hard to believe, but that was my least coherent

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Posted by Pitstain at adsl-63-195-100-139.dsl.snfc21.pacbell.net on April 17, 2002 at 13:20:32:

In Reply to: perhaps i should have said... posted by Pitstain on April 17, 2002 at 12:39:07:

post ever... so to clarify...

here's my PiL timeline:
public image
metal box/second edition
this is what you want this is what you get
flowers of romance

the first three PiL albums (public image, second edition, flowers of romance) are amazing and can be listened to at any time... as can the unreleased "alternate" version of "TIWYWTIWYG" called "commercial zone" (which is a bootleg released by the guitarist, keith levene, who quit during the recording so johnny re-did the entire album so it wouldn't include keith's stuff) the rest i have to be in the mood for... some because they're more "metal" than i like, the others because i'm just not that into 'em anymore. The last album sucks ass. Dave Jerden produced it and it shows... yuck yuck yuck. the worst use of a sex pistols sample ever.

it's that line.... "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger"... every album influences you in some way (positive or negative)... so even the worst album (by your own estimation) can be among your most influential.

it's all part of the "finding yourself" process... I have NO problem fessing up to my love of Howard Jones, Men Without Hats, Erasure, Twisted Sister... it's all part of that chain of events that creates the "you"

so i'm going to add those bands to my list of most influential to me (and the albums that i jumped in at)...

the new list (in chronological order):
Twisted Sister (stay hungry/come out & play)
Men Without Hats (pop goes the world)
Howard Jones (dream into action)
Erasure (the innocents/the circus)
PiL (happy/9)
Cocteau Twins (heaven or las vegas)
Unrest (imperial ffrr)

and honestly, i don't see how listing a few bands that have complETELY shaped who you are is trying too hard... my love for PiL put me in the mindset that i wanted to work in the music industry... and it was through THAT that everything else was set in motion...

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