My friend once told this dude that everybody that doesn't own Loveless should be shot. "Shot dead," and I think he was serious. Now, I don't know about that. Maybe a broken arm...
The Spiderland thread makes me think there are certain albums, like Spiderland, you have to own.
So this isn't quite like "the album I'd send off into space" or "my 5 favorite records for living on a desert island"... no, this is about essential records in your collection. Like Surfer Rosa. You may hate the Pixies but you'll still buy Surfer Rosa... because it's Surfer Rosa! Or London Calling. Y'know, duh. What if a really hot indie chick comes over to your house and you don't have Spiderland... You'd be fucked, that's what!!