Influential Music Acts

GowienczykGowienczyk Pooper of Parties
edited April 2009 in History of Rock
Influential Music Acts, from my perspective (most important are mentioned first).


1. Django Reinhardt, for the reasons of influencing complete arts of guitar composition which many rock and metal acts (especially metal) took highly into their guitar construction.

2. Kraftwerk, for constructing electronic music which at the time was merely avant-garde music and forwarding it to a pop styling, which in turn would inspire a entire decade of electronic-influenced pop music: (the 1980s).

3. Muddy Waters / John Lee Hooker, for pioneering their respective fields of blues and taking it to the next direction which would in turn inspire the first rockabilly acts like Chuck Berry.

4. Pixies, for taking their unique style and inspiring many bands who directed a entire generation. Bands such as Modest Mouse, Nirvana, Radiohead, Superchunk and others cite the Pixies as inspiring them and all of these bands are (or will, except maybe Superchunk) inspiring others, as well.

5. Faith No More, for creating some of the most experimental music for hard rock at the time and pioneering even if they didn't want to a entire culture based off their (and Mr. Bungle's) style.


I only listed 5, but I'm sure the intelligent folks will create some additions that I will agree on. Heheheh. I'm surer we'll have some fair share of debates and arguments, too.

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  • a21schizoidmana21schizoidman Prog-nosticator
    edited October 2008
    The Kinks - created a new kind of sound that influenced future punk and metal acts
  • GowienczykGowienczyk Pooper of Parties
    edited October 2008
    a21schizoidman;1418242 said:
    The Kinks - created a new kind of sound that influenced future punk and metal acts
    Better than the Beatles, too.
  • afterstasisafterstasis Washed Up
    edited October 2008
    can someone else say "john cage"? i was told i post about him too much. :)
  • a21schizoidmana21schizoidman Prog-nosticator
    edited October 2008
    Al Di Meola - jazz fusion guitarist who pioneered shredding
  • Jhail83Jhail83 Opening Act
    edited October 2008
    Rush - Proved a band could become successful through hard work and stay on top and adapt their style whilst staying true to theirselves. Also virtuosos that have influenced alot of other musicians.
  • edited October 2008
    Jhail83;1419845 said:
    Rush - Proved a band could become successful through hard work and stay on top and adapt their style whilst staying true to theirselves.
    Sounds like a cheesy 80's movie tagline.
  • Jhail83Jhail83 Opening Act
    edited October 2008
    TransdermalCelebration;1419847 said:
    Sounds like a cheesy 80's movie tagline.
    Just throw in John Cusack, Matthew Broderick, and Corey Feldman and stir.
  • RunesmithRunesmith Headliner
    edited October 2008
    The Velvet Underground: Arguably the first alternative rock band. They also had a heavy influence on glam, post-punk, goth, no-wave, New Wave, and experimental rock genres.

    I'd throw art-rock in there, too, but that fake genre was created by amateur Wikipedia journalists according to Gowienczyk. ;)
  • afterstasisafterstasis Washed Up
    edited October 2008
    Runesmith;1420739 said:

    I'd throw art-rock in there, too, but that fake genre was created by amateur Wikipedia journalists according to Gowienczyk. ;)
    wikipedia's older than i thought! :eek:
  • RunesmithRunesmith Headliner
    edited October 2008
    afterstasis;1420744 said:
    wikipedia's older than i thought! :eek:
    Oh, wait. He might've said that about alternative metal or Christian rock...eh, I forget. :D

    (Not that I disagree with you, Gow.)
  • GowienczykGowienczyk Pooper of Parties
    edited October 2008
    Runesmith;1420768 said:
    Oh, wait. He might've said that about alternative metal or Christian rock...eh, I forget. :D

    (Not that I disagree with you, Gow.)
    Theres a lot of those 'wiki-genres' as music fan's call it. ;D
  • Soror_YZBLSoror_YZBL Road Warrior
    edited October 2008
    Jhail83;1419862 said:
    Just throw in John Cusack, Matthew Broderick, and Corey Feldman and stir.
    Don't forget Molly Ringwald as Lead singer/Bassist John "Geddy" Cusack's girlfriend, and Rick Moranis as their bumbling, yet well meaning manager. Add Richard Gere as a hardened record exec who learns to "live again" by the power of Rush!'s music, and you've got the best gosh darn unmade movie of the 80's.
  • Jhail83Jhail83 Opening Act
    edited October 2008
    Soror_YZBL;1421003 said:
    Don't forget Molly Ringwald as Lead singer/Bassist John "Geddy" Cusack's girlfriend, and Rick Moranis as their bumbling, yet well meaning manager. Add Richard Gere as a hardened record exec who learns to "live again" by the power of Rush!'s music, and you've got the best gosh darn unmade movie of the 80's.
    As long as Keifer Sutherland gets to be the "Villain" I'm in!
  • Soror_YZBLSoror_YZBL Road Warrior
    edited October 2008
    Jhail83;1421281 said:
    As long as Keifer Sutherland gets to be the "Villain" I'm in!
    Keifer would have to play an evil version of Nash the Slash from FM.
  • MonkeymascotMonkeymascot Unsigned
    edited October 2008
    Wishbone Ash - Popularized the idea of two lead guitarists.
  • thedoorsdkthedoorsdk Road Warrior
    edited October 2008
    Black Sabbath
    The Pixies

