Band Lists

I’ve been looking for Max’s list of the bands he hated and I finally found it. He sent it in a comment to a post I’d written about stuff I love. How Maxlike of him!   Here’s his comment with the list:

Getting back to hatred for a minute, i coincidentally just compiled my own list of classic rock bands I hate. Before making this list, I thought of myself as a classic rock lover (Beatles, Stones, Dylan, Love, Doors, Velvets, Beach Boys, David Bowie, Neil Young, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, etc.) But now I am not so sure. I wouldn’t mind if the work of these “artists” was erased from existence:

grateful dead
the who
the eagles / don henley
steeley dan
santana
jethro tull
king crimson
billy joel
sting
U2
Rush
Chicago
America
Kansas
Journey
Aerosmith
bob segar
steve miller
tom petty
alice cooper
frank zappa
supertramp
styx
eric clapton
ELO
earth wind and fire
blood sweat and tears
bad company
iron butterfly
robert palmer
deep purple
doobie brothers
crosby stills & nash
grand funk railroad
the guess who
mountain
thin lizzy (except “whiskey in the jar”)
allman brothers
lynard skynard
peter frampton
the cult
steppenwolf
heart
Emerson Lake & Palmer
zz top
ted nugent
bon jovi
humble pie
hot tuna
ten years after
j geils band
little feat
robin trower
badfinger
genesis / phil collins / peter gabriel
yes
tower of power
nrbq
three dog night
john cougar mellencamp
spirit
brian adams
acdc
sweet
carole king
leon russell
carly simon
sugarloaf
meatloaf
jimmy buffett
wings

A great list I think, very exhaustive. I’m on board with all of them. But as I read the list with a friend, I realized a glaring omission: What about Kiss?!?!?!?!?!   Is it because he didn’t consider them a classic rock band but more Metal??   I think it’s just an oversight that would make him smack his head in dismay.   The first question I’ll ask him when we meet among the stars out in the cosmos will be: “What about Kiss?!”

I love lists and Max did too.   My husband won’t have anything to do with lists.   It’s the one thing I would change about him.

I hate so many bands whose names I don’t know that I’ve stopped listening to the radio.   I hate the Strokes, for example. I hate every female singer/songwriter who sounds like Dido, so I just call them all Dido. I hate all music with that auto tune thing. I hate every new band I see on the David Letterman show. I hate bands with frantic overactive  front-men, or guitar players with funny hats.   I hate that guy Bruno Mars. I hate whatshername, the one whose boyfriend punched her in the face.

But I’m going to list my  all-time  favorite records and then I expect you to do the same.

Astral Weeks – Van Morrison
Forever Changes – Love
The Band – The Band
Burt Jansch – Burt Jansch
Grievous Angel – Gram Parsons

After these five, it would be too hard to choose.   I’d have to do a Top 50 and who needs that?

Okay, your turn.

84 Responses to “Band Lists”

  1. Penny Dreadful Vintage Says:

    I don’t agree with all of them for myself, but Max’s list still makes me laugh. I don’t think I could ever limit myself even to five top albums, but I love each of these (I made it a bakers five).

    Blue – Joni Mitchell
    Number of the Beast – Iron Maiden
    After the Goldrush – Neil Young
    Get Born – JET
    The Kick Inside – Kate Bush
    Years of Refusal – Morrissey

  2. skye Says:

    This my list , but the caveat is that the list doesn’t really exist, because I can never make my mind up about these sorts of things. I change my list depending on my mood of the moment. The one constant for the last twenty years is this one:

    Blue Lines – Massive Attack

  3. Ro Says:

    Sister, like u it is hard to pick just five. Skye my preferences also shift according to mood or circumstance. I am confident the following would remain in my top ten rain or shine.
    In no particular order
    Neil Young – Harvest Moon
    Tom Waits- Rain Dogs
    Janis Joplin- Pearl
    Nick Cave and the Bad Seed-Henry’s Dream
    Captain Beefheart- Safe as milk
    A very big nod of approval goes to your Gram Parsons inclusion, Grievous Angel very nearly made this list.

  4. Roz Says:

    Hated bands? I’m not sure – but I stend to stay clear of manufactored modern pop.
    But for me, one of the most beautiful songs is ‘Gabriel’ by Lamb – it manages to capture the beauty and sadness of life in its entirety. Beth Jeans Houghton has created some wonderful songs too. Oh and I find Kate Bush’s ‘Ariel’ album stunning.

  5. RedHeadFashionista Says:

    Controversial!
    China Doll – Julian Cope is up there in my tops, but since I’m currently mainlining The Lonely Island to cheer me up at work I can’t think!
    I’ll be back.
    PS Roz, yes. Kate Bush is the boss. Are we excited about Stevie Nick’s new album?

