500 bands

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.

152 comments

  1. whitbywoof

    Dire Straits and the Eagles were both mentioned and when I mentioned The Doors everyone else remembered they’d forgotten them.

    I’d also like to add Boston, Blue Oyster Cult, Be Bop Deluxe and 10cc.

    • FEd

      I can’t believe I left out the Eagles and put Metallica in their place. Where did I leave my pills?

  2. Titus Jennings

    Better bands than Radiohead, eh? Well, aside from those listed above already…

    Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians, Squeeze, The Moody Blues, Focus, Rush, Genesis (up to about Duke), The Soft Boys, The Bees, Aberfeldy, Yes, Toto, Lone Star (Welsh band not the country-esque band), XTC, King Crimson, Thin Lizzy, The Move, The Stranglers, The Raspberries, The Doobie Brothers, The Byrds, The Shazam, They Might Be Giants, Steely Dan, Porcupine Tree, It Bites…

    …that’s just for starters, really. I could go on, some would say I frequently do, but I won’t. This time. 😉

  3. Pavlov

    Memory is like a sieve at the moment – recall some but not others so I’ll try my hand at the risk of being repetitive (an in no particular order):

    Oasis
    Tin Tin
    Splinter
    Rare Earth
    Fields of the Nephilim
    Rabbitt
    Kraftwerk
    Van Halen
    Audience
    Fleetwood Mac
    Uriah Heep
    Eagles
    Nazareth
    Apocalyptica
    Stone Temple Pilots
    Alice in Chains
    Soundgarden
    Nirvana
    Tool
    Smashing Pumpkins
    AC/DC
    Seether
    Nickleback
    Yello
    Rage Against the Machine
    The Hollies
    Supertramp
    Scorpions
    Allman Brothers Band
    Guns ‘n Roses
    The Verve
    Big Brother and the Holding Company
    Grateful Dead (so don’t care for them but their following was huge and undeniable)
    Blondie
    Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
    Thin Lizzy
    Golden Earring
    Electric Light Orchestra
    Yes
    Journey
    Faith No More (granted I think of them more as a “one hit wonder” but the one hit was wonderful!)
    Carolina Liar (same as above)
    Ramones
    Animals
    Judas Priest
    ZZ Top
    Eurythmics
    Lynyrd Skynrd
    Bee Gees
    Procul Harum
    Chicken Shack
    Manfred Mann
    The Yardbirds

    I feel robbed! Had never heard of The Salamanders and really, really enjoy.

    We can absolutely come up with 500 – perhaps even more …

    On the Radiohead topic, I’m so not qualified to comment on whether they’re good or not since the only song of theirs I’m even remotely familiar with is “Creep” and it was just okay – nothing that grabbed at me to entice me to want to hear more.

    “That’s all she wrote” (for the moment anyway). 😀

    • Pavlov

      Think I listed Blue October during that chat — can’t leave them off!

      Then there’s:

      Gov’t Mule
      The Thomas Oliver Band (although still too new to judge longevity — perhaps they don’t count)

    • tim_c

      Ummm, I think I may need to remind everybody that the game (futile as it may be) is to think of 500 bands BETTER than Radiohead, not just 500 bands, period.

      If some of these are judged by popular opinion to be better than Radiohead I will have to pack up my little bag and go and live in a hole somewhere. (Not the one with Courtney Love in it, by the way).

      P.S. What on earth is this emoticon? :!

    • FEd

      It’s a light bulb. You must have had a bright idea at some point during writing that comment. 😉

      Futile indeed…

    • Pavlov

      I too was wondering about that emoticon and hoped that someone else would ask! It’s visually quite disturbing except now that it’s been explained. :v

  4. Michèle

    A list of Canadian bands (better than Radiohead 😛 ) to celebrate Frank’s birthday today:

    – Steppenwolf
    – Rush
    – The Guess Who
    – Neil Young & Crazy Horse, or CSN, or Buffalo Springfield…
    – Arcade Fire
    – Prism
    – Simple Plan
    – Chilliwack
    – Saga

    Happy Birthday, Frank! 🙂

    Three more – just because I like their names :)) :

    – The Arrogant Worms
    – Cats Can Fly
    – Femme Fatale

    Happy Birthday, Frank! 🙂

    • frank par

      Thank You so much Michèle. Merci, Merci. You too Fed.

      It’s so hot here right now that we are probably the warmest place on Earth other than Texas. We expect 36 deg. C. even as we speak. Bring it on. 😀

    • frank par

      It’s so hot here that I’m going to our quarry for a cool dip. 34 deg. C. And lovin’ it!!

