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Albums that Defined Your Teenage Life.
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Old Sep 27, 2012, 04:03 PM Local time: Sep 27, 2012, 03:03 PM #1 of 8
Albums that Defined Your Teenage Life.

There are a select number of albums that instantly flood my mind with memories of my teenage years the moment I hear one of the songs. I'm curious what those might be for ya'll. Can you even still stand listening to those albums now that you are older, or do you look back and think, "god what was I thinking?"

At that age, I was pretty closed off to what my friends were listening to. They only liked things because they were "popular", of course, while I remained willfully ignorant of just how popular the things I liked actually were. So I had my select few bands I would listen to, and would collect everything I could of theirs, and play it until my ears bled.


Here are a few songs that transport me back to a more awkward, depressed, bad hair-colored version of myself:

Faith No More - Angel Dust
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Beck - Mellow Gold
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Sonic Youth - Dirty
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And of fucking course
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Era - Era
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I could still happily put on most of these albums today and enjoy them. Definitely not Era. That is the one album I listened to a ton that is pretty cringe-inducing for me to hear now. And maybe not FF7 as much. I've fallen pretty hard out of listening to (or even playing) a lot of video game stuff. The other bands I've stopped keeping up with their current stuff (or Mike Patton side projects), but the old albums still hold up for me.

What you guys got?

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Old Sep 27, 2012, 04:15 PM Local time: Sep 27, 2012, 03:15 PM #2 of 8
Honestly, I think Final Fantasy albums pretty well defined my teenage years. There are a few songs here and there from popular or rock music, but most of what I chose to listen to was Uematsu or Mitsuda.

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Old Sep 27, 2012, 05:26 PM Local time: Sep 27, 2012, 04:26 PM #3 of 8
My younger adolescence was filled with a pretty limited understanding of what good music was and could be. I liked heavier music, but the album that really lit my passion was Helloween's Master of the Rings. Where the Rain Grows was one of the first songs i learned to play on the bass guitar.

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My dad and I bonded over the band Rush when i was around grade 9 or so. In honor of their return from hiatus he gave me some of their classics and their (at the time) newest album, Vapor Trails. That one stuck out in my musical memory and to this day is on my list of most underrated albums. This song is always guaranteed to make my car go faster.

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For those of you that know me, yeah, you knew there was going to be a Dream Theater album on my list. I bought Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence just before my trip to Europe. I listened to it constantly and really shaped my direction as a musician. This remains as my favourite track off the album. It's kind of long, but it covers more musical ground than most bands do in their entire career.

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Old Sep 27, 2012, 11:29 PM #4 of 8
Sadly I cant post links BC im on my phone but I can list of a few albums

Dookie - Green Day
I remember listening to basketcase and word by word singing it with my friends.

Tragic Kingdom -No doubt
I had the hots for Gwen for the longest time and I loved almost every single song in this album.

Evil Empire - Rage against the machines

Honestly, I was an angry kid. I got to scream and pretend that I was fighting the systen lol

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Old Nov 9, 2012, 01:07 AM Local time: Nov 8, 2012, 11:07 PM #5 of 8
My ears were dominated by the angst of nu-metal when I was a teenager. Such as

Slipknot:

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Korn, which actually started me on the path of heavier music.

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Pantera

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Spineshank

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Later on in high school I discovered death metal thanks to Death.

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Symbolic was (and still is!) an important album for me. The musicianship, lyrics and overall feel helped me go further into metal and eventually opened me up to other genres of music.

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Old Nov 9, 2012, 02:18 AM Local time: Nov 9, 2012, 01:18 AM #6 of 8
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My top band from those years was Oasis. It was at a time were they were everywhere in the media, they had a string of 3 albums that were very hyped and, to be fair, they were good enough to be hyped. Sadly, they didn't keep it up and now they are like all gone. Antichrist Superstar was an album that listened a lot, and I mean a lot. I used to have my room with no less than 5 Marilyn Manson posters.

Also, I liked Nirvana a lot, I mean, who didn't. I'm talking about 96-98 here, so while Kurt was already dead it was still fresh.

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Old Nov 9, 2012, 09:21 AM Local time: Nov 9, 2012, 03:21 PM 2 #7 of 8
These are the ones that immediately spring to mind.

Black Sabbath - it all started here. My mum had a best of collection kicking around and I absolutely rinsed it doing my paper round when I was 13. Then came the self titled and Paranoid. Never stopped loving these guys.

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Then my brother introduced me to Metallica. First 3 albums mainly. Seriously, I used to be so into this band and yet now I just find them hilarious.

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System Of A Down changed things up a bit for me. My best mate bought the self titled, I bough Toxicity and we swapped. I've still got a soft spot for them. So many drunken sing-alongs.

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Nine Inch Nail's The Downward Spiral. Although I've grown out of them since, I found them at a crucial point in my life and I'm always going to be grateful for that.

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And Radiohead, starting with Pablo Honey and My Iron Lung EP. The first non-heavy band I really got my claws into. While I prefer other albums and b-sides of theirs, these two always take me back to being 15 again.

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How could I possibly forget! I bought James O'Barr's The Crow when I was 13 or 14 cause you know, spooky. It's inset with lyrics from The Cure and Joy Division et al. Because of that graphic novel I bought The Cure's Pornography. I remember being blown away straight off the bat...

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... and it set in motion a love for the band that's still strong. I love a bit of Joy Division too but that Cure album really hit me.

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Old Nov 9, 2012, 12:53 PM #8 of 8
A couple come to mind...

The various artists album from The Saint was full of some pretty great songs / electronica / trip-hop, like this old standard...

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Another one, that only ever reminds me of sitting around in the house in winter, early teenage years. I mean yeah, they're passe now but shit, this album was pretty fucking great for when it was.

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Another necessary bit, one of those bands that "you" discovered, no one knew or remembers and you hold it close to you forever as your own...

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They also did a bitchin Beastie Boys cover...

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The Clouds. An Australian band I found by accident when my uncle handed me a bunch of alt-rock albums from a radio station that closed down...

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Ednaswap. The greatest 90s band that went nowhere. They did three albums, then a fourth as another band name and barely got any airplay. Their song "Torn" got beat to death by Natalie InBruges or whatever her name was. Lead singer Annie Previn later on got an Oscar nomination for best song for Dreamgirls.

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Green Apple Quick Step was on a couple of Various Artists albums in the 90s and then disappeared. Reloaded was a fantastic album.

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I never much got into Blur but this cut off of Trainspotting got a lot of play when I was a teen. I love how it cribs so heavily from Buffalo Springfield in terms of tone but its still something entirely different...

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