My first "heavy" record was the Bled's Pass the Flask (when it first came out), strangely enough, due to the AP.net hype of a one Jon something whose name escapes me. Kid Dynamite and Lifetime finally followed later that year.
Silverchair - Neon Ballroom (got me really interested in music in general)
The Movielife - This Time Next Year (got me into the whole "scene" in general)
Comeback Kid - Turn It Around (got me into hardcore)
Nice to see Josh Eppard participating in this. Doggystyle is a classic. Also very glad to see/read about The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place, Through Being Cool, Check Your Head, and So Much For The Afterglow. Oh, and CCR of course. Good stuff.
Glassjaw - Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Silence
Record Label: Roadrunner Records
Release Date: May 9, 2000
if you are in your early 30's and now wear a tiny leather jacket, then there's a great chance this record is your pick as well. It was given to me by a friend whose brother was touring with them at the time. He said "My friends from back home just put out this record. Check it out." He said it as if it was half of a sandwich he wasn't going to eat, expecting no more than a cursory glance, unaware of how it would change not only how i heard music but how i made it. It's obviously hard to describe the way a riff or a melody effects you when it reaches beyond the intellectual and into the visceral because it's an experience that is cheapened when you try to apply descriptors and the more you long to associate with it, the further it moves away from the nucleus of the purpose. But this record cornered me. When I put it on in my car it was almost as if my life as a 20 year old was another instrument that automatically quantized with the existing rhythm of the songs. that my being there hearing it not only heightened the sound but deepened the meaning of what these total strangers, existing independently of me, had written who knows how much earlier. It was what I considered a "life checkpoint" because it seemed as if the lyrics described what I was looking at at that moment-had been looking at for months- not just visually but emotionally. I had never heard a vocalist do what Daryl was NOT doing. He was not making sense. He was cutting himself off before cussing, He was singing with such poignant madness that I literally could NOT STOP listening. It was like a movie I had seen hundreds of times still firmly believing that if I watched it just once more the characters will become self aware and give me the resolution I needed. but they never did and to this day they never have and I think it's their inveteracy that reinforces the importance of the record they made over 10 years ago. (Keith Buckley - Every Time I Die / The Damned Things)
That is some powerful shit Keith says about EYEWTKAS... as corny as it sounds, that album was the only thing holding me together for a while there, and it still hits me hard every time I listen to it. Such raw, visceral expression of emotion is hard to come by. Very underrated album.