Let me start .. Joy Division, because of unique sound. There really wasnt anything like it at the time and since. Many bands model themselves on them and they are thought of as highly influencial. If it werent for Joy division, there may not have been Editor and Interpol, for example.
I should also mention Rush. They always seem to be the forgotten rock band...but they influenced so many...Tool for one....and they were also voted the best musicians of the 70s (I think!) - OK so I am very biased - but a lot of the rock bands of the 70s such as Floyd, Sabbath, Zepplin, Rush, Scorpions, Rainbow, Deep Purple really brought Rock to the forefront and have influenced modern day rock...
As for the times of and beyond the 1960s, I'd offer the Beatles for that designation. Why? Because soft Rock, heavy metal, 70s punk (which sometimes resembled a hybrid child of heavy metal), chamber instrument Rock (like the string work in Eleanor Rigby), Eastern instrumentation (Harrison pieces) and newly experimental Rock, all began inside the Beatles. These styles were either suggested in their work or definably started. Helter Skelter is credited as the first clear sample of heavy metal in Rock music. Through effective experimentation, they helped Rock music to grow up, in a sense, beyond its doo-wop period. Then they proceeded to build on the growth they'd spawned, causing it to go in new directions.
The above musical forms diverged and morphed over the following decades but are recognized by aware music folk as being Beatle innovations. The Beatles also took the lead in breaking the 3-minute studio record barrier by introducing some hugely popular "long" songs like Hey Jude and A Day In The Life, which started to get radio airplay. That changed the radio airplay format. A formidable accomplishment. This change can be traced by a comparison of studio song length up to the time of the appearance of certain of their songs.
The Beatles broadened the type of song themes that could be included in Rock music, and in the process actually got teenagers to listen to and love music they could'nt dance to-! A revolutionary achievement in itself.... They introduced sudden and occasionally radical yet enjoyable changes in song tempo, chord progression and tonal imagery. The boys from Liverpool are also credited with introducing the "concept" album to Rock music. They did all this, and they did it prolificly. Who did they influence and musically inspire? Some of everybody then and that came after them on the pop scene, including the contemporary Beach Boys after they heard the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. By the time they broke up they had to their credit a large collection of art, a lot of it good, much of it excellent, and some of it truly great.
Historically speaking, Blues, Jazz, and Country pre-dated and influenced skiffle. The Beatles were deeply influenced by Blues music after they dropped skiffle. Blues and Jazz are something like the Poppa of 20th century musical influence, enclosing even skiffle. Blues and Jazz influenced the development of Rock Music, as history again shows. And if somebody ever gets the notion to hear an orchestral version of the roots of Rock n' Roll and Pop Music, all they have to do is quietly take in Stravinsky's La Sacre Du Printemps (The Rite Of Spring, 1913).
Hands down The Beatles as they revolutionized and changed the face of Modern Rock and Roll . You have to Include Led Zep and The Ramones as well . Both were heavy Influences on modern music as It Is done today . Rage against the Machine was probably one of the Bigger Influences on modern rock In the last 20 years .
Exactly....I think that if the overall radius and scope of impact on music is confined to ONE BAND (as originally asked in this forum's title), after all is said and done the journey would lead right back to The Beatles, so long as the time-frame of the impact involves the 60s and beyond in the category of popular music.
Early Bowie (after he was David Jones - remember ha ha ha he he he... Im a laughing gnome) ziggy stardust etc - inspired 'the new romantic' generation, especially with the fashion and male makeup. Johnny cash was more a rebel tho. Much of the style was similar to the day, I wouldnt say he inspired great change in music.. except for the hue and cry over the prison sessions. x p.s. kudos to R/head.. didnt know the pixie fact
I live in Glastonbury, believe me this is a normal occurrance! What about Can as an influence? Can were an experimental rock band formed in West Germany in 1968. One of the first "krautrock" groups, they rejected American influences and incorporated strong minimalist and world music elements into their often psychedelic music. Major artists working in the post-punk genre such as The Fall, Public Image Ltd., Siouxsie & the Banshees, Joy Division and other acts like David Bowie, Talking Heads, The Stone Roses and Primal Scream have cited Can as an influence. Brian Eno made a short film in tribute to Can, while John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers appeared at the Echo Awards ceremony, at which Can were awarded the most prestigious music award in Germany, to pay tribute to guitarist Michael Karoli.
Can constructed their music largely through free improvisation and editing, which bassist Holger Czukay referred to as "instant compositions". They had only occasional commercial success, with singles such as "Spoon" and "I Want More" reaching national singles charts. However, through albums such as Tago Mago (1971) and Ege Bamyasi (1972), the band exerted a considerable influence on avant-garde, experimental, underground, ambient, new wave and electronic music.[2
Not only was he influential musically - he also added an interesting element to music legend. He's said to be the first alleged victim of the "27" curse.
Its often considered a kind a rite of passage for the musically brilliant to die at the age of 27 - Robert Johnson, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, and at least a dozen others, are said to be members of this elite "club."
But beyond that cheesy bit of supernatural sensationalism, some of Johnson's recordings are absolutely heartbreaking.
John William "Trane" Coltrane (September 23, 1926 – July 17, 1967) was an American jazz saxophonist and composer.
Working in the bebop and hard bop idioms early in his career, Coltrane helped pioneer the use of modes in jazz and later was at the forefront of free jazz. He was astonishingly prolific: he made about fifty recordings as a leader during his recording career, and appeared as a sideman on many other albums, notably with trumpeter Miles Davis and pianist Thelonious Monk. As his career progressed, Coltrane's music took on an increasingly spiritual dimension. His second wife was pianist Alice Coltrane, and their son Ravi Coltrane is also a saxophonist.
He influenced innumerable musicians, and remains one of the most significant tenor saxophonists in jazz history. He received many awards, among them a posthumous Special Citation from the Pulitzer Prize Board in 2007 for his "masterful improvisation, supreme musicianship and iconic centrality to the history of jazz."
the Monks are often referenced as forerunners of the later punk movement
At the beginning of 1965, Dave Day and Roger Johnston, on a whim, got their heads shaved into monks' tonsures. The rest of the band followed their lead, and to complete the image, the band took to wearing a uniform - all black, sometimes in cassocks, with nooses worn as neckties. Eddie Shaw later claimed in his band autobiography Black Monk Time that the nooses were symbolic of the metaphorical nooses that all humanity wear. His explanation exhibited a literal translation of gallows humor. The same attitude seems to be exhibited by the blunt lyrics of the band. Of course the brazen attitude toward sensitive subjects was not well met. They received confused audience reactions at concerts: One attendee attempted to strangle Gary Burger at a show in Hamburg, presumably for perceived blasphemy. Influence Artists to have acknowledged the Monks as an influence include The White Stripes, Henry Rollins, the Beastie Boys and Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys, as well as The Fall. The latter covered both "I Hate You" and "Oh, How to Do Now" on their 1990 album Extricate (under the titles "Black Monk Theme Part I" and "Black Monk Theme Part II", respectively), as well as the song "Shut Up!" on their 1994 album Middle Class Revolt. The Fall have also covered "Higgledy-Piggledy" for the Monks tribute CD Silver Monk Time. The White Stripes named The Monks as one of their key influences, noting that "their melodies were pop destructive
I nominate The beatles, Abba and U2. And for some darn reason I have a yen for Kenny Rogers and The Bee Gees. But that's just me! : ) When I was a kid, I had to endure the Carpenters being played constantly by my grand parents. Now I love em! If it moves me enough, yes, I can come to like that music...
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