The Clash – London Calling
Every thing I am stems from this record. My mother gave it to me from her collection when I was 11, and I never looked back.
Green Day – Dookie
This record bangs to this day. It was the first album that I ever remember listening to in full. I would lay on my floor in my bedroom and play it over and over, and it inspired me to pick up a guitar and then learn every single Green Day song. Full disclosure — every song is the same power chords in a different order.
Metalica – Master of Puppets
I don’t know where I found this record, but it was a shot to my whole being. Up to that point, I only knew how to play Green Day songs on guitar, and when I got this record, it introduced me to real metal and a level of musicianship that I had never heard. Not to mention the album is heavy as hell.
Give Up the Ghost – We’re Down Till We’re Underground
Up until I got this record, I didn’t get hardcore music. This album showed me a hardcore that spoke to me specifically. More disillusioned and melancholy than anything I had ever heard while still energetic and angry. This record inspires me every single day.
Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues
This album reminded me of just how vital punk rock could be.