Songs From Concept Albums
Posted 8/14/2013 5:18:00 PM

This Week's Mystery Themed 12-Pack: Songs From Concept Albums

1.      Green Day – American Idiot

From the album American Idiot, which was inspired by the work of The Who and several musicals. The album follows the life of Jesus of Suburbia, a character with "antihero" image created by Billie Joe Armstrong. 

2.      The Killers – Read My Mind

From Sam’s Town, a concept album that chronologically retells everything important that got frontman Brandon Flowers where he is today. The songs are based on his life experiences.

3.      The Who – Love Reign O’er Me

From the rock opera Quadrophenia - The name is a variation on the popular usage of the medical diagnostic term schizophrenia as dissociative identity disorder, to reflect the four distinct personalities of Jimmy, the opera's protagonist – each said to represent the personality of one member of The Who.


4.      Pink Floyd – Hey You

From The Wall. It is a concept album that deals largely with themes of abandonment and personal isolation.


5.      Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway

From the album of the same name, which tells the surreal story of a half Puerto Rican juvenile delinquent named Rael living in New York City, who is swept underground to face bizarre creatures and nightmarish dangers in order to rescue his brother John.  Phil Collins has remarked that the entire concept is about split personality; In this context, Rael would believe he is looking for John but is actually looking for a missing part of himself. 


6.      David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust

From The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars. The album tells the story of Bowie's alter-ego Ziggy Stardust, a rock star who acts as a messenger for extraterrestrial beings. The album, and the character of Ziggy Stardust, was known for its glam rock influences and themes of sexual exploration and social commentary.


7.      Nine Inch Nails – Closer

From The Downward Spiral, a concept album detailing the destruction of a man, from the beginning of his "downward spiral" to his climactic attempt at suicide.


8.      The Eagles – Hotel California

From the album of the same name.  That record a metaphor for the perceived decline of America into materialism and decadence.


9.      My Chemical Romance – Welcome To The Black Parade

From The Black Parade. It is a rock opera centering on a dying character with cancer known as "The Patient". The album tells the story of his apparent death, experiences in the afterlife, and subsequent reflection on his life.


10.   Queens Of The Stone Age – No One Knows

From the album Songs For The Deaf. It is considered a concept album because it takes the listener on a drive from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree while tuning into radio stations from towns on the way such as Banning and the "Bible Belt" on "God Is In The Radio" and Chino Hills, California.


11.  Muse - Uprising

From The Resistance. Frontman Matthew Bellamy explained “It's definitely got a few themes which go throughout. Themes like revolution, uprising, wanting political change, constitutional reform ... as well as a sort-of, kind-of love story developing in the midst of all that."


12.   Marilyn Manson – The Beautiful People

From Antichrist Superstar, released in 1996. After the release of Holy Wood 4 years later, Marilyn Manson divulged that his concept album trilogy is an autobiographical story told in a reverse timeline (chronologically reverse from their actual release dates). That means Holy Wood opens the storyline followed by Mechanical Animals and concludes with Antichrist Superstar. Furthermore, though Antichrist Superstar and Mechanical Animals made sense as individual concept albums on their own, there was a hidden overarching story running through the three releases.



Posted By: Jaxon  

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