Albums most influential in developing your music tastes?

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  1. Two-Lane Blacktop

    Two-Lane Blacktop New Member

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    What was your gateway album to what you listen to now? I mostly listen to instrumental hip hop and indie music now, and these albums did it for me:

    1. Ok Computer - showed me what music could sound like, not a lot more to say.

    2. DJ Shadow - Entroducing: I listened to this high school year and my friend and I immediately went out, bought a turntable, bootlegged Fruity Loops and started making beats (all the beats we made sucked, but that was the most fun I ever had making music). It also got me into crate digging, which opened up a whole history of music I would have never considered had I not heard this album. People say that though "VU and Nico" only sold a couple hundred thousand albums, everyone that bought a copy started a band. I don't know how much this album sold, but I'm pretty sure everyone that bought a copy either became a DJ or at least bootlegged Fruity Loops. That's a right of passage.

    3. Aphex Twin - Richard D. James Album: This knocked down all the barriers in my mind. There were no rules after I heard this. Anything sound was fair game.

    4. Brian Eno - Here Comes the Warm Jets: Similar reaction to the Aphex Twin album. Whenever I'm lost, I listen to this and it all makes sense. Whereas Aphex Twin broke down the walls, Eno put them back together in a strange, beautiful way.

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    These aren't really in any order but here's a few of mine:

    Atmosphere, God Loves Ugly - discovered this accidently, made me realize there was good hip-hop out there, more than just what MTV played.

    Blink-182, Enema of the State (I was young and reckless :o)- First CD I ever bought, what got me into music in the first place.

    System of a Down, Toxicity - First hardcore music that was also popular in my day, gave a little more variety to my then very limited collection.

    Rage Against the Machine and Immortal Technique, all albums - Opened my eyes, got me into political activism and made me question the status quo instead of just accepting it.

    Bob Marley, Legend - I don't think I need to explain this one
    Sublime, self-titled - Same

    Bad Religion, No Control - got me into true punk and out of the pop-punk I was listening to that I thought was punk. Made me appreciate lyricism in songs as well ("There's no vestige of a beginning, no prospect of an end. When we all disintegrate it will all happen again" :bowdown: )

    Shpongle, Tales of the Inexpressible - Listened to this while tripping shrooms, best experience I've ever had :eek4:
     
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    Jane's Addition - Nothing's Shocking
    It took three or four times of listening to it to actually hear the songs. It was so completely different from anything i was listening to at the time

    Elvis Costello - Armed Forces
    The first album that i heard where i understood you could be pissed off at everything and not have to scream to get the point across.

    The Descendents - Everything Sucks
    First punk album i liked top to bottom. Completely changed my view of what punk was and how it sounded

    Soul Coughing - Ruby Vroom
    Beat Poetry, Spoken word over Jazz style beats with Hip Hop undertones. Still one of my favorite albums

    Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Now I Got Worry
    If punk got in a fight with the blues, it would sound something like this.
     
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    Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
    Changed my view on what was possible within Rock music. That songs could have movements like Shine on You Crazy Diamond or be shorter and just as complex.

    Metallica - Master of Puppets
    Made me fall in love with Hard Rock/ Prog Metal. Cliff Burton was amazing.

    Pearl Jam - Ten

    I will forever be in love with all Grunge and 90s Alternative because of this one album.

    Armin Van Buuren - A State of Trance 2004
    Most people would say this is long after the downfall of trance, but this album struck a chord with me and single handedly got me obsessed with electronic dance music for many years to come.

    Dredg - Lietmotif
    Progressive Rock and Metal fused together to make arguably my favorite album of all time.

    Explosions in the Sky - The Earth is not a Cold Dead Place
    The most beautiful album I have ever heard. 5 songs that fill your head with purely instrumental induced euphoria
     
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    Nirvana - Nevermind
    I got my first cd player when i was in 6th grade. I bought a smash mouth cd at the same time but ended up thinking it sucked. One of my brother's friends wanted it and offered to trade for Nirvana. I think i listened to it 3 or 4 times in a row when i first put it in, and never took it out for months.

