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Twelve CDs Andrew W.K. Says You've Gotta Get -- By Any Means

1 COUCH Glass Brothers: 1993-1994 1995 (Bulb) ''This is a band from my freaky, cool hometown, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Their music is so intense, so bizarre.''

2 TO LIVE AND SHAVE IN L.A. 30-Minuten Mannercreme 1994 (Lisp) ''When I was 14, I was into the craziest music that I could get my hands on, and this was so different. I could never have imagined it, and you could never have described it to me.''

3 TO LIVE AND SHAVE IN L.A. The Wigmaker in Eighteenth Century Williamsburg 2003 (Menlo Park) ''A few years ago I was in a bar with [bandleader] Tom Smith and he played me some stuff he was working on over a Walkman. Even then, in a noisy bar on headphones, I was shivering with excitement.''

4 NAPALM DEATH Harmony Corruption 1990 (Earache) ''Napalm Death is, by far, one of the most important musical things ever. It stretched the boundaries and squished the boundaries at the same time.''

5 BACH The Brandenburg Concertos (any version) 1721 ''Tears well up in my eyes when I read about Bach and how much people love him.''

6 OBITUARY Anthology 2001 (Roadrunner) ''I ended up writing a letter to the drummer asking him to be in my band, and he did. It was an amazing miracle.''

7 PARLIAMENT Funkentelechy vs. the Placebo Syndrome 1977 (PolyGram) ''This makes me feel as happy as I could possibly feel. Maybe once I get married or have a baby, I'll exceed that.''

8 BOOTSY COLLINS Ahh...the Name Is Bootsy, Baby! 1977 (Warner Bros.) ''I think George Clinton said that Funkadelic is for 18- to 40-year-olds, Parliament is for 10- to 18-year-olds, and Bootsy is for 4- to 10-year-olds.''

9 THROBBING GRISTLE D.O.A.: The Third and Final Report of Throbbing Gristle 1978 (Mute) ''The first industrial band. It's my favorite of theirs because of the song 'Hamburger Lady.'''

10 GYORGY LIGETI The Ligeti Project II 2002 (Teldec) ''If you listen to it at home alone -- I don't care if it's the most sunny, beautiful day outside -- you will be very scared.''

11 TERRY RILEY Descending Moonshine Dervishes 1983 (Kuck Kuck) ''He's one of the first important electronic musicians and was embraced by rock musicians. [Mimics the intro to the Who's ''Baba O'Riley''] He invented that.''

12 LUNGFISH Love Is Love 2003 (Dischord) ''One of the greatest bands I've ever seen live. You can find infinity within four notes.''

The hard-rocker hosts MTV2's advice show Your Friend, Andrew W.K.

Originally posted Jun 18, 2004 Published in issue #770 Jun 18, 2004 Order article reprints
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