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I don't necessarily listen to them that often anymore, but they're one of the few bands whose whole back catalogue I can gladly dip in and out of at any given time. Plus I love their whole aesthetic, especially Joey Santiago's guitar playing. It amazes me how many bands have tried to rip the Pixies off, yet how few have managed to make a guitar sound like he does. Pixies <3
For over a decade now.
They didn't release very much material, weren't around for that long and I never got to see them live, so they've not been able to disappoint me in the same way that the other bands I love have.
genuinely one of the most amazing, strangest little bands I've ever come across. And all anyone's got to go off is a sparkling gem of an album, a beautiful EP and a bootlegged live show. I think the fact that there is so little material stops me from developing the kind of all-encompassing obsession I've had with other bands, more a very intense mini obsession with anything twinkly, mathy and emo. <3 AF
I have spent a lot of this week listening to Owen, which as spin-offs go does the job, but it's not quite there. I really, *really* hope that AF don't do an annoying cash in reformation, though, or as you say dissappointment will be inevitable.
Always interesting, never predictable, variety of song styles, veer fom the touching to the ridiculous at a moments notice. Overwhelming sense of FUN. no one quite like them.
even if their last couple of records have been a big barrel of meh.
BUT ONCE THEY RULED THE EARTH
I adore Blast Tyrant and have a lot of time for Robot Hive. I miss getting excited about new Clutch records :(
Emo 4 lyf
The band I listen to the most.
The Smiths: FOR WHAT THEY MEAN TO ME, MAN.
Hence my username.
They consistently amaze me, and you never know what the next album's going to sound like. But basically if Toby Driver releases anything I'm all over that shit.
making music today, for sure.
Everything changed when I first heard them! Kinda sad, though it is nice to have a favourite band, I've never had another favourite band.
I was 11 when DCW came out, I bought it based on having heard 'Stay Loose' (which is shit) and thinking it was funny, stuck it on, never heard anything like it. Bought the back catalogue the next week. They just get better the older you get, there's so much subtlety and shade in their music, so much darkness just under the light. Amazing amazing band and people who dismiss them as 'twee' really can gtf.
However, at the moment it's Ryan Adams (including Whiskeytown, Ryan solo and Ryan Adams & The Cardinals)
I hope that's not cheating.
No other band even comes close.
I reckon it's only impossible to answer if you over think it.
Depends on my mood, time of day, weather and a million other factors.
I went with SFA as I've been listening to them for 12 years or more and still find new things to love. The gigs are always an event and new albums/side projects/solo projects always deliver. Also, they have a song for most moods, times and weather. They're the complete band.
Coincidentally, I didn't know who The Gun Club were until this morning when i was reading up on Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds.
Genuinely fail to comprehend how anyone from this planet could conceive of music like that.
I always think I don't listen to them that much anymore, but my Last.fm stats disagree. Whilst listening on shuffle, I don't think anyone else consistently makes me think "ah yes!" like Radiohead do.
Though im probably the only person who thinks lifeblood was their masterpiece...
That'd be just you.
Current? Cold In Berlin.
but probably not my favourite band since they didn't release that much material
only the band the Beatles could have been.
"Probably the Best Of".
Ah, classic Partridge.
Y'know, Def Leppard and UB40.
of all time Pink Floyd
now The Reads
Oasis (hear me out)
Yes, the singer's a bellend. Yes, 90% of their fans couldn't piss in a toilet if they wore it on their cocks. Yes, the music took a nosedive after the second album and they phoned in their last 8 years worth of gigs. Yes, they inspired the Enemy to form.
But for all this, they opened up a whole new world to a 15 year old me. From the music I listen to to the guitars I've bought and played to the memories of gigs, nights out and road trips I've experienced. It could have been Pavement, it could have been Nirvana, it could have been Radiohead, Pulp, The Smiths or any other band that I like - but it wasn't. It was Oasis that did it and, being a stupidly nostalgic chap, for that I can't see me ever elevating another band to the status of "favourite". There's just too much new music to listen to and not enough time in the day for a 31 year man to get completely fanatical about one band anymore.
only interesting when people explain why whatever band it is is their favourite.
