For my example, I’d say that these songs really marked huge pivots in my life (and musical taste) – but what songs changed your life?
Mr. Roboto: Styx
Five years old or so, I heard this on the radio through headphones. My life was never the same.
VX Gas Attack: Skinny Puppy
Helen introduced me to Skinny Puppy, and my mind (and musical landscape) widened immensely.
I saw this after being at Helen’s one night. It was a refrain through protesting the military and then being part of it. I still make everyone else shut up when it’s on.
Three Days: Jane’s Addiction
Waaaaaaaaaaaaay too many intoxicated nights where this song featured, and fueled my imagination (though not my reality).
Fear Factory: Zero Signal
Something that penetrated the limited selection of the PX while I was in Korea, and has stuck with me since.
Little Black Submarines: The Black Keys
It’s associated with her (she knows who she is) and how she turned me on to this kind of rock. I am forever indebted for that.
Love Will Tear Us Apart: Joy Division
Signifying destruction and renewal for me, this song is multifaceted beyond what they ever expected when writing it.
Nova: VNV Nation
This … this is now. This is where I’ve been stripped bare and laid low, and yet I’m somehow still loved. This is the song I want to dance with you at, my love, when the time comes and everyone is watching.