Top 10 Most Influential Records ever- Lisa Hammer and Steven Deal (Radiana‏)

Radiana is another band that I have been dying to work with; I heard a song by them on a sampler from Projekt Records and fell in love with it. This is another band that seems to mesh the old school of alternative from a Breeders, My Bloody Valentine meets Belly approach, and I think could be the second coming of a band that I love sort of named Rainer Maria. Another band I am stoked that I know we will do more with them upcoming, and hopefully be reviewing their cd.

My top 10 most influential records list is as follows: (it was really hard to pick only 10 and I know I left so many out!) Lisa picks

10. “Last Splash” by The Breeders
– Dear, sweet baby Jesus I love Kim Deals’ voice and those perfect pop songs.

9. “Gloria” by Francis Poulenc
– The composer was described as “tender and impertinent, melancholy and serenely mystical” and his music reflects that.

8. “Requiem” by Gabriel Fauré
– One of the most bittersweet pieces I’ve ever heard. A “lullaby of death” according to critics. The perfect blend of the Romantic and Modernist styles.

7. “Requiem” by Maurice Duruflé
– I can never get enough of that sublime, mystical French dissonance. The perfect blend of Atonal and Romantic music, often referred to as ‘Symbolist’ in style.

6. “Transient Random-Noise Bursts with Announcements” by Stereolab
– This band is perfection.

5. “Kings of the Wild Frontier” by Adam and the Ants
– I still cry when I hear this music. I used to dress up in the war paint and ruffles in high school and get my butt kicked regularly.

4. “Klaus Nomi” by Klaus Nomi
– I learned to sing by listening to his records. I just LOVE male sopranos. Klaus’ cover of the Purcell “Cold Song” is the most haunting song I have ever heard.

3. “Lesley Gore Sings of Mixed-Up Hearts” by Leslie Gore
– The queen of girl-pop and perfect multi-track vocals. I dare you to listen to “Sunshine and Lollypops” over and over again until you go insane. trust me, you gotta try it. Do it with friends, and wear wigs.

2. “Genesis” by Wendy and Bonnie
– These two teenage sisters wrote the quintessential 1960’s psychedelic album. Their dissonant harmonies influenced Stereolab as well, without a doubt.

1. “The Kick Inside” by Kate Bush
– Kate is my #1 influence, we must have similarly shaped vocal cords because my natural singing voice is a very close match. I could never presume to reach her heights of perfection, but I will forever try.

Steven’s picks

1. THE WHO, “Quadrophenia:” probably a masterpiece, or at least I think so, God knows I’ve tried to live my life with this album as a template, probably failing in the process, way too drunk I was, constantly crashing my heavily modded Vespa PX Series, wearing Union Jackets, Smashing Guitars, all because i had a huge nose in high school.

2. DAVID BOWIE, “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars:” identified way more with Mick Ronson and his Spiders, ripping off his guitar sounds, equipment, and licks….my studded leather jacket and ginger-colored hair phase. Oh and drugs.

3. THE KINKS, “Kinks Kronikles:” i will never be able to write lyrics and melodies as brilliant as Ray Davies…but you can kill yourself trying….These songs are a compilation of non-priority tracks!!!!! WTF????

4. KATE BUSH, “Never Forever:” This album makes me cry just to listen to it or read the lyrics…LOVE LOVE LOVE is all I feel when thinking about this album, and the band sounds like Steely Dan!

5. BLUR, “Modern Life Is Rubbish:” Refer to THE WHO, Quadrophenia, just mess up the hair and suits a bit…like Quadrophenia with a booze hangover…

6. BLUR, “Parklife:” Refer to THE KINKS KRONIKLES with a Duran Duran and Gary Numan fetish thrown into the mix.

7. THE SEX PISTOLS, “Never Mind The Bollocks…:” My entire drunken guitar sound and stance was lifted from Jonesy…This Album changed the world at the time, and the lyrics are pure poetry, read from the turret of a Panzer VI…

8. THE BEATLES, “Rubber Soul:” This album taught me how to dress, act, smoke Marlboro reds, and most of all sing in harmony and play guitar…

9. THE BEATLES, “Revolver:” This album taught me how to write songs—-everything about song structure, plus early psychedelia hidden in the folds of a folk rock sound.

10. GRAHAM COXON, “Happiness In Magazines:” The blur guitarist finally spun around and laid waste to his ex-bandmates, sort of every guitarist’s wet dream….i respect that.


  • “Radiana is another band that I have been dying to work with”? Somehow, I think Steven would have appreciated and laughed at the unintended irony. R.I.P. Steven. 1/30/2013