Dot Connecting….

I thought this would be fun.  Connecting some dots of albums that directly influenced (for good or for bad) another album.  Some of it is a slight stretch….But not all of it.


“Elvis Presley” Elvis Presley 1956

The King’s first album for RCA.  John Lennon  and Paul McCartney heard it on the BBC and bought guitars, then…


“Meet the Beatles” The Beatles 1964

The Beatles first American release was like no other debut album.  The mania around it influenced EVERYBODY.  Bob Dylan was a folkie who loved what the Beatles were doing, so he picked up an electric guitar and released…


“Bringing it All Back Home”  Bob Dylan March 1965

Bob Dylan’s mix of rock and folk brought lyrics to rock and roll that mattered, so…


“Rubber Soul” The Beatles December 1965

Where Dylan went electric, the Beatles picked up acoustics more often and wrote songs like “In My Life”, “Norwegian Wood”, and “Nowhere Man”.  It upped the ante for The Beatles, not just being an album of ‘singles’.  So…


“Pet Sounds”  The Beach Boys 1966

Brian Wilson:  “Rubber Soul was a collection of songs … that somehow went together like no album ever made before, and I was very impressed. I said, “That’s it. I really am challenged to do a great album.”  So…


“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band”  The Beatles 1967

Both Paul McCartney and George martin have both said ‘Pet Sounds’ was a major influence for this album.

There is almost too much to list what this album influenced (everything?) But the “concept” album began here, so…


“Dark Side of the Moon” Pink Floyd 1973

‘Pepper’ had a loose concept.  ‘Dark Side’ did not.  A themed album can only lead to other themed albums.  This is a leap….things happened in between, but one such theme was…dancing!


“Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack”  Bee Gees and others 1977

Okay, ‘Dark Side’ wasn’t a direct influence.  But the disco/ dance genre had been going strong for a couple of years and this WAS disco’s “Sgt Dark Side of the Pepper”…which lead to…


“Never Mind The Bullocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols”  late 1977

Boy they hated Disco….And believe it or not it morphed into…


“Too Fast For Love”  Motley Crue 1981

I know.  But the simple power chords and the fact that the hair bands got their start in small clubs like ‘Whisky a Go Go’ and the complete hedonism was born from punk.  Which directly contributed to…


“Nevermind”  Nirvana 1992

Completely killed all hair bands on it’s release.  And that was it’s purpose.  Also hugely influenced bu the punk movement.  Which lead to…


“Downloading”  The American public, starting around 1999

I’m not sure if grunge started the downloading movement.  But it was at this point that “albums” or collections of songs, and almost the genre’s that came with it went away.

I mean, the sixties had the british invasion and psychedelia, the 70’s had disco, the 80’s had new wave and punk, and the 90’s had grunge.  Is there a genre to describe the music of the 2000’s?  2010’s?

Not really. 

We seem to be back to pre-Elvis.  People buying (downloading) singles that are all over the board.  Radio plays oldies, so it’s harder to find the music or genre you like. 

Oh well.


Yeah.  It was a bit of a stretch, and this was kind of off the top of my head.  But if you can connect more dots for me here feel free.  It would be very interesting to see what you think and come up with.

‘Dark Side of the Disco Moon’

the original punk rock….


2 responses



    May 10, 2012 at 9:32 pm


    Can’t believe you left Zappa’s “We’re Only In It for the Money” out of the Beatle’s part of the chain…

    May 11, 2012 at 10:08 pm

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