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the rolling stones
the beach boys
Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza
everyone one else can go to hell.
Gay For Johnny Depp
I mean, out of stuff mentioned so far, I'm not a fan of the Beatles or the Stones, and the Smiths are pretty meh, but I think for someone to be "into music" they should at least check them out. Maybe. I'm not too sold on this point myself, but I can kinda see the argument.
The Velvet Underground
Guns n Roses
Boards of Canada
A Tribe Called Quest
All the ones soapy said (and some other ones mentioned upthread)
^massively rockist list and in no way representative of my actual favourites, but stuff I'd generally expect people to have some kind of knowledge about and be able to use as reference-points. Probably all it does though is show my massive lack of knowledge of certain styles/eras. And I've not included anything classical.
If you don't like The Stooges, I'd almost go as far as to say you don't really like music.
although i'm sure there are people who say they have no interest or "it's not for them" i just refuse to believe that anyone could not find anything good from dylan 60 to 70, he has like 50 songs from that period alone that are some of the greatest pieces of work in music history
not to mention that absurd run of classic albums
and some of his lyrics, even if you're not much of a lyric person you've got to love or at least admire stuff like it's alright ma
that became standard in Western music came from Skid Row
If people tell me they don't like some of my other favourite bands, like New Order or Tindersticks for example, fine, I can live with it. But when people tell me they don't like The Smiths they go down in my estimation. They are as close as I've ever come to a religion and I go all fundamentalist when confronted with non-believers :)
but then one day i suddenly realised how fucking irritating morrissey is, now i can barely listen to them
Anything from any of the periods.
I didn't look very hard but most of the others have been mentioned.
Phil Spector's philles singles
anything recorded at Cosimo's Nawlins studio
and if you want the deep dish ...
i'm no beatlemaniac, but when people tell me they don't like the beatles i'm instantly wary.
the new adam hart-davis series?
Big Dumb Face
but it'll probs. get mistaken for the real thing, and people will be like 'errr, what a dick, making suggestions of essential bands, and propping up heteronormative african-baby killing hegemonies'
you bunch of simpering cunts. lol
There's no such thing, and all it represents is a calcified canonisation and feedback loop of the recycled tastes of the( largely white, middle-class, male, conservative) cultural upper income bracket.
in my post.
I know some fine people who seem to enjoy Steely Dan though. For some reason. Maybe it's the crisp hi-hat sound.
wrapped in those sleazy undertones.
Definitely not for everyone.
And Refused's Shape Of Punk To Come, if you're not a turbo bender.
But with a P ?
can bog off, they're a load of simpering fey crap.
every time i have to hear 'this charming man' a small part of me dies forever.
... And all derivatives of.
and dare I say it Tango In The Night too!
Who could hate them? Only someone with a humour/fun bypass who hates music.
Nobody mentioned Radiohead yet? Damn.
Excellent choices from everybody.
or at least anyone with an opinion i respect
neutral milk hotel
MF DOOM (in all guises)
the beach boys
(early) stevie wonder
so i'm gunna go and say all of them are essential. ok?
and the vengaboys
I like them but I think they're a bit marmite, know plenty of people who dislike them
I don't think someone who's pretending to be a hobo and putting on a funny voice is essential.
I rarely can find anyone with a bad word to say about Motown music generally, at least the stuff good enough to be remembered, even if people aren't really 'into' it
Neil Young - can pretty much start anywhere outside of the 80's.
is Outkast, everyone I knows likes them to some degree, even those who hate music
thread of the week?