Todays daily prompt asks who did you idolize as a teenager?
Sadly I don’t often find the time to participate in Daily post prompts these day but I couldn’t miss out on this one.
I was born in 1961. My dad was a cabaret singer and I grew up with the music of Neil Diamond, dads favourite artist. I love Neil’s music to this day but it was the early 1970’s that saw we stretch my musical wings.
The first album I ever bought was David Bowie‘s Aladdin Sane, it was my introduction to alternative music, a love that lives with me to this day. I still have that LP, carefully preserved in my collection of vinyl.
It was however the late 1970’s that threw up my real idols. bands I love to this day include the Clash, the Ramones, Sex pistols and a host of other punk bands. It was however Irish punk band Stiff Little Fingers who actually changed my life.
I grew up in Northern Ireland during the height of “the troubles.” It was Stiff Little Fingers that helped me to see that there was another, better way of life. The bands breakthrough record “Alternative Ulster” is to this day the best song I ever heard.