Interrobang Rewind: Staff favourites edition

Highlights of our favourite classics include Joni Mitchell, Simon and Garfunkel, Green Day, and ABBA.

This edition of the Rewind will be a special one for our Arts and Music issue, where we’ll be taking a look at the Interrobang team’s favourite classic albums.

Ben Harrietha

Iron Maiden — Powerslave (1984)

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A masterpiece in every sense of the word. Powerslave is non-stop hit after non-stop hit. Not a single song on this album is a skip. Metal excellence from front to back. Favourite song has to be “2 Minutes to Midnight;” it’s the lead single for a reason. It’s got a great chorus and the riffs are so iconic. The lyrics of stopping the Antichrist from being born, while also referencing the horrors of the war machine are rad as hell. A must listen.

Hannah Theodore

Simon and Garfunkel — Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)

I grew up knowing many Simon and Garfunkel hits, including the title track of this album. The lyricism on songs like “El Condor Pasa (If I Could)” and the horns on songs like “Keep the Customer Satisfied” will be what keep you coming back time and again.

Paul Simon really popped off when he wrote “So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright.” The tension between Art Garfunkel and Simon was well documented, and this album marks their last outing as a duo. The song references the famous architect, a not-so-subtle dig at Garfunkel, who studied architecture himself. All the interpersonal drama aside, it’s a beautiful song with a haunting melody featuring varied rhythms and syncopations that will leave you humming, “so long...” till dawn.

Kate Otterbein

Green Day — American Idiot (2004)

This album has so much nostalgia attached to it from my preteen and teen years when I listened to it religiously. Still love a good Green Day song, but definitely don’t listen to them as much as I used to!

I have always loved “Boulevard of Broken Dreams.” It’s something I have resonated with, as you try to navigate life growing up and figuring out where your dreams lie. My original “dream” changed a lot after Plan A didn’t work out for me. So I feel I truly walked a “Boulevard of Broken Dreams.”

Johan George

Eminem — The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)

It’s a departure from the Slim Shady persona and more of a criticism of pop culture. He’s much more introspective in this album. The lyrics had a lot more shock factor and relevance, making it his best lyrical work. So many good singles too.

“The Way I Am” is probably my favourite. It has the commentary on fame and the media that I think makes this album such a good listen.

Gerard Creces

Michael Jackson — BAD (1987)

From the onset of the title track through to the close of “Smooth Criminal,” it’s a cocky, sassy, funky ride that brings out the best of both MJ and producer Quincy Jones. Easily the apex of Michael Jackson’s recording career. My favourite track off the album is “The Way You Make Me Feel.” Blast that through your earbuds next time you go for a walk and you’ll be two inches taller. Yes, it’s that uplifting.

Justin Koehler

ABBA — Voulez-Vous (1979)

This album is chock-full of brilliant songs, many of which are stylistically different from each other while remaining within the same genre. “Angeleyes,” “I Have A Dream,” “Chiquitita,” and “Voulez-Vous,” are just some of the spectacular songs.

My personal favourite track on the album is “Angeleyes.” Great message of looking inside people’s appearances to see their true intentions, great instrumentation with the piano, strings, and vocal harmonies. On top of that, their voices just sound great.

Emma Butler

Stevie Nicks — Bella Donna (1981)

This album has a special place in my heart; it’s my go-to album when I’m in a lot of moods. I find I like to listen to a lot of music from the past compared to newer artists and albums.

“Kind of Woman” is a great song on this album. I like to listen to the lyrics and try to figure out what the deeper meaning is. I like to connect and relate the song to my own life with that deeper meaning in mind.

Zoë Alexandra King

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus — Don’t You Fake It (2006)

This album reminds me of my childhood, simply because it was released when I was still under the age of 10 and my older sister would always have this playing. Whilst this album might not be for everyone, the nostalgia that this album brings back to me is unlike any other.

My favourite song from this album is probably “Your Guardian Angel” with a very close runner up of “Face Down.”

Dee-Dee Samuels

Joni Mitchell — Blue (1971)

It’s one of the best singer/songwriter albums ever. Joni tunes her guitar away from the technical, emphasizing her self-taught background. You can really feel the emotion throughout the album, as if Joni and her guitar were one instrument. The guitar is like a vestigial organ for her.

“Case of You” is my favourite song. It’s a masterclass in what an artist is at its core. You don’t listen to that song so much as you are absorbed into it. It is a sentient being all on its own.

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