Albums that defined your adolescence

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Albums that defined your adolescence
« on: February 07, 2023, 11:36:50 PM »
I got thinking of this recently….
Which albums defined your adolescence?
So much so that every time you go back and listen it takes you back to another time.

Hey! and no judgement in this thread!

I’ll start….

‘Day & Age’ by The Killers.

This album made me a fan of music. I think it was probably a solid 60% of what I listened to from ages 12-17.

Every song, including the bonus tracks, take me back to the “mean” streets of suburban Oklahoma.

I just started listening to it for the first time in years and it’s still fresh….the melodies, the synths, the stories, the emotion, and, of course, the fantastic saxophone playing of the late great Tommy Marth (RIP).

Every time I listen, I remember fondly the blast we had during Spring Break 2009. The last big blow out I had with my old friends with whom I grew up.


As I get older, the epic closer ‘Goodnight, Travel Well’ is still a masterpiece. IMO their most U2 (at their finest) moment. Raw, epic, and cathartic. Some of Brandon Flowers’ greatest lyrics and strongest vocals.

Then the underrated gem of this record - the gentle ballad titled “Tidal Wave” - cheesy, but pulled off in the most-TK way. Gorgeous melodies.

‘Joy Ride’ is about as great of a southwest american jam as you’ll find - Tommy Marth owned this song.

‘Neon Tiger’ is an underrated monster of a tune.

Just a great album that, unfortunately due to Marth’s passing, hasn’t been played much since the namesake’s tour.

Always a treat to go back in time and listen to this one.


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Re: Albums that defined your adolescence
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2023, 11:40:29 PM »
Automatic for the People
Mellon Collie and the infinite Sadness
August and Everything After


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Re: Albums that defined your adolescence
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2023, 11:42:40 PM »
Automatic for the People
Mellon Collie and the infinite Sadness
August and Everything After


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Yes. Love those.

Mellon Collie was one of the albums I first enjoyed with my dad.

Automatic for the People got stuck in the CD player of my first car for like my entire senior year of high school. lol.

“August and Everything After” is just fantastic.


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Re: Albums that defined your adolescence
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2023, 11:55:22 PM »
WAR

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TUF
New Gold Dream
Reggatta de Blanc
Zenyatta Mondatta
Breakfast in America
Speaking in Tongues
The River
Purple Rain
Genesis (1983)
Peter Gabriel 3
Brothers in Arms
The Wall
Born in the USA
Learning to Crawl
Avalon
Sparkle in the Rain
 
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Re: Albums that defined your adolescence
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2023, 02:36:27 AM »
Rattle & Hum

When I was really young in the late 70’s I listened to my older brothers Kiss Alive 2 album all the time. I’d sit there forever and look at the gatefold and listen to the double album. Then in the early to mid 80’s when I was between 10-13 I got into my own hard rock bands - Motley Crüe, Def Lep, Iron Maiden.

The hard rock scene by the mid 80’s started to go ballads and the musicians wore more makeup then the girls in school, so I started to go through my older brothers record collection and looked back at the classic bands. I dove right into the Stones epic Hot Rocks, Led Zep, the Doors, the Who.

When I was in Gr 9 I looked for the band of my time who reminded me of the classic bands. One of my brothers had Red Rocks and the Joshua Tree, so I had heard of U2, but it was Desire on the radio and the jukebox in the school cafeteria that got me hooked. This was the band that reminded me of the greats like the Stones and Who. Rattle & Hum was the album of my high school years. There were other bands of course, but U2 were at the top.
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Re: Albums that defined your adolescence
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2023, 03:25:14 AM »
Closer by Joy Division was the first album that really hit me in the gut and really made me think about the meanings of the songs - the fact i also adored the sonics helped, but that album really was the start of me wanting to explore albums that covered deep and dark subject matter.....i was utterly obsessed with it as a young teenager, the first album that really made me think.

Seventeen Seconds by The Cure - i discovered this off the back of Closer by Joy Division, which is testament to how much that album influenced me.....Seventeen Seconds really consolidated my fascination with dark soundscapes and atmospheric dark songs.

Parallel Lines by Blondie was the first record i heard that made me want to dance but still had a rock sound and was certainly the album that began my well publicised fascination with the female voice and guitars!!

The Stone Roses by The Stone Roses - being a certain age in the North West of England when this came out meant it was virtually guaranteed that this record was hugely influential - it was the soundtrack to becoming an adult, to fucking, fighting, staying out all night and drinking all day!

Die Mensch Maschine by Krafwerk - I love electronica, and i had never really heard it before this album....

Surfer Rosa by Pixies - This album pretty much has a bit of everything i love most in music, all the stuff i have already talked about above is present as well as another thing i like a lot which is the "quiet/loud" thing - this is the first album i really got into that from...it also has some really fucking out there themes and fucked up stuff which really attracts me.
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Re: Albums that defined your adolescence
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2023, 12:15:47 PM »
The Who - Quadrophenia

The Tragically Hip - Music@Work, Day For Night

Rush - Hemispheres

Yes - Tales From Topographic Oceans
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Re: Albums that defined your adolescence
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2023, 07:43:24 PM »
At the end of adolescence:

Music for the Masses
Violator





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Re: Albums that defined your adolescence
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2023, 10:46:52 PM »
Live - Throwing Copper


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Re: Albums that defined your adolescence
« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2023, 01:11:13 PM »
Queen - A Night At The Opera

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Re: Albums that defined your adolescence
« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2023, 01:26:59 PM »
Killers. Iron Maiden.
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Re: Albums that defined your adolescence
« Reply #11 on: February 09, 2023, 05:18:19 PM »
Nice thread, Brendan.

There are so many that take me right back.

The Beautiful South - Welcome to the Beautiful South
Mazzy Star - So Tonight That I Might See
Live - Throwing Copper
Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
Collective Soul - Hints, Allegations, and Things Left Unsaid
Tori Amos - Under the Pink
Hootie and the Blowfish - Cracked Rear View (hey, no hate)
The Cure - The Head on the Door
REM - Monster

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Re: Albums that defined your adolescence
« Reply #12 on: February 09, 2023, 06:19:39 PM »
At the end of adolescence:

Music for the Masses
Violator

Violator is superb.
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Re: Albums that defined your adolescence
« Reply #13 on: February 09, 2023, 06:59:43 PM »
At the end of adolescence:

Music for the Masses
Violator

Violator is superb.

Indeed it is.  I was more of a DM fan before i ever gave a shit about U2.  Same for REM. 

I was a young kid who joined the army and my friends would play DM,  i was already a fan,  but Violator came out and i can remember blasting it from the speakers while drinking a cold beer on a warm Louisiana summer night.  That and PSB of course,  Domino Dancing.   8)



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Re: Albums that defined your adolescence
« Reply #14 on: February 09, 2023, 07:36:03 PM »
A cold brew on a warm Louisiana night sounds fucking divine right now.