Sebadoh, Fruit Bats, Neutral Milk Hotel, Flaming Lips Members Share Top Teen Albums

A trend currently sweeping Facebook encourages users to:

List 10 albums that made a lasting impression on you as a TEENAGER, but only one per band/artist. Don’t take too long and don’t think too long. 

Or some variation thereof. Some lists include more than one album by the same artist. Some specify not just teen years, but high school. A few go a slightly different route: pre-teen favs; and so on. Among the musicians joining in this trip down memory lane are Jason Loewenstein (of Sebadoh and The Fiery Furnaces), Derek Brown (The Flaming Lips), Doug Tuttle (solo artist and formerly of MMOSS), Brian Kantor (Fruit Bats drummer and formerly of Yellowbirds, Vetiver and The Well-Informed), Jon Mooneyham (who was ever so briefly a member of The Flaming Lips in 1991, but is better known for his album artwork for ’90s releases by the Lips, Chainsaw Kittens, Mercury Rev, Radial Spangle – and more recently as a radio DJ), Jonathan Grant Berlin (SUNBEARS!), and Tara Busch (I Speak Machine), engineer/producer D. James Goodwin (Bob Weir, Craig Finn, Kevin Morby, Whitney, DEVO, Kaki King, Josh Ritter, Yellowbirds, Hopewell) and George Salisbury, the artist behind The Flaming Lips’ visuals (album art, music videos, concert projections etc). Scott Booker – who as founder of Hellfire Enterprises Ltd has marketed or managed Sigur Ros, Mercury Rev, Belle & Sebastian, British Sea Power, Luna, many more; and is also The Flaming Lips longtime manager and ACM@UCO’s CEO – was among the countless others to wax nostalgic with this Facebook meme. Elephant 6 accordionist Jeremy Barnes (of Neutral Milk Hotel, A Hawk and a Hacksaw, and numerous other former bands, including Beirut) posted not one, but two lists: one for ages 5-12, and another for teen years. Though not quite as revealing as musicians’ lists, music writers have joined the trend as well, including AllMusic senior editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine and the staffs of Spin and Pitchfork.

Know of other musicians joining in the trend? Share who, or post your own top teen albums, in the comment section below. Be honest. How honest? KISS, R.E.O. Speedwagon, Ace of Base, Hootie and Blowfish, Third Eye Blind, Linkin Park honest. You’re not fooling anybody with your Velvet Undergounds and whatnot revisionisms.

Barnes Child Jams (age 5-12)
1. Creedence Clearwater Revival-Best of
2. Disco Duck- Film Soundtrack
3. G Grover, G George- Sesame Street (7 inch)
4. Quiet Riot- Condition Critical
5. Huey Lewis and the News- Fore!
6. Simon and Garfunkel- Greatest Hits
7. La Bamba- Film soundtrack
8. Michael Jackson- Thriller
9. Breakin’- Film Soundtrack
10. Oak Ridge Boys- Not sure what record but I saw them live at NM State Fair in early Eighties.

Jeremy Barnes

Barnes Teen Jams (1989-1996) in no order:

1. Cream-The very best of Cream
2. Fugazi- Repeater
3. The Who- (All Keith Moon era albums)
4. Jimi Hendrix Experience- Are you Experienced?
5. The Circle Jerks-Golden Shower of Hits
6. The Velvet Underground- Best of
7. Sex Pistols-Never mind the Bollocks, here’s the Sex Pistols
8. Repo Man- film soundtrack
9. Nirvana- In Utero
10. Led Zeppelin-IV

Jason Loewenstein

Pre teen, pre Punk Top 10
Beatles – Sgt Pepper
Ace Frehley – Kiss Solo Album
James Bond The Spy who Loved Me soundtrack
The Police – Zenyatta Mendotta
Devo – Duty Now for the Future
B52s – B52s
The Cars – The Cars
Thomas Dolby – Golden Age of Wireless
Missing Persons – Spring Session M
Stewart Copeland – Rumblefish soundtrack

Ok, peer pressure is making me cave…here we go.

I was a teenager from 1994-2001. A lot of these records weren’t released in that timeframe, but looking back these are the records that I connected to during those years that made the most lasting impressions.

Chainsaw Kittens – Chainsaw Kittens
The Cure – Disintegration
Depeche Mode – Black Celebration
The Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin
Joy Division – Closer
Joni Mitchell – Blue
Pixies – Doolittle
The Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness
The Smiths – The Smiths
The Who – Who’s Next

SST VA – The 7 Inch Wonders Of The World (Black Flag, Meat Puppets, Minutemen and Husker Dü)
Minor Threat – First Two Seven Inches
Circle Jerks – Group Sex
The Cure ‎– Standing On A Beach
Big Black ‎- Atomizer
Dinosaur Jr. – You’re Living All Over Me
Butthole Surfers – Rembrandt Pussyhorse
Jesus and the Mary Chain – Psycocandy
Love and Rockets – Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven

There is no defense for my love of Pussy Galore’s Right Now!

Scott Booker

Ok, I’m a bit late doing this, but here it is – I was a teenager from 1978-1985:

List 10 albums that made a lasting impression on you as a teenager, but only one per band/artist.

Supertramp (8 Track) – Breakfast in America (first album I ever purchased with my own money…)
Cheap Trick (8 Track) – Dream Police
Beatles (Vinyl) – Rubber Soul
Queen (Vinyl) – Live Killers
Devo (Vinyl) – Are We Not Men
Pete Townshend (Vinyl) – Empty Glass
David Bowie (Vinyl) – Let’s Dance
The Who (Vinyl) – Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy
R.E.M. (Vinyl) – Reckoning
New Order (import CD) – Power, Corruption & Lies

All I have to do to listen to these records is close my eyes in a quiet room…


  1. get a grip
    last splash
    recovering the satellites
    billy breathes
    axis bold as love
    pet sounds


  2. Led Zeppelin – IV
    Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
    U2 – Zooropa
    R.E.M. – Monster
    Stone Temple Pilots – Purple
    Nine Inch Nails – Downward Spiral
    Weezer – Pinkerton
    Foo Fighters – The Colour and the Shape
    Blur – 13
    No Doubt – Tragic Kingdom


  3. 10 albums that got me through high school.

    Soundgarden – Purple
    Pearl Jam – Throwing Copper
    The Smashing Pumpkins – Dookie
    Stone Temple Pilots – No Need to Argue
    Collective Soul – Smash
    Live – Vs.
    Bush – Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
    Green Day – Superunknown
    Offspring – Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid
    The Cranberries – Sixteen Stone

    It was tough narrowing down my list but these ten really did mean the world to me mostly because they were better than the other two I got from Columbia House’s dozen CDs for a penny ad.


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