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10.10.11 Punk Albums Of My Childhood (and Now)

Punk Albums Of My Childhood (and Now)

In chronological order (kinda), these are the punk albums that have influenced me personally rand musically. Felt it was time for reflection. Some are more punk than others, some are more rinfluential. Regardless, they all have a certain prominence
1Green Day

Will probably be in everyone's punk album list, but it's pretty much the first one I ever heard. It has to be there.
2Alkaline Trio

Alkaline Trio quickly became my favourite band and this album just shows why.
3The Ataris
So Long, Astoria

Reminds me of when I was 14. My sister used to love this album and I heard my fair share of it as well.
4The Offspring
Conspiracy of One

The first Offspring album I ever heard, and tracks like 'I Want You Bad' are obvious and teenage favourites.
5New Found Glory
Sticks and Stones

Another teen year winner, literally love this album, still now.
6 Alkaline Trio
Maybe I'll Catch Fire

It was hard to decide on only two alk3 albums for this, but this one is a favourite along with 'Goddamnit' and actually reminds me of a family holiday where I first started texting my first crush. One of those memorable ones, y'know.
7Taking Back Sunday
Tell All Your Friends

Cute Without The 'E'. That's all.
8Good Charlotte
Good Charlotte

Oh pop-punk, how I love you. This reminds me of our annual holiday to Wales where it firmly remained in the car cd player for the duration of the week, every year for at least 2 years.
9 Social Distortion
Sex, Love and Rock'n'Roll

I remember the moment my dad got home from work with this cd for me, I hadn't heard Social Distortion, but he had got me this, and it was love at first hearing. Mike Ness
10Face to Face
Face to Face

This is the soundtrack to my love of THPS2 and Matt Hoffman BMX games, the latter of which I first heard Face to Face, now a firm favourite.
Sing The Sorrow

Another album by a band my sister loved. Learnt some of the tracks on drums, played them all the time. Loved listening to this. Met who is now one of my best friends, but who was then a obsession, at a show, the usual.
12Rise Against
Revolutions Per Minute

Probably the first time I ever heard double time and recognised what it was. A fundamental moment one could say.
13Brand New
Your Favorite Weapon

One of the albums that got me through some teenage love moments, Jesse Lacey singing about his own twisted relationships gave me solace I suppose... :-/ 'Seventy Times Seven'
Civil Disobedients

I wouldn't have ever been in a band if it wasn't for Capdown, and this album is one from the plethora I listened to in my final years at school.
Take Off Your Pants and Jacket

I was one of those kids who preferred Green Day to blink-182 in my early teens, but eventually I was taken over by them. This was in the first year of university, what a good year...
16Relient K
Forget and Not Slow Down

My favourite album ever. This. I would never have thought that a break up album from a Christian band would take that spot at any point in my life, but this is something else. So many good messages, and it's beautiful to boot. Discovered in my first year of university properly. A year to learn I suppose. "Perspective is a lovely hand to hold"
17The Academy Is...
Fast Times at Barrington High

This is when I started listening to 'rubbish' pop punk that I pride myself on now. Such a good poppy album.
18All Time Low
Nothing Personal

This, on top of being another example of the pop punk that rocks my world, was the soundtrack to the worst thing I have ever done to a friend, and despite being amazing, I regularly listened to it as I drowned my sorrows. We eventually settled everything and are still best friends. This reminds me of how you can get through a situation, no matter how bad.
19The Audition
Great Danger

This is mine and said friend's favourite album. She showed me 'Ms Crumby' and it still is OUR SONG. Except now perhaps Forever The Sickest Kids - 'My Worst Nightmare' (no reference to the name :p)
20Set Your Goals
This Will Be The Death Of Us

First taste of pop punk mixed with hardcore, a slightly more poppy variant. Makes me jump around every time.
21Frank Turner
Love, Ire & Song

This man is sensational. This album reminds me of driving to Weymouth to see my friends in the holidays. Incredible.
22Flogging Molly
Drunken Lullabies

Oh, Dave King, you are the man. Bridget, you are the woman. So happy you got together. I have never danced so much at a show. This album really brought it together for me at uni, and I have had some of my best times ever watching them play live.
23The Lawrence Arms
The Greatest Story Ever Told

The song 'Ghost Stories' by The Lawrence Arms actually reminds me of when I was 13 and posted on mx and this place called punkcentre. This album however reminds me of my second year of uni when I lived with my friend Perity. Some of my happier days. 2010 is my favourite year so far, despite the bad times, the good times were something else.
Four One Five Two

Chris McCaughan, I love you, marry me. This album is just in my soul, there are so many times that this has accompanied me in, there isn't a time, more like an era to dedicate this album to.
25The Gaslight Anthem
The 59 Sound

I remember the exact moment when I first heard 'Old White Lincoln', only about a year ago, and since then, my music library has been a different story. Absolutely love this band.
26Iron Chic
Not Like This

These last five albums are ones that I have heard this year and are a reflection of how punk and pop punk is still alive, thriving and using youth and growing up, to come up with a more mature style of a genre that reminds everyone of their teens. Or at least those are the ones I have related to. This is a cracker.
27Title Fight

Amazing emotion. One of my favourite styles of pop punk right now.
28The Menzingers
Hold On, Dodge

This ep rules, hard. Short and sweet.
29Junior Battles
Idle Ages

This was reviewed on here about a week ago, and it's amazing, so glad I have had sputnik/mx all these years, I would never have heard the stuff I have without it. I wouldn't be who I am now, it's crazy to think. "We'll still have ourselves when we don't own anything else."

A nice way to round off, you might think. An album from an old school band that threw away the light hearted banter of pop punk and replaced it with a mature reminiscent attitude which, contrary to some people opinions on their direction, makes parallels with my own life, that really makes me love the genre evermore. Thank you Mark, Tom and Travis.
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