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Musicians that impressed you nearly instantaneously and then made you a fanatic.

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Iron Woode

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not a fanatic but was very impressed by Tarja Turunen's vocal talents as a soprano:

 

Stopsignhank

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I was helping my company build a building in China. It never got over 45 degrees and there were not even doors on the building, so it was cold. The wind was even blowing through the building. I was in my second week and still had 3 days left. I was pretty miserable, cold and I just wanted to go home. I put my air pods on, went into a back room, grabbed one of their brooms and started sweeping up some sand off this epoxy floor we had put in.

I listen to the blues and Tab Benoit came on. I was hooked. I listened to it 3 times that day and it became my theme song for the rest of the trip.





The lyrics.
I can't wait to get back home
Where the sun is always nice and warm
I can't wait to get back home
Where the sun is always nice and warm

You know, it's freezin' out here
And the howlin' wind sends a nasty chill
Through my bones

Oh, you know I
I shivered myself to sleep last night
But the cold won't let me be
That's when I woke up I realized that
This ain't no place for me, no
And I can't, I can't wait to get back home
Where the sun is always nice and warm

You know, it's freezin' out here
And the howlin' wind sends a nasty chill
Through my bones
 

compcons

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The Pogues
Amanda Palmer
Me First & the Gimme Gimmes
Bloodhound Gang
Tenacious D
Wolf Alice
The Doubleclicks
Save Ferris

Well, those are the first handful that come to mind, before I move on :D
The Bloodhound Gang is absolutely one of my favorite bands ever. If their stuff wasn't so satirical, they would be a legit powerhouse. The combination of solid music, social/policitical commentary and intellect is really unique. It's like Weird Al had actual talent.
 

Torn Mind

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This one EDM dude named Mitis.

I randomly came across one of his songs like 7 or so years ago on a Pandora playlist and then saw he had only this mini 6-song album out and I instantly bought it on Amazon.

I don't know what it is about his style but a lot of his songs just make me feel some sorta way. I also love when he incorporates the piano into some of his songs. Something about the piano in songs gets me. It may be subconsciously because my dad used to play it very well when he was alive.

Most of his songs don't have any vocals but some do. He doesn't sing at all himself to my knowledge.

I'm guessing most people won't like it.

He has a very good ear for instrumentation. That much I can tell. Also, it sounds it's pretty accessible and would integrate into a video very well.
 

Torn Mind

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The Bloodhound Gang is absolutely one of my favorite bands ever. If their stuff wasn't so satirical, they would be a legit powerhouse. The combination of solid music, social/policitical commentary and intellect is really unique. It's like Weird Al had actual talent.
Well, Weird Al actually is quite talented. Both in making the parody lyrics and tackling pretty demanding material
 

LikeLinus

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Some lesser known ones (certainly lesser known than the household names I'm seeing a lot of people post):

Victor Wooten
Funny story. So I've played guitar since I was 10 or so years old. My wife, girlfriend at the time, wanted to buy a bass guitar because she was trying to be part of my hobby, lol. I took her to Rock Block Guitars (RIP) and we picked out an Ibanez sea foam green bass. It was around 1998 and I think we paid around $500 for it. It had active pickups and I went to change the battery. I removed the plate and it had Victor Wooten's signature and a note signature. I did a bit of research and concluded that it was real and he signed it before he sold it.

We still have the Bass to this day and the plate. Pretty funny...
 

Svnla

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The Bloodhound Gang is absolutely one of my favorite bands ever. If their stuff wasn't so satirical, they would be a legit powerhouse. The combination of solid music, social/policitical commentary and intellect is really unique. It's like Weird Al had actual talent.
The video "The Bad Touch" in which the group members as rats ...hummmm..passing something around....eww.
 

LikeLinus

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The Bloodhound Gang is absolutely one of my favorite bands ever. If their stuff wasn't so satirical, they would be a legit powerhouse. The combination of solid music, social/policitical commentary and intellect is really unique. It's like Weird Al had actual talent.
LOL, Bloodhound Gang. They are a great "band" and I love their music. They are so funny that it's hard to explain to people. Here is an example. Not their best material, but it's freaking hilarious!

 

Fritzo

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As most people know about me, it was Jimmy Page, and it was all due to me trying to see boobies on illegal cable. Short story: Fast Times at Ridgemont High soundtrack -> Search for unknown song -> after 2 years of buying the wrong albums I found the song -> liked the albums I mistakenly bought so much I learned to play guitar to emulate them.
 

Torn Mind

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If JoJo was Mozart for R&B, Yasunori Mitsuda is likewise the same for video game music. 16-bit electronic game synthesizers can work if the composer got talent.

Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross have numerous tracks that can leave an impression, starting with the openings in both games.

The Title Track
A synthesized sax solo.

