Influenced, Music, My Stories

Learning Music In Reverse

We hear a song. We like it and we seek out more songs from the same artist. And the cycle repeats with different artists.

It’s how we get into music.

It happened to me in the 80s.

When i heard Motley Crue, Quiet Riot, Van Halen, Twisted Sister, Iron Maiden, Ozzy, Kiss and Judas Priest, i didn’t think for a second that these bands would have had influences.

I saw it happen in the 90s when people got into music because of Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Soundgarden and Alice In Chains. These bands came first for a whole new generation. There was nothing else except these bands.

I never got the debates over Kingdom Come in the 80’s until well into the 90’s when I started seeking out bands from the 70s and started really paying attention to Led Zeppelin.

I remember when Avenged Sevenfold released the “Hail To The King” album and every song was a derivative version of a classic album that came out in the 90s. I heard the influences but kids born in the 2000s were none the wiser. As they get older, they would learn the history of music in reverse.

If you want to listen to Shinedown, do you need to listen to Soundgarden, Nirvana, Guns N Roses, Def Leppard, AC/DC, Bad Religion and Springsteen first, until you work your way to Shinedown.

Of course not.

You hear Shinedown and you get into them. You enjoy them. When I first heard them, my ears told me it’s Audioslave. A colleague at work who at the time had never heard Audioslave, so it was just Shinedown.

Dream Theater came first for me. And many years later, Rush, Marillion, Yes and Pink Floyd would come into my life. All because of Dream Theater. Even the band Muse would come into my life because of Dream Theater.

From Tool, I came to appreciate King Crimson, The Cure and Adrian Belew. Artists I wouldn’t normally listen to.

I remember when I first heard Aerosmith and Whitesnake. It was in 1987 and I had no idea these bands had a long history dating back to the Seventies.

And that’s the beauty of music. We listen, we get moved by the listening and we start to explore.

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