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Old 04-08-2019, 03:09 PM   #1
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Five songs to introduce your taste in music to somebody else

I saw this on Twitter today, and I think it's a great (and impossible) question:

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This is tough because I don’t want to think about it too much. These are my answers today, but I don’t know that they’d be me answers in a month.

The Beatles - If I Needed Someone
Post Animal - When I Get Home
U2 - Bad
The Beach Boys - God Only Knows
The National - Pink Rabbits
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Off the top of my head:

U2 - The Fly
Radiohead - The National Anthem
St. Vincent - Cruel
David Bowie - Beauty and the Beast
Julien Baker - Claws In Your Back

I think that gives a nice spread of my interests.
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Great topic!!!

U2 - Where the Streets Have No Name
OutKast - Da Art of Storytellin, pt. 1
Bat for Lashes - Laura
Ben Pearce - What I Might Do
Nina Simone - Stars (Live at Montreux)

Giving a good spread of my interests (classic, anthemic rock, contemplative hip-hop, house, soul, powerful balladry) and I'm always going to try to include women in this stuff from now on.
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Funnily enough I've been thinking about this as my girlfriend is extremely unfamiliar with my sort of music and my brain has been going into playlist mode lately.

It's a challenge to always keep in mind that the songs I think are "best" reflect an accumulation of years of listening to various genres and scenes, and that they are not necessarily the ideal gateway or introduction.
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Hmmm. Well, I could throw out a few but they are representative of this week/month/quarter only. And five? Jesus. Well, if it's gotta be five, it's gotta be five. Tough shit if someone worthy misses out.


Iggy Pop - Turn Blue
Lou Reed - Coney Island Baby
David Bowie - Sweet Thing
Van Morrison - And The Healing Has Begun
Midnight Oil - Progress

Probably not a bad summation of where my head is at, although it gives the erroneous impression that I don't listen to any artists who happen to be a. working post-1980, b. women or c. outside the mainline rock and roll wheelhouse. Oh well.
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I'll just jump all over the place. Some of these wouldn't even rank among my top songs ever but I'm trying to cover as much ground as possible:

Big Star - September Gurls (power pop)
Outkast - SpottieOttieDopaliscious (hip hop, funk, soul)
Laura Nyro - Blackpatch (singer/songwriter, soul)
Neil Young - The Loner (classic rock, folk rock)
Beach Boys - Surf's Up (psychedelic pop, progressive pop)

If you like all of those songs, I think we'll have a lot in common.
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As much as I love The Beatles, I'm not sure that picking anything by them really tells someone much about your taste in music, unless it's like Revolution 9. Because in some sense you're trying to illustrate what sets you apart from the norm?

For myself, I'd definitely need to cover my love for indie rock (particularly from the 90s), some kind of classic rock, maybe something from 80s new wave that was very formative, and definitely a female-fronted band or female artist as they make up a big part of my collection. And something that covers the widest range of African-American contributions to music (none of which on their own dominate my listening habits), which would certainly be Prince.

As much as I love U2, what does including one of their songs say about my actual taste other than saying I enjoy one of the biggest bands in history? By listing some deep cut, is it saying something more specific? Like yes, I listen to some popular artists, but in a more obsessive, comprehensive fashion? Do I have to do this with more than one artist to make the same point?

I also love a good guitar solo, in almost every kind of music, so that's something I'd probably look out for.

Will have to contemplate this further.
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Yeah its tricky. I could list my favorite song by 5 of my favorite artists, but that would probably just showcase my top end likes and not be as true a representation of overall taste as listing some more varied other stuff kind of like LeMel did.
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On a limb with no more than 5 minutes thought, I can't have it as anything other than all over the shop, honestly:

Manic Street Preachers - If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
Underworld - Juanita/Kiteless/To Dream of Love
Public Enemy - By The Time I Get To Arizona
Stereolab - Analogue Rock
Something For Kate - Happy Endings
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As much as I love The Beatles, I'm not sure that picking anything by them really tells someone much about your taste in music, unless it's like Revolution 9. Because in some sense you're trying to illustrate what sets you apart from the norm?
I thought about that too, and same for Radiohead. But ultimately I think it's meaningful information: for bands with a huge discography spanning different genres, I think it's meaningful information that I picked SFF instead of, say, Love You To or Hey Jude. Same for picking the opening track for Kid A versus Fake Plastic Trees or Let Down.

That said, I already dislike the list I've made and will likely come back soon with a revision.
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Wow this is really difficult. But I think I would go with:

David Bowie: Always Crashing in the Same Car
Miles Davis: Masqualero
Radiohead: Nude
The Smiths: Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
Sufjan Stevens: All the Trees of the Field Will Clap Their Hands
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Just looking to cover the main genres I listen to...

U2 - Zooropa
Sigur Rós - Varuð
Run the Jewels - Oh My Darling Don't Cry
Karol G - Mi Cama
Stars of the Lid - Dopamine Clouds Over Craven Cottage

Zooropa is to show that I like popular bands, especially when they get a little weird
Varuð shows that I love sad music that also rocks the fuck out
RTJ shows my love of hip hop, rap, excellent production, etc
Karol G is for my love of reggaeton and women artists
Stars of the Lid represents the ridiculous amount of ambient music I listen to

Notably missing
-women like Tori Amos and Lana Del Rey, whose music is super important to me but doesn't represent entire swaths of my musical tastes
-the entire trance genre and its sub-genres
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Midnight Oil - Only the Strong
Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg - Still D.R.E.
The Naked and Famous - Hearts Like Ours
Aphex Twin - Aisatsana
Carly Rae Jepsen - Let's Get Lost
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I'm really noticing of late how much women are overlooked in music. It's not a conscious thing, but the majority of the songs in this thread are by men as are the answers to the original tweet.
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