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Amy's Influential Albums

Manic Street Preaches - Generation Terrorists (1992)

Ask most Manics fans and they likely choose The Holy Bible as their favourite album but for me Generation Terrorists just edges it. Lyrics that fit perfectly with my teenage angst, some of my favourite guitar solos and what has to be my absolute favourite Manics song “Little Baby Nothing”. For a debut this is near perfect, I say near because the cover of Damn Dog is easily my least favourite Manics song.

Oasis - Be Here Now (1997)

While I love this album so much and it contains some phenomenal tunes it probably isn’t my favourite Oasis album musically but it’s the one that means most. I was fully in my oasis obsession when this came out and remember crazing my dad to take me to our local record shop “Adcocks” for the second they opened, I seemed to recall they opened early especially, as I was convinced there would be a massive queue and it’d sell out. Needless to say I was the only one there. I think the staff gave me a free promo poster for being so keen.

The Wonder Years - The Greatest Generation (2013)

This is a bold statement but one I mean with all sincerity I fully credit this album with saving my life. Soupy’s words were my strength in some very dark times. This album made me feel understood and like I wasn't alone when everything seemed to be crumbling around me. Musically this is a superb example of Pop Punk and I need to give a special mention to “I Just Want to Sell Out My Funeral” which while an amazing song in its own right but when listening to the album in order you realise it a 7 and a half minute reprise of the whole record something I've never know another band do, just amazing! In the words of Rock Sound “go home Pop Punk you’ve peaked.”

A - Hi-Fi Serious (2002)

For some of these albums it's hard to find a reason for their inclusion other than I just love them, there’s no deep profound reason for how much I like this record it’s just amazing. Songs like The Springs and Pacific Ocean Blue give me summer vibes and the whole record takes me back to simpler times and my first music festival experience in 2002.

Slipknot - Slipknot (1999)

This album reminds me of my first year of college, blasting it through my headphones at full volume on occasion so loud even the bus driver asked me to turn it down, there’s no wonder my hearing in my 30’s is questionable. This album was my first introduction to metal and it opened the door for me to discover so many incredible bands.

Feeder - Yesterday Went Too Soon (1999)

This album is where my love affair with Feeder started, a love that saw me travel up and down the country to see them at all kinds of venues in an array of cities. My love has dwindled somewhat in recent years but this album is astonishing both lyrically and musically. It will always have a place in my heart and on my list of all time favourite albums.

Half Man Half Biscuit - No One Cares About Your Creative Hub So Get Your Fuckin’ Hedge Cut (2018)

Sometimes music doesn’t need a deep meaning, it just needs to make you smile and that’s exactly what Creative Hub does. Who doesn’t love a bit of satire and a band who are more than willing to take the piss out of themselves along with various other things in the process. “Swerving the Checkatrade'' also mentions my football team, Ipswich Town, so how could I not love this album!

Thea Gilmore - The Lipstick Conspiracies (2000)

My love of folk is probably the only musical influence my mum has had on my music taste so while Thea’s style of folk is more contemporary and raw than anything mum would listen to I definitely credit her as the reason I first listened to this record. The Lipstick Conspiracies is an interesting album dealing with sensitive subjects such as race and class divides along how people are happy to sell each other out for their own gain, it also features the expected songs of love and loss. While it’s not always the easiest album to listen to and at least in part may be out of some people's comfort zone it's been one of my go to records for almost 20 years and I can guarantee it will be in 20 more too.

Therapy? - Troublegum (1994)

I remember back in about 2003 going to a Therapy? gig specifically to see the support band Defenestration (does anyone else even remember them?!) I lasted about three songs, thought Therapy? were absolutely awful and left. It wasn't until years later a boyfriend dragged me to see them play Troublegum in full at Sonisphere festival, they had technical problems galore but when they finally got going and that was it they were incredible and I’ve been hooked on the band and this album in particular ever since. I need to give a nod to “Femtex”, any song that starts with the lyric “masturbation saved my life” deserves a special mention!!

Gaslight Anthem - ‘59 Sound (2008)

What is there to say about the ‘59 Sound other than its classic Rock ‘n’ Roll reminiscent of something Springsteen might have written! I could have picked any Gaslight Anthem album as they are all near perfect but went with this as I like its raw honesty, Brian’s raspy voice is like no other plus Meet Me By the River Edge has a special place in my heart as it reminds me of my beloved Grandma.