Strangest way you were introduced to a band

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As a teen, a buddy and I were driving past the local ‘parlor games’ store when we heard our local DJ say he was there, and was hiding somewhere in the store with a free CD. Whoever could catch him would win the cd, so of course we swung right into the lot. I opened the store door and he was in full sprint running from a small group who had found him but hadn’t tagged him yet, so I dive-tackled him into a dartboard display as he ran past. My prize- Tom Petty Into the Great Wide Open. I wasn’t a Petty fan at the time, but have been one ever since, and I still have the CD in my collection.
What strange stories do you have?
 

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working at villanova university in high school and on break or lunch my friend found a cassette tape on the ground...it may have listed a couple bands on it but i dont remember...we played it...the violent femmes and fleshtones songs were on it...could have others but they were the two i remember...maybe because we heard of the other bands on it...but the femmes and fleshtones were new to us
 

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Not sure I can write it here...:):cool:
Let’s just say an Elvis Costello record on an automatic changer kept repeating the LP side over and over while I hung out with my best friends older sister :eek::):cool:
It was not the one titled “Get Happy”, although I most certainly did...
 

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Guess it's not super unique, but I went to this kinda weird cocktail party at a venue (The Rave in Milwaukee...not typically what you'd consider when you think of cocktail parties...). There were like maybe 50 or so people there, I feel like it was supposed to be a bigger deal.

Nobody was paying attention to the band at all, but the band was Chromeo. I was really digging it, they put on a great show, catchy songs, the singer/guitarist could really play. Talked to the singer after the show for a while. They've gone on to have some notoriety, it was just kind of a strange setting.
 

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licorice pizza had a deal where if you would streak through the store you got a free record. We talked a kid at school (jon kramer) into streaking and he did... every day for almost a week before the store manager told him it was weird and he should stop.

I got one of the records. IIRC it was Head East 'Flat as a Pancake'
 

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licorice pizza had a deal where if you would streak through the store you got a free record. We talked a kid at school (jon kramer) into streaking and he did... every day for almost a week before the store manager told him it was weird and he should stop.

I got one of the records. IIRC it was Head East 'Flat as a Pancake'
Hahaha!
 

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Through a C64 game... can't remember which one... There was a scroll text during the intro where the programmers thanked various people and stuff. Among all the usual "Thanks to [WHOEVER] for [WHATEVER]" -entries there suddenly came "Thanks to Marillion for Misplaced Childhood". Subsequently I got that album and glorious it was!
 

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In a longwinded way, I guess you could say I was introduced to both Mother Love Bone and (less fortunately) Pearl Jam, through a cut out voucher from Hot Metal magazine who had some kind of joint deal with one of the biggest music stores at the time Brashs for a free "cassingle" of Temple Of The Dog 'Hunger Strike' (the other side had some Extreme song that I don't remember, but could probably look up, but don't care enough to do so).

https://www.discogs.com/Temple-Of-T...DogExtreme-II-Pornograffitti/release/13004316
 

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In the fall of 1972 I bummed s ride to a youth retreat in another city. We crammed four of us and our luggage in his '70 VW Beetle and he proceeded to unleash YES Close to the Edge on us. He ran it non-stop for the whole trip. I felt like I was in an alternate reality.

I worked in the electronics shop of a small, conservative southern college that I was attending in the late 70s. Despite the conservative culture, someone had apparently left a copy of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon when they moved out of the dorm because that was the only cassette we had to test audio gear. For two years, if I wanted music in the shop, that was it. Being a guitarist, I always wanted music. I played that album hundreds of times and got to know it intimately.

Bob
 

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As a teen, a buddy and I were driving past the local ‘parlor games’ store when we heard our local DJ say he was there, and was hiding somewhere in the store with a free CD. Whoever could catch him would win the cd, so of course we swung right into the lot. I opened the store door and he was in full sprint running from a small group who had found him but hadn’t tagged him yet, so I dive-tackled him into a dartboard display as he ran past. My prize- Tom Petty Into the Great Wide Open. I wasn’t a Petty fan at the time, but have been one ever since, and I still have the CD in my collection.
What strange stories do you have?
In the late sixties, (1969 or so) my band shared a cool rehearsal space with another local band. We had a "communal" record player there. One day the other guys left a red translucent Lp on the player called Nazz Nazz. I listened and was blown away. It stayed in the space for weeks, and eventually I "borrowed" the LP, and took it home to listen to. There was no jacket, so I just took the bare record. Changed my life in a number of ways. I still have that copy, plus I later bought a re-release package of Nazz, Nazz Nazz, and Nazz3, which also had the second disc with the red vinyl. I can't imagine where my "musical head" would be if I hadn't discovered Todd Rungdren. ;)
 

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A few years ago my friend Kelly wanted to learn some newer songs for his band Zilkerbilly.
Newer to us meant not classic rock or country.
One of his choices was Fountain Of Wayne’s The Night I Can’t Remember.
I had only heard Stacy’s Mom, and though I thought it was clever, I wrote them off as kind of comic.
It wasn’t until another friend Timmy, hipped me FOW’s catalog that I realized just how smart the writing, arranging, playing and recording techniques were.
FOW became my new favorite band.
Chris Collingwood’s great malleable singing really presented the smart, ironic lyrics.
Losing Adam Schlesinger is incredibly tragic.
He was only 52.
RIP, and thanks, brother.
 