  5. tim_c

    Pavlov, my dear girl, you have a world of joyous discovery ahead of you. “Creep” is from the barely recognisable first album (Pablo Honey). If you don’t love “The Bends” and “OK Computer” I will eat my cycle helmet.

    Next time there’s a chat I’ll point you along the path of light.

    Don’t pay any attention to F’ed by the way, he/she suffers from a rare condition of the ears whereby Bob Dylan sounds like a Nightingale and Thom Yorke like chalk screeching on a blackboard.

    • Pavlov

      Just listened to a bit of the track “Exit Music” — not half bad. I totally understand the “rare condition” though — there are, I am sure, dozens of artists/bands that, despite their musical talent/genius and obvious success, absolutely rub my grain the wrong way — it could be something as seemingly innocuous as a chord progression or too much/little vibrato in a voice. One of my musical pet peeves is Celine Dion – don’t know her from a bar of soap, she never did anything to me, is super successful, a lot of people ‘love’ her but I cringe at the sound of her voice and can find no redeeming qualities.

      By the way Tim, congratulations on your successful ride for such a noble cause. 🙂

    • NewYorkDan

      Bob Dylan sounds to my ears like a set of rusty door hinges that really need oil.

  6. Tony

    I saw Radiohead live in 2008 in Victoria Park, East London. There was a great atmosphere at the show, particularly for an outdoor concert.

    Talking of great shows, I saw Richard Thompson at the Park and Dare Theatre, Treorchy (am sure you know it, FEd 🙂 ). RT performed a solo acoustic set that was simply awesome!!!

  7. lorraine

    Stereophonics
    Dandy Warhols
    Travis
    Green Day
    The Charlatans
    Simple Minds
    Deep Purple
    The Doors
    The Drifters
    The Clash
    Modest Mouse
    Echo and The Bunnymen
    Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
    Elbow
    The Killers
    B52’s
    MGMT
    Motorhead
    Human League
    Paul McCartney and Wings
    The Lemonheads
    Pet Shop Boys
    Village People
    Mamas & Papas
    The Travelling Wilburys

    :! If we get to 501 can we drop Oasis?

  8. Michèle

    Seeing that Ken is feeling very lazy today (mentioning only one band, Abba 😉 ), this is my A to Z list of better bands than Radiohead, apart from the obvious twelve:

    A – AC/DC
    B – Black Sabbath
    C – (The) Cure
    D – Deep Purple
    E – Eels
    F – Flobots (for Julie)
    G – Gerry And The Pacemakers (for FEd)
    H – Hawkwind
    I – INXS
    J – Jethro Tull
    K – Kiss
    L – Louise Attaque (French band)
    M – Muse
    N – Nirvana
    O – (The) Orb
    P – Pendragon
    Q – Queens Of The Stone Age
    R – Roxy Music
    S – Soundgarden
    T – Téléphone (French band)
    U – UFO
    V – (The) Verve
    W – Wings
    X – XTC (OK, I cheated for this one)
    Y – (The) Yardbirds
    Z – ZZ Top

    Now, Ken, 500/26 = about 19, so… Bon courage! 😉

  9. Bella

    ha! Didn’t even know who RadioHead were. :v Had to run and YouTube and Google. It turns out, yes, I do know them, well in fact. Theirs was the music blaring out of my sons’ rooms in the 90s. I really enjoyed them: CREEP!!

    They are really being buried on this page; they are quite a talented bunch of kids really. Tough crowd! They could almost be the Kinks’ musical grand-kids… almost. :))

    Thanks for making me realize who they are. A lifetime is not long enough to learn everything one wants to know.

    Bella x

  10. pavlov

    Can’t help myself — we absolutely have to reach 500!

    Queensrÿche (I’m embarrassed to admit that before I even heard them I was curious because I thought they were pronounced queen-screech :v )
    Suicidal Tendencies
    The Supremes
    The Four Tops
    The Temptations
    Commodores
    The Jackson 5
    America
    Aphrodite’s Child
    Magna Carta
    Pavlov’s Dog (this was definitely mentioned during the chat)
    Limp Bizkit
    Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Bad Company
    Bread
    Jethro Tull (it’s criminal that I didn’t mention before)
    Motorhead
    Ramases
    Ultravox
    Tear for Fears (oh yuck – I can’t believe I’m putting them on my list!)
    Pearl Jam
    Lindisfarne
    Edgar Broughton Band
    War
    Hawk
    Budgie
    The Cure
    Danzig
    Snow Patrol
    Talk Talk
    Wishbone Ash
    XIT
    Red Lorry Yellow Lorry (try saying that quickly after a few cocktails!)
    Roxy Music
    Tangerine Dream
    Van der Graaf Generator
    Coldplay
    Travis
    Tremeloes
    Herman’s Hermits
    Supermax
    Slade
    Styx
    Shriekback
    The Sweet
    Cinderella
    Bad English
    Def Leppard
    Mötley Crüe
    Emerson, Lake & Palmer
    Wuthering Heights
    Toad the Wet Spocket
    Big Head Todd and the Monsters
    INXS
    The Police
    Crowded House
    Midnight Oil
    Men at Work
    Alphaville

