Listing of a Musical Nature

Having just finished Perfect From Now On, I am inspired to list.

Guitarists Whose Style I Wished to Imitate  and Combine to Create My Own Original Style When I Had Dreams of Rock (circa 1990)

  • The Edge (U2)
  • Johnny Marr (The Smiths, the The, etc.)
  • Bryan Harvey (House of Freaks)
  • Kenny Withrow (Edie Brickell & New Bohemians)
  • Peter Buck (pre-Green R.E.M.) 

Bands Who Folks with Otherwise Great Taste in Music Rave About That I Have Never Truly Liked

  • Radiohead – Please spare me anymore comments on the genius of this band; it all sounds like insincere, self-indulgent experimentation to me.
  • The Beatles –  I have tried and tried but  so much of their catalog is just silly.  I hear the argument that they laid the foundation for what we listen to today, which may be unfortunate.  I would rather listen to the music that owes debts to Johnny Cash and Buddy Holly than John and Paul.
  • Nirvana – Their music is far too derivative.  They owe their success to those who came before and David Geffen’s money and marketing savvy.
  • Belle & Sebastian – I challenge anyone to find a group who has more consistently produced boring and uninteresting music.
  • Led Zeppelin – If we’re talking about the fathers of hard rock, the names we should be discussing are Roger, Paul, John, and Keith not Robert, Jimmy, John Paul, and John.

Greatest Power Trios

  • Husker Du
  • Rush
  • Yo La Tengo
  • The Minutemen
  • The Police

Luckiest People in the History of Modern Music

  • Adam Clayton (U2)
  • Ringo Starr (The Beatles)
  • Meg White (The White Stripes)
  • Art Garfunkel  (At least until 1970)

That’s all for now, but the listing impulse will surely return.

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