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5 Albums I Can't Live Without

5 Albums I Can’t Live Without: Johnny 3 Tears of Hollywood Undead

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Name  Johnny 3 Tears

Best known for  D list celebrity status (I knew Tom from MySpace).

Current city  L.A.

Really want to be in Prague. I would be walking the streets and enjoying antiquity.

Excited about  New album dropping, our best yet in my opinion.

My current music collection has a lot of Folk, been on a weird folk journey lately. John Prine and Gordon Lightfoot in particular.

And a little bit of  Hip hop always.

You wouldn’t expect me to listen to  I love Enya and Portishead.

Preferred format  I prefer vinyl for sound quality, but streaming is just awesome. Think of a random song and play it, pretty awesome.


5 Albums I Can’t Live Without:


Green River, Creedence Clearwater Revival


It’s just so perfectly written, no wasted notes, nothing embellished. Fogerty is an underestimated player, I suck and can recognize his brilliance. And, of course, songs are hooky but have heart.

Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Wu-Tang Clan


This was the first album I heard that had interchanging members, which we tried to duplicate (and failed on many occasions). What I loved so much when I heard it was that they had so much personality, I literally felt like I was in Wu, it made me feel like I was a part of something. That’s special.

Sea Change, Beck


Best album about heartbreak I’ve ever heard. Stripped and as honest as can be. It actually shifted what I believe was important about music, I realized that my story could be important also, I stopped writing for other people and started writing what I felt–changed my life.

Revolver, The Beatles


Just about as good as it gets, I can’t imagine a better album honestly in many ways. Songwriting was peak quality, never really touched again, in my opinion. “Eleanor Rigby” is still my favorite song ever written.

The Marshall Mathers LP, Eminem


This was when I realized that hip hop could be self-deprecating and vulnerable. It’s an amazing album top to bottom, got me though some tougher times, and I always remember those albums.