what were you listening to at 15?

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At 15 (2000) I'd only just become seriously interested in music, and my taste was Radiohead-centric. I was largely going off what the Radiohead fans I perceived as cooler recommended online and that meant DJ Shadow, Mogwai, Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Sigur Ros, Grandaddy, Tortoise, Bjork, Aphex Twin, The Flaming Lips, Do Make Say Think etc. "IDM" and "post-rock" were the chief genres of interest, but I was always more interested in the latter.

Ogmor Roundtrouser (Ogmor Roundtrouser), Tuesday, 5 July 2005 20:18 (twelve years ago) Permalink


Depeche Mode
New Order
the Cure
They Might be Giants
Gang of Four

-rainbow bum- (-rainbow bum-), Tuesday, 5 July 2005 20:33 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Whatever was popular on the country charts at the time.

My name is Kenny (My name is Kenny), Tuesday, 5 July 2005 20:35 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Focus, Hamburger Concerto
Wishbone Ash, There's the Rub
Yes, Relayer
Man, Back into the Future
Van der Graaf Generator, Godbluff
Black Sabbath, Sabotage
Wonky tapes of Alan Freeman's Saturday afternoon Radio One programme complete with his hyperbolic intros over classical excerpts recorded on an iffy Bush cassette recorder that was my pride and joy. I used to write in regularly asking for Focus but he never played my requests.

Ranking Rupert (Ranking Rupert), Tuesday, 5 July 2005 20:37 (twelve years ago) Permalink


Matthew Sweet! The Lemonheads!
Weezer -- DGC Rarities / No Alternative -- Frank Black, Pixies, Breeders, Flaming Lips, Smiths, New Order, Beastie Boys, Blur, Helmet

Kate Silver (Kate Silver), Tuesday, 5 July 2005 20:42 (twelve years ago) Permalink


Not much at *all* -- this was a dry gulch year for me in all respects. 1981-1985 was my pop radio time of fascination, very end of 1987 was when I got a first proper stereo system all for myself (even if a Fisher all-in-one ;-) ) followed by a CD player. I think all I bought this year was Sgt. Pepper's and Red Wave, and the only radio hits I remember from the year with clarity were "Addicted to Love," "Rock Me Amadeus" and of course the Pet Shop Boys. Klymaxx's horribly gloopy "I Miss You" literally made me stop listening to Top 40, I remember that much.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 5 July 2005 20:45 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I had just discovered punk rock, thanks to a couple of borrowed cassettes from an older friend. Basically, I was listening and relistening to the first Ramones album, the Clash, the soundtrack to The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle (as a 15-year-old, I though Friggin' in the Riggin' was the greatest song of all time) and the Forgotten Rebels.

BanjoMania (Brilhante), Tuesday, 5 July 2005 20:46 (twelve years ago) Permalink

My 15 yr old record collection (1985) was almost entirely metal and punk.

Black Flag
Motley Crue
Led Zeppelin
Circle Jerks
Iron Maiden
Minor Threat

darin (darin), Tuesday, 5 July 2005 20:50 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Me, 1985, too, but different:
The Uptones
Tones on Tail
Egyptian Lover
Tears for Fears (the hurting)
Yaz (upstairs at Erics)
Violent Femmes
Suicidal Tendencies
Generation X
Haircut 100
Jean Michel Jarre
Laurie Anderson

Bobby Peru (Bobby Peru), Tuesday, 5 July 2005 21:03 (twelve years ago) Permalink

(x-post) Rupert, good God!! I had all of those records too, save the Man one. But "Back Into The Future" made me think of "Remember The Future" by Nektar. On an 8-track. In my best friend's '64 Chevy Impala. Underage drinking. Ahhhh, 1973....

Daniel Peterson (polkaholic), Tuesday, 5 July 2005 21:08 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Despite my Britpop indoctrination by the NME, I still refused to give up on Nirvana.

Let's see, I turned 15 in Nov 95, so...

Oasis - Definitely Maybe, What's The Story (oh dear)
Blur - Great Escape (oh dear)
Supergrass - I Should Coco
Black Grape - It's Great When You're Straight
Teenage Fanclub - Grand Prix
Radiohead - The Bends
REM - Monster, Automatic, New Adventures
Manic Street Preachers - Everything Must Go

15 was a key year now I think of it. I think the Bends and REM definitely brought me into indie-rock pastures and away from Britpop. And then during summer '96 Dancing In The Street aired, which meant I heard the Velvet Underground for the first time. This, and getting Odelay for my 16th birthday, really opened things up.

