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July 31, 2013


IF some classic albums had not been released, where would music be today? What artists are out there because of certain records? Could music be the same without these gems? A scary thought on some!

Massive Attack, Blue Lines (1991): Massive Attack triggered and pioneered the trip hop movement. Andrew 'Mushroom' Vowles and Grant 'Daddy G' Marshall joined linked up with graffiti artist 3D. Massive Attack's debut LP included the unforgettable Unfinished Sympathy, a song that still remains a modern classic.

Without Massive Attack's Blue Lines, There would be no Roots Manuva, no Dizzee Rascal, basically, the British urban music scene could not exist.

The Clash, London Calling (1979): This, in my opinion, is the best record to come out of the punk scene. The Clash fused their rockabilly roots with their love of reggae to go and write an absolute classic. The iconic cover and great songs made people think twice about the punk scene.

Without London Calling, Manic Street Preachers probably wouldn't have picked up guitars and become a band. Green Day, Rancid, Offspring, Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, White Stripes ... the list is endless. Could we even imagine a music scene without these bands? Kraftwerk, Trans-Europe Express (1977): Released at the boom of punk music, how well was this album received? It was and is completely different to everything. Full of synthesised work, Kraftwerk operated from within a bubble of equipment and ideas that owed more to science and philosophy than mere entertainment.

Without this record there would be no house music, there would be no techno, possibly no Moby, and maybe not even the rave culture that helped influence Stone Roses, Screamadelica by Primal Scream and even Prodigy. David Bowie, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (1972): This to me is one of those albums that is as close to perfect as possible. Perfectly written, and perfectly structured.

Hard rock and glam pop were mixed together, possibly for the first time ever. This seemed to be the album that not only had music that spoke to people, but also created an image.

Every band that followed soon had glittery suits, or silk suits, some with orange hair, all because they learned that image was just as important as the music, all from this record.

Without this record, music could very well be in a completely different place, one would say a very dull place. There would be no Madonna, certainly no Duran Duran -- who both dominated the charts in their time -- there would be no Boy George, Kiss, Bon Jovi, Prince, Queen could not have gone on to write Bohemian Rhapsody, which means we could not have had that epic Wayne's World scene!

Even the Sex Pistols could not have happened. This record influenced across the board in music from pop music to punk.

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