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Re: Four records that changed your life.

Post by Prunesquallor » Thu Oct 01, 2020 7:58 am

Motorhead - Overkill
I was just the right age (12) when an older neighbour played it to me. The Iron Fist tour was also the first concert I ever went to. From there it was a short skip and jump to The Damned (Machine Gun Etiquette) and other great stuff. Adrenaline all the way!

Rush - Permanent Waves
After Motorhead I was checking out anything noisy, and Rush soon popped up. My ears pricked up. Boy, that Oberheim and Minimoog sound good! Someone else lent me Tangerine Dream around the same time (I was branching out) and that was the start of my love affair with synths.

Hawkwind - Space Ritual
Heavy and atmospheric, and Lemmy obviously bribed the sound guy to push his bass to the front of the mix. Also, psychedelic as fuck! A misspent youth ensued. :hihi: From them I progressed to Gong (my first introduction to jazz!), and ultimately psy trance, Shpongle and other mad shit.

Underworld - Second Toughest at the Infants
Hawkwind fans, funnily enough, but I like the connection. Anyway, this was the first electronic dance album I heard, otherwise it's a three-way tie between this and Leftism by Leftfield, and Sheet One by Plastikman. I encountered them at roughly the same time, and all three continue to blow my minds today.

(Only four albums? No room for Kate Bush, Japan, any reggae, Philip Glass, swing....)
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Re: Four records that changed your life.

Post by Heroin_Bath » Mon Oct 12, 2020 6:57 pm

Yes - Close to the Edge

This album got me out of my Nu Metal phase. I still love Korn but this album is when I really started branching out musically. I had been a Yes fan as a kid(loved Tormato and Big Generator)but this album changed my life when I was 13 or so.

Bear vs Shark - Terrorhawk

The album that killed my prog snob phase. Thank you.

Björk - Post

One of the best "pop" albums of all time.

Orbital - The Box 28 minute version EP

This is what got me into electronic music. Still one of my favorite pieces of music ever.

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Re: Four records that changed your life.

Post by fac » Sun Oct 18, 2020 9:25 am

Being brutally honest, I would have to choose four records that, even thought they might not be good, they are the ones that got me into the music I like now.

First, some context. I was first and foremost a computer geek. In the second half of 80s I was in my early teens and everyone listened either to hard rock and hair metal (Kiss, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, stuff like that), or pop music (NKOTB mostly). I didn't like any of it, particularly the singing parts; they all sounded like someone was squeezing their balls into pulp. Instead, I liked music from videogames with strange bleepy sounds and started making my own strange bleepy sounds at age 11 with BASIC programs on a Commodore 16 computer. The genre that eventually captured my interest was rap: it had repetitive patterns with strange sounds, most of it sounded like it came from some sort of machine, didn't have any guitar solos, and the vocals sounded like actual men (I don't mean this in a derogatory way, only that they sounded like real voices). So in that context, these are the records that changed my life:

- Vanilla Ice - To The Extreme. Back in 1990, in Mexico, you couldn't find any rap/hiphop records other than the most popular/commercial ones (vanilla ice, mc hammer). Maybe in Mexico City or Monterrey, but not in my city. I had listened (obviously) to Ice Ice Baby on the radio and decided to try the album. This was the first tape I bought, ever. I wore that tape out and no longer have it and never "upgraded" to the CD, but I still remember most of it. And, as bad as people say it is, I don't think it's worse than most of the commercial hip hop that you hear these days. In any case, it made me hungry for more and soon I discovered other rap/hip-hop artists and where to find their music. Currently, my CD collection is about 40% hip hop, so it's still a big part of my life. Also, I started making music because I wanted to make hip hop, but I soon realized that I sucked less at synths and electronic music.

- Technotronic - Megamix. Similar story. I had listened to some Technotronic songs on the radio or somewhere, and I thought it sounded cool (repetitive, videogamey, sounds from machines, real vocals, etc.). This was also one of the first tapes I bought (probably among the first five) and quickly became a fan and started buying anything I could find. It led me into my search for other hip-house artists and eventually other types of electronic music. I still listen to this stuff fairly regularly, mostly the non-commercial tracks (e.g., the instrumentals).

