Joe Incandela -the CERN scientist who announced the Higgs Boson gives us his top 10 albums
Joe Incandela announced the discovery of the Higgs Boson and is the American particle physicist, a Professor of Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara and currently based at CERN where he is the spokesperson for the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment at the Large Hadron Collider.
LTW met Joe at the TEDX talks were he delivered a great explanation of the basic facts about the universe in a way that could easily be understood.
This is the go to guy for the fundamental questions about the universe…he is also a big music fan and interestingly grew up in the same small American town as Laurie Anderson who he was friends with…
‘I start from the ‘revolution’ period of the 60s since I have only 10 to list. This means I leave out many favorites from Motown etc…’
1. Love – Forever Changes – 1966
This album at the time it came out was for me somehow emblematic of the sociological revolution underway in the world. Listening to it now – well, some lines are corny – but many of the songs still work for me…
2. Beatles – White Album – 1968
Ok this may just show my age and it may be cliché, but this album came out just before I hit 13 years old, which is a very intense point in one’s life anyway, and it introduced so many new ideas that it just blew me away. I do not listen to it anymore because it is completely burned in memory. Maybe you have to know there was nothing like it beforehand … what amazing creativity. I was also listening to Jimi Hendrix at that time. It was an amazing couple of years that included my next two favorites!
3. Neil Young and Crazy Horse – Everybody knows this is nowhere 1969
OK this is not one for everyone but Cinnamon Girl and Cowgirl in the Sand are still great listens. I can listen to the whole album. Not sure why I like it so much but I do!I was also really into The Band that year. The Band- The Band 1969 was very interesting to me. The songs told some interesting stories.
4. Led Zeppelin – IV – 1970
But not for “Stairway…”, for “When the levee breaks ” and others. This was just incredible to me. The same instruments as everyone else but they were like different instruments in these guys hands…
5. Buzzcocks – Love Bites – 1978
This is the album that kept me from stagnating. All my childhood friends were solidly stuck in the “60s and 70s” music that is often called classic rock. Many are still stuck. The Buzzcocks, especially songs like ESP, woke me up and I never looked back. I have continued to look for new sounds (new to me at least)… this led me to bands like the A’s, the Cramps, and even the Pixies about 10 years later…