This week's "Albums That Changed My Life" contributor is none other Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara!
The duo will release their long-awaited new album "Heartthrob," on January 29th through Warner Bros. A variety of pre-order bundles can be found here.
Don't forget, Tegan and Sara head out on their first tour of 2013 this week. All dates and ticket information can be found here.
Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel Of Love
Bruce Springsteen was always on repeat in our house when we were growing up. My mom and step dad Bruce started dating in 1987 when Tunnel of Love was released. They played it all the time. On our summer drives to Vancouver Island we'd have Bruce playing in the car non-stop and Tunnel of Love was always stand out. Different Bruce records had an impact on me, in many different way, but Tunnel of Love remained the quintessential Bruce Springsteen record.
Favourite track: Brilliant Disguise. It had a massive influence on me as a writer.
Back then, people were either into Cyndi Lauper or Madonna. We were definitely a Cyndi household. It brings back vivid memories of sitting in my mom's blue, Aerostar minivan on the way to school or day care, with the album turned up full blast. I can still remember the feeling, the fabric on the front seat, the cassette deck and it's smoothness when I close my eyes.
Favourite track: Time After Time. The lyrics are multi-layered yet simple. Fantastic arrangement and great production. Definitely influenced us both as writers.
New Kids On The Block - S/T
New Kids On The Block's debut came out when we were just six. It was our first musical obsession beyond what our parents listened to. We lost our minds! I wanted to be Jordan and Sara wanted to be Joey. We had them all over our walls, we had the merchandise, the trading cards. We went to see them play live in 89 or 90 in Calgary and it was then I first imagined that I was a performer. I could visualise Sara and I up on stage dancing and singing harmonies.
Favourite track: Popsicle.
All the commotion surrounding Nirvana and Kurt was lost on us when the record came out as we were only 12. We did love the videos and songs however. Our parents let us listen anyway (I'm not sure why). When In Utero was released in 1993 things were very different. We were in a full on love affair with grunge by then, had Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins posters all over our walls, and were driving our parents crazy with our wild, teenage behaviour and constant pleas to find bootleg cassettes of the band!
Favourite track: Something In The Way. Because it reminds me of how it felt to be 14.