I’ve seen the meme but I want to make it harder. What’s the one album that impacted you most as a teenager?
Mine is Liz Phair’s “Exile in Guyville”. Oddly enough, my dad was the one who introduced me to her when I was 14. He had heard her radio-friendly single “Why Can’t I” that she put out after she signed to Capitol and he’d rushed out to buy the rest of her albums. I remember I was sitting in the entertainment room playing a video game named “Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy” when he came in and told me that he found a new artist that he thought I’d like. He handed me the CD. I was enchanted by the cover art.
It was so aggressive and cool and not what I had expected. My dad told me “It’s a good album, but please don’t listen to track number 14.” I said “Okay, Dad,” saved my game, and went upstairs to listen to track number 14, titled “Flower” before I did anything else. It was definitely NSFW and electrifying. I had never heard a woman speak of a man in the same objectifying, naked desire that men typically spoke of women. As a lesbian, subject of the song didn’t resonate with me, but the inversion of gender roles definitely caught my attention. When I listened to the rest of the album, I was hooked.
What’s your most influential teenage album?