Albums that changed my life

  1. Like a Virgin, one of my first two cassette tapes (the other was Thriller) was, at the time, a super progressive thing for a seven-year-old to listen to, but I ate up the whole thing. In retrospect, I'm glad I had such a defiant, unapologetic, in-your-face, boundless, liberated woman in my ears at that age.
  2. The Bee Gees made a terrible movie in the late 70s/early 80s: a musical based on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. It had Alice Cooper, KISS, Aerosmith, Peter Frampton and George Burns in it. It was super psychedelic and super awful. Its soundtrack was the first vinyl I ever owned. It's 36% responsible for my overall weirdness as a person.
  3. I'm lucky enough to have had Prince's music in my life, in real time, since I was eight years old. This is probably a weird album choice, but Diamonds and Pearls made a major impression on me in high school. I don't think my friends were all that into it, but I was obsessed with that whole period of his career and the handful of albums afterward.