  6. RedHeadFashionista Says:

    And sadly, I frickin’ love Peter Gabriel and Genesis. I’ll leave now.

  7. annemarie Says:

    Pixies- Doolittle
    Neil Young- after the goldrush
    Bjork- Homogenic
    My bloody valentine- loveless
    The cure- disintegration
    Kate bush- hounds of love

    I like lots of newer music too, but these are ones are special because they have nostalgia mixed in.

    I HATE fucking Mumford and Sons and Coldplay. The world would be better off without them.

    I agree with Max’s list, except I have secret loyalty and love for U2. I’m sorry! But New Years Day? One of the greatest songs ever. And I love goofy Bono. He’s a good person.

  8. Marlena Says:

    I also love lists, so much so that I’m doing this blog meme thingy that’s all lists for ten days, but I have a really hard time choosing favorites. So without overthinking it:

    No Control – Bad Religion
    Rites of Passage – Indigo Girls
    Guilty as Charged – Cock Sparrer
    The Grass is Blue – Dolly Parton
    Pussy Whipped – Bikini Kill

  9. Dexter VanDango Says:

    I agree with 93% of Max’s list.. but The Who? ..especially before they tried our patience with Tommy? They made half a hundred great pop songs.. and Santana? Seriously? The first 4 albums are unique and worthy of worship. As for the Allman Brothers, you don’t need to listen to their 40 minute jams, the rest of their stuff is magnificent. But I agree that the Dead are the most over-rated band in history and a snooze. Long Live Arthur Lee.. and Bert’s Black Water Side is sheer magic.

  10. Mr. San Pedro Says:

    A couple of notes before we elect the new pope. “Records” and “Albums” are outdated concepts. Kind of like when a young(er) person says can I see your photos, they don’t expect the other person to open a drawer and pull out a big square book that looks like it’s used for scrapbooking. Also there was a golden age of albums (probably 60′s though 80′s 90′s) and due to delivery systems (45′s, 78′s, digital downloads, etc.) and genres many a great artist didn’t make their music with the album in mind. For example some great Motown artists had some great singles that ended up on albums with a lot of filler until Stevie and Marvin (What’s Goin’ On) started to conceive their ideas in album form. As has been mentioned, it kind of depends on the mood, and where do you stop…

    Pet Sounds-Beach Boys
    The Doors S/T
    Midnight Blue-Kenny Burrell
    Aja-Steely Dan
    Bring It All Back Home-Bob Dylan

  11. liz Says:

    My sister and I are list crazy as well. I like a lot of cheesy bands, and I don’t mind admitting that. I also could listen to Alice’s restaurant by Arlo Gunthrie (which isn’t even really music) for hours.

    I like: Fever Ray and such

    I don’t like: the radio

    Also agree with most of Max’s list, but probably could find one song from each band that I don’t mind. But just one.

  12. Siobhan Says:

    That list is amazing! Though I would disagree with a few of them (I fucking love The Who!!)

    & do you know how happy I am that one of your all time fave records is The Band’s “The Band”?! I love them to just an unhealthy degree. I got the biography written by Levon Helm and it’s hilarious, particularly the stuff about the days when they toured with Ronnie Hawkins.

    So here are some of my favourites, in no special order:

    Against Me! – As the Eternal Cowboy
    The Band – The Band
    Bruce Springsteen – Nebraska
    Elvis Costello & the Attractions – Get Happy!
    The Smiths – The Queen is Dead

    I could write you a list the size of Wales of bands I hate, but I think this band (and this song especially) is the crowning turd of that particular shit heap ->
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTdBVXE7gGI – watch the video and tell me you don’t want to gouge your own eyes out at the horror. This plays at work almost EVERY DAY.

  13. Dru Says:

    Do soundtracks count as records, if they were specially composed for a TV show/movie?

  14. Cat Says:

    Yay lists!
    My list in no particular order–and 5 is too short for me:
    Devo: Freedom of Choice
    Eurythmics: 1984
    Kraftwerk: Any
    Stones: Aftermath
    The Jam: This is the Modern World
    Miles Davis: Kinda Blue
    Coltrane: Blue Train
    Dum Dum Girls: I Will Be
    Foals: Antidotes
    Anything by Lowfish

    If the list were longer it might include Devendra Banhardt, Donovan, Underground Resistance, The Liars, Broadcast and Camera Obscura.

  15. Roz Says:

    RedHeadFashionista – I do love Kate Bush’s music. Listened to ‘Hounds of Love’ pretty much on repeat while I was recovering from surgery, and then went on to ‘The Kick Inside’. Afraid I don’t listen to Stevie Nicks, but I just looked up her soon to be released album. Any song called ‘Wide Saragasso Sea’ gets a thumbs up from me.

