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Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen albums you’ve heard that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes. Tag fifteen friends (or more), including me, because I’m interested in seeing what albums my friends choose. (To do this, go to your Notes tab on your profile page, paste rules in a new note, cast your fifteen picks, and tag people in the note).

This was the latest (oldest?) circular on Facebook, and it came my way today. It’s pretty hard. These are the ones that I feel obliged to replace if I realise they are damaged or missing. Music I just can’t live without. In no particular order …

1. Pink Floyd – The Wall (1979)


I have dim memories of Another Brick In The Wall Pt 2 being in the charts, which is notable to me because I would have just turned three at the time. It was seven years before I heard the rest of the album, and fell instantly in love. I felt wonderfully, vitally alive when I heard it – it just seemed to express emotions that I just didn’t have words for, and I had a pretty expansive vocabulary even then.

2. David Bowie – Changes Two (1981)


I mis-remembered hearing this at three but actually I’d have been four. Every time I hear any of the tracks, I’m instantly a tiny child curled up in the back of the car, loving every note as Aladdin Sane lulls me to sleep over the speakers.

3. Primal Scream – Screamadelica (1990)


Even though it sounds its age, Screamadelica is still an absolute pleasure to listen to.

4. NIN – The Downward Spiral (1994)


Although this album never had the same emotional connection with me that my friends found with it – it was their Wall – I really admired the songwriting on here and thought it was an amazing hybrid of a lot of other acts I loved at the time (not least Floyd and Bowie). From adorning my school locker to writing the Social Network soundtrack I’ve just downloaded, Reznor’s music has long been a part of my life. I don’t think I’ve gone a year – perhaps not even a month – without hearing or humming one of these songs.

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