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    Default What sort of music did your parents listen to when you were a kid?

    Mine mostly went for fairly mainstream rock, classical, some country, blues and jazz

    This would probably be about normal for a middle-class UK family in the eighties and nineties I imagine

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    Pinched all my parents' records so I know quite well -

    Mum: Motown, Beatles... that's about it
    Dad: Stones, Neil Young, Leneord Cohen etc

    And they've got stuff that literally every household had such as Tapestry and Bridge Over Troubled Water obviously.
    Funny, pretty much the only Neil Young album I like is After The Goldrush which my Dad used to play when I was a kid. I guess I don't really like NY, just enjoy the ones that bring back memories. Out of all that stuff it's definitely the Motown that sticks with me, those Chartbuster comps are just killer after killer, certainly the early ones.

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    they didn't listen to much music. i think they owned about a dozen albums, mostly 50s-60s easy-listening (but not even cool e-z like martin denny or anything, we're talking ray conniff singers, perry como, etc.) and a few classical records. no rock, no jazz. they spent too much time watching tv, although my father read a lot.

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    sam cooke, john coltrane, miles davis, astral weeks, thelonius monk, leadbelly, bessie smith, bob dylan, woodie guthrie, john lee hooker,

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    oh and paul simons graceland album

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    Yeah, Dad had lots of Simon and Garfunkel and Paul Simon - I guess it all stemmed from Bridge Over Troubled Water. I still know pretty much all the words to Graceland (the whole album I mean).

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    Quote Originally Posted by luka View Post
    sam cooke, john coltrane, miles davis, astral weeks, thelonius monk, leadbelly, bessie smith, bob dylan, woodie guthrie, john lee hooker,
    i might have found it more difficult to rebel against my parents if they had such cool musical tastes.

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    My mum detested recorded music. She liked people singing live - Scottish songs she knew - and, weirdly, "The Good Ship Lollipop" by Shirley Temple. She liked songs on Top of the Pops if she could understand what people were saying, intonation and stuff. She failed to see any merit in popular music though, except that maybe people would recite the lyrics to themselves in the way she recited poetry to herself.

    My dad liked the Inkspots and Ella Fitzgerald, and Glenn Miller. "Don't sit under the apple tree".

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    my dad had a small (well, by today's standards) but perfectly formed record collection that I inherited. My favourites were Mahavishnu Orchestra's first two LPs, lots of Leonard Cohen, a battered copy of Pink Floyds Relics, the b&w cover of which he'd coloured in with felt tips, and Bob Dylan's 'The times they are a changing' into which he'd inserted his own pencil drawing of the front cover - lovely things. He also liked a bit of dodgy prog rock though, and I rather shamefully sold his 1st edition copy of 'In the court of the crimson king' for 100 when i was skint at university (sorry dad, I kept the rest though!).

    But I mostly remember the b2b double header C90s that got rinsed in the car, taped from his mates.

    The Cramps 'Psychedelic jungle'/Talking heads 'Remain in light'
    The Doors 'Soft Parade'/Rolling Stones 1st LP
    Sgt Pepper/Abbey Road
    Captain Beefhart 'Clear Spot'/Spirit's 1st album
    Ziggy Stardust/Aladdin Sane
    Astral Weeks/Moondance
    some brilliant post-punk era mixtape his mate made him with stuff like gang of four, Siouxie & the banshees, Joy division, Comsat Angels, Patti smith, XTC, magazine, Iggy pop.

    My Mam on the other hand absolutely detests Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, has never bought any records, but seems to know all the words to every 60s pop song ever released.

    Was also lucky enough to have an older sister who went through a phase of going to raves in 1991/92 so i used to nick tapes off her and her nutty raver boyfriend at the time (who i thought was incredibly cool at the impressionable age of 10).

    Bless em all <3

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    Quote Originally Posted by bandshell View Post
    Black Sabbath, Beefheart, Zappa, Neil Young, Devo, Hendrix, The Human League, AC/DC, Ry Cooder, Ted Nugent, Fleetwood Mac, Lou Reed, Bowie, Little Feat, The Rolling Stones, Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, Gong, Hawkwind, Kate Bush, Motorhead, Springsteen, Elton John and a bunch of other stuff.
    My dad owns a collection of LPs covering pretty much what you've just listed above. Well, dunno if there was any AC/DC or Nugent, but certainly all the good early Sabbath, Zeppelin, F. Mac, Zappa, Jethro Tull, Cream, Hawkwind, Deep Purple, King Crimson, Floyd, Eno, Alice Cooper, Beach Boys, Roxy Music, Velvets, Canned Heat, plus loads of great old blues stuff...he also had a bunch of cool 7"s left over from when he ran a nightclub in Bristol ca. 1980, some decent soul, reggae, new wave and misc pop.

    BUT, by the time I was around, the record player mainly just gathered dust and my parents were listening mostly to a load of crappy New Age gash, which they're still annoyingly fond of to this day.

    I don't think my mum ever bought any music before she met my dad, which I just find weird, I mean it's not like she doesn't like music.

    I must be in the minority of people who grew up in a white, broadly middle-class British family without any Beatles at all, I mean not even a copied best-of tape. I still don't really 'get' them to this day.
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