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10.22.21Four Members Celebrate ApX Anniversaries
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10.22.21Influential Albums: 526-532
10.22.21How to Donate & How to Get Multiple MP3s
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10.15.21Another Rieger Daughter Becomes a Bride
10.15.21Influential Albums: 519-525
10.14.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 17th Single
10.13.21New Single: '85 & '86
10.09.21Updated on Three Prayer Requests from Last Week
10.08.21How to Donate Online or by Mail
10.08.21Influential Albums: 512-518
10.08.21What's on the Never, but Then Again Before CD?
10.04.21This Week's News Bulletin
10.03.21Important Prayer Requests from Three Fans
10.03.21Influential Albums: 505-511
10.02.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 16th Single
10.02.21Get Over 1400 Tracks for $100 This Week
09.30.21More Info on the Upcoming ApologetiX CD
09.28.21New Single: 80's Solo Superstars
09.25.21Next CD Coming Next Month
09.25.21Influential Albums: 498-504
09.25.21New USB Flash Drives Include New CD & Single
09.20.21Couple Will Match All Donations Thru Thursday
09.17.21Urgent Prayer Request for Bill Turner
09.17.21From a Native American ApX Fan in Montana
09.17.21Influential Albums: 491-497
09.17.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 15th Single
09.15.21New Single: 80's One-Hit Wonders (Almost)
09.12.21How to Get the New ApX Digital Interactive Songbook
09.12.21Clues for 2021 Single #15
09.12.21Influential Albums: 484-490
09.07.21This Week's News Bulletin
09.04.21Super Sentiments from 16 States & Saskatchewan
09.04.21Another Praise Report from Darnell Cline
09.04.21No Single This Wkd: Here's Why & What's in the Works
09.04.21Influential Albums: 477-483
08.27.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 14th Single
08.27.21Influential Albums: 470-476
08.24.21New Single: 2 from 1986
08.22.21New CD BOGO Ends Wednesday
08.22.21Big Bunch o' Books: What J.'s Been Reading Lately
08.20.21Influential Albums: 463-469
08.16.21This Week's News Bulletin
08.14.21Influential Albums: 456-462
08.14.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 13th Single
08.10.21New Single: 2 Top 10 Hits from 1985
08.07.21Rich Gets Quick: Fastest ApX Member to 100 Songs
08.07.21Influential Albums: 449-455
08.07.21New CD in Stock: Buy 1, Get 1 of 33 CDs Free
08.02.21This Week's News Bulletin
07.30.21More Prayer Needed for Darnell Cline
07.30.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 12th Single
07.30.21Influential Albums: 442-448
07.27.21New Single: More Mid-80's Music
07.25.21Influential Albums: 435-441
07.25.21What's on the Get Rich Quick CD?
07.22.21This Week's News Bulletin
07.17.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 11th Single
07.16.21Father of the Bride (and Father of the Bride 2)
07.16.21More Info on the Upcoming ApologetiX CD
07.16.21Influential Albums: 428-434
07.12.21New 80's Single: #1 Hit and a One-Hit Wonder
07.10.21Darnell Cline: Encouragement from Other ApX Fans
07.10.21Update on Last Week's Appeal Letter
07.10.21Get Ready for Our 62nd CD
07.10.21Remembering ApX Fan Steve Fagan
07.10.21Influential Albums: 421-427
07.08.21Clues for 2021 Single #11
07.05.21This Week's News Bulletin
07.02.21Darnell Cline: Continued Improvement, Long Way to Go
07.02.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 10th Single
07.01.21Influential Albums: 414-420
06.28.21New Single ('84 & '86)
06.27.21Buy Any CD, Get One Free (CD Downloads, Too)
06.26.21Darnell Cline Transferred to Long-Term Rehab
06.26.21Clues for 2021 Single #10
06.25.21Influential Albums: 407-413
06.18.21New Prayer Update on Darnell Cline
06.18.21Influential Albums: 400-406
06.18.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our Ninth Single
06.14.21New Single: '83 & '86
06.11.21Fan Will Match Donations Through Monday
06.11.21Influential Albums: 393-399
06.04.21Prayer Update on Darnell & Sonja Cline
06.04.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our Eighth Single
06.04.21Influential Albums: 386-392
06.04.21New Single: '83 & '85
05.29.21Influential Albums: 379-385
05.24.21This Week's News Bulletin
05.21.21Influential Albums: 365-378
05.20.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our Seventh Single
05.18.21New Single: More from '84
05.07.21This Week's ApX Radio Show: Mother's Day
05.07.21New Single: '85 & '86
05.07.21Influential Albums: 351-364