    Blink 182 - Dude Ranch
    This is my favorite punk album. Fuck the haters, early Blink 182 kicks ass. Pathetic, Josie, Damnit, Waggy, Boring, Dick Lips, Enthused, Apple Shampoo...all of them.

    Pink Floyd - Obscurred by Clouds
    This album just feels good to listen to. I cant really put it any better way.

    Hendrix
    The guy could fucking play.
     
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    I'll list my own once I think of a few albums, but this album is definitely one of them (though I only started listening to them this year). But I remember listening to "Your Hand in Mine" on a flight back home. It was surreal.... I'm still blown away every time I listen to one of their songs.
     
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    blink 182, take off your pants and jacket -
    high school humor, while still being able to have a sense of seriousness. pretty much my senior year soundtrack.

    every time i die, hot damn! -
    pulls you in with catchy riffs, then kicks you in the dick with its energy and power. no one else can sound like they do.

    rage against the machine -
    after discovering them and listening to several different songs from different albums, tim instantly became my hero when he showed me that guitar doesnt always take precedence over bass.

    brand new, deja entendu -
    in high school, i could listen to this album over and over again while singing along to every word. jesse lacey is quite the song writer.
     
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    This album is magic, it'll always remind me of fall of my sophomore year in college. The songs destroyed me. Where do Explosions in the Sky go from here? They might never be able to top that.
     
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    Derek Trucks Band - Songlines. This guy makes public domain songs into his own songs...amazing slide player, really soulful slide
     
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    Never Mind the Bollocks - Sex Pistols! -- Before that album I only listened to rap. But that album open my eyes to a whole new world of music!

    I will always be thankful to the Pistols for that.
     
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    anything by dredg pretty much
     
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    Saw Derek Trucks earlier this month with his band and in October with the Allman Brothers. Man can he fuckin play
     
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    Just a few of many ...

    Above & Beyond - Tri-State :: Opened my eyes to dance music
    Jurassic 5 - Power in Numbers :: Showed me that hip-hop had substance
    Venetian Snares - Rossz Csillag Alatt Szuletett :: Pushed the boundaries for acceptable levels of 'noise' in music
    Meat Beat Manifesto - RUOK? :: Truly hypnotic. Repetetive, but not boring.
    Shpongle - Are You Shpongled? :: like they say; it's inexpressible
     
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    The Mars Volta - Frances the Mute - Started my love for prog-rock, opened me up to what sub-genre of rock I enjoy.
    The Avalanches - Since I Left You - Again, opened my eyes to the eclectic weird ambience-like albums such as Mr. Chop and others.
     
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    I would have to say going to my first Dark Star Orchestra and Ratdog shows influenced me more than any album did. Went to my first Dark Star Orchestra show not really knowing too much about the grateful dead other than the hits on the radio and came out of it a full fledged fan of any jamband i could find. The Ratdog show i went to later that summer only furthered my love for the grateful dead and the jam scene in general.
     
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    'Agalloch - Ashes Against the Grain' it kinda started my turn to softer music, I used to be a big metal head. I still listen to it, but only the more melodic stuff. 'Pelican - City of Echoes' Showed me that music doesn't need to have lyrics to convey a lot of emotion. I used to be a big fan of instrumental songs by a lot of bands, but I didn't really think an entirely instrumental band could work. Boy, was I wrong. 'Godspeed You! Black Emperor - F#A# infinity' cemented Post-Rock as my favorite genre of music 'Alcest - Souveniers d'un Autre Monde' introduced me to shoegaze, and soon after that (after mad 'similar artist' clicking) linked me to probably my favorite artist of all time, Elliott Smith
     
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    System of a Down- Toxicity was definitely the album that influenced me more than anything else. Before System of a Down I only listened to what was popular and on MTV all the time and never really considered listening to any type of rock. I still love System of a Down and I think I always will.
     
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    Sublime...all of their albums
     
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    I've nested on this question a bit for a few days now and I think I can honestly answer it.

