Talkin' bout YOUR generation...


A lightweight thread here, folks. Just want to see where we are all coming from - YOUR generation, that is.

We all had a defining band growing up. In your formative years, who was that band??? The only rules are that you have to pick a band from the time when you were somewhere between the ages of 11 and 17, and they have had to be current at the time - still together and vibrant. For example, at age 34, I can't pick The Beatles, Stones, Zeppelin, or The Who, even though I may have listened to them a great deal. As such, I doubt any of us will be able to choose Haydn or Vivaldi...

It would be that if CDs were in cars at the time, that would be blaring when you picked up your friends. It doesn't mean you have to still be listening to them today. Heck, you may even hate them now.

I think it will provide a little insight into our backgrounds and a special time of our lives. OK, so let's have some fun with this!

MY choice in my time period(1980 - 1986) would have to be Van Halen, and I don't even listen to them anymore
These come to mind;

Van Halen (first album)
Journey (Infinity)
Styx (grand illusion)
Beatles (white album)
AC/DC (Highway to hell)
Forigner (first album)
Led Zepplin (all of them)
Kansas (leftoverture)
Pink Floyd (Dark side of the moon)

Gosh I guess that makes me 41 years old, where does the time go?

Thanks for the flashback!
The Beach Boys - I Get Around 45
Dino, Desi and Billy - I'm A Fool LP
The Beatles - Meet the Beatles LP
The Rolling Stones - I Can't Get Know Satisfaction 45
Gary Lewis and the Playboys Greatest Hits LP
1970-1977. Yes. "The Yes album" - "Going for the One". The band took me through the ages of 11-18. I was really bummed out when Patrick Moraz replaced Rick Wakeman on "Relayer" in 1974. As a keyboard player, I aspired to Wakeman's playing ability and classical/rock style.

But then I discovered Chick Corea in 1974. I worshipped the ground he walked on.

And I still do today.
Glen I was surprised to see so many of the same recordings I would list. I was wondering who that was at my window with their ear pressed against the glass. I thought it was some kind of perv, but you were just their for the music.
The rest of my list is:
Jethro Tull MU Best of
Jethro Tull Song From the Wood
Rainbow Rising
Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd Umma Gumma
Queen A Night at the Opera
Kansas Leftoverture
Alice Cooper Welcome to my Nightmare
Boston Boston
Meatloaf Bat Out of Hell
Nazareth Hair of the Dog
Wow I haven't thought much about some of those in a long time. Guess what I'll be listening to later today.
I was 17 in 1967, at that time in my life anything and everything "Motown" put out was on my TT. Born and raised in the Detroit area, the Motown sound had a great impact on my music listening from around 1964-69. At around 1968 someone fired up my first "joint", excuse me while I kiss the sky and all that...

Im 46. So Many but in no particular order

The Monkees !
The Beatles
The Stones
Early James Taylor
Allman Bros
Santana {First Concert}
Ten Years After

little bit later.
Iggy Pop
At 42 I'm a bit older than you folks; I liked Zep, Rush, Tull, Floyd, Triumph, Aerosmith, Bowie, etc... hmmm, I still like those bands. But the one band that captured my imagination in my early teens was Frank Zappa and the Mothers. Hands down the most talented musician I've stumbled across and by far the best live show I've seen. Best, Jeff
I'm 49 and got to experience the "British Invasion" first hand. As far as my "defining" band, definitely The Beatles. Lot's of other bands in the '60s had great music as well, Doors and Steppenwolf come to mind. It was a very exiting time for rock music.