Mine's Pavement and has been for 5 years (since i was 16). Everything they did- even the cast-offs that have been collected on the reissues- is tinged with genius. Love their aesthetic, their humour, their character/image/whatever. I still remember the moment i realised they were my favourite band, walking to the park summer 2006 (gcse year for me)- i'd been listening to slanted and enchanted a lot and loretta's scars was on and it just clicked so perfectly, one of those moments when mood, setting and music coincide perfectly. Any day i wake up hungover a guaranteed way to put me in a good mood is pavement. saw them 3 times on the reunion (twice at brixton, once at atp), all three were brilliant and totally lived up to expectations. No other band comes close for me, nor do i think they ever will.
The band is their favourite because they like them more than any other band.
a reason for why they love that band/have a particular connection with them. cheers.
Just the one whose music you enjoy the most.
I do not have to explain myself.
I always go back to his stuff no matter what. It was one of my first ever tapes and I've not really looked back since.
Given it that much thought but Jimi Hendrix is definitely a potential for me too. So much amazing material. Axis Bold as Love is my favorite album from him.
tbf, though, I'm over playing favourites.
otherwise i'm torn.
Oasis? Smiths? "No other band comes close" ??!!?? My arse!!
Plenty of bands wouldn't exist were it not for The Chameleons.
C'mon people, get real...
I dunno, it just is. Has been for at least 6 or 7 years. I suppose, if I'm honest, there are probably bands I now like *as much*, but not more - and since Yo La reached that level first, they've always kept the title. Like JP said of the Fall; always different and always the same. Everything that was said about the Flaming Lips upthread. None of their albums, and none of their songs, come in anywhere near top on my last.fm charts, but there are only 3 other artists who have even half as many overall plays. Horrible way of looking at it (last.fm), but in this case it's about right. I won't listen to them for ages and then I'll come back and binge. And almost always discover a new favourite song. They've never recorded a bad one.
I can hear the heart beating as one is probably my favourite record of all time but I don't think I've listened to enough of their back catalogue to be able to call them my favourite band. To me they're one of those bands, a bit like REM's 80s material, where I'm going to deliberately take ages over discovering all of their back catalogue, and really enjoying each record as I get it. It's nerdy but I'm really excited about this journey.
who just wishes they cranked out more tracks like sugarcube. sorry :(
So long as they don't actually give in and pander to you tools, you can wish what you like ;)
I might stick them on now actually.
Who hijacked my account?
Any band that Michael Rother has been is my favourite. So a superroup of early Kraftwerk/Neu!/Harmonia/solo stuff.
Seeing J Mascis last night has reminded me how much I love them
so hard to pick one and taste always changing...I'm going to have to with Kyuss by a nosehair over Radiohead, for the factor of the Genius level of Welcome to Sky Valley over just about anything else.
Due to the fact that they have been consistantly brilliant and OK Computer was the first album that actually grabbed me (before OK Computer music for me was a background thing on the radio that I never really listened to) Ok Computer was also the was also what I spent my first wages on from my first part time job so for me everything fell into place for me musically with that album.
Too hard to have a consistent favourite band IMO
Too many slumps, line-up changes, hiatuses, reunions, changes in direction et al
At the moment anyway. A big part of it has to do with the fact that I've really only gotten through about half their catalog and still have so much more to get into + some Parliament stuff I need to round out. Everything I've heard so far I love.
he of Zelda / Mario composition fame.
cause I'm turning over a new leaf and not being a dick anymore. I will have to check out more Koji Kondo pieces, as I've probably only played two thirds of the games he has composed for.
incase you thought that
but the man is a god in his field
Haunting yet uplifting and so many amazing tracks. Not much, if anything, has come close to my first listen of Things We Lost In The Fire.
