Re: Your Twenty Favorite Artists
I've had a really hard time with this one. My tastes have changed so much over the last 25 years. But, here is my feeble list (in no particular order):
1) The Who: Their energy, creativity, and sense of humor are endlessly entertaining
2) Kraftwerk: Simple, elegant, melodious. Even their relatively recent Tour De France soundtrack is great.
3) Elvis Costello: I love every period of his career, even the Burt Bacharach part where he was trying to write the perfect Bond song.
4) Kanye: His beats are simply the best. Flashing Lights makes me instantly smile. He might also be one of the most honest artists I've ever listened to. In one song, he will present and glorify his arrogance and in the next song he will tell you how it is his greatest weakness.
5) Beck: I'm a sonic guy, not a lyrics guy (generally speaking). Beck is built for me. I really love Sea Changes, his super sad and beautiful breakup album.
6) The Chemical Brothers: I'm a sucker for that stuff.
7) Peter Gabriel: Someone mentioned the Last Temptation of Christ Soundtrack. A work of art.
8) Radiohead: They've got 4 or 5 albums I can play from start to finish, and that is hard to beat in this era.
9) Stevie Wonder: My dad claims that if he could only have one human being sing one song, it would be Art Garfunkel. I would pick Stevie (or Eddie Murphy's version of Stevie).
10) Wilco: I love both their more and their less ambitious stuff.
11) Air: French, Electronic, Might be responsible for Auto-tune...But, they are still wonderful.
12) A Tribe Called Quest: Way fun.
13) The Arcade Fire: Their energy is outstanding and they have 2 or 3 songs on every album that I adore.
14) The Beatles: They've got it all.
15) Bjork: The manic Icelandic lady.
16) Cut Copy: It's like the best remix of 80's New Wave possible.
17) Chopin: I have no musical talent, but if I would learn to play anything, I would want it to be his works.
18) Nick Drake: He only made three albums, but they are beautifully haunting.
19/20) Pearl Jam/Smashing Pumpkins: I'm putting them together and at the end because they both had a great impact on me when I was younger but I have lost almost all interest in either of them. Pearl Jam has almost become unlistenable to me. Maybe it is because I associate them with a younger version of myself that I don't like to delve into or maybe it is Eddie's mumbly voice. The Pumpkins have aged better for me, but not by much.
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