I knew i should have started a similar thread when i thought of it, but hey: the important thing is that it gets started at all. 🙂
Anyway, music has since i turned 13 meant a great deal to me. I’m from Sweden and in my youth the only places i could hear new music was from friends – and i lived in the countryside so that wasn’t much of an option if you didn’t want to ride a bike long ways – from scouring record stores – and as i only was 13, so that wasn’t an option either – or finally: the radio!
Radio in Sweden in the early 80s wasn’t that bad actually, but since we only had one channel to fit all music, there were only like half hour shows once a week so my trusty tapedeck got a lot of use. 😉
Anyway, i have always felt grounded in this experience and think that is why i appreciate so much different music: i like everything from singer/songwriters like Josh Rouse, Amos Lee to real fast old hardcore like Minor Threat to pop to punk to…you get the picture.
One band though that’s always been with me and probably always will is The Ramones, as my nick probably hints of.
They were one of the greatest, not only for the pioneering music they wrote, but also for all the influences you can trace from it.
Joey – who always have a special place in my heart – was the romantic, that loved all that 60s pop and wrote quite a few songs that would have done well if released in 1965…and possibly been produced differently. 😉
Listen to this, one of my favourites that never even got an official release cause Johnny, the dictator in the band, hated it since it was just a simple popsong…and thats why i love it: Ramones – S.L.U.G.
Or maybe one of there greatest lovesongs? Danny says: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Aerah72IEI
I love bands that when you dig just a little deeper and cast away all your beliefs find…pretty melodies.
Misfits was one of those bands and thats why the went that big: deep down there was brilliant melodies but of course, they had one of the best voices at the time: Glenn Danzig. 🙂
But then on the other hand, i always liked music that was a little…off.
Fad Gadget – Love Parasite: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yEYV3ohJu4
The Normal – Warm Leatherette: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5QErPDNcj4
Spit For Athena – Afraid of me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8caEGBETcec
Tom Waits – Underground: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciBAMhLiwyQ
Hrm…well i think i should quit while i’m ahead, so to speak. I could go on a couple of days with this otherwise. 😉