February 15, 2007

Open Thread...

by Chris Randall

Okay, today's open thread topic: which is the best band in the world ever: Agent Orange or Killing Joke? Seriously, though. I'm curious as to what makes a band someone's favorite. I have probably a dozen artists that could interchangeably be my favorite band ever, depending on mood and context. The one thing all of the artists have in common is the fact that they have deep catalogs; otherwise, they couldn't be more dissimilar. My list, for posterity, and in no particular order: Agent Orange, Killing Joke, Prince, Pink Floyd, Public Enemy, The Police, Tom Waits, Underworld, Otis Redding, Neubauten, and I think that's about it right now.

Quite frankly, I think I'm about over Pink Floyd. I've listened to them too much. That happened to the Beatles as well, and they're no longer my Favorite Band Ever either. And for the record, I CAN NOT STAND Synchronicity . I'm not one of those Johnny-Come-Lately Police fans that gets a hard-on from a Synclavier arpeggio.



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Feb.15.2007 @ 3:44 PM
i don't have favorites, i have 'tops'. you know, like, top three, top five, top ten - but never in any particular order. i guess my top three would be nin, stereolab, and pink floyd. but that is guaranteed to change at some point in the future.

i guess what unites those bands is a unique artistic vision that unfolds across individual albums and multiple albums. i like that 'dots and loops' sounds nothing like 'peng', 'piper at the gates of dawn' sounds nothing like 'animals', 'the fragile' sounds nothing like 'pretty hate machine', etc etc etc. so, there's that.

or did you mean what makes *any* band someone's favorite? that, i think, is a more philosophical question! or are you asking how someone can have just one, single, most favoritest band? like those dudes that can listen to 'master of puppets' every single day of their lives and never get sick of it, ever. yeah, i don't know anything about that.


Feb.15.2007 @ 4:20 PM
I just looked at my MP3 player and in the "Most Popular" list it features
a scottish band called Runrig,
a south african band called Jaluka/Savuka/Johnny Clegg (same guy different lineups,
an irish band called Afrocelt,
a woman called Thea Gilmore (she's English)
and Al DiMeola

I'm actually a bit suprised at Thea Gilmore and Al being there, weird what you find in the "Most Popular" section

I just went and looked in the CD player, Runrig / Shane Howard / Savuka / Loreena McKennit / a "mix tape".

So Runrig or Savuka are my favourite band. This was fun. Suprising but fun. Thanks


Feb.15.2007 @ 4:35 PM
>I've seen every band I've ever wanted to see live except the Police and the Clash

Well then, you missed nothing and something. Saw the Police twice, once in a 1200 person venue and once at an ice rink. The first one was pretty darn good, the second one, i slept (and yes, the Thompson Twins would have contributed to my drowsiness). The Clash I saw 9 times, many venues (from 900 capacity to sandwiched between T-Bone Burnett and the Who) and every era, just after first album North America-side to the Cut the Crap tour. With the POSSIBLE exception of the last date, all memorable. Saw Strummer front the Pogues and that too was super swell.

For top artists long-term: Eno, David Sylvian, Rober Wyatt, Current 93, Al Green, Tiger Lillies, Bjork, This Heat, Peter Hammill/Van Der Graaf Generator


Feb.15.2007 @ 4:45 PM
Chris Randall
++ to David Sylvian. In all honesty, I find his solo meanderings to be a bit tedious, but I loves me some Japan. Oil On Canvas is one of my all-time favorite live(ish) albums. I did like the stint with Fripp, and that particular live iteration of Ghosts is quite cool.

In fact, I'm gonna put that record on right now.



Feb.15.2007 @ 5:13 PM
radiohead. done.
why? because. that is why.

Feb.15.2007 @ 5:16 PM
Skinny Puppy for me. The entire DRG era is just astounding to me. Such a mixture of elements and styles.

Feb.15.2007 @ 6:13 PM
hmm...most of the bands I instantly think of as faves DONT have deep catalogues, Dexy's(3 albums), Joy Division(2), LLloyd Cole & The Commotions(2), Wire(3 - well from the early-real-band). Of course The Smiths, The Clash and David Sylvian break that rule too...so maybe that bit's aribtary. Suffice to say if you can do 2 great albums, check out and dont come-van halen-ing back then you've a good chance of being on someones list...

Here's an interesting way of thinking about it: if you could go to a gig with just one band from your list who would it be? For me Joy Divison just wins out over Dexy's...


Feb.15.2007 @ 6:14 PM
Chris Randall
That's hard to say. I'd love to see Otis Redding live, but since you brought it up, I wouldn't mind going to a Joy Division show either.



Feb.15.2007 @ 6:16 PM
I gotta say Japan is the shiz-nit. One overlooked solo gem might be the Sylvian/Sakamoto "Forbidden Colours" EP. Attention Japan heads! Get this on 3" CD if you can.

I'll have to add Kool Keith in there next to Public Enemy. Kraftwerk is a gimme. Art of Noise (FGTH, Propaganda, Act, etc.) is a requirement when hanging out on a desert island for a season or more. Gang of Four and early XTC fill out the post-punk area. A crate of mid-eighties Prince 12 inches is always a sign of good musical taste. In the future, Leftfield, LFO and Orbital may begin to get some of the accolades that Aphex Twin and Autechre currently receive. I hope so, 'cause BT is not cutting it.

I know I'm going to take heat for this but I don't care about the Police or VH reunions anymore. The overlooked re-group this year has been Genesis. That's right, bitches! I'll cop to it. Genesis '72?'84 is some of my favorite music ever. I'm sort of including Peter Gabriel '82?'89 in that too.


Feb.15.2007 @ 10:00 PM
+1 for skinny puppy! another band for which every record is different, and, with the possible exception of greater wrong of the right, every record rocks the fuck out....i just got mythmaker and i've been jamming it all day!

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