Brent Smith names 10 LPs that changed his life as new Shinedown arrives
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With Shinedown‘s sixth studio album, Attention Attention, just released on Friday (May 4th), frontman Brent Smith discussed 10 albums that changed his life in a new interview with Classic Rock. Although it didn’t make the list, the first LP Smith ever bought was Motley Crue’s 1987 album Girls, Girls Girls, about which Smith said, “It was the first time I felt like I was doing something dangerous. It was a cassette, I was very young — maybe 10, and I hid it from my parents . . . I had a Walkman tucked away in a closet in my room, and I’d listen to it at night after my parents went to bed.”
Leading the actual list was Soundgarden‘s Superunknown, about which Smith said, “It’s just one of those records. It was an extension of the learning experience I went through in finding my own voice, from the gravel to the high register . . . when you go into that album, it’s just brilliant. The music’s great, the performances are incendiary, but it was the vocals, man. It was effortless.”
Smith told us a while back who his biggest single vocal influence was: “Probably the biggest influence was when my father came to me when I was about 14 years old and he said if you wanted to listen, if I wanted to listen to music, that I should listen to this. And he gave me an Otis Redding greatest hits cassette. And I put it in, and I was pretty much changed from that day forward, after I heard that man sing.”
Other albums on Smith’s list include Nirvana‘s Nevermind, Guns N’ Roses‘ 1987 debut Appetite For Destruction, Back In Black from AC/DC and Bad Religion‘s Stranger Than Fiction.
The bottom half of Smith’s list included Def Leppard‘s Hysteria, Johnny Cash‘s American IV, Nebraska from Bruce Springsteen, Rumours by Fleetwood Mac and the soundtrack to the 1994 film The Crow, which featured music from Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, Helmet and others.
Attention Attention follows up 2015’s Threat To Survival and features the Number Two rock single “Devil.”
Shinedown kicked off a tour with Five Finger Death Punch, Starset and Bad Wolves this past weekend that next stops in Lexington, Kentucky on Tuesday (May 8th).
Don’t miss Shinedown at Pointfest this Saturday (May 12). Limited tickets still remain, but are going fast. Get details HERE.