Musical taste… the first albums we bought and other matters November 19, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Funnily enough this kind of elides with IEL’s post today on Rock of Ages – a lot of those tracks, not least the soft rock ones have a place in my heart. I’ve been reading Gareth Murphy’s overview of the record industry – Cowboys and Indies, dipping in and out as the mood takes me. It’s a great read. There’s so much in there, and some intriguing thoughts on just how ill-prepared for the digital era it all was – small wonder Apple snuck in when it did.
But when discussing Rick Rubin, famously founder of Def Jam and producer to a vast range of people there’s this quote from the man himself:
In high school I had listened to stuff like AC/DC and Led Zeppelllin. From there I got into independent punk rock – the Dead Kennedy’s, Black Flag. Then I got seriously into hip-hop, where it all moved full circle because I was missing the old stuff like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.
Recently I was discussing music with someone who said to me, ‘but metal would be more your thing than punk’. While there’s an element of truth in it I was a bit taken aback because my musical evolution, such as it is, followed a not dissimilar track to Rubins. The first albums I bought were a Horslips Greatest Hits and Deepest Purple, followed by Highway to Hell by AC/DC. The next though – in a short month or two later – were Echo and the Bunnymen and the Psychedelic Furs. By the way, the latter two were second hand, something that I did for years subsequently. Freebird, Comet, Base X (as was), Macs in the George’s Street Arcade, all saw my custom on a near enough weekly basis. I’d easily have put vinyl before alcohol. Indeed for most of the time there was no contest at all.
So in school I was listening to metal. Then straight to new wave. Then and only then punk. I came late to that and was astounded by the range of guitar sounds. They were faster, crunchier than metal. After that it was pretty much a mix informed by the first three. Psychedelia, goth, alternative as was and then dance and then electronica – IDM, EBM, techno. Metal only elbowed its way back in in the late 90s.
And even that is just broad brushstrokes. There were always albums or songs from different genres which I liked as and when I heard them – some of them far from good, I like that Double album, I’m fond of Picnic at the Whitehouse, Hey Elastica had their moments, and so on…the point being I don’t believe I’ve a very good musical taste but I do like music.
Did others have similar or different paths? And perhaps more interestingly, what were the first albums people bought?