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~ This Week's Topic ~
Favorite Music Albums
I'm going to try SO hard not to list every single favorite album of mine because then, we'd be here all day. These albums are ones I love at least 90% if not 110%. That should narrow it down to like fifty. If you're lucky. ;)
Jagged Little Pill
I remember the first time I saw the music video for "You Oughta Know." It was summer, and my freshman year of high school was about to start. I was watching MTV, you know, back when they actually played MUSIC VIDEOS.
This album has always meant so much to me - it's gotten me through high school heartbreak, depression, the feelings of failure, teenage angst, and even now when I listen to it, I'm transported back to when things should have been easy but were complicated for a myriad of reasons.
God, it is not easy being an adult, but it's sure as hell not easy being a teenager either. Alanis helped get me through the good times and the bad. I even had long hair just like hers.
The Smashing Pumpkins
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
When the Smashing Pumpkins were touring this album, I was a sophomore in high school, and this was the first "real" concert I ever went to. Fountains of Wayne opened for them (before their song "Stacy's Mom" came along, heh heh).
I remember the lights were turned off when it was time for the Smashing Pumpkins to come out. We were sitting in the dark, listening to a recording of the very first song of the first CD (it's a two-disc album), and my heart was about to jump out of my chest! Everyone had their lighters out 'cause it was '96 and we had no cell phones yet. ;)
The moment they came out on stage, the lights turned on, and the music became live is a moment I'll never forget, not in a million years. It was magical, almost a religious experience. Hearing the songs I had listened to over and over again in person is something that will never get old with me.
The release of this album back in 2004 came at a time when I felt disillusioned with the political environment but felt powerless to do anything about it. This album gave me something to focus my energy on. I began to have hope for humanity again and felt empowered.
The first Green Day album I listened to was Dookie back in '94. I was in junior high at the time, and Green Day along with Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Soundgarden transformed me into an alternative/grunge fan forever. I was never the same afterward! :D
Best of 1980 - 1990
I couldn't pick just one U2 album. Honestly I love them all! So I picked the best of but their albums that came after with songs that aren't included here are ones I love, too. Their songs are filled with passion about embracing others and the world as a whole community, and they give me hope that one day we can get there.
Every song on here is one I love. "Cry Baby" is one I listen to a lot currently. I can't get over the sheer power of her voice! It's a tragedy she didn't make it to my age. The raw talent is almost too much to bear at times.
As you can see, I'm a 90's & 60's kind of girl. I love a lot of music from the 70's, 80's, and 2000 & beyond as well, but the 90's and the 60's to me are where it's at.
What albums would you choose?