A year or so ago one of those trends was happening on Facebook where people shared the top ten albums that made an impression on them as a teenager and then tagged a bunch of people. I got tagged several times, and even wrote out my own list, but I never posted it since I sorta hate doing stuff like this. (Like wishing someone a happy birthday on Facebook by typing “Happy Birthday!” like 100 others do). Maybe I’m cranky when it comes to online stuff.
I thought that since I love music and often have something I think might be interesting to share on my blog, I’m creating “MUSIC MONDAY” where I’ll post something related to this art I love so much. Perhaps sharing new tunes or bands I’ve discovered, or sharing playlists, or perhaps talk about soundtracks I love or composers I follow. Or maybe I’ll share more playlists.
For this first MUSIC MONDAY, here are my TOP TEN ALBUMS THAT MADE AN IMPRESSION ON ME AS A TEENAGER:
Dream Into Action by Howard Jones. First cassette I bought with my hard-earned dollars.
Meat Is Murder by The Smiths
. You invited me in with “How Soon Is Now.” Then you kept me with “That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore.”
Black Celebration by Depeche Mode
. Dark and intimate lyrics about faith and sex set to synths . . . Wow.
Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me by The Cure
. So many emotions sung on one album—being angry, joyful, tripped-out, depressed.
Victorialand by Cocteau Twins
. Heard in a record store in Asheville, North Carolina and hadn’t heard any sound like it. 30 years later I still haven’t.
The Hurting by Tears For Fears
. Articulating how I felt every day going to Madison High School in North Carolina.
Viva Hate by Morrissey
. My fourth high school, 10th school, 13th house and move from North Carolina to Chicago. Morrissey wrote this for ME.
Substance by New Order
. Suddenly I’m literally living out a John Hughes film (music, Chicago suburbs, my hair . . . ).
Front By Front by Front 242
. Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore. Introduction to the industrial genre.
Violator by Depeche Mode
. This English band all you bullies mocked me for liking just made one of the greatest albums of all time.