Concrete Jungle ” Bob Marley And The Wailers (1973)

Someone at art school lent me a Bob Marley album and I was impressed by the emotion and simplicity of his music. I got hold of Catch a Fire, Burning, and Natty Dread and played them continuously. My parents would complain that they made my bedroom door vibrate. We were lucky enough to see them play at Birmingham Odeon during the hot summer of 1975.

Raw Power ”Iggy And The Stooges (1973)

A flatmate at art school bought the Raw Power album and I couldn’t believe how great it was, full of energy and danger, and Iggy’s great voice. He had the New York Dolls too, and I probably wore them out before I bought my own copies, along with the previous two Stooges albums. I felt as though I had been waiting for the Stooges to happen all my life.

Submission – Sex Pistols (1976)

This is the song that stayed in my mind the most after seeing the Sex Pistols for the first time (they hadn’t made any records yet), and I use it to represent the UK punk explosion of all those original and diverse bands such as The Damned, Buzzcocks, Stranglers, Clash, along with the US contingent ”“ the Ramones, Dead Boys and so on, that made life so exciting in those early days.

Smells Like Teen Spirit ”Nirvana (1991)

Having spent the post band days of the ”80’s rather burned out and fairly uninterested in music apart from the odd band like Lords of the New Church, I was abruptly brought back to music mania by this track that I kept hearing on college radio stations while driving around California in 1991. I got hold of the two Nirvana albums and started to investigate what else was out there. It really was, and is, a classic song, and Kurt Cobain was a great songwriter.

Fuel For The Hatred ”Satyricon (2002)

I first heard this track on the radio in 2004 and instantly liked the guitar sound, there was something nicely nasty about it, and the drums were more interesting than most things I was listening to. It was halfway through their set at Fabric nightclub in March 2005 that I saw the light (or should that be dark) and realised that I really, really liked black metal. It sounds like a pop song now, compared to some of the bands I listen to, though the drummer, Frost, is still the best in the world.

Gaye as indicated with the inclusion of Satyricon has developed an appreciation of Black metal and writes occassional reviews for LTW – read hers live/albums reviews here.

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


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