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If you've been on Facebook any time in the last week or so, you might have seen that "10 Albums I Loved In High School" thing going around. The premise is simple: List 10 albums you loved in high school. Post. Reminisce about the good ol' days in the comments.

Nerding out about favorite albums is highly relevant to what we do at The Bay Bridged, so we polled a few of our staffers for their picks. Though we all come from unique musical lineages, we also have a lot of overlapping tastes.

We also made them send us high school photos, because obviously.

Josh Huver, Staff Writer


10 albums we loved in high school
This list has been bouncing around my head for at least a week, if not longer. These aren't discs that got me into music, these aren't discs I still listen to (regularly — I have everything on shuffle, always) but these are CDs that I could not bear to take out of my car since the day I got them, that I knew every word and rest to. These were my favorites of favorite, and I still feel bad that I haven't given you more than a sliver. But, this is me in a severely limited and cramped nutshell.

For extra cringe, here is a senior picture that I actually printed and handed out to friends, family, teachers, and people who I suspected had always admired me from a distance.

1. The Academy Is…, Almost Here
2. Cake, Prolonging The Magic
3. The Doors, Morrison Hotel
4. Nirvana, Incesticide
5. Sublime, Sublime
6. The Clash, London Calling
7. Jack’s Mannequin, Everything In Transit
8. Bright Eyes, Lifted or The Story Is In The Soil, Put Your Ear To The Ground
9. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blood Sugar Sex Magik
10. Pink Floyd, Pulse

Hon. Mentions:
Blink 182, Enema Of The State
The Starting Line, Based On A True Story
Stevie Ray Vaughn + Double Trouble, The Sky Is Crying
The Early November, The Mechanic The Mother The Path

Erika Delgado, Staff Writer and Production Associate


10 albums we loved in high school
1. Panic at the Disco, Pretty. Odd.
2. Bright Eyes, Lifted
3. The Velvet Underground and Nico, S/T
4. The Juno Soundtrack
5. Weezer, Pinkerton
6. Rilo Kiley, More Adventurous
7. The Jonas Brothers, S/T
8. Los Campesinos!, Hold on Now, Youngster...
9. Laura Marling , Alas, I Cannot Swim
10. The Pains of being Pure at Heart, S/T

Rob Alleyne, Photographer


10 albums we loved in high school
1. Artful Dodger, It's All About The Stragglers
2. Playa, Cheers 2 U
3. The Firm, The Album
4. Jermaine Dupri, Life In 1472
5. MJ Cole, Sincere
6. Twista & The Speedknot Mobstaz, Mobstability
7. Aaliyah, One In A Million
8. The Roots, Illadelph Halflife
9. Jagged Edge, A Jagged Era
10. Outkast, Aquemini

Jordan Martich, Contributing Writer


10 albums we loved in high school
To provide some context: I grew with dial-up internet in the suburbs outside of Indianapolis buying CDs from Best Buy and painting my fingernails with a Sharpie. Here's my adolescence in no particular order.

1. Nine Days, The Madding Crowd
While everyone was imagining their collegiate lifestyle through the lenses of Third Eye Blind or Incubus, I was memorizing the lyrics to this record. Yes — this is the “Absolutely (Story of A Girl)” band. I still know this album front to back.

2. Converge, Jane Doe
I'd never heard anything like this before and it stuck with me for a long time. The monstrous guitar tones, weird song structures, nasty vocals, and artwork all matched up in an aesthetic that I loved.

3. Black Sabbath, Paranoid
This is the first record that I came to appreciate in its entirety. Dark, gloomy, and Ozzy's lyrics seemed to possess relevance and clarity — they still do. Everything about this album is perfect.

4. Alkaline Trio, Good Mourning
For the first time I was hearing songs about smoking too many cigarettes, staying up all night, and feeling vulnerable. It validated a lot of feelings I had and made it OK to be weird.

5. AC/DC, Highway to Hell
A big record in the identity-defining department. They had this rock and roll swagger to their look and you can hear it in the music. This is the first record that I learned on guitar.

6. Man Man, Six Demon Bag
Arty friends turned me on to this absurd band with big sing-along songs and strange instruments. The lyrics were acid-trip cryptic but meant so much to me back then.

7. Haste the Day, Burning Bridges
A stand-in for all of the metalcore and emo that I listened to back then. We were from the same hometown, years apart, and when this band got signed it seemed like this was the only music that really mattered for a long time. Easy, accessible lyrics and breakdowns that you and your friends could all chant together in the car.

