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06-14-2008, 08:06 AM
As the title says, what music were you raised on?
I know we all started formulating our own tastes in music at a young age, but what music did your rents have going on in the house when you were a youngster? Do you still listen to anything they played?
My parents, being Christians, played a lot of cheesy CCM. I grew up to Carman, Point of Grace, 4 Him, you name it. I still listen to some of it... the stuff that features great Nashville musicians.
My dad also was into bluegrass, especially Tony Rice, Allison Kraus, and the Lonesome River Band. I still love Allison Kraus (who doesn't?).
My mom also played a lot of childrens music when I was young. Can't say I still dig it.. :)
06-14-2008, 08:19 AM
My mom didn't play much music around me as a young child. She had a lot of 8 Tracks ranging from Conway Twitty to the Bee Gees. I preferred only several Cyndi Lauper's She So Unusual, Michael Jackson's Thriller, and Bee Gees - Greatest Hits. My grandmother, whom we lived with between infancy and 10, had tons of records mostly country so she had everything from Mickey Gilley to the Oak Ridge Boys. She bought a few for me so I had the Snoopy Baron Album and Disco Duck by Rick Dees. I also grew up with Carole King's Chicken Soup music. Beyond that every Saturday I was glued to Casey Kasem's Top 40. I remember when Hear Comes The Rain Again premiered. I was fixated with Annie Lennox and her platinum blonde hair.
The first cassettes I ever received were Gloria Estefan's Body Language, Janet Jackson's Control, and Nu Shooz.
As I was growing up, my grandmother forced me to watch Hee-Haw. I had a lot of exposure to country music.
However, I don't like to listen to country much at all. I don't really like it. I like a few people and a few songs. I like Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris and one song by The Judds and one song by Alabama called Love In The First Degree (that's because of its nostalgia purposes).
My mom liked a lot of R&B music while I was a teen. I on the other hand was into A-Ha, INXS, Depeche Mode, etc. So when I had to ride around in the car with her, I felt terribly put out and embarassed by her music taste.
These are how others affected me but when I grew up during the 80s, I was all about 80s music. In the 90s, I was into grunge, synthpop, and indie and I was getting more into metal. In the 2000s, I have been into much more from Classical to Metal to lots of International. My later teens, I had begun to work and used the money to get the music I want. I also worked a music store for 3 years to fuel my collection (promos and discount) and plus its just where I wanted to be. I remember it took me 2 months to get the Dune Soundtrack. Distribution kept switching and it was not a normal stock item. It was a special order.
06-14-2008, 08:25 AM
Classical and NPR.
06-14-2008, 08:31 AM
When I was a child I grew up mostly with what my sister liked wich is to say Queen and Guns and Roses. Still remember when I asked why Freddy Mercury dressed like that and I was answered it was a "social protest", I did want to protest too against the society. Then I understood what they really meant...
Manowar were my favourite as I started interesting myself in music in late teens. They still are, and still a source of inspiration. A classmate of mine came school with "battle hymns" and I tought any group who chose a roman eagle as a cover had to be cool (yes, I could be that stupid when I was 15) so I asked him to let me hear; my first real musical revelation.
Boy scout songs were a good source of inspiration to create blasphemous/ultraviolent versions of them. It really became an hobby during those activities. I hated some overtly emotive aspects of scouting.
06-14-2008, 08:49 AM
I remember my parents got a CD player in 1989 when I was 5-ish, and they quickly amassed a collection of their favourite CD's from 60's-90's and became members of Britannia music (which posted random new CD's to you every couple of weeks).
I used to sit with some big Sony headphones on listening to them all right through, start to finish. Abba to ZZ Top. I was quite addicted.
I think my favourites around that period included:
A 60's love song compilation (with Poetry in Motion and Dr Hook on it)
Best of Led Zeppelin
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
Simply Red - Stars
Tears for Fears
My biggest mistake was at 12/13 and my mum asked me "Tom, they've sent this 'Radiohead' CD and I'm not interested in it. Can I sell it to a friend, or do you want it?". I said no, and she got rid of it. It was OK Computer, and when I got into Radiohead a few years later (15/16) I was quite annoyed at what I'd been missing out on!
Also I apparently used to try to sing along quite loudly as well! I've stopped that habit though as my voice isn't great. Just stick to listening and playing guitar now.
tph216 added to this post, 4 minutes and 35 seconds later...
Oh I forgot, my mum recently told me that she used to play music to me when I was in my cot as well. So thats why I quite like a few bands from the mid 80's. These included: Spandau Ballet, ABC, Wham!, Blondie, Police, Duran Duran, Culture Club, UB 40, David Bowie, Phil Collins.
I shouldn't have admitted that should I? What can I say, some children are indoctrinated into Religions, whilst I was indoctrinated into the world of music. (I think I win!).
06-14-2008, 11:04 AM
I grew up on whatever my ENFP brother listened to. Apart from tons of Rolling Stones I remember Cure/Love Cats the most. I wouldn't listen that kind of music by myself. The only thing I picked up from him was the group A-ha. Also I remember listening Nena when I was 12.
