The Haynes Boys were always open about their many influences: Dylan, Stones, Beatles are easy to spot; the Beetkeepers, Doc Watson, the Clash were obvious, if you knew the band. And so on. But what of the bands they, in turn, influenced? Who did the HBs impact in the way that, say, fIREHOSE and Big Star helped shape the Boys’ sound?
On the eve of the 20th Anniversary Re-Vinyl Records re-issue of the Haynes Boys’ debut, Thrifty Vinyl spoke to bassist Aaron Rice about the enduring legacy of his old band. Rice is something of an armchair music critic and reckons he’s spotted a few ways in which the Columbus roots rockers have infiltrated musical culture over the last 20 years. We think you just might be astonished, given that the group shifted so few units in their day, just how far beyond central Ohio the band’s reach extends.
Michael Head & the Strands – The Magical World of the Strands “Kind of an obvious one, really. Brit Indie pop band [Shack], hears the Haynes Boys record, decides on a more rootsy direction.”
D’Angelo – Voodoo “His first record came out around the same time as ours and I think it freaked him out a bit. It was a Brian Wilson/Beatles competition thing. He was like, ‘I’m going to need some time to respond to that!’ In the end it took him like 7 years. He was still waiting for the other shoe to drop (i.e. a second Haynes Boys Lp) when he blinked and released Black Messiah.”
Etienne De Crecy – Super Discount “There’s a funny story here: When we were on tour in the UK and took a long weekend off to celebrate le quatorze juillet in France, there was this guy constantly following us around. I though he was looking to swipe Freddie’s wallet; turns out it was Etienne De Crecy and, inspired by our busking, he comes out with Super Discount a couple of years later.”
kode9 + the spaceape – Memories of the Future “If you really listen to the lyrics on Haynes Boys, they are, like, totally full of dread. [Hyperdub boss and kode9 alter-ego Steve] Goodman’s gone on record saying he copped Tim’s lyrical approach and insisted Sam [Gordon, aka the spaceape] follow it.”
Rhythm & Sound – w/ the artists “Again, kind of an obvious pick. The atmospheric production is an overt homage to (or blatant rip-off of – ha, ha!) Haynes Boys, and Moritz [Von Oswald, R&S producer and head of Burial Mix] has said so repeatedly in interview. I have a lot more respect for people when they give credit where it’s due.”
Syd Arthur – On an On “A genre blend of folk and progressive music that would’ve been unthinkable without the Haynes Boys, simple as. And as for the fact that they grew up in Canterbury [just 12 miles from where Rice now lives] well, I leave you to draw you own conclusions.”
Various Artists – Dubstep Allstars Vol.02 “Kind of a Zelig moment here. First of all, I’d begun de-tuning the low E on my bass to D, giving that subsonic ‘wooombbb’ so characteristic of dubstep, which DMZ, Digital Mistikz, etc. etc. were obviously paying attention to. Add to that my musical partnership with Bristol dubstep champion Gutterbreakz and the story writes itself basically.”
N.E.R.D. – …In Search Of “The Neptunes repayed a self-evident debt here with the production techniques we pioneered, no doubt about it! Just don’t blame us for ‘Happy’!”
Daft Punk – Discovery “If there’s one thing the Haynes Boys celebrated, it was unashamed pop music; and it a way, I think we made it ‘acceptable’ for ‘cool’ people to say, ‘Yeah, I like pop music, you know, sue me!’ Daft Punk took that message from us and ran with it.”
Various Artists – Soundbombing II “Another credit to the songwriter [Easton] for this one. Inspired by Tim’s storytelling style, the Rawkus crew co-opt the vibe and create one of the best hip hop compilations going.”
“I suppose it’s no accident that the above albums represent some of my favorite music from the past two decades, given the hand that my friends and I in the Haynes Boys had in its creation. Ultimately, I’m just thrilled and humbled that, in the words of Keith Richards, ‘we passed it on’.”