course, Elton John got huge radio play in the 70s when I was listening to the radio. There was hit after hit, and they are all well-known, but I really started liking a lot of his lesser-known deeper tracks like “My Father’s Gun” and “Amoreena”.

ESSENTIAL TRACKS/ALBUM
Bennie and the Jets  / Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me  / Caribou
Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds  / Single


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BOB MARLEY
Of course, Elton John got huge radio play in the 70s when I was listening to the radio. There was hit after hit, and they are all well-known, but I really started liking a lot of his lesser-known deeper tracks like “My Father’s Gun” and “Amoreena”.

ESSENTIAL TRACKS/ALBUM
Bennie and the Jets  / Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me  / Caribou
Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds  / Single

KISS

As a middle-schooler, I was a follower, and every teenage boy was listening to KISS, so I did, too. “Hotter than Hell” was the first album I bought, and having “Destroyer” was a right of passage. No, the music isn’t great, but it’s an important part of my musical past, and you’ll still catch me playing air guitar to the solo in “Detroit Rock City.”

ESSENTIAL TRACKS/ALBUM
Rock and Roll All Nite / Dressed to Kill
Detroit Rock City / Destroyer
Love Gun / Love Gun

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VAN MORRISON
Morrison is one of those artists that I drifted to as I started building some depth into my listening. He has a beautifully soulful style, but I also loved the harder-edged “Gloria” and “Baby Please Don’t Go” when he was with the group “Them.”

ESSENTIAL TRACKS/ALBUM
Moondance  / Moondance
Into the Mystic  /  Moondance
Crazy Love  / 


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PEARL JAM
“Ten” was released about the time I was moving my music into CDs, and it was a huge album. I saw Pearl Jam when they played at Purdue in the early 90s.They have a deep catalog, and my favorites come from the deeper tracks.

ESSENTIAL TRACKS/ALBUM
Black / Ten
Rearviewmirror  /  Vs.
Elderly Woman …  /  Vs.


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QUEEN
The band really came into my sphere when our middle school basketball team went undefeated, and “We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions” became our anthem on the bus rides to games. Then the album “The Game” came out and Queen became a staple in rotation.

ESSENTIAL TRACKS/ALBUM
Under Pressure /  Hot Space
Bohemian Rhapsody /  A Night at the Opera
Somebody to Love   /  A Day at the Races


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U2
When I was at Purdue, U2 was a bit of a college band, not the mega group they now are. I knew them back from the album “Boy,” and knew the singles “New Year’s Day” and “Sunday, Bloody Sunday.” But “Joshua Tree” put U2 into the stratosphere as a supergroup and that album became one of the best of all time. The 30-year anniversary tour of that album is taking place in 2017.

ESSENTIAL TRACKS/ALBUM
With or Without You  / The Joshua Tree
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For / The Joshua Tree
Where the Streets Have No Name  / The Joshua Tree


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DEPECHE MODE
Of course, Elton John got huge radio play in the 70s when I was listening to the radio. There was hit after hit, and they are all well-known, but I really started liking a lot of his lesser-known deeper tracks like “My Father’s Gun” and “Amoreena”.

ESSENTIAL TRACKS/ALBUM
Bennie and the Jets  / Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me  / Caribou
Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds  / Single

B-52s

At the time, the B-52s to me were that band that had “Love Shack” on overload in music video rotation. It was catchy, but it didn’t really do much for me. But “Rock Lobster” was on the jukebox at the bar across the street form the paper, and we played it a lot on Saturday nights after deadline. That took me back to the bands older stuff, and those tracks hit a sweet spot.

ESSENTIAL TRACKS/ALBUM
Private Idaho  /  
Channel Z  /  
Rock Lobster  / 

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BLACK CROWES
After I started tracing the blues back into rock, one of the first bands that came up were the Black Crowes. They covered a lot of blues and R&B artists, like “Hard to Handle” from Otis Redding, and “Shake Your Moneymaker” from Elmore James. The Crowes’ original song “Wiser Time” is my all-time top track by any artist. It has a mellow bluesiness with an edge, and includes solid guitar and keyboard solos. It’s not well-known, but I’m glad I found it.

ESSENTIAL TRACKS/ALBUM
Wiser Time  /  Amorica
Remedy  /      
Jealous Again  / 


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PRINCE
I probably didn’t appreciate Prince as much as I should have at the height of his brilliance.  His dance music was on every playlist at every college party, but I wasn’t much of a dancer, at least when people were around. But my lasting memory is Prince playing “Purple Rain” IN the rain at the Bears-Colts Super Bowl. It was the only good part of that game.

ESSENTIAL TRACKS/ALBUM
Purple Rain  /  
I Would Die 4 You  /  
Let’s Go Crazy  / 


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SOUNDGARDEN
Nirvana and Pearl Jam brought the Seattle grunge music into the mainstream, but Soundgarden predates them both. When grunge became mainstream, I heard “Black Hole Sun” and saw the amazing video and was hooked.

ESSENTIAL TRACKS/ALBUM
Solsbury Hill /  Peter Gabriel 1
Sledgehammer  /  So
In Your Eyes  /  So


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VIOLENT FEMMES
On a college road trip to Ohio State in 1984, I saw the Violent Femmes at the Newport, a little theater on High Street. I had never heard of them before — nobody had really heard of them before — but the music was great and the whole trip was a lot of fun. The Femmes have been in rotation ever since.

ESSENTIAL TRACKS/ALBUM
Blister in the Sun  /  
Kiss Off  /  
Gone Daddy Gone  / 


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THE PLIMSOULS
Of course, Elton John got huge radio play in the 70s when I was listening to the radio. There was hit after hit, and they are all well-known, but I really started liking a lot of his lesser-known deeper tracks like “My Father’s Gun” and “Amoreena”.

ESSENTIAL TRACKS/ALBUM
Bennie and the Jets  / Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me  / Caribou
Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds  / Single