We asked the Desert Rock Radio crew what music influenced them the most and why.
This week, we give you picks from Zach Huskey, front man of Dali's Llama and host of Sweet Sludge.
The Who - "Live At Leeds"
"To me this album has always proved that a rock band can be loud, aggressive with amazing songs, incredible improvisational fun and at the same time be intelligent. When you listen to this disc you're constantly on the edge of your seat wondering if it's all going to come apart. It's about taking chances on stage. It's both physical and cerebral. With Keith Moon and John Entwistle (possibly rock's greatest drummer and bassist) both following the lead of Townshend and at the same time pushing him to new levels, it's absolutely fucking amazing! Roger screaming, harmonizing, and improvising himself (both on and off key) - he more than holds his own. It also proved that Pete Townshend could play lead guitar as well as being one of the greatest rock songwriters who ever lived. This album made me want to play rock n' roll and to try to remember to keep it rough and raw and to keep taking chances."
The Damned - "Machine Gun Etiquette"
"This platter shows that you can be in a punk band and still be able to be a great musician. With incredible songs like 'Love Song', 'Melody Lee', and 'Smash It Up', The Damned proved to me they rock, write great songs and have way too much fun doing it. Captain Sensible is the greatest punk guitarist alive. It's part psychedelic with a dash of goth, and pure wonderful chaotic noise. This witty sarcastic slab of joy was the soundtrack of my youth and in so many ways it's still with me today."
The Gun Club - "Fire of Love"
"This album is all about the very unique and gifted Jeffrey Lee Pierce. Some call this punk blues, the first of its kind. To me this is white boy, voodoo, desert highway / swampy southern, banshee caterwaulin' slide guitar L.A. Americana bliss. With songs like 'She's Like Heroin to Me', 'Sex Beat', the gothy version of Robert Johnson's 'Preachin' the Blues' and many more, this is an American Punk Milestone. A Gem!"
Neil Young and Crazy Horse - "Live Rust"
"I saw this film on Night Flight when I was a wee lad and it blew me away. This is what heavy is and should be all about. I thought to myself, how is Neil getting that low, low tone on 'Hey, Hey, My, My (Into The Black)'? On this 2 disc live album even the solo acoustic songs sound heavy. Neil's guitar soloing still sounds so unique and emotional. It wasn't till years later that I came to realize it's all about the 'modal' way of soloing. It's very similar to John Coltrane's treatment of 'My Favorite Things'. This collection of songs by Mr. Young & the Horse is a perfect example of rock n' roll sincerity."
Nuggets Vol. 1 The Hits. Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965 - 1968
"Nuggets is the musical bible of garage rock. This noise is the true punk before what later was called punk. These bands and their songs on this compilation were psychedelic long before bands like Pink Floyd and The Grateful Dead bored us to death with their elevator muzak. This shit rocks! The music on almost all of the Nuggets Volumes (compiled by Lenny Kay, guitarist for Patti Smith) have influenced all of the above-mentioned bands, especially The Damned. So from now on if you hear or read about the musical genres 'garage rock' or 'proto punk' think about these garage gods: The Electric Prunes, The Standells, The 13th Floor Elevators, The Sonics, Count Five, etc."