I’m Ben and I sing in Eat Dirt and the 3 records that changed my life are:
Meat Loaf – Bat out of Hell
The first gig I went to as a kid was Meat Loaf at wembley stadium, and Bat out of Hell is by far his greatest work. It’s theatrical, it’s heavy and it’s fun as fuck. I don’t know one person that doesn’t love this album, it’s hit after hit after hit. Many an evening has been spent drunk singing along in some random persons kitchen to these songs. Even managed to go see a Meat Loaf tribute act in Benidorm on our old guitarist Marc’s stag do.
Nirvana – In Utero
This was the first Nirvana album I ever heard. I was 9 or 10, and my dad bought the album and had it playing in his car (My mum wasn’t overly happy that we were all singing along to Rape Me). This album introduced me to punk rock and grunge, and it was trully my first step in to the life I lead now. This album is such a departure from Nevermind that it was really the only album Nirvana could have released after such a polished hit record. It let everyone know that they weren’t going to be moulded and manipulated into making another “radio friendly unit shifter”. It’s by far one of the greatest punk albums of all time.
Punk in Drublic – NOFX
The album where NOFX learnt how to write a song. This album is still on constant rotation for me. I’ve probably listened to it once a week for about 10 years. Everything about this album is unapologetically NOFX, it’s not perfect by any means, but it’s so fucking amazing. It’s the first album i send people to if they want to get into NOFX, and if an alien race were to ask me what punk rock is… I’d give them this record. I love it.
Eat Dirt are a hardcore punk band from the east of England. You can hear their music on their Bandcamp page.