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Old 08-03-2006, 04:26 PM   #1
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most interesting bands/artists ever

since zootles started the most boring bands thread i thought i'd start this...i wonder how many bands will get a major showing in both threads.



mine are, (in no order):

Pink Floyd - and i haven't delved that deep into their catalog yet...
Mark Knopfler (solo & w/ the straits)
Bruce Cockburn - for his wonderfully diverse guitar...
Jeff Beck - unique playing style, great guitar player
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1) Tool
2) Pink Floyd
3) Pearl Jam
4) Radiohead
5) U2
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By no coincidence they're my top 5 bands of all-time for this reason:

U2 - it's always great to see the look on someone's face when I show them Lemon, The Fly, I Will Follow, Bad, Streets, Gone, and Sunday Bloody Sunday back-to-back and ask if it's the same band and they don't know

The Beatles - they were like the Candle of Rock, burned so bright for such a short period of time. 1 word, Revolver, end of story.

Pink Floyd - David Gilmour's made sounds come out a guitar that I didn't think even exist, everything about them is solid and surpasses my expectations for a band.

David Bowie - 30+ years of awesome, the ultimate musical chameleon, and he always stays ahead of the curve. Bowie has to be a Spider from Mars, nothing else explains it.

Bruce Springsteen - He bringssuch an energy and beauty to his music and has that unique songwriting style, and retains that beauty when he ventures off into acoustic and crazy folk stuff.
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U2 - it's always great to see the look on someone's face when I show them Lemon, The Fly, I Will Follow, Bad, Streets, Gone, and Sunday Bloody Sunday back-to-back and ask if it's the same band and they don't know
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well, that's totally true. thinking about that, I have to add U2 to my other four.
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U2 - No explanation needed. Their whole career has been like the life story of a freakin' chameleon!

The Beatles - After the early phase was over and the boys grew up, they dabbled with so many different styles in such a short time that it's no wonder they're arguably the greatest band of all time.

Pink Floyd - Quite possibly the only late 60s / early 70s band that sounded like absolutely nobody else at the time!? They invented 'space rock', something that doesn't sound like it was made on planet earth, enough said!

Pearl Jam - Their transformation from a mainstream grunge band to one of discovery, mysticism, experimentation and eastern spirituality is probably the greatest success story of the 90s!

Radiohead - To destroy their own stardom like they did after Ok Computer by releasing the weird and wonderful Kid A requires a whole lot of guts! Okay, so they haven't changed their sound all that much since then but I still see a slow progression.


edit: I agree with LMP about David Bowie but personally I still haven't been able to get into his musical style much.
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U2

Jimmie Hendrix

Bob Marley and the Whalers

Led Zepplin
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The most interesting band ever is most probably Mayhem.

Hot damn.
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Pink Floyd - Quite possibly the only late 60s / early 70s band that sounded like absolutely nobody else at the time!? They invented 'space rock', something that doesn't sound like it was made on planet earth, enough said!


Radiohead - To destroy their own stardom like they did after Ok Computer by releasing the weird and wonderful Kid A requires a whole lot of guts! Okay, so they haven't changed their sound all that much since then but I still see a slow progression.


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1. U2 pre-ATYCLB
2. The Beatles
3. Prince
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Captain Beefheart
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1. U2- For all the reasons already mentioned.

2. The Police- Thier famous songs were great but when you dig deeper into thier albums you find songs like Tea In The Sahara, Omegaman and other gems.

3. Peter Gabriel- His songs range in topics and moods. Every album has a classic and then some.

4. Kate Bush- She is responsible for some of the most beautiful music ever created. Albums like Never For Ever, Hounds Of Love and The Sensual World are the best examples of how a record can transport someone to another place using music.

5. Todd Rundgren- The greatest musical mind of the twentith-century. On his albums the songs can range from epics to deeply personal songs. The most under appreciated artist in Rock and Roll.
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1. Bob Dylan-that guy is a mystery
2. Radiohead-as stated by zootlesque
3. The Who-quirky band members
4. David Bowie-look at how he used to dress himself
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U2
The Police
Bruce Springsteen
The Beatles
The Who
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U2 - it's always great to see the look on someone's face when I show them Lemon, The Fly, I Will Follow, Bad, Streets, Gone, and Sunday Bloody Sunday back-to-back and ask if it's the same band and they don't know

yeah, i should've had U2 on my list.

pre-2000 U2.
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The most interesting band ever is most probably Mayhem.

Hot damn.


for me:

Godspeed You! Black Emperor: naive political beliefs, epic songs that sound like ill waltzes, and all of their side-projects are great too

Final Fantasy (Owen Pallett): it's like fantasy world music, all with his violin

Xiu Xiu: a weird genius with a lovely girl, creating bizarre desperate music

Beirut: balkan bands playing modern music, gypsy drunk hymns... and it's just a 19-year-old boy

Sunn O))): nothing more heavy, slow, dark and violent than these guys

others: Envy, Boris, Yndi Halda, UpCDownCLeftCRightABC+Start, From Monument to Masses, Patrick Wolf, Joanna Newsom, Pajo, Oren Ambarchi, Fennesz, Don Caballero, By the End of Tonight, Lightning Bolt, Genghis Tron, An Albatross, Caspian, Tv on the Radio, The Black Heart Procession, Animal Collective, RE:, Port-Royal, World's End Girlfriend, Venetian Snares and many more
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