Still remember when I asked why Freddy Mercury dressed like that and I was answered it was a "social protest", I did want to protest too against the society. Then I understood what they really meant...
I remember that the neighborhood girl explained me how Boy George wasn't gay.
06-14-2008, 11:19 AM
My dad had me listening to classic rock, and my mom softy stuff and pop (like savage garden and n'sync) I liked them both and now I like pretty much everything but country music and most rap.
06-14-2008, 11:23 AM
06-14-2008, 11:34 AM
I didn't start liking music until I was fifteen or sixteen years old, and I didn't start liking good music until about two or three years later. I started out on ska, then moved into heavy metal, and now I like classic rock, blues, and bluegrass mostly. There's very little that I'm actually dead-set opposed to listening to, but my preferences for what I actually enjoy are pretty strong (and elitist to an extent, because I'm the only one who knows whats good, right?).
06-14-2008, 11:40 AM
Childhood (LPs/CDs) : The muppet show, The moody blues, Steeleye Span, Pink floyd, Santana, Osibisa, Jethro Tull, Led Zep, Janice Joplin, Bob Dylan, The goon show, The firesign theatre,etc... (Parents selection)
Mid/Late Teens starting to discover my first tastes : Pseudo Echo,Jean Michael Jarre, Crowded House, Enigma, Guns'n'roses, Soul to Soul, David Farnham, Cyndi Lauper, Stevie Nicks, Clannad, Deep forest, Nick Kershaw, David Bowie, Many 80s compilations, etc...
Late teens and Early 20s : Lots and lots of 90s Electronica of all styles. Lol.
These Days : All sorts of stuff.
(Almost all of the stuff that tp6626 listened to, also.)
When I was little I was forced to listen to Country music and Elvis 24/7.
My mother always listened to the current pop station, my father listened to the classic rock radio station. When I got my own cd player my dad bought me AC/DC and CCR. The first three cd's I picked out myself, third grade I think, were Iron Maiden, Metallica, and Weird Al.
06-14-2008, 01:29 PM
Classical. every fucking bit of it.
classic rock, usually containing guitar ;) 60's and 70's are my fav.
overall im mostly an instrumentalist appreciatist.
06-14-2008, 08:57 PM
I grew up on Neil Diamond, Carly Simon, Simon & Garfunkel, and Creedence Clearwater Revival. I'm not really a big Carly Simon fan, but I love the others. In fact, I'm going to my third Neil Diamond concert in October.
06-14-2008, 09:08 PM
Dad used to be an avid classical music lover. I loved classical music as a child.
06-14-2008, 09:16 PM
50's pop, early Beatles, early jazz rock (e.g., Chicago).
06-14-2008, 09:25 PM
mom: beatles, and soft rock stations
Dad: the doors, elvis and 70's butt rock
but at my grandma's where I spent the summers it was big band, opera and classical.
in my teens I was a new waver/punk/mod type.
06-14-2008, 09:52 PM
The only music my parents listened to was on TV so I grew up on The Lawrence Welk Show and Hee Haw, Grande Ole Opera and the Andy Williams Show. To this day I can still here "It's a wonerful wonerful show" (No D's)
My older sister and brother bought records their taste were for dance they entered contest. The listened to Disco. It was the era of John Travolta skin tight pants and silk like shirt open to the navel. So for them Donna Summers, Bee Gee's and the like.
I bought things like Chuck Mangionie and Herb Alpert John Prine and Eagles and ELO.
06-16-2008, 07:54 AM
When I was growing up in a small town there was only one radio station and my mother always had it on. Fortunately it had both kinds of music, Country and Western. :cowboy:
Probably explains my preference for sappy ballads over hard rock.
Musical variety shows were popular when I was growing up so I was exposed to the same crap as many on this thread mentioned. Donny and Marie was considered 'young and hip'. Kids these days are lucky, MTV and the other music stations are much more varied than what I had access to.
06-16-2008, 04:49 PM
Kids these days are lucky, MTV and the other music stations are much more varied than what I had access to.
Yeah, those darn kids, with the MTVs and the Youtunes and their M-3-Ps. Bah, you kids don't know how good you got it. Now get the hell off my lawn, dag nab it.
06-16-2008, 05:01 PM
As a young child in the 1950's ...... the music played in our house was mainly jazz oriented, muso's such as Xavier Cugat, Tom Jobim, Terry Snyder and the All Stars, Cal Tjader, Errol Garner, Stan Getz.
In my teen years, during the 60's, the Beatles of course, the Moody Blues, Francoise Hardy, Simon and Garfunkel, The Free Design.
06-16-2008, 07:03 PM
Classical, the whole spectrum, with less emphasis on choral/operatic and more on instrumental. I still listen to Tom Allen who hosts Music and Company in the mornings here in Canada.
I also grew up to the sounds of led zepplin, beatles, McCartney, lots of 70s music, and Taiwanese music.
