Ten albums that changed your life

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Apr 16, 2018
AFL Club
I saw this on Facebook and thought it was a really cool concept, post ten albums that changed your life or had a significant impact on you.

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Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon

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Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels II

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The Drones - Havilah

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Rowland S. Howard - Pop Crimes

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Derek and Dominoes - Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs

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Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures

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New Order - Power Corruption and Lies

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Radiohead - OK Computer

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Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II

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Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

Dixie Normous

Premiership Player
May 13, 2009
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Sabbath Vol. 4
Stooges 'Funhouse'
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 'Tender Prey'
Minutemen 'Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat'
This Heat 'Deceit'
Big Black 'Atomizer'
Beasts of Bourbon 'Sour Mash'
Fugazi 'Steady Diet of Nothing'
Miles Davis 'On the Corner'
Slint 'Spiderland'


Apr 16, 2018
AFL Club
Sabbath Vol. 4
Stooges 'Funhouse'
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 'Tender Prey'
Minutemen 'Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat'
This Heat 'Deceit'
Big Black 'Atomizer'
Beasts of Bourbon 'Sour Mash'
Fugazi 'Steady Diet of Nothing'
Miles Davis 'On the Corner'
Slint 'Spiderland'
Strange choice of Miles Davis album. Care to expand?

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Dixie Normous

Premiership Player
May 13, 2009
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I just prefer his output from about 68-74 (the jazz fusion period I guess). I just remember hearing this album for the first time when I was about 14 and it just blew my mind. Love all his albums but just this one especially


Brownlow Medallist
Mar 18, 2013
AFL Club
Other Teams
Led Zeppelin I
The Who - Who’s Next
Velvet Underground & Nico
Cream - Disraeli Gears
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Pink Floyd - The Wall
Pink Floyd - Animals
CCR - Willy And The Poor Boys
The Doors - The Doors
Guns N Roses - Use Your Illusion I

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You work for us
Apr 12, 2009
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Other Teams
Celtic FC, Milwaukee Bucks
Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bollocks
Elliott Smith - Either/or
The Cure - Pornography
QOTSA - Lullabies to Paralyze
Silverchair - Neon Ballroom
Adam and the ants - Kings of the Wild Frontier
Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Death from above 1979 - You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine
Nick Drake - Pink Moon
The White Stripes - Elephant


i sh*t blue
Jul 12, 2008
AFL Club
most of these are musically formative

pink floyd - dsotm. probably the only album on my list that was life changing in a positive way that it made me think about life differently, as opposed to listening to an album while going through life-changing things. i've listened to a lot of music that was life-changing because it depressed me.

frank zappa - them or us. was introduced to zappa's music well after the fact, in my late teens by an ex-girlfriend who was a singer/musician. opened my eyes to the creativity music can include.

tribes of neurot - silver blood transmission. created a so-far life-long interest in dark ambient, and other associated music (musique concrete, harsh noise, industrial). briefly inspired me to attempt to create some myself.

disembowelment - transcendence into the peripheral. heaviest, slowest and most depressing thing i had heard. lifelong convert into death doom and related genres.

picked this up after watching the movie 'shine' while stoned. a pretty good example of how for me, movies have been more life-changing than music.
anyway, after getting this 2cd, i proceeded to raid thrift stores of all their .50c classical music on vinyl which I still own, but currently don't own a turntable. need to rectify this..

chelsea wolfe - unknown rooms: a collection of acoustic songs. i think the world has caught on to her talent. found her on bandcamp after she had put out a couple of albums and followed her ever since. made me search out more female fronted bands across various genres, and i guess have a greater appreciation for female vocalists in general.

cradle of filth - vempire. gateway band from symphonic black metal into the proper stuff. doesn't get much of a spin these days.

true widow - circambulation. true widow has helped to complete a kind of circle from the death metal of my teens (which i still listen to), via stoner metal, to a library which includes much more mellow things in it. as well piquing an interest in shoegaze, despite them not accurately falling into that description.

miles davis - kind of blue. default jazz entry album i guess. this album is a pretty good example of having my fingers in too many musical pies to really bury myself in a particular style and perhaps understand it properly too. i listen to miles and other jazz in between the sorts of stuff i've listed above.


