Thursday, January 25, 2007

The Music Lives On

I am a huge music fan and nothing gets to me more than when we lose a talented artist before they had a chance to express themselves completely. I know this is just a short list and that my personal tastes do not reflect everyone else’s but hell… this is my wife’s blog and this is the music that I have been most influenced by.

1. Jimi Hendrix, 27 - He was only discovered back here in North America after being lured to the UK to develop his sound. In four short years and three studio albums he changed the way the world would view the guitar through his experimentation and wild performances. It has been suspected that Jimi was going to explore Jazz or the Blues but it was all cut short by drug use. D- 1970

2. Janis Joplin, 27 - She is arguably the greatest female rock singer of the 1960's. It’s possible that she did as much for women in the ‘60s as she did for music. After a brief solo career she died from heroin use before her greatest work was ever released. D-1970

3. Marc Bolan, 30 - (T.Rex) The ‘70s glam rocker was killed in his girlfriend’s car when she hit a tree on a country road. She had to flee England for fear of her life as his fans stripped their flat for souvenirs. His songs have been covered countless times. D- 1977

4. Keith Moon, 31 - (The Who) Known for his crazy antics and frenzied drumming, he was the driving force behind The Who. Keith represented the youthful, zany side of rock & roll, as well as its self-destructive side, better than anyone else on the planet. I can’t think of anyone else who could have possibly run himself over with his own car. (and live!) Yet it was this excessiveness that would lead to his drug/alcohol induced death. D- 1978

5. John Bonham, 33 - (Led Zeppelin) It is possible that John is the most sampled and one of the most influential drummers in Rock history. It’s rumored that he downed three dozen vodka shots before dying in his sleep a couple of hours later. Jimmy, Robert and John Paul called it quits soon after knowing that they could never replace his talent. D-1980

6. John Lennon, 40 - (The Beatles) He was senselessly gunned down by MDC outside his New York apartment. Questions were raised if this was a political assassination. The three shots were a “tight group shot” as MDC dropped to one knee and fired. Lennon was one of the few who could rally together a significant number of people against Reagan. The CIA still has “Classified” files on him. His music will forever stand the test of time. D-1980

7. Hillel Slovak, 26 - (Red Hot Chili Peppers) The funk inspired musician was the original guitarist for the band before they broke wide open with Mother’s Milk. He was a high energy performer and painter. One of the original Socks on Cocks! The band was famous for being naked on stage. Hillel died of a heroin overdose. His death was part of the reason Jack Irons (drums) left the band. “My Lovely Man” on Blood Sugar Sex Magic was written as a tribute. D- 1988

8. Andrew Wood, 24 - (Mother Love Bone) A flamboyant and charismatic singer, he teamed up with former members of Green River. (Guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament) The band would go on to play an important part in the music scene that would spawn the Grunge sound. He was a known heroin addict. Towards the end he was in and out of rehab. He was found after taking a lethal dose and died days later. Mother Love Bone broke up soon after but key elements of the band would later resurface as Pearl Jam. D- 1990

9. Kurt Cobain, 27 - (Nirvana) Everyone is well aware of the apparent suicide that rocked the music world back in the 90’s. What everyone might not know was the demise of Nirvana or the impending divorce from Courtney Love. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" climbed the American Top Ten and Nevermind bumped Michael Jackson off the top of the album charts. The first Guitar oriented band to break Number One in years. His sound would inspire countless acts to follow. His legacy stands as one of the most influential in Rock & Roll history. D- 1994

10. Shannon Hoon, 28 - (Blind Melon) The band was often overseen by the little Dancing Bee Girl in their "No Rain" video. His death would be overshadowed by Kurt Cobain’s death the year before. After only two studio albums the band dissolved after Shannon was found dead on their tour bus from a heroin overdose. It truly appeared as though he had plenty of great music still to create and explore. D- 1995

11. Mark Sandman, 47 - (Morphine) He is a man who died doing what he loved. While performing on stage he collapsed due to a heart attack. Mark played a detuned, two string, home made bass. The band specialized in their own version of stripped-down jazz-lounge rock. D- 1999

12. Layne Staley, 35 - (Alice In Chains) The harmonies between Layne and Jerry Cantrell made the band the huge influence it was. They twisted their sound to fit the trend of the 90’s with great success. Its ironic that Layne would write the hit "Would?" as a way to honor Andrew Wood only to be found dead in his own apartment from a drug overdose years later. D- 2002

13. Elliott Smith, 34 - I champion Elliott’s talents simply on the one fact that he gave Celine Dion a run for her money at the Oscars in 1998. His song "Miss Misery" (Good Will Hunting) was nominated in the Best Original Song category. He didn’t win but I'm sure Celine was wearing her Depends on stage while all the nominees performed their songs. He was a gifted songwriter exploring his own twist of folk/punk. He died alone with a knife in his hand. D- 2003

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suki said...

