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282 posts
Feb 24, 2009
6:51 PM
Earlier this evening John Dude asked me a question I found so thought provoking, that I thought I would share it here and pose it to my fellow MOFRO brethren.

"What are the albums, CDs, LPs that had such a profound effect on you they changed your life? You know what I'm talking about, the albums that dug into your soul; music that brought you to life when you heard it, royally affected you, kicked you in the ass, literally socked you in the gut."
The original question limited the answer to 15 choices, but feel free to share more or less.

This was ridiculously hard for me......I literally broke a sweat just trying to come up with this list, and on any given day it is subject to change, but these are some of my constants!

(In no particular order)
Simon & Garfunkel - The Concert in Central Park
Pearl Jam - Ten
Peter Gabriel - So
U2 - The Joshua Tree
Bob Marley - Legend
Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited
Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run
Pink Floyd - The Wall
The Who - Tommy
John Coltrane - The Love Supreme
Prince - Purple Rain
John Lennon - Imagine
Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II
Janis Japlin - Pearl
The Band - The Last Waltz

Last Edited by on Feb 24, 2009 6:54 PM
263 posts
Feb 24, 2009
7:30 PM
Put me down for these:

Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon
Jimi Hendrix - Axis: Bold as love
Led Zeppelin IV
The Beatles - Abbey Road
Grateful Dead - Dicks Picks 5 - Oakland Auditorium, Oakland, CA, 12/26/79
Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
Sublime - 40 Oz to Freedom
Miles Davis - A Tribute to Jack Johnson
Frank Zappa - Apostrophe/Over Night Sensation
Marvin Gaye - Here My Dear, whats going on
James Brown's Funky People
Al Green's greatest hits
Basehead - Play with Toys
Bob Marley - Songs of Freedom box set
The Wailers - Burnin'
Stevie Wonder - Innervisions, Songs in the key of life, Talking Book, Fulfillingness' First Finale (sorry, couldn't just pick one Stevie)
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Nothing Fancy

ok I'll stop.
44 posts
Feb 26, 2009
6:56 AM
Awesome thread, leave it to JD to ask those "meaning of life questions" that you can't get out of your head. Here it goes:

Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
Black Crowes - Shake Your Money Maker
Chris Robinson - New Earth Mud
Sublime - Self Titled
Damien Marley - Welcome to Jamrock
Bob Marley - Legend
Rolling Stone - Exile on Main St. (greatest rock album of all time)
Petty and the Heartbreakers - Live at the Fillmore
Allman Brothers - Greatest Hits
The Doors - The Best of
RHCP - BloodSugarSexMagik & Californication
Ben Harper - Welcome to Mars
DBT - Rites of Spring show on 4/20/07 at Vanderbilt
Zepplin - I - IV
Johnny Cash - Live at San Quentin
JJ Grey & Mofro - Country Ghetto (The title track was the first song I heard, and the rest is history)

Last Edited by on Feb 26, 2009 7:09 AM
1151 posts
Feb 26, 2009
7:59 AM
Good thread!

George Carlin - Toledo Window Box
Cheech & Chong - Big Bambu
14 posts
Feb 26, 2009
11:04 AM
Limiting to 15 in no particular order...

Mofro - Blackwater (bought it after a 2002 concert)
Guess Who - American Woman
Cracker - Kerosene Hat
Neil Young - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Supertramp - Crime Of The Century
Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers
Kiss - Alive
Foo Fighters - There Is Nothing Left To Lose
Led Zep - Houses Of The Holy
Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies
Jethro Tull - Aqualung
Rush - Fly By Night
Van Halen - 1
Foreigner - Double Vision
Neil Young - Harvest
201 posts
Feb 26, 2009
6:42 PM
Here's the list I came up with...
of course it's only 15 & I only took like 5 minutes to think about it:

This is really difficult...to only pick 15.

"Master of Puppets" Metallica

"Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band" the Beatles

"Licensed to Ill" Beastie Boys

"Cheap Thrills" Janis Joplin

"Vulgar Display of Power" Pantera

"Crazyhorse Mongoose" Galactic

"Blackwater" Mofro

"Live at Carnegie Hall" Bill Withers

"Yell Fire" Michael Franti & Spearhead

"The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste" Ministry

"Bllood, Sugar, Sex, Magic" Red Hot Chillipeppers

"40oz to Freedom" Sublime

"Unplugged" Nirvana

"Feel Fantabulous" Beef Wellington

"When Life Gives You Lemons...Paint That Shit Gold" Atmosphere
"throwin' pennies on the tracks and playin' in the rain...oblivious of the world around us that was going insane"
357 posts
Feb 26, 2009
6:42 PM
LOLOLOL clay thats FUCKIN funny !!!!

