Beth Ditto: 5 Albums That Changed My Life

Beth Ditto: 5 Albums That Changed My Life

Beth Ditto of the punk band Gossip is releasing her first solo record, Fake Sugar, on Friday (June 16). Laden with punchy songs like “Fire” and “Oo La La” and contemplative, bordering on Springsteen-esque tracks like “We Could Run,” the solo debut is primed to be a summer classic.

To celebrate its release, Ditto put together a list of some of her top records of all time.

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Lauryn Hill, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

I’m not sure if another album that solid and effortless has been made since by anyone. Every song stands on its own. To me, they all have a meaning and a place in my life. It’s also so timeless. She followed zero paths. It’s just perfect in my opinion.

X-Ray Spex, Germ Free Adolescents

I came of age listening to riot grrrl bands and queercore bands and I heard this record not realizing it wasn’t new in the ’90s. The subjects of the songs, the look, production…you wouldn’t know it wasn’t made in the ’90s, or even last year for that matter. Sort of the way I felt about the first time I heard the Wipers and wondered, ‘Who is this Nirvana ripoff band?’ Those bands that stop you in your tracks and make you rethink everything you thought you knew!

Paul Simon, Graceland

I can’t explain exactly why this record changed me. I guess it was just there for me when I needed it. I feel some sort of nostalgia when I hear it that isn’t based on my memories or reality. But it was still there for me like a person to give me beauty and heartbreak when I needed a friend who knew what I was going through.

Roberta Flack, First Take

She really is just such a special talent. When she covers ‘Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye’ it makes me happy to be sad. There’s also a super sampled piano part in that song you’ll recognize in a couple of hip hop ’90s jams.

Missy Elliott, Da Real World

To me, music never sounded the same before or since. Missy is a harmony genius. This record is badass, unapologetic and redefined the word BITCH. There will never be anyone like her again! Still my number-one favorite record of all time!

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