Re: Albums which impacted you personally
posted at 3/25/2013 11:31 AM EDT
Growing up with several older brothers and sisters, I had lots of early exposure to 70s rock of varying types - Zep, Floyd, Kiss, Van Halen, et al. were all mainstays. The radio was always on as were shows like american bandstand. Likewise, I inherited their records and tapes and posters, etc.
Like jessey, Rubber Soul was one of the first albums I remember listening to intently at maybe 4 or 5. It was simple and melodic enough to follow yet still sophisticated for young ears. However, two albums in particular were the ones I claimed as my own - independent from others' tastes or influence:
Violent Femmes (debut):- To an adolescent, this was a revelation; it was raw and edgy, kinda raunchy and contemporary, like it was made for me and not my siblings; plus it appealed directly to the angst and coiled tension of a pre-teen; they felt like buddies I hadn't met yet but still had much in common with. This was my first notion of an alternative to mainstream pop/rock.
Big Star - #1 Record/Radio City: though they were slightly before my time, I really identified with these LPs...especially the track "Thirteen", which again as a raging pubescent captured everything I was thinking and doing. They had long since passed but felt mythic and obscure, like a kept secret; plus, the songs ran the gamut from small and sweet to loud and raucous.
Both of these bands/albums ended up heavily influencing my tastes from that point on, through college rock bands like the Replacements and Pixies in the 80s or similarly ragged, indie, garage-y styles in the 90s as well as pre-dated influences like the Velvets, Brit Invasion, Talking Heads, Television, etc. They didn't so much replace the hits and radio rockers of the time as edify and inform my choices across the whole spectrum of rock music.