#315Albums is a list of 315 albums that appear on both the Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, as well as the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die book, edited by Robert Dimery. At its best, it is a representation of some of the greatest music ever released; at its worst, it is a journey through the history of music that the majority see as important, influential, and/or relevant. If nothing else, these albums are worth experiencing at least once to get a better understanding of music, which is why we are working to complete all #315Albums.
“With a voice like an ashtray, Shane MacGowan led this fabulous disaster of an Irish folk-punk band. Rum Sodomy careens between the maudlin and the explosive.”
Artist: The Pogues
Album: Rum Sodomy and The Lash
Rolling Stones Ranking: 440
I couldn’t help but think that I finally learned where Dropkick Murphys found their inspiration the entire time I was listening to this Celtic punk album. It was a hell of a lot different than I expected, but was pretty damn good. I am not a huge Dropkick Murphys fan, but I did go through a small phase of listening to them while in high school, so it was cool to harken back to those days. I was shocked to see this was released in the mid-80s as it is so different than anything else I’ve heard from that era, and I really appreciate it because of that. Not for everyone, but definitely worth a listen.
Image and quote courtesy of Rolling Stone Magazine.
Branden has been a film fan since he was young, roaming the halls of Blockbuster Video, trying to find the grossest, scariest looking VHS covers to rent and watch alone in the basement. It wasn’t until recently, though, that Branden started seeking out the classics of cinema, and began to develop his true passion for the art form. Branden approaches each film with the unique perspective of having studied the art from the inside, having both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in acting. He has been a film critic since 2010, and has previously written for Inside Pulse Movies, We Love Cult, and Diehard Gamefan. His biggest achievement as a film critic, to date, has been founding Cinefessions and turning it from a personal blog to a true film website, housing hundreds of film and television reviews, and dozens of podcasts.