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    Pink Floyd - DSOTM
    Pixies - Surfer Rosa
    Pixies - Doolittle
    Radiohead - Ok Computer
    Portishead - Dummy
    Siouxsie and the Banshees -Juju
    Magazine - Real Life (all their albums, really)
    The Clash - The Clash
    Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
    Bjork - Debut
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    My influences won't be anywhere near as obscure as some on this list - in no particular order:

    Nirvana - In Utero
    Bad Religion - Against The Grain
    The Clash - Give 'em Enough Rope
    Soundgarden - SuperUnknown
    Metallica - not sure which album; but I listened to a lot of it when I was about 18. Master of Puppets.
    Manic Street Preachers - The Holy Bible
    Radiohead - OK Computer
    PJ Harvey - Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea
    Pink Floyd - Animals
    Chamberlain - Fate's Got A Driver

    There's certainly 2 or 3 more that I've liked more than the albums on the list but I wouldn't say they've influenced my playing.
    Last edited by JDOD; 06-20-2016 at 05:34.

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    Yeah, I can see some distinction between favourite albums and most influential. I can think of a few albums Iíd probably include in my top 10 records, but donít consider particularly influential Ė and vice versa. Can see plenty I know and love from Nola and Tadís lists in particular, but probably a few differences in terms of influences.

    Pavement Terror Twilight, Sonic Youth Washing Machine, Mogwai Come on Die Young
    Not sure the first two would top many respective fans favourite lists (like Nola, Crooked Rain x2 is probably my listening favourite), but for me these three albums are perfection in terms of guitar tone. Big warm tubey tones often with plenty of reverb and some with twin leads playing cool countermelodies.

    Four Tet Rounds
    In terms of taking organic sounds, doing interesting things with them and taking them somewhere completely different, layering sounds and letting ideas slowly develop.

    Bob Dylan Freewheelin and Devendra Banhart Rejoicing In The Hands
    Not necessarily my favourite Dylan album overall, but the sound of the acoustic guitars and vocals on these two stripped back albums is great. Lots of warm colour Iím guessing from ribbon mics? Iím sure itís just the application of good knowledge and decent equipment rather than any fancy trickery, but if I could get anywhere near either of these Iíd be happy.

    Doves Lost Souls, Boards of Canada Geogaddi, Godspeed You Black Emperor Raise Yr Skinny FistsÖ & Sparklehorse Itís a Wonderful Life
    All these create their own atmospheres - the production makes them sound otherworldly and takes you somewhere else.

    The National Boxer and Calexico Feast of Wire in terms of lyrics, vocals and general production. Two personal favourites that probably creep in subconsciously to most stuff.

    Not that I actually achieve the standards set by any of these mind...

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    Quote Originally Posted by robgreen View Post
    Pavement Terror Twilight
    The only Pavement album I have never heard.. Are the songs really good?
    I remember being so disillusioned by Brighten the Corners I stopped buying their stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robgreen View Post
    Not at all easlern. There's some stuff on your list that I know and enjoy. What's Going On's obviously a classic, I like War on Drugs and Spoon, Caribou are a firm favourite in our house and The Loon is an all round excellent record. For some reason I never bought anything by Tapes n' Tapes after that album by them, but everything about that album's great - production, playing, songwriting, energy all perfect.
    Cool Rob! Sounds like we have some similar interests. I do see some familiar ones on here now, so I'm not totally clueless I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDOD View Post
    My influences won't be anywhere near as obscure as some on this list
    Quote Originally Posted by BroKen_H View Post
    What inspires me now:
    PFR - Great Lengths
    Building 429 - Listen To The Sound
    7eventh Time Down - Alive In You
    Mercy Me - Undone (couldn't stand Welcome to the New)
    Pocket Full of Rocks - More Than Noise
    33Miles - Today
    Abandon - Searchlights
    Doug Wiley - Now I Know Him
    Casting Crowns - Thrive
    Matthew West - The Story of Your Life
    Seriously, B_H, where do you find this shit? I literally did not recognize a single one of these artists and, not to be smug, but I probably could have written everyone else's lists for them and come pretty close.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fat_fleet View Post
    I probably could have written everyone else's lists for them and come pretty close.
    Very easy with me. I definitely wear my influences on my sleeve, not just with my cover versions, but my originals too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubba po View Post
    Very easy with me. I definitely wear my influences on my sleeve, not just with my cover versions, but my originals too.
    Yeah, I expect my own list didn't have too many surprises for anyone that suffers through my posts on the regular.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubba po View Post
    Very easy with me. I definitely wear my influences on my sleeve, not just with my cover versions, but my originals too.
    Speaking of originals... anything upcoming? I need something to listen to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDOD View Post
    Speaking of originals... anything upcoming? I need something to listen to.
    Yeah, "Anthropocene" is nearly finished. My brother-in-law visited from Cardiff last week and he contributed some pretty awesome sax work. My other collaborator, Adam, provided me with some strings for it on Saturday. It's a big mix!

    Just got to get the missus to do her vocals. She's proving to be a bit difficult to motivate.
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