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Carmen Electra lists 12 must-have CDs

The actress-model-videogame vixen loves albums by AC/DC, Massive Attack, Hole, and more

1 AC/DC Back in Black 1980 (Atlantic) ''I used to have roller-skating parties in my basement. When I was 7, during one of these parties, I had my first kiss in the laundry room while Back in Black was playing.''

2 RUN-DMC Raising Hell 1986 (Profile) ''I loved 'My Adidas.' I bought Adidas shoes and sweat suits. This record is responsible for my love of hip-hop.''

3 BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB 1997 (World Circuit/Nonesuch) ''It reminds me of a Cuban family I once lived with for a few years.''

4 PRINCE & THE NEW POWER GENERATION The Love Symbol Album 1992 (Paisley Park/Warner Bros.) ''This was the only Prince record that I worked on. We did a duet on a song called 'The Continental.' I learned a lot from him. He is very professional, a very hard worker, and very to the point.''

5 MASSIVE ATTACK Mezzanine 1998 (Virgin) ''Dave [Navarro] and I kept playing their music during the time we fell in love. It's very sexy.''

6 DAVE NAVARRO Trust No One 2001 (Capitol) ''After this was released, Dave told me that it was our relationship that was the motivation for the album. He told me I inspired him to move forward with it, and I thought that was really touching.''

7 JANET JACKSON Control 1986 (A&M) ''I wanted to be like Janet. I wanted to dance like her. I saw the video for 'Nasty' and I was blown away. There were no other girls like her.''

8 GREASE Soundtrack 1978 (Polygram) ''My very first record! It inspired me to become an entertainer.''

9 THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G. Ready to Die 1994 (Bad Boy/Arista) ''My all-time fave hip-hop CD.''

10 HOLE Live Through This 1994 (Geffen) ''I love this album because it's honest -- a brilliant collection of songs that women can relate to. It's strong and hard, and it's by a woman.''

11 JAY-Z The Black Album 2003 (Roc-A-Fella) ''I've always loved his music.''

12 SADE Lovers Rock 2000 (Epic) ''At our wedding, 'By Your Side' was the first song Dave and I danced to.''

Carmen Electra can be seen this fall in Electronic Arts' Def Jam Fight for NY.

Originally posted May 14, 2004 Published in issue #765 May 14, 2004 Order article reprints