- Nirvana - Nevermind. I didn't think I could like rock music until I saw the Smells Like Teen Spirit video. There were three normal-looking guys, dressed normally, playing rock music that didn't have the ridiculous antics of hard rock and metal. First rock tape I ever bought, and again, it lead me into searching for more. Not only that but I learned to play drums playing along with this album and eventually became part of a couple of bands myself.

I have to admit I had trouble thinking of a fourth album. Of course, there are dozens of albums that I love and have inspired me, but I wouldn't say they changed my life. And then it hit me, and it is pretty fucking obvious, although it might sound self-centered. The fourth album that changed my life is the first album I released (it's called "Aardvark Music", in case you're interested). It's just something I never thought I could do, and now I consider it one of my main achievements.

Apologies for the long post, but it really made me think.

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Re: Four records that changed your life.

Post by fishphacurr » Sun Oct 18, 2020 4:34 pm

Well too many to nail down, but if I consider the ones that have a electronic background and which "grabbed me", as of right now I'd say:

Scorn - Gyral
NIN - Pretty Hate Machine
*Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works Vol 2
*Boards of Canada - Music Has The Right to Children

*These two still get played on a monthly basis to this very day. Both would probably be in my "Desert Island Discs" picks...

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Re: Four records that changed your life.

Post by Kurge71 » Wed Oct 21, 2020 12:26 am

These come to mind:
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere - Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Reign In Blood - Slayer
Live At Leeds - The Who
Apostrophe - Frank Zappa

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Re: Four records that changed your life.

Post by skunk3 » Sun Oct 25, 2020 5:07 am

A preamble: I was born in 1980 and grew up in rural Indiana. If music wasn't on the radio, or later, on MTV (we didn't get cable until around 1994 or so) it basically didn't exist. I was raised around classic rock, southern rock, country, and 80's pop. Mostly southern rock. I was introduced to hip-hop around 85-86 because the daycare I went to often had field trips to the local skating rink. Back then hip-hop was 'black people music' and taboo. Hip-hop was my first musical love that I developed for myself rather than being exposed to at home.

It's really hard to pick just 4 but if I had to choose... here they go, in no particular order.

1. The Chemical Brothers - Exit Planet Dust. This album, along with Dig Your Own Hole, influenced me MASSIVELY. They had everything I wanted - big, crushing drums, wild synth sounds, psychedelic sound design, etc. As someone who was primarily a hip-hop head before this album, the Chemical Brothers are single-handedly responsible for fostering my love of electronic music. I am still a huge fan although I do admit that I am not as into their newer stuff as their older releases. I was a fiend for their sound and bought all of the singles and imports and even any bootleg live shows I could find. I am hoping that 'big beat' makes a comeback sometime because as much as I love techno and deep house and whatnot, it kinda feels cookie-cutter to me at this point. Bring back massive drum breaks and wailing synths!

2. AIR - Moon Safari. Still probably the most beautiful album I've ever heard. Gorgeous use of instrumentation from acoustic to electronic, brilliantly put together and sparking a phase in my life where almost all I listened to was quirky French pop music and French filter house. I can throw this album on any time and listen to it from start to finish. Easily my favorite album of all time and favorite band.

3. Ice Cube - Death Certificate. While it does sound a little dated by today's standards, I still think that this album is the best example of 90's gangster rap, even above classics like The Chronic and Doggystyle. Ice Cube's storytelling is vibrant, clever, and funny and the production is funky as hell. Even the skits are great. (Some of the lyrical content could get him canceled in today's culture lol) As a white kid living in small town Indiana in the early 90's, it was like a window into a different world.

4. Kings of Convenience - Quiet is the New Loud. I bought this CD on a whim only because it was distributed in the U.S. by Astralwerks, a label that at the time was putting out straight fire. (It's a shame that the Astralwerks of today is a fucking joke and not the same company AT ALL.) I didn't know what to expect and at first I was kinda disappointed by it because it is such a departure from what I normally listened to at the time, but the sparse production and mellow, harmonious, and emotional sound made a big impact. It also coincided with me going through the first big love of my life and subsequent breakup, so that album is mentally imprinted upon me as terribly beautiful and sad at the same time. Their follow-up album was excellent as well.

