#605 vom 03.11.2008
Tim McIlrath hat uns – unter geschmacklicher Zustimmung des Restes der Band – die Inselplatten von Rise Against verraten:
- Dead Kennedys "Plastic Surgery Disasters" – Jello Biafra has to be one of the best frontmen I know of. Every lyric is sung with such conviction. This record really speaks out against what is expected of you in society. It inspires individuality.
- The Clash "The Clash" – The record has always had a place in my heart because of the sincerity put forth in these songs. Real passion! This record inspires change in the class system.
- Bad Religion "No Control" – Bad Religion brought the three part harmony to punk rock which truly changed the punk world. This record makes you question the roles we play in everyday life.
- Fugazi "13 Songs" – Fugazi is my favorite band of all time for so many reasons. This is an early record from them that still stands the test of time today. Merging thought provoking lyrics ripe with graphic imagery with innovative music, especially for its time, Fugazi were, and are, one of punk's pioneers. The rock solid rhythm section with the bells and whistles of Guy's and Ian's guitarwork is unlike any other. Combine their unique vocals into the mix and you have a masterpiece.
- Jawbreaker "24 Hour Revenge Therapy" – To me, lyrics are one of the most important elements of music, and Jawbreaker has some of the best, hands down. Great songwriting makes this band timeless, and great lyrics makes them poets of the 90s.
- Minor Threat – In a time when punk was being inundated with nihilistic, drug glorifying bands like the Sex Pistols or the New York Dolls, Minor Threat came along and changed all that. They blazed a trail for people who realized that punk and drugs and alcohol don't have to go hand in hand; a trail that people like me walk to this day.
- The Who "Tommy" – It re-shaped rock and roll. The first 'rock opera' treated this fairly new music form with classical structure: overture, theme, recurring, melody, tragedy, loss, resolution and coda. And somehow still did its part to be a catalyst of punk rock with its aggression. Something so grandiose and at its base, still raw.
- Black Sabbath "Black Sabbath" – It invented heavy metal. No band has been as heavy or dark as that record. Current metal bands try to be 'heavy' by tuning their instruments lower or playing with extra distortion and these guys did it in standard tuning and writing songs that they based in blues. These four guys' chemistry together made them sound like that. The way they phrased together. One person misplaced and who knows what 'heavy metal' would sound like now.
- Ramones "Ramones" – Invented punk rock as we know it. I know that may be a controversial statement but all of the early seminal punk bands were trying to be the Ramones. They were playing pop music as they heard it and that was loud, fast and dangerous without a care in the world. And the most important thing was that everyone could be a Ramone – they were just like me and you, and anyone could pick up a guitar and play their music (although not like them). That made everyone love them and that made the genre they created for the outsiders and the outcasts and anyone that wanted to belong somewhere. They're why I do what I do and why I still love this music.
- Miles Davis "Kind Of Blue" – This record changed jazz forever. It was a departure from the hard bop style of jazz that was going on at the time. "Kind Of Blue" was based on simple scales called modes which started modal jazz. It's the best selling jazz record of all time.
- Led Zeppelin "Led Zeppelin" – This was Led Zeppelin's first record. It was a blues rock sound that was unique and new. Some people refer to this and Black Sabbath as the earliest heavy metal. It spawned a million bands and a whole new style of music.
- The Who "My Generation (The Who Sings My Generation)" – This was the band's first record and was like nothing else around at the time. The Who is probably the greatest rock band ever. A rock record full of rebellion. This record was the forebear of punk rock. Starting a massive movement that still exists today.