4 important albums from when you were 18

At 2:04 Dave Gahan became GOD for me!

Seventeen Seconds 100% their best album. In fact one of the best albums of all time IMO.


I dare you: name your top 3!

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They were huge (and yeah, few in the US really knew of them outside of the underground club circles).

Richard H. Kirk’s side projects and later work were awesome too, loved Acid Horse for its zany crossover action with Ministry.

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Yeah, he moved to acid right when I discovered it myself…

PS I like Acid HORSE :slight_smile:

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I love Seventeen Seconds but imo I’d take Faith or Pornography over it.Irt to top 3, I’d say:

The Cure - Faith
Turn on the Bright Lights - Interpol
OK Comptuer - Radiohead (depending on the day, I might be in more of a Kid A mood)

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Oh they are both super solid. And yeah that Interpol album is great too (though TBH it’s the only one of theirs I have.) I love how the singer used to troll reporters by claiming to have never heard Joy Division :rofl:


Sticking to just the bass, Carlos Dengler is one of the big reasons why I want to be a bass player. He left the band to get his degree and become an actor after he recorded the bass for Our Love to Admire (their 3rd album), and honestly I don’t really listen to any of their stuff that came out after that. That said, I’d absolutely buy the record if they did an Unknown Pleasures cover album. :upside_down_face:

Ok, because @howard chickens out, I go first:

  • Depeche Mode : Songs of Faith and Devotion (live) - though Violator is a strong contender
  • Lisp: Cycles. Even @Howard doesn’t know this one!
  • Archive: You All Look the Same to Me (but maybe I prefer David Sylvian - Secrets of the Beehive)

Hooky should get Paul Banks to do a gig with The Light, just for fun. This was a serious missed opportunity:

Led Zepplin (first album)

Cream (Wheels of Fire)

Santana (first album)

Crosby, Stills, and Nash (first album)

I’ve been thinking about this question for a while and wondering what albums would have been crucial to my development into music. For me, bizarrely, 18 was an odd age and one in which I was not listening to much music, so I’ve ignored that bit!

I was born in 1957 and up until the age of 14 I was firmly listening to ‘pop’ music like the Beatles, Monkees, Dave Clarke Five, etc. And in those days it was mostly singles not albums (though I did have A hard Day’s Night - possibly my first album - first single was She Loves You). However I had a bit of a Damascus moment in 1971 when I was 14, when I heard and bought the newly released LA Woman by the Doors. I was thunderstruck and have loved the Doors ever since, still listening to them regularly. I think of this as the moment that I discovered ‘serious’ rock as opposed to pop rock and roll, and at that time the Beatles and even the Stones were really still firmly in the pop category. One of my greatest musical regrets is that I never saw them live.

In the next few years I also discovered classical with Beethoven’s 6th, The Pastoral, which is still a firm favourite in the classical genre and classical has always shared my affections with Rock and Jazz.

And Fleetwood Mac (the original Peter Green era) hooked me on blues. I honestly can’t remember which album; English Rose maybe?

Finally I think it was probably Santana’s Abraxas that first introduced me to what we would now call Classic Rock, I guess, and also started moving me towards an interest in jazz.

I’m pretty sure all of these were before I was 18.

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Aenema- Tool
Sublime- Sublime
Unplugged- Alice in Chains
Heavy petting zoo- NOFX

Honorable mention Spice- Spice Girls

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When you listen back to some of the Spice Girls, it’s really good. I recently heard a podcast interview with Mel C. She talked about how they got together, it really was pretty interesting. BTW, I think Mel C is a fantastic artist.

Listening to this as we speak…

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I turned 18 in 1991, which as it turns out was a phenomenal year for music. Or maybe I’m just biased because it was so formative. Anyway, here’s my four from that year, in no particular order:

Nirvana - Nevermind

I clearly remember hearing and seeing the video for Smells Like Teen Spirit for the first time. It perfectly captured the teen angst I was feeling at the time.

RHCP - Blood Sugar Sex Magik

I first saw RHCP in a scene from the skateboard movie Thrashin’. (Who knew Thanos could skate?) They were… interesting… at the time and I liked them but didn’t really get big into them. This album changed all that.

U2 - Achtung Baby

I became a U2 fan with The Joshua Tree, though I quickly absorbed their previous works as well. This was a new direction for them, and I completely dug it.

Metallica - The Black Album

Old school Metallica held a special place for me. I’d fall asleep at night with the Master of Puppets cassette blaring in my ears through my Walkman, and I still consider that one of the best albums ever. This release took something that I was super into, and made it mainstream.

That all said, there are probably 20 albums that easily could have made it into this list. What a great year!


All great albums and ones I bought!


I actually saw U2 on the Achtung Baby tour. Was my first big concert ever. It was amazing.

Alice in Chains - Unplugged, great album and great live dvd👍


Hello. New to this forum and to playing Bass. Just started November of 2023. Trumpet & quite a few brass instruments player of 30+ years. I fugured I would try at guitar but was told my fingers are too big and should try Bass. So I picked up a Ibanez SR300EB fat black model and a Katana Boss 110 amp. Both are great pieces of equipment. Sounds great together, amp has multiple effects without having to buy any extra pedals or distortion, so that was a plus for me til I get experienced. This is the only forum I am a member of. Looking to gain that experience. I love music!

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