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Album I couldn't live without: American Idiot

SARAH MCKENZIE
Last updated 16:30 10/12/2012
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I was 14-years-old when American Idiot by Green Day came out. Every time the song came on the TV, me and my brothers would jump off the couches and run around the lounge, banging our heads and jamming on our air guitars. I bought the CD as soon as it hit the shelves and I blasted it over my mini stereo system in my bedroom, much to my mother's disgust.

After listening to these songs many, many times over again and learning every word in the song book, I wondered if there was any other music like this. Music that would send a shiver down my spine and make the hairs on my arms prickle at the sound of the first chord on the guitar. I was amazed at what I found. My father introduced me to his extensive and amazing record collection with bands I'd never even heard of and had long since broken up, but with songs I loved almost instantly.

My iPod now consists of bands like Nirvana, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Dire Straits, The Eagles, Pink Floyd, Sound Garden, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, and especially some old school Green Day.

My flatmates don't enjoy the "noise" much, so when I'm at home alone or driving somewhere in my car I'll turn up the music and rock out like I'm 14 again.


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