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Old 05-19-2003, 11:54 AM   #1
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Default music snobs: list your musical epiphanies

it could be the first time music moved you, or the first thing you remember buying, or a moment where what you were listening to just all of the sudden made sense.

my first albums: eddie grant's "electric avenue" and pete townshend's "white city: a novel" . . . i bought them at Jamesway with all of the pocket change i had fished out of the couch over a period of a couple months, i was 6 or 7.

the first time just a song made me feel something: i was driving home after buying radiohead's "ok computer" on the day it was released. "let down" came on and i literally had to pull over and i started bawling. i didn't even have anything really bad going on in my life, the music just kinda took over and made me it's bitch.

when the lightbulb went off: dropping the needle on Stevie Wonder's "Talking Book" and getting blown away. that's music: joy and pain and anger all wrapped up into one terrific record.
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first album i ever bought with my own money: michael jackson's thriller.

first time music made me cry: listening to the first movement of tchaikovsky's symphony no. 6 -- it's not called 'pathetique' for nothing. it's such an emotional rollercoaster, his interpretation of the struggle against the tribulations of love, life, and fate.

first time my jaw dropped out of sheer awe: bar 5, beat 2 of portishead's 'wandering star', first listen. i dunno what it is, but i've always had to crank that track right before the drum samples and vocals kick on on bar 5.

there's more, just can't think of them right now.
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Old 05-19-2003, 12:41 PM   #3
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tranqillity bass - cantamilla.
its hard to make sure you have the original version unless you know what it sounds like. It's one that starts with the quiet reverberations of children laughing in the street. Download it, you can't buy it.

Underworld - Rez Born Slippy Stagger
It's all good.

Fatboy Slim - Right Here, Right Now
Meh.

Let Down - Radiohead
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Thats all you get right now
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Old 05-19-2003, 12:57 PM   #4
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I saw Rage Against the Machine play a free show in the Cooperage (aka the Coop) @ UCLA in December 1992 (freshman year of college). I had heard of them, but never actually heard them, before that show. The joint is tiny, and there was maybe 100 people jammed in there. This was a few months before their first album came out.
The first song they played was Killing in the Name, and by the time they got to the chorus (F*** you I won't do what you tell me!), the entire place was jumping up and down and going nuts! The craziest part of the night for me was that during Bullet in the HEad it sounded like some girl was screaming a very high pitched scream in time to the music. When it happened again on Fistful of Steal, I realized that it was actually Tom Morrello's guitar that was "screaming", it was pretty crazy.
THey actually shut down the show after about 45 minutes because they were worried about someone getting hurt. But those 45 minutes were intense!

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Old 05-19-2003, 01:00 PM   #5
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my first experience was the late 60s and the baby sitter we had was listening to beatles...then in the 70's i got into Zeppelin pink floyd aerosmith and the rest of the bands of that era...but then i heard the sex pistols and ramones and clash...that was a wake up call and i was like these dudes are pissed...and i got it and was hooked
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Old 05-19-2003, 01:09 PM   #6
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Biggest musical epiphany? Probably the first time I heard The Pixies. I was 15 or 16 at the time, and I've been a music snob ever since...
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Old 05-19-2003, 01:16 PM   #7
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A few of my notables from mainly my younger more impressionable days.

1st album purchased new was Aerosmith Toys in the Attick. One great album. On my top ten, almost nothing compares.

Proir to that I remember ELO, Elton John. Pual Mcartney and Wings, Led Zep houses, CCR cosmos factory.

P.T. white city is an excellent album.
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Old 05-19-2003, 01:23 PM   #8
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7 years old (1976), I knew almost all the words to Tommy by the Who... all 4 sides.

But ELO's use of Synths on Face the Music... DAYUMN.

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Old 05-19-2003, 01:25 PM   #9
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1982 - 1999 was released by Prince. (gimme a break, i was 10).
1986 - master of puppets released. 1st venture into hard rock for me.
1992 - 1st experience with a symphony orchestra. almost moved to tears.
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Old 05-19-2003, 01:26 PM   #10
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Play the final track on "Rite of Strings", a CD from Al DiMeola, Jon-Luc Ponty and Stanley Clarke. You will be blown away.

Wouln't call myself a music snob per se, but used to play a lot of different instruments and that exposed me to a lot of really top shelf players. The tune mentioned here is probably the most amazing thing you can imagine to come out of an acoustic guitar, a violin, and a stand up bass.

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Old 05-19-2003, 01:27 PM   #11
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Paranoid Android by Radiohead: The first time I realized the brilliance of the band.

Psycho Killer by Talking Heads (Live Version): David Byrne is a genius.

Police and Theives by The Clash: The first song I memorized the lyrics to.

Changes by David Bowie: The first record I ever owned.

Live Forever by Oasis: still makes me emotional.

Come Together by Primal Scream: My introduction to Rave Culture.
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Old 05-19-2003, 01:29 PM   #12
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Planet- I thought I heard you crack you knuckles a few minutes ago, you must have saw the thread, narrowed your eyes, cracked em, and set to typing. I can see it all...

Gotta fly!
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Old 05-19-2003, 01:35 PM   #13
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First time I heard Minor Threat I freaked out. I never knew there was music with that much energy and drive. Really freaked me out and inspired me.

First time music made me cry was Fragile from Depeche Mode on the 101 live CD. I had a friend that would just blast it in his car and the first time I heard it I got all sobby.
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Old 05-19-2003, 03:43 PM   #14
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First album I ever bought was Otis Redding's The Dock of the Bay. Saved my allowance and bought it at Woolworth's, no lie. Still have it.

