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'Bleed American' by JEW for me, just giving it a spin now and there are some absolute corkers on there.
Best album ever
Such a good good record
PJ Harvey - To Bring You My Love (and then Rid Of Me & Dry)
Radiohead - The Bends
Tricky - Maxinquaye
Sabres Of Paradise - Sabresonic II
The Boo Radleys - Wake Up! (and then, even better, Giant Steps)
Bjork - Post
Leftfield - Leftism
Was a pretty good year, 1995, if you ignored all the Blur/Oasis bollocks
And probably Rival Schools.
................ surfer rosa.
marshall mathers lp
But I don't think I was listening to much new music then, and instead getting massively into Warp electronica and Afrobeat. So probably either Zombie/Expensive Shit or Music Has the Right.../Amber.
Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars - Bowie
I had lazy music taste until I was 17 and found some of my Mum's old Roxy Music, The Cure and David Bowie CDs and my Dad's Mowtown records
Probably on bought about 4 records when I was 16, though one of them was The Cure's Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me. It wasn't until I was 17 that I started exploring music a bit more. Since that also happened to coincide with the release of a stack of great albums by great bands (Disintegration — The Cure, Doolittle — The Pixies, Automatic — The Jesus & Mary Chain) it was pretty good timing I think.
my 16th coincided with what must be just about the worst year in music on record (1986).
Sonic Youth - EVOL
Frank Zappa - Jazz from Hell
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Your Funeral, My Trial
were all released in 1986
No idea how that happened.
Though, having said that, I can't say I've got a whole heap of albums from '86 — in fact, far fewer than '88!
Still, the whole '86-'88 period is a bit of a dead one in my iTunes.
That period may not have been crowded with good music, but for '88 there's Sonic Youth - DayDream Nation and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Tender Prey. The latter album has one of the best songs ever made on it, The Mercy Seat. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFdUTM4gU-o
But, yeah, I'm not sure if you're into Nick Cave and SY, but they're high up there for me
The Boo Radleys - Giant Steps
PJ Harvey - of Me
Nirvana - Utero
Bjork - Debut
and probably my favourite album that year
Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
1993 for me was all about the Manics until the new loves of my life came along - Suede. As well as the ones you mentioned I also enjoyed the new records by The Lemonheads, Teenage Fanclub and RATM.
TV On The Radio-Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
Charles Mingus-The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady
The Smiths-Meat Is Murder
Sunny Day Real Estate-Diary
Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers
best album I bought that year would probably be Come On Pilgrim by Pixies
other contenders ...
Warehouse: Songs and Stories - Hüsker Dü
Strangeways Here We Come - The Smiths
Document - R.E.M.
Darklands - Jesus and Mary Chain
... all of whom had made better records previously
cocteau twins - heaven or las vegas
Reuben - Racecar is Racecar Backwards
Million Dead - A Song to Ruin
Pixies - Doolittle
The Bronx - The Bronx [I]
ATDI - Vaya was given to me by a friend for my 16th birthday.
Also, Asleep in the Back by Elbow, I can still remember hearing Powder Blue being played by Mark and Lard on the radio and being completely blown away.
The Divine Comedy - A Short Album About Love
That is a seriously underrated album.
so it must've been either
De La Souls - Three Feet High And Rising
Pixies - Doolittle
New Orders - Technique
The Cure - Disintegration
Beastie Boys - Pauls Boutique
Must've been a great year because I still listen to these a lot
but I was only 15 when that came out. I think my taste in music peaked too early.
Doolittle - Pixies
Blackened Sky - Biffy Clyro
Pink Floyd - Piper At the gates
Patrick Wolf - Everything
Pavement - Wowee Zowee
Primal Scream - XTRMNTR
Radiohead - In Rainbows
The Horrors - Strange House
The Cranberries - No Need To Argue
The Smiths - Meat is Murder
The Chameleons - What Does Anything Mean? Basically.
Tears For Fears - Song From The Big Chair
Dead Can Dance - Spleen and Ideal
16 is a transitional age innit?
Moby - Play
Sasha & John Digweed - Communicate
Muse - Showbiz
Bush - The Science of Things
Underworld - Beaucoup Fish
St. Germain - Tourist (although I might have been 17 by then)
I also started getting the back catalogues of Massive Attack, Portishead, Aphex Twin. Thinking back on it, this really was the moment I got into music, nice thread this.
RATM - The Battle of Los Angeles
eighties matchbox - horse of the dog
or the second sonic mook compilation.
or the miss kittin & the hacker album, which I'm still really fond of
My Bloody valentine - Isn't Anything
Cocteau Twins - Blue Bell Knoll
A.R.Kane - 69
Talk Talk - Spirit of Eden
I also bought Mush by Leatherface around then, and I still think it is good. Unlike say Frenzal Rhomb or Mustard Plug.
