Memoirs of a Metalhead – My Gateway Songs
The riffs that started it all
Partly inspired by that ’10 albums from your teens’ post that was trending on Facebook recently, I’ve been thinking back to the tracks that acted as a springboard to the bands and genres I’ve become interested in since, and decided to gather them together. Here they all are – I’ve done my best to list them in the order that I became introduced, but I can’t be sure on the exact order after all this time.
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
I’m sure we’ve all reenacted that scene from Wayne’s World at some point. Party on.
Def Leppard – Let’s Get Rocked
Their cover of ‘Action’ also deserves a mention. One of their previous albums, ‘Hysteria’, has since become one of my favourite albums.
Guns ‘n’ Roses – You Could Be Mine
I think it’s this song that helped me develop an appreciation for building intros.
Michael Jackson – Give In To Me feat. Slash
I was already listening to Michael Jackson before I got into rock music. The riffs in this song took me further.
En Vogue – Free Your Mind
This one might surprise a few people. It’s overlooked by the rock community/press, but in my opinion is actually better than a lot of the proper attempts at ‘crossover’ tracks from other artists.
Soul Asylum – Runaway Train
My introduction to grunge. Don’t listen to it much these days. Be warned, this video is a little heavy going, given the subject matter, but it did help in finding many missing people.
H-Blockx – Move
I’d actually forgotten about this one until, well, writing this. I’ve got the single somewhere.
Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun
Another amongst the first grunge tracks I got into. It would be a little while before I also got into the likes of Alice In Chains and Stone Temple Pilots.
Die Krupps – Isolation
My introduction to industrial music, think I first heard it on Ray Cokes’s ‘Most Wanted’ show, back when MTV played music.
Metallica – One
The first time I ever knowingly listened to them, and it blew me away. To date I still regard this as one of the greatest metal tracks ever.
Mutha’s Day Out – Green
Well, I could post the whole album, as they were one of the first rock/metal bands I got into. A guy I knew at the time recorded this on to a tape for me, and on the b-side of that tape was a mix of things, which included the aforementioned Soundgarden track, Pearl Jam’s ‘Go’, and also….
Biohazard – Love Denied
….this track. At the time, I wasn’t even aware that there was a genre of heavy music known as ‘hardcore’, but this was my introduction to that form of metal.
So there they are, my first steps into heavy music. I had no idea at the time just how important those steps would become.