#25 Son Volt - Trace. When Jay Farrar started his own band after the break up of Uncle Tupelo many thought he would play the Paul to Jeff Tweedy's John. While Tweedy's band Wilco garnered more buzz, I think time has shown that Son Volt was by far the better spin off. Trace is an amazing example of high quality song writing and amazing execution. Farrar's one of a kind voice come to life on this disc, and I played the hell out of it all through out the 90's. Favorite Track: Tie #4 Route and #6 Drown.
#14 Counting Crows - August and Everything After. If I am being honest with myself I have to put this record on my list. This is one of those guilty pleasures, but the fact is that there were few records out in 1994 that I listened to all the way through, and I wore this one out. Still to this day, hearing any of the tracks from this disc takes me back to that huge transitional year between high school and college. Not to mention the impact some of these songs had on my love life, and the subsequent good choices I made due to how bad it was then. Favorite track: #5 Anna Begins
#13 INXS - Kick. This is one of the first rock records I purchased myself, meaning that I rode my bike down town with ten bucks in my mud encrusted paw and made the transaction. At the time I was into Rap more than anything but Z-100 and WPLJ in NYC flogged this record to the point where I had to have it. I played it that whole summer and on into the next year, and never really stopped to this day. They could have been the very earliest seeds of my infatuation for all things Aussie, and even if they weren't this is still one hell of an amazing record. Even JD can't totally fuck up most of these tunes, I guess. Favorite Track: #3 Devil Inside
#12 Eric Clapton - From The Cradle. I know, I know, I know. It's a cover record, sue me. One of the greatest ax men of all times decided to cover some of the greatest blues songs of all time and I'm not supposed to take notice? This was another record I played all the way through multiple times a week, but I wasn't always listening. I found that this disc really impressed visitors to my dorm room, so much so that from time to time we would get caught up in other things and forget to keep listening to the genius that is EC. Clapton is god! Favorite Track: #4 Hoochie Coochie Man.
#11 Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magik. Just as my Sophomore year of high school began I was in the process of coming out of my prolonged rap music phase, what with the advent of Young MC and the like. I was looking for something with a bit more substance, but that was also new. I was immersed in Led Zep, The Doors, The Clash and The Ramones but they were all gone. Enter the Chili Peppers who I was not yet exposed to at that point. Along with Pearl Jam (I'll get to them later) this was the frame for the rest of my high school years, and have stuck with me for 15 years now. This record just had a sound that was so new and fresh to me, that I almost couldn't help over play it. And it still sounds as good today as it did blaring from the tape player at St. Joe's Prep Seminary. That's the sign of good music, isn't it? That it never goes away. Well this record still gets regular spins from this old man, and I don't see that changing as I get even older and gray. Favorite Track: #5 Suck My Kiss.