posted on Feb, 16 2006 @ 11:45 AM
Its difficult to attribute the quality of being 'the most influencial' to any one band or artist; there are just so many key artists, events,
characters, and movements in rock music history. Credit must obviously go to Elvis (blues-pop x over), The Beatles (songwriting sensibilities), Robert
Johnson (blues guitar), Black Sabbath (metal), Hendrix (who has a guitar and DOESNT want to play like that?), among probably many others!
I think the Kinks are very often unjustly overlooked when it comes to influential bands, but they were playing blues tinged rock 2 years before the
Stones, Ray Davies had a pioneering (in pop music) - and highly influencial - style of observational writing and dry humour....
Not to mention they invented the power chord riff!
As far as I know (and I could be wrong), The Who were the first band to use Synths, on Baba O Reiley and Wont Get Fooled Again (1971?), so credit is
Also worth a mention I think are the Sex Pistols, who changed the musical landscape forever in 1976: the year zero in many people's musical world
(particularly if you write for the NME!).
[edit on 16-2-2006 by Paul]