From local heroes to international pop successes, the members of Los Angeles neo-psychedelic indie group [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Foster The People[/lastfm] have seemingly accomplished more in the last year than some musicians do in their artistic lifetimes.
Much of this popularity has to do with their diverse sound–which is inspired by an equally diverse array of musicians.
Check out our list of the Top 10 Bands That Have Influenced Foster The People and watch them perform an exclusive Live on Letterman concert direct from the legendary stage of New York’s Ed Sullivan Theater.
The entire concert will stream live on Wednesday, October 26th at 9pm ET/6pm PT, and you can watch it right here or on CBS.com, presented by Dance Central 2 on Kinect for Xbox 360.
10. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Brian Wilson[/lastfm]
“A lot of influence from Brian Wilson. I’ve lived a lifetime of listening to music. When I write songs, it’s pulling from bits and pieces of whatever is floating around.”–Mark Foster
9. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Aphex Twin[/lastfm]
“Aphex Twin. A lot of my programming chops come from growing up on Aphex Twin.”–Mark Foster
8. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Beatles[/lastfm]
[pullquote quote=”I think they’re still influencing bands and will continue to influence bands. “]”We all agree that the Beatles are probably the most influential artists in the last twenty-five years. Even though they came out a long time before that, I think they’re still influencing bands and will continue to influence bands.”--Mark Foster
“Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”
“Bradley Nowell from Sublime too, I studied and stepped through them when I was trying to learn how to write a song. I couldn’t figure it out for the life of me.”–Mark Foster
6. Kanye West
[pullquote quote=”He’s one of a handful of people who’s doing really creative things with music right now. Also he’s based in songwriting, and I gravitate towards songwriters.”]”He’s one of a handful of people who’s doing really creative things with music right now. Also he’s based in songwriting, and I gravitate towards songwriters. He knows how to set a tone and a vibe, but he’s on the frontier of hip-hop as far as pulling so many styles from other types of music and putting them in hip-hop.”
“I feel like he’s responsible for the way pop has changed today. The fact that Lady Gaga is as big as she is, and the fact that hip-hop and pop and electronic music and European music are all becoming one thing in The States now. And if you remember, before Kanye did that Daft Punk record, “Stronger”, music wasn’t really like that yet. Hip-hop was like Dirty South, cash, money, hoes. He made hip-hop more intelligent.”–Mark Foster
5. David Bowie
In multiple interviews, Mark Foster has listed David Bowie as an influence.
4.[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Neil Young[/lastfm]
“Neil. If you’re listening, you’re the man. And I love playing your music…With that song [“Heart of Gold”], I was just jamming, I had an acoustic guitar and I was just playing it and was like, ‘Ahhh, man. I love this song. Let’s play it on stage.'” —Mark Foster
“Heart of Gold”
In multiple interviews, Mark Foster has listed The Clash as an influence.
“Should I Stay Or Should I Go”
2. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Nirvana[/lastfm]
[pullquote quote=”Nirvana foundationally kind of taught me how to write a song.”]”Nirvana was a big influence and – even though you probably can’t hear it in the music that I’m making – Nirvana foundationally kind of taught me how to write a song. It’s very simple core production with really good vocal melodies over the top of that and there’s a genius in the way that Kurt Cobain wrote songs.”–Mark Foster
“Smells Like Teen Spirit”
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1. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Damon Albarn[/lastfm]
[pullquote quote=”Anything that guy touches. It’s all different. It’s all good. And it’s definitely a big impact on music.”]”I think we agree that Damon Albarn is the most influential artist. Just what he did with[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Blur [/lastfm]and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]the Good, The Bad, and The Queen[/lastfm]. Now, obviously, Gorillaz. Anything that guy touches. It’s all different. It’s all good. And it’s definitely a big impact on music.”–Mark Foster