    Kamelot - Karma, back when I was about 16 I knew very little of Metal, my interest was grounded in Rock, hearing this opened me up to the genre. Power Metal/Symphonic Metal/Progressive elements from that really gave birth to my interest in Metal and it spread from there.

    Wanting to hear more Metal, I eventually discovered Dream Theater's Images and Words. Which brought to life my interest in Progressive Rock and Metal.

    Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, one of the first Jazz albums I had ever heard and it's still probably my favorite. (Maybe except Mingus Ah Um.) From Kind of Blue I branched off into Jazz, Bebop, Hard Bop, Free Jazz, Smooth Jazz and then to...

    Naked City by John Zorn, not only the first Avant-Garde Jazz album I heard; it was my introduction into Avant-Garde music. Still among my top five favorite albums of all-time. Naked City blew away any boundries I had for what music could be. This faith in music also lead me to try genres I was uninterested in for the wrong reasons; such as Hip Hop and Soul.

    On a more modest note, it was around this time I discovered Live It Out by Metric, my introduction into the whole Indie Rock movement. That album opened me up to that entire scene, and subsequently genres like Shoe-gaze, Post Rock, and Electronica.

    Songs by Regina Spektor brought to my attention how much I'm attracted to charm in music. Great songwriting and unique approach helps Regina, but ultimately it was her charisma that gave me incentive to look up more Singer-Songwriters, leading me to Fiona Apple, Tom Waits, Emily Loizeau and so many others.

    I think those albums probably lead me to a good 90% of everything I listen to these days.
     
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    I know one was definitely Blink 182, Enema of the State.
     
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    Really? dark star i can see but from my experience bob weir fucking sucks. It really gives the jam scene a band names with his bland jams that he can never get out of.

    but they two most influential albums for me are John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" and Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon"
     
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    Well I guess that show was more because of the big crowd that was there. It really felt like being at a Dead show and since I never got to see the dead with Jerry that was the closest I had gotten to the community that grateful dead concerts had. I actually missed most of Ratdogs set because of really tight security and the fact that we stayed in the lot to finish a few more beers, but the Allman Brothers Band just totally blew me away with a 45 minute mountain jam among many highlights.

    Now The Dead show i saw last month at Penn State with all remaining members of the band really blew me away. Phil Lesh and Friends is definitely a much better show than Ratdog though I'll give you that, Phil knows how to put together some great musicians and they have never disapointed me yet. That Ratdog show was also the first and only time I've seen him so you're probably right.
     
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    Also, I've been starting to get into good jazz lately what would you recommend as a good starting point? My friends told me to get some Miles Davis, and Thelonious Monk.
     
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    for miles i recommend:

    Kind of Blue
    Birth of the Cool
    Bitches Brew
    Agartha
    Steamin'
    Cookin'
    Workin'
    Relaxin'

    as for monk, my favorite album is him with coltrane live at carnegie hall. another must have album is Wayne Shorter's "Speak No Evil."
     
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    Thursday - Full Collapse - First got me into 'heavy' music, from the first listen I was absolutely hooked on this album, and I still am today. Mellow harmonics fused with grinding riffage, Jekyll and Hyde vocals and superb lyricism. Awesome stuff.

    Avenged Sevenfold - Waking the Fallen - Sure, they're just trying to be Guns 'n' Roses now, but they rocked back then. This is the first big step that took me from punk to metal, and I haven't really looked back since.I absolutely love the dual guitar work, and M. Shadows's voice was a lot less grating before City of Evil.

    The Dillinger Escape Plan
    - Miss Machine - I wouldn't be listening to much of the stuff I am today if I hadn't heard this album. First listen: "What the fuck?", but then over time completely changed the way I thought about writing and playing music. Genius is not too strong a word.

    Public Enemy - It Takes a nation of Millions - A bit of Yin to my Yang (or Vice Versa, I dunno...) Got me into Hip-Hop and rap. I couldn't believe that a rap group could sample Slayer, and yet they manage it.

    Rise Against - Revolutions per Minute - After Waking the Fallen broke for me, I listened to virtually nothing but metal, until a friend showed me this album. This album resurrected punk for me. Rev's just has everything that is good about contemporary punk. End of.
     

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