  16. DCD Says:

    I chuckled when I read about your first question to Max. I can almost hear you! (Even though I’ve never met you.)

    I hate the girl who got busted in the face too. It seems like she’s in every song on the radio and they all sound exactly the same. Terrible!

  17. Ann Says:

    Ohhhh. This post makes me happy. Thank you for the time travel back to the earlier post in March 2010. I love lists too and Max’s list is very comprehensive. I have to believe he felt KISS was metal and not classic rock. Please somehow find a way to let me know when you find out.

    Below please find 5 of my favorite albums, in no particular order. There are so many more, but these are the first 5 that came to mind.

    Dave Matthews Band – Before These Crowded Streets
    Gorillaz – Demon Days
    Alice in Chains – Jar of Flies
    The Who – Quadrophenia (Sorry, SW and Max)
    Bela Fleck & Edgar Meyer – Music for Two

    Van Morrison’s Astral is certainly among my top 10. And for the record, Steely Dan is the worst band of all time.

  18. patni Says:

    Sam Cooke Life at the Harlem Square Club
    Amancio D’Silva Integration
    Legalize it Peter Tosh
    Inflammable Material Stiff Little Fingers

  19. honeypants Says:

    Lists give me panic attacks. I like the idea of them, but then I start them and it’s not long before I feel the elephant settling down on my chest. As it is, Bowie needs to be on my list. But I couldn’t even choose my top 5 Bowie albums, let alone 1! I can’t even do top 5 artists. Though I could do two. Davids both, Bowie and Sylvian. Let’s just leave it at that.

    I will agree that KISS was definitely a huge thing to leave out, but maybe he was thinking it was SO obvious, it didn’t even need to be mentioned?

    Sorry to say though, I can’t agree with everything on his list – there’s some Peter Gabriel I absolutely love. Actually, there are some songs by several of those bands that I really love. And I hope you can forgive me, but I cannot stand the Band! (I’m sorry!)

  20. Patricia Says:

    Hahaha! I’ve been to at least 10 concerts of the bands in his list in the last 3 years…I guess that’s what happens when the bands just decide to tour South America 20 years after their biggest success.
    Greetings from the 3rd. World :D!

  21. Tricia Says:

    I can’t decide on the other three right now, but I’d definitely have Forever Changes and Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On in my top 5.
    First thing I thought as I read through Max’s list was, if these bands were erased from existence, what will strippers dance to? Then: I’m going to miss ZZTop.

  22. Girl Can't Talk Says:

    Ah Sister Wolf, I don’t know why but I never would have imagined you being a fan of Love. I don’t even know that many people who know Love. Maybe bigger in the states than in the UK? That album is so great! Have “loved” it for years.

    Joni Mitchell – Blue (Top album of everness for me)
    Neil Young – Harvest Moon
    Rolling Stones – Aftermath
    The Knife – Deep Cuts
    Pulp – Different Class

    These are the only ones I can truly commit to, Leonard Cohen, The Smiths and Kraftwerk should feature in there somewhere but I can’t commit to a particular album.

    I love lists. There’s nothing quite as sickening as people who don’t have a strong enough opinion on anything to compile a list about it. Along with love/hate/top ten lists I’m quite partial to a long to-do list. My guilty secret is that I love lists so much that sometimes I write lists and include stuff that I’ve done already just so that I can have that satisfaction of ticking them off and trying to convince myself that I’m organised. Yes I should get out more…

  23. maura Says:

    Favorites are easy…
    Echo and the Bunnymen “Ocean Rain”
    Siouxsie and the Banshees “Peepshow” (sentimental)
    Bob Mould “Workbook”
    Portishead “Live”
    White Stripes “White Blood Cells”
    Afghan Whigs “Gentlemen”
    NIN “The fragile”

    I loathe Tori Amos, Nickelback and anything described as “nu”

    And I feel I must defend Peter Gabriel and Genesis, and U2. But, variety packs are the spice racks of life!

  24. Sister Wolf Says:

    Maura – Workbook is great, it would be in my top 50 for sure. It makes me happy that Frank Black was a big fan of Husker Du.

    Girl Can’t Talk – Yes to Aftermath. It might be my favorite Stones album. And Leonard Cohen Songs from a Room might mae it into my top 10.

    Tricia – Hahahahahahahahahhahahaha! Can’t the stripper dance to Prince?

    Patricia – I’m glad you’re here to represent South America!

    Honeypants – Your devotion to David Bowie gives you a pass to hate the Band.

    Patni – We love Sam Cooke in our house.

  25. Sister Wolf Says:

    Ann – I love you even more today. Steely Dan is the worst. They should play it to torture Al Kaida or whoever they like to torture. How do they get their sound to be so uniquely and piercingly awful? Can we start a zine about hating them? This was my idea around 25 years ago but it’s not too late, right??

