Origins of a Lady of Habit: Music

Much as Taylor Swift is reconstructing her genealogy in 1989, her excellent new album, I have recently come to terms with some of my musical foundations. This is not only inspired by Swift, but also in reaction to a 45 year old man giving me an “education” in late 70’s and early eighties music. He felt that Robert Palmer was essential to this “education.” Well, at least I can now say confidently that Robert Palmer sucks.

But what will I foist on younger generations for no other reason than they meant a lot to me when I was 13?

1. Julie Brown

This album came out in 1984, which means that either my brothers or my parents were responsible for buying the record that I found in our living room.

I had a deeply sensual relationship to the album cover but I had never seen the video until this week. I guess I’m glad, because I think I would have been super obsessed with the video as well and then I would have felt even worse about Columbine.

2. The Cranberries
The first successful album “Everyone Else is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?” came out in 1993, so this is firmly in the I stole this from my best-friend’s sister’s tape collection category.

3. Garbage
The self titled album came out in 1995, which means I was 11. So this was basically the theme song of fifth grade for me. I’m not sure what I related to in these lyrics, but I was definitely into the way it made me feel like a teenager. I feel really confident that this band will stand the test of time. As will all of Shirley Manson’s fashion choices.

4. Alanis Morissette
Truth: this was the first CD I ever bought. I wish I still had it. Also, now she is a Tracy Anderson devote’. Coincidence? I think not.

5. No Doubt
My first actual concert was Hootie and the Blowfish, but I prefer to remember history differently. So No Doubt was my first concert. And it was GREAT. I also choose not to think of contemporary Gwen Stefani as related to No Doubt.

6. Movie soundtracks were really big for me. They were kind of like Pandora and Soundcloud for kids in the nineties. Unless you were some kind of eleven-year old maverick, you didn’t know that these cool bands were on the college radio station. The essentials were the soundtracks to Bed of Roses, Empire Records, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and Stealing Beauty.

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