    Both practically created their respective genres.
  • afterstasisafterstasis Washed Up
    edited October 2008
    Soror_YZBL;1421712 said:
    Keifer would have to play an evil version of Nash the Slash from FM.
    i'm not sure anyone here knows about nash the slash but you and i. :)
  • tofubottofubot Opening Act
    edited October 2008
    afterstasis;1421949 said:
    i'm not sure anyone here knows about nash the slash but you and i. :)
    i'm going to make it my duty to find out now.

    i'd also like to toss in my love of rites of spring here. since they arguably invented the genre of "emotional hardcore". before it got perverted into sounding like something so distant from what it started as.
  • afterstasisafterstasis Washed Up
    edited October 2008
    tofubot;1422181 said:

    i'd also like to toss in my love of rites of spring here. since they arguably invented the genre of "emotional hardcore". before it got perverted into sounding like something so distant from what it started as.
    definitely.
    i almost feel guilty for rarely listening to rites of spring, but i definitely honor their influence on the bands i prefer (think moss icon, not jimmy eat world).
  • tofubottofubot Opening Act
    edited October 2008
    when i pop them on, i always say to myself "why don't i listen to this more?"
  • Soror_YZBLSoror_YZBL Road Warrior
    edited October 2008
    afterstasis;1421949 said:
    i'm not sure anyone here knows about nash the slash but you and i. :)
    LOL what a pity! they could have been rush instead of rush! imagine everyone screaming for a full album dlc of surveillance.

    of course, they were just way too weird for american audiences. rush sounds like maroon 5 in comparison.
  • WhiffleBallTonyWhiffleBallTony Headliner
    edited October 2008
    Venom is one of the most influential bands ever, so I put them forth in this thread.
  • afterstasisafterstasis Washed Up
    edited October 2008
    i'll throw a few out there while my crappy microwave dinner cooks...

    ornette coleman: saxophone will never be the same.

    john fahey: acoustic guitar will never be the same.

    steve reich: simplicity will never be the same.
  • WhiffleBallTonyWhiffleBallTony Headliner
    edited October 2008
    Also, I want to throw Earth out there. They really changed the face of music, though not many people know it, unfortunately.
  • afterstasisafterstasis Washed Up
    edited October 2008
    WhiffleBallTony;1422597 said:
    Also, I want to throw Earth out there. They really changed the face of music, though not many people know it, unfortunately.
    if more people knew that cobain played with them we'd surely never hear the end of it, though. :)
  • Soror_YZBLSoror_YZBL Road Warrior
    edited October 2008
    WhiffleBallTony;1422543 said:
    Venom is one of the most influential bands ever, so I put them forth in this thread.
    DAMMIT! I have to reluctantly agree with you. As much as venom is absolutely one of the worst bands ever, they were the first extreme metal band ever, and inspired a lot of really good bands. Almost every one of those bands is better than Venom.

    God Venom sucks.
  • Mystlyfe77Mystlyfe77 Big Fan
    edited October 2008
    WhiffleBallTony;1422597 said:
    Also, I want to throw Earth out there. They really changed the face of music, though not many people know it, unfortunately.
    I'm still ticked they pulled out of the SunnO))) show they were supposed to be playing at later this week in Philly.
  • Rockbandfan23467Rockbandfan23467 Headliner
    edited October 2008
    I'm supprised no one mentioned The Beatles. Influenced everything that came after them, from Rap to Punk to Metal to New Wave to Alternative to Boy Bands to those so-called "Fake Wikipedia genres", they have to be the most influentail, directly or inderectly, band of all time.


    But mabye stating their influence is overdone, thus why I'm the first.
  • afterstasisafterstasis Washed Up
    edited October 2008
    Rockbandfan23467;1422811 said:
    I'm supprised no one mentioned The Beatles. Influenced everything that came after them, from Rap to Punk to Metal to New Wave to Alternative to Boy Bands to those so-called "Fake Wikipedia genres", they have to be the most influentail, directly or inderectly, band of all time.


    But mabye stating their influence is overdone, thus why I'm the first.
    yeah, i think a lot of us are trying to call attention to acts that you don't see on every list...
    but yes, of course the beatles are insanely influential.
  • DarkSide247DarkSide247 Road Warrior
    edited October 2008
    WhiffleBallTony;1422597 said:
    Also, I want to throw Earth out there. They really changed the face of music, though not many people know it, unfortunately.
    They had a free show at a university that I was looking forward to, but couldn't go. :(

    Anyways:
    King Crimson
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