Stew (stew s), Tuesday, 5 July 2005 21:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink


circle jerks
dead kennedys
bad religion
rudimentary peni
youth brigade
7 seconds
subhumans (uk)
husker du
8 eyed spy
velvet underground
fat boys
kurtis blow
run dmc
joy division
new order
bronski beat
bow wow wow
echo & the bunnymen
the jam

and other stuff. and whatever was on the radio. i turned 16 in october of 84, so some of this stuff i might have been listening to after my 16th birthday. i do remember that i listened to husker du all night ON my 16th birthday, drunk and alone in my dorm room at the bad boy's school that my parents had shipped me away to.

scott seward (scott seward), Tuesday, 5 July 2005 21:24 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Fifteen? Let's see, that would've been October, 1982. My favorite ablums would have been.....

Concrete by 999 (I was inexplicably obsessed...pardon the pun...with this record)
Generation X by Generation X....older by a few years, but I bought it at the same time as the 999 record
Give the People What they Want by the Kinks
Joe's Garage Act I by Frank Zappa
The Number of the Beast by Iron Maiden
Fire of Unknown Origin by Blue Oyster Cult
Oh No! It's Devo by Devo
Wild in the Streets by the Circle Jerks
Stukas Over Disneyland by the Dickies
Troops of Tomorrow by The Exploited
Let Them Eat Jellybeans by various artists (Alternative Tentacles)
Ghost in the Machine by the Police
Rio by Duran Duran

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Tuesday, 5 July 2005 21:25 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"i do remember that i listened to husker du all night ON my 16th birthday, drunk and alone in my dorm room at the bad boy's school that my parents had shipped me away to." - why couldn't this have been my story?

Susan Douglas (Susan Douglas), Tuesday, 5 July 2005 21:25 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The Stooges

also, richard hell, the velvet underground, and random punk rock and elephant six-ish indie pop

matlews, Tuesday, 5 July 2005 21:26 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I should also add that at 15 I was an avid listener to the old Mark Radcliffe show on Radio 1 at 10pm. Those were the days...

Stew (stew s), Tuesday, 5 July 2005 21:28 (twelve years ago) Permalink

another voice heard from 73

Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd
Live at Fillmore East
Brothers and Sisters
Eat A Peach
Idelwild South Allman Brothers Band
Hot Rocks Rolling Stones
All The Young Dudes Mott the Hoople
Houses of the Holy Led Zeppelin
Marshall Tucker Band
Alladin Sane David Bowie esp "Panic in Detroit"
Live Dates Wishbone Ash
American Beauty Grateful Dead
Quadrophenia The Who

lots of Sly, Spinners and O Jays on AM radio

I remember being slightly obsessed w/the New York Dolls debut but the cover scared me away from buying it!

m coleman (lovebug starski), Tuesday, 5 July 2005 21:56 (twelve years ago) Permalink

x-post) Rupert, good God!!
Heheh! I don't think I had any Nektar records though I remember flicking through the sleeves in Middle Earth Records, Sunderland. I think you're maybe a couple of years ahead of me (I was 15 in 1975). And had better taste at 15.

My Rush infatuation was just around the corner.

(It's my latent Catholic urge to confess.)

Ranking Rupert (Ranking Rupert), Tuesday, 5 July 2005 22:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

And had better taste at 15

I meant you (Daniel) did.

Ranking Rupert (Ranking Rupert), Tuesday, 5 July 2005 22:15 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Lipstick On Your Collar - The Saints
Know Your Product - The Saints
Fun - The Thought Criminals
Monday Morning Gunk - Radio Birdman
Prefab Heart - The Reels
Jet Boy Jet Girl - Elton Motello
Love Is Like Oxygen - The Sweet
Sheer Heart Attack - Queen
The B52s
Low - David Bowie
T Rex
Space Ritual - Hawkwind
Red Queen to Gryphon 3
My Sex - Ultravox
Slow Motion - Ultravox
New Rose - The Damned
Watching The Detectives - Elvis Costello
Hammer Horror- Kate Bush
I See Red - Split Enz
The Modern Dance - Pere Ubu
This Is Pop - XTC
Jet Boy Jet Girl - Elton Motello
TVOD/Warm Leatherette - The Normal
I Feel Love - Donna Summer
Trans Europe Express - Kraftwerk
Shot By Both Sides - Magazine
She's Lost Control - Joy Division
Lucky Number - Lene Lovich
Pop Muzik - M
Death Disco - PIL
Rock Around The Clock - Telex
154 - Wire
Don't Throw Ashtrays At Me - Swell Maps
Money Flying - Lizards
Are Friends Electric? - Tubeway Army
Dream Baby Dream - Suicide

