1. Prince – 1999
This was the beginning of a lifetime of Prince. Just the funk and sexuality opening this suburban kids eyes!
2. Smiths – Meat Is Murder
Oh the angst of the teenage years – this spoke to me!
3. Depeche Mode – Black Celebration
Just great songs, vocals, harmonies in this band. The songs just sucked me in.
4. The Cure – The Head on The Door
When the Cure really put it all together and broke out. Loved the songs and the video. Made it safe to wear lots of black and eyeliner!
5. Joy Division – Unknown Pleasure
Love Will Tear Us apart – the first time you heard it – you just knew.
6. The Time – The Time
Just fantastic funk and cool-ness. No one knew this band. Just fell in love with the silliness of it and the retro feel.
7. Thomas Dolby – The Golden Age of Wireless
First show I ever saw live. The LP was smarter than most. Good singles. Great videos and very 80’s.
8. The Cult – Love
Wow. This LP just ROCKED. First rock band I saw live. The whole venue shook. The Amps were just so powerful and loud I knew that I wanted to be a part of this!
9. Grandmaster Flash – White Lines / New York New York
Just loved the stories. Used to be able to recite it all. You knew it was something new and special.
10. LL Cool J – Radio
Same. Hearing this record you knew that culture was changing. I remember exactly where I was the first time I heard it. It was on college radio – of course!