I just love all their stuff, even their weak stuff I still like... they sound unique and cover all bases with their music.
Maybe. Oh hell I don't know.
New stuff not as amazing as their old, but i love them so much and they are amazing live
So annoyed they are not playing an Irish date this year.
Don't listen to them as much as I used to, but I wouldn't be listening to any of the music I do today without them.
yeah. as above.
[or Radiohead or Talk Talk I dunno]
but it would probably be between - +/-, thee more shallows, roommate, modest mouse, built to spill, figurine, blonde redhead, dismemberment plan and bedhead.
although if were talking favourite band at the moment then - Bodi Bill
and how the screwing hell could i forget about pavement
I would probably agree.
Close runner up is Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3.
I love the diversity of DH's output but they have never made a bad album (including TIUF). I've seen them live 17 times and every gig has been incredible. All of my very favourite bands put on exhillerating, intense live shows and I can never be a really huge fan of a band that doesn't cut it live or whose gigs sound exactly like they do on record. Most of my favourite bands of all time have quite a diverse output and B.Cox definitely fits into this - you never know what he is going to come up with next. I can't think of anything he has done that I don't like. Atlas Sound included. All the above also applies to S.Wynn (but I've seen him more that 17 times).
I don't listen to them as much as I used to but there was 7 or 8 years where emergency and I would be on the speakers weekly. Such a great record.
with Ryan Adams a *very* close second.
I love their eccentricity, and their ability to produce beauty on moment, and exhiliration the next while still having a very distinctive sound of their own.
or an explanation that is better expressed than that ^
They are the only band whereby I would give them extra time to adjust to their music if I'd not been initially impressed by their latest release. Kind of being biased, in a way, but they've never let me down and I love everything they've ever done, if not immediately then certainly I do now.
I can listen to the likes of The National and say that, probably, I enjoy their music just as much as British Sea Power, but with BSP I feel like my journey towards musical maturity started with them and, as mentioned above, they've retained their eccentricity and character despite the ability to craft such variety in their songwriting.
On top of that they've given some of my favourite live experiences. No other band excites me more when a tour is announced, even now.
on latest tour.
The bit in Great Skua were the non-vocals come in was a beautiful, beautiful moment.
My favourite too! All sorts of reasons, but basically I just think they are brilliant.
Everything about him clicked so much with the moody 16-year-old me who liked to spend his evenings walking in the woods with a cheap CD player, and then as I got older I realised it wasn't just a temporary thing. I believe all the hype, unreservedly. I'm Not There is my favourite film pretty much because it makes me feel better for being such a massive Dylan geek.
The day he dies will be one of the saddest of my life, I'm sure of it.
Husker Du, Joy Division a close 2nd.
Not well known... but I have known them since 2007. They are from Montreal Canada... which has meant long journeys to see them play live!!!
if they count. My Bloody Valentine or Joy Divsion if not.
yours, too, I'm hoping.
perhaps not as accomplished as a number of great bands that have come and gone, but ever since i first heard the arcs EP something about their sound connected like no other band has. i'm not one to relisten to albums obsessively either, but i've probably listened to waited up at least 300 times, that opening burst on lea room just gets me so excited every. single. time.
but it's a whole package thing - i love the music, the lyrics, the live show, and everything else they stand for consistently across the board. if they broke up tomorrow, i'd still have the music but i'd also feel like i lost a friend :(
This is really nice.
I wasn't that sure of them at first, but now I flipping love them. I've developed a complete obsession elegy off of the latest e.p. - the way his voice seems to be really straining for the notes makes it all the better, somehow.
it's the vocal interplay between Alexei and Kelly, the excellent lyrics, the inventive percussion, and the kickass guitar sound. I'm a sucker for melancholy tales set to noisy pop rock and these three do it better than anyone right now.
but recently I've been really getting into them and are now certainly one of my favourites.
Have you heard the new ep (Certain songs are cursed) that was out yesterday? It's got all those things you mention.
