Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

The Top 28

I would imagine some of you (maybe all of you!) who patronize bookofkills.com don't particularly care about BOK album sales, but I find those sort of stats endlessly fascinating because I have my own favorite albums of mine (though they're all my "babies') and it's interesting to me to compare my favorite albums to the the those that are most and least popular folks who (thankfully) enjoy listening to Book of Kills music. The list of twenty-eight below encompasses all currently available BOK albums and their all-time number of streams and downloads as of December 31, 2017. How many have you listened to? I think the only real surprises for me are the rapid rise of THE FEAR + WHISKEY ANTHOLOGY (not that I don't like it a lot...it's just that I don't think F + W ever got the interest they deserved) and the low positions of DON'T STOP THE SCREAM and IF I SHOULD FALL (two of my personal favorites.)

1. Songs for a Played Out Generation (A BOK Sampler)
2. Wasp 51!
3. The Haunted Life
4. In My Room (The Best of Book of Kills, Volume 1)
5. Different
6. Saint Judas
7. All About You
8. Wee Jim's Blackeye
9. The Fear + Whiskey Anthology
10. Detritus
11. The Pleasure of Saying Goodbye
12. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
13. This is Your Book of Kills
14. Toward the Escape
15. Writing on the Wall (BBM #3)
16. For the Good of the Cause
17. So Far in Every Direction
18. Splendid Trigger
19. The Strange One
20. How Beautiful Are We? (The Singles Remixes #2)
21. Riding the Echo Down
22. Don't Stop the Scream
23. Filling in Holes (The Singles Remixes #1)
24. Bloom or Die?
25. Saluted and Defied (The Singles Remixes #3)
26. Jim Shelley & Book of Kills Live
27. If I Should Fall
28. Hoggett Heads

On this day in 1971 (yes...1971) Black Sabbath released PARANOID, one of the more influential records ever, in the U.S.

"My father worked nights, my mother worked days, we had no money, we never had a car, we very rarely went on holiday, and suddenly, you know, we hear about 'If you're going to San Francisco be sure to wear a flower in your hair'. And we're thinking, 'What the fuck is San Francisco? Where is this? What's all this flower shit? I've got no shoes on my feet.' You could just see that a lot of things were going wrong in the world. And no one was saying anything about it. Bob Dylan had long since faded from the present memory and there was nobody talking about the things that I wanted to talk about – political stuff – so that's what inspired me." -- Geezer Butler