"Asia" - Asia First Listen: 1982 When it came out, I loved it for what it was... a pop album. I liked the implied darkness that ran throughout it. Been a sucker for upbeat songs in minor chords ever since. Then, I learned just where these four guys came from! "90125" - Yes First Listen: 1983 No, I didn't like "Leave It" at all at first. "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" was cool 'cause the lyrics were tending toward the dark - end of the specturm, but also had an up-beat tempo, like that new band Asia. "Changes" and "It Can Happen" were also supreme songs. ( I thought: "Why don't more bands sound like this?" ) I still remember the night I realised that "Roundabout" and "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" were by the same band. What an epiphany! "Led Zeppelin IV" - Led Zeppelin First Listen: 1983 Bought it for "Stairway To Heaven" (duh...) but I quickly realized the magnifcence of that whole album. "Rock And Roll" was actually the last song I grew to like here. In fifth-grade (1978 or '79) my teacher read The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe to the class. At the time, I was interested but after she read it I kind of forgot about it for a few years. Maby three years later I was listening to "Stairway To Heaven" on the radio in bed one night; the images of the song were swirling in my head and for some reason the line: "In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees, and the voices of those who stand looking" made me think about Lantern Waste. When it was over, the 'seed' planted years ago finally sprouted. "Pyromania" - Def Leppard First Listen: 1983 This is the band (and album) that introduced me to heavy metal. Holy crap, what an ear-opener (and eye-opener) that was! "The Worst Of Jefferson Airplane" - The Jefferson Airplane First Listen: 1987 I had thought the 60's were all fun harmonies (Beach Boys) and folk music (Peter, Paul, & Mary) all well and good. So when I picked up this gem at the used record store, my mind was opened to a whole new perspective.