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Luca Di Fabio - July 28, 2020

FIVE SONGS THAT INFLUENCED YOUR FAVORITE CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS

Have you ever met an asshole who seems to know about every artist that’s ever influenced anything, ever?

Maybe you've been cornered by him at a party where he tries to explain the merits of Trout Mask Replica. Maybe you've dated him for 6 to 8 brutal months while constantly apologizing to friends and family for his behavior, appearance, and political opinions. Yet, despite his many shortcomings and general Ted Bundy vibe, you still need those recs. You. Need. Those. God. Damn. Recs.

Well, here it is, directly from one of those guys... 

1. Lene Lovich “Lucky Number” - 1978 

FIVE SONGS THAT INFLUENCED YOUR FAVORITE CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS

Influenced: Gwen Stafani
Gwen Stefani took her whole "Love Angel Music Baby" shtick from Lovich. Doesn’t matter though because Gwen Stefani is hot and Lene Lovich is not.

2. Laurie Anderson “From the Air” - 1982

FIVE SONGS THAT INFLUENCED YOUR FAVORITE CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS

Influenced: Lady Gaga
Gaga before Gaga. This is the premier influence on 2000s pop production, particularly the Kanye-Bon Iver layered vocal thing.
"Drop It Like It's Hot" is another rip-off from this album.

3. Forum, “Белая ночь” - 1985

FIVE SONGS THAT INFLUENCED YOUR FAVORITE CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS

Influenced: Mac De Marco
Ariel Pink was the firestarter for Mac De Marco and the 2010s indie rock bands. The over chorused guitar tone Mac exploited and blew up into the 2010s started here with Ariel.

Ariel did it well, and of course all the bands he influenced sucked because they were listening to him and not his influences. Like if you were trying to sound like the Rolling Stones and you’d never heard the blues. Fuck these people.

4. Altered Images, Beckoning Strings - 1981

FIVE SONGS THAT INFLUENCED YOUR FAVORITE CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS

Influenced: The Pixies.
"Into the White" directly, but obviously the whole sound. All-girl Spanish indie rock band Hinds also ripped off Altered Images (See Real Toys on “Happy Birthday”).

5. Boney M “Ma Baker” - 1977

FIVE SONGS THAT INFLUENCED YOUR FAVORITE CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS

Influenced: Everything on the radio
Gaga and every modern dance-oriented pop track stem from this. The famous refrain in Poker Face “Ma ma ma ma” is directly quoted from this song. You could replace any song on pop radio with any Boney M song and I’m pretty sure no one would notice.

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