Roughly contemporaneous albums that I acquired during my first two years of high school

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A prequel to a previous poll (Roughly contemporaneous albums that I bought during my last two years of high school), presented warts and all. A couple of those options carried over here as I recalled that I had encountered them earlier than I'd thought.

For the sake of context: I spent these two years (and only these two years) stuck on a military base in the middle of rural southern IN, a good 45-minute drive from anything resembling actual civilization (and before I had the ability to drive myself anywhere, natch). So this is stuff they either miraculously had at the Navy Exchange or at the Sam Goody in the mall our family drove to like once a month, occasional birthday presents, copies of stuff checked out from the library or given to me by one of the like five people I knew. Pretty much everything here was discovered via late night MTV programming. We couldn't really get much in the way of radio. I mostly spent a lot of time listening to my Walkman while fucking around in the woods instead of doing whatever other people do during their nascent teenage years. This may go some way towards explaining why I am the way I am.

P.S. I'm still pissed that the Dream Theater album on the 'Now Playing' easel turned out to not being the cool-sounding thing they were playing in the store. I bagged a lot of groceries to pay for that stupid POS, goddammit. I guess I could've double checked before plunking down my cash. Oh well.

Alice in Chains - Dirt
Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes
Angelo Badalamenti - Soundtrack from from Twin Peaks
Beastie Boys - Check Your Head
Black Crows - The Southern Harmony & Musical Companion
Dream Theater - Images & Words
Extreme - II: Pornograffitti
Faith No More - Angel Dust
Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion Vol. 1
Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion Vol. 2
Jesus Jones - Doubt
Ministry - Psalm 69
Mr. Bungle - s/t
Nirvana - Nevermind
Nirvana - Incesticide
Pearl Jam - Ten
Queen - Classic Queen
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magic
REM - Out of Time
REM - Automatic for the People
Shakespeare's Sister - Hormonally Yours
Soundgarden - Badmotorfinger
Stone Temple Pilots - Core
Ween - Pure Guava
'Weird Al' Yankovic - Even Worse
V/A - Singles Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Frankie Four-Wigs (Old Lunch), Friday, 8 November 2019 16:06 (four days ago) link

Angel Dust, then and now

Captain ACAB (Neil S), Friday, 8 November 2019 16:08 (four days ago) link

I'm voting for the album that's the most "first two years of high school" for this era, which was also my era. Feels like it should be AIC, Queen or STP, though Incesticide and Singles make strong cases.

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Friday, 8 November 2019 16:12 (four days ago) link

Badmotorfinger all day long.

No language just sound (Sund4r), Friday, 8 November 2019 16:20 (four days ago) link

Probably Nevermind but voted for Pure Guava.

o. nate, Friday, 8 November 2019 16:28 (four days ago) link

REM is probably the most out-of-step with the general vibe of this list huh? But I just can't not vote for them.

ascai, Friday, 8 November 2019 16:29 (four days ago) link

Out of Time I swiped from my dad's collection (bought exclusively for 'Losing my Religion' iirc). My brother bought a floor model stereo and found a copy of Automatic for the People inside when he got it home (he gave it to me as he was Mr. Hip Hop at the time and had no interest). So both kinda incidental acquisitions that wound up having a pretty big impact.

Frankie Four-Wigs (Old Lunch), Friday, 8 November 2019 16:32 (four days ago) link

Is it more out of step than Tori Amos or Shakespeare's Sister?

No language just sound (Sund4r), Friday, 8 November 2019 16:43 (four days ago) link

prob gonna vote for either little earthquakes or extreme ii, a record i am only familiar with because of maura but which i have developed a lot of affection for

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 8 November 2019 16:51 (four days ago) link

xpost lol

I should note that I was listening to pretty much only top 40 stuff prior to this time. Points of transition I vividly recall: randomly catching and being entranced by the video for 'Here's Where the Story Ends' the summer before high school (which became my gateway to 120 Minutes), hearing 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' for the first time (obvs), that cool senior dude in my art class (whose total dick of a brother was in my grade) finding out that I liked FNM and copying the Mr. Bungle album for me.

There was a ton of less stereotypically grunge-y stuff I fell in love with at the time, video-by-video, but that I wasn't going to have the opportunity to own or hear at length until we moved away from the middle of nowhere.

Frankie Four-Wigs (Old Lunch), Friday, 8 November 2019 16:54 (four days ago) link

I took a ladyfriend I was trying to impress* to a Dream Theatre gig around this time. Still pretty much the worst show I've ever been to and she was rightfully horrified.

I think the correct answer is Dirt, though I'm edging suspiciously towards Illusion 2.

*It didn't work out.

Life is a meaningless nightmare of suffering...save string (Chinaski), Friday, 8 November 2019 17:10 (four days ago) link

Beasties or Twin Peaks.

