Music & Me
With a little tribute in the title for Michael Jackson, I'm starting this list which goes through my history with music.
Music has always (as long as I can remember) been one of the most important things in my life. It's a cliché, but it's true. Music has the potential to make us feel whatever we can imagine. Music has always made me feel something. If a song doesn't make me feel something, it's no good for me. Even though I love music with all my heart, I tend to get tired of things too soon. It happens to me a lot but with music it's just a bit different. I might almost like "forget" some favorite band of mine for a while, and find a new musical interest, BUT if the band/artist really meant something for me, it will stay in my mind. And I will keep coming back to those artists, no matter what.
On this list, I'll tell you why I like the artists I like and what kind of memories I have of them.
"We've been together for such a long time now
Music, music and me
Don't care whether all our songs rhyme
Now music, music and me"
7.4 01. Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson was the first artist that I remember liking very much. This was also the first time I 'learned' something from my brother. He was a fan of MJ so I followed his footsteps. I remember very clearly seeing and hearing Smooth Criminal and They Don't Care About Us for the first time.
I saw/heard Smooth Criminal for the first time when I was watching this tape that my mom had recorded. It was from the MJ concert in Finland, it was so big back then, that you could see the whole concert on tv. So I remember seeing first some gangsters, then this big white sheet and Michael's silhoutte on that sheet. Some kicking and dancing, then suddenly music, the sheet dropped and singing started. It was so awesome.
On that same tape was music program called Jyrki and it was some sort of a MJ special since it showed all his music videos. From that tape I remember seeing They Don't Care About Us. It was the earlier version, the one with the jail scenes. I liked it. I liked the rhytmn and the way everything was so synced.
So that was my first musical experience and it's also why I can never totally dislike MJ.
6.5 02. Eminem
Eminem is the second artist I remember liking at a very young age. I was, I think eight or nine when I heard Eminem for the first time. My brother (once again) had this rap phase (which never really ended, though) and he had gotten tired of Eminem. So I got The Eminem Show from him and me and my cousin listened to it. We listened to it A LOT. It was just a really hilarious album, with all the funny voices and awesome music.
That album stayed in my mind, even though at the time I didn't check any of his other albums out. The Eminem Show was also one of the first records I got. And years after, it still is an excellent album. I really got to know Eminem a bit later in my life, and his music worked for me at the time really well. The reason I liked him was partly the same reason why I liked Marilyn Manson - both of them were these anti-heros, shocking people with their sayings and doings. That kind of people have always made a great impression on me. So he became one of my favorites, which still confuses people.
It seems like a cliché to say that he is one of the best rappers ever, but I honestly think so. It's no surprise that there are tons and tons of teenagers that LOVE him and praise him as the best rapper in the world (which is not quite true). But that teenager mania makes me avoid his music, unfortunately. Also I just don't find his music as good as it was. But he's still one of my favorites.
6.4 03. The Offspring
7.5 04. Sex Pistols
But anyways, Sex Pistols was on of the first bands that really spoke to me (with the other one being Marilyn Manson). For the first time I called my self a fan of something, and I was totally mad about Sex Pistols. They had a huge impact on me. They were the first band to REALLY make a difference in my life. They are legendary. I got into punk, but there never really was any other greater punk band for me than Sex Pistols. I liked the Clash at the time but I got to like them a bit more later in my life. At this time in my life I also listened to Rancid, Transplants and other Tim Armstrong projects. I also started listening to David Bowie, after reading Please Kill Me.
6.2 05. My Chemical Romance
This concert was still very important because I really got into this concert thing so it was pretty much like goodbye money, and hello music!
Also I have to say that I don't care if you think MCR is just sad and suicidal emo pop or something, Gerard
s voice STILL gives me the chills and I respect them so hard even though they aren't a big thing in my life anymore.
5.8 06. Marilyn Manson
Marilyn Manson and Sex Pistols had the biggest influence on me and my musical taste. I instantly fell in love with MM, and that happened on the summer before I went to the 7th grade. Marilyn Manson also came to Finland, almost right after MCR so as you might guess, I had to get there. No matter what.
So I had already met this guy, and we became friends. He and his brothers were going to see Manson and he asked if we wanted to come too. So when it was time to order the tickets the guys got theirs but me and my friend didn't. It was horrible. But fortunately, there's this site in Finland where people re-sell their tickets to concerts, so we started to hunt down those tickets. We found two tickets and I think they did cost about 20€ more than the orignal price but we still had to get them, and finally we did. So everything was OK, everybody got the tickets, so we just waited for the day of the concert. 20.12.2007 was one of the best days, not to mention one of the best concerts EVER. We had so much fun, the concert was amazing. I was hoping for something more shocking though (even though he did the classic bible burning)...
