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Most influential albums

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by DEBuckeye, Jul 12, 2004.

  1. DEBuckeye

    DEBuckeye It ain't easy, bein' cheesy.

    What are your votes- pick three albums that you think are the most influential to a certian style of music.

    Van Halen, Van Halen 1 (1978)- They came from out of nowhere, loud, cocky and ready to party. There isn't a bad song on the album; it's a classic. Most important though, Eddie Van Halen, like Jimi Hendrix 10 or 15 years earlier, changed the way the guitar was played. "Eruption" just blew us away, and influenced several generations of guitar players. Much of the metal music in the 80's revolved around big, screaming guitar solos- thanks to Eddie.

    Metallica, Kill 'Em All (1983)- Heavy metal was going strong already, and we were in the throes of "hair metal" at the time. Metallica cranked it up about 10 or 12 notches louder and faster. This album (and the subsequent Ride The Lightning) brought speed metal into view and kick-started the speed/thrash metal movement in the mid-late 80's.

    Nine Inch Nails, Pretty Hate Machine (1989)- "Industrial" music had started years earlier, but stayed mainly underground. Trent Reznor changed all that, combining the dark electronic sounds of industrial music with big, crunchy guitars and heavy but danceable grooves. This album changed industrial/goth music, hooking not only the underground fans, but also many metal fans as well. If you're a fan of any "nu metal" bands today, you can thank Nine Inch Nails for getting it started.

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  2. LordJeffBuck

    LordJeffBuck Illuminatus Emeritus Staff Member

    Stooges, Stooges (1969)
    Ramones, Ramones (1976)
    Sex Pistols, Never Mind the Bollocks (1977)

    The Stooges' first three albums (but especially their first) were the touchstones of the punk movement, both in the US and UK.

    The Ramones' three-chord mayhem represented punk as pure teen rebellion; the "Blitzkreig" attack of their early albums still resonates in music today.

    The Pistols' music was both more raw and more intellectual, and spurred punk as an artistic, fashion, social, and political movement. Their music still sounds fresh 27 years later.
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  3. stxbuck

    stxbuck Woody wore Sambas

    Lord Jeff really hit it on the head for punk. As far as the metal scene of today goes, I would say that "nu metal" was pioneered far more by Rage against the Machine and Korn, instead of NIN. Rhythmically and vocally, those two bands are far closer to nu metal than Trent Reznor and his ilk. Rage set the bar so high no band in the last 10 years has come close,IMO. It's just too bad that DeLaRocha has his high strung artisitic bitch personality and broke up the band. If the other 3 guys are playing together, I think we know who to blame....
    Anyway, if you want the uber-industrial album,IMO, it is Ministry's Psalm 69 or The Land of Rape and Honey,IMO.

    As far as today's rap scene goes Straight Outta Compton completely changed the rules-before that there was no extreme profanity, or ultra detailed ghetto life stories, now it is par for the course. Master P also deserves credit for bringing Da Dirty South into prominence, before him, it was all New York and California.
  4. DiHard

    DiHard Guest

    here are three biggies:

    Rock- Heartbreak Hotel- Elvis- 1956
    Pop- Meet the Beatles- Beatles- 1964
    Grunge- Nevermind- Nirvana- 1991
  5. sears3820

    sears3820 Sitting around in my underwear.... Staff Member

    For Country...

    "Honky Tonkin'" - Hank Williams Sr.

    "Wanted: The Outlaws" - Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Jessi Colter, Tompall Glaser

    "Always On My Mind" - Willie Nelson
  6. BuckNutty

    BuckNutty Hear The Drummer Get Wicked Staff Member Bookie

    Agreed on all accounts. While Audioslave is a good band I'm not sure they will ever be at the level Rage was. KoRn hasn't put out anything worth listening to since Follow The Leader.

    I agree with LJB on Led Zeppelin I, before he deleted it. Without a doubt one of the biggest influences ever in hard rock.

    If you want to talk about one of the biggest negative influences in music I'd nominate any album by Puffy. Sampling sucks.
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2004
  7. BuckStocksHere

    BuckStocksHere Semper Fi!

