A long time ago, we asked a bunch of bands to submit columns on the following topic: Five Albums That Will Change Your Life. Today, we bring you an entry provided by Rafay Nabeel from Spewtilator.
I could sit here and write about Ace of Spades or Number of the Beast all friggin’ day, but instead, I’ve decided to dig a bit deeper than the usual Metallica’s or Ramones’ that I see on other musician’s lists every week. That said, my list is still chocked full of heavy hitters, so I doubt some of these will surprise you. Nevertheless, maybe you as the reader may come across something you’ve never really given the time of day. Enjoy!
Thin Lizzy, Bad Reputation (1977)
By now, everyone ought to know that Jailbreak and Live and Dangerous are absolute classics in their own right, and quite frankly, they are both probably better albums than Bad Rep. For whatever reason though, I still catch myself listening to this TL album more than any other. Phil Lynott (RIP) truly was a master songwriter, and had something to sing for any and every emotion or situation; couple that with the unparalleled guitar attack of Brian Robertson and Scott Gorham, and the swing that only Brian Downey can create — you simply cannot fail.
I have so many great memories with this record that I can’t help but smile and sing along when I listen to it. There has never been, nor will there ever be, a rock band better than Thin Lizzy.
Entombed, Clandestine (1991)
I remember being in high school and hearing the riff that begins around the 2:10 mark in “Blessed Be” and everything being over — I’ve been a death metal fan from then on out. That song and this album is what got me into death metal, of which I’m forever indebted to.
I’ve repeatedly said that Nicke Andersson is my rock n’ roll hero, between his work with Entombed and the phenomenal Hellacopters, and this is one of his crowning achievements in my book (what with having to play drums and sing on this record — no easy feat).
The Adverts, Crossing the Red Sea with the Adverts (1978)
This is easily one of my favorite punk rock records of all time, and one of the few punk records I love where every song is memorable in its own right. “Bored Teenagers” was an anthem for my friends and I growing up and hating our parents, and “Up on the Roof” helped me get through a lot of those awkward adolescent crushes no one likes to talk about.
Crossing the Red Sea, among other albums, is a prime example of how punk can display great songwriting while maintaining plenty of edge and angst.
Black Uniforms, Splatter Punks on Acid (1980-something; I don’t know!)
After getting into 80’s hardcore and eventually learning about and loving bands like Discharge and G.B.H., I began to be introduced to bands that blended the lines between punk, hardcore, and metal.
Out of those bands, I listened to Black Uniforms the most. I can’t begin to tell you how many times in a row I must have listened to “Teenage Waste” or “Computer World” after I got this album. I still listen to this record regularly, and love it every time.
Turbonegro, Apocalypse Dudes (1998)
The ultimate party record, this album absolutely turned my heard upside down when I first heard it. While their first three records are awesome, everything changed once guitarist Knut “Euroboy” Schreiner joined on this album, starting what would become known as the “Apocalypse Trilogy,” with the Scandinavian Leather and Party Animals albums to follow.
The production is huge and the songs are wickedly fun and catchy, blending elements of glam rock, punk, and early metal to create a raucous cacophony of speed rock mastery. Match that with an all too blatant pseudo-homoeroticism and double denim all around, and you’re in for one wild ride!
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