1) 'Rock & Roll Over' by Kiss: This was the album that started it all for me. I got it when I was 14 & the energy I felt from this album was unbelievable. The hardrock sound rushed through me & I wanted more so from this album I discovered Ted Nugent,Aerosmith,Alice Cooper,Blue Oyster Cult,Black Sabbath,Triumph,Angel,Starz,etc... 2) 'Some Girls' by the Rolling Stones: Back in '78 I had already discovered the Hard Rock/metal scene & a friend of mine brought up the Stones.I didn't know any of there songs so I bought 2 45's: "Satisfaction" & "Jumpin' Jack Flash" from the Oldies 45 section.I liked the songs & went out & bought 'Some Girls' as my first Stones album.I was blown away with the record & for some reason I'd listen to "Shattered" 5 or 6 times in a row per day.I was now hooked on the Stones & within a couple years I was up to 30 Stones albums & I noticed on the early albums that the Stones covered a lot of Blues & early r & r Artists so next thing you know I'm buying every Chuck Berry album I could find along with records by Bo Diddley,Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, etc & from there I became a huge Blues fan all because of the Stones. 3) 'Too Much Too Soon' by the NY Dolls: Around '81 I had gone to See Pat Benatar in concert & opening the show was David Johansen.The week of the show a local radio station had played the title track from Johansen's 'Here Comes the Night' album which I thought was cool.The night of the show Benatar was good but Johansen as the opening act blew her away & even though I never heard it before I loved "Stranded in the Jungle" & had to find it the next day.It wasn't on the 3 Johansen albums at the record store & then I thought "wait! he was in the Dolls" so I found Too Much Too Soon" & there was no looking back.I thought on the cover guitarist Johnny Thunders looked cool as hell so I noticed his solo albums at a record store.I bought the double 'In Cold Blood' & I thought it sucked but there was something about it that made me try another album which was "Live at Max's" which I loved.I then became a huge fan of Thunders & now was heavilly into Punk 4) 'Alice Cooper' Show by Alice Cooper: I spotted this album right after I got into Kiss & gave it a try.I'd never heard "I'm 18" before & this version was great with the dueling guitars of Dick Wagner & Steve Hunter.I loved the whole theatrical feel of the album & I'd just stare at that cover & piece together in my mind what his show was like & I was now hooked & had to have everything Coop released. I really got into his Original Band & they now rivaled Kiss as my favorite band.I even did a 41 page term paper on Alice in my senior year & recieved a 93. I was at a friends house drinking in the early80's & started looking at his albums.I spotted Lou Reed's 'R & R Animal' & asked how it was.I'd always read his name but never heard him.Right from the start of "Sweet Jane" I noticed the familiar guitar dueling & looked at the album...Dick Wagner & Steve Hunter. 5) 'Bad Reputation' by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts: I was going to see Triumph who had just released 'Allied Forces' back in '81 & opening was a band called Diesel(they had a small hit called "Summer nights in Sausalito"). The day of the show a radio station announced Joan Jett was just added to the bill & they played a song from her new record called "Too Bad On Your Birthday".I actually knew the tune from Ram Jam's debut album so Jett's version hit home right away.I'll also never forget a photo from her Runaways days in Creem magazine of her & Cherie Currie eating Ice Cream Cones with a caption that read..."These Bitches Suck". I was psyched for her appearance but unfortunately the crowd was not ready for her NYC Punk attitude & booed her off the stage.I thought she was amazing & she covered my favorite Stones tune "Star Star". I went out & bought 'Bad Reputation' & I've became a total Jetthead since. I have seen her 12 times. Joan influenced me by paying attention to female rockers out there including Lita Ford,L7, the Donnas,Doro,Lee Aaron,The Charms,Dresden Dolls,Giant Drag,Juliette Lewis, etc...'Bad reputation' had 4 original tunes that were mixed in with 8 cover tunes & they were blended together very well.