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Fred Armisen lists twelve must-have CDs

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1 SLEATER-KINNEY The Hot Rock 1999 (Kill Rock Stars) ”This album is perfect from beginning to end. ‘Get Up’ is my favorite song ever. They have just finished a new album, and even though I haven’t heard it yet, it’s my favorite of 2005.”

2 SLEATER-KINNEY One Beat 2002 (Kill Rock Stars) ”This one is incredible too. The title song makes me think that Janet Weiss is the greatest drummer alive.”

3PRINCE Lovesexy 1988 (Paisley Park/Warner Bros.) ”It was difficult for me to pick a favorite Prince album since they’re all amazing. But Lovesexy looked up at me and said, ‘Psst. Fred. Pick me.”’

4 THE CLASH Sandinista! 1980 (Epic) ”This to me is definitely their best. I get into the dub stuff when I’m on a train and the punk stuff when I’m walking. It reminds me of New York City.”

5 HÜSKER DÜ New Day Rising 1985 (SST) ”What’s more powerful than that drum intro? What? Here’s a secret, and this doesn’t leave this page. Whenever I hear it I imagine that it’s me playing.”

6 PAUL & LINDA MCCARTNEY Ram 1971 (Capitol) ”It sounds like somebody who’s really in love with making music. It’s also kind of arty, which I like. The song ‘Dear Boy’ is so beautiful.”

7 THE DAMNED Strawberries 1982 (Castle Music) ”Psychedelic but not hippieish. Ever wonder who the Dracula of today is? It’s singer Dave Vanian.”

8 KRAFTWERK Computer World 1981 (Elektra) ”Nothing beats songs about home computers and calculators! You would think that they would sound cold, but the results are somehow soothing.”

9 JOANNA NEWSOM The Milk-Eyed Mender 2004 (Drag City) ”I saw her live, and you have to see what it’s like to watch someone play the harp so well.”

10 DUKE ELLINGTON The Afro-Eurasian Eclipse 1971 (Fantasy) ”Heavily percussive, dramatic, and starts with a cool verbal introduction.”

11 DEVO Duty Now for the Future 1979 (EMI) ”I loved their whole ideology and aesthetic.”

12 JIM O’ROURKE Insignificance 2001 (Drag City) ”I really identify with the lyrics. They’re kind of mean. He also does some great work with Wilco.”

The post-punk percussionist-turned-SNL featured player can also be seen in the Anchorman DVD, as Tino.

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