Saturday, February 20, 2010

AoH Members Create "Top 20" (or so) Lists

As the five members of Anatomy of Habit were preparing to go into the studio in February 2010, they were challenged to come up with "Top 20" lists of songs that have influenced them and shaped them as musicians -- and even led them to become a part of AoH. While some lists are of songs, some are of albums, and some exceed 20 entries, the lists definitely help to define the diverse influences on this emerging, enigmatic band.

Blake Edwards (20 songs):
01. Septic Death “Quit”
02. Foetus “I’ll Meet You in Poland, Baby”
03. Ministry “Jesus Built my Hotrod (redline/whiteline version)”
04. Lydia Lunch “Incubator”
05. Samhain “Unholy Passion”
06. Z’EV “Opus 3”
07. Swans “Money is Flesh”
08. My Bloody Valentine “Soon”
09. Drunk Injuns “Y-Camp”
10. Big Black “Racer X”
11. Sonic Youth “Expresway to Yr Skull”
12. Sonic Youth “Intro” (from Bad Moon Rising)
13. Goblin Profundo Rosso soundtrack
14. The Fall “Athlete Cured”
15. Laibach “Opus Dei”
16. Adolescents “Kids of the Black Hole”
17. Iron Maiden “Run to the Hills”
18. Led Zepplin “Gallows Pole”
19. Johnny Cash “Delia’s Gone”
20. Eminem “Lose Yourself”

Kenny Rassmussen (20 songs, in alphabetical order):
01. AC/DC "Live Wire"
02. Animal Law "Never Alone"
03. Beach Boys "God Only Knows"
04. Blag Flag "Damaged I"
05. Black Sabbath "Wheels of Confusion"
06. Cure "All Cats Are Grey"
07. Godflesh "Pulp"
08. Joy Division "Exercise One"
09. Khanate "Too Close Enough to Touch"
10. Low "Don't Understand"
11. Metallica "The Call of Ktulu"
12. Mogwai "New Paths to Helicon, Part 1"
13. Nirvana "Endless, Nameless"
14. Pelican "The Woods"
15. Public Enemy "By the Time I Get to Arizona"
16. Slayer "Hell Awaits" (Intro only)
17. Slint "Good Morning, Captain"
18. Slowdive "Souvlaki Space Station"
19. Swans "New Mind"
20. Velvet Underground "Heroin"

Dylan Posa (30 songs):
01. Igor Stravinsky "Le Sacre Du Printemps"
02. Steely Dan "Kings"
03. AC/DC "For Those About To Rock"
04. Shellac "Didn't We Deserve A Look At You The Way You Really Are"
05. Cheer-Accident "Filet Of Nod"
06. Public Enemy "By The Time I Get To Arizona"
07. Slayer "Angel Of Death"
08. Suicidal Tendencies "Institutionalized"
09. Fugazi "Repeater"
10. Devo "Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA"
11. Metallica "Leper Messiah"
12. Nad Navillus "Before The Axe Falls"
13. Adam & The Ants "Kings Of The Wild Frontier"
14. Big Black "Kerosene"
15. Gary Numan "Metal"
16. Human League "Seconds"
17. Peter Hammill "Accidents"
18. Gore "Lifelong Deadline"
19. Frank Zappa "St. Alphonso's Pancake Breakfast"
20. Peter Brotzmann "Machine Gun"
21. King Crimson "Starless"
22. Iannis Xenakis "Orient/Occident"
23. Krystoff Penderecki "Threnody (For The Victims Of Hiroshima)"
24. Andrew Lloyd Weber "Jesus Christ Superstar"
25. Thelonious Monk "Well You Needn't"
26. The Clash "London Calling"
27. The Flying Luttenbachers "Fist Through Glass"
28. Beach Boys "Surf's Up"
29. Philip Glass "Einstein On The Beach"
30. Lee Morgan "The Sidewinder"

Greg Ratajczak (Top 20-ish Life Changing Albums - In no particular order):
01. Godflesh "Pure"
02. Ministry "In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up"
03. Don Williams "I Believe in You"
04. Tom Waits "Nighthawks at the Diner"
05. Tool "Undertow"
06. Def Leppard "Hysteria"
07. Red Red Meat "Bunny Gets Paid"
08. Frank Zappa "Apostrophe"/"Overnite Sensation"
09. Aphex Twin "I Care Because You Do"
10. Metallica - "...And Justice for All"
11. Failure "Fantastic Planet"
12. Jeff Buckley "Grace"
13. Queensryche "Operation Mindcrime"
14. Steve Reich "Music for 18 Musicians"
15. Ornette Coleman "Stockholm Sessions"
16. John Zorn/Naked City "Radio"
17. Pig Destroyer "Prowler in the Yard"
18. Mr. Bungle "Disco Volante"
19. Skinny Puppy "Last Rites"
20. Sepultura "Arise"

...and since I can't seem to limit myself to 20...

21. King Crimson "Discipline"
22. Slayer "Reign in Blood"
23. Autechre "Incanubala"
24. NIN "Broken"
25. Mark Hollis "s/t"
26. John Fahey "Legend of Blind Joe Death"
27. Mahavishnu Orchestra "The Inner Mounting Flame"
28. Obituary "Cause of Death"
29. Cannibal Corpse "Butchered at Birth"
30. Faith No More "The Real Thing"

Mark Solotroff (20 songs, in alphabetical order):
01. Bauhaus "Stigmata Martyr"
02. Black Sabbath "Black Sabbath"
03. Cathedral "Autumn Twilight"
04. Christian Death "When I was Bed"
05. Crime and the City Solution "Six Bells Chime"
06. Einsturzende Neubauten "Armenia"
07. Joy Division "New Dawn Fades"
08. Killing Joke "Love Like Blood"
09. Led Zeppelin "Dazed and Confused"
10. Loop "Afterglow"
11. My Bloody Valentine "Cupid Come"
12. Paradise Lost "Shattered"
13. Pentagram "Madman"
14. Public Image Limited "Poptones"
15. Siouxsie and the Banshees "Nightshift"
16. Swans "Failure"
17. The Doors "Riders on the Storm"
18. The Fields of the Nephilim "Last Exit for the Lost"
19. The Sisters of Mercy "Afterhours"
20. Winter "Eternal Frost"
(Runners-up: The Chameleons "Swamp Thing," The Sound "Winning," The Stooges "I Wanna Be Your Dog," The Velvet Underground "Ocean"... I could have also easily included tracks by Amebix, David Bowie, Discharge, Medicine, Roxy Music, Rudimentary Peni, Sonic Youth, The Cure, Tindersticks, Scott Walker...this is impossible!!!)

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