As a younger member here, I was 17 in 1998. What comes to mind for me and "my generation" Dave Mathews Band, Garbage, U2, Metalica(the black album was always popular when I was in school), Beck(no, not Jeff Beck!), the rap scene was big as well artists including Notorious B.I.G, Puff Daddy, Mace, Lost Boyz, 112, Dr Dre, Busta Rhymes to name a few. Around the same time "pop" music was flourishing with horrible music that was unavoidable, including but not limited to Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Shania Twain, N*sync, Backstreet boys, Spice Girls, Hanson(remember "mmm bop" I wish I didn't!) and Ricky Martin. I am going to cry in the corner now, I am ashamed(for the most part) of music that my peers listened to.
Man, I see quite a few I used to own listed here! The four I probably listened to the most, and would consider "defining" in the context of this post would be:

Allman Brothers Band (Eat a Peach and Live at the Fillmore)
Derek and the Dominos
Santana (Abraxas)
[I still enjoy each of those - they simply cannot be replaced]

Others I probably wore out, but haven't seen listed here yet would include:

Steppenwolf (Live)
Foghat (Rock and Roll)
J. Giles Band (Full House)
Yes (Tales from Topographical Oceans-and all the others!)
Humble Pie (Rockin the Fillmore and Smokin)
Cream (Strange Brew)
Aerosmith (Dream On)-[I saw them from row 8 just after release of their 2nd album-what a show!]
Robin Trower (Bridge of Sighs)

and so many more........
From 11 to 17 ???
From Buddy Holly to the Beatles. Buddy was a big influence on the Beatles. In between there was the Beach Boys and all the surf and car music. But I also remember some off beat stuff for kids my age like Mancini's More Music from Peter Gunn, kinda jazz laid back stuff, I remember that Shelly Mann played on that album. I still can remember lyrics from the late 50's, the 60's the early 70's. Guess that dates me, eh?
I grew up right in the middle of the thrash wave of the mid/late 80s (I'm 29) - undeniably the most vibrant and explosive period in heavy metal's brief and colorful history. Some important albums that come to mind:

Fates Warning: Awaken the Guardian
Celtic Frost: Into the Pandamonium
Omen: Teeth of the Hydra
Annihilator: Alice In Hell
King Diamond: Them
Queensryche: Operation Mindcrime
Cirith Ungol: King of the Dead
Candlemass: Nightfall
Forbidden: Forbidden Evil
Laaz Rockit: Annihilation Principle
Coroner: Punishment for Decadence
Helloween: Walls of Jericho

I still listen to TONS of metal(about 50% of my listening) and am still filling in the missing gems I don't have from this era, and finding a few new ones. Thank goodness for Ebay, this stuff can be hard to find otherwise. I vastly prefer the "classic" stuff over new stuff - the 80's for metal were like the 70's were for hard rock - the "classic" period, period!

As Manowar wrote, "Stripes on a tiger don't wash away." We may branch out and try new things, but we'll always have a soft spot for the music we grew up with - especially when you grew up listening to something truly special.
The Replacements
The Smiths
Black Flag

I'm 29, for what it's worth.
My older sister playing Elvis' "Hound Dog" when it first came out. Ditto Belafonte "Day-O".
On an Admiral phono 'all-in-one.
My first music source was AM radio, when it was king.
Most of the groups names I cannot remember, and cannot even begin to write them out.
Groups that influenced me in later teens: Doors, Dylan, Cream, Beatles (Beatles never were my favorite until after they broke up)
Well Gladys Knight still performs today,so does Patti Labelle,no Pips or Blue Bells.Stevie Wonder,late 60 all the way to the 80s.Bloodstone,Blue Magic,Temptations,Stylistics,Chi-Lites,Dells,Trammps,Main Indgrident all these groupsare still together today.There are so much more,Even SANTANA and MANDRILL.I can keep on,but I'll stop here.
Cream was at the top of the heap. Following was Jethro Tull (e.g., Benefit, Stand Up), Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin -- I still remember listening to their just released first album at a friend's house. There were lots of other great bands like the Animals, the Doors, Chicago, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Osibisa and even softer rock groups (remember Windy?).

Later in life, during college, I discovered the Moody Blues and Pink Floyd. They'd been around in my earlier years but I never listened to them. Makes me wonder who's around now that I'm missing. Good thread. Thanks.
Color Me Bad's "I Wanna Sex You Up" or Bobby Brown's "Just Dance" are probably symbolic of the late-80's/early nineties emergence of hip hop in mainstream music. I fell under the evil spell back then, only to wake up years later realizing how horribly tasteless I was.

