Music We Love: Record Label Owner, Rob, Shares His Favorite Classic Jams
Meet Rob Janicke, the co-owner and founder of SoundEvolution Music in Staten Island, New York.
Tell us a little about yourself: We're an all-genre, independent record label/music management company. We're working with two artists now (we just put out our first vinyl release for Hayley Richman, pressed by Jack White's Third Man Pressing) and we manage a recording studio inside of an old, Victorian mansion in Staten Island, NY.
Here, Rob shares 5 of his favorite classic jams.
1. "Space Oddity" by David Bowie: As a young child in the 70s, I was hearing the music that was being featured in my mother's house on a daily basis. It was typically artists such as Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Billy Joel, etc. I knew I loved music and I started to branch out a bit as the early 80s came around. It wasn't until I was about 10 or 11 while hanging out with a friend on my block that I was introduced to a song that would change everything for me. My friend (who had several older siblings) and I were hanging out in the basement of his home when one of his older brothers started playing this song... I wasn't sure what I was hearing, but it did something to me that has yet (and never will) be undone. That song was "Space Oddity" by the one and only David Bowie. I didn't know the song or the musician at that time but I soon learned all I could at that young age and the rest, as they say, is history!
2. "State of Love and Trust" by Pearl Jam: Pearl Jam is one of my favorite bands, top three of all time for me, and this track (which was recorded during their sessions for the iconic debut album Ten but not included on it) is a great representation of their energy, grit, songwriting and attitude. It wound up on the wonderful soundtrack for the film Singles and it's easily a huge crowd favorite during any and all of their live shows.
3. "Clampdown" by The Clash: As with Pearl Jam, The Clash is one of my top three favorite bands of all time and their song, "Clampdown," off of their masterpiece London Calling has always struck a chord with me. Honestly I could've selected a dozen songs from this band, but I love this one as much as any of their songs, especially the lyrics. There's a line that goes "Let fury have the hour / Anger can be power / Did you know that you can use it?", which to me describes what this band was all about --taking a negative and turning it into a positive. It affected me so much that I have part of that lyric, "Let Fury Have The Hour," tattooed on my back!
4. "Imagine" by John Lennon: This needs no explanation as far as I'm concerned.
5. "I Want to Conquer the World" by Bad Religion: To stick with the theme, Bad Religion rounds out my top three favorite bands of all time so I thought this list should reflect those artists. This song off of 1989's No Control is a great window into the brilliant lyrics, perfectly crafted melodies and sheer aggression this band has displayed for over 30 years! Who can't stand behind a statement such as "And I want to conquer the world / Give all the idiots a brand new religion / Put an end to poverty, uncleanliness and toil / Promote equality in all my decisions..."
Honorable mentions: "Marionette" by Hayley Richman. "Three Days" by Jane's Addiction. "Time To Get Ill" by Beastie Boys. "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos" by Public Enemy. "The Wonder of You" by Elvis Presley. "The Day I Tried To Live" by Soundgarden. "Merchandise" by Fugazi, and a thousand more!
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