Reposted from a Facebook thing that’s been going around
(I put some footnotes as to why these albums are in my head FOREVAR. I had the hardest time picking 15, ultimately I settled on some rules: one album/band. Nothing released before I was born. No soundtracks or compilations. No classical or jazz.)
Sonic Youth: Sister
Hearing this album was like hearing the music I was making inside my own head. (Age 16)
Stereolab: Transient Random Noise Bursts with Announcements
See above (Age 22)
Mono: Under the Pipal Tree
See above (Age 32)
Johnny Cash IV
When Johnny died a piece of me did too
Was released on my 16th bday
Men without Hats: Rhythm of Youth
First album I ever bought with my own money
Neutral Milk Hotel: In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Makes me cry like a little girl.
Modest Mouse: Building Nothing Out of Something
The soundtrack to my divorce.
my freshman year of college
Jane's Addiction: Nothing's shocking
listened to this album on a very memorable night about which NO COMMENT.
X: More Fun in the New World
Punk + country = my perfect musical world.
Wire: Pink Flag
12XU is the most perfect punk song ever. Everything since has been a denouement.
U2: Unforgettable Fire
My first non-top-40 album
I remember a very specific night listening to Halcyon+on+on with my roommate Greg in 1994
Young Fresh Fellows: Topsy Turvy
This will always be the Seattle Sound to me.