We're headed across the pond today for both of our selections so why not get our bonus pick from the British Isles, too?
We've got several picks in our countdown that were either part of the British invasion of the '60s or inspired by it so why not look at a band from that era that didn't make the cut. The Kinks were one of the biggest bands to find success on both sides of the Atlantic first hitting the pop scene in 1964 with their debut album simply titled "Kinks."
Their best moments would come a couple of years later starting with "Face to Face" in 1966 followed by "Something Else by the Kinks" in 1967. Our pick of the day, however, is their 1968 album "The Village Green Preservation Society" - an elegy of sorts to the passing of time-honored English traditions in the face of a modern world. Long live The Kinks and Merrie Olde England.
- Chuck Cox and Kendall Webb
CHUCK'S ALBUM OF THE DAY
The Bends (1995)
Why I Love It
Sophomore jinx? Not a chance. WhileOK Computeris widely regarded as the band's best album, its predecessor grabbed me by the ears and hasn't let go 25 years later. This fantastic effort led Radiohead in a new direction after the massive success of "Creep" off its debut. I love every track and the guitar work on this album. It's a perfect 90s music album. Plus, "Fake Plastic Trees" ranks highly on my list of all-time favorite songs.
"The Bends," "High and Dry" and "Fake Plastic Trees"
Kendall on Chuck's Album of the Day
This was one of my finalists, and I hated to cut it. So I was glad to see it show up on Chuck's list when we shared our selections. A worthy pick for any Top 100 list.
KENDALL'S ALBUM OF THE DAY
Forgiven, Not Forgotten (1996)
Why I Love It
A mix of traditional Irish and modern adult contemporary pop, this album was one of the more unique records to arrive on the scene in the mid-'90s.
A family band comprised of sisters Andrea, Caroline and Sharon along with brother Jim, the band never really hit it as big as this album suggests it should have, but don't let the lack of familiarity stop you from giving it a spin. "Runaway" only got to No. 68 on the Billboard Hot 100, but it should have been a huge hit and still rings true almost a quarter of a century later. "The Right Time" bubbled under at No. 112, but it should have been a big hit, too. Ditto for "Love To Love You." An overlooked gem from the crowded pop scene of that era.
"Runaway," "The Right Time" and "Love To Love You"
Chuck on Kendall's Album of the Day
I have always been a big fan of traditional Irish music, which is a big player on this fantastic debut album. Infused with a modern sound including gorgeous harmonies, this record stands the test of time. I love the instrumentals as much as the other tracks. Great record.