Sat. Jul 13th, 2024

My Favourite Things: Music (part one, Bands and Artists)

What follows is two lists that outline my favourite musical groups and solo artists. I’ve thought about this a lot, and I dare say it’s still not perfect, not definitive. And anyway, it’s still a work in progress as I’m always discovering new or old bands and artists. I think of these as my main sequence music favourites, after the scientific definition of main sequence star systems. Genres are mentioned, though I’m not sure if all the categories match up with the artists (ie, were Australian Crawl a rock band or a pop band?). I’ve highlighted my most important bands and artists in red. These lists give a good indication of where my musical interests have fallen over the years. Obviously, my interests have scaled down considerably over the last few years. These days my main focus is on Kpop, especially a fabulous group I love to death called Twice (see above). It’s been quite a journey!

Main Sequence Groups

 

Pop

Rock

Hard Rock

Indie/Alternative

50s

Everly Brothers

Doo Wop Groups

   

60s

the Beach Boys

Girl Groups

the Hollies

Manfred Mann

the Bee Gees

the Zombies

Bubblegum

the Monkees

The Association

the Lovin’ Spoonful

Simon & Garfunkel

the Beatles

the Kinks

the Rolling Stones

the Who

the Byrds

the Small Faces

the Easybeats

Buffalo Springfield

the Doors

the Moody Blues

Creedence Clearwater Revival

CSN

the Guess Who

the Band

Jethro Tull

Badfinger

the Flying Burrito Brothers

the Yardbirds

Cream

Psychedelic

Hendrix Experience

Santana

Led Zeppelin

Steppenwolf

Prog

Pink Floyd

Genesis

Yes

King Crimson

The Master’s Apprentices

Fleetwood Mac (1)

Love

Velvet Underground

MC5

Captain Beefheart

The Stooges

70s

the Carpenters

10cc

Sherbet

Little River Band

Wings

Abba

ELO

the B52’s

Disco

Earth, Wind &Fire

The Sports

Steely Dan

Roxy Music

The Sweet

Daddy Cool

Little Feat

Big Star

The Dingoes

Skyhooks

Steve Miller Band

The Doobie Brothers

Ozark Mountain Daredevils

Atlanta Rhythm Section

the Eagles

Fleetwood Mac (2)

America

Stars

New Wave

the Jam

Ultravox

XTC

Foreigner

Jo Jo Zep

the Cars

Cheap Trick

Blondie

Dire Straits

the Police

the Pretenders

the Motels

REO Speedwagon

Black Sabbath

The Faces

Free

Aerosmith

Allman Brothers

Bad Company

Judas Priest

BTO

Hush

ZZ Top

the Runaways

Kiss

Queen

Boston

Meatloaf

Thin Lizzy

Punk

Sex Pistols

The Ramones

the Clash

AC/DC

Heart

Cold Chisel

The Modern Lovers

the Residents

Joy Division

Gang of Four

the Only Ones

Magazine

80s

Australian Crawl

Mental As Anything

New Romantics

Human League

OMD

Altered Images

Prefab Sprout

Quarterflash

the Go Betweens

Lloyde Cole and the Commotions

U2

Simple Minds

The Sunnyboys

The Numbers

Matt Finish

REM

Hoodoo Gurus

Mi Sex

the Go Go’s

the Bangles

the Church

the Smiths

the Triffids

Los Lobos

Midnight Oil

Divinyls

X (LA)

Motley Crue

Guns N Roses

The Pixies

Hard Ons

Doom Metal

The Obsessed

St Vitus

The Birthday Party

Yellow Magic Orchestra

The Cramps

Dream Syndicate

The Violent Femmes

Sonic Youth

Jesus and Mary Chain

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

10,000 Maniacs

The La’s

The Replacements

90s

Britpop

Blur

Pulp

Spice Girls

All Saints

TLC

Travis

The Sundays

The Stone Roses

Teenage Fanclub

Redd Kross

Manic Street Preachers

Buffalo Tom

The Posies

Belly

The Breeders

Radiohead

Oasis

Pavement

Placebo

Deadstar

the Verve

Grunge

Soundgarden

Nirvana

Pearl Jam

Smashing Pumpkins

Spirit Caravan

Fur

Cathedral

Driveby Truckers

Sheavy

Electric Wizard

You Am I

Magic Dirt

Powderfinger

Kyuss

Concrete Blonde

Def FX

The Hidden Hand

Died Pretty

Mazzy Star

Lush

Underground Lovers

the Clouds

Stereolab

Guided By Voices

Sleater Kinney

Portishead

Massive Attack

00s

Goldfrapp

The Bird and the Bee

The White Stripes

Coldplay

Kings of Leon

Within Temptation

Evanescence

Lacuna Coil

Fleet Foxes

Deap Vally

Camera Obscura

Deerhoof

The Shimmys

The Jacknives

10s

Kpop

BTS

Twice

Blackpink

Jpop

Perfume

Deep Sea Arcade

Howling Bells

 

Camp Cope

20s

Aespa

Nmixx

Newjeans

Misamo

   

Main Sequence Solo Artists

 

Pop/Soul

Rock

Country/Folk

Indie/Alternative

50s

Frank Sinatra

Elvis Presley

Chuck Berry

Little Richard

Doris Day

Rick Nelson

 

Bob Wills

Hank Williams

Johnny Cash

Wanda Jackson

 

60s

Gene Pitney

Roy Orbison

Del Shannon

Esquivel

Dusty Springfield

Shirley Bassey

Nancy Sinatra

Francoise Hardy

Serge Gainsbourg

Stevie Wonder

Aretha Franklin

Curtis Mayfield

Bob Dylan

Neil Young

Joni Mitchell

Joe South

Gene Clark

George Jones

Merle Haggard

Gordon Lightfoot

Nick Drake

Leonard Cohen

Tammy Wynette

Loretta Lynn

Freddy Fender

 

70s

Neil Diamond

Carly Simon

James Taylor

Cat Stevens

Kate Bush

Judie Tzuke

Bryan Ferry

Billy Joel

Elton John

Van Morrison

Don McLean

Leo Sayer

Gerry Rafferty

Paul Simon

Donna Summer

Olivia Newton John

Linda Ronstadt

Nicolette Larson

Roberta Flack

Ray Thomas

Paul McCartney

John Lennon

George Harrison

David Bowie

Bruce Springsteen

Suzi Quatro

Tom Waits

Rod Stewart

Elvis Costello

Eric Clapton

John Fogerty

Peter Gabriel

Rick Wakeman

Justin Hayward

Bob Seger

Bob Marley

Patti Smith

Lou Reed

Dave Davies

Steve Forbert

Warren Zevon

Emmylou Harris

Gram Parsons

Ralph McTell

JJ Cale

Bobbie Gentry

Sandy Denny

Jonathan Richman

Michael Pinder

Brian Eno

80s

Suzanne Vega

Tracy Chapman

Brian Wilson

Joe Jackson

Ian Dury

Rachel Sweet

Pat Benatar

Broderick Smith

Lene Lovich

Paul Kelly

  

90s

Aimee Mann

Neneh Cherry

Robert Forster

Tori Amos

Susanna Hoffs

Frank Black

Ray Davies

Lucinda Williams

Lisa Miller

Elliott Smith

Nick Cave

Fabienne Delsol

00s

Amy Winehouse

Wino

Lanie Lane

Jolie Holland

10s

Taeyeon

Jack White

Kasey Musgraves

 

20s

Nayeon

Jihyo

   

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