Soundtrack of my Youth

Walking the Berkshires asks the question:

What were the 10 most influential albums of your formative teenaged years? I’m not talking about the ones that defined everyone else, but the ones that to a large extent defined you, and are still discernible musical influences.

Ahh, this is a difficult question. I didn’t listen to a lot of music as a teenager. I know, this sounds abnormal. I was abnormal. I’m much better at saying which books/authors defined me (Stephen King, Robert Heinlein, Anne Rice, Isaac Asimov, Douglas Adams, and Joseph Heller – those pretty much define high school for me.)

High School (1984-1987)

1) Grateful Dead: American Beauty/Truckin’

I hadn’t yet seen a concert, but my sister made me a cassette tape of these two albums. I played it over and over.

2) Tom Lehrer: Songs of Tom Lehrer

His first album, recorded in the 50s. Discovered in my parent’s collection. It would be many years before I was introduced to Dementia and Filking, but I have always enjoyed humor, and Lehrer was an expert.

3) Capitol Steps: Danny Boy

I had several of their albums, but I decided to pick the one they named after the Vice President that made everyone laugh. Enjoyed for the same reason I enjoyed Lehrer. Humor. Political Humor.

4) Eagles: Greatest Hits

One of the first albums I was given as a gift my my more musically fashionable siblings. So the songs have a nostalgic value for me today.

5) Les Miserables Soundtrack

This is a stretch. I was a Freshman in college when I first saw the musical, but I would have been 19, so I was still a teen, right?

I can’t think of anything to add to the list. I know: pitiful.
I would be introduced to a lot more music in my 20s.

0 thoughts on “Soundtrack of my Youth

  1. Blair

    Heck, I can only think of one. I graduated from High School in 1984. That’s right about the time “Weird Al” had his rather short-lived debut on pop radio with “King of Suede.” Weird Al’s still around (and still weird I suppose), but that’s the only one of his songs I’ve ever heard on the radio outside of the Doctor Demento show.

  2. John

    I think I was introduced to Weird Al through his Even Worse album, which was released in 1988. Saw his videos for Fat and Lasagna.

  3. Kathy

    Heck, I’ve been through so many albums and musical eras.. I couldn’t begin to narrow down without writing a complete history book.
    Briefly, My aunt had James Gang and the Beatles. Then of course, I went through the 70’s bubblegum of the Partridge Family, Bobby Sherman and the Monkees. (yes, I know I still like them today).. Then of course, I discovered Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, Peter Frampton. Didn’t skp Disco but didn’t get much past Saturday Night Fever. In college, of course, was the New Wave era of the Police, Cars, Blondie, and Flock of Seagulls.

    These days listen to just about everything out there. Getting into independent artists. Number one on that list being SJ Tucker.

  4. DL Emerick

    I was greatly disappointed to read today that John McCain’s favorite song is Dancing Queen because I like ABBA’s songs greatly — although their insipidness does begin to wear on you after a while — say on the 6th or 7th replay of their “GOLD” CD. I also was most entertained by Mamma Mia!. I didn’t even know Meryl Streep could sing!!! I laughed and laughed at the many small jokes. Leaving the theater, I wanted to turn right around and buy another ticket for the next showing! (Good sense prevailed; I didn’t succumb to yet another impulsive and pointless gesture of affections, of which I often have made many in my lifetime.)