    I’d love to keep going but I’m afraid I won’t stop …

    • FEd

      Tears for Fears (oh yuck – I can’t believe I’m putting them on my list!)

      My ears say they’re definitely better than Radiohead.

    • Pavlov

      I used to crawl up into a small ball on the sofa every time I saw them on MTV singing Everybody Wants to Rule the World — their hair, their clothes, their voices but mostly their teeth used to make me cringe – talk about fingernails on a blackboard. 8|

      What about A-Ha and Flock of Seagulls for the list? I’m really digging in the trenches now …

  11. KenF

    Here’s another 291 which weren’t on the Blog prior to 16:14 yesterday, so apologies if any appear in the intervening period (I’m not psychic, although I could be a psycho 😕 )

    ABC, Alan Parsons Project, Alarm, Alice Cooper, Amen Corner, Argent, Asia, Atomic Rooster, Average White Band, Aztec Camera.

    Bachman Turner Overdrive, Bad Company, Bad Manners, Badfinger, Barclay James Harvest, Beautiful South, Bellamy Brothers, Big Country, Blur, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Boomtown Rats, Bread, Bryan Adams, Buzzcocks.

    Camel, Canned Heat, Carpenters, Cars, C.C.S., Chicago, Clannad, Clash, Climax Blues Band, Cockney Rebel, Coldplay, Commodores, Creedence Clearwater Revival, C.S.N & Y, Cure, Curved Air.

    Damned, Darts, Deep Purple, Def Leppard, Depeche Mode, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Dio, Dr.Feelgood, Dr.Hook, Drifters, Duran Duran.

    Earth Wind & Fire, Easybeats, Echo & The Bunnymen, Eddie & The Hotrods, ELP, Europe.

    Faces, Fairground Attraction, Fairport Convention, Family, Farm, Fine Young Cannibals, Flock Of Seagulls, Flowerpot Men, Flying Pickets, Foreigner, Foundations, Four Seasons, Four Tops, Fourmost, Fox, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Freddie & The Dreamers, Free, Frijid Pink, Fun Boy Three.

    Gallagher & Lyle, Generation X, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Gillan, Girlschool, Glitter Band, Godley & Creme.

    Hall & Oates, Hawkwind, Heaven 17, Herman’s Hermits, Hot Chocolate, Hotlegs, Housemartins, Human League.

    Ian Drury & The Blockheads, Icehouse, INXS, Iron Maiden, Isley Brothers, Ivy League.

  12. KenF

    Jacksons, Jam, James, Jamiroquai, Japan, Jefferson(Starship), Jethro Tull, J.Geils Band, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Jon & Vangelis, Joy Division, Justified Ancients of Mu Mu.

    Kajagoogoo, Katrina & The Waves, KC & The Sunshine Band, Kiss, Kursaal Flyers.

    Level 42, Lindisfarne, Liverpool Express, Lovin’ Spoonful.

    M-People, McGuinness Flint, Madness, Magnum, Mama’s & Papa’s, Man, Manhatten Transfer, Manic Street Preachers, Marbles, Marmalade, Massive Attack, Meatloaf, Medicine Head, Men At Work, Men Without Hats, Mental As Anything, Merseybeats, Mike & The Mechanics, Mindbenders, Mink De Ville, Morris Minor & The Majors, Mr.Bloe, Mr.Mister, Monkees, Motley Crue, Motorhead, Mott The Hoople, Mud, Mungo Jerry.

    Nashville Teens, Nena, New Order, New Vaudeville Band, Nice.

    Ocean Colour Scene, Odyssey, O’jays, Orb, OMD, Osmonds.

    Pet Shop Boys, Pilot, Pinkerton’s Assorted Colours, Pirahnas, Platters, Prefab Sprout, Pretenders, Primal Scream, Proclaimers, Prodigy, Psychedelic Furs, Public Image Ltd., Python Lee Jackson.

