Records That Changed My Life, Part II

iheartrichardkern (11k image)Records that changed my life, in one way or another (1993-1995) | Part II :

1993
– Sonic Youth’s dirty: While it’s not really a favorite among Sonic Youth fans and in retrospect it’s hardly my favorite record, but this is the record that got me in to them. I hadnt really heard much about them up until then. Other than they were from NY and played weird shit with guitars. Theresa’s Sound-World was the song that did it for me. Steve Shelly’s toms were golden. The ‘verbs were devine and i was hooked. It was also a Butch Vig production. Later in my Sonic Youth quest i found there were much more inviting and interesting records: Confusion is Sex, Daydream Nation, Sister. Then of course i started getting in to Richard Kern and his non-traditional photography. And like Fugazi this band has two main singers and Kim sings from time to time. I never realized that Lee sang. It’s funny how people’s perceptions are of bands prior to seeing them perform life and/or seeing pictures of them. And i also always thought that Thurston did all the crazy noise stuff. Little did I know. I still think to this day that they should have toured with the Dead.

1994
Nine Inch Nails’ the downward spiral: I am not really in to the goth music and never ever was. In fact I felt free to make fun of those people. This record took a while for me to get in to. However, i instanly liked the smell of it. Certain liner notes have smelled really good to me over the ages. Another liner notes that I can recall off hand was Motley Crue’s dr feelgood. How I remember that is beyond me. I, of course, was a huge fan since Pretty Hate Machine came out. It was just angry techno to me with cheesy lyrics. And listening to that record now, the lyrics are even that much more cheesy. Almost unlistenable. But hell, he sampled Jane’s and Prince in the same song. So that is the redeeming factor over the ages for me. Anways… Then I found Broken and Fixed and it hurt my ears in such a good way. Remixes started turning me on at this point. And Bob Flanagan entered the picture. So this new Nine Inch Nails record was one of the first records I got in to via the headphones. You hear things with headphones you dont hear with standard speakers. It’s uncanny and amazing and breathtaking sometimes. Trent layered so incredibly well on this record. His guitars and synths were painful to listen to as they were played and placed with such perfection. Yes, and outside of melody and rhythm.

1995
Soul Coughing’s ruby vroom: I heard of this band from the same friend that got me in to Jane’s Addiction. His older brother got hold of this cd at the radio station and i copied a few cuts on to a cassette. Jordan had one of those CD player changers that was a cartridge. I hated those things. Get a single well or a carosel! Castiotone Nation, Moon Sammy and a few others made it to the tape. I was mezmorized. The wicked drums. The DRUMS The DRUMS! And the singer was pretty damn cool. I recall Jordan emailing with the singer. The singer was trying to convince Jordan to print out the emails going back and forth and smoke them. Maybe he was doing this himself. Cos that shit was wacked. Then i started talking with those guys and eventually did one of their fan sites for Warner Bros. Records. And a friend of mine started dating the singer. She even made it in to a few lyrics on a later album and a few soundtrack songs. Those were good times. Strange and surreal. But good times. in an off-white honda

And up until this point I still hadnt owned a CD player…

1 Response to “Records That Changed My Life, Part II”


  • Hey, I have one of those cartidges for my car!

    And yeah, I`ve always thought Trent was a cliched lyricist, but a good musician.

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