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pedro
07-16-2005, 04:26 AM
My top two are The Smiths and New Order.

When I was in High School I had a neighbor that was a tall, beautiful, introverted, swim team, Smiths fan. My friends and I just didn't get it, but all the cool girls loved him. It was years before I *got* the Smiths, and suddenly then my old neighbor.

When I was at college, I had a guy who lived in the room next to me in the dorm sophomore year. His name was Mike. In their room Mike and his roomate had bunk beds in which Mike held the bottom bunk. One night the entire floor was awakened to Mike's screams when the top bunk collapsed on top of him in the middle of the night. He was OK, but from that time on we all called him "Sandwich Mike". Anyway, Mike had a page boy haircut and really loved New Order. Being the freedom rockin hippy that I was, I didn't *get* it, but now, listening to their great bass lines I totally understand. (although I would like to add that the gap between the songs that I think are great and the rest is pretty large.)

So who is the best band you were surprised to discover you liked?

MrCinatit
07-16-2005, 05:14 AM
i usually like classic rock (beatles, stones, who, pink floyd).
for some reason or another, i picked up a coupld of songs by the godfathers of alternative, Sonic Youth - and found out i REALLY enjoyed their sound. they are unlike about anything else i listen to...but they are unlike about anything else, anyhow.

pedro
07-16-2005, 05:31 AM
i usually like classic rock (beatles, stones, who, pink floyd).
for some reason or another, i picked up a coupld of songs by the godfathers of alternative, Sonic Youth - and found out i REALLY enjoyed their sound. they are unlike about anything else i listen to...but they are unlike about anything else, anyhow.

SY are a great band but sometimes they aren't very accessable. I like them most when Kim doesn't sing. You are right though, they have an incredible sound. Lee and Thurston are super guitar players so I'm not surprised you enjoy them based on the other bands you said you like.

I like (beatles, stones, who, pink floyd) too.

Betterread
07-16-2005, 07:19 PM
i usually like classic rock (beatles, stones, who, pink floyd).
for some reason or another, i picked up a coupld of songs by the godfathers of alternative, Sonic Youth - and found out i REALLY enjoyed their sound. they are unlike about anything else i listen to...but they are unlike about anything else, anyhow.

I'm going to provide an example of the opposite perspective. After listening to zep, the who, and pink floyd as a kid, I was bored with them by about 12 and starting listening to punk, post-punk, then indie music exclusively with Sonic Youth being my favorite. I haven't bought a Sonic Youth record since "Dirty" (I still like their sound, but their music meant a lot to me at a certain time and place in my life and I am now in a different time and place) but now enjoy Jackson Browne and am listening to his stuff.

By the way, this is an excellent idea for a thread, Pedro.

Ravenlord
07-17-2005, 02:10 AM
The Black Eyed Peas and Gorillaz

Sean_CaseyRules
07-17-2005, 04:17 AM
Franz Ferdinand and Modest Mouse, i used to despise Take Me Out, but after a while it grows on you.

DoogMinAmo
07-17-2005, 04:32 AM
The Darkness

Larkin411
07-17-2005, 09:56 AM
Led Zeppelin and the Smiths. I used to hate all those floyd/zeppelin-obsessed guitar guys who would take the "learn to play guitar" class at my high school and then like for they're final project would do a rendition of the Rain Song while the rest of us were trying to strum three chords in succesion. So that being my first real introduction to the band caused me to think less of them. Once I got to college though I warmed up to them after a reading of "Hammer of the Gods." I only read that book because I thought it would be entertaining but it got me interested in hearing their music and the rest is history.

The Smiths I thought were just a whiny precursor to the more whiny Cure but now I love their stuff. I had to come up with a whole douglas sirk-type theory of their angsty lyrics though before I could admit to liking anything by Morrisey. I still don't offer up the fact that I like them too often in public.

RawOwl UK
07-17-2005, 10:36 AM
Radiohead

Used to find them really depressing BUT I got into them big time, some beutifull written songs. Also an Irish band called Aslan they are truly fantastic but not really known out of Ireland.

