I recently participated in a “Build A Better Blog” challenge that provided 31 ideas in 31 days on how to improve my blog.
One of the suggestions it made was to build a “list post”. I like lists. I enjoy lists. I felt like I could accomplish this task with relative ease.
Then this Facebook application seemingly began to stream non-stop on my home page, where all of my friends would provide ‘Top 5′ lists on their favorite…well…EVERYTHING.
So, because I’ve got the Ankle Biter this weekend (and because I can be inherently lazy), I’ve decided to add on to last month’s list by making this a monthly post idea.
Something I’ve mentioned on occassion is that I used to be a DJ. I worked in local clubs for about 8 years while in my 20′s. In fact, I originally left high school wanting to be a radio DJ…but it just wasn’t meant to be.
Having said that, after my children…music IS my life.
So having said that, here is list #2:
The 5 albums that shaped my life:
Yes…I got caught up in the hysteria of this album when it released back in ’87. I thought there was a blueprint to how a hard rock record should sound. This, however, broke all stereotypes. Never had the “pop-rock-metal” fusion sounded so good. And it wasn’t just one a few songs, but the entire frickin’ album was great.
Okay…you may be asking yourself, “What? Really?” But for me, no other album spoke to me as a university student like this record.
Some people claim that they were a fan of a band from the very beginning. Well, in storage I’ve still got the independently released cassette that they sold before they got a record deal. So yeah…I’ve been a fan of this band since the very beginning.
This album spoke to me because it was catchy…it was fun…and the songs were written from the perspective of somebody my own age. Enid…Hello City…What a Good Boy…Brian Wilson…If I Had $1,000,000…each of these songs meant something to me.
Useless trivia fact: I first grew a goatee because I wanted to look more like Steven Page after watching this video.
I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve listened to this record. Again, this was a band whose record spoke to me…and again, it was primarily because we were the same age and the songs grabbed my attention like a slap in the face.
I had heard a few songs from their previous record, Kerplunk, while in university and was immediately intrigued. It wasn’t until I heard the first few power chords of Basket Case, however, that I really felt that I needed to pay attention to this band.
I went to a shrink
To analyze my dreams
She says it’s lack of sex
That’s bringing me down
I went to a whore
He said my life’s a bore
So quit my whining cause
It’s bringing her down
Maybe I didn’t know how depressed I actually was at the time, but at a time when bands like Nirvana was making depression “hip”, Green Day made things real in a very fun, cool-sounding way (isn’t that what punk music is supposed to be about?). Songs like Basket Case, When I Come Around, She (my personal favorite), and Longview all made me believe in rock music again.
Okay…to some of you this might be a bigger surprise than the Barenaked Ladies choice. But to me, Bryan Adams epitomizes everything that is great about rock’n'roll.
One man…a t-shirt…jeans…a guitar…melody…a catchy hook…a chorus you can sing to…a beat.
Rinse. Lather. Repeat.
Bryan Adams has yet to release a bad record. And much like Waking Up The Neighbours, this record was awesome from the first song to the last.
I don’t care what anybody says…this album rocked my teenage years.
What about you? What albums shaped your life growing up?