Author Topic: How did you get into rock music?  (Read 4480 times)

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Re: How did you get into rock music?
« Reply #15 on: May 25, 2012, 09:46:58 PM »
1964..Roy Orbison's " Oh Pretty Woman ", Was the first record I ever bought, a little while later I became a BEATLENUT...1964 was,for Me, THE year of Great music,I was 13 at the time, and Music became my world, I still have All my records, and 1964 is STILL my favorite year. Of course,'65,'66,67'.and '68 were all Great too. >:D >:D >:D

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Re: How did you get into rock music?
« Reply #16 on: June 02, 2012, 08:01:04 PM »
Great stories, Everybody. I remember I Wanna Hold Your Hand hooking me via the car radio, with my Mom driving (robin's egg blue '56 Pontiac Skychief). A couple of weeks later I had a dental appointment (which was always traumatic). My Dad showed up to pick me up and had something to ease my psychic pain: Meet the Beatles and a Nutty Mad. Wow. What a memory. I became sort of disinterested in The Beatles after the 3rd LP. I started getting into The Ventures and movie soundtracks (Goldfinger, etc.). Then, as with Hepcat, The Doors' Light My Fire jumped out of the radio and turned my head upside-down. It was like Ray Bradbury rock & roll (especially the Strange Days LP). I devoured a local college radio station (the only place on the dial where you could hear the obscure stuff). My first concert was The Jimi Hendrix Experience (The Soft  Machine, Vanilla Fudge, and The Amboy Dukes opened). My ticket cost $3.00. I dropped by the little poster shop where I had purchased the ticket and they had a few of the promo cardboard posters left over. I had to have one of those. Miraculously, it survived a flooded basement, several moves, and my occasional purging of all things past. I sold it to a collector last year for more than I would care to say!  >:D  In the 70s I was into jazz and especially fusion (Mahavishnu Orchestra, etc.). When the punk scene came around I became quite enamored with Siouxsie and the Banshees (saw them up close in a tiny venue; excellent band). Gotta love The Ramones as well (Mad magazine rock & roll!). And Joy Division is somehow immortal...

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Re: How did you get into rock music?
« Reply #17 on: June 02, 2012, 08:57:13 PM »
My first concert was The Jimi Hendrix Experience (The Soft  Machine, Vanilla Fudge, and The Amboy Dukes opened). My ticket cost $3.00. I dropped by the little poster shop where I had purchased the ticket and they had a few of the promo cardboard posters left over.

Wow! Just wow on all counts!

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Re: How did you get into rock music?
« Reply #18 on: January 24, 2019, 10:38:20 AM »
CHLO Radio in St. Thomas just south of London, Ontario was throughout the early and mid-sixties the only Top 40 station in the immediate London area and got therefore the bulk of the teen demographic. CHLO didn't get any competition until CJBK arrived on the London scene in 1967 with a top forty format.

But it was the launch of DJ Thomas Aquinas' thirty minute progressive rock show on CFPL in London in 1968 that really helped to spur the expansion of my musical horizons. Here are some of the tracks that I remember (well sort of) hearing on Aquinas' show for the first time thus serving as my introduction to that specific band:

Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun - Pink Floyd
Piece of My Heart - Big Brother & the Holding Company
Paper Sun(?) - Traffic
A Song for Jeffrey - Jethro Tull
Communication Breakdown - Led Zeppelin (unless I'd already heard Good Times Bad Times on another station)
Jingo Rock - Santana
The Court of the Crimson King - King Crimson
Hear Me Calling - Ten Years After
1984 - Spirit
Sonny Boy Williamson - Mike Bloomfield & Al Kooper
Rondo '69 (or else America) - The Nice
Better By You, Better Than Me - Spooky Tooth
The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown) - Fleetwood Mac

My impressionable young mind was of course ripe to be exposed to more complex and sophisticated forms of rock music and I soaked it all up like a sponge. I clearly wasn't the only listener doting on his program because it was soon expanded to an hour.

Interesting too that I've always associated Alvin Lee with Randy California in my mind because of Aquinas' show even though they were two very different guitarists. This is because Aquinas had matched Alvin Lee up against Randy California in a knockout poll featuring sixteen guitarists back in 1969. Randy California won that matchup. (I also remember that Peter Townshend defeated Keith Richards and Jimmy Page trumped Jeff Beck. Mike Bloomfield disposed of Jimmy Page in one semi while Eric Clapton triumphed over Jimi Hendrix in the other semi. Eric Clapton won out in the final.)