Great list! :) Red Hot Chili Peppers will be playing at Coachella Music Festival this year!

Tink said...

Such a pity to lose talented people like this. They will always be missed...
My TT lists 13 of my favourite goddess & fantasy artists.

mamatulip said...

Awesome list -- many of these artists are favourites of mine, including Jimi, Janis and Shannon. I'm kind of shocked though -- I didn't know Elliot Smith had died! Yikes.

And hey, Jana, weren't you doing an album countdown on this here blog? Did you finish it? I remember the first installment and I was really looking forward to more...

Pattie said...

That is quite a varied list. I still remember the day Kurt Cobain died. Very sad, indeed.

Janet a.k.a. "Wonder Mom" said...

I just posted some of my favorites too and Andrew Wood is one of them...

Great list.

Stacie said...

It always amazes me with all the FABulous talent these people had, they all pretty much died the same way with few exceptions...when will the music world learn that they are not immune the the ills of drug use...how many more talents will be wasted? It's so sad.
Great TT, I played too. Stacie

Miranda said...

Great TT!!! I love most of those guys.

Have a good one!

JAM said...

Every time I hear Jimi Hendrix music, it blows me away. You can hear just how casual and effortless his playing was. On an old Dick Cavett show, they played, and Jimi had a white Gibson SG that went out of tune, he was still playing and singing AND correcting the tune.

It's always a mind blower to think about what might have been with people so talented.

Skittles said...

It's your blog, so don't apologize what you choose to post :) This is a great list of talented people!

Thanks for dropping by mine :)

ewe are here said...

Kind of depressing to think what else would have been written, sung, played....

I was already on a 'depressed' kick this evening, so you inspired me to do my very first Thursday 13.

ChupieandJ'smama said...

Great list of some absolutely remarkable people. All of them were extreemly talented musicians. They all have left an indelible mark on this earth.

MotherBumper said...

Fan-freakin'-tastic list. Many of them would be on mine. You got to wonder what more could have come from them if they had been around longer.

ali said...

jana, my hat's off to you. this was a great, great list.

i heard on the radio this morning they are coming out with Jimi Hendrix diapers. he.

metro mama said...

Great list, niloc.

chelle said...

Awesome list to read through and walk down memory lane .... each artist known for their own art ... wow can you imagine if half that list survived where music would be right now?

bananas62 said...

It's amazing, how stupid some very brilliant and talented people can be...
Happy TT

Carmen said...

who knows what would be on our ipods if they had gotten to express themselves longer. :)

Jenn said...

Interesting TT. You must be a true fan!

Thanks for stopping by my TT!

Rashenbo said...

Fantastic list. I really enjoyed reading about these artists. I didn't know these details about most of them. I really enjoyed that Blind Melon song and the little bee is definitely memorable! :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Andrea said...

Being a teenager in the 90s, this list really hits me. They are the soundtrack of my most carefree years. I still listen to RHCP and Alice in Chains regularly. You've given me some great ideas for new downloads. That's one way to keep their influence alive: keep on listening.

Haley-O said...

Great list, niloc! :) I have to add Luther Vandross to this list. I heard him on the radio just the other day, and was thinking about how totally tragic it is to have lost such a talent too soon....

Trish said...

What an awesome tribute!

Loved your list today!
Thanks for visiting mine.

Lisa said...

This was a wonderful post. Cool tribute. You know your music and the stories behind the people!

crazymumma said...

So much talent. That was really interesting to read Niloc. It makes me want to go and put on some Janis right now.

Hulai said...

I totally love John Lennon.

Hulai said...

I totally love John Lennon.

canape said...

Great list. If it had been the Friday Fourteen, you could have included Jeff Buckley. Huge loss.

lildb said...

scrolling down the list - I wasn't surprised by any of its members, only saddened, again, just like you are, for the same reasons.

and then Elliot's face appeared, and I felt the stab of his loss. even though I knew him, albeit super-super-super-barely (a brief introduction in a crowded bar, so not really), and mostly only knew *of* him through friends, and knew that he'd been suicidal from the beginning of time, and that no one was remotely surprised by his death, and yet -

it hurts deeply to know that he was always in so much pain.

probably like most, if not all, of the others on your (epic) list.

Jenny said...

God. Most of those people were younger than I am now.

What a waste.