I have a shameful Dream Theater high school past, but I learned a lot about playing odd time signatures.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 8 November 2019 17:22 (four days ago) link

Supplemental list of albums I didn't personally possess but which I was intimately familiar with because the dude I grew up with who lived next to my grandma (who we visited fairly frequently) used to play them all the time:

Jackyl - s/t
Slaughter - Stick It Live
Tesla - Five Man Acoustical Jam
Van Halen - For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge

Frankie Four-Wigs (Old Lunch), Friday, 8 November 2019 17:38 (four days ago) link

It's gonna be Ministry or Soundgarden for me. (This was college-era stuff for me; I graduated high school in 1990.)

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Friday, 8 November 2019 17:42 (four days ago) link

I never owned the Twin Peaks soundtrack, though I did own the Eraserhead soundtrack (for some reason).

quinn morgendorffer stan account (morrisp), Friday, 8 November 2019 17:59 (four days ago) link

Check Your Head for me, although usually I go to bat for the Singles Soundtrack.

☮ (peace, man), Friday, 8 November 2019 18:04 (four days ago) link

xpost This was just after the show had ended, I guess. I'd missed out on the PHENOMENON but I checked both the soundtrack and VHS copies of the first season out from the library and then played my bootleg copies of same ad infinitum.

Frankie Four-Wigs (Old Lunch), Friday, 8 November 2019 18:06 (four days ago) link

O.L., I feel like you and I could have been great bros if we had known each other back then!

quinn morgendorffer stan account (morrisp), Friday, 8 November 2019 18:11 (four days ago) link

Q: did you also enjoy SNL and Wizard Magazine, if so you are probably correct.

Frankie Four-Wigs (Old Lunch), Friday, 8 November 2019 18:16 (four days ago) link

SNL, sure (doesn't everyone in high school?); never read Wizard. But I really liked R.E.M. and comics!

quinn morgendorffer stan account (morrisp), Friday, 8 November 2019 18:26 (four days ago) link

i had that dream theater album during the same time period (first two years of high school). i remember loving "PULL ME UNDER."

you want to feel really bad? check this out

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6h2h4zIhwuM

at home in the alternate future, (Karl Malone), Friday, 8 November 2019 18:26 (four days ago) link

I'm not afraid!

Frankie Four-Wigs (Old Lunch), Friday, 8 November 2019 19:01 (four days ago) link

Actually, y'know what...Imma just go ahead and listen to that whole album rn. I need to switch my brain all the way off and get some work done anyway, plus I'm an absolute glutton re: punishment.

Frankie Four-Wigs (Old Lunch), Friday, 8 November 2019 19:05 (four days ago) link

I tried to listen to it again recently. I stuck it on the car and was physically repulsed. Turning it off, I nearly crashed the car into a bloke on a mobility scooter. So many metaphors.

Life is a meaningless nightmare of suffering...save string (Chinaski), Friday, 8 November 2019 19:10 (four days ago) link

sad lol. I hope I can avoid that particular fate while sitting at work but I guess nothing is guaranteed.

Frankie Four-Wigs (Old Lunch), Friday, 8 November 2019 19:13 (four days ago) link

Godspeed. Let us know how it goes.

Life is a meaningless nightmare of suffering...save string (Chinaski), Friday, 8 November 2019 19:15 (four days ago) link

The second half of Images and Words still totally holds up. The first half, not so much (although Pull Me Under is still good)

ascai, Friday, 8 November 2019 19:15 (four days ago) link

(< 60 seconds in) Hoo boy...what have I done...

Frankie Four-Wigs (Old Lunch), Friday, 8 November 2019 19:16 (four days ago) link

(Also, I must've really given this thing a lot of chances because I'm realizing that I apparently know it like the back of my hand.)

Frankie Four-Wigs (Old Lunch), Friday, 8 November 2019 19:17 (four days ago) link

Okay, 'Pull Me Under' was actually dece (the singer's operatics aside). I'm fairly certain I could approximate the drum changes throughout from memory.

WTF is the 'Whitesnake meets Gerry Rafferty' shit on the next song, though, holy god.

Frankie Four-Wigs (Old Lunch), Friday, 8 November 2019 19:25 (four days ago) link

Better to save the mys-tray than give in to the secraaaaaaaaaat (*clarinet trill*)

Pretty sure this is what we had in mind when my brother and I used to improvise ridiculous prog lyrics at length.

Frankie Four-Wigs (Old Lunch), Friday, 8 November 2019 19:28 (four days ago) link

I remember thinking at the time that this sounded like a band full of dads. My opinion on that front remains unchanged.

Frankie Four-Wigs (Old Lunch), Friday, 8 November 2019 19:31 (four days ago) link

It's like Dennis DeYoung fronting Rush except like a decade and a half after the peak of either former band.

Frankie Four-Wigs (Old Lunch), Friday, 8 November 2019 19:33 (four days ago) link

Honestly just fast forward to Metropolis already

ascai, Friday, 8 November 2019 19:34 (four days ago) link

Dudes have chops, I'll give them that. But what is the value of chops when employed in the service of evil.