  26. Sister Wolf Says:

    Roz – I play Hounds of Love when I’m driving and early Stevie Knicks is a guilty pleasure.

    DCD – She looks like she’s rather be a prostitute than a singer and that’s fine with me.

    Cat- Wow! You area so jazzy and eclectic!

    Dru – I think they count, yep.

    Siobhan – Get Happy is in my top ten. And I once said “Hi!” to Rick Danko, which was very exciting. I will look at the video when I feel strong enough.

  27. Sister Wolf Says:

    Liz – My teenager just went to see Arlo Guthrie!

    Mr. San Pedro – Spoken like a man. Pet sounds would be my number 6. Or a tie with Grievous Angel. I love you so much. You are my pope.

    Dexter – I like plenty of Who songs. Max always felt they were a “B list band” for some reason.

    Marlena – I love Dolly Parton. I have a close friend who can sing Jolene with such feeling that it gives me chills.

    annemarie – PIXIES FOREVER. God bless them. And that Mumford band should die just for the name. Coldplay is a parody of itself, hate them in a big way.

  28. Sister Wolf Says:

    ReheadFashionista- Okay, come back when the drugs have worn off. xo

    RO – Big props for Safe as Milk! Harvest Moon, of course, a wonderful record. We just recently saw Neil Young reunited with Buffalo Springfield and he was awesome.

    Skye – I don’t even know Massive Attack. I thought it was a band for dancing when you’re on Ecstasy?

    PennyDreadfulVintage – Oh my god, Maiden. Max used to play them all the time when he was a young teen. I had a mad crush on Bruce Dickenson.

  29. Bevitron Says:

    Aw, Earth Wind & Fire? Well, specifically “September” – I learned how to skate backwards to that (and knock down everybody in the rink) and the Temptations’ “Power.” Since I was trained as a classical musician type and that & opera make up 80% of my listening, next being jazz (all types, eras), R&B, soul, classic Motown, etc., I’m way ignorant when it comes to current. Of what I know, I pretty much agree with Max’s list.

    Ancient: I was always a big Kinks fan – do they count?
    It’s great to see mention of Miles and Marvin Gaye and Sam Cooke (yodeling auto-tuned pop singers need to listen to his melisma, a lot) – my favorite SC album is “Nightbeat.” I always liked Kraftwerk too. And love Stevie Nicks.

    Great post, as usual, SW.

  30. My Friend's House Says:

    What a list! I wasted two thirds of my English A-Level exam in a kind of trance, trying to decide on my 8 Desert Island Discs.
    I tried to see what the unifying factor in Max’s list was, as they were each and every one such perfect and coherent choices* Without wishing to sound pretentious (too late!) I think of Dylan etc as genuine artists. I would say the people on Max’s list might think they’re making art, but they’re mistaken.

    My own list:
    Blue by Joni, of course
    Blood on The Tracks, Mr Bobby Dylan
    Pet Sounds, The Beach Boys
    Double Fantasy, John and Yoko (I realise I might be alone on this one)
    Paul SImon, Paul SImon

    *Sorry though, I love a bit of Carole King.

  31. Suspended Says:

    Oh my, I can’t believe you don’t know Massive Attack!!

    You must know this –
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWmrfgj0MZI

    or this?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7K72X4eo_s

    My Top 5

    Stevie Wonder – Songs in the Key of Life

    Kate Bush – Never For Ever (though, I love everything before, and including, The Hounds of Love.)

    Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On

    Goldfrapp – Felt Mountain

    Cocteau Twins – Victorialand

    The first 3 I’m certain of. My love for them is sincere and emotional. The last two I love with the same love as many other albums. But this is off the top of my head. I’m sure I’ll kick myself later.

    Right now I’m listening to Beth Gibbons (Portishead) & Rustin Man – Out of Season. It’s beautiful but I only ever play it from track 4 onwards. Not sure why.

    Yes!!! Sister, anything that can be deemed “Dido” should be pissed on and burnt for the sake of humanity.

  32. Audi Says:

    My respect for Max just went up a hundred fold when I saw that the top band on his list was the Grateful Dead. How I HATE THEM. I also hate all those horrible bands with the overly-emotional lead singers who sound like they’re straining to take a dump — Nickleback in particular might be the worst band of all time, tied with Creed. Just typing the names is making my teeth clench with rage.

    I’m not sure I can make a list. I’m a music fiend; I have an absurd amount of music on my iPod and my favorites change all the time. I know I often vehemently disagree with most of the selections on those Top 100 of All Time lists though; I mean really, after all this time it’s still the same fucking Bob Dylan record making #1? Those lists never change; it’s like music stopped being made after the 60′s, and even before then it was apparently only made in the US and England. I hate Bob Dylan too, by the way.

