Jack Black’s top five albums
Jack Black, lead singer of heavy metal-folk parody duo Tenacious D, stars in the new film High Fidelity as Barry, an acerbic record-store clerk who excoriates customers for their poor taste and obsessively devises Top Five lists. In that spirit, we present Black’s Top Five Albums of All Time (or at least, he says, of this week).
1. Radiohead, The Bends (1995)
If you want concept, you go OK Computer. But if you wanna rock — if you want straight-up f—in’ songs — you go The Bends. The first few listens, I was like, ”I don’t understand…. My brain’s not computing….” Then it clicked in: ”Ohhhh, I see! It’s the best band in the history of rock!”
2. Liz Phair, Exile in Guyville (1993)
Song after song, it’s a kick in the nuts and a clop in the chops. She’s got those meandering melodies that never stop. So complex and delicious. Love her.
3. Devo, Freedom of Choice (1980)
They were the first ones in my mind to have a fully realized concept with their band. They had a genius theatricality, a creepy sense of humor, and also some kick-ass tunes.
4. Black Sabbath, We Sold Our Souls for Rock ‘N’ Roll (1976)
Ozzy is the most haunting, evil, kick-ass vocalist in history. Hands down. This album is a capsule of a romantic time when Satan was real. You were going to hell but you didn’t care because it rocked so f—in’ hard.
5. The Pixies, Surfer Rosa (1988)
Black Francis’ melodies and vocalizations were so primal and original. And that Santiago guy was from another f—in’ planet with genius guitar licks. They were Nirvana, but no one knew it.
[Moments after finishing the list…] I can’t believe I left out AC/DC’s Back in Black! It kicks all those albums’ asses. Can you make that five and a half? No, put it like f—in’ zero — it comes ahead of one.