Friday, February 26, 2010

Music, You're Still My BFF Part I

The other day, I stumbled upon this sarcastic bastard's blog called I Hate All Your Favorite Bands. I couldn't help but burst out laughing. Why? Because I too hate not only your favorite bands, but most of your favorite everything. From movies, music, food to fashion. I hate most everything. 

Yes, I hate what everyone in the world loves as you may have figured out by reading my blogs. All sports, including the Olympics bore me, not a fan of most "cool" foods such as Thai, Indian, sushi, seafood, the list goes on. I hate Uggs, Crocs, Coach bags and basically all overpriced fashions except for Fred Perry and Ben Sherman - those items are cool because my fave bands back in the day said it so.

Anyway, you name it, I most likely detest it. As for music, I loathe soooo many performers which surely include all your faves from Lady Gaga to Pink to Taylor Swift to John Mayer to DMB to Jovi. This however goes hand-in-hand. In other words, you most likely hate or better yet, have never heard of some of my favorite bands like Built to Spill, Elliott Smith, Rival Schools, Go Sailor and Dressy Bessy and more.   

But don't feel bad, I even despise bands which I should actually love because they crossover into my genre of bands. Like I struggle with the fact that I can't stand Dropkick Murphys and Social Distortion. I think The Ramones, The Police and U2 are totally overrated and I know they are like gods to the kids I hung out with at alternative music clubs and shows. 

Anyway, I've decide to compile a list of my music throughout my years.

1972-1975: Mom and Dad's records included played The Beatles, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Bread, Yes, Carly Simon, Cat Stevens and many more

1976: I adored The Beach Boys and for some reason thought my father was a member, yet also thought my Dad was secretly The Fonz.  I think I mentioned that here.

1977-1978: Disco inferno! Dad loved the Saturday Night Fever album. My older relatives all have this same memory of my little brother (sadly, he turned to metal in his later years) standing on the table dancing to a Taste of Honey's "Boogie Oogie Oogie" -- I swear if he played that for his toddler today, no doubt he'd "get down and boogie, oogie, oogie" as well.  My aunt influenced my musical tastes a lot that year. Bay City Rollers, Elton John, David Soul and lots of disco! More about that here.

1979-1980:  Early Michael Jackson, Rod Stewart, Eagles, Billy Joel, Earth Wind & Fire and Dad loved Jimmy Buffett. 

1980-1982: Pat Benetar, Olivia Netwon-John, Christopher Cross, Michael Jackson, Rick Springfield, Hall & Oates, Sheena Easton, Kool & The Gang, Air Supply, REO Speedwagon, Neil Diamond, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton (I loved the song "9 to 5"), Soft Cell, John Cougar, Human League, Motels, Jackson Browne, Men At Work, Go-Go's, Journey and Police- though I don't like them or Sting as an adult.

1983-1984:  Same as above, but now including: Culture Club, Duran Duran, Prince, Musical Youth, Bryan Adams, Van Halen (can't believe I loved these guys and still like this album!), Stray Cats, The Kinks, Howard Jones and sooo many more ... loved Madonna until 1986.

1985-1986: Same as above, but now including: THE MONKEES were my life at around this time (see more posts here), Beatles, Wham! (will always love 'em!), Tears For Fears (still awesome!), Chaka Kahn, Huey Lewis & The News, New Edition, Bruce Springsteen (so not a fan today), Pointer Sisters, Simple Minds and so much more!
1987-1988: Goodbye Madonna, hello Depeche Mode! By high school, my taste began to take shape as to what I like today. Don't get me wrong! To this day, I'm not opposed to listening to any of the above unless otherwise indicated. During my teens and college years, however, I would have never given them a fighting chance.  

Though still hanging on to my Monkees childhood dreams in early '87, I was soon all about WLIR -- Long Island's world famous new wave radio station, also known as WDRE depending on the year ... I loved The Smiths and Morrissey, New Order, OMD, Violent Femmes, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Cure, REM, Erasure, Yaz, XTC, APB, The Alarm, Big Audio Dynamite, PiL, Squeeze, Sex Pistols and Dead Kennedys (for some reason, I now hate the last three bands today).

1989 - 1991: Same as above, but now including: The Pixies (of course), EMF, Jane's Addiction, Ned's Atomic Dustbin (loved these guys!) Elvis Costello, Jesus and Mary Chain, Lightening Seeds, The Ocean Blue (these guys from PA are heavenly! At 16, I begged a LI bar/club-007 for entry to their 21 and over show. Even with my dad as an escort, they said no. I cried. If I was a sitcom character, I would have gotten fake ID), Front 242, Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Lush, The Sugarcubes, Charlatans UK, Stone Roses, Nirvana, Screaming Trees, Nitzer Ebb and the list goes on and on and I still love these groups today!

OK, kids, I'm stopping here and will pick up tomorrow. I think I forgot how old I am, this is taking way too much time.

PS Don't forget to check out my other fave guy bloggers: 
Daily Dose of Reality   
Not Worth Mentioning 
The Non-Review
Totally not like my blogs, but in a better way.


Kip said...

OK, so I DON'T hate all your favorite bands. But don't tell anyone, ok?

Also, I LOVE Ned's Atomic Dustbin. I saw them live at a really terrible music festival in Reno in the early 90's. The lineup was shit, but Ned's and Catherine Wheel played, and made it all worthwhile.

Thanks for the shoutout.

scrambledgreggs said...

thansk for reminding me about my teenage years!

Copyboy said...

Big fan of the Monkees reunion hit –
That Was Then...This is Now.

TS Hendrik said...

Thanks for the shout out. I've always tended to eschew pop music myself. I like quite a few of the ones you mentioned. Music is also my BFF... with benefits.

Yeah no, I have no idea what that means.

California Keys said...

There are a lot of great bands on this list! I'm going to spend a little time checking out some of the ones I've never heard of....

Pandorah's Box said...

I completely and thoroughly enjoy all your lists. I love a lot of the same bands you do!

And having your own musical style and not following the trends? My favourite kind of person. You are INTERESTING.

xoxo said...

Davey Jones was such a cutie, wasn't he? You listed some great musicians there. I hate (or have no familiarity with) most of the rest too.


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