    I like that other commenters mentioned Bjork, The Knife, and Fever Ray. They might make my list, at least if I made it this week. My list would also include a lot of non-English language music like Seu Jorge, and Llasa de Sela, because I think most song lyrics are banal and it’s better if I can’t understand them.

  33. Jaimi Says:

    Hahaa, that list is wonderful. I love that he wrote it out.

    Yeaaaah Bert! I love him with the Pentangle especially. & Astral Weeks is a perfect album, as is Forever Changes.

    Doolittle by the Pixies blew my mind and turned me on to so much great music. It’s hard to think of favorite albums because there are definitely times for certain albums. Recently I’ve been playing More Fun in the New World by X over and over, as well as all three LPs by Fucked Up. Time Fades Away and Zuma by Neil Young are also particularly special to me. In On the Killtaker by Fugazi was amazing to find at 16 and I think I love it even more now. Double Nickles on the Dime by the Minutemen, Damaged by Black Flag, and Paganicons by Saccharine Trust are others. And then, more tuneful, I absolutely adore the Go-Betweens. Before Hollywood and Liberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express, especially. & The Smiths, too, but of course!

    My favorite song of all time has got to be “Golden brown” by the Stranglers. Hugh Cornwall’s such an ass but whatever, great musician.

  34. Dru Says:

    Ok, here goes, then, can some kind person please nuke the entire output of Dire Straits too, since I don’t see them on anyone’s shit list and I cannot stand them.

  35. Dru Says:

    As for what I love and need in my ears (five is too few!), here goes:

    Bear McCreary – Battlestar Galactica OST, Season 1-4 (that’s really four records, but they all feel like one monumental work, and I’m not just saying this because I loved the show)

    The Beatles – Abbey Road

    Ennio Morricone – For A Few Dollars More OST (the title track is the first ever piece of music I fell in love with, circa age 7 or so)

    Portishead – Dummy

    Oasis – Definitely Maybe

    Joe Hisaishi – Spirited Away OST

    Yann Tiersen РAm̩lie OST

    Wu-Tang Clan – Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)

    Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures

    Air – Talkie Walkie

    I have a large soft corner for soundtracks and scores, which doesn’t seem to be how normal people get into music (the OSTs for Kill Bill, Great Expectations and some other movies are off the list because they weren’t all-original compositions, even though I love them to bits).

    Though all this could also be because I seem to like music that doesn’t involve words, and rarely pay attention to lyrics, like a total philistine.

  36. thrift store lawyer Says:

    Agreed with all who love soundtracks. In no particular order:
    Prokofiev — score to Romeo & Juliet
    Carl Orff’s Schulwerk as used in Badlands/True Romance
    Aimee Mann — soundtrack to Magnolia
    Baz Luhrmann — soundtrack to Romeo + Juliet
    Baz Luhrmann — soundtrack to Moulin Rouge!

    Outside the soundtrack realm (more than 5, sorry):
    Portishead — Dummy
    Radiohead — OK Computer
    PJ Harvey — Dry
    The Pixies — Surfer Rosa
    The Riverboat Gamblers — To The Confusion of Our Enemies
    The Lawrence Arms — Oh, Calcutta!

    Based on the above, perhaps I just love the soundtrack to star-crossed love? And I’m clearly just another woman re-living her 1990s adolescence.

  37. Daniel Eaton Says:

    Sarah McLachlan – Fumbling Toward Ecstacy
    Oasis – (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?
    Sade – Lovers Rock
    Bob Marley – Songs of Freedom
    R.E.M. – Out of Time

    I wanted to put Madonna’s album “Ray of Light” on the list….but I know that would make me a bad person.

  38. misfitina Says:

    Suspended said:
    “Yes!!! Sister, anything that can be deemed “Dido” should be pissed on and burnt for the sake of humanity.”

    THIS :D

    And Jaimi- good call on Golden Brown. It is transcendental!

    (sorry to post twice on the thread- i am a music junkie)

  39. Ann Says:

    Seems we can all agree on “Golden Brown.” And how on earth did I leave out Neil Young’s Harvest Moon?!?! This post could go on for days.

  40. anna dc Says:

    I hate all those bands too, Max is 100% right. Classic rock mostly sucks. (Okay, Deep Purple are funny, but I don’t listen to them.)

    Five albums? it’s difficult but,

    Helium “the Dirt of Luck”
    PJ Harvey “Rid of Me”
    The Knife “Silent Shout”
    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds “Your Funeral, My Trial”
    Low “The Great Destroyer”

    Dum Dum Girls rule. My favorite Fugazi is “Steady Diet of Nothing.” I also really love Nina Simone, Curtis Mayfield, Bob Dylan..