    Queensryche, Quireboys.

    Radha Krishna Temple, Rainbow, Ramones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, REM, Right Said Fred, Rockin’ Berries, Roxy Music, Rubettes, Run DMC, Rutles.

  13. KenF

    Sad Cafe, Santana, Saxon, Scaffold, Scorpions, Searchers, Selecter, Sex Pistols, Shadows, Sham69, Shamen, Shangri-Las, Showaddywaddy, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Simon Dupree & The Big Sound, Simple Minds, Simply Red, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Slade, Slik, Slits, Sly & The Family Stone, Small Faces, Smashing Pumpkins, Smiths, Smokie, Soft Cell, Soft Machine, Spandau Ballet, Sparks, Specials, Spencer Davis Group, Spinal Tap, Splodgenessabounds, Springfields, Status Quo, Stealer’s Wheel, Steeleye Span, Stiff Little Fingers, Stone Roses, Strawbs, Stray Cats, Style Council, Suede, Sweet, Swing Out Sister, Swinging Blue Jeans.

    Talk Talk, Talking Heads, Tavares, Teardrop Explodes, Tears For Fears, Temptations, Ten Pole Tudor, Ten Years After, Texas, Thompson Twins, Three Dog Night, Thunder, Tornados, T’Pau, Traffic, Transvision Vamp, Traveling Wilburys, Travis, Tremeloes, T.Rex, Troggs, Turtles, Twisted Sister, Typically Tropical.

    UB40, UFO, Ultravox, Undertones, Union Gap, Unit Four Plus Two.

    Velvet Underground, Vibrators, Village People, Violinski, Visage, Voice Of The Beehive.

    Wah, Walker Brothers, Wang Chung, War, WASP, Waterboys, Wet Wet Wet, Wham, Whitesnake, Wild Cherry, Wings, Wizzard, Wonder Stuff, Wurzels.

    X-Ray Spex.

    Yazoo, Yazz, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Young Rascals.

    Zephyrs, Zombies.

    We can’t be too far off now… :))

    • whitbywoof

      Do you mean the real Ultravox with John Foxx or the ’80s electro-abomination they became with Midge Ure?

  14. NewYorkDan

    On a recent visit to my hometown of New York, my wife and I attempted to visit Katz’s, one of those legendary NY delicatessens and the location for films like “When Harry Met Sally.” I was hoping to get a nice sandwich. I say “attempted” to visit because as soon as we saw the PRICES they were charging, we left and went someplace else. Online, I see that the NY delis are all very expensive now. Oh the times, they have a-changed!!

    Great bands.

    – Bob Dylan, for his songwriting but NOT for his singing.
    – Yes, especially the classic Yes lineups with Bill Bruford and Rick Wakeman. Wow!
    – Miles Davis (who revolutionized jazz about eight different times in his long career).
    – The Byrds. The Eagles. The Animals. The Crickets (with Buddy Holly).
    – R.E.M. In their classic years, they were extraordinary.
    – Suzanne Vega. She was really sexy without humiliating herself.
    – Laura Love. Not well known, but she blends musical styles that don’t usually go well together.
    – Elton John. Gosh, what can you saw about him?
    – CCR. What powerful songwriting!
    – Drivin’ and Cryin’. Check THEM out!
    – Robert Johnson. Okay, musicians, I defy you to dislike HIM!!

    • Pavlov

      Tell me about it Dan. Even just the daily commute is a King’s ransom! Yet, someone, somewhere is spending the money … hotels are booked solid (at their “new and improved rates” — try getting anything decent for under $300 per night … exclusive of city and state taxes) and restaurants in midtown seem to be thriving!

    • D.Q.

      Don’t be shocked about the prices in New York, gentlemen. The New York Times had an article about the fact that the middle class is leaving New York in droves because they can’t afford living there anymore. The Prices are so high because New York is home to the Wall Street and Bankster crooks who have money to burn, and shopowners and restaurant owners find they are willing to pay absurd prices for food, clothing, etc. (as well as ludicrous salaries for their employees). It’s really the most evil city in America, though. Where most of the high level thinking about how to scam the rest of us gets done. The Hedge Fund Billionaires only pay a MAXIMUM 15% tax rate (I am not making this up, I am not kidding) on profits that vary between a few hundreds of millions to a few billion a year (all made on illegal inside trading info).

      New York is awash in money in the same way that pirate city Port Royale was awash in money during the pirate days. It’s all dirty money stolen from the middle class and the poor, though.

