I was born into the oldies and have since traced my roots back to the Blues (primarily Chicago), as well as Big Country Folk music and its successors (i.e. Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez). Having grown older, I have been heavily influenced by a sibling's love for Seattle and Los Angles based rock music (PJ, Soundgarden, Rage, STP...), which has strengthened itself as the foundation for my musical taste (along with the originators of all things rock: Zep, Jimi, The Who, the Stones, the Beatles, etc...)
In recent years, peer impact has expanded my horizons into New School Throwbacks, such as Sublime, The Aggrolites and the Growlers; while I have simultaneously embarked upon personal soul-journeying, which has exalted dance beats and rhythmic grooves, such as: The Gorillaz, Gnarls Barkley, Benny Benassi, the Chemical Brothers and Infected Mushroom.
I have a soft spot for female leads, primarily: Shirley Manson, Gwen Stefani, Karen O., Hayley Williams, Fiona Apple and Alicia Keys.
The Chili Peppers are as good as it gets (in my opinion), and I believe, fervently, that the third coming of revolutionary rock has arrived with the likes of The White Stripes, Franz Ferdinand, The Strokes, The Killers, The Muse and The Mars Volta, as the ushers to a new generation of insanely impassioned iconoclastic popular music, yet again (as rock has done in the past) decimating a period of rock retardation and the subverting perverse sounds where harmonizing has been left as an option, and not a necessity to an aesthetic and euphonic sound.