There comes a time in everyone's lives where we have to stop listening to Dad's record player and Mom's piano and develop our Very Own Taste in Modern Music. For me, this happened in middle school. Sure, I also worked on maintaining my love of post-1965 Beatles and early 19th-century Beethoven, but around about the 7th grade, I began receiving music from outside sources - friends, boys and other bad influences.
Here's some stuff I started listening to then:
I first learned of Tom Petty via a mixtape. Then, a boy gave me "Wildflowers" on cassette. It's hard to choose a favorite from that album, especially with so much creepy fodder like "Cabin Down Below," "Honey Bee" and "House in the Woods," but here's one (of the many) I dug:
Much later, I would make a foray to a faraway city to see Tom Petty live with a selection of friends given to shenanigans. Naturally, shenanigans ensued.
My nascent love of Tori also began in middle school with a mixtape with two Tori songs on it. First, "Mr. Zebra" which is quirky and therefore suited my pubescent misfit image well:
And second, Caught a Light Sneeze, which is just awesome. I can't find a video or audio clip of the studio version, so you'll just have to imagine it. Tori would also be my first concert, which I went to with my dad, as I was too young to drive, or even have friends who could drive.
What middle school girl's music list would be complete without some Cranberries, huh? I purchased not one but TWO Cranberries tapes with my allowance money at the local emporium after listening to some on, you guessed it, a mixtape. Here's one from "No Need to Argue" (no, it's not "Zombie." Why is that the only song anyone remembers from the Cranberries?):
The Cure's Lovesong, which I also bought on casette:
Much later I discovered Tori's cover of Lovesong and almost died of awesomeness.
Bonus track: My favorite Beethoven song (cliche, sure, but it's popular for a reason):
There was a lot of other really horrible stuff I listened to, but this is the stuff that stuck in my mind, and wasn't too humiliating to post on the internet. What did you listen to when you were a youngin?