AC: I think you know I was around for the Athens, GA music scene in the early '80s. To be able to see so many seminal or would-be seminal bands in so short a time with so little effort really shaped my tastes and widened my horizons. Hard to say which made the biggest impression on me (won't turn this into a name-dropping contest) but I know that Elvis Costello, Husker Du, the Replacements, Brian Eno made me listen to things differently. Seeing the members of R.E.M. showing up at frat houses, group apartments and parties and trading songs for "party favors" made an impression on me. I consider them my contemporaries and it make me wince a little to see them lose what made them a great band. Seeing SRV live at my college's then little student center (not even the basketball arena) had a profound influence on my tastes.

During my teen years I was mostly bombarded with Southern Rock; the legends you know and a lot of sorry bar band knockoffs. I was also exposed to a lot of music that's the stuff of Quentin Tarantino soundtracks - Parliament/ Funkadelic, Bootsy Collins and the like. There's a place in my heart for that too.

I remember hearing a lot of stuff that I never thought would be popular and being way off in that take. I thought Run-D.M.C. was a novelty act and that the Indigo Girls were a pair of weak-voiced lesbians who'd never get beyond folk fests and the coffee house circuit.

The funniest thing out of it all came with the O Brother, Where Art Thou? phenomenon. I grew up with my parents listening to all that old-time bluegrass and folk and, even then, it was being dismissed as backwards hilbilly music. Now it's labeled "roots music" and embraced by a wide audience.

I think the greatest ephiphany for me would be that context has a lot to do with my music appreciation. Where you hear it and what frame of mind you're in when you hear it has a huge impact. Some music I'd dismiss as poppy, throwaway crap years ago deserves another look. A band may not be very original, do a lot of covers, stick with only one style, but if they're tight and solid at their craft I'll appreciate them for what they are. Other bands that rely heavy on visuals and manipulation of the press to gain popularity are tougher to take. You have to peel away layers of hype and crap to get to what they're about and often when you're done peeling there's nothing left.

I ramble but I'm old so I think I'm entitled. This thread would be chatworthy were I not on the clock .

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Old 05-19-2003, 03:46 PM   #15
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Dash Rip Rock at the New Orleans JazzFest.

Oh yeah...
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Old 05-19-2003, 03:50 PM   #16
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Didn't experience Floyd until 10th grade. "Time" on DSOTM put everything in perspective:

Ticking away the moments that make up the dull day
You fritter and waste the hours in an off hand way

Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town

Waiting for someone or something to show you the way


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Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain

You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today

And then one day you find that ten years have got behind you

No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun


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And you run and run to catch up with the sun, but it's sinking

And racing around to come up behind you again

The sun is the same in a relative way, but you're older

Shorter of breath and one day closer to death


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Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time

Plans that either come to naught or a half page of scribbled lines

Hanging on in a quiet desperation is the English way

The time is gone the song is over, thought i'd something more to say
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Old 05-19-2003, 04:19 PM   #17
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Beck - Odelay

still amazes me every time I listen.
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Old 05-19-2003, 04:27 PM   #18
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I was chasing some woman, and happened into Club 950, where this band called Husker Du was touring behind a disc called "Land Speed Record." I heard them, the light bulb came on, and I forgot all about the maiden.

Never looked back.

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Old 05-19-2003, 04:32 PM   #19
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Quote:
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I was chasing some woman, and happened into Club 950, where this band called Husker Du was touring behind a disc called "Land Speed Record." I heard them, the light bulb came on, and I forgot all about the maiden.

Never looked back.

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forgot about the "iron" maiden?
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Old 05-19-2003, 04:36 PM   #20
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Around 1994/95 I heard Rodan's "Rusty" LP, and I realized I was living in the wrong state (California at the time). The music I was writing at the time didn't really sound like anything I listened to, and then I hear Rodan and was like... Holy sh|t, some one else thinks like I do.

Not that anything I write can come close to them, though.
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Old 05-19-2003, 04:43 PM   #21
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listening to a recording of Symphony Fantastique on a nice audiophile setup really showed me that music was more than just banging your head to distorted guitar riffs.
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Old 05-19-2003, 05:28 PM   #22
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ok to answer the title of this thread.

after little thought this should have been written in my prior post.

1979 RUSH Hemispheres. After one listen I knew this was my group. Intelligent, artistic, engergistic(word?) From then on I have very recording made and have seen them live close to 20 times.

One other was Strauss 1812 overture.

And most recently chorale singing groups live. Very emotional for me for some reason I cannot explain.
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Old 05-19-2003, 05:52 PM   #23
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Well the first time was when a friend who actually had been the drummer for that band Wild Cherry ("play that funky music") played for me Gary Moore " End of the World ", that woke me up to the whole other than top 40 music world out there.

The second time I belonged to the Sub Pop singles club and every month they sent you a 7inch single from a band in there library and it was a blue vinyl single from Nirvana with "Love Buzz"(B-side "Big Cheese") and it was like WOW
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Old 05-19-2003, 05:54 PM   #24
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folk implosion - natural one
something about that some breaks down music for me. That lo-fi sound brings me back to highschool. My friends jamming, and me just chilling.

Cibo Matto - know your chicken (live on MTV) Another crazy essence that just can't be explained.
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Old 05-19-2003, 05:55 PM   #25
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Another "epiphany" if you will...

In 8th grade at a dance after school, Mark Bautista (still remember who it was!) went up to the DJ and requested a Smiths song, any Smiths song. I don't even remember what was played, but it was lilke "wow! what the hell kind of music is this!?!?" The next day Mark let me borrow his "Strangeways, Here We Come" tape. Excellent! I had no idea that music like that with feeling and emotions was actually made, and it actually sounded great. This is what pop music should be.
Of course, by the time I discovered the Smiths, they'd already broken up.

Prior to that, I was listening exclusively to Top 40 crap cuz that's what my older sister listened to. Damn her! But I'll make sure my kids are cool, at least.

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