Jon Boroshok

College Instructor, PR/Marketing Comm. Specialist, and Journalist

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What Are Your Top 12 “Go To” Albums/CDs?

Just because it’s a Sunday night, I’m not in the mood to grade any more papers, and there’s nothing good on TV. A while back, someone issued one of those Facebook challenges, daring friends to come up with a list of 12 albums/CDs (not singles) that have stayed with you for a long time. There really weren’t any rules – I suppose you could have more than one CD by the same artist, and you could always cop out with a “greatest hits.”

As the reigning “Name That Tune” champion at work, I find such deep philosophical discussions irresistible, so I thought I’d try it out on my blog. Yes, it’s just an excuse for a quick easy post. This is not my list of greatest albums of all time — that might look somewhat different, and I know some things are sorely missing — like a whole bunch of great 80s pop/rock/alternative like U2‘s “Joshua Tree” and lot of singles from band’s like The Ramones and REM. I only got to pick 12, so I went back further to see what stood a longer test of time. I’m shocked I left The Ramones off since to this day  I can’t sit still when I hear them, but there never was a Ramones album that I played over and over and over.

In no particular order:

bostonBoston- Boston:
The debut album that got me off a steady diet of folk and California rock. Bought it as vinyl in 1975, and played it more than enough to replace it with the first CD I ever bought. Still love it. RIP Brad Delp.

Bruce Springsteen – Darkness on the Edge of Town: The ultimate album when I’m in a shitty mood, and a great rocker when I’m not. Turn it up!

Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run: “So you’re scared and you’re thinking that maybe we ain’t that young anymore. Show a little faith there’s magic in the night.” (Thunder Road)springsteen-borntorun

Meat Loaf – Bat Out of Hell: I still like it even though it came out while I was in high school.

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes – Hearts of Stone: Classic Jersey shore!

Billy Joel – Turnstiles: This was tough. I almost went with his “Glass Houses” instead. I’m not sure either has always stayed with me, but I find myself coming back to them after long breaks.

The Raspberries – Greatest Hits: I know, a “hits” disc is kind of cheating, but this power pop band has been a favorite for years, and the first album of theirs I bought was greatest hits, so I’m sticking to it. Crank out “I Wanna Be With You.”

The Clash – London Calling: A more recent discovery for me compared to many of their longtime fans, but it’s a great album.

Blondie – Parallel Lines: A post-punk classic, just as they started going pop. I can do without the disco “Heart of Glass.”

Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water: Skip “El Candor Pasa,” (I’d rather be a bucket than a pail) but otherwise a great album. I heard a lot of S&G as a kid and early teen years.

Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: Actually a tossup between this and “Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.”  Both came out while I was in middle school, and still sound good on the rare occasion I play them.

Eagles – Greatest Hits: Hits yes, but it’s Eagles. It was this or Don Henley’s “Actual Miles,” but that’s a greatest hits too.


I wonder how many I’ll change or realize I missed when I see them on someone else’s list!

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Do You Have The Time To Listen To Me Whine?

GreenDayMy generation had little in common with our parents musically. We were told to “turn down that noise, I can’t even hear myself think.” Tail end Baby Boomers like me, born in the 1960s, are the last generation whose parents didn’t grow up listening to rock and roll.

The generation gap no longer applies to music. My kids and I just fight over what rock to listen to. Sometimes we agree. We even took a road tip to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

This past Fall, my 11 year old son, Tyler, mentioned he’d love to see his favorite band, Green Day, if they ever perform nearby. I like them too, so I looked online, and sure enough, tickets were going on sale for a January 18, 2013 show in Manchester, NH, only 40 minutes from home. We paid to join Idiot Nation, Green Day’s official fan club, which let us buy good seats ahead of the general public.

This would be the first concert we agreed on. When he was little, we saw the Hannah Montana/Jonas Brothers tour (for him), followed the next year by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (for me). We both wanted this one, but Tyler “really really really” wanted it. Tyler learned the riffs to American Idiot and Nuclear Family during his guitar lessons. He counted down the months, Tre, Dos, Uno.

Then Green Day postponed the show. Then they canceled it altogether as Billy Joe Armstrong, the lead singer, needed time to complete rehab. Green Day is back on tour, but they’re not coming anywhere near us. Tyler didn’t want the refund, he wanted the show.

Last week, he had to write a sensory poem for his sixth grade Language Arts class. What you’re about to read is his poem, untouched by parental hands – the honest expression of a disappointed 11 year old rocker. If you’re out there, Green Day, and just happen to read this, please, come to Boston (or better yet, back to Manchester).

Tyler at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - June 2012

Tyler at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame – June 2012

My Dream of Green Day

By Tyler Boroshok

I would love to see Green Day live in show,
playing songs from Dookie, American Idiot, up to Uno.
I can imagine the vocals, the drums, guitar, and bass,

performing my favorite song, Basket Case.
Their rock n roll I find as my sweet, sweet, heaven,
which most people find weird for a kid who’s eleven,
but I don’t care what they say,
because nothing will stop me from listening to Green Day.
I can see them performing in my head,
but it would be cooler to see them live instead.
I can hear the cheers from the crowd,
Green Day fans cheering, and cheering loud.
I’d be along with those screaming fans,
cheering as we hear the wonderful band.
All I needed to hear from Green Day was one song,
because I’ve been a supporting fan all along.
I would ride by train, bus, airplane, or car,
I would travel to see Green Day no matter how far.


Watch Tyler playing Green Day’s “Nuclear Family”