Since living in Canada I have had a lot of time to think about how my life has taken shape and the choices I have made to get here. Feeling nostalgic got me listening to some of my favourite old songs; and I felt it would be fitting to put these on "paper" and make a list of the top 10 songs that shaped my teenaged years; and inevitably the rest of my life musically!
Before anyone reads this I would like you all to know that I spend a little time making this list and if I thought for longer I am sure that this list would be completely different, however, it is what it is. This first installment is number 10 through 7:
Song 10 Song: I feel So Artist: Box Car Racer Album:: Box Car Racer (Geffen Records, 2002)
Why?: In my younger years of teenagehoodism (Not sure thats a real word but for all intesive purposes it is!) I was quite deeply in love with what was at the time the thing to be in love with: Teenaged angst filled songs! Especially the onces with the edgy punk filled rifts, the short sharp lyrics and having a couple of the members of Blink!
Now I would like to say that I could relate to the lyrics as a testosterone fuelled 14 year old, and at the time I thought I knew what it was like to have my heart ripped out and stomped on! But the truth is like all hansome 14 year old males I had new arm candy by the next week.
Song 9 Song: Ohio is for Lovers Artist: Hawthorne Heights Album:: The Silence in Black and White (Victory Records, 2004)
Why?: I know more angst! So made it out of punk mostly unscaved and landed knee deep in a pool of emo. Hawthorne Heights were on high rotation on the old MP3. I wasn't sad, as the trend predicted I ought to be, I was happy but at 16 how was I suppost to know this. All the stress of school, looking my best, holding onto that one girl I lusted for so hard but just didn't look at me that way. Insert a band like Hawthorne Heights and of course the whole teenaged populas was depressed.
Now mellow as it might be Hawthorne Heights was one of the first bands I ever listened to with screams and I feel if for no other reason than this it had to be put into the list!
Song 8 Song: Give it all Artist: Rise Against Album:: Siren Song Of The counter Culture (Geffen Records, 2004)
Why?: So after you are sad there is only one logical step...ANGER! I moved from being a sad sack to being an angry teenager so many times I'm sure that my parents considered getting me tested! Rise Against still feature heavily on my playlist and shaped a bit part of my musical history!
Angry music was a muse of mine, I liked listening to it but I always thought it was a phase that would pass. However, Rise Against opened some doors I thought I would never have imagined: Political rock! I found bands such as Anti-Flag, Against Me and even opened me up to the political side of bands like Green Day.
Song 7 Song: Juneau Artist: Funeral For a Friend Album:: Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation (Ferret Music, 2003)
Why?: Enter the Welsh wizards into the fray at number 7! Well so far my top 10 has been angry, policitally charged rock and angst filled teenaged melancholy. Therefore a fitting way to round of the first section of this phase of my top 10 is to combine the two and have some angsty post hardcore/melodica!
I fell in love with Melodica after listening to the Casually Dressed album (albeit a few years after release). Funeral for a Friend ignited my love for the sub-genre and now my music collection would be bare with it! I listened to this album from start to finish over and over (it was in my car CD player for a good three months) and I can still pick it up and listen to it! Fantastic album...plus when they FFAF talk they sound like Fireman Sam; what's not to love!
So I hope you enjoyed the first installment of the saga which were my teenaged years and hope you stay tuned for the next installment (songs 6-4)!