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Raffle prize - Joni Mitchell's live "Miles of Aisles" w/ Tom Scott & L.A. Express

This introduced me to the separate catalogs of Tom Scott & the other jazzy sidemen.

Peace - Deeve
 

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It's not a very exciting story, but it opened my mind to a whole genre of music. Back in the days of Qube cable tv (it was an early version of cable, with a big, clunky box tethered to your tv with a long cord), I was a certified early metal guy, and had little knowledge beyond that genre, and classic rock. Qube didn't have many channels to choose from. Many of the channels were just text, for community calendars and church groups, etc... I was just passing through these channels, and as I clicked from one to the next, I heard a blistering lead guitar shredding, and I quickly backtracked. The background music of a local church bulletin board channel was "Land Of The Midnight Sun" by Al Di Meola, and I was floored. Thankfully, the name of whatever music was playing was at the bottom of the screen. I was off to the record store, immediately. The clerk there clued me in to some other stuff, and I was now a fan of fusion, and jazz.

 

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It must have been early 80s and I was in a place called Sightsinger Music on Bristol in Costa Mesa, Ca. At least that is the general area. I was buying strings or something I needed quick. There was this hairbag dude behind the counter and a cute girl at the counter buying something. This guy was blah blah blah about his band and they were going to be blah blah blah on the radio tonight on Jim Ladd's Local Licks on KMET. I was just get it over with blah blah blah and let me buy my strings. Finally he was done and I bought my strings and left.

I always listened to KMET. Later that night I listened to Local Licks which came on at 10pm and the band....Guns and Roses and the guy at the store was Duff McKagan bass player.

I later saw GNR at the Pacific Amphitheater and they were booed off the stage for being effed up and quit in the middle of two songs. Lasting impression.
 

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The moment where I finally got Alice Cooper was at the worst New Year's Eve party I ever attended, either '89/'90 or '90/'91. It was in a tiny apartment in the Hancock Park area of L.A. My future wife and I were there because the host was a friend of my roommate's girlfriend and future wife (and ex-wife), who now lives with a woman. I don't think the roommate's girlfriend really wanted us there. Sofia Coppola was there playing her mother's 16mm films. The McDonald brothers from Redd Kross were also in attendance, along with Charlotte Caffey of the Go-Go's, who would go on to marry one of them. On reflection, this was undoubtedly an AA/NA crowd, which was why there was no drinking, which I don't recall minding at the time. It was just incredibly boring. But I had my Cooper epiphany there when someone (one of the McDonald brothers?) played "Under My Wheels" and I realized that Alice Cooper wasn't just a show bizzy cartoon goof.

licorice pizza had a deal where if you would streak through the store you got a free record. We talked a kid at school (jon kramer) into streaking and he did... every day for almost a week before the store manager told him it was weird and he should stop.

I got one of the records. IIRC it was Head East 'Flat as a Pancake'

My wife is very proud of having figured out what Licorice Pizza meant as a kid and enlightening her much older know-it-all sister.

BTW, they recently announced that the new Paul Thomas Anderson '70s San Fernando Valley-set movie is titled "Licorice Pizza."
 
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I always listened to KMET. Later that night I listened to Local Licks which came on at 10pm and the band....Guns and Roses and the guy at the store was Duff McKagan bass player.

I later saw GNR at the Pacific Amphitheater and they were booed off the stage for being effed up and quit in the middle of two songs. Lasting impression.

I missed GNR at the Pacific Amphitheatre because of traffic on the 405 and only saw the headliner, Aerosmith. (I did see them open for the Stones at the L.A. Coliseum, which was notoriously bad show for GNR.) I was later friends with Duff's longtime bass tech, who is mentioned in his autobiography because he quietly removed the shotgun from Duff's house when he was at his lowest, essentially saving his life.
 

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The moment where I finally got Alice Cooper was at the worst New Year's Eve party I ever attended, either '89/'90 or '90/'91. It was in a tiny apartment in the Hancock Park area of L.A. My future wife and I were there because the host was a friend of my roommate's girlfriend and future wife (and ex-wife), who now lives with a woman. I don't think the roommate's girlfriend really wanted us there. Sofia Coppola was there playing her mother's 16mm films. The McDonald brothers from Redd Kross were also in attendance, along with Charlotte Caffey, who would go on to marry one of them. On reflection, this was undoubtedly an AA/NA crowd, which was why there was no drinking, which I don't recall minding at the time. It was just incredibly boring. But I had my Cooper epiphany there when someone (one of the McDonald brothers?) played "Under My Wheels" and I realized that Alice Cooper wasn't just a show bizzy cartoon goof.



My wife is very proud of having figured out what Licorice Pizza meant as a kid and enlightening her much older know-it-all sister.

BTW, they recent announced that the new Paul Thomas Anderson '70s San Fernando Valley-set movie is titled "Licorice Pizza."

man, my two favorite posts in a row! awesome account and sightsinger music... oh man, memories! I always thought sofia coppola was blazing hot.
 




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