That “10 teenage albums” thing

Because why not?

So here’s my “10 albums that made a lasting impression on you as a teenager” thing. I think I did this fairly recently, but what the hell. Rules are: only one per band/artist. Don’t take too long and don’t think.

(I made my list of albums that were released when I was a teenager, as opposed to albums that might have been released before I was a teenager. Because I’m weird like that.)

1983 – 1989


Big Country – The Crossing

That guitar. Those words. I miss you, Stuart. Your voice is needed now.

New Edition – New Edition

Great boy-band pop songs that helped me through one of my early bad breakups. “I’m Leaving You Again” is heart-wrenching.

The Smiths – Hatful of Hollow

Was never the same after “Reel Around the Fountain” and “Girl Afraid” and “Back To The Old House” and “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want”

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – Junk Culture

“NO NO NO.” Pop and synths. Their mainstream response to their least mainstream album. I fell in love with this album in the record store and brought it home with me.

New Order – Low-Life

Starts with that snare and that melodica-sounding thing. Ends with a song whose joyful refrain is “Oh, how I cannot bear the thought of you.” This record covers every emotion and is gorgeous.

Fishbone – EP

Some of the most joyful, sophomoric, cool-ass ska I’ve ever heard. Seeing them on Halloween in 1986 is one of my favorite concert memories.

The Replacements – Tim

Westerberg the Clown wrote side one. Paul the Poet wrote side two. Side two is my side.

Tracy Chapman – Tracy Chapman

Such beautiful songs. A window into a completely different world from mine. Very grateful to have had the open eyes to see.

Billy Bragg – Workers Playtime

Helped me through my first bad breakup in college. Well, this album and a LOT of alcohol. Holy crap. But really, this record. So smart. So wise. So much pain. And then…you’ve made it through. And the sun is out again.

Pixies – Surfer Rosa/Come On Pilgrim

Fucking weird as shit. But those *hooks*!


What are your 10 teenage albums?

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