It’s music week here at CJS, and what would a good music week be without talk of live music? We love going to shows and we spend a lot of time discussing shows we would like to see. And based on a recent trend in live music has been bands playing an entire album in order at the show. With that in mind, this week’s questions was: What album would you most want to hear played live from start to finish?

As always, staff responses are first, Regulars chime in afterward. If you forgot to confess this week, have a comment on a fellow confessor, or simply want to voice any opinion, please do so in the comments. We’ll have next week’s prompt at the article’s conclusion, so please join us here once again seven days from now. But first, your confessions.

E Dagger: Having seen albums played from start to finish as Hart and I have with the Bouncing Souls, and considering I’m missing Andrew WK play through “I Get Wet” this week thanks to an unexpected work trip as well as Face to Face playing an acoustic version of “Ignorance Is Bliss” next month for the same stupid reason, this is a question that tortures me.

I have so many albums I want bands to play from start to finish, they’re too numerous to name here. Among bands that are still touring, I’m sure at some point Strung Out will play “Twisted By Design” again all the way through, as will Less Than Jake with “Hello Rockview” and Rise Against with “Siren Song of the Counterculture.” Without a doubt I’ll be somewhere in the windy wasteland of Wyoming or Nevada while they rock the house, so I’m not even going to bother rooting this answer in the possible.

Nope, my answer is “Highway to Hell” by AC/DC. It’s got my two favorite AC/DC songs (“If You Want Blood” and the title track), and if I’m listening to this, it means either Bon Scott is alive, or I’m dead. Either way, fuck it, it’s AC/DC in their prime! I’m in. One of the dumbest things I ever said, I said to Hart. I called AC/DC “the quintessential American rock band” apparently forgetting, or remaining oblivious to the fact that, AC/DC is both English and Australian before they’re even close to being considered American. In my head though, they’ll always be honorary Americans.

Lee S. Hart: There was a point where I would have answered this easily with a Bouncing Souls album, but as Dagger linked to, I already fulfilled that. Then there’s part of me that wants to choose a Rancid album, but there’s no way I could narrow it down and they have so many songs that their shows are exciting as you never know what you’re going to hear. This is the same issue with Less Than Jake.

So then I thought maybe I could choose a band who has a one album I love more than their catalog as a whole. The first one that came to mind was No Use For A Name’s “Hard Rock Bottom.” But I have tied so many emotions to that album that it is probably for the best that I only listen to it when I’m alone.

Ok, so enough of the bullshit of what I wouldn’t pick. The answer clearly has to be something involving a punk rock warlord and while I think “Streetcore” by Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros would be incredible, especially if it was an acoustic set. But I need something that rocks more. So my final answer would The Clash’s “London Calling.” From the title track to “Train in Vain,” this album spans so many different styles of music that it would almost be like attending several concerts. And in my mind this is probably the greatest album ever recorded.


Lady E: The CD I would love to listen to, preformed live, would easily be “Rockin’ the Suburbs” by Ben Folds. Ben Folds is such an amazing performer and this CD has many of my favorite Ben Folds songs. Ben comes on stage to play “Annie Waits” and the set list builds and builds to “Gone and The Ascent of Stan.” The energy keeps building through “Not the Same,” and then, finally, “Rockin the Suburbs!” Ben then closes the show with the sweetest song ever written, “The Luckiest.”

The only thing I would want is an encore of “Philosophy and Army.” That would be a concert I would love to see.

Rockies22: Well, I am a music fan, however, I do not follow albums as much as all of you. With that said, there is one album I know and would love to listen to live….Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” (the original LP). With the album song (or whatever you call it) “What’s Going On” is an amazing song and would be amazing to hear live. Not only that, there are other amazing songs on this album such as “What’s Happening brother” and “Mercy Mercy Me.” This would be a dream come true for anyone not just me. Even when it isn’t live, I love listening to this album well I am taking a long drive. Marvin Gaye was speaking his mind in these songs during the making of this in 1973 – brother being in Vietnam, the death of his singing partner, etc. Then you think about today, in our world, I have family still overseas fighting for our country and the way everything is around us. This is an amazing album and I know you all will agree.


Normally about this time we would be having our annual CJS Rendezvous, but due to work obligations we’re all traveling to less exciting places like Wyoming, Detroit, and Houston. All places we only go to if we’re getting paid. Despite that we love to travel and will take a trip whenever we get the chance, and currently there is no shortage of places we would love to go.

Next week’s Confessional question is: What are your top three bucket list travel destinations? DO you want to see the Kremlin in Moscow? Or take a boat down the Nile? Or maybe you have a desire to see some part of the great USA? Where ever you desire to go we want to hear about. So write it in an email and send it to We’ll put the answers up next week, then you can pack your bags and we’ll gas up the CJS jet.

Hart & Dagger