Saturday, May 17, 2008

Most Influential?

What/ who do you feel were the most influential songs/ albums/ artists of all time? And why?

The Velvet Underground? Roxy Music? The Beatles? The Kinks? The Ramones? The Stooges? Bob Dylan? Big Star?
Sgt Peppers? The Banana Album? Rocket To Russia? Kind Of Blue? Blonde On Blonde? Never Mind The Bollocks? London Calling?

And who would you consider to be the influencers of tomorrow?

Here's a list of widely recognized influential singles to get yer brain juices flowin':

The Beatles “Tomorrow Never Knows”
Kraftwerk “Trans Europe Express”
New Order “Blue Monday”
Primal Scream “Loaded”
Bob Dylan "Like A Rolling Stone"
The Kinks "You Really Got Me"
Marvin Gaye “What’s Going On”
James Brown “Funky Drummer”

6 comments:

ThomG said...

Nirvana, "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
Love it or hate it, that song launched a 1,000 garage bands.

Uncle E said...

I agree, even though the song itself was a massive rip-off of the Pixies...

ThomG said...

I also would include Led Zeplin's "Stairway to Heaven." I mean, don't you know how to play this on guitar? Everyone does. You buying me a beer this week?

Uncle E said...

Yes sir! Any day after Tuesday. We'll talk Monday about the time/place...

RumpRoast said...

re: Sounds Like Teen Spirit: It's the Pixies remaking Boston's "More Than A Feeling"

Have a listen if you doubt me...

Phil Fountain said...

OK, Gotta start at the beginning...
Robert Johnson and Jimmie Rodgers influenced Hank Williams, who begat Elvis, making it possible to find our roots in black American music...Howlin' Wolf. Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker gave us the Stones and just about every other band. Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly = English Invasion, Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly (and Rimbaud) gave us Dylan...everything since has just been a variation on a theme.

That's not to dismiss all the great music that is still being made, it's just what it is. As the bard, Bob Dylan, once said, "If there's an original thought out there, I could sure use it right now."