When I was young, music didn’t really mean that much to me. I listened to whatever my parents listened to, which tended to be Tina Turner, Phil Collins and the War Of The Worlds album. As I reached my early teens, I started to like people like Meat Loaf and Alice Cooper, but it was still only casual. I’d pick up an album on holiday if I saw one, but that was about it. However, when I was about 14, my life was changed forever when I got Kerrang! The Album.
I honestly can’t remember what made me buy it, or if I particularly bought the magazine before I got it. I’d started to develop a taste for music more and more and was discovering bands like Aerosmith and Faith No More, and my parents were members of the Britannia Music Club, where you could get mail order tapes and CDs, and after going through the Rock music section, I ordered this. Over 15 years later, its influence is still all over my music collection.
Here’s a list of the bands I got into because I bought Kerrang! The Album: Soundgarden, Therapy?, Megadeth, The Wildhearts, Terrorvision, Clawfinger, Little Angels, The Almighty, Alice In Chains, Motörhead, Black Sabbath, Ugly Kid Joe, Deep Purple, Skid Row and Lynyrd Skynyrd. There’s others on there that I’ve grown to like over time as well, and hundreds of acts that I’ve got into indirectly through exploring the ones I’ve already mentioned above.
The mid-to-late 90s were a really exciting time for me, finding out about all kinds of new bands, developing my love of music even in a fairly narrow avenue at that time. When I went to university I expanded my horizons and have kept on doing so ever since, with jazz, big band, soul, reggae, rap, country, electronic and folk music all as likely to be on my iPod as rock music, but it pretty much all dates back to one album and the opening riffs of this song:
Having already done The Wildhearts Discography, I promised to do a similar post for frontman Ginger. So here it is. If The Wildhearts are one of the most underappreciated acts in British rock music, then Ginger's solo output is hard to even define in those terms as it doesn't even get the attention that his band get, but is just as impressive. Oh well, here we go...