I was nominated on facebook to post ten albums that shaped me in some way. As I thought on it, I figured i would post it here as well. Music is woven so deep into my life, daily activities and childhood, it is hard to pick ten since albums released this year continue to shape me. So, here are ten that I have bought and re-bought or at least know every note of.
1. killer – alice cooper
My parents had this on vinyl. It was already worn to hell by the time I got to it, and I am lucky they weren’t sick of it by then. Even my grandmother liked this one, but her favorite was ‘The Ballad of Dwight Frye” off Love It To Death while i was a “Dead Babies” fan.
2. the wall – pink floyd
When my uncle saw I was enthralled with this pick from his vinyl collection, he had me read all the lyrics. Then, he made it clear that if i had any questions that I should ask. The subject matter wasn’t something that should fester in a ten year old girls mind, so he made himself available as a sounding board. This was the first album he acted as mentor with, for which I am eternally grateful. I only wish more kids had gatekeepers like this. The kind that leave the gates wide open.
3. The land of rape and honey – ministry
This was the first CD I bought. My father had picked up an amp, speakers, a cassette component and CD player so I would leave his stereo alone and keep my noise in my room. My mom took us out, and bought me a few CDs. After getting a few things I had on cassette and vinyl, I bought this–my first industrial band–which i still love.
4. vital idol – billy idol
This would likely rank as my parent’s guilty pleasure. They have really great taste in music, and this somehow felt like bubble gum pop in our house. Pretty damn good selection for pop! The video for White Wedding was played over and over, and this cassette found a home in the family car as a perfect ‘best of’ album.
5. bad habits – the monks
This was the first album of my parents I wanted to have as my own. I asked for it but was denied. It featured the most interesting cover and ridiculous lyrics, and in hindsight was just ridiculous music. I was singing ‘Drugs in my Pocket’ in grade four and a teacher heard. He got a real big kick out of me that day.
6. master of puppets – metallica
This was the first album pushed on me by a boy. I became an instant fan and bought a copy for myself. This also was the beginning of music being pushed on me by boys. Why do they do that? No idea, but i suppose it is nice to have something in common, something to share. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) still runs through my head as often as Battery.
7. feed us a fetus – dayglo abortions
I heard this through my friend Kim who in turn had heard it through her older brother. It made me wish I had an older brother, since they never pushed music on you but just had it around for the taking. My parents hated it, hell, everyone’s parents hated it I guess. Years later, I find out one of my uncles is a big fan when he expressed slight jealousy that i finally got to see them play.
8. the downward spiral – nine inch nails
is this not on nearly every list? it had a profound effect on how i thought about music, and how quickly the underground could rise up and consume the thoughts of even the most staunch jock. after seeing a black tape ribbon encased trent do “Wish” on muchmusic, i was intrigued, but i had no idea how attached i would get to his music with TDS. broken and fixed were already in heavy rotation and, well, the downward spiral matched my personality better by the time it came out.
9. eliminator – zz top
yup. billy gibbons. i heard this album so many times, i think every note was etched on my brain. close friends covered nearly every song to near perfection and it was pretty much on the radio non stop. still is, if you listen to that kind of radio still.
10. who made who – ac/dc
stephen king and hard rock? yes please! by the time this album came out i was already well on my way to being some kind of deviant, so watching Maximum Overdrive with this as the soundtrack was some kind of dark heaven for me. Still is, really, thought it’s not an album I own anymore. DT is my favourite song, mostly because of the images from the film.