NWA's "Straight Outta Compton" monumental release brought rap into the mainstreem. I'm sure there were other rappers that brought rap into its own (Grand Master Flash, Run DMC, etc), but, for me, NWA introduced Black underground political speach into popular music.

U2's "Joshua Tree" is monumental. Quite possibly the best album made in the late 20th century.
I can't believe I spelled "No" -- K-n-o-w. That is what early visits to this site will do to you,
I will add Steppenwolf and Grand Funk Railroad to the list.
Blue Oyster Cult featuring the amazing Buc Dharma on guitar
A six year gap doesn't sound big, but at those ages it spans the gap of music quite a bit, at least for me. On the younger side, Styx comes to mind, on the older side Def Leppard.
i was around 14 or 15 yrs old when i first heard it & thats when it all started for me & hasnt let up yet,the album was miles davis BITCHES BREW,i still like rock music but i find that it has lost most of its former zeal,i can still listen to most of the mothers of invention & also most of the frank zappa collection but for the most part jazz & fusion is the ticket for me,ill always remember the look on all my hippie friends faces when we would listen to music & do a number & i would put some miles davis or john lee hooker on my stereo,they thought i was insane,i wonder how many of them got caught up in the disco era,god remember the disco era.

I'll stick to one band as per your request. Initially I figured it must be the Beatles because of the huge effect they had on my generation. Besides, I was about as big a fan as a anyone. But "defining" being the key word I must go with the greatest American band ever, Buffalo Springfield. Buffalo Springfield and all the groups and individual artists that splintered from them make the Beatles truly seem lightweight. The effect this band had on America from politics to fashion is recognized by very few of my peers. I was so taken by their music that I wouldn't even bother to hose some gal that didn't include them as being among her favorite bands. Well, maybe that's a stretch. ;)

Other honorable mentions include:

The Beatles
The Beach Boys
The Kinks
The Temptations
The Four Tops
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
John Mayall
Roy Orbison
Monkees, Beatles, Stones, Cream , Led Zep, Grand Funk RR, Jethro Tull, The Who, ELP, The Band , Black Sabbath, T.Rex, Sly & The Family Stone, Motown, Dylan, Johnny Cash. The music that came afterwards has only strengthened my love for these artists. Born in '58.
Bill Haley and the Comets. Used to listen to Alan Freed on the radio everyday. We're talking a long time ago.
Forgot Dave Clark Five, then later Early Chicago and Steely Dan.

Anybody remember Hot Tuna ?
For me I did not have really one band that stuck out, but these always seemed to be in heavy rotation-

The Cure-Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me, Head on the Door
Depeche Mode-Music for the Masses, 101, Violator
The Smiths-Strangeways Here we Come
Siouxie and The Banshees-Tinderbox and Through the Looking Glass
New Order-Substance
The Replacements
Jesus and Mary Chain
Skinny Puppy
Death in June

I was lucky to grow up with a killer local college station-
KFSR 90.7 Fresno State Radio with a cool dj Radio London. Everynight from the age of 11 till I turned 18 I would listen from the time I got home till time I fell asleep.
he Grateful Dead! I could not have gotten through high! school and college without them.
Gary Numan (Tubeway Army)

Brad Day
Atlanta, GA
Yes, Lugnut, while it was supposed to be your "one, defining band", I kind of messed that up in translation.

Wow, it's really enlightening to see the diverse group of acts people have lined up with! It sure must have been an absolute blast to flower in the fruitful time of the mid-60s to mid-70s. I see some really seminal stuff there, which had a great impact on my listening.

Anyway, I'll go ahead and break my own rules, and expand my list:
Dead Kennedys
The Police
Grandmaster Flash
Run - DMC
The Cars
Public Image Limited
The Smiths
The One Enlightening Band?

