My taste in music as a teenager was kind of weird because I used to watch a lot of VH1 (well, “MuchMoreMusic” was the channel, and they played a lot of VH1 shows), particularly a show called “Powerhour” that was focused mainly on 80s/90s hard rock and metal. Because of that show and some cassette tapes some guy that used to hang around my parents’ bar left behind, I listened to a lot of hair metal, and I used to watch a lot of those “Top 80 of the 80s”, “Top 1 Hit Wonders”, etc. shows as well, so I’ve still got a lot of fondness for very specific 80s pop songs.
Lol, this is going to date me, but I used to record the shows on VHS tapes and just rewind and fast-forward through them all the time before I learned how to burn CDs.
But I also grew up when pop punk was at its peak popularity, so my favourite bands were like Good Charlotte, AFI, Blink-182, etc.
Around the same time, while I was posting on a hair metal forum, I saw a thread about VK/Jrock, and, since I’m half Chinese, I got so excited because I’d never seen any other rock bands with Asian people in them. (Well, the odd exception like Linkin Park or Loudness aside), so there’s some early J-rock discoveries in there too.
So it’s kind of a big jumbled up mess of very specific styles, which is basically what my taste is now too.
Here’s kind of a sample of what my family had to endure from my bedroom:
I still think Skid Row’s “In a Darkened Room” is one of the best power ballads ever.