Also check out their There When You Need It ep on bandcamp and it's comp of songs they released last year and is brilliant too.
and a Frisbee!
Radiohead, Josh Rouse, Tindersticks, Ulrich Schnauss, Eels
in recent times it's been a toss up between
Epic 45 or The National.
If I had to pick the one consistent band that's always held my heart in both hands, past and present, then it's probably SPARKLEHORSE. If you ain't fallen for Sparklehorse in your life, it's like you haven't see a starry night sky and your definition of beauty is missing something...
Obviously the first two albums are the undisputed classics, but Maladroit is also fucking awesome, and I have a soft spot even for some of the ropey later material.
but the band I am listening to the most at the moment is Pavement.
Without any question the perfect band.
but they are trying my patience by releasing another live album with basically the same setlist as the last live album. Come on guys.
Much as I like the current lineup I must admit I preferred them as a three piece (never though Dale needed to work with another drummer)
They have been my favourite ever since I became obsessed with 'Hawaii' one gorgeous summer. Ever wonder what happens next after the glorious possibilities opened by SMiLE? Sean O'Hagan's band offer one possible answer.
The on band where I can honestly say I don't love any of their stuff, and it's not as though they're short of releases either. I also have them to thank for introducing me to a whole range of music from Nedry to Fear Through The March Of Flames.
to have a catalogue as big as theirs and yet to remain so consistently great? Pretty impressive. Also, I've listened to them twice as much as Modest Mouse (second favourites) in about half the time. That says it all really.
which is that their songs are 1/4 the length.
but they say all they need to in that time
by a long long long way
From their DIY art-punk beginnings right through to the likes of The Great Curve, they represent the absolute pinnacle of music and style for me - my favourite album and song is by them, so many of my favourite bands are influenced by them, oh and Stop Making Sense is the single greatest thing I've ever witnessed (via DVD of course)
my favorite for a long time as well
But artists included I'd choose Bob Dylan- such an inspiring and prolific songwriter, and for me the best lyricist of all time. Got me into music, and made me want to pick up a guitar, and i've not looked back.
mainly because Kid A was probably the first record that ever really ingrained itself so deeply in me
Love everything they've released and bought every single on every format. Don't dislike anything they've done. Really enjoy that they do what they like and that every album is a progression from the last. Also they have brilliant b-sides.
I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for Blink-182 even though I rarely listen to them anymore and even then it's there last album. It was these who got me into music so I will always be grateful for that even though they also got me listening to shit when I was 14/15 (pop-punk crap).
im going to have to stick with Stereophonics
Word Gets Around was the first ever album I bought and I still know all the words
Pink Floyd are the longer-standing passion and I would have called them my favourite for a long time, but every time I listen to Godspeed I find another reason to love them more.
There isn't another band on the planet that makes me happier.
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With regards to love of the music and time spent listening to the band - Alchemy win hands down - but i am biases ;)
They aren't the band that got me into music (Nirvana) or the band I love a bit too much and love everything they do (Bright Eyes) but when I was 14/15 and first heard Girl from Mars, the I still love you girl from... MARS bit blew me away. And I remember listening to 1977 reaptedly as a teenager.
But unlike some other bands from that age I've stuck with them and enjoyed all their albums. I still go see them live regularly and they are always fantastic.
And still one of the best pop bands working today and still making great new music.
Tough. Probably Black Sabbath. Those are the albums i'd most miss not being able to listen to I reckon.
When I hear that deathpunk sound: erection
but each to their own
Really simple for me. So much of my taste is aesthetically based; it sounds nice (we're talking shoegaze/dream pop/post rock/psychedelia etc). Okkervil are one of the few bands, and in my opinion the best, who have a completely different approach, music that unsettles you. So each Okkervil listening session stands out in comparsion to usual, and you can't argue with how good a songwriter Will Sheff is.
...not in contrast to most other bands. There are plenty of unsettling acts.