There's also so many honorary mentions - Bjork, Beck, Jamiroquai, Beastie Boys, Underworld, A Tribe Called Quest, Public Enemy, Allman Bros. Band, Fleetwood Mac, Sade, Nine Inch Nails, Dr. Dre, Outkast, Turin Brakes, Smashing Pumpkins, Alpha, Morgan Geist, Dan Curtin, Underground Resistance, Drexciya, Parliament Funkadelic, My Bloody Valentine, Korn, Slowdive, Massive Attack, Portishead, Steel Pulse, Robert Miles, Company Flow, DJ Shadow, Aesop Rock, Daft Punk, etc etc.

I also curate monthly playlists of music that I find good. Here's my Spotify link: https://open.spotify.com/user/125627474 ... g6nnyd0C9g I started May 2017 and have made a huge playlist every month since.

Feel free to add me and enjoy the playlists! (Last month's playlist was amazing if I do say so myself!)
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Re: Four records that changed your life.

Post by BROKENCODE » Sun Oct 25, 2020 6:19 am

040B wrote:
Wed Jun 03, 2020 1:00 pm
Jones & Stephenson - First Rebirth (track)
Lenny Dee - Forgotten Moments (ophidian remix)
Hey, I can see you're from NL :mrgreen: nice choices!

If I had to mention only four albums, these are the firsts that come up:

System Of A Down - Toxicity https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... J5JMP0X9Bc
When I was a kid, I couldn't stop listening to SOAD's first album System Of A Down, and their second album Toxicity. I loved (and I still do) tracks like Prison Song, Aerials, Forest, ATWA.. I was not even 10 years old at the time, and I remember my mom wouldn't let me listen to this "disturbing music" and I had to hide myself for listeneing their music or wait when she was out the house :sb:

Enzyme X - Component 1 (and Component 2 of course) https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... 8DF3580CC7
Electronic music in general has always covered the most part of my music sphere, but dark, brain melting, not easy listening tunes are definetly what got my attention.

Blastema - Tutto Finirà Bene https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... NoEOJa_caj
This is definitely the album that canged me the most, musically speaking. After so many years listening to music without a proper training, in 2015 I was attending Conservatoire class and these guys came at the studio where I was working. I had the pleasure to work along side the band members, and I was present all the time during part writing, recordings, mixing and mastering process. Most of the tracks were already written, but the album was basically put on paper (and hard disk) during those 6-7 months. Beside learning various techniques and studio tricks, what I developed the most was how to applying musical thoughts and rational thinking on what works and what not, how to use elements when they're needed and critical thinking about song structures and buildings.

The fourth will be a single album, but a list of albums that I consumed and I still love. Surely somehow each one of them have shaped my musical journey:
Queen - Greatest Hits (Yes, that one I'm sorry)
Eminem - Slim Shady LP
Fabri Fibra - Mr Simpatia
Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral (as well as The Fragile and With Theeth)
Muse - Origin Of Symmetry
Always Hardcore vol 9
Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon

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Re: Four records that changed your life.

Post by funeralcake » Sun Oct 25, 2020 6:57 am

"Changed my life"? That's a bit extreme. But albums that completely changed my trajectory, creatively speaking, and still to this day echo in front of me, sometimes subtly, other times overtly, illuminating the path I've continued to take? That's a poorly-worded metaphor, but just imagine I'm a bat:

Premature Ejaculation - Wound of Exit
John Cage - Fontana Mix
Slowdive - Souvlaki
Current 93 - All the Pretty Little Horses

Maybe. Some of these could perhaps just as easily be substituted for other albums... Aphex Twin's Richard D. James Album at least deserves an honorable mention.

PS: VIVIsectVI by Skinny Puppy, too... How'd that not occur to me immediately?

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