Lena Dunham's raw nerve and curvaceous body aren't the only things getting majorly exposed on her HBO hit "Girls." Emerging acts like Icona Pop, Solange Knowles and Tanlines get a big boost, thanks to the show's music supervisor, Manish Raval of Aperture Music. Here, he opens up about the musical firsts that made a lasting impression on him.
First album I bought: Duran Duran's "Rio"--on cassette! It was a very shady transaction. Someone at school brought in these tapes that his dad stole. I paid $3 for it.
First album I knew all the words to: Guns N' Roses' "Appetite for Destruction." I was in seventh grade, and hearing f-bombs on an album at that age was shocking. It was like this dangerous rebellion that I wanted to be a part of. I was a little heavy metal kid. I grew up with a big brother who blasted Black Sabbath and Metallica. I had long hair down to the middle of my back, and a different Iron Maiden shirt for each day of the week.
First album that rocked my world: Nirvana's "Nevermind" changed everything. Culturally, it made it feel like things were OK.
First concert: Olivia Newton-John in the fourth grade. My parents told me I fell asleep for the entire thing. In the sixth grade, my brother took me to U2's "Joshua Tree" tour at the L.A. Coliseum. That was a pretty major experience.
First band: In high school I was a drummer in a band called Souled Out. We were a Red Hot Chili Peppers-type funk-metal thing, like Fishbone. We grew up going to see these guys, and No Doubt, before they were famous.
First gig: The Troubadour in L.A. is the first place my band ever played. Everyone in the world has played there. It's historic, but still intimate. I was just there to see Jake Bugg, this 20-something bratty, U.K. punk-folk troubadour. His song "Two Fingers" is on my current obsessive rotation.
First band my kid made me listen to: One Direction. My daughter is 7 and obsessed with them. Funnily enough, she also loves the "Girls" soundtrack. We get into the car and she wants to hear Icona Pop's "I Love It" and the Santigold song, "Girls."