Top 10 albums for the playa 2001
Suede ö Sci-Fi Lullabies
This two-disc collection of Suedeās b-sides actually works
better than any single Suede album. You might think their brand of
super-metropolitan urban sleaze is all wrong for the desert, but youād be an
Anastacia ö Not That Kind
For the giant soul-queen in all of us, even if Anastacia is
a skinny white-chick. Sheās got a voice with all the power and character of an
Aretha Franklin or a Macy Grey, so itās the right soundtrack for putting on
day-glo eye shadow.
Muse ö Origin of Symmetry
Muse shake off the Radiohead comparisons with an album of
overblown pomp-rock thatās perfect for these wide-open vistas, and mops the
floor with Kid-fucking-A. Melodramatic. Pretentious. Ridiculous. And yet it
The Misfits ö
Walk Among Us
Because goddamnit, youāve heard enough freakinā trance this
Beenie Man ö Maestro
Because, hey, weāre multi-cultural, even if there are fewer
black people in BRC than there are on Jesse Helmsā advisory staff. Works well
for impromptu luaus and other mai-tai based gatherings.
The Mission UK ö Children
This slab of early-80ās goth was produced by Led Zeppelinās
John Paul Jones, and the tunes are huge. Put it on before doing battle in the
Tool ö Lateralus
ćThe Radiohead of Metal,ä theyāve been called. Whatever,
theyāre doing interesting things with their art, and if all else fails you can
use the beautifully designed CD case as an extra nifty trip toy.
Matt Darey ö Pure Euphoria
As mix CDs go, this one kicks. Darey is best known for
remixing the insanely uplifting track ćHeavenās Earthä by Delirium, and this
two-disk mix finds him applying his anthem-trance skills to the dance floor.
For when youāve come on.
Motorhead ö Everything Louder Than Everything Else
A cherry-picked greatest hits set, live and well-produced
for once. Because if you have to camp next to Incessant Shitty House Camp you
need some early morning payback.
Nelly ö Country Grammar
Sing-song party rap thatās actually fun, unlike, say, the Wu
Tang Clan. The title track and ćRide with Meä will get everybody in your camp
bobbing their heads and shaking their asses, or my nameās not Malderor.