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The Good, The Bad and the Ugly Music Collections

(BW staffers and freelancers rat out their music collections)

Confession is good for the soul, or so they say. Last year for BW's music issue, we printed everybody's top five favorite albums. This year we're going under the skin and dishing the aural dirt on ourselves. So here it is: staffers and freelancers are offering up three titles apiece from their album collections: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The question was interpreted variously ("Bad as in crappy, or as in badass?") and it's up to you, Gentle Reader, to decide what it means. One man's Donovan is another man's Franz Lehár.

-Sara Beitia

Amy Atkins (listings editor)

G: Split Enz, Conflicting Emotion

B: Jeffrey Osborne, Stay With Me Tonight

U: The Sound of Banjos and Ping Pong Percussion

Bingo Barnes (editor)

G: Tom Waits, Rain Dogs

B: The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, Walk Alone

U: Hooked on Classics I, II and More Hooked on Classics (three CD set)

Sara Beitia (staff writer)

G: Pink Floyd, Atom Heart Mother

B: Melvins, The Colossus of Destiny

U: Shane MacGowan and the Popes, Live at the Forum, London 2/11/94

Nicholas Collias (news editor)

G: Dexy's Midnight Runners, Searching for the Young Soul Rebels

B: Dexy's Midnight Runners, Don't Stand Me Down

U: Dexy's Midnight Runners, Live at the BBC, Vol. 1

Katy Dang

(freelance writer)

G: The Dying Californian, We Are the Birds That Stay

B: Fu Manchu, The Action is Go

U: Cher, All I Really Want To Do

Jennifer Gelband (freelance writer)

G: The Tragically Hip, Road Apples

B: Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Question the Answers

U: Beautiful: A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot

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The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

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Elijah Jensen


G: Of Montreal, Satanic Panic in the Attic

B: Skinny Puppy, Bites and Remission

U: Sir Mix-A-Lot, Seminar

Jen Parsons (A&E editor)

G: Neil Young, Harvest

B: Roxette, Look Sharp

U: Yanni, If I Could Tell

Rose Reifsnyder (freelance writer)

G: R.E.M., Life's Rich Pageant

B: Abba Oro (Abba's greatest hits, recorded in Spanish)

U: A Currier and Ives Christmas (Favorite Holiday Instrumentals)

Erin Ruiz (freelance artist):

G: The Good Life, Novena on a Nocturne

B: Debbie Gibson, Greatest Hits

U: Britney Spears, Baby One More Time

Erin Ryan (freelance writer)

G: Dispatch, Silent Steeples

B: Paula Abdul, Forever Your Girl

U: Rick Astley, Whenever You Need Somebody

Chris Schnoor (freelance writer)

G: The Rolling Stones, The Rolling Stones Now

B: Paul and Linda McCartney, Ram

U: Ancient Future, Passion Planet

Nick Schug (freelance writer)

G: Minor Threat, Out of Step

B: Flipper, Blow'n Chunks

U: Pay Toilets, Freedom Rock or Wet & Wild U.S.A.

Erich Walton (owner, the Bouquet)

G: Mother Love Bone, Apple

B: Nightranger, Dawn Patrol

U: Ratt, Out of the Cellar

Ben Wilson (freelance artist)

G: Rogue Wave, Out Of A Shadow

B: Pat Benatar, Best Shots

U: Soundgarden, Down On The Upside

Trudy Young (manager, Paylface)

G: Paylface, self-titled

B: Counting Crows

U: Crash Test Dummies