Your are viewing a read-only archive of the old DiS boards. Please hit the Community button above to engage with the DiS !
Mum - shite:
into crap like liked Dan Fogelberg and Cliff Richard.
Dad - excellent:
into Dylan, Warren Zevon, Stone Roses, lots of good stuff.
Real influence was Auntie Shaz:
Stiff Little Fingers, U2, Big Country, Sex Pistols, Cure etc
Both were massively into Pink Floyd, Genesis, Talking Heads, Steely Dan, and Cat Stevens. The music of my childhood!
Individually, Dad loves blues, and also Neil Young, Kate Bush, Grace Jones...
Mum will listen to anything - once she said to me "Have you heard of Insane Clown Posse? They're mad!" When it comes to music, I feel like I've got quite an open mind, and I think I got it from her.
and i was obsessed with it already - hounds of love LP, bowie 7"s and some britpop and 80s tapes paved the way without me noticing i guess
dad only had one LP though and that was a Queen one which is pish but i like anyway
My dad (an Irishman) was really into Thin Lizzy and the Pogues and U2, plus a lot of Irish folk music, especially Christy Moore and The Dubliners. These days he listens to a lot of blues and he and my mum go to festivals, especially the big blues ones in Colne and Maryport.
I don't listen to any of that (except The Pogues - Rum, Sodomy and the Lash and If I Should Fall From Grace With God are both pretty great) but I think the fact that he was enthusiastic about music in a general sense made me seek stuff out.
At some point in the mid-70s he stopped listening to Queen & Status Quo and started coming home from Cov record library with electronic albums - Jean-Michel Jarre, Kraftwerk, Giorgio Moroder, Jean-Jacques Perrey, Walter Carlos etc. Loved it as a kid & when synthpop hit big in the early 80s I was baffled at classmates saying it wasn't "real music", as it had always just been another kind of music - and by far the best kind - to me.
he is well into Classical which does little for me at all. I think this has made him a touch snobbish, he talks of all other music as being "pop" or "just a load of noise". But he did have a lot of Beatles & Beach Boys cassette tapes plus a few general 60s / 70s compilations which I listened to as a lad. Barely scraped the surface of the 60s but it gave me a taste of it when my peers would have dismissed it as old fogey music. My Mum doesn't listen to music at all.
It has made me want to keep an open mind on music for sure. I don't want to be stuck in my ways and find entire decades or huge movements or moments in music have passed me by. The same does apply to his classical stuff, but even that is only the "big" composers, whereas I could only see myself getting into the batshit insane or modern stuff.
I influenced them.
without necessarily me liking a lot of what they liked, but we also had record collections and in the car was always tapes of the beatles, queen and whatnot.
did discover way too late that my dad's record collection is awesome though, raided it for loads of stuff he never listened to like neil young and blue oyster cult.
Mostly for The Beatles, The Clash a little bit of Motown, Blondie etc.
He gave me as a birthday present an MP3 player filled with loads of tunes. It was a good base to start from but the lack of Electronic music and Hip-hop was disappointing, and it was all very popular stuff I would have stumbled into anyway.
Still it gave me an excellent grounding and put me off poor acts such as Oasis and Coldplay that I was listening to at the time.
which meant as a kid I had to sit through lots of operas. Dad was/is a massive jazz snob who liked to make a point of ridiculing the music me & my siblings listened to as kids. Occasionally he would sit us down and make us listen to Miles Davis or whatever the fuck, as an instructive example of Proper Music.
Result: I took a heavy swerve into noise/punk/drone/alienating lo-fi grot from which I've never really returned. And I can't stand opera or jazz.
Mum had Cilla Black and good old Klaus Wunderlich. Dad had Dire straits. Thank goodness for early 90's MTV, which helped me form my taste in music.
But mum had some Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel, dad had the Everly Brothers, and I ended up with a liking for melody and pop hooks. Dad also had stuff like Cash, which I didn't like at the time but do now.
Mild to moderate influence all told.
Barnsey, Cold Chisel, John Farnham, Billy Joel, Eagles, Dire Straits.
Then yes. [The Auntie Shaz of the 5th Form]
I like to think I am open minded, that I have a lot of classic records that they might listen to. Don't want to force them to try listening to the Velvet Underground or Aphex Twin at age 8 and expect them to lap it up though, or associate anything with a guitar with Dad's crappy music. To be honest though, as long as they actually get properly into stuff rather than the shrug of the shoulders and whatever is on the latest Now compilation, they could listen to nothing but death metal or gabber for all I care.
still love 'em. Also he has left with me a weird fondness for Carly Simon and Helen Reddy...
You're so Vain
I am Woman
(genuinely slightly disturbing lyrics when I was a kid)
I know nearly of Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph's Technicolour Dreamcoat as he used to play both of these, full blast, most Sunday mornings.
He got me into Dylan, Bowie, Tom Waits, Neil Young.... I have my Mum's Alice Cooper vinyl collection but that's more of a legacy thing. When I was growing up shoe only really listened to commercial chart music (she still does now, unless there is something I play her because I know she will like it).
Dad: Celine Dion, some Annie Lennox, basically nothing else
Mum: Simply Red, Lisa Stansfield, Beverley Craven, Alison Moyet
Not much. Still a sucker for a female-fronted power ballad, mind.
My earliest musical memories are listening to Captain Beefheart and Fats Waller. I thought 'old people music' was Frank Zappa instrumentals until I was about 10.
At home they tended to listen to stuff like Chemical Brothers, Underworld and Leftfield, at least until I discovered my Dad was hiding the Manics, Smashing Pumpkins and Spiritualized cassettes in his car because he thought me and my sister wouldn't like them.
As soon as I started taking a real interest in sitting down to listen to music my Dad let me in on Aphex Twin, A Guy Called Gerald, A Tribe Called Quest etc and then told me to keep working my way through his record/CD collection from there.
My interest in music is solely attributable to my parents.