... I also love Modest Mouse beyond belief.
they've still never let me down and are pretty much the most exciting/interesting combination of everything I listen to. Never sold on their integrity, just 4 dudes working in perfect harmony.
My favourite active band is Fucked Up though (for pretty similar reasons).
they are the most important and exciting live band i ever encountered. completely changed my worldview at a time when it desperately needed changing.
... Johnny Foreigner when I'm happy & Arab Strap when I'm not
I even listen to 'So Divided' a lot.
It and Worlds Apart were their creative peak, y'know :D
*runs off and hides*
have you ever stopped to wonder
WHY! THEY! FORCED! my voice from silence to a caterwaul.
... is probably my favourite song of theirs that isn't relative ways.
Not sure about so divided, though.
I mean its a fine pop song but geez
Pipping MBV only because I marginally prefer the variation across their output to the double whammy of Isn't Anything / Loveless, and because I listen to them slightly more regularly.
And in a snobbish indie way, they're more 'mine' than MBV could ever be. Ho hum.
Mogwai have been my favourite band.
...to be honest, right now, I'm having trouble seeing Lee Scratch Perry as anything less than utter batshit genius.
everything he's touched since about 1974 has done it for me. the amount of "stuff" he covers his recordings in sets him so effortlessly apart from other producers/musicians. the Black Ark legacy, his own admittence to hearing nature in music and other such potential "artistic gubbins"...it all makes so much sense when you listen to the way he makes records sound.
the amount of influence he's provided to a slew of other generations of musicians (from Animal Collective to the majority of modern dance music) speaks as much about his character as it does the tunes.
so Lee Perry is probably my favourite band when I can't listen to any more Mogwai
but 'Time Boom X De Devil Dead' is one of the best albums I own.
How am I the first person to say this?
I don't listen to them all that much these days, but jesus, they just had it all. And Sister Ray is the best song of all time.
Soundgarden, Monster Magnet, Jane's Addiction, Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, Curve, Archie Bronson Outfit, Duke Spirit, Four Dead In Ohio, Led Zep, Aerosmith, Warrior Soul, Blindness, Spotlight Kid, Crystal Head, Jesus Deluxe, Wonder Stuff, Amplifier, The Black Angels, A Place To Bury Strangers, Boxer Rebellion, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Dolittle, Domino State, The Early years, Eat Lights Become Lights, Teeth Of The Sea, Exit Calm, F*ck Buttons, Holy F*ck, Faith No More, Hold Kiss Kill, Guile, Joe Gideon & The Shark, Kyte, The Tamborines, Toba Caldera, Evi Vine, The Young Gods, Screaming Trees
I think Melvins are a very very very close second.
... of course
Not including solo artists makes it easier (Would've been Elliott Smith, without question).
Hope of the States have been more important to me and I wouldn't listen to half the music I do now if it wasn't for them. But there output is limited, uneven, and most of their best songs were never released properly.
The Velvet Underground also came to mind, they're the perfect band in a way, like The Smiths... they never outstayed their welcome, and all of their albums are different and consistently brilliant.
But, despite not having made my favourite album (that would be Sigur Rós)Radiohead have been their through every step of my musical growth, still keep me guessing, interested and amazed. And no band has more 10/10 songs in my mind. As was mentioned further up the page. They produce more "ah, yes *turns up*" moments on shuffle that any other band I know.
Altho yesterday it was Wilco and tomorrow it will be The Strokes.
They have not stood still for a second and continue to release new material that is way beyond their years. A prolific band that are still only in the mid twenties.
but Unwound are my go to band if I have no clue what I want to listen to...or Elliott Smith
Unwound have been occupying that for me too
because, to begin with, they're the fucking beatles. but beyond that, because every glowing word ever written about them was, is, and looks like it will continue to be, true. everything which came after them has traces, if only slight, of what they did. and what they did has never been bettered. and you're wrong if you think it has, i'm afraid. they still, for me, define the whole concept of music as art. any genre you care to name is possible only because of what they did and what they demanded be done with their instruments, song structure, song writing and the studio itself.
but apart from the innovative, experimental side, they just wrote really, really great fucking songs. and the range of emotions they contain and inspire, the variety of textures and moods and techniques, still dazzle me. without them, i would never have gotten into any of the artists i could have said were my favourite. they encourage taking chances musically, transcend genre, and no serious discussion of music, contemporary or otherwise, can be complete without them.
ignore that bit
I should probably shut up about Van Der Graaf Generator now...