Dec 31, 2013
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Port Adelaide
Other Teams
Dallas Mavericks
Metallica - The Black Album
Blew my 10 year old mind. Set me on a path.

Pantera - Vulgar Display of Power
The next level of aggression that I was hungry for. Classic songs. Motivational.

Deep Purple - In Rock
Discovering where heavy stuff originated. Incredible vocals and the immense playing of Lord/Blackmore.

Johnny Winter - Second Winter
The absolute master imo. Just an incredible player underrated in many ways.

Cathedral - Forest of Equilibrium
A whole new dimension of heavy. Melancholic, slow, beautiful. Lyrics are amazing.

Spirit Caravan - Jug Fulla Sun
This album probably hits me in my soul more than anything else. Songs that build and hit a crescendo that never lose their impact.

The Doors - LA Woman
The perfect mix of blues, roots, swagger, attitude and just a perfect moment in time. Everything came together for this album.

Darkthrone - A Blaze in the Northern Sky
Dirty, raw, lo-fi, mysterious, simplistic. As honest as it gets.

Morbid Angel - Altars of Madness
Unmatched intensity. Just a whirlwind of ferocity. What every growing mind needs.

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Pronounced....
I'm not really sure how to put this one into words. Just the perfect rock n roll album. Will never be matched again.
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Duel Group 1 winner
May 8, 2007
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Other Teams
Liverpool & San Francisco 49ers
The Wiggles - Nursery Rhymes

No joke. Once the kids found this my life changed. Not only Wuggkes music at home but now in the car. FML

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All Australian
Sep 25, 2005
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Public Enemy- It takes a nation...
Changed my musical perspective as a 12 yo from the Beatles and Dylan which my Dad ran with. The first band of my own.
Alice in Chains- Dirt
Changed me again as a near 16yo. I heard the opening riff of Them Bones in a music store in the US and fell instantly in love.
Pink Floyd- Animals
Roughly the same era, pushed me into their catalogue, my favourite band to this day.
Tool- Aenima
Was already into Tool, saw them on their first tour. Still love Undertow. This, however took them to another level.
Ween- The Mollusk
Production, melodies, lyrics...it all comes together from start to finish. Brilliant.
The Mars Volta- Deloused in the Comatorium
This was next level when I first heard it. it took to a place I've never since visited with another band. Epic.
Graveyard Train- Hollow
Along with their previous album, I just love the horror alt-country vibe. Great melodies, cool dudes and local to boot.
Songs Ohia- Magnolia Electric Co
An underlying darkness interwoven within hauntingly beautiful music.
PJ Harvey- Let England Shake
I always liked her, but this is her best for me. Was the gateway into getting back into a lot of female singers, a la Gillian Welch, Teeth and Tongue et al.
King Gizzard & the Lizzard Wizard- Nonagon Infinity
Reminded me that the best music is local, it is in the present. Manic, immediate and catchy.

Johnny Karate

Club Legend
Apr 13, 2015
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Nirvana - Nevermind
Gateway to good rock music. Remember hearing SLTS for the first time as an 8 year old and being blown away.

Soundgarden - Superunknown
Knew most of the singles but only listened to the full album for the first time about 3 years ago. I love every single track except “Half”

Neil Young - After the Gold Rush
Another album I didn’t listen to until 2015 or so, gave me a much greater appreciation of folk and bluegrass as well as Neil Young’s guitar skills.

Paul Simon - Graceland
Just a beautifully crafted pop album.

Radiohead - In Rainbows
This album shouldn’t work but does in a strange way. Could only be done by Radiohead.

QOTSA - ...Like Clockwork
Love most of their other work but this is a ten track belter fusing commercial pop ditties with darker imagery.

Rage Against the Machine - Evil Empire
I can’t really think of a better named band for the type of music they played.

Justice - “Cross”
Not really a huge fan of club music but this a great party album

Alice In Chains - Unplugged
Better than Nirvana’s Unplugged the vocal harmonies of Staley and Cantrell are magical in this intimate live album.

Goyte - Like Drawing Blood
One of my main gripes with Triple J is 99% of their music seems to be dickheads playing loops from their laptop. This guy does that properly and can also play instruments and sing!


