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Old 12-22-2007, 04:07 PM   #1
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The "Where do I start?" thread

Stole this from another board. What you do is name a band you're interesting in getting into, and someone else names their best/most accessible starting point, which can either be individual songs or albums. This will give people a chance to share new music and recommendations without starting a new thread for the particular artist they want to discuss.

Porcupine Tree...where do I start?
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Bjork and REM
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Bjork and REM
Bjork - Albums
Homogenic
Debut

Bjork - Songs
"All Is Full Of Love"
"Venus As A Boy"
"Army Of Me"

REM - Albums
Murmur
Automatic For The People

REM - Songs
"What's The Frequency, Kenneth"
"Finest Worksong"
"Strange Currencies"
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For REM I'd look at their album Out of Time first, but that's just my opinion.


Nirvana - of course I know Smells Like Teen Spirit and a few others, but any other songs I should listen to?
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Nirvana - of course I know Smells Like Teen Spirit and a few others, but any other songs I should listen to?
Personally, I'm not a huge fan, but to me, their best song has always been All Apologies. I it.
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Bjork - Albums
Homogenic
Debut
I find Homogenic a little cold. I love the song "Bachelorette" on it, but I much, MUCH prefer her album Post, which came after Debut and before Homogenic.

I guess it depends on how you like your Bjork. More accessible, or weird?

I like Lemon's REM suggestions; I don't think Out of Time is very indicative of their overall sound. If you want to explore what REM is all about, go back to the 80s and get a good dose of their jangly Rickenbacker pop.

If that's the point of exploring REM, I'd start with Reckoning and Life's Rich Pageant. My personal favorites are Life's Rich Pageant, Automatic For the People, and New Adventures in Hi-Fi.
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Porcupine Tree...where do I start?
I like their Deadwing album. But it's the only one I've heard.
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Re: The "Where do I start?" thread

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Porcupine Tree...where do I start?
Stupid Dream was where Axver mentioned I should start.

I really like that album!
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Porcupine Tree...where do I start?
It really depends. Without knowing your preferences, Stupid Dream is probably the best suggestion. It brings together most aspects of all of their eras. It's progressive, but within the context of quite focused songwriting.

However, if you like Animals/WYWH Pink Floyd a whole lot, then The Sky Moves Sideways is probably the place to be. In Absentia is often considered to be their masterpiece, but perhaps not the place to start unless you're receptive to a heavier influence approaching metal; that influence is essentially absent pre-In Absentia (Stupid Dream came two albums before it).
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To answer a couple of others ...

Roger Waters: don't. That goes for David Gilmour too. I find their solo albums to both be pretty unexciting affairs. Damnit, PF, reunite already!

REM: Document, Fables of the Reconstruction, and Reckoning are the three I enjoy in full. I seem to be unconventional in my tastes when it comes to REM though. For example, I think Automatic For The People is really only worth it for 4 or so songs.
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For The Who I would definitely start with 'Who's Next' It's probably their most famous album, it has "Baba O'Riley" and "Behind Blue Eyes", and it's a brilliant album from start to finish.

For the Stones, I would start with 'Let It Bleed', simply because it's my personal favorite, which is not a reason that actually means anything. Words cannot describe the awesomeness of this album. It flows perfectly from start to finish, and showcases how fantastic the Stones were in their day. (I am a much bigger fan of their later work, though, then most people. Some of my favorite Stones song are from the latter parts of their career.)

For Springsteen, definitely start with "Born To Run." There's not one filler track on that album. It's like a story to me. It just describes how life is for everyone, but especially those of us in early adulthood.
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Hawksley Workman. I like every song I've ever heard but there are so many records I don't know where to start.
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Smashing Pumpkins

If you want to start with entire albums, I'd say go for either Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, or Siamese Dream to start with. But I would check out a few of these songs to start with, cause some of the songs on the albums will probably make you want to shut them off.

Songs to check out:
1979
Soma
Rhinoceros
Bullet With Butterfly Wings
Today
Zero
Tonight Tonight
Disarm
Cherub Rock
Mayonaise

Get those ten, see what you think of 'em. If you like those, get back to me and I'll keep you going.

I'll leave Pearl Jam to someone else, but basically: Ten.
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