What were the popular bands when you first picked up the guitar?

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  1. Kloun

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    What bands/groups were popular when you first picked up the guitar? Like what inspired you? For me it was the 1980's and Guns N Roses and Appetite for Destruction was THE album. Slash made me want to pick up the guitar and get a Les Paul. Of course it was also the heyday of the hair metal bands. So what was "in" when you picked up the guitar?
     
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    1968, take your pick.
    A very good year for bands.

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    The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Byrds, Buffalo Springfield,
    Steppenwolf, and the Monkees (yes, the Monkees).
    I was 9 (almost 10) when I got my first guitar, in 1967.
     
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    Burl Ives, Kingston Trio, Ventures, Beach Boys, Elvis, Marty Robbins, Roy Oberson, shortly followed by Beatles, Stones, Yardbirds, Animals, Lovin Spoonful..... you know the drill
     
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    This question really seems to date the responders more than anything else.

    My list is nearly identical to the @brookdalebill list, but because I picked up my first Teisco when I was a bit older than that youngster Bill. :) And yes, that included the Monkees! If you couldn't play Stepping Stone as a youngster you were a zero. :) Maybe a little less on the Beatles, even though they were ever-present, somehow less desire to emulate them on my guitar.

    What's remarkable was how quickly everything transitioned in the 60's. Starting with that, within a few short years the only think that mattered was Hendrix, the Who, then Led Zeppelin ...

    And then the phase of more deeply appreciating the artistry of song-writing rather than instrumentals, with artists like CSNY, Jackson Brown, Bonnie, Linda, ....

    I'd love to relive it all - it was so much fun.
     
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    Widespread Panic and Drive by Truckers. Dad also had the Grateful Dead Arista Years complication that included the Cassidy from the Reckoning album... And that song is why I got my first guitar.
     
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    For me it was the early 2000’s (2003) so Nu-Metal was huge
    Stuff like korn LimpBizkit LinkinPark slipknot (notice the “original” spellings)
    Pantera,Kid rock, Deftones, creed etc.

    nirvana greatest hits came out around that time too and included a never released song that was new on the radio and mtv, so kind of helped their resurgence ( not that they were ever 100% gone)
     
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    Burl Ives

    The snow man?
     
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    In 1964 when I was in 7th grade I bought a Harmony flattop from a classmate who didn't want it anymore for $6.
    Pretty easy to guess who was popular and on the radio back then. :)
     
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    Punk bands in 1978.
     
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    Oasis.
     
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    Metal bands in 1986
     
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    1981 - First time I touched a guitar - or at least was touched by a guitar. My sister's highschoool boyfriend was truing to teach her Stairway to Heaven. I remember commenting it sounded like a slinky falling down the Escalator to Hell. I was nearly walloped upside the head with said guitar (in a playful way). It was a black and red burst Harmony, no truss rod and crap for intonation - I learned to play The Who power chords and little else. Until I heard Black Flag. I'm sad to say the Harmony did not survive long after that.
     
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    Started playing in '96 so it was Oasis, Cast, Supergrass, Green Day. A good time for guitar music generally.
     
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    Yep, this is going to turn into a thread on age...

    For me, the guitar bands my mates and I were into while learning weren't always current ones, but here they are:

    G 'n' R
    Aerosmith
    Black Crowes
    Nirvana
    Pearl Jam
    Faith No More
    Metallica
    Megadeth
    RATM
    Extreme
    The Wildhearts
    RHCP
    Black Sabbath

    Even so, you can probably place my age from some of that
     
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    I got Appetite For Destruction on cassette on Christmas Eve and my first guitar on Christmas Day.
     
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    Bought my first guitar in 2001 but I've never been inspired by anyone else's playing.
     
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    Let's see, a high school sophomore in 1980...I would actually have to Google this as my brain is old, brittle, and arthritic these days. However, I do seem to remember new releases from The Cars, Rush, Thin Lizzy, Stones, & Who before I graduated in 1982.
     
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    It was the mid 70s and I hated all the popular bands and the crap on the radio, all the disco and post-hippy garbage, and I wanted to play like Chuck Berry
     
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