Dom Heffner
07-17-2005, 12:16 PM
i picked up a coupld of songs by the godfathers of alternative, Sonic Youth

10, 20, 30, 40...tell me that you wanna scold me...

I used to listen to that song over and over. Something about the way she sang, "bettin' on the bullllll in the heather...."

BuckU
07-18-2005, 10:35 AM
Weezer, I used to think they were "nerd rock" but I actually have loved their last 3 albums.

zombie-a-go-go
07-19-2005, 08:34 AM
Wu-Tang Clan, about 3-4 years ago.

At the time (I was a Smiths/Cure guy :) ), it came as a pretty big shock to me.

Thank you, Jim Jarmusch. :D

TeamCasey
07-19-2005, 09:02 AM
For me it was Lyle Lovett.

Sweetstop
07-19-2005, 09:25 AM
For me it was Lyle Lovett.

I love the quirky Mr. Lovett. Church, Don't Touch My Hat, That's Right (You're Not From Texas) etal. Why were you surprised, TC?

MrCinatit
07-19-2005, 09:47 AM
SY are a great band but sometimes they aren't very accessable. I like them most when Kim doesn't sing. You are right though, they have an incredible sound. Lee and Thurston are super guitar players so I'm not surprised you enjoy them based on the other bands you said you like.

I like (beatles, stones, who, pink floyd) too.

ou are very correct about that - in fact, i would say they are very unaccessable to many listeners. i was lucky enough to be exposed to their more accessable works like Teenage Riot, Cool Thing, their cover of Superstar, and Sugar Kane before i decided to grab some of their CDs.
there are still songs i have a tough time listening to - and in fact, most of them are sung by Kim. the only exception there is Washing Machine, which i think is their best work. as for Lee and Thurston, their abilities are quite amazing. many years ago, their sound may become legendary (also might not. who knows).


here was another surprise for me, though it was not the group as a whole, but one of their albums.
i know many of the "lists" are bull hockey, but i still like to look at them.
one album consistently appearing on every list was "Pet Sounds", by the Beach Boys.
i mean...they are the Beach Boys, for Pete's sake. they are a surf group!
finally, i caved in and bought the album.
simply amazing, and it is now easy for me to see why it is given so much credit. the amount of pain Mike Wilson was in when he made the album is shown in every groove.

TeamCasey
07-19-2005, 10:05 AM
I love the quirky Mr. Lovett. Church, Don't Touch My Hat, That's Right (You're Not From Texas) etal. Why were you surprised, TC?

I thought he was all country. I don't listen to much country.

Someone handed me the Live from Texas CD and I was hooked!

westofyou
07-19-2005, 11:29 AM
George Jones and The Smiths, two genres I poo-pooed until one day I saw it as big as day.


But donít forget the songs
That made you smile
And the songs that made you cry
When you lay in awe
On the bedroom floor

Johnny Footstool
07-19-2005, 11:34 AM
The Drive By Truckers. They're considered "X-Country" or "Alt-Country," but it sounds like some pretty straightforward Southern rock without too much twang. And their songs are exceedingly well-written. "Carl Perkins' Cadillac" is incredible, especially the haunting acoustic version.

Chip R
07-19-2005, 12:15 PM
I'd say it was Nirvana. Not a huge fan but I was surprised that I liked several of their songs.

Blimpie
07-19-2005, 12:28 PM
In no particular order:

Kid Rock
Nirvana
Alan Parsons Project
ELO
Moody Blues
Blues Travelers
Eminem

:cool:

CrackerJack
07-19-2005, 12:33 PM
Hmm, bored with classic rock eons ago but still listen to it occassionally - so I'm always lookin' for new bands that are worthwhile (tough).

Despite their pouty, almost artificial teenagey looks (they have an image problem considering their target audience), "Ambulance Ltd." has really suprised me - very talented young men from New York - any band that so cleverly involves Velvet Underground influences with bands like Ride, World Party and the psychedlic era Beatles, gets my ear. Now if they could just "find themselves" and their sound....

