A bunch of bands I love. (Note: I will be adding to this over time. There's just too many to list in one go around)
- •Giorgio MoroderAbsolute pioneer. Made some of the greatest soundtracks in history. Some examples are Midnight Express, Scarface, Flashdance, Chase, American Gigolo, Top Gun, Cat People, Beverly Hills Cop, Neverending Story, and many more. He also wrote many of Donna Summers greatest hits: I Feel Love, Love to Love You Baby, Bad Girls, On the Radio and more. These days he's worked with Daft Punk, Coldplay, Lana Del Rey, Lady Gaga Kylie Minogue, and more. He's influenced musicians far and wide.
- •Skinny PuppyBeen a fan since the beginning back in Mid 80s. Fantastic synth, sampling, industrial, aural structure. RIP Dwayne.
- •RushIncredible musicians, incredible lyrics, incredible sofistication in instrumentation. Great live band. Amazing history.
- •Depeche ModeBeautiful music. Incredible lyrics. Great evolution of sound over the course of their history. I'll always wish Alan Wilder was still a part of the group.
- •RecoilSpeaking of Alan Wilder, if you are a Depeche Mode fan, listen to Alan Wilder's solo effort Recoil. He either collaborates with various musicians he admires, or does instrumentals. I'd recommend the following songs to whet your appetite: Edge to Life (Orig Ver from Bloodline), Stalker, Drifting, Shunt, Last Breath, Allehlujua.
- •MGMTI pretty much love everything this band has done. Fav song is Siberian Breaks.
- •Duran DuranBeen a fan since the beginning. Incredible variety of songs throughout their career.
- •Nitzer EbbGreat EBM/Industrial band. That Total Age is the greatest workout music of all time.
- •YesMy sister is 10 years older than me and she heavily influenced my musical taste. When I was very young, she bought me my first album, Fragile from Yes. If you've never listened to this album all the way through or if you are simply unfamiliar with it, please listen to it. The musicianship is profound. This band is one of the pioneers of progressive music and it's simply amazing classic rock. RIP One of the greatest bass players of all time, Chris Squire.
- •The PoliceWhat can I say? Another collection of most impressive musicians. Though I dearly love Sting and Andy Summers, Stewart Copeland is one of my all time favorite drummers. Of course he's gone on to writing soundtracks and symphonies. His background comes from growing up a son of an American CIA dad who was based in Lebanon. The deep influence of Middle Eastern music surrounded him. Many people mistake The Police as simply reggae, but in fact it's a combo of that and Middle Eastern music.
- •PrinceThis man defined the word prolific. He wrote more songs in every genre than any other artist I know. Serious RIP. Back in HS, if you wanted to hook up, all you had to do is put any of his releases on the record player. His music was so good. Nobody played a better live concert. In fact, the recording to Purple Rain was lifted from a live performance. My favorite live moment of his was him playing in the rain at the Superbowl that Peyton Manning and the Colts won over the Bears. Amazing!
- •RadioheadThese guys set the trend yet in my opinion, no-one could adequately even come close to the mastery of their music. It's really hard for me to pick a favorite album since the style of their music morphed so much over the years. Still, Amnesiac has a very deep place in my heart. The music is so varied and deep. I love Pyramid Song, yet I can't even say that is my favorite. On a different note, you have to respect a band that invents their own instruments.
- •Sioxsee and the BansheesThese people rode the punk wave with a sophistication most lacked. Over time they evolved into a very sophisticated and accomplished band. My favorite albums by them are Juju and Tinderbox. Both are masterpieces that must be listened to in full. I'm sure others have differing opinions on what is their strongest album, but that is the mark of a band that is truly great.
- •The CureHow can I mention Siouxie without mentioning Sir Robert and The Cure? This guy contributed more to my high school soundtrack than possibly anyone else. Another band whos sound evolved over the years. This band is prolific. If you want to have a good idea of their career from the beginning to midway through, a great complilation is Standing on a Beach; after which you should listen to what many consider their best album, Disintegration.
- •Arcade FireI must admit I'm a latecomer to this band. The album Reflecktor drew me in, and what an amazing album it is. Of course I went back and listed to their previous albums and was duly impressed.
- •The SmithsJohnny Marr and Morrissey are a cornerstone of incredible songwriting. Both have gone on to illustrious careers, but most powerful was their time together in the 80's. Another soundtrack to my high school years. Some find the music depressing. I find it honest. A great complilation album is Singles.
- •New OrderI apparently am on repeat as once again I must point out this band was part of the soundtrack of my high school years. Listen to Substance 1987 to hear a great complilation of their work. From Everything's Gone Green and Blue Monday to Bizzare Love Triangle and True Faith, the album shows the pioneering work that influenced so many others. Joy Division was the band privious before the suicide of Ian Cutis. Listen to the song Love Will Tear Us Apart to get a true sense of where they began.
- •MinistryYeah I know I'm showing a pic from a time All Jourgenson would like to disavow, but the song Revenge kicks ass. Living in Chicago from age 12 till my late 20s meant Ministry was an institution from jump street. They started as new wave, jumped to Synth/Industrial, and ended up basically creating Industrial Metal. He changed the music world. Listen to Twitch, Land of Rape and Honey, Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste, and Psalm 69.