I've always had an eclectic musical taste, so most things go. Thankfully my children have all made good choices...we are a Bieber-free zone!
As a teenager, I was lucky enough to be taken to Glastonbury and to gigs by my older sister. Bauhaus was the first gig I went to and I was in the mosh pit with punks...quite a culture shock! I loved it though, being close enough to touch Pete Murphy! They were quite influential to 'teen me'...as I immersed myself in their blend of obscure lyrics and black lipstick!
Marillion was my next big musical crush. I tirelessly listened to their prog-rock albums, relishing the pseudo-intellectual wisdom of Fish! I saw them at Hammersmith Odeon on the Fugazi Tour. It was an amazing concert with lots of extended guitar solos. I still adore the Script for a Jester's Tear album. Everything down to the amazing artwork to the lyrics on the inner sleeve resonated with me. I still sing along to it now!
Other music I'd cite as being influential to me includes David Bowie, The Smiths, Echo and the Bunnymen and The Cure. I was a real child of my time loving all the alternative music and dressing accordingly!
Two of my very favourite albums though are not in this genre. For some reason Prince's Purple Rain became the theme tune to my late teens. I adored his mix of funk, pop, electronic and R&B. The fact that his backing singer Wendy was credited on this album gave me a sense of pride in my name! I would extensively quote:
"Is the water warm enough?"
"Shall we begin?"
Suddenly my name (that I'd always hated) had an element of cool!
Meatloaf's Bat Out of Hell is my other favourite album. I still can't get enough of the rocked out concept album and you will find me at karaoke parties thrashing out "Paradise by the Dashboard Light". I adore the story and love belting out those songs!
These would be my recommendations to my children. Thankfully, their tastes have all proven to be good and they do not pigeon-hole themselves to one single genre. Joe loves N-Dubz but also loves Eminem and Daughtry. Megan thinks Brandon Flowers "went inside my head, pulled out all my feelings and put them into song form." Our songstress Ella (named after Ella Fitzgerald) has taken her love of music to the next level, not only loving it but making it herself. She is a guitarist, pianist, singer and songwriter with a talent that is developing before our eyes. I am immensely proud of her :)