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Old 05-06-04, 06:39 PM
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Who are the most influential musicians of modern music?

I think its too soon to tell on musicians since 1975, but James Brown and Kraftwerk are definately on the top of a very short list.
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hmm what is consitered modern. I'll get shit for it but probably kurt cobain even though he didn't want to be famous.
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his name has sliped my mind. guitarist for RATM

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Run-DMC. They brought hip-hop into the suburbs, used rock beats and guitars, and, thus, are partly to blame for that whole rap-metal thing. I forgive them.
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his name has sliped my mind. guitarist for RATM

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Tom Morello. I don't know if I would call him influential though, even though I love the guy, you don't hear a lot of his guitar technique in any other guitarists. I'd call him more unique than anything. He is great though.

As much as I hate to say it, Korn is one of the most influential bands of our time anyway. Basically kick starting Nu Metal.
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Eminiem, Jack White, Beck, The Beasties, Radiohead, OutKast, Pixies.
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Almost every interview I've seen with a decent rock musician cites The Clash as a major influence.
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I blame Pearl Jam for this insincere, whiney nu-metal. But Pearl Jam wasn't too bad in their day.
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Prince. Madonna.

[though, I don't know if Madonna's been a positive influence...or if the people she's influenced could truly be considered "musicians"...]
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most currently, I'd say Pharrell Williams.
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The Smiths
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Helmet is a very influential band for the time period.

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I assume we are talking about influence, which indicates these artists have somehow affected the output of other artists.

Ifthis is the case. and we're talking since the 70's:

The Ramones
The Replacements
Modern Lovers
Talking Heads
Husker Du
The Pixies
The Clash
The Sugarhill Gang
Beastie Boys
Bruce Springsteen
Joy Division/New Order
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I made my own thread because that thread has no time boundaries, while I want this one to be relevant to the 1920-1970 time period
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Like it not, Mariah Carey. She has influenced every modern female pop singer.
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Like it not, Mariah Carey. She has influenced every modern female pop singer.
Quite true. And on that same wavelength, Michael Jackson made pop music what it is today. All jokes aside, his music influences everything you see on TRL and all that crap today.

Not saying I like that stuff, obviously, but its popular.
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Derrick May
Kevin "Reese" Saunderson (Mister Inner City!)
Richie Hawtin
Paul & Phil Hartnoll
Juan Atkins

On the Kraftwerk note, I think their contribution to modern music is notable, but highly exaggerated. The work of the above names dwarfs that of Kraftwerk, IMO.

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I thought we were talking about modern musicians that will be influential for years to come.
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Definately Sugarhill Gang for Rap. Hands down.

Gotta throw Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five in there too...

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I'm always amazed at how long it takes for someone to mention David Bowie in one of these "most influential" threads.
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I was thinking about this over the weekend, and I'm going to propose an artist that is completely unfashionable, and possibly not even known to some of you - Chet Atkins. I know that most people only think of him as a virtuoso guitar player, but the thing you have to remember about him is that Atkins, more than any single person, is responsible for the way country music sounds today. He was the person responsible for the 'Nashville sound' of the RCA records he produced starting in the mid-60s. Before Atkins, country music was strictly hillbilly music - rough, unhewn redneck folk, with little instrumentation and ornamentation. He transformed it, largely by adding strings and vocal accompaniment. This made country music palatable to a much broader range of listeners, and allowed it to enter the mainstream of pop music.

OK, so I know country isn't trendy, but it sells more than almost any other genre of pop music today. I would argue that this fact, for better or worse, is due almost solely to the efforts of Chet Atkins.
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Chuck Berry
The Beatles
The Beach Boys
Phil Spector
Velvet Underground
Miles Davis
James Brown
Grandmaster Flash
Brian Eno
Afrika Bambaata
Aphex Twin
Cold Cut
DJ Shadow
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Mostly from genres I frequent than the overall music scene:

Brian Wilson
Talking Heads
Velvet Underground
Gang of Four
Chuck Berry
Dick Dale
Lee Hazlewood
Phil Spector

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