  41. Taylor Says:

    I absolutely loathe The Strokes. The one and ONLY band that I hate more would definitely have to be Kings of Leon. Hate everything about them.

  42. Ro Says:

    Sister- I was so happy Max had meatloaf on his list, terrible music and the man just irks me.
    Girl Can’t Talk- agree with you on Leonard Cohen. He should be on my list but deciding on an album, too hard. I love them all and including greatest hits would be tacky. Johnny Cash also falls into the same basket very much deserving of my list but which album?
    Thrifty Store Lawyer- I love the Soundtrack to Magnolia have it on my ipod. What a brilliant soundtrack for a brilliant film. I hate Tom Cruise and love to hate him in that movie.
    To the many brave people who already admitted to Kate Bush I salute u (guilty pleasure). Have you seen Noel Fielding’s (mighty boosh) rendition of wuthering heights he did for dancing for charity? If not youtube it. Amazing!

  43. brunehilde Says:

    The Guess Who are valuable to me

  44. Erika Says:

    I am right now obsessed with Disraeli Gears – Cream. Also love Radiohead – Kid A but really everything. The standard old albums – Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon. Rolling Stones – Let It Bleed. Also love pretty much everything by them. The beatles . So highly rated, you would think they would have to be overrated but they are not, love everything the do. REM – Murmur…grew up on R.E.M. Becausebof my older brother who loved them. The Ramones, listening to their greatest hits – loud and fast. Buzzcocks too.
    Led Zeppelin on constant play but especially In Through The Out Door right now.
    Fiona Apple, barely ever puts records and maes it worth it. Have tp respect that she doesn’t release music just to do it. Also fucking A yes Nina Simone and David Bowie. For me that is HERO WORSHIP.
    Hunky Dory – Oh You Pretty Things

    And let I forget – Talking Heads – obviously but David Byrne another stellar human being with the right idea. Also see his collaboration with Brian Eno – Life In The Bush Of Ghosts

  45. Dave C Says:

    Max’s list should be on the school curriculum! I agree with about 95% of it, but why Thin Lizzy or the Cult? They were ace! Anyway, here’s my two cents:

    The Doors – Any
    Swans – Children of God
    Scott Walker – Scott 4
    Nico – The Marble Index
    Psychic TV – Allegory & Self
    Siouxsie & The Banshees – Juju
    Nick Cave – The Boatman’s Call

    BTW I’d like to suggest a new list where every position is occupied by C*ldpl*y.

  46. Erika Says:

    I forhot to add – I LOVE Neil Young – Live At Massey Hall…. Holy S he was 23 when he this which is unbelievable to say the least.

  47. EJ Says:

    I would be easier for me to list classic bands I hate than pick albums. I hate The Who, Dylan, the Stones and Pink Floyd (though I’d listen to individual songs by each of them). I’m also a massive fan of soundtracks, compilations and best ofs, so sue me. I’ve been listening to Motown Chartbusters vol. 3 since I was a little girl, and if I get my way I’ll be listening to it on the day I die. It’s not my favourite album in the world (though it’s up there) but it’s a part of my brain now.

  48. Jacqui Says:

    Bravo, Max, Bravo. Not a lot to disagree with there, though I do like me some CSNY.
    Top 5, scratch that, 6 in no order and up for change depending on my mood:
    Blood on the Tracks (but my love for him is massive and I’m holding off on a full 5 just him)-Dylan
    Automatic for the People-REM
    Kid A- Radiohead
    Sea Change- Beck
    Neon Bible-Arcade Fire
    Yankee Hotel Foxtrot- Wilco
    I love these kinds of lists. My dad and I make them. The other kinds of lists…things to do, grocery shopping, etc….fill me with quiet terror.
    Great post.

  49. Debbie Says:

    Sister, some of my favorites are:
    Cat Stevens-Tea for the Tillerman(especially My Father because it always makes me cry).
    Creedence Clearwater-Revival
    Surrealistic Pillow-Jefferson Airplane
    The Doors-The Doors
    Jimmy Hendrix-Are you Experienced
    and who could hate Dylan, his early words were the voice of a generation.

  50. Aja Says:

    Portishead, Dummy
    Joni Mitchell – For The Roses
    My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
    Crosby, Stills & Nash (sorry Max)- Crosby, Stills & Nash
    Air – Moon Safari

    This list could change and morph, but at the moment, it stands as it is. The music I can always return to, should I feel so inclined. xo.

  51. SummerAdeline Says:

    Pentagram – First Daze Here/First Daze Here Too
    Alice In Chains – Unplugged
    Roky Erickson – I Think Of Demons
    Slayer – Reign In Blood
    Pulp – Pulp Hits

  52. SummerAdeline Says:

    And I agree with you on The Band xoxo

  53. SummerAdeline Says:

    Ahhhhh!! AND anything Otis Redding (except Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay… I HATE that one)

  54. Debbie Says:

    Otis Redding singing Try a Little Tenderness is amazing.