I got "When I Was Born for the 7th Time" Cornershop when it came out too and that still sounds AS FRESH TODAY...AS IT DID BACK THEN
My 16 year-old self also bought Doolittle though, so it's a tricky one.
this was in 2005, after hearing the track unretrofied. it was actually a bit of a turning point because when i heard the rest of the album, and most of the songs weren't like unretrofied, i thought i'd hate it. i didn't, and i started exploring a whole different genre of music which i love still
The year, 1997 - the album, OK Computer. Still my favourite after all these years.
best album i bought was probably Teeny Shiny by Melt Banana
Alive In Chains 'Facelift'
A-ha 'East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon'
A poor year for me, I thought metal was everything. I saw the light in 1991 though
who was 16 in 1998
Beefheart blew my little innocent mind and opened me up and spanked me for good measure.
A lot of it really resonates with my own personal experience exactly 20 years later aged 13 in a similar backwater in North Wales. I had a maniacal obsession with hearing as much music as possible that gave me the buzz I'd become addicted to by that time. No money, no stereo of my own save the tape machine I used to load Spectrum games and a rationed access to my Dad's new CD player. My salvation lay in the big city library an hours bus drive away where I discovered you could hire CDs and tapes for next to nothing. I couldn't believe it, too good to be true - you can get up to 6 of these things out a week at a time, take them back and get another load again. I even remember asking the librarian whether they informed the authorities of anyone they suspected of recording the borrowed items on to cassette just to make sure I could keep my own copies and not expect a knock on the parent's door (still haven't kicked the piracy habit, but bought more than enough in my time). I got all the cool stuff that was in the music papers at the time and when I'd exhausted that just loaned whatever was there whether I'd heard of it or not, sometimes based on the cover alone, and so began my naive musical education. My 13 year old self didn't know what he was getting himself into when he borrowed Bowie, Beefheart, Pink Floyd, Leonard Cohen, The Stooges, The Clash and many others. I borrowed country, jazz, classical, anything new that I just had to try because, hey, it cost 20p so why not give it a go, see what happens. A paper-round covered me for bus fares, music papers, library lending fees and a bag of chips for the weekly day out. My money and attitude to buying music improved over the coming years but for an introduction to my consuming passion - thank you to the British library system, the best in the world. Oh, and thanks for my other joy as well - books. That library has a lot to answer for. I sometimes think I'm forever trying to chase that feeling the first time I heard Spiders from Mars or the dreams I had falling asleep to Atom Heart Mother.
I love hearing other people's personal music experiences but they're rarely shared for some reason. It's not enough for me to know that others out there like the same records as me. I want to know in what context and circumstances.
Who would have though a slightly drunk post would lead to these kinds of outpourings (in the best possible sense). Must remember to do this more often.
Orchestra Of Wolves
The Velvet Underground & Nico
Straight Otta Compton
Music for the Jilted Generation
I bought The Bends (Radiohead). I hadn't had much exposure to music by this point and was *just* getting in to good stuff. That was a good record for beginning to refine my music taste, etc.
I guess that was when i was 16.
so the best new records I bought at that age were probably Pinkerton and Tiny Music... Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop.
This was the period where I was starting to discover older 'alternative' music, including The Replacements, and they changed everything for me.
Probably the first year I bought a reasonable number of albums - prior to that I only bought 2 or 3 albums a year.
Most of these weren't out that year, but the good ones (ie ones I still listen to) were:
Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
China Drum - Goosefair
Teenage Fanclub - Songs from Northern Britain
Nirvana - Bleach
Guns 'n Roses - Use your Illusion II, Appetite for Destruction
Metallica - Load (very underrated)
Super Furry Animals - Radiator
Skunk Anansie - Paranoid and Sunburnt
Manic Street Preachers - Everything Must Go, Gold Against the Soul
I was behind the times then, so everything was on tape except for Everything Must Go, which was on vinyl. I got a CD player for my 17th birthday.
I was 16 in 1999 :(
69 Love Songs by The Magnetic Fields (although technically I didn't buy it, I taped it off my sister oooooh get me retro)
65daysofstatic- The Fall Of Math, an eye-opener for me that was after a couple of years of listening to Muse and old Britpop nicked from my brother
Songs For The Deaf
clarity by jew and the blue album I still listen to them loads!
I wanna know what you were thinking
I wanna know what you were drinking
HAVE ANOTHER DRINK
MARC CRUCE! WWWOOOAAOOOHHHH!
So, probably, either Hope Of The States - The Lost Riots, or Modest Mouse - Good News....
trail of dead - source tags and codes. that was probably a high point.
little richard's grooviest original 17 hits on specialty, mc5 kick out the jams & stooges debut.
Pioneer Soundtracks by Jack / Sea & The Bells by Rachels / A Maximum High by Shed Seven / I Was The King, I Really Was The King by Animals That Swim.
Eighties Matchbox - Horse of the Dog
Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
Trail of Dead - Source Tags & Codes
Blood Brothers - Burn Piano Island, Burn (or was that '03? 16-17 anyway...)