I need to work on mine..
If you are walking on thin ice, you might as well be dancing !!
198 posts
Feb 26, 2009
7:23 PM
JD...remember that thing you said one time...like we're thinking with the same brain. Some of that shit is uncanny.

I'll add some later...but Damn you got it hemmed up. All points of the spectrum.

"All I can say is that there's a sweetness here, a Southern sweetness, that makes sweet music. . . . If I had to tell somebody who had never been to the South, who had never heard of soul music, what it was, I'd just have to tell him that it's music from the heart, from the pulse, from the innermost feeling. That's my soul; that's how I sing. And that's the South."

-- Al Green
1157 posts
Feb 27, 2009
6:51 AM
I've been slammed lately so I haven't had time to really sit and think and work out my list. But I knew if anyone would appreciate my above joke(?) it would be FireFly...although I didn't think they had Cheech & Chong on her planet.
"Hey Dave, open the door man, I got the stuff."
87 posts
Feb 27, 2009
8:41 AM
interesting to think back to the high school days and the music that moved me or really stood out at that time....and thru out my life for that matter......

Hi Infidelity - Reo Speedwagon
Anminals - Pink Floyd
Frampton Comes Alive - Peter Frampton
Harvest Moon - Neil Youong
Waiting for the Sun - The Doors
Blackwater - Mofro
Orange Blossoms - JJ Grey & Mofro
Tea for the Tillerman - Cat Stevens
Best of - The Kinks

I am sure there are more...........like the next JJ Grey & Mofro CD will most likely make the list.....

"Lord feel that vibe, Lord feel that vibe....."
12 posts
Feb 27, 2009
9:44 AM
Don't think it had a name, but the album that had an old photo of my mom and some strange dude that looked just like me... I think they were at woodstock.

Moody Blues got me through the early mornings in the Army,
Neil Young (Harvest) inspired me to learn the guitar,
Buddy Rich (groovin' hard) inspired me to practice the sax
Tears4Fears (songs from the big chair) is my sissy music "dirty little secret" (Pet Shop Boys run a close second)
The White Album still blows me away,
And any Elvis song reminds me that I can't sing either, so I don't get stupid and try.
650 posts
Feb 28, 2009
7:29 PM
Nice thread! Looking at my list, it seems quite weird!

'Lochloosa' – Mofro
'Tigerlily' and 'Ophelia' – Natalie Merchant
Any album by The Doors
'Dr. Feelgood' – Motley Crue
'Back in Black' – AC/DC
'Dark Side of the Moon' – Pink Floyd
'Relish' – Joan Osborne
'Til the Medicine Takes' – Widespread Panic
'Dosage' – Collective Soul
'Abbey Road' – The Beatles
'Dewdrops in the Garden – Deee-Lite
'Tragic Kingdom' – No Doubt
'Violent Femmes' - Violent Femmes
'Pablo Honey' – Radiohead
'Trash' – Alice Cooper
Swamp Cracka
17 posts
Mar 03, 2009
2:48 PM
Wow - what a fun thread. Let's see where this goes, remembering that I grew up in the 70s/80s in Florida:

"Blackwater" Mofro (had to put that first!)
"Thriller" Michael Jackson
"Rattle & Hum" U2
"How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb" U2
"Greatest Hits" Earth Wind & Fire
"The Graduate Soundtrack" Simon & Garfunkel
"Stranger's Almanac" Whiskeytown
"Love is Hell pt.1 & pt.2" Ryan Adams
"Breakdown" Old & in the Way
"Swingin' Stampede" Hot Club of Cowtown
"Genesis" Genesis
"American Beauty" The Grateful Dead
"Exit..Stage Left" Rush
"Reading, Writing, & Arithmetic" The Sundays
"Will & the Bushmen" - self titled
"Moondance" - Van Morrison

If I could only take a few with me to a stranded island, I would be good with the list above.....well, throw in the other Mofro albums as well.
1178 posts
Mar 03, 2009
5:30 PM
That's a very eclectic mix there S_C. Good to see you here again.


