|Down Memory Lane – 100 Years of Musical Memory|
|I Use the following resources to compile the bios|
|YouTube Trailer Clips|
|Down Memory Lane Directory|
|The Top 25 Albums of my Teenage Plus Years|
|Part 1 of 3|
|Three part Mini-Series starting today …|
Part 1 – Top 25 Albums For My Teenager Years 1979 – 1987 [21/12/21]
Part 2 – My Top Singles of 1979 – 1993 [25/12/21]
Part 3 – Top 25 Albums For The Plus Years 1988 – 1993 [31/12/21]
I was having a conversation with some friends last week. We were discussing music, especially the theme of our younger years. What singles and albums we bought first as teenagers and then also as young adults. For the sake of this mini-series l am outlining the period of 16 to 30 years of age and l am classing this as My Teenager Plus Years.
Mostly this is because l was a late starter to enjoying my own music. The first actual single l purchased was in 1979 when l turned 16, and it was “My Sharona” by The Knack.
Whereas my sister started buying singles when she was ten years of age  and had started listening to the Top 40 – The Official Chart – on Radio 1 from the same age! Whilst l only really began to listen to it when l turned 17 in 1980! She used to call me musically backwards, and l simply maintained there were other more exciting musical genres to listen to. I was always a little bit wacky regarding music, especially more in consideration to my peers, and was looked upon as strange given my eclectism.
It wasn’t unusual for me to be listening to strange noises like ‘ghost sounds’ or Arabian or Chinese or even Aboriginal music as opposed to whatever artist was making their name known to the youth of the day. Because of my bizarre tastes in music both of my parents and my sister considered me a few sandwiches short of a picnic hamper! I would spend hours in my bedroom listening to either music on my casette recorder or on my scratchy second-hand record player with my bizarre library music collection!
I grew up in a household where my mother viewed much of the day’s music and especially heavy metal as devil music. A young boy shouldn’t be listening to the likes of Deep Purple [a band l used to enjoy when l lived in Australia and when l was visiting my friends]. But seemingly, it was alright to listen to the likes of my parent’s music …
Neil Diamond, John Denver, Matt Monro, Tom Jones, Frank Sinatra, Engelbert Humperdinck and the list of the crooners went on and on … equally, l enjoyed listening to many of the tracks and albums my parents wanted. Still, the moment l expressed any interest of my own, they were squashed and classed as too loud, too this, too that and most assuredly, most of the metal of the day was the work of the devil!
In the later 70’s I had developed a rather keen interest in punk, a genre trend making the rounds. As far as my father was concerned, they were all lazy good for nothing freaky looking louts who needed to grow sensible hair, put on a tie and get a proper job!
I had started work in a hotel as a barkeep when l was 16. So l was being introduced to punks daily and would often hear snippets of what they considered good music!
|ADAM and the ANTS – Dirk Wears White Sox|
|The Damned – I Just Can´t Be Happy Today|
|Generation X – Your Generation|
I was however NOT allowed to listen to any of that BUT l was allowed to listen to the likes of ABBA, Carpenters, Stevie Wonder, Jim Croce, Elton John, and Rod Stewart, who were favourites of my mother and whilst l don’t detest any of them l don’t really like any of those singers/groups that much either today due to my mother’s attempted musical doctrination when l was younger!
So l opted to stay out of the house with every opportunity l could afford and luckily the ability to work awarded me this freedom!
When we arrived back in England after living abroad in Australia and Malaysia for so many years in 1977, l was still not that hyperfocused or remotely interested in music. It was ONLY because of my interest in the opposite sex that l was introduced to ‘modern music’ again. On occasion, whilst visiting friends, l would hear some of the music of the later seventies and say to myself it wasn’t that bad!
Between 1979 – 1980 l bought a handful of singles, starting off with My Sharona, but soon to join the Singles rack were Le Freak, Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough, Heart of Glass, Train in Vain, Wuthering Heights and Typical Girls! My music mostly annoyed my parents, but anything different to my parent’s music was terrible. My sister would take her own record collection to friends to play.
Mind you, between 1980 – 1989, my singles collection would grow enormously …
Something special also happened for my 17th birthday in 1980 – my old broken down record player was replaced with a new one .. that’s when my love for music really took off. The new one didn’t damage records or scratch them. Playing records was way easier than listening to recordings via the tape deck! My mother had managed to convince my father that l was ‘responsible’ enough to buy ‘sensible’ music. Therefore l was not only allowed a new record player but an Album!
My parents bought me my first ever album!
My mother was thrilled when she gave me my album, all nicely wrapped up in paper and said, “I picked this myself. Your dad approved it!” The moment l heard “your dad-approved it!” l became very worried about what lay within.
It wasn’t that bad … but it wasn’t that great either for a 17-year-olds first album – Voulez – Vous – ABBA! Yes, of course, my father would approve that album he had always fancied Frida because she reminded him of Jacqueline Bisset. The album was alright, and my sister loved it because she was a massive fan of the group and even went to a concert to watch them!
As was sometimes the case with presents from my parents, they came with rules – a list of what l could and could not do with said Present…
1] DO NOT listen to music late at night!
2] No music was to be listened to on a school night after 7pm!
3] No music was to be listened to on the weekend before 11am and after 8pm
4] Heavy Metal or other Devil/Blasphemous type music was NEVER to be listened to!
5] All new record purchases had to be approved by Father!
6] Breaches of these rulings would result in penalties!
7] New album was to be played twice a week!
I was a little gobsmacked but not that surprised, really. The seventh ruling was easy to comply with, l gave my sister the new album, and she played it more or less all the time on her own record player, an item she had received for her own birthday that year.
But it was that year 1980 that saw my collection of Albums being born and growing on with me … did l stick to all the rulings? Not really, no. There were consequences to those actions, but perhaps another time, for now, however – here are my Top 25 Albums for My Teenager+ Years in no particular order. Let me know below what your best albums were from your teenage years.
|Bruce Springsteen, Born in the U.S.A. 1984|
|Bruce Springsteen – Born In The U.S.A. (Full Album)1984 – YouTube|
|Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Welcome to the Pleasuredome 1984|
|The World Is My Oyster / Welcome To The Pleasuredome By Frankie Goes To Hollywood – YouTube|
|Grace Jones, Slave to the Rhythm 1985|
|Grace Jones – Slave To The Rhythm(1985)(Funk)(RnB)Essential – YouTube|
So there we go my Top 25 Albums from My Teenager Plus Years. There were many, many more – these are just a few of what would become a much more extensive collection of some 150 singles and 80 albums covering these years. Now tell me, what were some of your favourites albums from your younger years? Let me know below or create your own post should you wish. It doesn’t have to be a Top 25. It could be 5 to 20 as well or just a few.
See you next time in Part 2