Top ten bands that shaped my life.
1. Annie – The Soundtrack. 1982. While others carried around their Cabbage Patch Kids, I carried around a Fisher-Price tape recorder with this soundtrack in it.
2. Billy Joel, An Innocent Man. 1983. Leave me alone. I was 7. FYI, I still know every single word to this album. How do I know? I’m listening to it as I write this blog. Oh, man. I LOVED this album.
3. Air Supply, Greatest Hits. 1983. Power ballads at it’s best. Who knows what the fuck I was singing at 7. I sure didn’t. Making Love Out Of Nothing At All? How is THAT appropriate for a 7 year old to sing? But man, oh,man, did I sing that song at the top of my lungs. My poor parents …
4. Madonna, Like A Virgin. 1984. What little girl didn’t love this album? I especially fell in love with her at the MTV music awards.
5. Daryl Hall & John Oates, Big Bam Boom. 1985. I loved them. Who knows why? Probably because driving in the backseat of my parent’s Oldsmobile I can only assume their many number one hits were on rapid repeat. M-E-T-H-O-D-O-F-L-O-V-E.
6. The Cure, Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me. 1987. Just Like Heaven. One of the greatest songs of all time. This solidified my love of The Cure before, during, and long after.
7. Metallica, And Justice For All. 1988. What happened to me? I used to be so sweet and innocent? Where is that Annie Soundtrack again? I literally wore out the print on this tape. You know what happened. Middle School. That’s what happened. This was my first concert. While some kids went toward NKOTB, I went this way. I told my parents I was staying at my friend Stephanie’s house. Which I did. We thought we snuck away to this concert with her sister and her friends. They let us come we thought, as long as we didn’t sit with them. We found out later Stephanie’s parents knew. They followed us, and sat behind us to make sure we were okay. That’s kind of cool.
8. Faith No More, The Real Thing. 1989. I’m currently switching over from Billy Joel to listen to this album. My God they were so good.
9. Black Crowes, Shake Your Money Maker. 1990. We all know the song on here that we adored. She Talks To Angels. Good album. Good song.
10. R.E.M., Out Of Time. 1991. Losing My Religion was huge, but that’s not what did it for me. I saw some special MTV was running on R.E.M., and they showed footage from R.E.M.’s Green Tour. I think it was called Tourfilm. I heard songs from past R.E.M. albums on there. I made my mom drive me to Kmart to get their previous albums. I had no idea there were so many! I picked Eponymous, a compilation cassette. That’s where my love for my all time favorite band started.
That’s my top ten bands that changed my life, helped me form as a child. 1990 was when I started high school, so clearly it didn’t end there. For example, in 1991, I went to an outdoor music festival and heard Otis Redding for the first time. Changed my life. This list doesn’t go into my profound love of Queen. I was exposed to them during high school on Pom-Pon of all things. We used Queen for almost every pom routine. Pretty cool if you have to be on dance squad. We also wore red ribbons when Freddie Mercury died. Not that it isn’t a big deal now, but then, in 1991? AIDS was still very much shunned. I got the right kind of knowledge about the disease early on. I’m grateful for that.
This list doesn’t touch upon my extreme love of Red Hot Chili Peppers. How I wore out Son Volt’s Straightaways. My absolutely ridiculous white-Detroit-suburb love affair with Dre, Snoop, and Eminem. My silly fascination with the song Kaw-Liga by Hank Williams that, thankfully, opened my ears to his entire collection. My adoration for a young Fiona Apple that seemed to sing to my soul. The fact that I made love for the first time to Sara McLachlan — and that’s not a bad way to go. My sincere appreciation of Missy Elliott’s genius. My knowledge of Aretha, Same Cooke, Louis Armstong, an Elle Fitzgerald only fueled the way my heart fell in love with Alicia Keys – this woman’s voice and lyrics gave me solace during the darkest times of my life — the death of my father and my own cancer diagnosis.
I hope you enjoyed this list. I know I did. It’s amazing, looking back, what I enjoyed. Some are what I would now consider refined, others, not so much. But I did love them.
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***Madeline Fresco is a novelist who lives in San Francisco. She is the author of CROSSED THE LINE, available for Kindle at Amazon.com, for Nook at Barnes & Noble, and as an ePub at other eBook retailers. You can also listen to her novel as a free, serialized audiobook at madelinefresco.com. Her second book THE CHOICE, is available on Kindle at Amazon. Her third book ANGUISH, is available for Kindle at Amazon.com