Representative Songs From My Teenage Years (1980-1987)
This is one of the most important songs from my life. In 9th grade I was on the bus on my way to school (which was 45 minutes away). My best friend Young Chang sat next to me and told me that his older brother had played something for him that he wanted me to hear. Up to this point in my life all I knew was my dad's music (Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, Gordon Lightfoot). Young put a pair of foam headphones on my head and said "Listen to this..." The drum crack, like a gunshot, opened the song. Then the guitar and vocals, more aggressive than anything I had ever heard, exploded out of the tiny speakers. It blew my head off! I changed my clothes, my friends, and, of course, my music collection starting that day.