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Friday, 28 July 2017

The Albums That Shaped Me

For as long as I can remember, I have been in love with music. When I was little my Mum always had music playing during the day, and I used to love it when she'd teach me how to record the radio onto cassette tapes and how to play a vinyl (although I suddenly feel very nervous about how many records I may or may not have scratched). I believe that music, whether you're a massive fan of it or not, plays a huge part in how people develop during their childhood and teenage years. These are the albums that I feel were significant to me as I grew up.

Avril Lavigne - Let Go

Avril was the first artist that I was ever obsessed with. After seeing her skateboard onto my TV screen during one of my "The Box" binges back in the day, it didn't take long before I was trying my best to replicate the "sk8er grrl" aesthetic (this is how my love affair with eyeliner started) and my bedroom walls were adorned with every Avril Lavigne poster I could possibly get my hands on. When I got Let Go at Christmas 2002, you better believe I played it at least once every. Single. Day. The fact is, I was a teenage girl, listening to an album written by a teenage girl (granted she had some help), marketed towards teenage girls. Not only did Avril have an effect on my appearance, but she would also name drop her favourite rock bands in interviews and cover songs such as "Basket Case" by Green Day and "Fuel" by Metallica, and so I would go deeper down the rock n roll rabbit hole I would go...
FAVE SONG: Things I'll Never Say

Evanescence - Fallen

When Evanescence released Bring Me To Life in 2003, it was huge. It got to number 1 here in the UK, and the song certainly didn't go unnoticed by me. To be fair, I know it actually took me a while to get this album, because I definitely owned the My Immortal single beforehand and I remember FUMING that the version on the album wasn't the same. (Author's note: The single version is infinitely better due to its dramatics and if you don't agree with me I WILL fight you). Eventually though, I did acquire the album and it threw me straight into "mosher" mode. I joined a youth theatre group in the December of 2003, and bonded with two of the other girls (both called Sarah) because of our love for Evanescence. They were my first proper friendships outside of my high school bubble, and it was the first time that I felt like I actually fit in anywhere.
FAVE SONG: Whisper

Green Day - American Idiot

I was 15 when this album came out, of course it's on this list. I was already familiar with Green Day before this album dropped, I downloaded Basket Case off the back of the Avril Lavigne cover and my friend Lee spied this on my MSN status thingy (OOF! Right in the nostalgia!) and copied International Superhits for me. I thought the American Idiot single was best thing I'd EVER HEARD and on the day it was released I marched straight down to the Asda (well, I went with my Mum and Dad when they went shopping...) and I bought myself a copy (I mean my Mum and Dad bought me a copy...). The best part of this? My Mum became a HUGE Green Day fan because of this album, which meant I got to play it all the time. In my bedroom, in the living room, in the car. Winner winner. 

FAVE SONG: Whatsername

Guns N Roses - Greatest Hits

I was introduced to Guns N Roses via Kerrang! (both TV and magazine) and what better way to get acquainted with an older band than to buy their greatest hits? To this day I still can't explain why, but for some reason Guns N Roses really resonated with me, they still do. There's this feeling that I get when I'm listening to them and I can't put it into words. I think they also influence my style choices to a degree. During my first term at college, our drama class decided to hold a 60s/70s/80s fancy dress fundraiser. I decided to dress as Axl Rose because the only effort I had to put in was wearing a bandana and borrowing my older brothers aviators. Easy.

FAVE SONG: Paradise City

Fall Out Boy - From Under The Cork Tree

Ahh, college. The year was 2005, MySpace had blown up, skinny jeans were everywhere, big swishy fringes and studded belts became the thing to wear. Emo had well and truly arrived, and so had Fall Out Boy. Ok ok, FOB are more emo-tinged pop punk, but it still counts. I well and truly felt like I'd found myself in college, and that I could be exactly who I wanted to be. There are a lot of bands who would land on my college soundtrack, but Fall Out Boy were definitely the band that would play the most. Altogether now, AM I MOOOORE THAN YOU BARGAINED FOR YET...

FAVE SONGS: Nobody Puts Baby In The Corner, Sophomore Slump Or Comeback Of The Year

Paramore - All We Know Is Falling

Then, all of a sudden, there was a new emo band... with a girl singer!? NO WAY. Of course, I fell in love with Paramore straight away. Hayley Williams was leading the charge for the girls and suddenly female singers were in demand. I never did get anywhere near gigging with a band; I was lucky if I made it past more than two rehearsals. But it was a dream at the time that was made more realistic by Ms. Williams and co. 

FAVE SONG: Here We Go Again

What albums influenced you growing up? Are there any you hold near and dear to your heart?

Stacey Rose xx

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