Telegram Sam, Tuesday, 5 July 2005 22:27 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Joy Division
New Order
The Cure
Killing Joke
The Chameleons
Dead Kennedys
The Specials
Depeche Mode
Sisters Of Mercy
Theatre of Hate

Si.C@rter (SiC@rter), Tuesday, 5 July 2005 23:13 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Hmm, between October 2001 and October 2002, I think I was just getting out of listening to Joy Division at that time, wasn't listening to Cocteau Twins so much, and I couldn't really afford to buy much music at the time as I had no job. I was listening to The Cure's Faith and Pornography and The Durutti Column's LC and Another Setting a lot that winter. I came across WFMU in June and really started getting obsessed with all the Factory rarities I had read about but never had a chance to listen to (and I acquired Crispy Ambulance's The Plateau Phase immediately after vaguely recalling hearing the initial LTM CD issue of it when I was little), and I was also getting into 99/Y/On-U-Sound Records-related music as well, like The Pop Group, ESG, Liquid Liquid, Glenn Branca, Vivien Goldman, The New Age Steppers, Singers and Players, and so forth. Very formative year for me, I must say!

Ian Riese-Moraine has been xeroxed into a conduit! (Eastern Mantra), Tuesday, 5 July 2005 23:24 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Art of Noise
Gilles Peterson / Jazz Juice 1
James Brown
Rockabilly /50s
Streetsounds electro comps
Matt Bianco
Echo & the Bunnymen
Django Rheinhard
Bill Broonzy

I was very into music but was teased for basically having advanced tatses for my age (due to cool parents and sisters)

Windy Miller, Tuesday, 5 July 2005 23:25 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Wow, I'm not as interesting as the people who were listening to Joy Division, Circle Jerks, Echo & the Bunnymen as a sperm...

For me, the Smashing Pumpkins had pretty much taken over my life, and I listened to Dark Side of the Moon almost every night before I went to bed. Also, I loved CCR, and didn't know music got much better than Live's Throwing Copper, Dookie, Weezer, and KISS: MTV Unplugged.

PB, Tuesday, 5 July 2005 23:50 (twelve years ago) Permalink

PJ Harvey Rid of Me, REM Automatic for the People, Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream, Breeders, Juliana Hatfield Three, They Might Be Giants, Cranberries first album, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Helmet. I think that was when I had a copy of Dark Side of the Moon, but I didn't like it.

How much of everyone's tastes then was heavily influenced by what was available in the "Alternative" section of those music clubs?

daria g (daria g), Wednesday, 6 July 2005 00:49 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Ooh, fuck, I forgot Throwing Muses - The Real Ramona and Belly - Star and King.

Ian Riese-Moraine has been xeroxed into a conduit! (Eastern Mantra), Wednesday, 6 July 2005 01:02 (twelve years ago) Permalink

1986 / 87
Woodentops - Giant
Public Enemy - Yo! Bum Rush the Show
Revolting Cocks - Big Sexy Land
Ministry - Twitch
Billy Bragg - Talking with the Taxman...
Husker Du
10,000 Maniacs - In My Tribe
Adrien Belew's band the Bears
Sinead O'Connor
XTC - Skylarking
They Might be Giants
Love and Rockets

oh, man...i could just go on and on. this was right smack at the peak of OCD record/tape buying.

john'n'chicago, Wednesday, 6 July 2005 01:23 (twelve years ago) Permalink

1974. Uh, King Crimson, Genesis, Steely Dan, Jethro Tull. Joni Mitchell. James Brown. Cat Stevens, Carly Simon. Nilsson. Yes. Steppenwolf, the Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker. Jimmy Buffett. Wings. Badfinger. Hendrix. And shit that was on the radio--the Spinners I liked a lot. America. Neil Young. Floyd (Pink not Cramer). In short, I was a typically deluded little consumer, groovin' to "Thick as a Brick" and aware of but uninterested in all the great soul and r&b records I now pay big dollars for. Didn't really get with it until I went to college in '76 and discovered Eno, Roxy, Beefheart, Velvets, Mott, Big Star, etc.