Since that concert, I have been an avid fan of Mr. God Of Fuck and his awesome band. Even with all the disappointments, I still believe they are great and always will be.
6.2 07. My Dying Bride
He also got me to like rap even more. And at this time I started to listen to rap much more, and also Eminem came into my life again. I started listening to Proof, D12, Tupac, Eminem, N.W.A, etc. We stayed friends for a long time and he also kept influencing my music taste. But at some point our tastes got so different that these days we don't have that many same favorites.
5.5 08. Anti-Flag
So after that, I started listening (again) a lot bands like Anti-Flag, Rancid, NOFX, etc.
7.4 09. Placebo
Few years ago I finally got to see them live. And I loved every moment of it. Placebo is on this list because I have so many memories that their music was also part of. My friend's brother passed away about a year ago, and at the memorial they played this really emotional version of Without You I'm Nothing. Placebo also helped me through my break up. Also they remind me of that great time I got to see them live.
7.2 010. The White Stripes
I love TWS to death and their music will surely continue to live on even after the bands break up.
8.1 011. Ray Charles
8.7 012. Asa (Avain)
'Asa' (back then he was 'Avain') was really the first finnish artist that I really, really, really liked. Once again, I found this burned cd from my brother's room and it looked really interesting. There was a lion head with an eye patch and stuff.
It was love at first sight. I became a huge fan of him, and his music started a whole new era in my musical experiments. It was about a year after discovering Asa, that I got really interested in finnish hip hop/rap music. Especially the underground artists like Huge L, Laineen Kasperi, Jontti & Shaka etc. So I discovered a whole new genre and I liked it.
7 013. Gorillaz
Gorillaz is here, because it is part of a really short, but awesome time in my life, about three weeks actually. Last year (2010) I got a really awesome chance to go to the US with my friend. It was a language travel course that lasted 3 weeks, we traveled from L.A to New York. It was by far the best trip I've ever had, and I had waited for a chance to get to the US so long. So there we were, and we had these awesome american guides. My group's guide was particularly great, because he was an avid music fan, and he had this iPod, that had a huge collection of music. So he gave us the soundtrack to that awesome trip.
I discovered so many new artists, and also re-discovered some old ones. There was Bob Marley, Gorillaz, Tool, Jay-Z, Elvis Presley, Tenacious D... And we also got to hear the soundtrack for The Legend of Ron Burgundy and btw, IT'S AWESOME.
7.8 014. Gallows
Gallows. One of my latest, but also one of my greatest discoveries. I've had that time in my life when I tried listening to artists like this. And none of them really got to me. So I wonder why Gallows is so special for me me. It's mainly screaming (at least to my dad) and I've never liked a band like this before. Still I absolutely adore Gallows... hopefully even though Frank decided to leave the band.
7.7 015. The Clash
About a year ago I re-discovered The Clash. I think sex Pistols got to me so hard that even though The Clash did make an impression on me I was more in love with Sex Pistols. But as we can see, there's was a later but better time for The Clash and me. Now I've finally discovered the full greatness of this band. Unlike Sex Pistols, The Clash has always been the intelligent punk band, for Joe and the guys music wasn't just noise. I'm not saying that Sex Pistols weren't aware of things, but they just fell into this other kind of road... the road to the superficial side of punk. Everybody knows that Johnny Rotten was actually quite aware of things, and he was the one that always told those opinions. But anyways, back to the Clash.
The Clash started as a solid punk band. I love that first record. But what really impressed me was Joe's and Mick's lyrics. The lyrics are surprisingly witty and intelligent. Also I love how they didn't just stuck to one genre. They are also very influental and especially Joe has been a great inspiration to me and a lot of people.
[I already praised The Clash on my "20 Days of Musicians" list, so maybe you can check that out ;)]
8.2 016. Pink Floyd
But now, I've found them again, and they're right there on my top 20. Roger Waters' lyrics, David Gilmour's quitar solos, Syd Barret's artistic and creepy imaginary, Nick Mason's drums and Rick Wright's distinctive keyboard sound makes Pink Floyd one of the greatest bands ever! Whether there is Syd on the vocals or David, Pink Floyd always sound so unique and interesting.
Latest Musical Findings
6.6 017. Bad Religion
8 018. Hurts
7.8 019. Beirut
7.1 020. Nine Inch Nails
8 021. Joy Division
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