Currently doing the rounds on Facebook again is one of those pop-cultural chain-letters wherein a friend offers a list of 15 albums that have meant something to them, this list copied to 15 friends and appended with the request that each friend make their own selection of 15 LPs and copy this on to 15 more... Impossible for me to play this game by the stated rules - what, only 15? - but I thought I could put some useful parameters round the exercise and give myself a little Proustian rush by picking 15 albums that had influenced me considerably by the time of my 15th birthday in late 1985... List as follows, roughly in order of when I first heard/bought/taped off a friend the long-player in question.
Blondie, 'Parallel Lines'
The Beatles, 'Revolver'
Talking Heads, 'Remain in Light'
Elvis Costello, 'Imperial Bedroom'
Kraftwerk, 'The Man-Machine'
Dexy’s Midnight Runners, 'Searching for the Young Soul Rebels'
Peter Gabriel, 'Peter Gabriel (IV)'
Echo and the Bunnymen, 'Porcupine'
Bob Dylan, 'Infidels'
Bruce Springsteen, 'Darkness on the Edge of Town'
Frankie Goes to Hollywood, 'Welcome to the Pleasuredome'
Run DMC, 'King of Rock'
New Order, 'Low-Life'
Propaganda, 'A Secret Wish'
Kate Bush, 'Hounds of Love'