BNQT: 5 Albums That Changed My Life

BNQT: 5 Albums That Changed My Life

Supergroup BNQT is out with their debut record, appropriately called Volume 1, on Friday (April 28), so bandleader Eric Pulido (of Midlake fame) put together a list of five records that changed his life to get us all in the mood for some new music.

BNQT includes Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses, Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand, Fran Healy of Travis, and Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, and you might see some familiar names down yonder. Check it out, and get ready for the big debut come tomorrow.

The Band, The Band

I knew tunes from the album growing up (I.e. “Cripple Creek,” “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”), but it wasn’t until a friend of mine at work came over to my desk and put headphones on me and said “listen to this” that I fell head over heals in love. The song was “Whispering Pines” featuring the great Richard Manuel on vocals, and, this tune, and even more the story, broke my heart. The Band instantly held a special place for me and embodied the perfect mold of a band: great songs, voices, vibe and chemistry.

Radiohead, OK Computer

I had just graduated high school when this record came out and was about to embark on the next chapter of life. It was a great soundtrack for the mixed emotions of the transition and impending reality of what we would/could see happen in the world. Not to mention, there aren’t many opening tracks like “Airbag” to kick off an album, am I right!? I still get chills when they play it live. And if that wasn’t enough, the following track, “Paranoid Android,” is one of the most epic rock songs to ever grace an album. Thank God for Radiohead and the legacy they will forever leave in music and me.

Fleetwood Mac, Rumours

I can honestly say that I don’t think there’s another record that sounds as good as this one. And I highly recommend bands to not reference it while mixing their own record…yours will pale in comparison. As much as I may believe that, it didn’t stop Rumours from greatly influencing us Midlakers on The Trials of Van Occupanther. “Roscoe” had that “Dreams” backbone and we owe Lindsey Buckingham a lot of love (if not royalties) for the guitar work inspiration on “Head Home” and beyond. If the band’s influence on us wasn’t enough, they were the first concert that my son heard in utero. Needless to say, they’ve made an impact on me!

Grandaddy, The Sophtware Slump

I remember before our first album came out (Bamnan and Slivercork), I was at SXSW and ran into Grandaddy after they played at a bar off 6th street. I humbly approached the guys and shared with them my love for their music and the influence they had on the very CD I was fumbling to give to them. I’m not quite sure if they listened to it, but it was and is a memorable moment that I’ll never forget. This album (and its predecessor) had a HUGE impact on Midlake and was a big foundation of what “indie music” even meant. Much love and thanks to Jason Lytle and all the boys.

Disney, Walt Disney Main Street Electrical Parade

This was my first record that I remember playing. My first medium of music listening started with vinyl and I have yet to let it go. Disney World has always been special to me and the sites and sounds are all captured in this magical album. If you haven’t sat on Main Street to listen to this monumental composition and performance, I highly suggest it. Young or old, it still strikes a big chord and is beautiful to say the least.

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