06-17-2008, 12:01 AM
My house had a total of 1 music CD, the best of album from Status Quo. The next thing I listened to was Bird songs of Australia. Literally an hour of birds tweeting. I wish I'd had more music back then.
06-17-2008, 01:31 AM
When I was little I was forced to listen to Country music and Elvis 24/7.
*strokes Max's arm, it's ok love, it's over now*
My parents subjected me to ABBA, Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, Perry Como and The Carpenters, my mother also had a fine love of all 50/60 musicals, the only other option in our house was classical or choral music.
It freaks my friends out that I know all the songs to Fiddler on the Roof and other like musicals :cheesy:
06-17-2008, 01:38 AM
ABBA, the Beatles, Celine Dion, Elton John, Whitney Houston, the Carpenters, etc. Actually that's what my mom listened (and still listens) to. My dad listens to everything from Britney Spears to German opera, and I'm not exaggerating one bit.
06-17-2008, 11:00 AM
My parents drove me mad with Abba, the Beach Boys, The Cats, Elton John, Celine Dion, Micheal Jackson and a bunch of musicals (such as Annie).
My girlfriends and I got into house/rave/eurodance when we were 6 years old, so we took revenge on them and drove them mad with 2 Unlimited and the like. Recorded from the radio. On old cassette tapes. (To view links or images in this forum your post count must be 2 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.)
06-17-2008, 11:11 AM
My parents subjected me to ABBA, Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, Perry Como and The Carpenters
Hey, no bad-mouthing the Roy Boy on my watch.
06-17-2008, 10:45 PM
Hey, no bad-mouthing the Roy Boy on my watch.
*gasp* Never! I've inherited a strong, shameless love of Roy and the other musos mentioned!
Gosh parents can be cruel ;D
06-17-2008, 11:29 PM
There was very little music in my house. The UK has excellent talk radio, To view links or images in this forum your post count must be 2 or greater. You currently have 0 posts. and that's what was on. There was (and still is) a full length Church service broadcast on Sunday mornings; in those days it was normally traditional Anglican or Methodist and my (agnostic) father used to bellow along to the hymns in the bath. Meanwhile my mother sang the songs of her youth; Fred Astaire musicals, popular WWII hits, and the songs her father sang to her, from WWI. I didn't get to hear much music at all until 1964 when we acquired a television and (oh joy) the ability to watch "Top of the Pops" on Thursday nights at 7.30pm - provided Dad wasn't home because he hated pop music.
06-18-2008, 08:31 AM
Wasn't exposed to music much apart from contemporary FM radio of the time of my childhood. Occasionally my parents would whip out AC/DC, Cold Chisel (dad's) or Queen and ABBA (mum's) but apart from that, not much else.
I'm a lot more into music that my parents, and I'd say about 90% of the stuff I listen to disagrees with their ears. I think they refuse to believe I like, or even actually listen to a lot of the stuff I play. They've only recently accepted the fact I like Iron Maiden since I own two t-shirts and went to their gig in February (best live show ever, btw :)).
06-21-2008, 11:54 AM
I grew up with an eclectic range of music.
My Dad's music- AC/DC, Sade, The Mamas and the Papas, The BeeGees , Kiss, Alice Cooper, The Righteous Brothers, Waylon Jennings, Roy Orbinson, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Guns and Roses, Metallica , The Gregorian Monks Chants, Billy Idol and Billy Joel.
My Mom's music- ABBA, Enya, The Carpenters, Def Leppard, Wet Wet Wet, Wham, Opera music (Like Carmen), Sting, Classical music, music from various Tenors, The Beatles, Native American Chants, instrumental music, REM and U2.
I still like to listen to most of this kind of music, BIG exception is ABBA. I might know just about all the words to all their songs but I can't stand them. Drives me a little insane when I hear them. :mad:
06-25-2008, 12:53 AM
Classical. Lots and lots of classical. Folk songs, Celine Dion, Billy Joel and opera. A bit of world music and whatever rock I could lay hands on.
06-25-2008, 01:24 AM
Childhood: listened to my parents LP's; lots of queen, beach boys and 70's stuff
Early teens: the first tape I bought was Brian Adams - Everything I Do and after that I started to listen to house/trance music
Mid/Late teens: started to like rock better, slowly moving on to metal... Metallica, Machinehead, Sepultura, In Flames, Slayer, etc.
Mid twenties: develop an interest in electronic music again, mostly electro and italo/disco. Artists like: Pluto and the Humanoids, Giorgio Morodor, Brand Image, but als Kraftwerk, I-F, Alden Tyrell
But also an interest in classical music, atm mostly russian.
And also everything else, as long as I consider it to be pleasant...
06-26-2008, 05:15 AM
A LOT of Michael Jackson, my aunt was obsessed when she was living with us during my childhood, and always recorded tapes with him on it, and had all of his CD's playing in the house. My parents primarily listened to Persian music, since they grew up listening to it. So I basically listened to Western/Eastern music, haha. Two different extremes.
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