edd s hurt (ddduncan), Wednesday, 6 July 2005 01:53 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Rage against the machine
Fiona Apple
Smashing Pumpkins
Skunk Anansie

Sami (Sami), Wednesday, 6 July 2005 02:06 (twelve years ago) Permalink

mostly australian stuff (clouds, falling joys, died pretty) and UK/US new wave. just starting to get into US indiepop stuff.

shine headlights on me (electricsound), Wednesday, 6 July 2005 02:09 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Hmmm 1986:

the Cure
Cocteau Twins
the Waterboys for some reason
the Church
Echo & the Bunnymen
the Alarm (arrrrgh! wtf I was obsessed with them)

OK that was embarrasing.

Trayce (trayce), Wednesday, 6 July 2005 02:33 (twelve years ago) Permalink

for some reason I was listening to The Living End a lot. Weird?

Michael Costello (MichaelCostello1), Wednesday, 6 July 2005 02:37 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Ok 15. Let's see. It was 1979.
I was listening to:
Fleetwood Mac's Rumours
Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon
All the Queen albums
All the Kiss albums
Foreigner (yeah I grew out of that one)
Kansas (Ditto)
Aerosmith Rocks
Linda Ronstadt
Elton John
Frank Zappa and the Mothers
The Who
All the Alice Cooper albums
John Denver (and I admit it! Do I get a medal?)
Dolly Parton

Later in the same year I was listening to:
The Sex Pistols
The Ramones
The Clash

and the next year 1980, well *that* was golden. 16 in 1980, going to ALL the punk/new wave shows....I'll have to wait for the "what were you listening to when you were 16" thread to tell you about that, old coot that I am.

Orbit (Orbit), Wednesday, 6 July 2005 02:47 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Pierre Schaeffer
Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Drunks With Guns

Brian Turner (btwfmu), Wednesday, 6 July 2005 02:52 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I think it was something like: Iron Maiden, WASP, Hanoi Rocks, Scorpions, Motley Crue, etc. at the beginning of the year; Celtic Frost and Metallica in the middle; Big Black, Naked Raygun, Minutemen, Black Flag, Butthole Surfers, Camper Van Beethoven, by the end.

Mike Dixn (Mike Dixon), Wednesday, 6 July 2005 03:13 (twelve years ago) Permalink

1992-1993... Beach Boys, Stone Temple Pilots, They Might be Giants (Flood Flood Flood), REM, and probably way too much Bon Jovi.

lyra (lyra), Wednesday, 6 July 2005 03:20 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Soundgarden - Badmotorfinger
Pearl Jam - Ten
Temple of the Dog
Nirvana - Nevermind
Guns N Roses - Use Your Illusion I & II
RHCP - Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Bandwagonesque - Teenage Fanclub

...but it took me a while to own up to the stuff that I didn't WANT to remember...

Hothouse Flowers - Home [was on a weird Celtic kick, their Gaelic song prompted me to try to teach myself Gaelic with aid of a library book, failed miserably as you can imagine]
Simple Minds - greatest hits [same Celtic kick. patchy, I know]
Pink Floyd - Momentary Lapse Of Reason (ugh. a guy I had a crush on copied it for me. I listened to it all the time while smitten. I still can't listen to it to this day without cringing)
The Cream of Eric Clapton (same guy got me into this. but I actually still enjoy Cream, and fuck it, I can predict the tracklisting for this in my sleep!)
U2 - Achtung Baby
Ratcat - I didn't like Blind Love much, but I was still wearing out the Tingles EP
Twin Peaks soundtrack (wore this one OUT. Was even given the 'Secret Diary of Laura Palmer' book for my 15th birthday.)

VegemiteGrrl (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 6 July 2005 03:21 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Oh, and it was 1991.

VegemiteGrrl (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 6 July 2005 03:23 (twelve years ago) Permalink

15 = 1972

alice cooper - killer & schools out
led zeppelin - III & IV
peter frampton - wind of change
atomic rooster - death walks behind you
humble pie - smokin
the guess who - so long,bannatyne
the who - who's next
fleetwood mac - bare trees
rory gallagher - rory gallagher
deep purple - machine head
capt. beefheart - clear spot

...i am sure most kids in nanaimo,bc were listening to this stuff save for the beefheart. CKLG-FM used to be a lot more eclectic back then and "lo yo-yo stuff" [which i loved] was on pretty steady rotation back then.

william (william), Wednesday, 6 July 2005 03:27 (twelve years ago) Permalink

in some approximate order - Beatles, Doors, Creedence, Stones, Kinks, Turtles, Who, Firesign Theatre, Cream, Hendrix, Donovan, Buckinghams, Moody Blues, Bee Gees

Pretty much mainstream, you might say.

jim wentworth (wench), Wednesday, 6 July 2005 04:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink



And Europop and rap too.

