A brief, personal musical-influence tour


26. Apr. 2006, 22:46

So, I thought it might be fun to list a musical biography of sorts...

To kick it off, Dad brought the following artists to bring to my existence; looking back at it now, it's certainly far more cowboy-esque than I had originally considered his tastes:
The Sound Of Silence
I Am, I Said
The Gambler
King Of The Road

Mom had similar, if less folksy, tastes; this is probably where I got my appreciation for over-the-top emotion:
Rainy Days And Mondays
To All The Girls I've Loved Before
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
You're So Vain
Monday, Monday

My extended family was *hugely* into disco when I was a kid, which meant I had a helluvalot of exposure to disco classics:
Good Times
We Are Family
Ring My Bell
Disco Inferno

My cousins were into early-'80s pop fluff, house music, The Beatles' early work and (God bless 'im) Aaron gave me my first exposure to The Cure:
Eight Days a Week
Two of Hearts
I'll House You
Pump Up The Volume
Boys Don't Cry

I was all about educating myself on "The Oldies" (era: late-'50s, early '60s) before I started high school:
Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay
Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On

In my early high school years (so many boy-crushes!), I was into contemporary pop, but quickly becoming dissatisfied with it; still, here are some highlights:
Keep on Movin'
Close to You
Right Here, Right Now
Been Around The World

Bill and Fred turned me on to the '90s Alternative scene, but I found Nirvana over-rated; here are some things I totally dug:
Common People

Jeff, meanwhile, got me appreciating '80s pop more than I had when I was living in it:
Enjoy the Silencel
Blue Monday
Eternal Flame
Hold Me Now
Always on My Mind

Cory got me into Pink Floyd just before high school finished.

Throughout college, I survived by certain albums:
OK Computer
Lost Highway Soundtrack
Radio K.A.O.S.

When I started at my first full-time job, Matt and I had '70s rock/urban pub music playing a lot of the time:
Dream On
Stuck in the Middle With You
Magic Carpet Ride
Real Wild Child

Since then, Bruce and Tim have been my primary influences in new music:
Franz Ferdinand
Demon Days
Scissor Sisters
Good News For People Who Love Bad News

I can't say I'm big into popular hip-hop or new country, but I'm sure I'll find something that appeals to me, some day. :)


  • autob0t

    An interesting biography pretty neat to see the evolution of your musical tastes. How did you remember all that? I have one issue with the whole post though; I take credit for your discovery of Modest Mouse even if it was indirectly through Tim. You also forgot to list Hulk Hogan right before Franz Ferdinand.

    13. Mai. 2006, 2:02
  • fmghanima

    It's only been in the past few years that I've realized how big a deal music is to me. It's not that I have a problem remembering who influenced me, and how, but that I keep realizing I'm so overwhelmed with what I do remember that I couldn't possibly list it all. How *could* I have forgotten Hulk Hogan! Mr. T also made a great (and appropriate!) impact on my life: http://www.devilducky.com/media/26951/ For the record, Tim provided me with the means to listen to Modest Mouse, but Geoff was my pusher. I doubt I'd have even heard of them if not for him.

    14. Mai. 2006, 17:52
  • autob0t

    Ok fair enough in regards to Modest Mouse. Hey you've inspired me to write my own musical influences list, I'm almost done. The funny thing is my mom seems to have had the greatest influence on my musical tastes. I'm not sure if I should include the back stories with each of my phases or just list it with a bare minimum of an explanation.

    15. Mai. 2006, 22:12
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