MBV - Loveless
The Velvet Underground & Nico
ATDI - Relationship of Command, In/Casino/Out, Acrobatic Tenement, Vaya (was fairly obsessed with them at this point).
Isis - Oceanic
Cult of Luna - The Beyond
Mogwai - Rock Action
Not bad, now I think about it. I listened to a hell of a lot of shite back then as well though, and was still at that point where I thought all dance music = automatically terrible.
OK Computer. Wanted to travel 50 miles to buy it at midnight from HMV in Exeter as they gave away free t shirts, but I couldn't get there, so had to make do with getting it at 9am like all other normal people.....
purchased after their gig at Dingwalls having not heard a note until that night.
Wish I'd seen that gig.
and ordered this album this morning. Have a feeling I missed out all these years.....
One of the finest albums of all time.
Should have been on way more lists.
That sucks ass.
I also had SHOCKING taste in music at that point. So I can't be sure if I actually bought these that year or maybe the one after. But I reckon I might just have got into Bjork then and hence owned 'Post'. I certainly had Pulp's 'Different class' as I went to see them at V96. And some guy lent me 'The bends'.
It was probably most likely to be something by Scheer, 60 Foot Dolls or Chaka Demus & Pliers though.
I still rate it highly now, though I haven't heard it for a bit.
it's got to be
Girls Can Tell - Spoon
Crooked Rain Crooked Rain - Pavement
Surfer Rosa - Pixies
Day Dream Nation - Sonic Youth
The Moon and Antarctica - Modest Mouse
I've got to say I don't really listen to any of these records any more. 16 was really overshadowed by the ages of 17-18 when I discovered MBV, slowcore, and Kranky.
Possibly my favorite album, still to this day.
So it would have been Pavement - Slanted & Enchanted..
with Pantera - Vulgar Display Of Power, Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy and RATM's debut as close runners up.
I was about sixteen, anyroad. To long ago to remember accurately.
Still one of my favourites.
Slow Riot For The New Zero Kanada. I had a very short period between White Pony and this that rendered anything I'd bought before them pretty much irrelevant.
is being discussed by Steve Lamacq right now on six music.
I bought a number of my most formative records, including:
Weezer - Pinkerton
These Animal Men - Come Join The High Society
Super Furry Animals - Fuzzy Logic
Urusei Yatsura - We Are Urusei Yatsura
Teenage Fanclub - Grand Prix
The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
The Cardigans - Rise And Shine
I still listen to the first one almost every day.
LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
Klaxons - Myths of the Near Future
Interpol - Our Love to Admire
I might add I'm seventeen now :P, so 2009 ftw
Nirvana - Nevermind
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
and others I can't remember probably. 1991 it turns out was a good year.
Probably TV on the radio-Return to cookie mountain
by Leftfield when I was 11 because I liked the CD cover. I almost grew into it, wasn't really into it then but I adore it now!
Still one of my faves some 12 years later.
The Things We Make by Six by Seven was a decent 16 year old purchase too.
Unfortunately I do have a hazy recollection of buying a Symposium album around the same sorta time though.
Just after I turned 16 with birthday money.
Just a month before I turned 17. Close one!
except Signals by Rush but I wasn't very impressed by it.....
and Number of the Beast by Iron Maiden who I saw on that tour..
Think I was buying lots of older prog at that time especially Van der Graaf Generator and King Crimson and possibly Yes.
Something by Journey perhaps. I loved Signals too.
and I still listen to The Scream by Siouxsie And The Banshees. But unfortunately not That's LIfe by Sham 69.
cypress hill - temples of boom.
Life just wouldn't have been the same without it.
Mogwai Young Team - Mogwai
Ok Computer - Radiohead
Ladies and Gentlemen - Spiritualised
Saw them supporting Wedding Present somewhere in Exeter and they pretty much blew them out of the water. Cheap Thrills was a stunning track
I'm pretty sure it was Ace of Base's 'Happy Nation'
And it still makes my top 5 favourite records.
Also, Marion's 'This World and Body'
Then Shine 8 wins by a mile.
The number of bands I was introduced to due to the Shine series really helped shape a fair section of my music collection now.
Pavement's Shady Lane was on Shine 8, and that was somehow my first introduction to the band. Some result that was!
De la soul - I covered everything I owned in big dayglo flowers ‘just like the cover’ what a tit! Still love it though.
Hope Is Important. Probably still the best album I own.
Young Jeezy - Let's Get It
The Game - The Documentary
Bloc Party - Silent Alarm (one of my fav album in my life so far)
Kanye West - Late Registration
i was all about metal in year 7. the first 4 albums i bought were ...And Justice For All, In Utero, Troublegum and Pandoras Toys by Aerosmith.
Probably something like '1977' by Ash or more obscure such as the 'Backsaturday' mini-LP by the wonderful Prolapse. I also bought a lot of back catalogue stuff.