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Kult of kewl

April 23, 2005 01:35 AM PST

If I had to choose 3 records that had a huge influence in my life, not necessarily what I'm currently listening to, they would have to be:

1. U2 - The Joshua Tree

Heard this in early 1987 (Grade 11), late at night, and it absolutely blew me away. Before this, my vinyl collection consisted essentially of: an Art Of Noise album, the Miami Vice soundtrack, Boney-M, and The Police - Synchronicity. Oh dear.

Hearing "Where The Streets Have No Name" and "With Or Without You" for the first time was, needless to say, a "Road To Damascus" event.

2. The Stone Roses

In April of 1991, I completed 3rd year electrical engineering at The University Of Manitoba and did a 16 month internship at BNR (Bell-Northern Research, now know as Nortel or "That Canadian tech company that is totally tanking") in Ottawa.

I spent a lot of time reading Select magazine (a UK music mag, not network loops), and New Music Express looking for the best of the BritPop imports. Every review compared the current flavour of the month to this band so I had to check them out. Pop perfection.

3. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless

Still in Ottawa, 1992, a review of this album went something like this:

"... like lying in bed early Sunday morning with a strange girl watching dust mots float in the air whilst coming down from last night's high..." Crazy Brits.

You will never hear beautiful noise like this again in your lifetime.

Just as a side note, I really love the Live Journal / Instant Messenger things that indicate what you are listening to at the momemt of posting. It feels more like a snapshot that way.

Comments (7)
John, April 24, 2005 12:48 AM:

I'm pretty sure that nothing I was listening to in 1987 had a positive influence in my life.

J, April 24, 2005 11:47 AM:

1987 - Appetite for Destruction!

Paul, April 24, 2005 02:29 PM:

I bet you guys owned copies of Huey Lewis And The News albums.

J, April 24, 2005 04:46 PM:

Patrick Bateman: Do you like Huey Lewis and the news?
Paul Allen: They're OK.
Patrick Bateman: Their early work was a little too new wave for my tastes, but when Sports came out in '83,I think they really came into their own, commercial and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consimante professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. He's been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think Huey has a far much more bitter, cynical sense of humour.
Paul Allen: Hey Halberstram.
Patrick Bateman: Yes, Allen?
Paul Allen: Why are their copies of the style section all over the place, d-do you have a dog? A little chow or something?
Patrick Bateman: No, Allen.
Paul Allen: Is that a rain coat?
Patrick Bateman: Yes it is! In '87, Huey released this, Fore, their most accomplished album. I think their undisputed masterpiece is "Hip to be Square", a song so catchy, most people probably don't listen to the lyrics. But they should, because it's not just about the pleasures of conformity, and the importance of trends, it's also a personal statement about the band itself.
[raises axe above head]

Wheelson, April 26, 2005 09:06 AM:

While WTSHNN is my favorite album, and while U2 and that album were very influential for me, it is the producer of that album, Brian Eno who's provided the most influence for me. His hand is in, directly or indirectly, virtually all the music I like, and he is of course the Grand Master of electronica. But it's not just his music, but his blend of art and technology and his thoughts on the role technology can play in our lives that makes him to most interesting to me.

Paul, March 10, 2007 01:36 AM:

20 years ago today: The Joshua Tree.

J, March 10, 2007 02:30 PM:

One of the best albums of all time.

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