  55. style odyssey Says:

    Wow, that’s some list! Max must’ve been very particular about his music. The Who, seriously? I thought everyone liked The Who. I saw them in concert- unforgettable. And that was when they were “past their prime” (early 80s).

    A few of my favorite albums…oh, this is hard but here goes:
    Morcheeba “Who Can You Trust”
    Massive Attack “Mezzanine” (You must check out this group. I am a Massive Attack addict.)
    Pink Floyd “The Wall” (Isn’t it on everyone’s list?) and “Dark Side of the Moon”
    Van Halen “Van Halen”
    Tool “10,000 Days”
    Moby “Play”
    Nirvana “Nevermind”
    REM “Life’s Rich Pageant”…and most anything during their 80s heyday.
    Rolling Stones…”Tattoo You” and everything before..after that, I lost interest.

    Okay, I’ll stop there.

    Fun post, SW.

  56. gene simmons Says:

    i hate that old dried up cunt, the one who´s son died

  57. my favorite and my best- MFAMB to you Says:

    discuss: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5M8VbX5gEA&feature=youtu.be

  58. Andra Says:

    Pseudo gene simmons
    Learn how and when apostrophes are used. And maybe capital letters.
    Wanker!

  59. muddy Says:

    this is literally impossible – but here is what comes to mind:

    Frank Zappa – Burnt Weeny Sandwich

    King Crimson – Lark’s Tongues in Aspic

    Devo – Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!

    Figurines – When the Deer Wore Blue

    Grand Funk Railroad – Closer to Home

  60. JK Says:

    Exile On Main Street
    Whatever album Tupelo Honey is on
    Sorry Max – Abraxas
    Let It Bleed
    After The Gold Rush

    (Of course these could all change if I took longer than the thirty seconds I just used.)

  61. Daniel Eaton Says:

    @gene simmons….Go to school! It’s “whose” not “who’s”. Even stupid people know that! What’s your excuse?

  62. Dexter VanDango Says:

    The best 5.. in order of magnificence:

    Forever Changes – Love

    Blonde on Blonde – Dylan

    The Doors first

    Sgt. Pepper – the Beatles

    ..a tie for 5th between Doc Watson and Tom Lehrer’s Great Hits

  63. Nadia Says:

    I definitely don’t see KISS as a classic rock band!

    Don’t agree with some of the band on the list, but the majority are spot on!!!

    As for favorite albums… (in no particular order)

    Motorhead – Ace of Spades
    Danzig – Danzig 2 Lucifuge
    Lords of the New Church – Killer Lords
    Beasts of Bourbon – Beyond Good and Evil
    The Misfits – Walk Among Us
    Black Sabbath – Paranoid
    Iggy & The Stooges – Raw Power

    NO!!! I can’t even do this…. there are way too many, I could keep going forever and like them all just as much!

  64. TheShoeGirl Says:

    In no order…

    DEVO- Oh No! It’s Devo
    The Smiths- Louder Than Bombs
    The Rolling Stones- Hot Rocks (is that cheating cause it’s kind of a best-of?)
    Weezer- Pinkerton
    Air- Moon Safari

  65. Dexter VanDango Says:

    ..and I insist that everyone get a copy of Carl Orff’s utterly original and soul-stirring Carmina Burana.. it will improve the quality of your life.

    (..send me a sufficiently charming request and I may send you a copy – dex@dextervandango.com)

  66. Make Do Style Says:

    That list was hilarious! I agree about so many of them – but I probably like individual songs and for years I had this absolute hatred of the Beatles. I’ve sort of grown out if it but maybe I should get back on board with it.

    In response to the post I’ve tried to capture the songs that automatically pooped into my head

    I just don’t know what to do with myself: Dusty Springfield
    London’s Calling: The Clash
    Wild Wood: Paul Weller
    Dakota: The Stereophonics
    the Passanger: Iggy Pop

    I have Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana

    I do love Massive Attack – I grew up with them in Bristol and still think they are the best band I’ve seen live, esp when they were the Wild Bunch
    xx

  67. Make Do Style Says:

    Have realised how inspiring Max’s list is because I just remembered I hated Dylan and still do – there I’ve admitted it! I’ve come out LOUD & PROUD – thank you Max xx

  68. Kimberley Says:

    London Calling- Clash
    Soldier- Iggy Pop
    Toxicity- System of a Down
    Sweets from a Stranger- Squeeze
    Broken English- Marianne Faithfull
    Audioslave- Audioslave

  69. Kimberley Says:

    Oh, and
    Songs in the Key of Life- Stevie Wonder

  70. RLC Says:

    Hahahaha I love that you call them all Dido (or Dildo as I have affectionately named her) – I do the same with Cat Power, although I am rather fond of the actual Cat Power. There just seem to be a lot of pretty girls who sing in breathy, strained voices as if it’s physically difficult for them to get the notes out. It is unbecoming.

