#ninealbumsthatchangedmylife I don’t normally do these kinds of challenges, but I’ve seen this one pop up in my feed a few times – so here goes, in autobiographical order:
1. The White Album – This album, specifically "Rocky Raccoon" and "Bungalow Bill," gave me my earliest musical memories. I remember listening to this album on 8-track in my mom's yellow VW bug.
2. Thriller – I mean, what kid from the '80s didn't love this album? This was the first album that really felt like mine own – as in not something I just adopted from my parents.
3. Raising Hell – The first hip-hop album I ever owned! I got the cassette for my 10th birthday and I distinctly remember listening to it at my birthday party surrounded by my friends.
4. Licensed To Ill – Again, this is another album that lots of ‘80s kids were rocking. I even lip-synced to "Paul's Revere" for a talent show in 4th grade, which in hindsight was probably inappropriate.
5. Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt’Em – I obviously was listening to hip-hop earlier in life, but if I'm being honest with myself, it was when "U Can't Touch This" blew up that I *really* got into hip-hop…ironic as that may be in hindsight.
6. It Takes A Nation Of Millions – I’ve loved this record for years, but after reading Dan Charnas' book on the history of hip-hop in 2010 I got an even greater appreciation for it and other records of the era, which is when I started collecting vinyl!
7. Julie Ruin – The documentary the Punk Singer turned me onto Kathleen Hanna’s music, which then turned me on to all of the incredible music of the Riot Grrrl era. There's no record I've listened to more in the last few years than this Julie Ruin album.
8. Run Fast – Relatedly, discovering KH's older music led me to also discover her new band, which was the first new, non-hip-hop artist I discovered in years. Since then I've found other great bands like Tacocat, Bully, and Daddy Issues.
9. I Put A Spell On You – This is the first album I dug into from @nprmusic 's list of the 150 greatest albums made by women. It's an incredible album in and of itself, but it was also my jumping off point for discovering dozens of other great albums by women.
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