Wednesday, February 3, 2010


You find things in life that instantly set you on a path. Sometimes these things are serious and sometimes they are not.

Let's focus on the not so serious things.

I've heard a lot of people say Star Wars changed their lives. On the surface it sounds crazy, but I totally get it. JJ Abrams has said this and last I checked he was doing pretty good.

I think I've had a few things in life that have changed my path and made me a person that I would not have been otherwise. Star Wars is on that list, as is Marvel Comics.

Though when I think of music, I can still remember specifically a particular song and video that changed me forever. It made me realize that there was more to music than what the radio played me and it made me curious about what else was out there. Because of this weird little song I went on to find The Clash, the Ramones, the Sex Pistols. Which led to Minor Threat, Black Flag, the Misfits. Which led to Funkadelic, Run DMC, the Beastie Boys. Which led to Nick Cave and the Birthday Party, DEVO and so on and so on... til eventually I said, "hey, I want my own band!"

Funny, I wonder where I would be and what I would be doing had I not turned on the TV and saw this!


  1. Excellent topic. There were a few things for me when I was younger that shaped who I am now. One of the earliest was seeing Batman (89) in the theatre. I was only about 4 years old, but my mind was blown. I saw that movie 8 times in the theatre and it made me a nerd for life. Even now I'm obsessed. Comics, action figures, video games, if the bats on it I'm into it. Batman eventually spilled over into other comic book characters and other toy lines, and all of that eventually led to music, which because of my comic book roots started with KISS. Once I got there it was only a matter of time before I discovered a band of space men and robots (I'm talking about Powerman if you haven't gotten it yet). Batman has shaped the nerd I am.

    Mike Snyder

  2. Seeing "When Worlds Collide" on MTV when I was 13! Seriously, I don't think I listened to anything harder than the backstreet boys at that point. I really started listening to more interesting music then!

    Also, I made the Worst Mistake of my life as a direct result of an attempt to emulate a philosophy I thought a (different) rock star bought into!

  3. I would have to say Nine Inch Nails and Transformers.

    Oh, and Night of the living dead .. black and white back when I didn't even own a color TV.

    And maybe The Exorcist scarred me more then I would like to admit.

    Does that count ?

  4. im just posting in response to your HERES WHATS WRONG WITH MUSIC post. I loved it. You hit the nail right on the head.
    I love green day but lately ive been wondering what the hell they are doing.
    On that note Im glad to see that the old PM5K is back with a vengeance.

  5. First thing off the top of my head would be when I found the Alice Cooper "Billion Dollar Babies" LP in my parents record collection. It was like nothing I had ever heard at the time, and played a big role in my taste of music forever. Star Wars. Nine Inch Nails "The Downward Spiral" was another. And of course, PM5K "Tonight The Stars Revolt"!!!

  6. Dragula. One song defanged the devil, and I banged my head to what I was supposed to fear.