Last Edited by on Mar 03, 2009 5:48 PM
288 posts
Mar 03, 2009
5:40 PM
Swamp Cracka, I LOVED Genesis back in the day. At age 13 I conned (translation I pouted and used my "puppy dog eyes") my dad into flying me to Florida to see them at the Orange Bowl. My wanderlust and love of music started early!
The only thing I knew how to do
Was to keep on keepin' on like a bird that flew,
Tangled up in blue
369 posts
Mar 03, 2009
5:54 PM
bob dylan- blood on the tracks
jon cleary and the absolute monster gentlemen-self titled album
jack johnson-brushfire fairytales
coldplay-a rush of blood to the head
studio promo album by anastasia
nick drake-pink moon
buena vista social club
robert randolph family band-unclassified
gun's n roses-appetite for destruction
DMB -under the table and dreaming
grateful dead-live in europe '72
mofro-country ghetto
pert near sandstone-up and down the river
benevento/russo duo-push pause play

If you are walking on thin ice, you might as well be dancing !!

Last Edited by on Mar 03, 2009 6:46 PM
Swamp Cracka
18 posts
Mar 04, 2009
1:17 PM
Giggles, My Genesis band-love ended with the 1983 album "Genesis". Their move to poppy Top40 in 1986 with "Invisible Touch" just didn't do much for me. I am still lusting over the released "Abacab" CD - I have the old albums and haven't yet ponied up for the remastered CDs. Top Genesis songs of all time (according to S_C): "Turn it on again", "No Reply at All", "Man on the Corner", "Home by the Sea", and "Taking it all too Hard".

Another interesting topic could be how the music you loved inspired you to pick up an instrument. I was a cheesy keyboard player in the 80s, but I always heard bass first, so I switched then. Does music move people to learn an instrument, or does learning an instrument move people to listen to particular music? Chicken or egg, I guess.....
Delerious Tyme
161 posts
Mar 04, 2009
1:21 PM

Well, JJ got me going on the Harmonica, that is for sure....
Delerious Tyme

Mofro for life in Arizona
The Rhythm Room is exactly that when the boys are kicking it here.
"Walking on Moonlight in the Day."
292 posts
Mar 04, 2009
1:53 PM
S_C, I concur whole heartedly, I didn't buy a Genesis album beyond their self-titled release. Interesting bit of trivia about ABACAB, the name of the song is derived from the progression of notes through the song a,b-a,c-a,b.
The only thing I knew how to do
Was to keep on keepin' on like a bird that flew,
Tangled up in blue
3 posts
Mar 04, 2009
1:53 PM
What nobody's life was changed by and of the albums released by ABBA? Mama Mia!

For the younger folks this thread could also be titled

CD's That Changed Your Life

you know you know you know what I'm talkin' about
293 posts
Mar 04, 2009
3:22 PM
Led Zeppelin's cover of "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" made me want to pick up the acoustic guitar and Ted Nugent's "Strangle Hold" made me want to learn to play the electric guitar. Neither of which I did because I have the eye-hand coordination of Helen Keller:p
The only thing I knew how to do
Was to keep on keepin' on like a bird that flew,
Tangled up in blue
1189 posts
Mar 04, 2009
8:32 PM
I'm really enjoying reading everyone's stuff here. It's bringing back some memories. It's also reminding me of just how much of an old fuck that I am. Oh well!

Yeah GimmeThatDrop and then there's those like me that got stuck in the middle and this thread could be:

8 Track Tapes That Changed Your Life (until they unraveled around the heads of your tape player.)

Helen Keller, funny shit giggles. And I don't think I could've lived another day without finding out how ABACAB got its name. GimmeThatDrop...I dunno bout you, but if an ABBA album changed my life, I don't think I'd tell nobody. (I'm guessing you concur.)


