I still think Led Zeppelin is the greatest rock band of all time, but now I would have to say that my favorite one is Iron Maiden. It's amazing that Maiden is still putting out great albums after all this time.
Post by Captain Hygiene on Feb 16, 2011 20:27:05 GMT -5
I started in classic rock and have been getting more and more into prog/experimental/jazz rock over the years. I'd have to say, though, that Pink Floyd would be my all-time favorites, given their amazing run of albums from Atom Heart Mother or Meddle through Animals and The Wall. They sort of straddled the mainstream/experimental line, and put out some very interesting stuff. Unlike most of the more experimental groups (I'm not naming names, but King Crimson), Pink Floyd rarely forgot to make their music listenable, and for that, I love them.
Post by ratherdashing on Feb 17, 2011 0:15:15 GMT -5
I don't think I can honestly say what my favorite band is. I can say that Game Theory is what I consider to be the greatest band of all time, objectionably speaking. Subjectively speaking, it would have to be a toss-up between Tally Hall (band)and Lemon Demon (artist).
I have so many disparate influences and love so many different bands and artists, it's tough to pick one. Do I pick a sentimental '80s pop act like Huey Lewis? Or a prog-rock band like Genesis or Floyd? Or maybe a classic band like The Beatles? Or the unmatched musical genius of an Otis Redding or Elvis or Queen? I'd have a hard time arguing against MonsterX's vote for Iron Maiden (or Zeppelin). On any given day, it would be true that any of those artists would be my favorite.
However, looking at the landscape of my life, past and present, I think the vote for my all-time favorite has to go to a band you've never heard of that only existed from 1988-1992: The Crucified.
They started out as a punk band, playing four-chord speed like the great '80s underground punk of D.R.I. or Minor Threat. They got a record deal and put out 2 life-changing, desert-island albums of tighter and more riff-based chunky punk (like Anthrax or Faith No More's heavier stuff). The singer sounds like a cross between Henry Rollins and Mike Patton. The tight musicianship of these guys still impresses me, especially considering how fast they played.
When I was a teenager, their lyrics hit me harder than any other band's (and I listened to just about everything). Looking back, I wonder if I still like them because their lyrics correspond to my worldview so well or if I have my worldview because of the influence of their lyrics. They were aggressive and bold, but also honest and truthful about themselves and everyone around them.
I grew out of a lot of my teen-era speed metal. I'm just not that angry anymore. But The Crucified still gets turned up LOUD in the old family truckster. Plus, it's just about the coolest band name ever.
Enjoy. Or not.
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^ I often find myself loving thrash type metal songs during the intro, only to turn them off once the yelling starts. that song is much more up my alley.
And I also have trouble listing a favorite band or musician, and my tastes are all over the place.
There's the Who, the Yardbirds (and just about any of their offshoots), the Kinks, the Animals, Fastball, the Levellers, the Stones, the Beatles, John Mellencamp, Jimmy Buffett, Journey, the Police, New Pornographers, REO, REM, Meat Loaf, the Shins, George Michael, Rod Stewart, Sugar Ray, Bon Jovi, Better than Ezra, Chuck Berry, the Clash, David Bowie, Donovan, Flogging Molly, Gordon Lightfoot, Michael Jackson, Morrissey, Supertramp, Tom Petty....
Anyway, since I'm supposed to choose one, how about Sublime. They were one of the first contemporary bands I really got into, and that love has continued through my life. Sadly, they also represent one of those not-so-rare instances where the artist died before they were actually popular.
Don't be mean; we don't have to be mean, cuz, remember, no matter where you go, there you are.
Some may take it as a joke, and I do admit that it IS kinda funny when compared to most other people's favorite musicians, but my favorite band (after much deliberation) really IS Mike + The Mechanics.
Why them, you may ask? Well, there is a degree of nostalgia/sentimentality there, as their second and most popular album "The Living Years" was one of the first albums I ever remember hearing and enjoying (one of my dad's tapes I dug out from time to time). But that alone isn't the reason, as I heard many good albums as a kid. No, the biggest reasons are these:
1) Not one, but two of my favorite lead vocalists ever were part of the band.
2) They are the only band/artist I know of that NEVER had a dud album to me. In other words: great, consistent songwriting.
Sure, some bands have some individual songs/albums that might be slightly preferred over my favorite M+TM song/album, but I can assure you that no one was ever as consistent in its output to me.
Every M+TM album has at least 2 or 3 songs I LOVE (my "5 star" songs), and many many more that I enjoy quite a bit ("4 star" songs). My least favorite song of theirs is only sorta generic at worst, which is far more than I can say for anyone else I've heard "worst songs" from. And to this day, I still can't figure out which song or album of theirs is my favorite - something else I can't really say is the case with my other favorite music acts.
So anyway, super-consistent songwriting + killer lead vocals = a surefire win in my book. A couple of videos to highlight my opinions here:
Arguably my favorite song by them, "Nobody's Perfect" - sung by the late GREAT Paul Young:
And one of my many other arguably favorite songs by them, "Another Cup of Coffee," sung by the ALSO GREAT Paul Carrack:
There are so many other "favorite" songs of mine by them, with many different feels and volume levels, but Youtube only has so much of their stuff. Plus, quite frankly, I think I've said enough on this topic.
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Post by siamesesin on Feb 17, 2011 21:50:47 GMT -5
really can't pick one group. Music is an incredibly important part of mine and my family's lives. So much of what I listen to goes through my moods and what I need at that moment.
I was brought up on Sabbath, Floyd, Zepplin, Aerosmith, Ozzy, and Queen, and they are not so much favorites as part of my existence on the planet.
If I was going to go for the sentimental favorite, it would be Metallica, who no matter what still meant more to me as a teenager than any other band. The emotional connection to their music has never faded, and I still feel those feelings every time.
For bands who increased my understanding of music but always stayed reliable, I'd go with Tool, Alice In Chains, the Beastie Boys, and Faith No More. Brownie points for the various side projects, which often expanded my mind just as much as the originals. I also liked checking out their influences, because they were usually so diverse too. Korn, Anthrax, and Pantera weren't always as reliable but they still led me into new directions and remain general favorites.
And that leaves out all of the classical, big band, blues, new wave, punk, music theatre, etc that I digest on a daily basis! Let's just say my poor Pandora is in a constant state of confusion and leave it at that.