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Remembering bands and artists you liked from the 60s through the 80s

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Initial post: Feb 20, 2013 11:25:38 PM PST
J. Hand says:
In so many other threads people mention bands and artists that they enjoyed and/or still listen to. Others mention lesser known artists who were not as widely known for various reasons. Some found great music from other countries, etc. Frequently these either jar my memory and send me looking for a CD or LP from my collection to play and sometimes I go shopping based on remembering the things mentioned or it piques my interest.

Anybody who has read my posts knows I can grab a fragment of a thought and run with it. What I though would be fun and maybe useful is to just name-drop various artists or releases you had a connection with. No explanation is necessary but it's OK if you want to write about the whys and whats. A music from the 60s thru the 80s free-for-all!

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 11:37:56 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 21, 2013 11:29:34 PM PST
Jimi Hendrix Experience
Led Zeppelin
Deep Purple

Black Sabbath
Blue Oyster Cult
Alice Cooper
Deep Purple
Rick Derringer
Rory Gallagher
Judas Priest
Led Zeppelin
Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush
Ted Nugent
Pink Floyd
Joe Satriani
Thin Lizzy
Pat Travers
Robin Trower
Van Halen
Johnny Winter
Yesterday & Today
ZZ Top

Black Sabbath
Blue Oyster Cult
Celtic Frost
Dark Angel
Deep Purple
Great White
Iron Maiden
Judas Priest
King Diamond
Mercyful Fate
Ozzy Osbourne
Pink Floyd
Van Halen

Alice In Chains

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 11:38:21 PM PST
J. Hand says:
Early on it was the usual stuff. The first album I remember that seemed to render all my other records trite was Jethro Tull/Aqualung. I loved it so much I used to put my speakers in the bedroom window and blast the neighborhood with it!

Then came Led Zeppelin II which was the hardest rock & roll album I had ever heard at the time. One day I had it cranked and my mom sprayed water from the hose she was watering the lawn with at my bedroom window hoping to douse me and get me to turn it down. Instead, the screen diffused the water into a mist which settled into my stereo's tube amplifier promptly destroying it in much smoke and sparking and bringing silence to my world for nearly a month.

A few others of note: Deep Purple/Machine Head, Zappa and the Mothers/Freak Out!, the Beatles from Rubber Soul & Revolver on...

I think I even liked the last Tommy James and the Shondels record with the long version of Crystal Blue Persuasion

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 11:40:42 PM PST
J. Hand says:

HA! That's exactly what I was talking about- I forgot about them and I know I have at least one disc by them!

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 11:58:02 PM PST
J. Hand says:
Hawkwind/Hall of the Mountain Grill

I had never heard anything like it before and really bought it because I loved the cover art.

Baker-Gurvitz Army...
Beck, Bogart, and Appice...

Posted on Feb 21, 2013 8:16:32 AM PST
B-Jak says:
I had sisters in high school when I was still in single-digit years, and they always had new music they played on the family stereo, and they had surprisingly good taste. So from an early age, I got exposed to "Tommy", Moody Blues, Spooky Tooth. But by far, the album that remains a favorite is Jethro Tull's "Benefit". I went several years without hearing it until I was experimenting with music (and other things) myself and realized how incredibly mind-melting that album is.

Posted on Feb 21, 2013 9:35:05 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 21, 2013 9:35:55 AM PST
vivazappa says:
Since I didn't start buying records until 1970 the bands I new about most in the 60's were The Beatles, The Doors and The Kinks.

The Who
The Stones
Genesis (w/Peter)
Grateful Dead
Neil Young
Pink Floyd
Jeff Beck

David Lindley
John Hiatt
John Prine
Los Lobos
Garland Jefferies
Willie Nile
The Clash
Lou Reed (I'm a late bloomer on this one)

The JAM scene!!!

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Posted on Feb 25, 2013 10:43:58 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 25, 2013 10:46:41 PM PST
J. Hand says:
How about the first artist that took you away from the path your regular music took you?

For me it was Frank Zappa & the MoI/Freak Out! One day I wanted to buy a record and hear something new. I didn't have much money; at the time new LPs were $5.98 for recent releases and down to $3.98 as they got older. I was digging through the 99 cent to $1.99 cutout bin when a very strange album cover grabbed my attention. The back cover with the Suzy Creamcheese thing on the back sealed the deal. It took me about 3 listens to sort of put it in perspective, something reading all the stuff inside and on the liners helped bring into focus. It definitely changed my world!

Probably the second was King Crimsom/Court of the Crinson King. I had just discovered underground rock, as it was called then. I listened to an FM station that played a format I couldn't have imagined on my own. I had been listening to it for about 2 days when on the night of the 3rd day I took a certain 3 letter well known psychedelic drug (circa 1970 when it was still potent) for the very first time. I was apprehensive because I didn't know what to expect. But the atmosphere was right, the surroundings were right (black lights, colored lights, incense, scented candles, a full wall neon painted space mural that went 3D with the regular lights off and the black lights on). It was a great time just checking things out. After a few hours I didn't want to deal with the records any more because they just didn't sound right. I flipped on my receiver's FM tuner to that station and as soon as it came on, the first dissonant notes from Court of the Crimson King came on. They played the entire album! Oh what a ride that was! I had never heard that kind of music before at all!

Another that opened a new world to me was Hawkwind. I bought Hall of the Mountain Grill because I loved the cover art and appreciated the wordplay in the title. Again, it was a style of music I had never heard before. I was to become, and still am, a fan of that music. Years later I remember when i made the connection between Lemmy of Motorhead and his being in Hawkwind on a record with a track titled Motorhead.

My younger sister was going to the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and on some holidays I would go pick up her and her future husband up and bring them home for the weekend. On one such trip when I got to her house she had reggae playing on her stereo: Bob Marley/Legend. I was instantly smitten and have been a roots, rock steady, and dub lover ever since. I never understood how I totally missed Marley at the height of his popularity. I don't remember ANYBODY having Rastaman Vibration which, as many 'heads' as I knew, I would have thought somebody would have had it. I had simply NEVER heard reggae, although I did learn later Desmond Dekker and his song the Israelite was actually reggae. But I think I was still in grade or middle school when that was a hit.

There are more 'milestones' but I would like to hear other's experiences. Remember- this is a free for all/stream of conciousness thread. It can meander where it will...
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