    Adam Ant - 1983 Prince Charming.

    Def Leppard - 1983? Pyromania

    Nirvana - 1990? Nevermind

    Zeppelin of course "whatever you do, put on side 2 of led zep 4"

    the who
  8. kinch

    kinch Wash me Staff Member

    Boy bands:

    Jackson 5 - ABC
    With this album the market for boy bands is born.

    Menudo - A Todo Rock
    And now, instead of family acts, we have a carefully engineered boy band. With their morning specials they orginate the use of face time to drive 10 year old girls wild.

    New Kids on the Block - Hangin Tough
    The peak of boy bands. A super-secret complex formula is mastered whereby each girl from ages 8 through 12 has their specific type of boy accounted for. The boy band is truly born.
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  9. ysubuck

    ysubuck Be water my friend.

    Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin (1969)
    Any band that plays (or tries to play) rock n roll has some Zep in them. You cannot get away from their influence.

    The Rolling Stones: Exile on Main Street (1972)
    The Bible album. Any fan of any kind of music should have this album in their collection.

    Nirvana: Nevermind (1991 ?)
    Singlehandedly brought down the Motley Crue's, Poison's, and Whitesnake's (much to my chagrin :) ). Hey, I know my life sucks, I don't need to hear Kurt Cobain telling me about it too.
  10. sears3820

    sears3820 Sitting around in my underwear.... Staff Member


    "Paid in Full" - Eric B. and Rakim

    "It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back" - Public Enemy

    "Raising Hell" - Run DMC
  11. DEBuckeye

    DEBuckeye It ain't easy, bein' cheesy.

    P-shitty is worthless. But sampling isn't all bad, if it's done right. Check out some old Public Enemy, Ice-T or NWA. The old school guys had it right- sample enough to be additive, without ripping someone off to make a rap song.

    Perhaps, but I still think that the basis for the metal/groove-beat combination that makes up stuff like Rage and Korn was laid down first by bands like NIN and Ministry.

    Speaking of Ministry, I agree- great band. Psalm 69 is awesome, I also like The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste (which was released in the same year as Pretty Hate Machine). They've been around a lot longer than NIN, and probably had a lot to do with Reznor's sound. The only reason I'd put Pretty Hate Machine ahead of The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste is that NIN got more mainstream acceptance and widened the fan base. This is why Psalm 69 was so widely released and popular.
  12. Bucklion

    Bucklion Throwback Staff Member

    The Beastie Boys "License to Ill" and Run-DMC also come to mind as influential on a decade+ worth of music (recall Run-DMC also gave Aerosmith a new life as well). Also Fleetwood Mac "Rumors" and Pink Floyd "The Wall"
  13. The KSB

    The KSB 4-4-11/11-5-11

    White Rappers

    Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch - Music for the people
    Vanilla Ice - To the extreme
    Snow - 12 inches of snow
  14. kinch

    kinch Wash me Staff Member

    On the industrial issue:

    I think Ministry's Land of Rape and Honey really opened the genre up to other acts. Around the same time, I'd say Front 242's Front by Front opened up the poppier feel of the music. Nine Inch Nails followed right after and popped it up a bit more. Many of the other earlier acts weren't that catchy, and never got the same support these breakouts did. Revolting Cocks and Skinny Puppy come to mind. . .
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  15. BuckeyeTillIDie

    BuckeyeTillIDie The North Remembers

    The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - revolutionized rock n roll, was an album way way ahead of its time, just like nearly all of their albums. Many argue that this was the first "concept album".

    Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon - Like all Pink Floyd albums this was a concept album, the Dark Side of the Moon is a timeless album and was very innovative.

    Tupac - All Eyez On Me - The first Double Disc album in rap history, All Eyez On Me is, in my opinion, the greatest hip-hop/rap CD ever made. The first disc alone contains enough classics to make a rap fan excited.

    Nine Inch Nails - The Fragile - A total concept album from beginning to end, Reznor takes you through his emotional pain and angst. Easy to relate to, and a modern day masterpiece in music, something that is very rare to find anymore.

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