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Can you name your top five influences?
Old 3rd April 2019
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Can you name your top five influences?

I went around for years saying, "Oh, my influences are far too expansive to list." Until some time ago, I realised that I'd been fooling myself.

I decided that I could easily see my top ten influences in my work, but that didn't satisfy me. I wanted to look at my work critically and get to where I could bust it down to five. They are, in no particular order:

1) The Ozark Mountain Daredevils
2) Acoustic Alchemy
3) Tom Waits
4) Roger Miller
5) Kansas

Anybody else wanna give it a go?

Old 3rd April 2019
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Originally Posted by johnny nowhere View Post
Anybody else wanna give it a go?
Been a while, nice to see you!

There are so many great writers. But if you listen to my stuff,* you'll probably think, "Oh, he stole that from..."

Roger Miller, Shel Silverstein, Randy Newman, Ray Davies, Hank Williams.

* Link in my sig.
Old 3rd April 2019
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1/Frank Zappa
2/ Pink Floyd
3/ Michael Jackson
4/ Nirvana
5/ Led Zeppelin
Old 3rd April 2019
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Originally Posted by pencilextremist View Post
1/Frank Zappa
2/ Pink Floyd
3/ Michael Jackson
4/ Nirvana
5/ Led Zeppelin
Your inclusion of Zep makes the actual list much longer. :-)
Old 4th April 2019
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1. Allan Holdsworth
2. Steve Morse
3. National Health
4. Jethro Tull
5. Gentle Giant
Old 4th April 2019
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In no particular order of importance:

Kate Bush
Neil Young
James Taylor
Ray Davies
The Beatles

It probably goes without saying that my music bears very little resemblance to any of them!
Old 4th April 2019
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1. Kate Bush
2. RJD2
3. Cannibal Ox
4. Araab Muzik
5. Clams Casino

Old 4th April 2019
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Igor Stravinsky
Frank Zappa
Brian Eno
Yes
Jaco Pastorius
Old 5th April 2019
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Quote:
Originally Posted by johnny nowhere View Post
Anybody else wanna give it a go?
i tried, but i was fooling myself. the fact is, my influences are in constant flux
Old 5th April 2019
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Thanks Brent. I've been a mile wide and an inch deep for the past year or so.

WOW! Kate Bush made it here twice!

Impressive.

I get that littleeden. I would venture to guess that my aforementioned influences would go unnoticed in my work, but the impression that they made was a lasting one.

Last edited by johnny nowhere; 5th April 2019 at 12:32 PM.. Reason: Strategic flourishes.
Old 5th April 2019
  #11
Judging by how much I've listened over the years, it's probably these...
Bill Laswell
Peter Gabriel
Stanley Clarke
Tower of Power
Dwight Yoakam
Old 30th April 2019
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Originally Posted by johnny nowhere View Post
[FONT="Georgia"]I went around for years saying, "Oh, my influences are far too expansive to list." Until some time ago, I realised that I'd been fooling myself.
Sums it up for me. And I'm not fooling myself. I think.

Your list is great though. Those first 2 esp amazed me. Love the "electicness" of it.
Old 30th April 2019
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Michael Iceberg
Jimi Hendrix
Phil X
Iggy Pop
John Denver
Old 30th April 2019
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Pink Floyd
Rush
Jethro Tull
Police
Genisis (Phil and peter)
Old 21st June 2019
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1. Dylan
2. Kristofferson
3.springsteen
4.chris whitley
5.guy clark
6. cohen
7. Robert Johnson
8. waits
9. willy
10. billy joe shaver. cant do just 5
Old 24th June 2019
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1. Jens Lekman
2. Kings of Convenience
3. Townes Van Zandt
4. Leonard Cohen
5. Ichiko Aoba
Old 26th June 2019
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Right Now I think is John Carpenter and Ennio Morricone
Old 26th June 2019
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Townes Van Zandt
Tom Waits
Les Claypool
David Eugene Edwards
Johnette Napolitano


Eh top 20 would be easier. Mark Sandman, Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell are close behind this lot. Tom Morello. PJ Harvey is up there. Cohen. Prince. Perry Farrell.
Old 26th June 2019
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Right now it's these (though these have stayed near the top of my list for a while now)

1. Spoon
2. Smashing Pumpkins
3. Manchester Orchestra
4. Silversun Pickups
5. The Strokes
Old 26th June 2019
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John Anderson
Jo Dee Messina

Stones
Boston
Rush
Old 26th August 2019
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As a drummer:
Pink floyd-Sound Quality
Rush-Tom fills
Police -Snare sound
Jethro tull -General feel
Phill collins -Crash placement
Triumph- Hitting both hands at once
America- Just because I lived with my cousin for a while, thier drummer for 41 years. Lots of drum talks. He ingraned into me the double paradiddle with a triplet feel, the bases for the drums in Tin Man.

I blended that to gether for my drum style.
Old 27th August 2019
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How about I give my TOP SEVEN REASONS I THINK TOP N LISTS ARE EMPTY EXERCISES IN ARBITRARY RANKING?



Just joshin' y'all. Innocent fun. Go on ahead. I actually started to try but really couldn't shoe horn em in.


I do get it that, for the reader, such a collection of short lists is a more interesting read -- though it's likely to give folks a possibly too-narrow view of some others. I mean, I read some of these and I thought, Oh, my. I thought so-and-so was hipper/deeper/whateverer than that. [The danger of judgmentalism is to the judgmental individual; I'll own that. ]


I'll say this -- in parallel to Brent's mode of reply -- that, at least in years past, people would listen to my unpleasant, post-Dylan/Jagger/Bowie voice and say, "Oh, you sound kind of like Tom Petty."

Now, I bought his first album when it came out (desperate for rock that wasn't in the dinosaur mode) and thought some of it was pretty cool ("Breakdown" struck me as pretty irresistible. The rest is hazy, TBH.) And I saw him (good show). But that's it. Never bought another album and, after I got more involved in punk the next few years, barely listened to the first. But whenever folks would reach for a 'sounds like' reference, out would come TP, rest his soul. For a time I also got 'John Lennon' -- who probably was more of a direct influence -- but I never really heard that, myself, as far as sound and writing approach went.

I'll sneak in one last, somewhat oblique (and maybe obscure) artist reference -- but someone who really was an influence on me, the young Andy Pratt, before his turn to religiously themed music after his first two, very secular albums, the second of which made Al Kooper's fabled Top 100 Rock Albums list. I'm probably one of the very few people who has the first album in its original pressing -- though my jacket has the tell-tale punch hole of a cutout purchase. I think I paid less than 50 cents. But what a record. 1st: Records are Like Life; 2nd: Andy Pratt.

Last edited by theblue1; 27th August 2019 at 06:47 PM..
Old 27th August 2019
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I also feel like they're too expansive to list as well - but taking the challenge, I'd go with Ed Sheeran and Will Varley being towards the top of the list
Old 3 weeks ago
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Burzum
Max Martin
Brian Eno
Fela Kuti
Townes Van Zandt
James Murphy

Old 6 days ago
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Stevie Wonder
Frank Zappa
Varese
Justice
Stravinsky
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