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Re: How did you get into rock music?
« Reply #19 on: January 25, 2019, 03:25:14 PM »
I found my dad's stash of cassette tapes under his bed, because that's where he kept the ones he moved on from (mostly because of new releases). I grabbed the two with the coolest covers and one I already knew I liked. I would listen to them on my Teddy Ruxpin as I didn't have my own stereo at the time (I was about 6 or 7). Those tapes were Holy Diver by Dio, Master of Puppets by Metallica and 1984 by Van Halen. I would swap them out when he'd buy new ones, but he really only stuck to a handful of bands so I eventually had to branch out from his collection.
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Re: How did you get into rock music?
« Reply #20 on: March 05, 2020, 03:06:16 PM »
I'm enjoying everyone's replies thus far.
For me there were two major influences. The first was listening to AM radio all through the 1960s when the tunes we now
consider "oldies" were Top 40 hits. The second was my kid brother who'd get new rock/pop LPs as they were released. We
still have original Beatles and Monkees records stored in boxes somewhere.

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Re: How did you get into rock music?
« Reply #21 on: January 19, 2022, 07:26:59 PM »
The first was listening to AM radio all through the 1960s when the tunes we now consider "oldies" were Top 40 hits.

What were some of your favourites?

The second was my kid brother who'd get new rock/pop LPs as they were released.

Why as the older brother were you not the one buying the LPs?

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Re: How did you get into rock music?
« Reply #22 on: January 20, 2022, 10:58:14 PM »
As a young kid, I began listening to alot of KISS stuff and was always a KISS fan every since I was little. I had everything, including studio albums, compilation, live, EPs, dvds, vhs tapes, action figures, posters, statues, comics, etc. I was one of the lucky ones who attended the 2000-2001 Farewell Tour and actually got to see the last concerts of the original lineup. KISS was what really got me started on the path to classic rock/heavy metal. I am still a fan of KISS, but it isn't the same as to when I was a kid and would sport KISS t-shirts and listen to the cds and the first experience of listening to them for the first time

I am a KISS fan, too, and have been for about forty plus, plus years. KISS has gone through many iterations, era to era. Their longevity has been a rollercoaster for many fans. Many KISS fans have a disdain for Tommy and Eric. Which has divided fans for decades. Nevertheless, it's all about KISS' music and entertainment.

Now here's my opinion about KISS and their history in the music industry their peers and blatant KISS haters'. In my lifetime, I have experienced in my travels, and at concerts, and at record stores....etc, etc. The sheer judgment of the band KISS. Claiming KISS are not talented and that the band are inapt musicians'. Or......cannot play their instruments.

Well. That is definitely a inaccurate claim. KISS' intention from the beginning was to write good ,memorable song material and the makeup and stage show was and is the icing on the cake. The band is know for their anesthetics. Which has been a backlash since their inception. Especially from Rolling Stone magazine. Which has publicly vilified KISS for their image and music abilities. When in fact, the same Magazine and it's staff have praised mediocre bands and solo artists. Rolling Stone magazine still bashes KISS ad nauseam.

There are so many bands and solo artists that are truly amazing that have not been given a chance to flourish because of critics and their peers and because of Rolling Stone magazine. KISS has been judged negatively, compared to their musical peers. There is only one KISS.

As I become older, the same KISS haters' who I delt with in the 70s and 80s, were the same people who attended the 1996/1997 Reunion tour.

In the end, it doesn't really matter. KISS will always be kiss......and the haters' can listen to whatever they listen to. Too bad, though. KISS has a prolific amount of good songs AND......Great songs, too.🤘🏻
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Re: How did you get into rock music?
« Reply #23 on: Today at 11:28:08 AM »
I really respect Kiss frontman Gene Simmons and the professional approach he takes to the music business. Unlike so many rock stars he's never let substance abuse subsume and ultimately entirely consume his musical/artistic talent. I understand that he doesn't even drink let alone do any drugs. And it shows in his health:

Gene Simmons' Secret to Good Health - The Sun

Yet somehow he's drawn criticism from the great unwashed for precisely his unwavering professionalism.

Nonetheless I can't say that Kiss is among my favourite bands. We all have different tastes and mine run to earlier blues-rock as opposed to 1970's metal per se.

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