The Never-Ending Album Challenge: Week 42
Fri., Feb. 26. 2021 12:10am EST

289. Sandinista! The Clash
I already had cassette recordings of "The Magnificent Seven" and "Somebody Got Murdered" courtesy of my old friend Michael Ranieri, but it was another Michael — my housemate Mike Brechbill — who opened my eyes and ears to the many other great songs on this triple-album. He was downstairs playing "Police in My Back" and "Washington Bullets" (he must have been on side four) and they sounded great. I would go on to discover other great tracks such as "Ivan Meets G.I. Joe," "Career Opportunities," "Hitsville UK," "The Call-Up," and "Charlie Don't Surf." I don't think this album is as consistently good as London Calling, but it might come close if they trimmed it down to a double like that one.

290. Physical Graffiti Led Zeppelin
I awoke with a start. What was that noise? Was there a dinosaur downstairs? Turns out it was "In the Light," the ominous, brooding, thundering, first track on side three of Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti. Mikey Brechbill had it cranked on his stereo for the whole house to hear, way too early for a college student on a Saturday morning. I'd never really gotten into that particular Zep album (Yeah, I know some people consider it their finest effort — I only knew a couple of the songs back then), but that got my attention. I recorded some of the songs from Mikey's record. My favorites were the opening tracks on each of the four sides — "Custard Pie," "Houses of the Holy," "In the Light," and "Night Flight" — although I Iiked plenty of others and eventually bought the CD for myself. ApologetiX went on to spoof "Kashmir" in 2007. Incidentally, "In the Light" was later used to great effect in the season-one finale of the TV show Mindhunter.

291. 20 Golden Greats (Buddy Holly Lives) Buddy Holly
This is the third album in a row Mikey Brechbill (whom we also affectionately called "Monkey" and "our Mikey") inadvertently introduced me to — by blasting it throughout the dump the five of us called "home" senior year. I knew Buddy had influenced many musicians, and I'd heard some of his songs ("Peggy Sue," "That'll Be the Day," etc.), but I didn't realize how many other great tunes he had, many of which were covered by other artists on albums I owned or had on tape ("Not Fade Away" by The Stones, "Words of Love" by The Beatles, "Heartbeat" by The Knack, "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" by Linda Ronstadt, etc.). Among the 20 included in this collection, I especially liked "Rave On," "Peggy Sue Got Married," "Well All Right," "Brown Eyed Handsome Man," and "Oh, Boy!" I went out and bought a similar anthology called A Rock and Roll Collection. It had 24 tracks, but was missing a few key songs — "Everyday," "True Love Ways," and "It's So Easy" — so I'd recommend this one. Buddy even made glasses cool for a while. Unfortunately, that time had already passed long before I had to get them in third grade.

292. Power Windows Rush
I can't remember how I ended up with this cassette, which came out in the fall of 1985. The songs I already knew and liked from the radio were "The Big Money" and "The Manhattan Project," both of which hit the Top 10 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart. "Territories" is the other song that has really stuck with me through the years. "Mystic Rhythms" is pretty good, too. "The Big Money" almost became a Top 40 hit, stalling at #45. Alas, Rush only ever had one of those, "New World Man," a #21 hit in '82. Ironically, Rush lead singer Geddy Lee had his biggest U.S. hit with SCTV stars Bob & McKenzie — "Take Off," a #16 hit earlier in '82.

293. Baby Boomer Classics: Folk 60's - Various Artists
This collection contained a dozen folk hits from the 60's. My favorites were "Walk Right In" (The Rooftop Singers), "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" (The Kingston Trio), "Green, Green" (The New Christy Minstrels), "You Were on My Mind" (We Five), and "I'll Never Find Another You" (The Seekers). But I enjoyed the other seven tunes, too. Play that folky music.

294. The Breakfast Club Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
This movie came out during my junior year in college, but I didn't see it till senior year. Even though it was about high-school students, it had a profound impact on me. I watched it multiple times and wound up memorizing large portions of the dialogue. The opening track on the album, "Don't You (Forget About Me)" by Simple Minds, had been a number-one hit in 1985 and was probably my favorite song of that entire year. "Fire in the Twilight" by Wang Chung was also released as a single from this album but didn't fare as well — it only went to #110! But it, and other songs on this album like "We Are Not Alone" by Karla DeVito and "Love Theme" by Keith Forsey, instantly took me back to the movie, like any good soundtrack should.

Note: Just because the albums on my list influenced me back then doesn't mean I give them all a blanket endorsement now. I started actively listening to music in the early 70's and didn't become a born-again Christian until early 1988, so it's going to be a while before we get to the Christian albums, but there will be many of those when the time comes (literally).