And (*gasp*) The Cranberries and Bangles.

Tuomas (Tuomas), Wednesday, 6 July 2005 04:19 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Hold on, 1994 was when jungle broke through, right? I remember really digging those tunes, what with hardcore being my introduction to electronic dance music.

Oh, and it was the year of "Music for the Jilted Generation", that was massive! It made the number one spot on the Finnish charts, the first time (I think) a techno record made such a feat back here, and I remember thinking, "OK, this the beginning of a new era! No more boring rock'n'roll!".

Tuomas (Tuomas), Wednesday, 6 July 2005 04:30 (twelve years ago) Permalink


Leeeeeee (Leee), Wednesday, 6 July 2005 04:32 (twelve years ago) Permalink


mighty lemon drops
echo and the bunnymen
new order
the the
forgotten rebels
book of love
love and rockets
depeche mode
violent femmes
jesus and mary chain
front 242
the cult
CFNY (toronto radio station)

metfigga (metfigga), Wednesday, 6 July 2005 04:41 (twelve years ago) Permalink

pretty much what i listen to now.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Wednesday, 6 July 2005 04:50 (twelve years ago) Permalink

alan parsons project - i robot
sex pistols - never mind the bollocks
tim buckley - greetings from la
elvis costello - my aim is true
keith jarrett - facing you
neil young - decade
van morrison - astral weeks

fuck knows what else. 1977

mullygrubbr (bulbs), Wednesday, 6 July 2005 04:59 (twelve years ago) Permalink

'89-'90: New Order, the first Sugarcubes record, Eric B & Rakim, Pixies, Public Enemy, R.E.M., selected Cure LPs, De La Soul, Concrete Blonde, The Church, and the same Sydney bands ESOJ and VegemiteGrrl have just reminded me of (probably due in part to the sudden national reach of [Aust'n yoof network] JJJ).

Nag! Nag! Nag! (Nag! Nag! Nag!), Wednesday, 6 July 2005 05:32 (twelve years ago) Permalink

1985. The entire ZTT catalogue. Lots of Beatles. Lots and lots of Depeche Mode. Bits of Prince. Whatever hip-hop I could dig up, which was not a lot in East Lansing, Michigan. I was very big on the Bangles' "All Over the Place," too.

Douglas (Douglas), Wednesday, 6 July 2005 05:35 (twelve years ago) Permalink

1985 was the year that would bridge me to Wax Trax! records.. in 1986, i would work on becoming a Wax Trax! records completist (which was entirely possible then, aside from the first three releases.)

donut e- (donut), Wednesday, 6 July 2005 05:42 (twelve years ago) Permalink

later two "much older" guys (one year older)

That should read ". . . later two "much older" girls (both one year older) . . . "

crustaceanrebel, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 20:10 (five years ago) Permalink

Reggae was extremely tough to find a long time ago, a crime considering how some American kids followed the British press! I used to like to read articles about reggae.

New wave and r & b.

โตเกียวเหมียวเหมียว aka Bulgarian Tourist Chamber (Mount Cleaners), Thursday, 3 May 2012 12:11 (five years ago) Permalink

Don't remember xpost "retro" til maybe late-ish 70s, a fashion thing, re bomber jackets etc--xgau defined it as "nostalgia with a will to power." When was it first applied to music? Anyway, although that was when I finally bought The Velvet Underground & Nico and The Who Sings My Generation--a punk deed, in my mind--after recently buying Nuggets, and in the wake of Patti Smith x Lenny Kaye distilling 60s into their own minimalist art-punk; ditto New York Dolls, folding "Pills," "Stranded In The Jungle" and "Don't You Start Me Talkin'" with their glam-punk originals. I bought new copies of those VU and Who LPs, but yeah, lots of other stuff now taken for granted was hard as hell to find until CDs took off. Sorry bout the boomer bait, but can't resist one more (it wasn't all Anglophilia)

dow, Thursday, 3 May 2012 16:55 (five years ago) Permalink

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