I never thought I'd like the "Doves" as much as I do either, most people here in the states don't really care for them, I don't know why, they are my new U2 (since U2 went downhill big time with their last CD). They have a nice spin on classic rock and musicianship I appreciate, and their new CD "Some Cities" is an excellent example of their evolution. And they are a treat live.

As for a band I cannot seem to get into at all that are so popular in my circles - Modest Mouse - tolerable but quite boring - kind of like Franz Ferdinand and the White Stripes - one trick pony bands that lack creativity and will always sound the same in their own sort of hokey way, and will probably never evolve or expand their talents.

Red Leader
07-19-2005, 12:57 PM
I'd have to say Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails.

I'm not a big fan of "loud" music, but I like both of these artists for their ability to make something "groovy" out of noise.

RosieRed
07-19-2005, 01:38 PM
(Some of you know this is coming. Sorry. :) )

30 Seconds to Mars (http://www.thirtysecondstomars.com). I was extremely surprised not only by how good they are (IMO), but by how much I loved their first album. When I heard it, I felt like I was being let in on a big secret. That was almost three years ago, and I love their music even more now. Am eagerly waiting for the new album to come out in Aug.

registerthis
07-19-2005, 01:57 PM
I never thought I'd like the "Doves" as much as I do either, most people here in the states don't really care for them, I don't know why, they are my new U2 (since U2 went downhill big time with their last CD). They have a nice spin on classic rock and musicianship I appreciate, and their new CD "Some Cities" is an excellent example of their evolution. And they are a treat live.
Ah, yes, I love them as well. One of my fave bands at the moment. Saw them on this past tour in front of a packed house at the 9:30 out here in D.C., it was a great show...the crowd was into them, they were really energetic, all around great time. "Some Cities" is very good, but I think "Last broadcast" is even better..."Satellite" is my current favorite song, such a beautiful number it is... :)

Rojo
07-19-2005, 03:39 PM
I glossed over Galaxie 500 when they first came out in the late 80's. The Dream Syndicate was my favorite VU rip-off at the time and I didn't need another. A few months ago I bought their first album, the next day I bought the other two, and haven't been able to get them off my stereo.

pedro
07-19-2005, 03:48 PM
I glossed over Galaxie 500 when they first came out in the late 80's. The Dream Syndicate was my favorite VU rip-off at the time and I didn't need another. A few months ago I bought their first album, the next day I bought the other two, and haven't been able to get them off my stereo.

Love both those bands. I saw Luna (Galaxy 500 decendents) last year and they were great. really like the last Steve Wynn album too.

jmcclain19
07-19-2005, 03:55 PM
Alanis Morrissette

Back in the day we'd poke fun at her angry man hating type of rock. Then I realized I really liked just about every song on her debut CD. Haven't bought any of her follow up stuff, guess since she started making money her music has gone from angry to just plain whiney, but I still listen to that first album.

I also find Oasis catchy, even if I can't stand the band themselves.

Rojo
07-19-2005, 04:25 PM
Love both those bands. I saw Luna (Galaxy 500 decendents) last year and they were great. really like the last Steve Wynn album too.

Just now checking out Luna. Funny thing is that I don't like Dream Syndicate as much now that I've found G-500. But I'll check out Wynn's newest.

Red Leader
07-19-2005, 04:31 PM
Alanis Morrissette

Back in the day we'd poke fun at her angry man hating type of rock. Then I realized I really liked just about every song on her debut CD. Haven't bought any of her follow up stuff, guess since she started making money her music has gone from angry to just plain whiney, but I still listen to that first album.


Good call, josh.

I also listen to Alanis Morrissette and have found her music (most of it) is actually pretty good.

Ravenlord
07-19-2005, 05:33 PM
I'd have to say Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails.