    I reckon that if I were locked in a room with only
    Black Sabbath by Black Sabbath
    Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle by Bill Callahan
    Leader of the Pack by the Shangri Las
    I would never never never get tired or lonely :)

  71. RLC Says:

    OMG MAKE DO STYLE I detest Bob Dylan also! He just seemed like such a douche! And by all accounts, he was. There is a video from a documentary in which Joan Baez sings one of Dylan’s own songs to him while he sits with his back turned to her, banging on his typewriter, and each tap of the key is more heartbreaking than the last…I think it just encapsulates what a dickhead he was, to Baez and in general. I’ll try and find it.

    AHA! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXR0GIpJL7g

  72. Dexter VanDango Says:

    RLC, I respect Joan and Joni as wonderful human beings, great artists, and warriors for all that is good – but their voices are like gnats, mosquitoes, ultra-sonic bat squeeks.. not for human ears. Dylan probably had cotton in his.

  73. Andra Says:

    Bob Dylan was, and is, and always will be, pretentious crap.

  74. Dexter VanDango Says:

    Oh Andra.. you know not of what you speak.

    Read the lyrics to With God On Our Side.. and then tell us who ever said such important things earlier or better? Dylan made the world a freer place to think and express ourselves. Before him it was June and Moon. He changed the world like nobody else in the 20th century.

  75. Sister Wolf Says:

    Bevitron – Max loved soul music too, He eve introduced me to singers I hadn’t heard of in that genre.

    MyFriendsHouse – Yep. And Pet sounds would be in my top 10 of course.

    Suspended- What’s Going On is such an amazing record, thanks for reminding me.

    Audi – Nickleback is a solid choice for worst band. Even my teenager agrees on that.

    Jaimi – I see I’ve got to listen to Golden Brown.

  76. Sister Wolf Says:

    Dru – I like Dire Straits! But not their radio hits.

    Thriftshop lawyer – Pixies, check. Magnolia soundtrack, check. You have such a wide range, I’m jealous.

    anna dc – We play alot of Curtis Mayfield and Nina Simone and Dylan in our house.

    Taylor – Hahahaha, Max hated Kings of Leon, but I sort of like them, in a guilty way.

  77. tobilynne Says:

    Ah! You know I love lists!! How did he miss Kiss? They are, hands down, my least favorite band of all time. As far as top 5 (which mostly stay the same, but occasionally vary):

    The Zombies – Odyssey and Oracle
    Leonard Cohen – I’m Your Man
    David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust
    The Scientists – Swampland
    And, of course, we share Love’s Forever Changes!

  78. Dru Says:

    Sister – I tried to like them as a teenager, because my town is classic-rock-mad and won’t listen to anything recorded after 1979 most days. I ended up coming to the conclusion that the first word of their name pretty much summed them up for me.

    I’ll also join in the love for Massive Attack, if I didn’t have Air on my list they’d be it. I could listen to Mezzanine all day.

  79. Marky Says:

    I hate The Stone Temple Pilots so much that when they come on the radio in the car, I have to turn it off–no music–until I get to where I’m going. If I don’t do this, it’s bad luck.

  80. ellio100 Says:

    You know, there are a lot of good reasons to hate all the bands on Max’s list but for some reason I cannot outgrow my love for Bon Jovi. Whatever I do, like, learn, say or study my heart still races when their pop songs play. I feel like I ought to confess that I have stopped fighting it sister. Life is too short for me not to like what I like.

  81. Sister Wolf Says:

    elio100 – I used to like Bon Jovi’s hair, if that’s any consolation. xo

  82. Mary Says:

    Forever Changes is a great album. I agree with your sons list apart from: Eric Clapton, The Cult & Frank Zappa.

    I find that at the ripe old age of 26, most music these days just sounds like a bad copy of something that has been done before. I hate ‘beige’ music with a passion & anything ‘whimsical’. Music has to have a good beat, be raw emotion or made with a computer or I just don’t want to hear.

    My top 5 are:

    Rainbow Bridge – Jimi Hendrix
    The Clash – The Clash
    Let It Bleed – The Rolling Stones
    Licensed To Ill – Beastie Boys
    LA Woman – The Doors

  83. Sister Wolf Says:

    Mary – Well said! I’m going to quote you — Your criteria for music is right on the money. Whimsical is one of the worst crimes, too. Ugh!

  84. kate Says:

    Sorry I’m late, but I really hate Creed.

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