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Started by otraynor on Nov 3, 2018 7:13:48 AM
Music that changed your life

It might not be great music. It might even be really really shit music. It might not be music you are currently listening to. But what changed your life? I'll start with this one. Why Are You So In Love With a Notion, by The Courteeners.

NoSleep - 24 Nov 2018 17:07:26 (#1 of 261)

This Heat's eponymous 1st album (one of my all-time faves). By osmosis I ended up working as a recording engineer at the recording studio that they founded in Brixton (Cold Storage). A lot of credit also goes to the late 70's dub I heard from people like King Tubby and Lee Perry; initially inspiring me to think of the studio as a tool of creativity, whereas beforehand I had mostly witnessed bands sounding better live than on record (even when the records sounded really good). Goes without saying that This Heat had also been inspired by this music amongst other things and that Cold Storage was used by local reggae artists.

thisonehasalittlehat - 24 Nov 2018 18:12:24 (#2 of 261)

Ariana Grande. When I heard how shit it was I didn't bother going to the concert.

uranrising - 24 Nov 2018 22:00:56 (#3 of 261)

Rossini William Tell Overture, My first favourite in the life-changing realm of classical music, tho' I discovered it was from that realm a while later..


Reznicek Overture to Donna Diana first work I made a note of, that began my listing what I liked and which thus launched me into that world.

As cheery and tuneful a 4-and-a-half minutes' worth as you you ask for.

popstar7 - 24 Nov 2018 22:04:43 (#4 of 261)

I can think of a good few songs that changed my direction in music I liked. Can't think of anything that changed my life.

AlanII - 24 Nov 2018 22:06:45 (#5 of 261)

Yeah, I'm like that pops. Some literature has changed me significantly but, not music. It's quite a thought provoking question actually.

Stellata - 24 Nov 2018 22:28:19 (#6 of 261)

American Pie. It was my dad’s favourite song. We would listen to the eight minute version in the car while he told me the story behind each verse. After the final line, ‘this’ll be the day that I die’ he’d often turn to me and say, ‘Let’s hope not, eh?’ It made me realise how important music is as a means of storytelling. I can still sing the whole thing by heart from beginning to end. Shame Don McLean turned out to be such a dick.

Paul Simon / Simon & Garfunkel. The music I grew up with. The music that made me think about things outside of my own environment. The first music that made me cry.

Dolly Parton. My dad’s favourite and some of the first music I ever heard. She sparked my love for country music and later, Americana.

Tori Amos. I was in the depths of depression and despair when I first heard Little Earthquakes and Under the Pink. It was genuinely a turning point for me. It was also the first time I realised that my lyrics (I’m a musician) don’t have to make sense to anybody but me, whereas before I had tried to force them into some sort of coherent story.

The Run Lola Run soundtrack. It was the first electronica that ‘spoke’ to me and completely changed the direction of my taste in music. It is now by far my favourite genre and has had a massive influence on the writing of my own music.

SinnerBoy - 26 Nov 2018 13:45:08 (#7 of 261)

Baggy Trousers came out when I was ten. It was the first pop I'd ever heard, which wasn't some soppy bollocks about love. And as a kid who was always in trouble, it really appealed.

I also remember If The Kids Are United and thinking that it was great.

It got me into looking for music, which was about more than meeting on the corner at eight. I was cynical and angry, at a young age and punk suited me very well.

widenation - 26 Nov 2018 13:52:53 (#8 of 261)

Re Run Lola Run

I bought that soundtrack after enjoying the film. I think the CD itself was padded out with superfluous remixes and cost £14, or possibly more, which tarnished my view of it - but there are a couple of great tracks on it.

FrankieTeardrop - 26 Nov 2018 13:57:18 (#9 of 261)

Strawberry Fields Forever. It made me go on a musical journey that has lasted until today.

Agaliarept - 26 Nov 2018 13:57:28 (#10 of 261)

Territorial Pissings.

I was already playing guitar but it was mostly folk and 60s pop. When 13 year old Agaliarept heard it he went straight out and bought a distortion pedal.

Been continually annoying neighbours and gig crowds ever since then.

TommyDGNR8 - 26 Nov 2018 14:24:48 (#11 of 261)

Four Seasons' December 1963 - the first time I spent my pocket money on vinyl. Pretty much every spare penny I could lay my hands on for the next couple of decades went the same way.

CloakAndDagger - 26 Nov 2018 14:27:38 (#12 of 261)

Should have bought some different records, tbh.

TommyDGNR8 - 26 Nov 2018 14:34:15 (#13 of 261)

So Laz keeps telling me.

Peacock - 26 Nov 2018 14:44:49 (#14 of 261)

Four Seasons' December 1963 - the first time I spent my pocket money on vinyl. Pretty much every spare penny I could lay my hands on for the next couple of decades went the same way.

nice one, Tommy!

for me a lot of music has affected me but how you remind me by nickleback always makes me smile when its playing on the radio as they've been voted the worlds most hated band.

Eligelis - 26 Nov 2018 14:59:34 (#15 of 261)

Mike Oldfield - various. QE2 kept me going in 1981, when I was in my first dark place, and had nowhere and no-one to turn to for help. Ommadawn (released 5 years earlier, but only discovered after hearing QE2) made me realise that a song could be more than 3 minutes of verse and chorus, and that music can scream too.

OK, don't laugh: The end title music to the british Cartoon Sir Prancelot - My first introduction (at age 7 or so) to mandolins & something more than pop songs.

Smike (a musical for schools) Once again, around 1981, I took a lead part in my boarding schools musical based on the Dickens Book, Nicholas Nickleby - playing the abandoned boy Smike at Dotheboys Hall. I had 2 solos and a few duets, and it made me realise I could actually sing, really well. I sung the song about being abandoned by parents with a certain passion, it was easy for me to get into Smikes Shoes. In a big way it was a cathartic outlet for me, singing what I didn't have the words to say (see above), especially on the last night,with my parents in the audience. Did they ever realise what it meant to me? Maybe, 10 years later when I was finally able to talk to them about what happened to me at the school, that summer. The only thing that saved me in those years was music, and my ability to sing.

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SheikYerbouti - 26 Nov 2018 15:01:29 (#17 of 261)

for me a lot of music has affected me but how you remind me by nickleback always makes me smile when its playing on the radio as they've been voted the worlds most hated band.

Trying a bit hard there, benners old son.

NoSleep - 27 Nov 2018 09:11:55 (#18 of 261)

Another musical turning point for me was seeing (in the cinema), aged 14, Jimi Hendrix's performance of Wild Thing at Monterey. The descent into noise and destruction (and fire) is poetry.

That's probably why This Heat made so much sense at first listen years later.

whitbreadtrophy - 27 Nov 2018 20:08:33 (#19 of 261)

Being taken to see Fantasia at around age 6. The Rites Of Spring sequence with the dinosaurs coming directly after Mickey Mouse as The Sorcerer's apprentice was both terrifying and awe inspriring. I've loved music ever since I could remember but this was the first time I felt completely in thrall to it.

Pentecost - 27 Nov 2018 20:21:48 (#20 of 261)

I was having a very hard time in a relationship and I was driving the van back from work - the dog and I were doing some security work on a building site - and I didn't know what to do about the relationship I was in. Whatever the fuck is was that came on the car radio - some rockabilly shit prob - I just said "yeah" and kept going and ended up in Argyll instead of Livingston.

The occasion was the thing, the music was the trigger.

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