8. Iron Maiden, The Number of The Beast
One of two CDs taken away by my parents (the other was Shaggy's Hot Shot). Huge, long songs about executions and battles with multiple guitar solos. Like most metalheads I knew, these songs gave vindication to my feeling like a social outcast.

9. Sublime, Sublime
I have to admit that, growing up as a Midwesterner, my vision of California was made up entirely of Sublime and Death Row Records. It was punk but it wasn't; it was like hip-hop at times but it wasn't. This band was an enigma of talent that fascinated me.

10. The Chariot, Everything is Alive, Everything is Breathing, Nothing is Dead, and Nothing is Bleeding
All of these songs sounded like garbage to me when I first listened to them – nothing was clear, especially not the vocals. But the energy, especially watching them perform live, struck a nerve. It made me want to jump off of amplifiers and throw my guitar at a wall.

Paige Parsons, Photographer


10 albums we loved in hs
1. Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Punch the Clock
2. Echo and the Bunnymen, Ocean Rain
3. Blancmange, Happy Families
4. The Specials, S/T
5. Yaz, Upstairs At Eric's
6. The Colourfield, Virgins and Philistines
7. Lloyd Cole, Rattlesnakes
8. Madness, Complete Madness
9. OMD, Crush
10. General Public, All The Rage

Annie Bacon, Contributing Writer


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In the mid-'90s in a very small town in southern Maine, I somehow became absorbed with the Romantic Poets — Keats, Byron, Wordsworth. It seems so strange to think of now, but I was swept up in it, my walls covered in late eighteenth century poetry hand-scrawled. At the same time, I had stolen several Pink Floyd albums from my older brother and would lay on the floor lost in their swirling psychedelic vision of the world. So in some ways it makes sense that Us and Them: Symphonic Pink Floyd knocked me off my feet. On the album, The London Philharmonic covered six Dark Side of the Moon tunes and three from The Wall, with the 10th song being an extended symphonic jam: “Time (The Old Tree With Winding Roots Behind The Lake Of Dreams Mix)” — with the subtitle perfectly piquing my Romantic notions. You see, the Romantics (whose movement over time has been warped to represent love and sentimentality) were actually famous for their belief that imagination had the power to help us shlumps transcend the violent and difficult world around us. Exactly like Pink Floyd had the power to help disaffected teenagers — for generations — transcend the bullish, alienating world around us. Symphonic Pink Floyd was the perfect mix of my two worlds.

Brandon Roos, Staff Writer


10 albums we loved in hs

The Avalanches, Since I Left You
I initially bought this album because I wanted to be like my brother, who had a music collection that seemed so large I could only dream of matching its prowess one day. He’d heard good things, so I picked up my own copy of this album. To this day, it’s my favorite start-to-finish listening experience. Since I Left You truly does transport you to a different world. With all the legal hurdles involved in clearing samples nowadays, crafting a sonic tapestry like this is now next to impossible. That’s a shame, because this is one of the best examples to prove what sampling, when done to create something new rather than bank on another’s success, is capable of.

Basement Jaxx, Rooty
Rooty was one of Spin's top albums of the year in 2001. I was obsessed with Spin and had never heard of Basement Jaxx, and that spaced-out cover of a gorilla chowing down stuck with me, so I (illegally) downloaded “Romeo.” Surprisingly, I actually enjoyed what I heard. When I picked up the album, I LOVED all of it. I wasn’t used to such playful, happy, dancey music. At this point, I was still all about metal and alternative, so this project was a left-field choice for sure. I dabbled in electronic music with Fatboy Slim and the Chemical Brothers, but Rooty was the gateway album that made me embrace dance music.

Bright Eyes, Lifted, or the Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground
I believe I picked this title up during the summer of 2003, and I remember listening to it while my mom was doing radiation therapy. She had recently been diagnosed with brain cancer, and needed to go to treatment five days a week for a few hours each day. She wanted me to come along with her, but she wouldn’t let me go into the waiting room. Instead, I waited in her toreador red Lincoln Mark VIII, reading and listening to music to pass the time. I read along while listening to Lifted, following each word laid out in the storybook-esque packaging. I think it was the perfect way to experience what Bright Eyes — and Saddle Creek Records — were about at the time. Their albums weren’t just collections of songs. They were full experiences. I’m not sure if I ever would’ve come to appreciate Bright Eyes the way I did if it weren’t for those times in the parking lot to truly take in what Conor had to say on Lifted.

