By Mark Buttich (singer/songwriter)
Five Musicians that have changed my life:
1. Elvis Costello – He’s a great songwriter who will put any type of album out and doesn’t give fuck.
2. Buddy Holly – One of the first musicians who wanted to write and produce his own music.
3. John Lennon – Without John starting the Beatles many many many of the bands we all listen to would not be here.
4. Joe Strummer – As punk as The Clash started off as, he wasn’t afraid to get political and topical and wasn’t afraid to mix in some funk and early rap.
5. Alex Turner – Though still new to the music scene, the first four Arctic Monkeys albums show real promise with brilliant lyrics, great guitar work, and a non-sellout attitude that is rare in today’s music scene.
1. The Beatles – “Abbey Road” – Their last album and my first CD was an album that I can’t put on and not listen to the whole thing.
2. Elvis Costello – “Armed Forces” – Originally to be called “Emotional Fascism,” only Elvis Costello can have great songs like “Oliver’s Army,” “Accidents Will Happen,” “What’s So Funny About Peace, Love, and Understanding” all one on album and close that album with the old Rodgers/Hart song “My Funny Valentine.” The man has huge balls.
3. The Beach Boys – “Pet Sounds” – I don’t really like the Beach Boys because of Mike Love, BUT Brian Wilson with his lyrics and chords is a fucking genius and this album is indisputable proof of this.
4. U2 – “Achtung Baby” – I always call this album U2’s Sgt. Peppers. In one album the band changed their appearance, changed their sound and still put out one of the best albums of the past 30 years.
5. The Clash – “London Calling” – As much of a rock fan as I am, I always enjoy when musicians go out of their comfort zones and try other genres. “London Calling” mixes punk, pop, rock, and just about anything else to fill this fantastic double album.