What were the 10 most influencial albums of my formative teenaged years? I'm not talking about the ones that defined the 1st half of the '80s, but the ones that to a large extent defined me, and are still discernable musical influences.
Neil Young: "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere"
Dire Straits: "Alchemy"
Led Zeppelin: "Zeppelin II" (My first love's favorite band)
Crosby, Stills and Nash: "Crosby Stills and Nash" (Love that Wooden Ships).
Hot Tuna: "Hot Tuna" (Jorma and Jack bring it on home)
Taj Mahal: "Taj Mahal"
Juluka: "African Litany"
The Clash: "Super Black Market Clash"
I grew up at a boarding school in the late '70s and attended another in the early '80s. The strong influence of CSN&Y, The Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane spinoffs comes from what I heard drifting over the quad from dorm rooms at Millbrook or played on acoustic guitars on the front steps of those dorms. Some of these albums were discovered when I was away at school by friends with more sophisticated tastes. There is also an album or two gleaned from my father's vinyl, or from the record collections of the parents of friends.
What is most fascinating to me, though, is what the list looks like when I fast forward to college:
Loudon Wainwright III: "Attempted Mustache"
Richard and Linda Thompson: "Shoot Out The Lights" (RT , not Clapton, is God)
James Brown: "Live at the Apollo"
The Pogues: "Rum, Sodomy and the Lash"
Billy Bragg: "Life's a Riot"
Janis Joplin: "Cheap Thrills"
Walter Wolfman Washington: "Out of the Dark"
Beausoleil: "Live from the Left Coast"
Since then, its been lots of RT, Joe Henry, Morphine, Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem, roots and funk and folk and whatnot. And kid's music. My stereo is no longer my own. Sometimes, though, I climb the stairs to the attic, crank up the old turntable, slap on the vinyl and get the Led out.
How about you?