I'm not a big fan of "loud" music, but I like both of these artists for their ability to make something "groovy" out of noise.in that case, i think you'd like Dope and Murderdolls and Zeromancer...and a few Ministry songs.

do you like Rob Zombie/White Zombie?

pedro
07-19-2005, 05:38 PM
I love "So What" by Ministry.

Falls City Beer
07-19-2005, 05:43 PM
I think I'd rather have my lower lip nailed to the back of my head than listen to "theatrical rock" like Meatloaf. Or I used to think so. Well, I still loathe Meatloaf, but I, for years, put poor old Alice Cooper in the same kitty. Big mistake. Sorry Alice. You really aren't Black Sabbath Lite. In fact, "Billion Dollar Babies" kicks so much ass my butt now faces the front of my body. Sorry Alice. How was I to know?

guttle11
07-19-2005, 05:44 PM
:all_cohol :all_cohol :all_cohol :all_cohol

Its not all their songs, actually very few. But I actually liked a few N'Sync songs. Not the teeny-bop dance crap, but the Ballads like "God Must have spnt a little more time on you"

:runaway:

registerthis
07-19-2005, 05:44 PM
I love "So What" by Ministry.
the Land of Rape and Honey.

'Nuff said.

pedro
07-19-2005, 05:45 PM
I think I'd rather have my lower lip nailed to the back of my head than listen to "theatrical rock" like Meatloaf. Or I used to think so. Well, I still loathe Meatloaf, but I, for years, put poor old Alice Cooper in the same kitty. Big mistake. Sorry Alice. You really aren't Black Sabbath Lite. In fact, "Billion Dollar Babies" kicks so much ass my butt now faces the front of my body. Sorry Alice. How was I to know?

WOY had an Alice Cooper poster when we were kids. I ruined it by sticking chewed up bubble gum to Alice's eyes. I'm sorry too Alice.

Falls City Beer
07-19-2005, 05:47 PM
WOY had an Alice Cooper poster when we were kids. I ruined it by sticking chewed up bubble gum to Alice's eyes. I'm sorry too Alice.

That's hilarious. Did you two grow up together? I thought you only knew one another from Portland.

pedro
07-19-2005, 05:49 PM
That's hilarious. Did you two grow up together? I thought you only knew one another from Portland.

He's my brother.

creek14
07-19-2005, 05:51 PM
He's my brother.
And who was the first one to figure that out? Hmmmm, hmmmmm? Yep, the intel chick. :cool:

Now excuse me while I go get a sling for my arm. I seem to have injured it patting myself on the back.

Red Leader
07-19-2005, 05:51 PM
in that case, i think you'd like Dope and Murderdolls and Zeromancer...and a few Ministry songs.

do you like Rob Zombie/White Zombie?

Yes, I like some stuff by Rob/White Zombie.

I've heard a few Ministry songs (the ones that were played on Beavis and Butthead) and liked them....

Falls City Beer
07-19-2005, 05:51 PM
He's my brother.

Well, count me among the dunderheads and call me dipstick.... :redface:

pedro
07-19-2005, 05:55 PM
And who was the first one to figure that out? Hmmmm, hmmmmm? Yep, the intel chick. :cool:

Now excuse me while I go get a sling for my arm. I seem to have injured it patting myself on the back.

Yeah,and to think I thought you for one would be a little more sensitive about outing someone who is undercover. ;)

dman
07-19-2005, 06:35 PM
Switchfoot

Ravenlord
07-19-2005, 09:04 PM
Yes, I like some stuff by Rob/White Zombie.

I've heard a few Ministry songs (the ones that were played on Beavis and Butthead) and liked them....yeah, you should definetly check out Dope and Zeromancer then. Dope is a more musically active version of Rob, and Zeromancer is a hard rock (rather than metal) version of White Zombie.

Cedric
07-19-2005, 10:46 PM
Joy Division/New Order is some of the best music I've ever heard. I'd have to say I was surprised that I liked Bright Eyes as much as I do, just because I usually think major hype is usually just that, hype. But the guy can do it.