Last Edited by on Mar 04, 2009 8:36 PM
294 posts
Mar 05, 2009
8:56 AM
I know Clay, many people are confounded and intrigued by the origins of Genesis/Phil Collins song titles, glad I could allay your secret quest for knowledge :p I just bet you are dying to know what Sussudio means :p

8 Tracks!?! Now this is really going to date me, but when I was a little kid my siblings and I used to fight to see who got to sit on the motor cover of my dad's 1969 Dodge van and control the portable 8 Track player for the ride. Whenever I prevailed in battle to be road deejay, I always choose Bachman Turner Overdrive............B-b-b-b-baby, you ain't seen nothin' yet!
The only thing I knew how to do
Was to keep on keepin' on like a bird that flew,
Tangled up in blue
8 posts
Mar 05, 2009
9:42 AM
My buddy's tricked out Econoline van (not Bruce Berry but his nickname was Stagger Lee) had two 8-Track tape players and a mic/PA speaker. We had BTO - 4 Wheel Drive. He used to have a lot of fun with that PA, the speaker was mounted in the front grill. I'll never forget the looks on people's faces.
uknow uknow uknow what I'm talkin' about
13 posts
Mar 09, 2009
8:56 AM
Can't say ABBA changed my life, but once Air Supply almost ended it.
I once strolled into a biker bar at 2AM - it took about .2 seconds to realize my buddy and I were not part of the 'club.' College geeks looking to get beat up is more like it.
While he ordered beers, I was checking out the juke box that was blasting Skynard at about 6 billion dBs. Thought it would be funny to drop my last fiver and play the entire album of Air Supply Greatest Hits (hey, thier fault for having it there in the first place). Unfortunatley, my first selection started playing while I was still at the machine, giggling and punching numbers as fast as I could.
-let's just say nobody got the joke, especially my friend.

Gotta agree with all of the Genesis analysis, and I'll take it a step further. Home by the Sea II was a great tune, too. Also, although I really enjoy Peter Gabriel's solo career, I don't really care for his work with Genesis. IMO, their best albums are the very first few with Phil. The videos are fantastic - can't remember the song, but the one where they are all shrunk down sitting on the piano keys, stoned out of their minds is one of my all time faves. "A Trick of the Tail" is the album, very worth looking into if you aren't familiar.

I can't bring myself to listen to anything Phil has participated in for the last 20 years.

In fact, a lot of artists from that same period went through a major sell-out phase. Nothing you don't already know, but I'm on a roll. Anybody under the age of 30 thinks Heart is a pop duo with a old hit or two. Thier early years were powerful, Dreamboat Annie, Dog and the Butterfly, etc. Then they "turned on me (for the devil, you know)."

301 posts
Mar 12, 2009
7:17 PM
My ex-husband proudly owned and assaulted my auditory system with Air Supply's Greatest Hits on a routine basis. That is one of the many reasons he is now my ex:p
The only thing I knew how to do
Was to keep on keepin' on like a bird that flew,
Tangled up in blue
14 posts
Mar 12, 2009
7:57 PM
I understand...

On the other hand, I used to listen to Boston a lot in high school, and about 10 years ago I came to the conclusion that they are a heavy drum beat and some power chords with a fuzz pedal away from actually being Air Supply. Got me to thinking, what is is it that makes an artist, or song for that matter, be taken seriously over all of the other crap out there?

Trying to verbalize why JJ&M is so intense will lead to incomplete explanations. But pop the CD in and play it without saying a word, and everybody starts wigglin' and groovin,' and trying to steal your music.

...don't think... enjoy...
305 posts
Mar 12, 2009
11:03 PM
Steering myself back on topic...... I have to add another album to my list;
Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show ~ Sloppy Seconds
Children's author Shel Silverstein wrote all the lyrics on this album, which is hysterical to me considering the raunchy humor of some of the songs. If parents knew about his moonlighting as a lyricist, they may have boycotted his books.
671 posts
Mar 13, 2009
12:54 AM
All I know is...I went to see Big Sam's Funky Nation this evening. There ain't nothin like it! Everyone must get some New Orleans funk in their lives!! [I taped it, but the first half I screwed up]
It's a Big Easy life.
50 posts
Mar 13, 2009
8:33 AM
Git your NOLA on girlie!!!! I gotta get the name of that club in Funroe that is booking all the NOLA bands...I might have to get some more bands up that way for ya!!!!
675 posts
Mar 13, 2009
4:32 PM
Yeah, it's called CODA. Do it! Bring em in! They had Bonarama a couple of months ago, and next month Cedric Burnside & Lightning Malcolm. I'll be in NOLA then, though.

It's a Big Easy life.

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