The Bloodshot Staff's Top 10 High School Albums

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January 17th, 2017 by bsradmin

Everyone is doing it. And Peer Pressure™works! Our friends and fans have been posting their top 10 high school albums all over the web, listing off the records they spun the most in their teenage years. It got our memories jogging (or "yogging" - it may be a soft "j") and we couldn't help but share our favorite teen obsessions, no matter how embarrassing, dated, or nerdy they are. (Some of us (ROB!) don't have to worry about that. Look how cool his picks are. Though his music taste probably got him beat up in high school. All the nerds come out on top eventually!) And yeah, in case it's not obvious, we have a generationally diverse staff. 

Complete with audio! Have fun listening to our collective awkward phases. 

Co-Chief Nan Warshaw (a hippy-activist-turning-punk, yet on the Dean's List)

These dozen are my most listened to albums from ages 14-17 (I graduated high school at age 16, so I included the next year here).

Patti Smith Horses



David Bowie Hunky Dory

John Hartford Aereo-Plain

 

John Prine John Prine

 

Grateful Dead American Beauty

 

Shel Silverstein Freakin' At The Freakers Ball

 

Human Sexual Response Fig. 14

 

Lene Lovich Stateless

 

The Mothers (Frank Zappa) Just Another Band From LA

 

The Who Quadrophenia

 

Elvis Costello Our Aim Is True

 

Dead Kennedys Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables


 

Co-Chief Rob Miller (the quiet punk kid)

Look, I’m not trying to play it too cool for school with this list, but I really DID NOT listen to music with anything other than a glancing interest until I picked up a Devo record; before that it was all comedy records and my own dark thoughts.  I guess you could put “important” albums like Dark Side of the Moon and whatever fucking Zep record had “Stairway to Heaven” on it, cuz I found it all to be sooooo boring I turned off the radio.  In hindsight, they had value.

The Cramps  Songs the Lord Taught Us

The Gun Club Fire of Love

Otis Redding/Jimi Hendrix Experience  Live at Monterey

 

Chuck Berry  The Great 28

 

X Wild Gift

 

Black Flag Damaged

 

Dead Kennedys  Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables

 

George Carlin Indecent Exposure

 

Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks

 

Devo Are We Not Men?

 


Publicity Pirate Josh Zanger (the marching band geek)

Hum You'd Prefer an Astronaut

Weezer Weezer (Blue)

Snoop Doggy Dogg Doggystyle

 

The Jimi Hendrix Experience Axis: Bold as Love

 

Braid frankiewelfareboyagefive

 

Primus Frizzle Fry

 

Ben Folds Five Ben Folds Five

 

Sunny Day Real Estate Diary

 

Blue Meanies Full Throttle

 

Shellac At Action Park




New Media Maven Mike Smith (the in-betweener)

This was nearly impossible for me to whittle down to 10. And jeez, didn't I listen to any female artists? This is a dude-fest. I'm also realizing that most of the traditional punk music I listened to was in middle school. Weird. I didn't consider that any sort of "roots" or twangy music was worthwhile until college.

At The Drive-In Relationship of Command



Atmosphere Seven's Travels



Death Cab for Cutie The Photo Album


Guster Keep It Together


The Honorary Title Anything Else But the Truth



Incubus A Crow Left of the Murder


Jimmy Eat World Futures


Jurassic 5 Quality Control


Minus the Bear Menos El Oso


Thrice Vheissu


Radio Wrangler Elise (the outcast)

Fresh from my CD binder.

Alkaline Trio Goddammit

Gorillaz Demon Days

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Fever to Tell

 

Brand New The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me

 

Gnarls Barkley St. Elsewhere

 

Black Flag Damaged

 

Cursive The Ugly Organ

 

TV On The Radio Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes

 

Against Me! As the Eternal Cowboy

 

Aesop Rock Labor Days




Retail Ranger Pete Klockau (the chain wallet guy)

Beck Odelay!



Gwar Scumdogs of the Universe



White Zombie Astro-Creep 3000



Amazing Royal Crowns Amazing Royal Crowns



Slayer South of Heaven



Primus The Brown Album



The Cramps Bad Music for Bad People



Misfits Collection 1 & 2



Reverend Horton Heat Smoke 'em If You Got 'em



Bloodhound Gang One Fierce Beer Coaster (you know you had it, too, 90’s people.)




Warehouse Warrior Justin Hertner (the metalhead)

Showbread No Sir, Nihilism Is Not Practical

Norma Jean Bless The Martyr and Kiss The Child

The Chariot Everything Is Alive, Everything Is Breathing, Nothing Is Dead, and Nothing Is Bleeding

 

Blindside Silence

 

August Burns Red Thrillseeker

 

At All Cost It’s Time To Decide

 

ZAO The Funeral Of God

 

The Blood Brothers Crimes

 

My Chemical Romance Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge

 

The Faint Wet From Birth




Promotions Purveyor Nina Stiener (the class president)

Cheers to honesty and my horrible early music taste.

Taylor Swift Red

Green Day 21st Century Breakdown

Mumford and Sons Sigh No More

 

Kanye West Graduation

 

Adele 21

 

Mat Kearney City of Black and White

 

Lady Gaga Born This Way

 

Eric Church Chief 

 

Paramore Brand New Eyes

 

Beyoncé 4




Incredible Intern Max Abner (the theater kid)

Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks

Tom Waits Mule Variations

 

Pixies Doolittle

 

Neil Young Rust Never Sleeps

 

Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

 

Van Morrison Moondance

 

Randy Newman Sail Away

 

David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

 

Sparklehorse Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot

 

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