Frankie Four-Wigs (Old Lunch), Friday, 8 November 2019 19:35 (four days ago) link

The only Dream Theater I ever want to hear again is the first minute of 'The Mirror'

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 8 November 2019 19:36 (four days ago) link

Man, for better or worse, I'm sticking this out, every brutal track. And clearly not actually doing the work I alluded to earlier.

Frankie Four-Wigs (Old Lunch), Friday, 8 November 2019 19:36 (four days ago) link

Oh cool, they got Enya to do a little guest keyboardin' on 'Surrounded'. Quite a coup!

Frankie Four-Wigs (Old Lunch), Friday, 8 November 2019 19:37 (four days ago) link

Angel Dust & Check Your Head tie this one, AD wins in terms of hours listened

help yourself to another slice of apple ... crumble (Willl), Friday, 8 November 2019 19:37 (four days ago) link

This is like if Savage Garden was an ELP cover band.

Frankie Four-Wigs (Old Lunch), Friday, 8 November 2019 19:38 (four days ago) link

Sorry, I'm destroying my own thread.

Frankie Four-Wigs (Old Lunch), Friday, 8 November 2019 19:39 (four days ago) link

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It's just that compared to when I first heard this, I've developed a much broader array of ways to say 'this is bad'.

Frankie Four-Wigs (Old Lunch), Friday, 8 November 2019 19:42 (four days ago) link

The absolute worst thing about working for Roadrunner Records for three years was having to go to a Dream Theater show. This despite the fact that all the members were incredibly nice dudes ("a band full of dads" is an incredibly apt description - they are some minivan-driving motherfuckers who happen to be incredibly skilled musicians).

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Friday, 8 November 2019 19:43 (four days ago) link

Check Your Head is an easy pick for me. The Beastie Boys had such a huge impact on my youth and teen years.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 8 November 2019 19:45 (four days ago) link

I'm on to 'Metropolis' now. Trying to remember which Genesis game this was the soundtrack to. Comix Zone, maybe?

Frankie Four-Wigs (Old Lunch), Friday, 8 November 2019 19:47 (four days ago) link

In this theater, we present the dreams you have when you chow down on a burrito too close to bedtime.

Frankie Four-Wigs (Old Lunch), Friday, 8 November 2019 19:52 (four days ago) link

Okay, I was being mildly snarky (or a lot snarky) by suggesting this was sourced for a Genesis soundtrack, but 47 minutes into 'Metropolis' I feel very much like I'm in the midst of a 16-bit boss battle.

Frankie Four-Wigs (Old Lunch), Friday, 8 November 2019 19:54 (four days ago) link

If Mr. Bungle had been fronted by Geoff Tate instead of Mike Patton, that band would be Dream Theater.

Frankie Four-Wigs (Old Lunch), Friday, 8 November 2019 19:57 (four days ago) link

Check Your Head is an easy pick for me. The Beastie Boys had such a huge impact on my youth and teen years.

This is something I missed by just a few years. I liked "Fight for Your Right (to Party)", but never heard Licensed to Ill front to back at the time; *loved* Paul's Boutique, but had lost interest by the time Check Your Head came out, and nothing they ever did post-PB really did it for me. That one album was so wild and brilliant, everything afterward fell short. And the idea of going to see them live held no interest for me at all. My little brother saw them around that time, though, with (I think) Cypress Hill and Da Lench Mob.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Friday, 8 November 2019 19:59 (four days ago) link

Paul's Boutique had passed me by completely, somehow. The first time I heard 'Pass the Mic' was a head-turning 'whoa, so that's what those dudes sound like now?' moment.

Frankie Four-Wigs (Old Lunch), Friday, 8 November 2019 20:02 (four days ago) link

Check Your Head was the one for me, since I was so into playing drums and funk and the live instrument version of everything (hip hop, drum & bass, etc). Still think it's their best sounding recording.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 8 November 2019 20:06 (four days ago) link

Back to Dream Theater: so like I geddit if people were into these dudes in order to get a hit of the wanky progginess that was otherwise kinda out of fashion at the time, but then how did they justify the thing where every other track is just like the lead singer indulging his inner John Tesh over twinkly new age synths for four minutes?

Frankie Four-Wigs (Old Lunch), Friday, 8 November 2019 20:08 (four days ago) link

All right, I honestly don't know how much more of this I can take.

Officially, I can now say that Images and Words will not be receiving my vote in this poll.

Frankie Four-Wigs (Old Lunch), Friday, 8 November 2019 20:12 (four days ago) link

This is like being under local anesthetic and watching with foggy wonder as someone disassembles your body. Like you know this is the worst thing that could possibly happen but...you just can't look away.

Frankie Four-Wigs (Old Lunch), Friday, 8 November 2019 20:16 (four days ago) link

Fuuuuuuuuuuck that last track was interfuckingminable. I think I'm going to put on Metal Machine Music and scour my brain clean for a little while.

Frankie Four-Wigs (Old Lunch), Friday, 8 November 2019 20:18 (four days ago) link


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