Senior List
Oct 20, 2017
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Port Adelaide
Eminem - The Eminem Show
Moby - Play
Metallica - ...And Justice For All
Jet - Get Born
Queens of The Stone Age - Songs for the Deaf
Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
Mastodon - Crack the Skye
Pantera - Cowboys From Hell
Megadeth - Rust In Peace
Violent Soho - Violent Soho


Brownlow Medallist
Jun 9, 2011
AFL Club
Sabbath Vol. 4
Stooges 'Funhouse'
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 'Tender Prey'
Minutemen 'Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat'
This Heat 'Deceit'
Big Black 'Atomizer'
Beasts of Bourbon 'Sour Mash'
Fugazi 'Steady Diet of Nothing'
Miles Davis 'On the Corner'
Slint 'Spiderland'
Atomizer is so good. Listening to Kerosine makes all other music seem pointless at times


Jun 21, 2009
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Nas - Illmatic
Hum - You'd Prefer an Astronaut
The Strokes - Is This It
Elliott Smith - Either/Or
Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
Tegan and Sara - So Jealous
RHCP - Californication
Title Fight - Hyperview
De La Soul - Stakes is High
Avalanches - Since I Left You


Norm Smith Medallist
Jun 27, 2011
AFL Club
Can only think of 5:

Richard Wagner - Der Ring der Nibelungen
Slayer - Season in the Abyss
Iron Maiden - Live after death
Dark Funeral - The Secrets of the Black Arts
Townes van Zandt - For the Sake of the Song or Our Mother the Mountain (don't really know, got a box a few albums first)


Norm Smith Medallist
Apr 15, 2008
AFL Club
Other Teams
Oasis- What's the Story Morning Glory?
Radiohead- OK Computer
Muse- Origin of Symmetry
Opeth- Blackwater Park
Porcupine Tree- Fear of a Blank Planet
Tool- Aenima
Godspeed you Black Emperor- f#a#oo
In the Woods- Omnio
Swans- White Light from the Mouth of Infinity
Bolt Thrower- The 4th Crusade


Brownlow Medallist
Sep 15, 2011
AFL Club
West Coast
Not sure any album 'changed my life' however the following 10 were probably the most influential on my musical choices in life. The first group were the albums I was most into as a teen, finding my own tastes, and all have a harder edge. The second group were more indie and pop rock. And the last group were more recent albums from this century.

Pearl Jam - Ten
Smashing Pumpkins - Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Offspring - Smash
Rage Against the Machine - Self titled

Oasis - What's the Story Morning Glory
Radiohead - OK Computer
Foo Fighters - Color and the Shape
Powderfinger - Odyssey Number 5

Arcade Fire - Funeral
Gang of Youths - Go Farther in LIghtness

andrew coombs

Club Legend
Jan 30, 2004
AFL Club
Other Teams
Cold Chisel...self titled
10........1...Midnight Oil
Tapestry...Carole King
Songs from big pink...The Band
Let it bleed...Rolling Stones
Darkness on the edge of town...Springsteen
London calling...The clash
Electric Ladyland...Jimi Hendrix
Who’s next...The Who
Rumours...Fleetwood Mac


Norm Smith Medallist
Mar 13, 2015
AFL Club
The Strokes - Is This It!
Radiohead - OKNOTOK Computer
The Avalanches - Since I Left You
Boards of Canada - Campfire Headphase
Madvillian - Madvilliany
Oasis - Definitely Maybe
Tame Impala - Lonerism
The Clash - London Calling
A Tribe Called Quest - Low End Theory
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Michael Jackson - Thriller


Hall of Famer
Oct 15, 2008
AFL Club
1. Hawkwind - Warriors on the edge of time.
Had a sound in my head I couldn't shake and when I heard the first minute of this album, I knew this is what I was looking for.

2. King Crimson - In the Court.
First album I ever listened to that totally freaked me out. I didn't get it but that was the appeal. I learned to get it and so glad I did.

3. Radiohead - OK Computer.
So many angles that led to a new way to look at music.

4. Boards of Canada - Geogaddi.
Hard to put into words, other than to see it as a soundtrack to things that mattered to me.

5. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
Just came around at the right time for me. Ready to throw music into the bin, but this one re-energised me at the time..

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