The Fall upthread are my #3. My #1 hasn't been mentioned, surprisingly, but I'm going to wait for someone else to do it. One person I thought was nailed-on to say them went for Kayo Dot instead, who are probably inside my top 20.
I might list them actually. It'd be fun. Or maybe not. It's basically going to be a scrambled version of whatever Oissin's list is, anyway
Do not pause it under any circumstances. Just listen straight through. Then breathe.
It's an incrediblly hard decision between Kayo Dot and *that band* but Kayo Dot are more perhaps diverse and surprising. And Oissin, listen to the Manifold Curiosity, it's most people's favourite Kayo Dot song for good reason :D
definitely the best track on COTE, that build-up is brutal
would rate ___on limpid form, Gemini Becoming The Tripod and maybe Stained Glass ahead of it - they're all monsters tho
restoring the balance :)
it's the closest thing an atheist like me will get to a religion. Seeing them at Norwich Arts Centre was the best gig I've ever been to and I dunno they just don't seem human to me anymore.
thanks to this board somehow.
Absolutely beautiful stuff - whore is probably the loveliest song.
surprised they haven't been mentioned in this thread at all yet tbh
The rest is shit.
Failing that, Radio'ead.
Walking home after a long night I'll always put on Loveless to guide me home. Might not have listened to them the most, but every time I do it's incredible and blows me away.
...but can I forgive the band for being so fecking lazy? Yes. A life with Loveless is a life complete.
Only took 9 hours :D
...and every Eric Bachmann related record since.
the weakest of the Mike Kinsella Bands.
Still great though, everything he's done has been amazing.
but only because i would really struggle to rank any of them at all. JoA, owls, american football, make believe and CnJ are all amongst my favourite bands ever. JoA have got such a ridiculously varied back catalogue though that if someone told me I could only listen to one band for the rest of my life it could quite easily be them. They have moments of experimentation that make some records tough to listen to, it took me a while to connect with The Gap and Joan of Arc, Dick Cheney, Mark Twain (compared to 'simpler' records like portable model') but they're totally worth the effort. I could nerd about JoA all day. ridiculous.
Jesus christ you people
White Light White Heat is unquestionably one of the best albums of all time and they are definitely one of the best bands - but other bands are more personal to me - Sonic Youth TOTALLY got me into most of the music I listen to now - Sister (along with Dinosaur Jr - You're Living All Over Me (which not coincidentally I also regard as one of the greatest albums of all time)) was the first 'indie' album I owned - without them I'd probably never even have any interest in VU, as well as countless other bands, from krautrock to punk to free jazz to whatever else
yeah not strictly related to your post, I just thought I'd expand on my reasoning
making perfect record after perfect record
Nobody else comes close.
I'd pay alot to see that
I could analyse and explain why they're so good, but that's not what makes them my favourite band. Having more songs that I absolutely love than other bands is what makes them my favourite. It may sound crap, but my ears fall in love with music, not my brain. My brain just makes up loads of poncey bollocks to justify it afterwards.
casiotione for the painfully alone
he is the best lyricist ever perhaps. amazing dour music.
have you listened to this: http://www.liveatsheastadium.com/bands/advancebase ?? whole live set from his new group, pretty much starting from where he left off.
If I won the lottery i'd pay to go mountain climbing with Jason Lytle or something mad like that. I like every tune he's ever put out, even the shit ones.
Radiohead are the band that blew my mind first though and the reason I am such a geek when it comes to music,