Influences

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds” – Bob Marley

Lyrics, and the music that accompanies it, plays a huge part in the lives of millions of people every day.

Just close your eyes and think of a song that immediately evokes thoughts of love, another that raises feelings of emotion and yet another bringing memories flooding back of good times gone by.

We are all influenced by our favourite singers, bands and poets, especially those who, like us, also write lyrics. Here we list some of the lyrical and musical genius of those we have found most influential, see if you can spot any of your favourites?

 

The Who

The Specials

Stone Roses

Japan

Stiff Little Fingers

Stray Cats

PIL

Elvis Presley

Eddie Cochrane

Alex Turner

Burning Spear

John Cooper Clark

Macy Gray

Jill Scott

Morcheeba

The Orb

Primal Scream

Ray Charles

Zero 7

Shane McGowan

Siouxsie & The Banshees

The Kinks

Joni Mitchell

Jack Johnson

Elton John

Roger Waters

The Dubliners

Damon Albarn

Joan Baez

Happy Mondays

David Bowie

Madness

Ian Brown

Conflict

The Stranglers

Johnny Cash

Northern Soul

Buddy Holly

Smash Mouth

Pete Doherty

Bob Marley

Charlatans

The Flobots

John Lennon

Massive Attack

Paloma Faith

Prodigy

The Streets

Gary Numan

Oi The Comrade

Little Dragon

Squeeze

Jethro Tull

Seasick Steve

Nirinjan Kaur

Radiohead

Stereophonics

The Verve

The Mob

 

Echo & The Bunnymen

Gene Vincent

Acid House

Crass

Ella & Louis

John  Lydon

Fats Domino

Mr. C

Wailing Souls

Linton Kwesi Johnson

Eek-A-Mouse

The Jam

King Tubby

Noel Gallagher

Placebo

Raphael Saadiq

Sylford Walker

New Model Army

Tim Rice

The Beatles

Mozart

Taj Mahal

The Last Resort

Pink Floyd

Nirvana

Ocean Colour Scene

Paul Weller

Prince

Black Grape