I’ve put together a list of the albums that I love from start to finish. No filler songs, just pure awsomeness all the way through. All of these albums have had an influenced me and my music in some way. These are the one’s I can think of off the top of my head. I may add more to list at a later date. In no particular order…
1. Blink-182 – Enema of the State
I’ve always liked music, but this is the album that REALLY got me into music. I was 13 at the time and All the Small Things and What’s My Age Again had already been released as singles. I had bought both singles and liked blink a lot. However, the first listen of this album changed my perception of music forever.
The epic guitar intro of the first track (Dumpweed), followed by the fast/energetic open string riff was like nothing I ever heard. I was instantly hooked. I just sat in my room and listened to the album from start to finish over and over, amazed and stunned. The blink fanboy was born!
This album is why I play music today and it will forever be one of my favourites. It’s fast, fun, energetic and never gets old. A must listen to any kid going through secondary school too, the ultimate ‘growing up’ album.
Favourite tracks: Dumpweed, Going Away to College, Wendy Clear (most underrated song on the album IMO).
2. Stereophonics – Word Gets Around
For some reason I associate this album with summer. It’s such a bright album and reminds of the time they played at the Morfa Stadium. I have great memories of all the guys in school singing ‘A Thousand Trees’ in the changing rooms, on the bus, in class etc. Good times. They were huge at the time. The album has an upbeat feel and whenever it’s on it gets you in a good mood.
I liked this album before I owned a guitar. It’s the songs themselves that I love. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great guitar tracks, especially the solo in ‘Check My Eyelids For Holes’. I like it now as much as I ever have. I only listen to it every few weeks. I’m kind of scared I’m going to get used to it. So if I don’t listen to it all the time, it will recapture all those great memories/feelings when I do (the best thing about music).
Favourite tracks: Local Boy In The Photograph, Check My Eyelids For Holes, More Life In A Tramps Vest
3. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Mother’s Milk
You knew it was coming…how could I not include a Chili’s album in this list! This was a close one between Mother’s Milk and Blood Sugar Sex Magik. BSSM has some amazing songs, but some that I am not fond of. If they stripped it back to 10-13 songs (removing the filler tracks), it would probably be on this list instead. So as a whole Mother’s Milk wins.
This album is the one that made me pick up my guitar the most when I first started to play. There are so many cool riffs, I just had to learn them. The songs are fun to play and as you’ve probably guessed, the ‘scratchy’ style is what influenced most of my guitar work on our album. John Frusciante’s work is amazing throughout and the Magic Johnson solo is one of my favourites ever – simple, yet awsome (and SO tricky to play).
Favourite tracks: Good Time Boys, Knock Me Down, Subway to Venus
4. Extreme – Pornograffiti
It was Ben’s cousin that first introduced me to this album/band. At the time, the only music I cared about was pop punk and the Chili’s. Everything else that was on Kerrang/MTV didn’t interest me. The first song I heard was ‘Get The Funk Out’ and I have to say, I was blown away.
Nuno Bettencourt is one the most under rated guitarists to have ever lived. He covers the entire fretboard throughout each song and keeps them melodic/rhythmic at the same time. There is never a typical guitar moment on this album. Nuno always plays something distinct.
The ‘He-Man Woman Hater’ main riff is one of my favourite riffs of all time. It baffles me how he actually came up with it. This album is must listen for all guitarists. I was lucky enough to see Extreme live and they played the majority of this album. It’s still today the greatest performance I have seen.
Favourite Tracks: He Man Woman Hater, It’s a Monster, Decadence Dance
- Jimmy Eat World, Bleed American – The first alternative album I loved.
- Sum 41 – Does This Look Infected? – Full of energy, catchy guitar riffs and the first major gig I went to (Cardiff CIA 2003). So much fun.
- The Darkness, Permission to Land – Such a rocking album. Play it loud!
- Rocky IV, OST – Doesn’t really count as an album I know, but whenever I need a pump or some motivation, this never fails.
Here’s my Spotify playlist of my favourite tracks. Check it out to see what other bands/albums influence the way that I write (this is only the first 200 tracks. Open the playlist in Spotify for a full list).