I recently spent some time going through all of my music. I was amazed at all of the albums I loved when I was younger but haven't listened to in years. I loaded them up on my iOS devices and the memory in my car and have been rocking hard ever since. It's like I am 13 all over again. I swear they still hit me the same way and perhaps more so because of the memories of rocking to them ages ago.
Here's a few from my list. What are yours?
Silverchair - Frogstomp
1995 release so I was 15. The riffs were catchy but simple enough for me to learn on my own. I loved Daniel John's vocals and the guitar tone which I believe was primarily PRS and Soldano, a combo I rocked later in life for some time. These chaps were my age when this album was released which was certainly part of the appeal. I never liked a thing they did after this, go figure.
Dinosaur Jr. - Where You Been
Go listen to "Get Me", which is from this album, and witness the greatness that is J. 4:05 marks the start of my favorite guitar solo ever. There was no stopping Mascis on this song. 3-4 solos and they are all super tasty. I loved Dinosaur Jr. so much I wanted to be J. Mascis. I even invented a nickname for myself that when inevitably shortened would leave me being called J. It stuck and my close friends still just call me J. This is the stuff that makes total sense at 13. Purple Marshall stacks, dirt pedals, Jazz Masters, cows, aliens, awesomeness.
Soundgarden - Superunknown
I was 14. I still remember talking my mom into driving an hour to the closest place that I knew would have this album on release today. My mom was pretty supportive, <3 YOU MOM, so she took the time to get me out there. She even let me rock the cassette on the way home. She must have thought I was possessed cause I was entranced listening to that record for the first time.
Napalm Death - Fear, Emptiness, Despair
Another release that hit when I was 14. I think 13-15 was a pretty important time for me musically cause most of these records are from that period. I grew up in rural southern Illinois so I lived in guitar and music magazines as my connection to the outside world. I remember reading a one pager about Napalm Death's Jesse Pintado (RIP) and thinking he was so cool cause he had the same name as me, he had a pet rabbit with him in the picture and I had rabbits, and he was talking about a Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier which was totally the new deal back then. He said he put the bass on 10, middle on 0 and treble on 5. Guess how I dialed in the first Recto I played? Yep, horri-bad. I didn't care though cause the 4x12 had side armor and it made up for the muddy tone.