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is there one artist/band/musician that you would regard as the keystone to your musical discovery.
Mine Sonic Youth
Folds Five. Changed my life.
But if i had to choose it would probably be ATDI! Just because i dont think ive heard a record since RC thats really kick me uo the hole!
But as i said its pretty impossible to choose!
when Gorkys are recognised as being a hugely important band. I dream of a day, when bands will list them as their main influence. That will be a good day.
For me, The Smiths and The Wedding Present were huge parts of my life in the late 80s, through the 90s, then I fell for Gorkys, and then a lot of US indie followed.
Now I listen to all sorts - a lot of bands I do like now, do have Ariel Pink as a cornerstone though (John Maus, Gary War, Ry Rock, Bubonic Plague, Softboiled Eggies, Geneva Jacuzzi), so at the moment - probably him.
Got me into Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, Godspeed, Joy Division.
but previous the shine albums haha.
Everything seems to spawn from them.
..just the "key" band.
If so it was the Velvet Underground, at about 12.
oh, ok, magnetic fields.
directly linked me to independent music/ the underground and such
in that they were a band I listened to when I first developed my own tastes (aged about 13) that I still listen to now (aged 30). So I've loved Sonic Youth longer than I haven't if that makes sense...
A lot of there stuff is bloody hard enough to play on a real guitar, I have no idea how anyone copes on a plastic guitar... do they make you re-tune the yellow button to red before you play?
every sonic youth song ever recorded... Probably be something off 'Dirty' I guess as that's their big breakthrough album.
If you remember any lyrics let me know, I'm curious now.
It's just getting the bastard things to funny tunings which is an arse!
rather than the above, Subpop and Canada
got me into Sonic Youth, Guided by Voices, Throwing Muses, Sleater-Kinney, Pavement etc
when I saw them live, only hearing a couple of their songs prior, my little tiny brain kinda exploded
would show my age.
I think a number of bands were important when I was "of that age" namely 12 or so.
Seeing Nirvana on TOTP in 1992 was pretty significant, esp as my mum commented that she couldn't understand why anyone would listen to something that awful.
Iron Maiden, Levellers, Megadeath, Metallica and oddly enough Erasure circa 1991/92 were all important at that tender age too.
my cousin played me 'Nevermind' on holiday, and I bought it the next day. otherwise Quicksand, who got me into Hardcore a few years later
now i feel old!
between The Smiths and The Fall.....
I think the Fall take it though!
i've got that compilation somewhere, i really want to listen to it now. to me, no name never really died.
'Primitive' or 'I Wanna Be President'. i don't think i brought my copy to university with me though.
was that the one of the bird fingering herself on the front?
Experimentation, lyricism, knowing how to write a proper song, humour, personality etc
undoubtedly I don't think there's any need to explain :)
I didn't even see your post before sayin pretty much the same.
I guess got me into music, not personaly unfortunatly.
pretty much completely defined what i listen to know (well, that and the person that introduced them to me)
I pretty much didn't listen to anything else for about 2 years. Seeing them at Ozzfest was one of the best moments of my life =)
I was 12, Nevermind had been out for six mohts or so and had managed to penetrate my consciousness at the sleepy Surrey board school where I was being held against my will.
From there I got to Tad, Mudhoney, Soundgarden and then Riot Grrrl, Sub Pop, Smashing Pumpkins and then along came the 1993 pop punk explosion, Epitaph/Fat Wreck/Lookout which lead me to Jawbreaker and Samiam then melodic hardcore and through to the mid 90s second wave emo stuff and then back to hardcore and through that to At the Drive-In and onwards and upwards.