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Bands/Artists That You Cannot Live Without

Post by The Dr » Mon Apr 14, 2014 6:22 pm

in response to the sacred cows i was wondering what bands stand up so much that you always go back to them (hats off to angelsighs) as a form of comfort 'yes there's bad music, i had a bad day etc but i still have .... to listen to'


dylan
leonard cohen
the velvets/lou reed solo

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Re: bands that you cannot livw without

Post by olan » Mon Apr 14, 2014 7:38 pm

The Durutti Column
The Spacemen 3
The Heads

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Re: bands that you cannot livw without

Post by sunray » Mon Apr 14, 2014 8:20 pm

The Jesus and Mary Chain
Spacemen 3
Early Spiritualized / 'Soul Kiss'
Velvet Underground

I rarely listen to any of them these days but when I do they still kick the shit out of everything else.
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Re: bands that you cannot livw without

Post by mojo filters » Mon Apr 14, 2014 8:53 pm

Good idea! For me it's:

The Smiths
Belle & Sebastian
Spiritualized
Simon & Garfunkel
Paul Simon
The Beatles
Bob Dylan
The Who
The Jam
edited to add:Love - "Forever Changes", "Your Mind and Me/Laughing Stock" & "August" (1st track from "Four Sail")


All have brought comfort to me in difficult times, and continue to do so. At the moment when I fall back on familiar music, having had any rough period - my default listening is:

Any Simon & Garfunkel, early or live Paul Simon, and also the Graceland period.

Belle & Sebastian - mostly good quality live boots, plus the Push Barman To Open Old Wounds compilation.

And if I feel particularly angry or enraged - anything by The Smiths usually placates my mood, though in all my years interpreting and writing about music - I've singularly failed to satisfactorily put the reasons why into words.

When I'm under the influence of whatever recreation(s) takes my fancy (or was available and cheap) - I think there is no better tonic than Spiritualized or Spectrum studio material.

When I want to relive great memories, as well as effectively stimulate my senses - I usually choose either the fantastic live boot of Spiritualized from the amazing RAH gig in 2011, or for more mellow occasions - I prefer one of the really good quality Acoustic Mainlines gigs - especially the 1st night Union Chapel, which was both the the best and last Acoustic Mainlines concert of all I experienced - though every one of those gigs was both a life-changing and life-affirming experience!
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Re: bands that you cannot livw without

Post by shalloboi » Mon Apr 14, 2014 11:32 pm

for me i'll try and limit it to five-

the cure
my bloody valentine
spiritualized
spacemen 3
cocteau twins

trying to stick to bands i've been listening to longer than 10 years.

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Re: bands that you cannot livw without

Post by jack white » Tue Apr 15, 2014 1:37 am

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Re: bands that you cannot livw without

Post by angelsighs » Tue Apr 15, 2014 7:52 am

combination here of bands I reach for when I'm anxious/down, and bands that have stood the test of time and I don't think I will ever get bored by.

Spiritualized (obviously)
The Verve
Explosions in The Sky
Durutti Column
Yo La Tengo
Bob Dylan

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Re: bands that you cannot livw without

Post by Dreamweapon » Tue Apr 15, 2014 8:29 am

Could go into a seriously long list here, but one band certainly springs to mind - I;'ve mentioned them before in other threads, but I still really rate Lowlife (the band that ex COcteau Twin Will Heggie was in, not the Welsh band or the more metal one!).

Early Spz too, Bunnymen, Cocteau Twins.....

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Re: bands that you cannot livw without

Post by Laz69 » Tue Apr 15, 2014 9:11 am

Spiritualized
Spectrum
Spacemen 3
Boo Radleys
Lift To Experience
Led Zeppelin
Pink Floyd
Bardo Pond
The Heads
The Asteroid No4
Rory Gallagher
BMX Bandits
Teenage Fanclub...

...and sooo many others! I would feel a large part of me would be missing if i didn't have the luxury of being able to listen to any of the great music i have discovered over the last 25 years. Every album i have heard or owned has been sought out, tracked down, held in admiration and listened to with love. Yeah, there are plenty that i would turn to only on occasion, and maybe more than a handful that i listen to on an almost weekly basis, but i know that putting any one of them on will start a journey of remembrance and nostalgia that will take me right back to where i first heard it or found it - be it in a dusty, old record shop or when something has dropped through the door from the internet.

Apart from unconditional love, i think its possibly the great feeling in the world! :D

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Re: bands that you cannot livw without

Post by mc » Tue Apr 15, 2014 10:04 am

Of all the music I own and adore, the five bands/artists I couldn't live without are:

R.E.M.
Spiritualized
Eels
Lou Reed
Bruce Springsteen

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Re: bands that you cannot livw without

Post by runcible » Tue Apr 15, 2014 12:15 pm

This list would be enormous if I chose everything that's really important. I mean - how do you include an artist like Lee Perry when he doesn't actually play much - if anything - on many of his greatest works...? Or bands like the Ruts, Opal or Sex Pistols who only actually made one record?

But for the mean time a fairly obvious selection.

Spacemen 3, Spiritualized, Spectrum
Talking Heads - 1977-80
Beatles
Led Zeppelin
Rolling Stones 1965-72
The Heads
The Grateful Dead 1970-77
The Black Crowes
The Damned
Plasticland

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Re: bands that you cannot livw without

Post by KingHarry » Tue Apr 15, 2014 8:39 pm

The Holy Trinity

The Fall
Spacemen 3 / Spectrum
Brian Jonestown Massacre

Good shout for Talking Heads.
Plus Bowie.

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Re: bands that you cannot livw without

Post by Stonedutch » Tue Apr 15, 2014 9:25 pm

Off the top of my head...
If I was sent to a desert island, and had only 11 seconds to choose 11 bands to listen to forever:

Dylan
The Beatles
The Clash
The Stones
Bob Marley
Pink Floyd
Howlin' Wolf
Spiritualized
Jimi Hendrix
Dead Kennedys
Led Zeppelin
Neil Young
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Re: bands that you cannot livw without

Post by Bull Lee » Tue Apr 15, 2014 9:48 pm

Spacemen 3, Spiritualized and Spectrum (obviously)
Pink Floyd
The Grateful Dead 66-77
Hawkwind
John Coltrane
Miles Davis

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Re: bands that you cannot livw without

Post by PopeJez » Tue Apr 15, 2014 10:07 pm

Spiritualized
Talking Heads
The The
Massive Attack
The Jesus & Mary Chain
Orbital
New Order
The Cure
Tricky

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Re: Bands/Artists That You Cannot Live Without

Post by James T » Tue Apr 15, 2014 11:24 pm

Leonard Cohen

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Re: Bands/Artists That You Cannot Live Without

Post by semisynthetic » Wed Apr 16, 2014 1:40 am

There is a Great Box Set of 10 LPs called "SOUNDS", sold as "the music you would take to a desert island", released on German Polydor, c. 1981. A Wonderful Box set, very well done; very heavy slipbox construction with a protectant material I have seen ONLY on German Polydor, (such as the 12 + 1 (12" single) Box Set of Hendrix from 1980, among others.

But after all this time, and the energy I have spent, I cannot see a single recording sliced away from my collection; it would seem, well, incomplete. Plus, there are those pieces I have not even obtained yet!


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