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Initial post: Aug 6, 2007 12:15:39 PM PDT
Yeah, it sounds kind of funny, almost cheesy, but what albums have changed your life? Changed your perspective on life?
For me, it all happened on a darkened greyhound bus ride home. The Lonesome Crowded West. I popped it in cuz it was just sitting in my cd case and I had never listened to it really carefully. Something about that album, the subject matter, it breathed new life. Sitting among other individuals in this cramped greyhound, trying our best to just exist happily. The song that really just blew me away and kind of stunned me was Trailer Trash, it's just beautiful and kind of heart breaking. That's the song that encouraged me to listen closer and closer. To this day I cannot tire of this album, and probably never will. Isaac's lyrics are really out of this world, so incredibly honest, challenging, and REAL. The album is a journey. It's my favorite, not only of Modest Mouse's but altogether my favorite album right now.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2007 12:44:54 PM PDT
Paul Ess. says:
The Clash. Bought from Woolies as a pimply schoolboy, spoke to me directly. Changed the way I looked at life generally. The way I dressed, way I thought,taught me to question EVERYTHING you ever get told, to challenge authority at every opportunity, (something I still relish doing today, and fortunately, I have an occupation that enables me to do it regularly!). Taught me music didn't have to be Disco or 10 minute mellotron solo's, and there's not really a wrong way or right way to most things, just YOUR way. I still carry most of the ideals to this day, AND I can still listen to the album without curling up with embarrassment. I've probably heard better musics since, but this is the one that kick-started me as (some sort!) of human being. Very grateful.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 7, 2007 11:23:04 AM PDT
A friend's older brother made me a tape full of Ramones on one side and the Specials on the other side. Forget about it, I was sold. Went from Casey Kasem dork to punk teen in one flat second (well, 45 minutes).

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 7, 2007 11:29:39 AM PDT
I. Smith says:
Rage Against the Machine, self titled debut. I remember me and some friends of mine listening to "Killin in the Name" like a zillion times in one week when I was 14. I don't think I even heard any other song from the album until I bought it myself. I loved the crunching distorted guitar, and the endless use of the f-bomb. I went from listening to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Phil Collins to absorbing as much loud, grungy, and angst ridden music as I could find.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 7, 2007 2:56:59 PM PDT
Electro says:
I listened to that RATM debut today actually. For me the "life-changing" album would be Muse's Origin of Symmetry, either that or their album Showbiz.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 7, 2007 9:16:09 PM PDT
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Chris G. says:
I would have to say a life changing album would have to be an album that got me into or more into a particular genre of Music. Shoegazer from about 10 years ago.
Recently getting into a more psychadelic sound, whether it's the psychadelic 60s or recently with The Bevis Frond - who I first got into here in March from these forums.

- My first shoegazer album was 'Isn't Anything'- soon got 'Loveless' by My Bloody Valentine, but the Band that REALLY spoke to me as far as shoegazing bands go is yes, The Boo Radleys. Album : 1993's 'Giant Steps'- Then came Ride: Nowhere, Slowdive, Catherine's Wheel, Pale Saints, Ultra Vivid Scene, Rollerskate Skinny,(last 2 just recently) and Teenage Fan Club(some call it shoegazer) and so on...

I always dug psychadelia/neo-psychadelia(Jimi Hendrix, Cream), but I got into it even more when I first heard 'Inner Marshland' and 'What Did For the Dinosaurs' by The Bevis Frond.
Two albums that are like a gateway drug into what came before it, and more into the Psychadelic 60s, with Jefferson Airplane's After Bathing at Baxter's and currently my second Favorite album 'S.F. Sorrow' by The Pretty Things.

Also found a Love for Prog Rock bands, YES in particular. Album: Relayer.
Very quickly came Rush, Genesis, E.L.O. and even Dream Theater.

Operation Ivy was the first Punk band I got into, late junior High School. Soon came The Stooges, Screeching Weasel, The Ramones, The Clash etc.

Been a Big Cramps fan for many years, but now looking deeper into the genre and I must say I do believe one of the best is the Gun Club's Fire Of Love, their debut from 1981.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 8, 2007 7:59:48 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Dec 13, 2007 3:24:01 PM PST
"Never Mind the Bollocks Here's..."

you know.

Young, Loud & Snotty.

