Here’s Chris Bevan Lee’s 10 Tracks That Changed My Life and he’s included some absolute classic if we dont say so ourselves.
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Berlin – Take my Breath Away
I think the first song you remember hearing is inevitably going to play a big part in how you are influenced later on in life. Originally released in 1986, it was re-released in 1990 to coincide with the TV premiere of Top Gun – imagine that happening today. It felt like this song was constantly on the radio for the first five years of my life, when listening to the Top 40 every Sunday night was a family activity.
Its surprising going back to it and hearing so many similar synth sounds that I use when writing today.
Brad Fiedel – Terminator Theme
I get asked a lot who or what I’m influenced by and this track takes it every time. I’ve had so many people commenting on tracks that I’ve written in this band, and in the past, comparing them to the Terminator theme or saying that they are reminded of it. I really don’t set out to do that but this piece is so engrained in me that I guess it’s always present. It inspired a lot of my keyboard sounds and also my process of mixing melody with intensity.
Instead of sharing the original, here’s some dude nailing it live.
John Carpenter – Halloween Theme
We’ve also been compared to John Carpenter in the past – this was well observed! I remember staying up late with my brother to watch this on a very small television every Halloween and being incredibly excited by the title sequence. The repetition, the building up of layers and (again) mixing melody with intensity… you can clearly hear this influence in ‘Interrotron’.
Jeff Wayne – The Eve of the War
This was my heavy metal before I got into metal. A great riff makes for great strings and vice versa. Like Handel’s ‘Sarabande’, those opening notes hit hard. I would sit listening to the vinyl copy of War of the Worlds while staring at the terrifying booklet artwork. You can hear this influence on ‘The Great Defeatist’ and is the reason why it opens ‘Herephemine’.
Torero Band – While Shepherds Watched
One of those albums that you only listen to because you’re parents grew up listening to it (because their parents would play it). This is a staple of Christmas mornings in my family and it goes on every year. It’s probably a reason why I have such a soft spot for brass and why I can’t walk past a performing Salvation Army without stopping. Listen to the late Jóhann Jóhannsson’s ‘The Cause of Labour is the Hope of the World’ for my favourite piece of brass music but this Herb Alpert imitation album got me started very early on.
The Prodigy – No Good (Start the Dance)
Just before the influx of boy bands and Britpop acts, the early mid-nineties was a multicoloured cheesefest (nothing wrong with that, mind). My cassette copy of Prodigy’s ‘Experience’ was already worn out but it was this track that signalled my turning to the dark side. It still holds up as a heavy dance track – just think how heavy it sounded to me on first listen. Accompanied by a dingy black and white video, it stuck out like sore thumb and has had my head bobbing ever since.
Depeche Mode – Stripped
One of my favourite songs. I was more of a Tears for Fears fan as a kid and although I was aware of the Mode, I never owned any albums until later on in life. When I first heard ‘Stripped’ I knew that whoever made it was going to be my favourite band/group. It started a long lasting love affair and I owe a lot to them. I write in a similar fashion and I’m a big proponent of the keyboard solo. I like to think we write heavy Depeche Mode tracks but I’m not sure anyone has noticed that yet. Dark and sexy make for a great combination (more of that later).
Brian Eno – The Big Ship
It may have been ‘An Ending (Ascent)’ that drew me to Eno but pieces like ‘The Big Ship’ made me fall in love with him and introduced me to ambient music. We should probably do a cover of this. I’m putting it down in print now so nobody steals the idea.
Deftones – My Own Summer (Shove It)
Looking back at the previous tracks, it’s no surprise that I became a metalhead. Korn’s ‘Blind’ may have pricked up my ears and Linkin Park’s ‘Hybrid Theory’ got me over the fence but it was Deftones that made me stay. They shared the hip hop and Depeche Mode influences as LP did but were heavier, darker, sexier and way cooler. ‘Change’ and ‘Digital Bath’ may be my favourites nowadays but I still remember the first time I heard that chorus. It gave me chills then and still does.
Sigur Rós – Untitled 4 (‘Njósnavélin’)
It’s also no surprise that I would embrace post rock (thanks Brian). I feel I was a little late to the post rock party (even though the party didn’t get going until a couple of years later) but hearing the demo version of this at the end of Cameron Crowe’s ‘Vanilla Sky’ had a huge impression on me at the time. I hadn’t heard anything so pretty and made the mistake of thinking it was Radiohead (foolish to think now). Seeing them at the Hammersmith Apollo in 2002 still ranks as one of my favourite gigs. I felt like I had them all to myself until the ubiquitous ‘Hoppípolla’ made them everyone else’s.