Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe: The 10 songs that changed my life

Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe digs into his record collection and pulls out some gold

Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe: The 10 songs that changed my life
Paul Travers

A life like Lamb Of God vocalist Randy Blythe’s deserves a suitably raucous soundtrack. And even in death, he’s not planning on going out quietly…

The first song I remember hearing...

Lipps, Inc – Funkytown (1979)

“It was probably something from church like Amazing Grace, but as far as more contemporary, recorded songs go, I’m a child of the ‘70s and there was a lot of disco back then. I remember hearing Funkytown, which was everywhere at the time. It was when terrestrial radio ruled and you couldn’t download a bazillion songs at once. You were stuck with whatever was on the radio. I grew up in a rural area, so it wasn’t exactly a hotbed of underground music.”

The first song I ever fell in love with...

KISS – I Was Made For Loving You (1979)

“When I was growing up, the most edgy thing that I liked was this KISS song. The theatrics dragged me in like pretty much every other kid with any sense in the ‘70s, and for a couple of years on every Halloween I painted my face like Gene Simmons. Ironically, many years later Gene Simmons was being played some Lamb Of God music for an article a lot like this one. He said, ‘They sound very talented, but the singer sucks! What is this terrible singing?’ I thought that was pretty freakin’ funny.”

The song that made me want to be in a band...

Corrosion Of Conformity – Hungry Child (1985)

“I got into bands by accident. I liked music, but I had no desire to actually be in a band myself. One time though, I was about 14 and an older dude was driving a bunch of us to go skating in Wilmington, North Carolina and he was playing Corrosion Of Conformity. This song came on and I was singing along with it. He said, ‘Damn, you can really do that. You ought to be in a band, kid.’”

The song that got me into the most trouble...

The Cult – Born To Be Wild (1987)

“I was in a horrible car wreck when I was in high school. I wasn’t driving, but the driver was listening to The Cult’s cover of Born To Be Wild and they ran into a ditch. My buddy’s date was up front and her head hit the windshield. She had a lump on her head, but it could have been a lot worse. I wasn’t even supposed to be out, so that got me into a goodly amount of trouble. It was not a good night.”

The song that reminds me of love...

Depeche Mode – Stripped (1986)

“It could be any song off Depeche Mode’s Black Celebration really, because my first girlfriend loved that LP. She listened to The Cure’s Head On The Door album a lot too, but I’ve since disassociated that one with the relationship. That Depeche Mode record is still very much linked to her. As an aside, if you want heartache-laced, ex-girlfriend songs, I recommend you try anything by the Descendents.”

The song I can't listen to any more...

Led Zeppelin – Stairway To Heaven (1971)

“There are so many overplayed records in the world, but the big one is Stairway To Heaven. I absolutely love Led Zeppelin, but I cannot listen to Stairway ever again. It’s fucking brutal how played-to-death it is. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an epic song with a great solo, but I don’t want to nor do I need to hear it any more.”

The first song I moshed to...

Bad Brains – Sailin' On (1982)

“It’s a tall order to pick one song – that’s ridiculously specific. I saw a lot of punk bands at an early age and I was definitely slam-dancing and flipping off stages to all of them. It was probably during Bad Brains in the ’80s, because I remember destroying stuff to them. They’re still my favourite band. But dude, I’m nearly 50 and it’s all a bit of a blur (laughs).”

The song that picks me up when I'm down...

Bad Brains – Attitude (1982)

“This is kind of self-explanatory: ‘Don’t care what they may say, we got that attitude / Don’t care what they may do, we got that attitude / Hey, we got the PMA.’ They were all about that positive mental attitude and an absolute refusal to let the world grind them down. I’ve actually had a rough couple of days, so I’m going to go listen to that now.”

The song I'm most proud of...

Lamb Of God – King Me (2012)

“The song is about waking up and living life on life’s own terms. I recorded that not long after I got sober, and it was a pivotal, transitional time in my life. So it means a lot to me.”

The song I'd like played at my funeral...

The Jesus Lizard – 7 Vs. 8 (1980)

“I have my funeral planned. It’s going to be a weeklong affair and really offensive. I hope people will remember me as a fucking asshole (laughs), so I’m trying to figure out how to offend everyone I know once I’m dead, but this festival of awfulness won’t be happening any time soon.”

Lamb Of God's new deluxe album Live In Richmond VA is available March 26 via Nuclear Blast.

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