Jennie Vee (Eagles of Death Metal): 5 Albums That Changed My Life
The Eagles of Death Metal’s Jennie Vee has quite the resume, having played bass with Courtney Love and supported iconic bands like Echo & the Bunnymen. This Friday (September 22), Vee is out with a new EP titled Suffer.
Before digging into her new record, check out some of Vee’s biggest influences below.
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The Cure, Head on the Door
This was the first in what I consider to be the holy trinity of albums: Head on the Door, Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me and Disintegration. The Cure stepped out of their already diverse catalogue to up their game on both experimental instrumentation and perfecting their version of the tasty, creepy, impeccable pop song. The home of my all-time favorite song: ‘Push,’ the choicest cut.
Nine Inch Nails, Pretty Hate Machine
As a very young fan of industrial music (Front 242, Ministry and Skinny Puppy were beloved at age 12), I was skeptical, a connoisseur and curator of my own private world. Then MTV’s 120 minutes premiered ‘Down in It’ by this new American band. From Cleveland, no less. But Reznor’s raw, stark, vulnerable lyrics were what struck me the most, and I was hooked.
The Cure, Disintegration
Thirteen-year-old Jennie could somehow relate the most to Robert Smith’s musings: “You shatter me your grip on me a hold on me/So dull it kills/You stifle me/Infectious sense of/Hopelessness and prayers for rain/I suffocate/I breathe in dirt/And nowhere shines but desolate/And drab the hours all/spent on killing time/Again all waiting for the rain.”
Also, I got kicked out of the Prayer Tour show for suffocating on my own tears.
U2, The Joshua Tree
This was the album that took U2 to the top of the charts and their subsequent Joshua Tree Tour was my first proper rock show in 1987. It was the first time I truly knew that I wanted to DO WHAT THESE GUYS DO: affect and unite people with music. I read every single book and article that I could about U2, and this has affected my songwriting to this day. The microcosm of the condition of the human heart versus the macrocosm of a chaotic political and global climate are themes I constantly explore. U2 are the masters of this.
Cranes, Wings of Joy
Who was this magical, creepy, intense and incomparable band from Portsmouth? None other than one of Robert Smith’s choices to support the Cure on the Wish Tour! I wore a wedding dress to the show when the tour hit Toronto. Hmmmmm… Jim Shaw from Cranes later became my first boyfriend and musical mentor. This record was (needless to say) magical and LIFE-CHANGING.
(Photo credit: Corinne Schiavone)
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