Which band or artist presented you to rock?

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In my case it was Van Halen.

The year: 1984
The video clip: Jump
My first album: 1984 (Van Halen)
My last album (s): Rolling Stones Discography
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Van Halen wasn't my introduction, but they changed everything! I still remember the day a friend brought the first album over to practice. It was a mesmerizing experience.

I remember being a early fan of Rush, but it's really hard to say who 'the first' band was.
...so ever since then, I always hang on to the buckle.
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Hmmm, it must have been something my father kept putting the record on when I was a kid. I think it's Mylon Lefevre and broken hearts or something like that.
It's a Christian rock band that my father kept putting day after day.
They where pretty good actually. That Mylon Lefevre guy even wrote songs for more famous artist like Elvis.
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Foghat, Boogie Motel. I remember Casey Kasem talking about "Lonesome" Dave Pevrett on AT 40 and thinking this is what I want to do. Third time lucky was my first 45 and I wore out my Boogie Motel 8 track. It's been a life long obsession ever since.

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I guess I have a toss up here.. Could be Elvis or Ricky Nelson.. Back during the transition from saturday night square dances to Friday night sock hop.
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Maybe it was the Beatles on Ed Sullivan 196? My first introduction to R&R. But in 1965 I was playing bass in a band in high school. It was purely a ploy to get out of the house and drink beer and hopefully meet girls. But then we learned "All of the Day and all of the Night" by the Kinks. The first song that really moved me to want to learn.
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Friend I took guitar lessons with told me about some band called Metallica when I was in the 6th grade. Went to the Wherehouse (RIP) and picked up the Black Album, just because I thought it had a cool looking cover.

Been a metalhead ever since.
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My first 45 was Elton John - Crocodile Rock. Still love the song. Elton was pretty good in the 70's

In '75, I got my second album (my first was Grand Funk - Shinin' On). That second album was was important because it was a gift for my birthday. It was ZZ Top - Fandango. Which I love to this day -but- a friend offered to trade me for my Fandango by offering the Kiss - Originals set...That would a set of Self Titled, Hotter than Hell and Dressed to Kill....I took that trade....and the following year for my birthday.....I got ZZ Top - Fandango...

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My first exposure to rock was on the radio back in the early 70's. I can remember recording songs off the radio as young as 7. Styx "Lady" and Argent's "Hold Your Head Up" remind me of that time. I also remember loving "Band on the Run" and "Live and Let Die" by Wings on the radio.

At the age of 10 I made my first record purchase of Queen "news of the world" and Billy Joel "The Stranger". I had to make a hard decision between those and The Beatles "Blue Album" (1967-1970). Third one was Aerosmith "Toys in the Attic".

At the age of 9, a friend of the family's introduced me to The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and The Moody Blues to name a few.

I started to learn guitar in 1980. It's interesting to think back and not be able to pinpoint a particular artist that inspired me to learn guitar. The desire to learn stemmed from a general love of music...and attract girls.
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I think in my case, that would be Queen or The Beatles. When I was younger, we almost didn't listen to anything else, so for me, it would be those two bands.
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Iron Maiden. Somewhere in Time. Couldn't stop listening to Run to the Hills, Wasted Years, Alexander the Great I wore out just cuz. I was so young, I didn't care. If it had an electric guitar and was rebellious, that was rock.

If we want real rock n' roll... my first was the Almighty Led Zeppelin. Houses of the Holy and IV were bought simultaneously and wore those out too.
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Pink Floyd - "Delicate Sound of Thunder"

Some of my greatest memories growing up were the long drives my dad and I would take to our cabin. We would always listen to this album. The recording of "One of these days" from this concert is still one of my favorite live recordings.

We also had a Peter Frampton greatest hits with the full version of "Do You Feel Like I Do" - 16 minutes long I think. Pure awesomeness!
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My parent were always playing 80's music like Bon Jovi, Van Halen, White Lion etc....
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I could have a couple of answers. So I'll give them to you!

1. My first modern rock CD was probably Sugar Ray's 14:59. Though I think I had some Elvis live CDs too.

2. What first got me actively listening, and really into music, was the Hurley999.com website in 1999 where I heard Goldfinger's "You Say You Don't Love Me", Blink 182's "Dammit", and Crumb's "Tonight". I loved all 3. Crumb's album is still one of my top 3.

3. What got me into metal was randomly deciding to buy Halford's "Live Insurrection" at the CD shop in 2001 just because it looked cool. Still my favorite live album! This segued into 80s music like Motley Crue.
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4 me nickleback did my heavy rock
animals the song was called
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I will show my age here. The first 8 Track I owned was in 1977. I was in 7th grade and i won the STYX II 8 track, selling magazine subscriptions, and I loved it. The first album, Vinyl, I bought was Ted Nugent, Double Live Gonzo, I still listed to that today, but on CD. From there I migrated to Iron Maiden, Deep Purple and Judas Priest. The band that changed everything for me was in college, The Smiths. It opened the door for me to expand my musical tastes in all directions. I'm still a huge Morrissey fan to this day.
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I live in the UK near Guildford & London - I cut my musical teeth on the bands of the mid - late 70's.

So whose that - well - Man / Uriah Heep / Wishbone Ash / Camel / Yes / Europe and then of course bands from the states started moving coming over - Van Halen / Aerosmith / Skynyrd etc.

The 70's in the UK had some great musicians and in my opinion this has been built on by some great bands from the states - Dokken / Tesla to name two.

Whats wonderful about the guitar is that it is just our own imagination that holds us back - an in my case skill.

Anyway back to practice............
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For me it first started when I saw Kiss on T.V. Then a few years later a friend showed me Welcome To The Jungle and soon after, I borrowed the full album from my sister. At that point there was no going back.
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Blind Melon's Mouthful of Cavities.
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