PANTERA’s REX BROWN: 10 Albums That Changed My Life

In an interview with Music Radar, former PANTERA bassist Rex Brown shared his 10 albums that had a life-changing impact on him in various ways.

Here’s the list with few highlights:

1. Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti (1975)

“I was a late bloomer with Zeppelin. I got tired of the whole bubblegum, KISS, ‘Love Gun’ shit. I went back and listened to those records that had came out three or four years earlier; it’s just great songwriting.”

2. The Beatles – Revolver (1966)

“Everything seems to go back to The Beatles. I can see that even though I lean more towards The Stones because I like the dirty grit. But when it comes to pure songwriting since I have been alive, it’s always been The Beatles.”

3. ZZ Top – Tres Hombres (1973)

“ZZ Top is one I keep going back to. Now that I’m playing as much guitar as I am now, this is a record I keep going back to.”

4. Aerosmith – Rocks (1976)

“I used to listen to this record on a crackly old stereo. I’d get more power if I ran it mono sometimes. I could do that and stash weed in the back of the other speaker.”

5. The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers (1971)

“‘Sticky Fingers’ really did it for me, and I know that is one of the more popular ones, but if you listen to ‘Beggars Banquet’ or even ‘Let It Bleed,’ that stuff created the culture that we have today – I really believe that.”

6. Stevie Wonder – Songs In The Key Of Life (1976)

“If I don’t say this record then I’m not a real musician. That record is just over the top.”

7. KISS – Alive! (1975)

“This was just imperative. You had never seen anything like that, but as well the riffs were just insane, you know. I don’t mean the ones that were played all over the damn radio but ‘Let Me Go,’ ‘Rock N’ Roll’ and shit like that.”

8. Humble Pie – Rockin’ the Fillmore (1971)

“Humble Pie was one of those bands that could do anything – and they did. I really enjoyed that about this band. Even today, Stevie Marriott’s voice is in the top three with Paul Rodgers and [Steven] Tyler.”

9. Black Sabbath – Master Of Reality (1971)

“I’m not saying that ‘Master of Reality’ is the greatest record that they ever did, but it was the one that turned me onto Sabbath.”

10. Soundgarden – Badmotorfinger (1991)

“When that came out, we were still playing clubs and you had to wear the fuckin’ poofy shirt. That record came along, and I had heard the EP, but when I heard that record that was it.”