What's "the" song that changed it all for you?

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What's "the" song that changed it all for you?

Post by glitchrock-buddha » Mon Jun 12, 2006 12:55 am

Here's the next topic for discussion. I thought the musical influences thread was pretty interesting and informative for discovering some new music, but everyone listed about thirty bands/artists and it becomes complete overload. So to keep it nice and concise: what's the one song that you heard for the first time, and it made the light bulb go off and it all clicked and you went "hell ya". Know what I mean? I know it's tough, maybe imposiible, and I could list off cowgirl, one too many mornings etc etc., but to chose one, I'm going to have to say:

Echoes by Pink Floyd - Rummaging around with a fiend in his moms closet full of records after school in grade 11 one day, we pulled out Meddle, threw it on the turntable, and I was dumbstruck for the next 23 minutes and 27 seconds. The guitar became a very different instrument to me after that.

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Post by Jackal and Hyde » Mon Jun 12, 2006 1:02 am

Hard to say. . .

Front 242 - Head Hunter/Kraftwerk - Numbers

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Post by tylast » Mon Jun 12, 2006 1:19 am

Inner City - "Good Life" & "Big Fun". Still does it every time for me ~ since 1987!
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Post by fraq » Mon Jun 12, 2006 1:40 am

Very hard to pick just one...
I could say a track from The Clash or Pistols.
Or Grandmaster Flash on the wheels of steel.
Or something by Massive Attack.
But you said "just one" so it's going to be Ghost Rider by Suicide. I saw them support The Clash (and The Specials!) way back in the day, and they blew me away.

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Post by CWoodOne » Mon Jun 12, 2006 1:43 am

"A Whiter Shade of Pale" by Procol Harum

I remember hearing Matthew Fisher's organ solo for the first time on a summer day in 1967. I was still really small. We were in my mother's station wagon, parking for a trip to the zoo. I'll never forget hearing that song for the first time, or parking beneath the incredibly tall parking lot marker with a giraffe's head and spots... had to start studying keyboards from that moment on.

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Post by Silverfish » Mon Jun 12, 2006 2:19 am

hehe.... Nobody laugh at me.

Daft Punk's Around the World. Well, or worse, maybe it was 2pac's California Love. It's a wonder I can read music. :oops:

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Post by DeadlyKungFu » Mon Jun 12, 2006 2:31 am

I was two years old in 1974 sitting in the backseat of my parents' car, Doobie Brother's Black Water comes on the AM radio. OMFG I loved that tune.

"I'd like to hear some funky dixieland
Pretty mama come and take me by the hand
By the hand, take me by the hand pretty mama
Come and dance with your daddy all night long"

Damn, too many to choose from, but that was the start of it all, pretty women and funky music.

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Post by djadonis206 » Mon Jun 12, 2006 2:32 am

Chemical Brothers "It doesn't matter"

"It doesn't matter" <--- just the name means so much on so many different levels

it was Terry Mullan scratching the "Ah Yeah" sample over the intro then BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM

haven't looked back from that day

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Post by LJ Martin » Mon Jun 12, 2006 2:43 am

Song for Life - Leftfield, the day I discovered dancing. (for electronic... which is how I got into production/spinning. I could list so many, for very genre I've been into.. California Uber Allles... Rhymin' And Stealin'... Redemption Song)

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Post by forge » Mon Jun 12, 2006 4:12 am

yeah I'm tempted to say something chemical brothers - probably more the album exit planet dust than one track though - although

all cats are grey by the cure was a big one as a depressed teenager

beatles tomorrow never knows and blue jay way


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Post by Machinesworking » Mon Jun 12, 2006 4:42 am

America is Waiting- David Byrne and Brian Eno

The rest of the album is OK, but that song was it.
i write in a similar style, layered, syncopated melodies and rhythm.
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Post by cashman » Mon Jun 12, 2006 5:13 am

Oh gosh, this is so darned difficult, my inpirations have been so eclectic that I don't know what to write!
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In the beginning -
'Voodoo Child (slight return)' - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
'Too Drunk to Fuck' - Dead Kennedys,

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'Where You At?' - Derrick Carter
'Manilla' (Ewan Pearson Mix) - Seelenluft & The Silvercity Bob Orchestra
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Post by dazzer » Mon Jun 12, 2006 5:15 am

Gary Numan - Cars (showed me that guitars could be unecessary)

Grandmaster Flash and Mellie Mel - White Lines (showed me i liked dancing)

An Acid House comp I bought back in the day (showed me that a 10 minute loop can be fun)

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Re: What's "the" song that changed it all for you?

Post by DeadlyKungFu » Mon Jun 12, 2006 5:19 am

glitchrock-buddha wrote:So to keep it nice and concise: what's the one song that you heard for the first time. I know it's tough, maybe imposiible. But to chose one
One is tough to choose, but that makes it interesting.

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Post by Spikee » Mon Jun 12, 2006 5:20 am

Well, Pink Floyd's The Wall opened me up to music. As far as electronic music goes, "Are We Here?" by Orbital shuffled in that era. For hip-hop I'd say "13th Floor/Growing Old" by Outkast and all of Aquemini as well...

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