10 albums that changed your teens

Keep seeing this on notevenonFacebookm8 so thought I’d extend it to here because we’re meant to be good at that. Please do not pretend you were listening to Brian Eno at 15. Ta!

  1. Motorhead (Greatest Hits)
  2. The Smiths - Queen is Dead
  3. The Coral - Magic and Medicine
  4. Neil Young - Everyone knows this is nowhere
  5. Hot Chip - The Warning
  6. Joy Division - Atmosphere
  7. Bright Eyes - I’m Wide Awake it’s Morning
  8. Iggy and the Stooges - Raw Power
  9. Mclusky Does Dallas
  10. Velvet Underground & Nico

Brian Eno is not OK at 15 but Velvet Underground, Bright Eyes and Joy Division are plausible. Mmm

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:grin: Course

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When I was 15 the best band I listened to was Sum 41 :see_no_evil: and that says it all!

M8 second record I ever bought was All Killer no Filler (first was Wheatus). Still a classic.


It’s so wistful! I must listen to it soon like old times

First album I bought was Biffy Clyro Puzzle, so that counts
Beautiful Freak
Panic Prevention
First days of spring was a big deal for me even though it’s shit
ITAOTS (listened to every day for a year)
The Money Store/NLDW
Wolf by Tyler
American Water

Joy Division certainly are. Especially for a generation that saw Donnie Darko when they were around that age. At least that’s what happened with me, well that and my Dad liking them a lot.

Joy Division - Heart and Soul
Nirvana - In Utero
Dinosaur Jr - You’re Living All Over Me
Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
Radiohead - Kid A
The Cure - Disintegration
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Show Your Bones
Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
Foo Fighters - The Colour and The Shape
Biffy Clyro - Vertigo of Bliss
Big Black - Songs About Fucking

Think I picked up all those proper 70s/80s post-punk bands at the same time, 16ish, which is more or less perfect imo

Top 10 most listened albums at 15 in a vague order of importance:

  1. Funeral for a Friend - Casually Dressed
  2. Biffy Clyro - Vertigo of Bliss
  3. Hundred Reasons - Ideas Above our Station
  4. Hell is for Heroes - Neon Handshake
  5. Reuben - Racecar is Racecar Backwards
  6. Thursday - Full Collapse
  7. Million Dead - A Song to Ruin
  8. Brand New - Deja Entendu
  9. The Movielife - 40 Hour Train Back to Penn
  10. Nirvana - Nevermind

Some great stuff here!!

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Appetite For Destruction - Guns N Roses.

Bought it when I was 14 or 15. Up til then I had been listening to Nik Kershaw and A-ha!

Changed my life.

“You know where you are? You’re in the jungle baby. You’re gonna diiiiiiiiiieeeeeeeeee”!!!


What It Is To Burn by Finch

and others, that’s the obvious one tho


My younger self LOVED that album (even though I only bought it because Daryl Palumbo was on it). I tried to listen to it a few years ago and it has dated really badly.

Towards the end of school 14-16

Master of Puppets
Among the Living
Reign in Blood


Superfuzz Bigmuff (an E.P but whatever)
Check Your Head
God Fodder

This compilation featuring Tad, God Bullies, Halo of Flies, Mudhoney, Cows

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Thanks! Teenage me also listened to a lot of Avenged Sevenfold too so it wasn’t all good :confounded:

Depeche Mode - Violator (probably first album I fell in love with)
Nine Inch Nails - Pretty Hate Machine (got me into ‘industrial’, even though it’s basically Depeche Mode)
Pixies - Doolittle (the first album all my school mates communally adored)
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless (turned music on its head for me)
Curve - Pubic Fruit (together with MBV, started a lifelong shoegaze obsession)
The Cure - Mixed Up (my route in to them, loved the dancier versions)
The Black Dog - Bytes (together with AFX and The Orb got me into electronica)
Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (see above, Xtal, amazing)
The Orb - U.F. Orb (listened to this endlessly while painting during A-level art)
Swervedriver - Mezcal Head (many nights walking home station listening to the churn of Harry and Maggie and Girl On A Motorbike)

What a time to be a teenager. Even my (young) children love my mixes of music from around this time.


R.E.M. - Chronic Town to Document (job lot)
New Order - Technique
VU - Loaded (happened to be the first VU album i borrowed from the library, so not saying it’s the best just the 1 that had initial impact)
Pixies - Doolittle (& then back)
Ronnettes - Presenting the fabulous… (After hearing Be My Baby on the opening credits of Mean Streets)
Ennio - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
Talking Heads - True Stories (again, my intro to the band. Was obsessed by the film after seeing it on the Alex Cox series i forget the name of)
De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising
The Smiths - Rank (the album I happened to buy as that was what was in the shop)
The Cure - Disintegration/Standing on a Beach

Last 2 I feel a bit of a fake as I was never a full on Smiths quiff or Cure goth kid but was an important part of music discovery at that age and I am still fond of both bands.

Sonic Youth, Dino Jr, PJ, Sugarcubes/Bjork, Nirvana and lots more followed. Probably as important but more when I was 17ish rather than first wave of actually discovering music that was important at 15ish.

Just going to put this out here - Snub TV.

Letters to you > What it is to burn

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