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12-26-2007, 01:02 PM
The VH1 thread got me to thinking...
What's the one song (or artist / band if you can't whittle it down) that best defines your awakening or exposure to music?
Whe I was about 10 years old (& growing up in South Florida), KC & The Sunshine Band was getting a lot of airplay (KC is from Miami) but none of that really registered with me.
About 14 years old & was given an REO Speedwagon album by a guy my Mom dated who was in a band. Liked it, have good memories, but nothing really earth shattering.
First really "tuned in" musically to U2 & Sunday Bloody Sunday was the biggest influence in my taste. After that, I went off into a College Rock / Alternative / post New Wave flow that carried me quite a ways; R.E.M., The Alarm, Thrashing Doves, English Beat, Portishead, Sisters of Mercy, The Church, Maggie's Dream, Live, Ministry, Soul Coughing, Supergrass...
It was moving to Austin that pulled me into blues & 'true' c&w (aka "both kinds of music)... but I'd have to point to U2 as the main & consistent driving force into my musical evolution.
12-26-2007, 01:26 PM
i think i really started liking music that wasnt radio friendly 80's pop was driving to galveston with my dad to go fishing. we had a tape of lightnin hopkins "blue lightnin" that we played the entire drive (except for the part of the drive that we could get 101.1 in houston, shut up and rock weekends were pretty great). i remember being amazed at the sounds the guy could make with his guitar on tracks like lonesome dog blues or the lyrics of back door friend. lightnin hopkins is real hit or miss, but the hit is genius.
12-26-2007, 01:53 PM
A friend lent me the Singles compilation by Bauhaus. This was sometime in the mid 80's. That one band and that one cassette made the difference for me.
I was already a pretty big U2, INXS and David Bowie fan but this was different. It felt more undiscovered since I would never see it on MTV.
Bauhaus just opened up my mind to what else could be out there. Now, I always wonder what else is out there that I haven't heard that I'll love. That's why I always enjoy new music threads in general, and Top 10 lists in particular. More music that others think is worth checking out.
12-26-2007, 02:50 PM
Willie Nelson. I grew up being subjected to pretty much nothing but Willie by my parents so I grew to dislike him by middle school. But in high school I came to my senses and realized that his music is phenomenally good. He set many of my personal standards for how the quality of music should be judged. Though my interest had been waning for some time prior, I officially gave up on radio-friendly pop/rock my junior year in high school (1997) when I heard "The Freshman" and "Sex and Candy." I turned to Willie for comfort and it wasn't long after that the internet guided me to all sorts of fantastic music that met his standards that no one I knew had ever heard of. Simultaneously, I became a music snob for some reason. Fuck them.
12-26-2007, 02:58 PM
I love music..literally love it. Listen to all genres from classical to country, metal to oldies, bubblegum rock to gansta rap and I can honestly say no song has ever been defining to me, as much as love it I guess I don't get too into any one piece of music or artist.
12-26-2007, 03:01 PM
This is easy. Kung Fu Fighting by Carl Douglas.
12-26-2007, 03:13 PM
Ice T's "6 in the morning"
12-26-2007, 03:48 PM
12-26-2007, 03:56 PM
U2's The Joshua Tree. That came out in '87 which was the year my Dad did a year long tour in Korea. I was 5 and he came home for two weeks around Thanksgiving and that was one of the presents I received. My first album ever if I remember right and I have worshiped U2 since.
12-26-2007, 04:54 PM
srv for me. and it was in the mid to late 90s that i truly started to listen to music that wasn't all mainstream on B93 or 96.7 KHFI.. (that's old school for you yankees and californians)
12-28-2007, 03:08 AM
Probably U2's "Under a Blood Red Sky" EP. That was the first "good" album that I ever bought. I liked it so much I pretty much gave it to everybody that had a birthday for a year or so. Before getting that album, I seemed content with the Duran Durans and Men At Work's of the world.
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