A test of memory, patience and plucky perseverance to start a new week.
There may have been a completely innocuous comment in the chatroom a few chats back about there being 500 better bands than Radiohead. I shall name no names, but those present may then have listed about 100 such bands, squabbled a little about the inclusion of Bon Jovi (you don’t think?), and agreed to return to the list at a later date. Retrieving that list, or more to the point, muggins here extracting the bands from a lengthy chat transcript, may sound to you like too much hard work for a Monday, as indeed it does to me. And maybe, I happily concede, it would be kinder to drop all mention of “better” in search of 500 bands that maybe you just so happen to like more than Radiohead. Maybe. If you like. I don’t mind.
Want to play? I still don’t think we can do it, but I love a challenge. Besides, it would be dandy to be reminded of those under-rated and often forgotten bands whose work some of us can return to and others discover for the very first time. Suggestions, as ever, would be warmly appreciated.
Here’s a band for you, do let me know if you know of them already: The Salamanders, from Liverpool.
As they’d almost certainly feature among the first quarter of any sane person’s list (do sane people attempt to put a long list of bands in order of preference?), nobody need mention the following dozen giants of music, for it’s a given that they’re in. Whether you like them more than Radiohead, though, is a matter of opinion and I do enjoy chewing over an opinion, so please do not hold your tongue or bite your fingers if you find any contentious references.
The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Black Sabbath, Cream, The Doors, The Kinks, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Pink Floyd, Queen, The Rolling Stones, The Who
The chatroom will be open tomorrow; I like to think we’ll still be discussing this matter by then, so if you care to pop in, please do so any time after 2pm (UK). Everything you need to know about the chatroom can be found here, newcomers are very welcome, just please don’t be too disappointed to find that David does not participate.