Singing Mountain(unused):
Battle with Magus
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-UNgi8kmaY
Corridors of Time
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsvN18iAzb4
Peaceful Days:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiuMEmsNCV8
To Far Away Times
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiuMEmsNCV8 Times
Epoch ~ Wings of Time
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWJFo-ZTgeQ&list=PLSHMcAUZYM-7vN5kvYQ_032Vdp1zRWETw&index=57

Frog's Theme:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpiAEOB0dhs

World Revolution: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kn_XWTwfKsQ

Based on my experience, Mitsuda has "borrowed" certain 80s numbers into his work. Sirius from the The Alan Parsons Project seems to provide the rhythm and tonality to represent "time".
Robo's theme is at least inpsired by the Rick'Roll song, Never Gonna Give You Up.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3l1QVqX3uA&list=PLSHMcAUZYM-7vN5kvYQ_032Vdp1zRWETw&index=32
The game itself is Back to the Future with extra variations.
 

Captante

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Oct 20, 2003
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Stevie Ray Vaughn died too early. He still had a lot of music left in him.

No doubt ... when he died it hit me nearly as hard as John Lennon.

Stevie transcended music with the vibe at his shows.... not what I for one expected from the style of his tunes. His career was just beginning to really roll when he was taken.

Brings a tear to my eye even today. :confused_old:
 

Chapbass

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Funny story. So I've played guitar since I was 10 or so years old. My wife, girlfriend at the time, wanted to buy a bass guitar because she was trying to be part of my hobby, lol. I took her to Rock Block Guitars (RIP) and we picked out an Ibanez sea foam green bass. It was around 1998 and I think we paid around $500 for it. It had active pickups and I went to change the battery. I removed the plate and it had Victor Wooten's signature and a note signature. I did a bit of research and concluded that it was real and he signed it before he sold it.

We still have the Bass to this day and the plate. Pretty funny...

Wow, thats awesome! I have a not as cool but similar story. Bill "The Buddha" Dickens (not nearly as well known as Vic, but a monster bassist) lives near me in Chicago. I was in a Sam Ash a long time ago, helping my buddy buy a drum set, and I hear this guy just *going to town* on a bass in the back. Being a bassist myself, I was intrigued (and then a second later, was more like "who the hell is this guy"). I walk back there, recognize him immediately.

Long story short, I took some lessons from him, and he ultimately sold me his 7 string Conklin GTBD-7 that he personally played on tour for many years. Signed the headstock for me, its still my main bass.

EDIT: In fact, I can't 100% prove it, but I'm 99% sure in this youtube clip (from one of his DVDs) hes playing the bass I now own.

 
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Chapbass

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If JoJo was Mozart for R&B, Yasunori Mitsuda is likewise the same for video game music. 16-bit electronic game synthesizers can work if the composer got talent.

Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross have numerous tracks that can leave an impression, starting with the openings in both games.

The Title Track
A synthesized sax solo.

Singing Mountain(unused):
Battle with Magus
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-UNgi8kmaY
Corridors of Time
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsvN18iAzb4
Peaceful Days:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiuMEmsNCV8
To Far Away Times
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiuMEmsNCV8 Times
Epoch ~ Wings of Time
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWJFo-ZTgeQ&list=PLSHMcAUZYM-7vN5kvYQ_032Vdp1zRWETw&index=57

Frog's Theme:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpiAEOB0dhs

World Revolution: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kn_XWTwfKsQ

Based on my experience, Mitsuda has "borrowed" certain 80s numbers into his work. Sirius from the The Alan Parsons Project seems to provide the rhythm and tonality to represent "time".
Robo's theme is at least inpsired by the Rick'Roll song, Never Gonna Give You Up.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3l1QVqX3uA&list=PLSHMcAUZYM-7vN5kvYQ_032Vdp1zRWETw&index=32
The game itself is Back to the Future with extra variations.
So glad you posted this. I go through periods where I do Video Game music almost exclusively for a while. It always starts with Chrono Trigger, then Metal Gear Solid, and goes from there.
 

LikeLinus

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Wow, thats awesome! I have a not as cool but similar story. Bill "The Buddha" Dickens (not nearly as well known as Vic, but a monster bassist) lives near me in Chicago. I was in a Sam Ash a long time ago, helping my buddy buy a drum set, and I hear this guy just *going to town* on a bass in the back. Being a bassist myself, I was intrigued (and then a second later, was more like "who the hell is this guy"). I walk back there, recognize him immediately.

Long story short, I took some lessons from him, and he ultimately sold me his 7 string Conklin GTBD-7 that he personally played on tour for many years. Signed the headstock for me, its still my main bass.

EDIT: In fact, I can't 100% prove it, but I'm 99% sure in this youtube clip (from one of his DVDs) hes playing the bass I now own.

That is freaking awesome and a great video. I've never heard of him, but he is an amazing bassist. That is way cool that he sold you his touring bass!
 

Torn Mind

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So glad you posted this. I go through periods where I do Video Game music almost exclusively for a while. It always starts with Chrono Trigger, then Metal Gear Solid, and goes from there.
At least to me, Battle with Magus gives off very similar vibes to a parts of the first movement of Mozart's Piano Concerto 20. Sibling music hundreds of years apart, imo.

 
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sdifox

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As most people know about me, it was Jimmy Page, and it was all due to me trying to see boobies on illegal cable. Short story: Fast Times at Ridgemont High soundtrack -> Search for unknown song -> after 2 years of buying the wrong albums I found the song -> liked the albums I mistakenly bought so much I learned to play guitar to emulate them.

You also bought guitars intead of pianos.
 

sdifox

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I am going with Beethoven and Mozart.

5 year old...

 
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