Throb Throb.

Nobody's Heroes.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 8, 2007 9:27:28 AM PDT
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JM Haces says:
I feel that different recordings serve the purpose of -so to speak- giving you a much needed kick in the @rse throughout your life, so I guess I'll list a few that really did it for me. These seemed to speak to me on a visceral level, and have remained favorites of mine through the years:
1- Metallica: "Ride the Lightning" & "Master of Puppets."
2- Megadeth: "Rust in Peace."
3- Bruce Springsteen: "Greetings From Asbury Park NJ" & "Nebraska."
4- The Who: "Quadrophenia."
5- The Replacements: "Let it Be."
6- The Beatles: "Abbey Road" & "The White Album."
7- Led Zeppelin: "Houses of the Holy" and "Led Zeppelin III."
8- Belly: "Sweet Ride".
9- Throwing Muses: "The Real Ramona."
10- Pearl Jam: "Ten."
11- Nirvana: "Incesticide."
12- Héroes del Silencio: "El Espíritu del Vino."
13- Ex: "Caída Libre."
14- Fobia: "Fobia."
15- Neil Young: "Harvest."
16- Stone Temple Pilots: "Purple."
17- Johnny Cash: "Live At Folsom Prison."
18- David Bowie: "Hunky Dory."
19- Solas: "The Words That Remain."
20- Temple of the Dog: "Temple of the Dog."

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 8, 2007 6:40:17 PM PDT
Brody I says:
U2's War (Like a Song and Refugee are great tracks)

New Order's Substance (still the best way to introduce yourself to this band, if you are not familiar with this great group)

Michael Jackson's Thriller (best pop album ever made, IMO)

REM's Life Rich Pageant (first five tracks on this disc got me addicted to this band)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 8, 2007 6:44:49 PM PDT
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Brody I says:
Love the Shoegazer stuff. Bought Ride's Nowhere when I was a junior in college. It's still my favorite of that genre. In my previous post, I failed to mention the first STONE ROSES album. I don't really know how to describe it, but this album was just it for me. If I could only choose one album from my collection, that album would probably be the one I would choose. Rock, Dance, Psychedelica, Soul, Arrogance. This album had it all.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 8, 2007 7:36:04 PM PDT
S. Finefrock says:
Chris G. We share a trait of finding something we like and tracing it's roots. To me that has been one of the most pleasurable parts of my musical experience. I often find artists who often blow away the group that originally sends me on that journey. I don't know if there are any albums that have changed my life in retrospect, but plenty that changed my approach to music. Led Zeppelin's first album led to Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters. London Calling from the Clash led to New Orleans R&B and deeper into reggae. I could go on all day with numerous other examples.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 8, 2007 7:43:40 PM PDT
Yes, that is part of the journey that I love. Discovering the roots, and the roots of the roots, it has lead me to some amazing music. Anyone who's not willing to pursue this type of journey is a sad and deprived individual

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2007 6:51:31 AM PDT
Several, really . . .

Ramones: Animal Boy
Iggy Pop: Blah Blah Blah
PiL: Album
Oingo Boingo: Dead Man's Party
The Clash: Combat Rock
Misfits: Collection

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2007 7:15:33 AM PDT
Musicman says:
Spaghetti (and SF)
That view I believe pertains to all life, in every corner of the universe. That's how life replenishes itself, and stagnation can be the only result possible, for a non-exploring spirit.
A short & sweet - AMEN - Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2007 8:19:04 AM PDT
S. Finefrock says:
Musicman and Spaghetti-I was a history major, so I always have enjoyed diggin' into the past to find out why things end up like they do. An old phrase always rings true to me,You can't know where you're going unless you know where you've been. At the same time when you fixate on the past and quit looking forward, you're stagnating and basically doomed. You should never quit trying to learn new things. This applies to life, politics and music in my book. Every new artist I discover offers a road going both forward and backward.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2007 9:34:50 AM PDT
Mike DB says:
Spaghetti, you really nailed it. Late at night, motor is droning, you're just staring out the window, America passing before you; kind of a weird freedom in it. Albums that changed my life:

the SMITHS - Louder than Bombs. For many of the same reasons Paul Ess. said. No where near as rebellious as the Clash (which I grew to like not too much later), but it turned me away from the 80's pop that I was stuck with and expanded a huge horizon.
NEW ORDER - Technique. I listened to "All the way" over and over again, it was so beautiful.
the CONNELLS - One Simple Word. I could never get enough after a girlfriend turned me on to them.
JOHN KEATS - Okay, not a musician. I still carry a very small, third edition print of his with me everytime I deploy. I expect the same from what I listen to.