The Beatles.
I graduated high school in 1972. I was an AM Top 40 listener, as FM progressive radio was pretty much in its infancy, and no one I knew had an FM radio in their cars. Also, these were the days before component stereo (except for a few audiophiles) and listening was done on those big ugly console stereos (more a piece of furniture than an audio reproduction system) or on dinky little portable record players. Phono cartridges were pizo-electric ceramic devices (tracking at 5 to 9 grams...OUCH!) and 45 RPM 7" singles usually comprised the majority of teenagers record collections.

Then, in the late spring/early summer of 1972, like Tommy, I "became aware that year". After my "altered state of mind", I heard two albums that totally changed my perception of music, and forever set my feet on the path of musical and audio discovery.

These two LP's were:
2) Jethro Tull "THICK AS A BRICK"

Off to college (U. Miami in Florida) late summer of 1972, and further mind and music expansion. Vietnam, the "generation gap" (to quote L.B.J.), and Nixon's antipathy towards this country's youth were very powerful driving forces to create a genre of music that was ALL OUR OWN....and $5- or $6- concert tickets for major acts didn't hurt, either!
For me:


Blood Sweat & Tears

Tower of Power


Ides of March


Doobie Brothers

Earth Wind & Fire



Cold Blood


O Jays



Jame Brown

James Gang
old AC/DC,Metallica was just getting started was looking for "Kill Em All" wasn't in stock they had "Ride The Lightning" nobody else even knew it existed yet which changed very rapidly. Cassette was very convenient then.
For me it would have to be the Yardbirds especially when I realize the memebers that participated in this group:

Jeff Beck
Jimmy Page
Eric Clapton
Bobby Vee, The Ventures, then The Beatles and Motown of course
I'm 35, so in 1980 or so, I was listening to Black Flag...I would probably hate to hear how it sounds on my stereo now vs my old boom box.

I have to agree with Jeffloistarca. I'm also 42 and I think He hit it right on the head. "The one band that captured my imagination in my early teens was Frank Zappa and the Mothers. Hands down the most talented musician ... and by far the best live show I've seen". Perfectly worded and true Jeff. I also listened to tons of Led Zepellin, Queen and Pink Floyd. I think I have seven copies of Dark Side ..." It's called ADDICTION.
I have a different take on this. Saturday Night Fever was definitely the most defining album of my teenage years. I got so sick of it, and anything that had to do with disco, that I became a head bangin' heavy metal dude. Led Zep was #1, followed by Van Halen and AC-DC. I also listened a lot to Ted Nugent. Nowadays, I'm more into jazz and classic rock.
First some background: My father being a proud Black man who had just finished serving his country during the Korean Conflict (War) knew he wanted to move his young family into a new neighborhood with new schools and a public park and bird sanctuary near by. Northeast Philadelphia developed as a result of 'White Flight'(whites moving out of older sections of the city where blacks could find affordable housing). I did not have much contact with children of my age in the Northeast because of fear of the unknown on the part of my neighbors. The music I listend to was not influenced by anyone in my community until I got to highschool. My parents gave me a radio and much to their chagrin I took to listening to Country music and I loved it. From there I went to Frank Sinatra and then Motown. 45s were the music mode of the day and I listened to songs, not artists.
For the ages of 11 through 17 I can remember hearing The Gressroots' Live for Today, The Beatles' Tomorrow never Knows, Nina Simones' Four Women, The Supremes' Reflections of My Mind, Cannonball Adderleys' Mercy, Mercy, Mercy, the Temptations' Ball of Confusion, Blues Magoos' We Ain't Got Nothin Yet, John Lennons' Cold Turkey, the Associations' Requium for the Masses and Creams' White Room. These days I listen to a lot of Avant Garde, electronic, polyphony, contempoary Japanese Psychedelic, jazz and a lot of the music previously mentioned. When I got to highschool I did listen to Alice Cooper but we all have our skeletons (check out "The Ballad of Dwight Fry). It's the music that keeps me together!
1974-80 for me. Seems to be a popular age range so far. Some high school regulars that haven't been mentioned yet:
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Bruce Springsteen
Neil Young
Bob Seger
Steely Dan
Elton John
Bachman Turner Overdrive
First, the Beatles and Beach Boys when I was around 11, then the Stones, Led Zeppelin, Yes, Tull, Cream, Mountain, Spirit,and the Who as I worked my way through high school.
Good thread Trejla. My choice would be Led Zepplin. I was big into Zepplin. It would have been the years of 1971-1977 for my time period. I still have a 8 track recording of a 4 hour special my local radio station did when John Bonham died. I was crushed September 25 1980. Oddly enough, I don't listen to much Zepplin anymore. I guess I'm getting old.

