The ten albums that meant a lot to me as a teenager? Geez, I didn’t have the best taste until I got to college, but…
- Beatles – The White Album: Yes, they had better albums, but the experimentation on this one opened my eyes to things you can do with art
- The Rocky Horror Picture Show Soundtrack: Duh
- Star Wars Soundtrack: When I was a little kid, soundtracks were pretty much the movie on a record (Disney did that for their musicals), but this was the first SOUNDTRACK I owned, and it showed me how much music makes a movie
- Elvis Costello- Get Happy: My baptism into punk
- The Ramones – Rocket to Russia: Pure energy and rock and roll, this was where it all started with my love of garage, punk and simple three chord rock
- The Psychedelic Furs – Talk Talk Talk: Yeah, post punk and new-wavish, but really spoke to my teenage angst on a deeper level than most pop music…and probably when I started moving away from pop music.
- The Cars – The Cars: Pop, new wave, etc… Slick studio work and clever wordplay made this one of those bands that everyone seemed to like in the early 80’s.
- Steve Martin – Let’s Get Small: I listened to this recently, and it’s SO much a product of its time that it’s just confusing now. But at the time, it was funny in how it deconstructed comedy and pushed irony to the furthest limit.
- The Blasters – American Music: I’ve ALWAYS been a rockabilly guy…this album and the Stray Cats made me dig into that genre and love it.
- The Blues Brothers – Briefcase Full Of Blues: Damn. Still so damn good. Damn.