As eight-year veterans of Knoxville's rock scene—they got together when they were still in high school—1220 ought to have figured out what they're doing by now. Their new CD, Killin' for a Livin', indicates that they have. It's a snarling set of bristling, energetic power pop, sweeter than it is snotty but still a pretty good accompaniment for practicing your rock 'n' roll sneer in front of the mirror. The band's celebrating the release of Killin' for a Livin' this weekend with a four-band bill in the Old City. Here's what vocalist Jacob Gibson, guitarists Ricky Dover and Nick Kurtz, and drummer Bill Van Vleet have been listening to. (Bassist Michael Cover was unavailable.)
Thin Lizzy, Vagabonds of the Western World (Polygram, 1973)
This is one of Thin Lizzy's more Irish-folk oriented albums. There's some great old Irish drinking songs with that Thin Lizzy guitar-party aspect thrown into the mix.
Roy Orbison, Mystery Girl (Virgin, 1989)
Most of this record was produced by Jeff Lynne, so you get that warm ELO sound underneath Roy's strong but quivering voice. It's the best of his later years.
Queens of the Stone Age, Lullabies to Paralyze (Interscope, 2005)
There's something very different about the guitar sounds on this record. It's unlike any other record. They create an unmistakable atmosphere from song to song.
Elvis Costello and the Attractions, This Year's Model (Columbia, 1978)
This is one of the most cohesive collections of pop songs from one of the most underrated bands in rock history.
Foo Fighters, Foo Fighters (RCA, 1995)
This album has some great riffs and incredible drumming, and the whole album has a very primitive and gritty production quality to it.