Since we are expanding the thread, other faves were:

The Stones (yes, they used to be good)
Black Sabbath
Pink Floyd
Aerosmith (they used to be good too)
Deep Purple
AC/DC (they still are pretty good)

I had the privilege and honour of seeing FZ seven times, it was no accident he had the best musicians with him (much like Steely Dan does). Most people think of Zappa and lyrics such as "Yellow Snow" or "Dyna-moe Hum" come to mind, but he was far far more advanced than his hits revealed. FZ won Jazz Album of the Year with "Jazz from Hell" and his work with Philharmonic Orchestras were never recognized. The Broadway show he wrote was brilliant, Thingfish is still a staple on my turntable. Zappa's one cover song that was recorded still stands as a testament to his creativity and skill, you will not find a better version of "Whippin' Post" anywhere, if you haven't bought "Does Humour Belong in Music" yet, get thee a copy asap. I could ramble forever but "Black Napkins" live changed my view of how music should be played. Frank, we miss you.
Stuff I listened to myself: Pink Floyd, Led Zep, Devo, Talking Heads. If I had to pick one of these as a 'defining band' for my 11-17 period, it would be Zep.

Stuff I was subjected to by my friends: Supertramp, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel.
The Ventures
The Doors
Jimi Hendrix-My first rock concert @ age 15 in Berlin, Germany.
John Mayall-saw him in Berlin, too!
Pink Floyd
Led Zepplin
Deep Purple
Beatles & Stones (of course)
Jeff Airplane (before that Starship nonsense)
Moody Blues
Jethro Tull
Allman Bros.
Quicksilver Messenger Service
The Band

I've been lucky enough to have heard most of them play at least once (w/exception of Beatles) and my ears are still ringing from some of them (although loudest by far was Mahavishnu Orchestra, w/Quicksilver a somewhat distant second)
When I was 11 in 1961 Elvis was singing "Little Sister" and "Marie's the Name of His latest Flame" along with the Everly Brothers and Neil Sedaka and Pat Boone. The British invasion had yet to happen and Dylan wasn't yet on the radar (at least not on mine). Six years later the world had changed forever: Dylan had had his motorcycle accident, America was mired in Vietnam, the Doors were singing "The End" and the Velvet Underground and Lou Reed were singing "I'm Waiting for My Man" and "Heroin". To quote the Grateful Dead (another of my favourite bands) "What a long, strange trip it's been".
Metallica and Pantera.
Wow Smotyka, The Yardbirds!!! Now, that was a band. Reading that sent a chill through me. It must have been wild to see them first hand.

One of my best friends, who is no audiophile always points to Led Zeppelin as one of his. He said when they hit in the late 60s, they were like NOTHING else that ever came before them. That's the kind of thing that propels many of us into this hobby, the lust for music, and the eternal search for hearing it in perfection.

Ashra, are you still in the area? If so, maybe we can hook up? By the way, did you go to Northeast High? Reading The Inquirer article in yesterday's sports section comparing St. Joe's year with Delonte West and Jameer Nelson to Temple with Hal Lear and Guy Rodgers made me wish I was able to see them before. I always hear that when Guy was at Northeast, it was absolutely unreal how good he was.