|My Shitty Nostalgia List|
I don't want to do my schoolwork right now, so you're all getting my dumb list of albums that I shaped my music tastes now. Mostly sputcore.
Not my first intro into metal, but one of the first. Definitely got me more interested in the genre than any other did.
A buddy who lives in Canada who I met through a high school friend I now live with introduced me to this band. We were all playing Minecraft back when that was actually a socially acceptable thing to do and he told me about them. Watch Out! can eat it, Crisis remains their best work.
Gotta have them sads in there somewhere, right?
Merriweather Post Pavilion
This will become more obvious as this list goes on, but I found Sputnik just around the time the Best of the Decade list came out. I scoured and found every single album from that list, but this was my first (and not only alphabetically.) Not super formative in what I listen to now, but I definitely remember it as being one of the first albums I really remember listening to all the way through.
I picked this one out first because of the simplicity of the artwork and how beautiful it was. I was thrown off by the guy's voice at first, but it quickly grew to become one of my favorites. For a while, anyway.
|7||At the Drive-In|
Relationship of Command
Actually what inspired me to make this list. I've been jamming this for a while, since I haven't jammed it in a while. I think this is better than anything the Mars Volta has ever done.
Blink was always the band my mom would never let me listen to. They were too vulgar and childish. And they are.
Another from the decade's list. My first real interaction with electronic music, and the one that really formed my taste on the giant genre. I tend to like more of the laid back stuff than the fast paced stuff. Music that you can just sit around and be sad to.
|10||Circle Takes the Square|
As the Roots Undo
I don't have a lot to say about this one. I thought Decompositions was way better than a lot of you made it out to be, but this is still better.
Hell Hath No Fury
"Mr. Me Too" was the first rap song I actually enjoyed.
Sputcore at its finest. The album that everyone fucking talks about on this site. Also one of the decade list pick-ups I got right off the bat, just because it was first and I was looking to expand my musical horizon.
|13||A Day to Remember|
This is that album that you pick up because everyone in your Algebra I class is talking about it.
The Crane Wife
I will always hold the memory in my mind of me driving to a friend's house for a picnic while "Sons and Daughters" blasted through my shitty speakers in my 1992 Buick LeSabre. We climbed on her roof with a few others and threw water balloons at people. It was a good day.
|15||The Dismemberment Plan|
Emergency & I
I only picked this up because of the band name.
Boy In Da Corner
|17||Echo and The Bunnymen|
Echo & The Bunnymen
My mom fucking loved Echo and the Bunnymen. This shit would play on our car rides constantly.
The Marshall Mathers LP
One of those rebellion albums I picked up to piss my parents off. I dated a girl my senior year who loved Eminem. Only his new stuff though. Things didn't work out.
|20||Fair to Midland|
Fables From a Mayfly...
I remember looking up the video for "Dance of the Manatee" and being confused. Then I listened to the lyrics and was even more confused.
|21||Faith No More|
I've gotta put a description on all of these if I want this featured right?
The Always Open Mouth
These guys are from my hometown. Well, close to my hometown. Still reppin'.
The Colour and the Shape
I don't even want a feature.
Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
I listened to this in my friend's friend's car while waiting for his girlfriend. He turned to me and said "Come on Ulysses, let's get high." I was just a scared freshman. I said no. He laughed.
|25||The Gaslight Anthem|
The '59 Sound
I have seen Gaslight three times and will continue to see them whenever they come to town.
Worship and Tribute
Only fuckers get features.
The first album I bought with my own money.
The first album I ever got. It was a birthday present from a guy named Cortez. We aren't friend anymore.
|29||Gym Class Heroes|
As Cruel As School Children
I'm actually unsure why I decided to pick this one up, but when some girls were looking through my MP3 player in eighth grade they were impressed I had them on. Clearly I was a player from an early age.
I dare you NOT to give me a feature.
This one is way more recent, but it still holds this weird, nostalgic power over me. I specifically remember driving in the rain, coming back from seeing The Producers with my girlfriend. There's a hill by my house that I would always speed down, letting my foot off the brake and just gliding; letting gravity take me down. I remember thinking that I was going to hydroplane and crash and die. I also remember thinking, as my radio shouted "LIKE CONTINUOUS THUNDER" while lightning flashed in the background, that it didn't really matter if I did.
I was turned off by this band at first, because I thought I was a cool, high school atheist. I was not a smart child.
The Glow Pt. 2
This list is great, fuck you.
The Moon & Antarctica
Still probably my favorite album ever. Picked up the double vinyl at a record store for cheap. Best purchase I've ever made.
Still probably my favorite band ever. There will never be a concert experience better than seeing these guys at Red Rocks in Denver.
|36||Nine Inch Nails|
The Downward Spiral
"Closer" freaked me the fuck out as a child whenever it came on the radio.
I was big into Porcupine Tree when I was younger. I saw that Steven Wilson helped out with this album and immediately picked it up. My first introduction to real metal (not any of that middle school Disturbed shit).
Shaking The Tree
Probably the most played album in my parents' car. Gabriel was a huge influence on my mom and uncle and they passed that love along quite nicely.
I did probably listen to Dark Side of the Moon before I listened to this, but this was the first Floyd album I actually paid attention to. Again with the mom playing this in the car. I loved the concept and the theatrics of it. I still have yet to see the movie, however.
Here it is, THE album that shaped my current music taste. It's what lead me to Sputnik, somehow. I don't necessarily know how, but I know I was doing some research on this album after my uncle got it for me for Christmas when I stumbled upon Sputnik. Although I don't think it's the best PT album, it's still the most formative album I have ever listened to.
There, Radiohead. Now you HAVE to feature me.
Just kidding, I don't even want a damn feature.
|43||The Smashing Pumpkins|
My mom told me to pick up this album, so I did. Little did I know that I had heard almost every song on the radio already. Luckily, I liked every song that I heard on the radio by them. It was a good time, for sure.
|44||Stars of the Lid|
And Their Refinement Of The Decline
I would listen to this on the band bus while coming back from competitions. It helped me fall asleep. Yeah, I was a dorky band kid. Fuck me, right?
Everything Goes Numb
Much like Gaslight, I will see Streetlight whenever they roll through town.
|46||Third Eye Blind|
Third Eye Blind
My friends fucking had "Jumper." I tell them how wrong they are every time.
You were the coolest kid in middle school if you walked around wearing a Tool shirt. I was not one of those kids.
This got some major spins during many of my summers. Lots of break ups and sadness. I don't really enjoy Yellowcard as much anymore, thinking most of their stuff sounds the same, but I'll never forget what they did for me. They helped me through a summer I never thought I would make it through. My friends and I would later dub it the Summer of Bummer, only to realize the next summer, that it was something on which we could look back.