Post by redhouserocker on May 13, 2023 0:07:31 GMT
Awesome thread! It was OYFOOYK first for me since that was my first exposure....then same 3 as soonerbillz but LDOM was my obsession until finally something about Astronomy started to resonate my soul. Heck loved them all and still do!
I came to BOC as a child from hearing DFTR but what really GRABBED me once I bought that album was just the sound of it. It really sounded like nothing else. This Ain’t the Summer of Love sounded sinister and dangerous, and prior to that time I listened to mostly my dad’s Motown records if I listened to any popular music at all. I liked when he played Queen for me but mostly it was Motown, R&B, and a Chuck Berry cassette I nearly wore out. I listened to the music my dad grew up with until I found BOC.
They were a revelation to me in that I didn’t know music was “allowed” to be weird, humorous, dark, and about stuff like aliens or biker gangs. While I do love certain music with a level of earthly sincerity, I think I appreciate the off-kilter a lot more.
To that end, I was in my twenties when my friend Adam asked me my favorite Zappa album and I said I had never listened to him. He looked almost hurt and he lent me his copy of Roxy and Elsewhere and said “Frank Zappa was out here on this earth for you—YOU specifically—to enjoy.”
So yeah, BOC hooked me the minute I realized they were weird.
BÖC fan since 1999, Musician (Saxophone, Guitar, Bass, Mandolin), Lawyer, Dog & Tortoise Owner, Film Fanatic, Amateur Cook of Various Italian Foods, and best of all, Wife since 3/7/2017.
DFTR was my first big time hook back when it came out. Then I liked the usual ones that played on the radio, then listening to this and that on YouTube. But the two things that made me, and my wife, actual fans were:
1. Watching Buck play DFTR in a YouTube video taken from A Long Days Night. We were fascinated by watching him and the band play. This was just a few years ago mind you. That started our real interest.
2. Meeting and getting to talk to Buck while standing in line to check in to our hotel before our very first BOC concert and our VERY FIRST rock concert ever. What luck and what a really nice guy, made us feel like we were getting a personal welcome to the concert, which was great BTW. I gave Buck a thumbs up after one tune, and he returned it right at me. This was in 2019. All that pretty much sealed the deal. Fans ever since.
(Before meeting Buck, I was standing in line right behind Ritchie. Then Eric walked up. Only had time to say hello to both of them though. Ritchie did break away from the guards long enough to come over to me and do a quick autograph after the show.)
But for our very first concert - not a bad experience to say the least!
So our interest has spread from song to song after that. And two additional concerts since. So not only can the music make someone love them, but also the actual people behind the music. You've gotta love these guys!