Cursive, Domestica
Conor Oberst and Bright Eyes got most of the attention, but I’d argue Tim Kasher was just as skilled at artfully crafting concept albums. Domestica follows the dysfunction of a warring couple, and the loud, jarring guitars, coupled with Kasher’s desperate, pleading delivery, amplify the tension found in the album’s lyrics. No joke, I had “your tears are only alibis,” a lyric from “the Martyr,” on a pair of dog tags I used to wear, and at one point wanted that song played at my funeral...yeah, I was really about this album. He touched on the same themes as Conor and Bright Eyes, but Cursive provided a tougher, more electric punch.

Dashboard Confessional, The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most
Chris Carrabba spoke to the soul of teenage Brandon so much. The simplicity of guitar and voice, the disdain, depression, and lyricism of the lyrics, the striking vulnerability of the songs — I loved all of it. From what I recall, I think this album clocks in at around 28 minutes, so it got a ton of play. Was I one of those hundreds of kids who eagerly yelled back every lyric at his concerts? You bet I was, and I (used to :-/) have three concert T-shirts to prove it.

Talib Kweli, Quality
I picked this up at a Wherehouse (RIP) because my brother was a fan of Rawkus Records. It sat on my dresser for six months before I finally took a listen. When I did, I didn’t listen to anything else for two weeks. It got so deep that I added the album to the special MP3 folder in Grand Theft Auto III so I could jam out to “Shock Body” and “Get By” while driving through Liberty City. Talib Kweli opened up my mind to hip-hop, and soon he led me to names like Mos Def, The Roots, Common and Kanye West.

The Streets, Original Pirate Material
My brother purchased this album for me for Christmas one year, and it started the trend of him picking up projects that skewed a little left of center. I grew to love being challenged like that. I didn’t know it at the time, but this was my first experience with rhythms similar to UK garage. Mike Skinner was a regular dude rapping in a semi-disinterested tone about everyday life. I’d never heard anything like it, and back then, I never thought I’d grow to enjoy something that felt so strange on first listen.

The Strokes, Is This It
My friend Chris gave this album to me as a gift. This was at the time when the “garage rock revival” was just getting started, and The Strokes were being called the next best band ever in nearly every music magazine I read. I was a bit wary about the praise, but their style was unlike anything I’d ever heard. The repetition of the guitar licks, Julian Casablancas’ lazy delivery, the gritty New York feel of it all...I recall downloading every video I could find of them on Napster or Limewire or BearShare — whatever was still active for pirating at the time. That guitar solo on “The Modern Age” still gets me amped.

TOOL, Lateralus
May 15, 2001 was the release date. I remember because I begged my brother to take me to Tower Records to buy the album at midnight. He wouldn’t do it, and I recall gingerly walking home from school the next day so we could go to the record store as soon as possible. As I got to my front steps, I saw a manila envelope with drawings similar to the album art work, and a package addressed to me from a “Maynard J. Keenan.” Lateralus was inside. It came out at the tail end of my eighth grade year, but I remember “Lateralus” had a near-permanent place on my special edition translucent teal Rio PMP 300, the one that had space for a whopping 64MB of music, and was an essential track for my high school experience. A nine-minute song takes up a ton of space, but I loved it enough to continually justify its place on that short playlist. A lot of my favorite albums from that era of my life don’t hold up; every time I listen to Lateralus, I’m reminded just how much this album, and this band, still speaks to me.

Kanye West, The College Dropout
I loved this album so much I acted out a few of the skits as monologues for my drama class in high school. And then I performed them as part of a showcase for a couple hundred students — yeah, that really happened. Kanye was the first rapper I felt like I could relate to. On tracks like “All Falls Down,” he admitted he wanted the jewelry, but he also asked why he felt he needed it in the first place. He was eager to make club bangers, but he wasn’t afraid to get political. I’d never encountered a rapper that seemed so versatile.

Jody Amable, Content Director


10 albums we loved in high school
OK sorry I have 12.

As is very apparent from my list, I spent 2000-2004 going to local punk shows, participating in regional children's theater, exploring the dollar vinyl section at Rasputin, and tweezing my eyebrows way, way, way too much.

1. Alkaline Trio, Goddamnit
2. The Ataris, End Is Forever
3. Saves The Day, Stay What You Are
4. River City Rebels, Playing to Live, Living to Play
5. The Distillers, S/T
6. Moulin Rouge! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
7. Hedwig and the Angry Inch Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
8. Soundtrack to whatever musical I was in at the time
9. Simon and Garfunkel, Bookends
10. The Vandals, Hitler Bad, Vandals Good
11. Ryan Adams, Gold
12. Elvis Costello, My Aim Is True