Towards the end of my senior year of high school I discovered Lookout! Records. I bought almost every album I could find off the label. I loved so many of the albums Lookout! was putting out those days. The albums weren’t all that well produced, the songs were just stupid simple punk rock songs, but damn were they good. Kerplunk! was probably my favorite off of Lookout!. I still listen to it a couple times a year. Green Day has come of long way and I have loved everything they have done. In fact I think their latest is one of their best. But sometimes I just love the rougher, simpler, older Green Day songs. Plus I have so many memories attached to these songs. From “Christie Road”, “80”, “Android”, all such good songs. Then there was “Who Wrote Holden Caulfield?”. I had to look up who Holden Caulfield was and ended up reading The Catcher in the Rye. That was the beginning of reading for leisure for me.
This weeks revisit of albums from my teens is Blood Sugar Sex Magik from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Shortly after discovering Nirvana’s Nevermind I discovered this album. It was actually released the same day as Nevermind. I loved it because many of the songs were almost rap songs, and at the time I was still a fan of some rap music. One of my biggest memories from this album is listening to “Under The Bridge” on a band trip to Chicago. It’s weird how this is one of my few memories from that trip to Chicago. Hearing the album now for the first time in at least 15 years really brings back the memories.
Last Monday I blogged about my 18 favorite albums from my teen years. I’m going to revisit each album every Monday to help get my mind off of politics, and help be remember better times.
I’m starting with a big one, Nirvana’s Nevermind. I’m listening to it now for the first time in years. It’s so good. This album totally changed my taste in music. Before Nevermind I was listening to a few hair metal bands like Warrant and Poison, and a lot of rap like Run-DMC and Public Enemy. Nirvana was my gateway band to the lesser known bands in the indie and punk scene.
I still remember the first time I heard a Nirvana song. It was my sophomore year of high school. We were having some sort of talent show. I don’t remember exactly what for, but a few of my classmate played air guitar to “Territorial Pissings”. It was amazing, but most people didn’t understand, so they lost. That evening I went and bought Nevermind on cassette. Shortly after that “Smells Like Teen Spirit” blew up on MTV and the rest is history.
The current political climate of our country is scary. I keep hoping smarter heads will prevail and someone will be able to control the child that we elected as president. It’s not looking like that’s going to happen. There really isn’t anything I can say that hasn’t been said already.
Since the near future looks bleak, lets look back to the past.
A couple weeks ago Dave Winer posted his top 10 albums from when he was a teen. I think the music you liked as a teen sticks with you and will always be your favorite. My teenage years were 1988–1994, while my all time favorite band Motion City Soundtrack is more recent, I still love early 90s music.
I tried to limit my list to ten, but that just seemed too difficult. I love all these albums so much. I did stick with the rule of only one album per band though. My goal is to revisit each album more in depth in future posts.
So here’s my top tenish (really 18) albums from when I was a teen:
- Frank Black – Teenager of the Year
- Frente! – Marvin the Album
- Gin Blossoms – New Miserable Experience
- Green Day – Kerplunk
- The Juliana Hatfield Three – Become What You Are
- The Lemonheads – It’s A Shame About Ray
- Letters to Cleo – Aurora Gory Alice
- Liz Phair – Exile in Guyville
- Matthew Sweet – Girlfriend
- Nirvana – Nevermind
- NOFX – Punk in Drublic
- Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
- The Posies – Frosting on the Beater
- Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik
- Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream
- Soul Asylum – Grave Dancers Union
- Sugar – Copper Blue
- Weezer – Blue Album