Not an album per se, but a DVD. Muse’s first DVD of their live performance in Le Zenith in Paris. I didn’t discover Muse. I was introduced to Muse. That night when I watched their electrifying performance and listened to their music for the very first time, I was hooked after watching Matt Bellamy crazy piano solo in Space Dementia. No turning back thereafter and I became the self-proclaimed biggest Muse fan (although I know I’m not) and saw them 3 times, and met the band twice too
Jagged Little Pill (1995) by Alanis Morissette
This was truly the first album post my Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears days. Thank you Alanis for creating this album and getting me out of the pop rut!
Pet Sounds (1966) by The Beach Boys
Sometime around 2004 I started listening to The Beach Boys, and this was the album that introduced me to them. It was actually an influence from Chris, the Muse’s drummer, who’s favourite song is God Only Knows by The Beach Boys. Such happy, summery sounds and even back then, I always imagined playing The Beach Boys while driving down Route 1, along the Californian coast (even though I can’t drive, then and now). In 2008, I visited San Francisco with DL and SY, and secretly fulfilled my dream : )
A Hard Day’s Night (1964) by The Beatles
I think, this was an album that I discovered in the late 1990s, tucked away in the drawers in my dad’s room where my sis kept a bunch of her old cds. Who hadn’t heard of The Beatles … but I never really know their music until I discovered this album. With such a vast catalogue, I’m still discovering new Beatles tracks as well as songs from their solo efforts. Two of my top 20 tracks of all time are from John Lennon and George Harrison respectively – Imagine, and All Things Must Pass, both very significant songs to me. One day, at one of my favourite toy stores at Ngee Ann City in Singapore, I asked my 7-year old niece to choose a music box with a tune she liked. She played around with 15 or so music boxes, and took time to listen to each song. My heart melted when she told me that her favourite was the one that played Imagine. Meant a lot to me as she had NO IDEA what any of those songs were yet that’s her favourite. It’s no wonder why I treat her like my own.
The Bends (1995) by Radiohead
Mmmmmm Radiohead. Enough said.
Long live the 90s.
These aren’t obscure albums, on the contrary they are quite ‘mainstream’, but indeed were the ones that really got me into music. I was/am also frequently influenced by my favourite bands’ influences. Pretenders, Beach Boys, Elliott Smith, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, just to name a few. The biggest credit goes to Shirley Manson who has incredible taste in music and who used to write about it all the time. Unknowingly (to her obviously, and to me), she played a big part in me growing up.
Nostalgia. I do like the convenience of downloading songs in an instance and transferring them to my iPod. But I miss the excitement and anticipation leading up to an album launch, rushing to get a hard copy on the day of the release and then carefully removing the CD sleeve to admire the artwork. I still could do that, but I don’t anymore. It’s different even if I do – because it won’t be the only option available.
Writing the above reminds me of the film High Fidelity.
Have you thought about how your list will look like?