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Most influential band/ artist?

Mistryman

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He joined a highly successful, well respected band and turned it into a pop band and made a few pop covers.
Who did he influence?
Quite an influence in the hip-hop world.

If you think about it, being a radio staple in the 80s & 90s in the USA means that he was being heard by groups of people that wouldn’t have normally listened to him.

Apparently his drumming technique is also highly thought of. I get the feeling he’s more loved in the States than here (where most wouldn’t admit to having one of his albums in their collection).
 

Fugazi

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A few good ones already mentioned. I'd say Elvis.

Special mentions to:

Black Sabbath
Pixies
Bob Marley
John Foxx
Gary Numan also deserves a mention. He cites Foxx as an influence but Numan went on to influence many artists such as Nine Inch Nails. His music was also sampled by electro dance artists (Basement Jaxx sampled ME off The Pleasure Principle, for example, on Where's Your Head At ?).

Also, Hawkwind had to be a major influence on later space rock bands like Loop and Spacemen 3.
 

Richardvanles

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Quite an influence in the hip-hop world.

If you think about it, being a radio staple in the 80s & 90s in the USA means that he was being heard by groups of people that wouldn’t have normally listened to him.

Apparently his drumming technique is also highly thought of. I get the feeling he’s more loved in the States than here (where most wouldn’t admit to having one of his albums in their collection).
But he couldn’t drum and sing live. Again who did he influence.
Musicians you would have to throw in Brian Setzer (Stray Cats fame) folk like Weller gave up attempting to play the same guitar as him because it’s so difficult. Again the question is who did he influence? Same era and style I’d throw in Todd Rungren for being more influential (maybe)
 

Richardvanles

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Gary Numan also deserves a mention. He cites Foxx as an influence but Numan went on to influence many artists such as Nine Inch Nails. His music was also sampled by electro dance artists (Basement Jaxx sampled ME off The Pleasure Principle, for example, on Where's Your Head At ?).

Also, Hawkwind had to be a major influence on later space rock bands like Loop and Spacemen 3.
Carter USM?
 

Fugazi

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Although I’m expecting Hoss to jump in with HMHB who formed 3 years earlier.
Interesting. Both unique. Interested to know who you think they influenced.

Cabaret Voltaire always got a lot of play on John Peel and no doubt also influenced future electro dance artists.

Motorhead also had a major influence on the metal scene - Metallica, for example, who themselves influenced loads of bands, and on it goes.
 

Richardvanles

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Interesting. Both unique. Interested to know who you think they influenced.

Cabaret Voltaire always got a lot of play on John Peel and no doubt also influenced future electro dance artists.

Motorhead also had a major influence on the metal scene - Metallica, for example, who themselves influenced loads of bands, and on it goes.
I guess the interesting part is bands took something from each other. Moved in different directions. Some obvious, some no so.
 

Stamfox

Steward
Gary Numan also deserves a mention. He cites Foxx as an influence but Numan went on to influence many artists such as Nine Inch Nails. His music was also sampled by electro dance artists (Basement Jaxx sampled ME off The Pleasure Principle, for example, on Where's Your Head At ?).

Also, Hawkwind had to be a major influence on later space rock bands like Loop and Spacemen 3.
Another vote for Numan. Totally changed music, that’s influence.
 

SardiniaFox

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Phil Collins joined as drummer when Genesis were at their most artistically creative. He sang backing vocals while drumming.

When Peter decided to quit he had to be coerced into taking over lead vocals.

They then recorded their best two albums before Steve Hackett also left.

It took until Abacab for the rot to set in and for them to be a commercial success.

But haters have to hate. And for the record I cannot stand his solo work.
 

perdix

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Phil Collins joined as drummer when Genesis were at their most artistically creative. He sang backing vocals while drumming.

When Peter decided to quit he had to be coerced into taking over lead vocals.

They then recorded their best two albums before Steve Hackett also left.

It took until Abacab for the rot to set in and for them to be a commercial success.

But haters have to hate. And for the record I cannot stand his solo work.
Selling England & The Lamb are the best two imo. Both with PG.
Phil is a huge talent. Love the Duke album me.
Recommended track - Cul-de-sac
 

Fugazi

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Jean Michel Jarre
Burt Bacharach
Steely Dan



I admire Jarre. His pioneering moog-based tinkerings and epic synth symphonies were a joy to behold. But if he came into my local when we were huddling around the old Joanna having a good ol' knees up and tried to use his Gallic charm to get us to play Oxygene Part IV instead of Roll out the Barrel, I'd give him a couple of good slaps, turn him around, boot him out the door and say "Oi Jarre - No! You might be an inspirational keyboard genius who has influenced millions but this is neither the time nor the place. Take your electronic noodlings and stick 'em where the sun don't shine."

Agree - influential. Oxygene and Equinox were brilliant.
 

suffox

Grumpy Old Git
Miles Davis. Huge influence across the whole gamut of subsequent music. There are any number of guitar players who cite him as their influence.
 

Foxgolfer

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60s Beatles 70s Bowie / Sex Pistols 80s Smiths 90s Oasis .
Struggling in new millennium - Stormz ?
 
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