S. Fine, I knew there was more to you than I thought, didn't guess you were a fellow History Maj. I've always been drawn to those bands who could actually turn a phrase and a hook. Now I understand a facet of your taste; the Ocean Blue "Charlemagne" comes to mind. The Smiths "Cemtery Gates" another.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2007 10:02:15 AM PDT
S. Finefrock says:
Delborrell-Thanks (I guess?!?). I do enjoy a good historical or socially relevent theme in a song, but my history background mostly helps me to dig into the roots and influences of an artist. I've always enjoyed digging for sources, and once a favorite artist or group does a cover or mentions an artist in an interview, I'm off to the races. Like I said in an earlier post, I often find better music exploring an artists roots than the work that originally sent me on the search in the first place. BTW George Huntley (guitar vocals from the Connells) is good friend of mine. I'll have to have him check out some of your postings regarding his greatly underappreciated band. BTW Pt. II Cemetary Gates is probably my favorite Smith's track. It rocks in a very historical way!! Nothing like some Keats, Yeats and Wilde on a sunny day.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2007 10:08:46 AM PDT
"Every new artist I discover offers a road going both forward and backward."

very well put. Rings true for every great artist I come across. It's a wonderful journey

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2007 10:13:00 AM PDT
S. Finefrock says:
Spaghetti-Must be a full moon tonight with me waxing so lyrical! Thanks for the compliment. Where did your encounter with Modest Mouse lead you?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2007 10:28:56 AM PDT
I think the first album that really affected me in a profound way was Appetite for Destruction by Guns N Roses. It led me to playing the guitar and many other great experiences. ANother was Nevermind by Nirvana which showed me you don't have to shred on theguitar to make compelling music. Next was Stevie Ray Vaughan's In Step. Sadly I haven't been moved by an album like those three in many years. I wonder if that is a sign of growing up or of the current state of music and the arts.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2007 10:37:56 AM PDT
Well really, Modest Mouse sent me on a strange little path. First of all, one of my favorite aspects to Modest Mouse is the structural experiment so I began looking for bands who felt the same freedom to play around. Consequently, I was told Modest Mouse is kind of like The Pixies on drugs so that was my next logical step. I had already heard Where Is My Mind (who hasn't?) and I'm still digging through their albums and taking it all in. And really, I think the Pixies spearheaded my journey through the 80's decade. There I found Sonic Youth, Jesus and Mary Chain, etc.
I was also lead to Ugly Casanova, which I love. But what this helped me to uncover was Mule Variations by Tom Waits, based on a friend's comparison.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2007 10:46:59 AM PDT
I would have to say that Ministry's "The Land of Rape and Honey" was the most influential album in my life. I had always liked harder music but this totally tranformed the way I thought about how hard music could be constructed.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2007 10:58:36 AM PDT
S. Finefrock says:
Spaghetti-Built to Spill led me to Modest Mouse. When MM began to make a name for themselves they were often compared to BTS, along with the Pixies, Pavement and even the Talking Heads. Since I was a fan of those other bands it seemed logical that Modest Mouse would be pretty good. Correct assumption.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 11, 2007 9:50:50 PM PDT
I agree, Origin Of Symmetry is one of my favorite albums and it blows my mind everytime that I listen to it.

Jeff Buckley-Grace
Sigur Ros-Agaetis Byrjun
The Cure-Disintegration
Interpol-Turn On The Bright Lights
Death Cab For Cutie-Transatlanticism
Smashing Pumpkins-Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness
Coheed and Cambria-In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth:3
R.E.M.-Life's Rich Pageant

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 11, 2007 11:02:59 PM PDT
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clerck says:
Too tired to post as long as I'd like, but Bill Withers' "Live at Carnegie Hall" is an experience you'll never forget. If you listen with headphones you'll pray that they invent time machines so you can go back and attend.

Steely Dan's "The Royal Scam", The Everly Brothers' Greatest Hits and Level 42's "World Machine" were big ones for me too.
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