    • NewYorkDan

      Yet again, DQ, the idiots who got us into the economic mess we’re in are being amply rewarded while the rest of us labor our lives away without gain. Lovely!

  15. saiver

    Even if I’m here for the first time I think I can throw something in:

    Aerosmith
    B.B. King
    Beck
    Boris (Flood is brilliant)
    Camel (of course!)
    Coldplay (why not?)
    David Bowie
    Deep Purple
    Depeche Mode
    Eric Clapton
    Foo Fighters
    Frank Zappa
    Helloween
    Herbie Hancock
    Iron Maiden
    Jean-Michel Jarre
    Leonard Cohen
    Louis Armstrong
    Megadeth
    Metallica
    Miles Davis
    Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
    Nick Drake
    Nightwish
    Norah Jones
    Okkervil River
    Pearl Jam
    R.E.M.
    Red Hot Chilli Peppers
    The Jimi Hendrix Experience
    The Police
    U2
    Van Morrison
    Warren Zevon.

    Yep, there’s a lot of artists in this list but hey, didn’t they play in a band with the same name? 😛

    I hope I helped.

  16. Michael Kelly

    I can’t believe nobody has mentioned Joker’s Wild. Are we forgetting whose blog this is?

    • D.Q.

      Hermann’s Hermits DEFINITELY. They’re great. Kind of Hush. Mrs. Brown. No Milk Today. They’re so uncool they are beyond cool. No apologies or hesitation tolerated. 🙂

      Hermann’s Hermits are GREAT! Hah!

    • D.Q.

      I agree Mr. Kelly. Joker’s Wild!!!

      I listened to Gilmour’s first solo album all the way through the other day for the first time in a while while driving around the little city I live in. It’s really, really, good. I’d forgotten just how friggin’ good that thing is. Inspired, effortless and smooth. I really, really, really love, “I Can’t Breathe Anymore.” Fabulous.

      Hermann’s Hermits DEFINITELY. They’re great. Kind of Hush. Mrs. Brown. No Milk Today. They’re so uncool they are beyond cool. No apologies or hesitation tolerated. 🙂

      Hermann’s Hermits are GREAT! Hah!

    • KenF

      Nice one Michael.

      Continuing in the same vein, perhaps we should also include Sutherland Brothers & Quiver.

  17. ash

    Belated Birthday Greetings Frank! 😀

    I decided to hang back, watch what bands came out and then try to fill in a gap with bands from way back that people may have forgotten. We certainly forgot a lot of them at the time! Not because they weren’t good, mind you! I’ve also had a really interesting couple of days looking at the line ups of festivals in the seventies. Especially some that I attended.

    Some bands I think haven’t been mentioned yet:

    Crazy World of Arthur Brown
    Quintessence
    Faces
    Mothers of Invention
    Sensational Alex Harvey Band
    Stone The Crows
    Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
    Them
    Herd
    Country Joe MacDonald
    Blodwyn Pig
    Groundhogs
    The Tubes
    Principal Edwards Majic Theatre
    Curved Air
    Family
    Dr John And The Nightrippers
    Utopia
    Tin Machine
    Spirit
    Vinegar Joe
    The Pretenders
    Portishead
    INXS
    Heart
    The Wailers
    Toots and The Maytals
    Temptations
    Dexy’s Midnight Runners
    It’s A Beautiful Day
    The Commitments 😛
    Astral Cars Band :))

    I hope Radiohead fans don’t get wind of this topic, we could start a major flame war. :))

    The Cars

    Have the following already been mentioned?

    The Band
    Jimi Hendrix Experience
    Band Of Gypsy’s

    Finally, I’d like to dispute the inclusion of ABBA, Black Sabbath and the Bee Gees.

    Real test of memory, I didn’t know I’d seen the Beach Boys… twice!

    ash :/ (I just want to use this while we’ve still got it)

    • ash

      Also remembering. . .

      Taste
      Nice
      Yum (just invented that. . . get it. . . nice taste???)
      Lovin’ Spoonful

      (Hmm. . . eat my words? :! )

      Marmalade
      The Jam
      Red Hot Chilli Peppers
      Cranberries
      Humble Pie

      ash (off to get Tangerine Dream(s) )

    • ash

      :))

      I really, really, really hate the Krankies to the point where I could smash the TV or radio up immediately I recognise it’s them.

      ash

    • ash

      That’s why I laughed Paul, my turn to make you laugh. . .

      How about The Bay City Rollers? Though thankfully we don’t hear much of them.

      I’ll tell you other voices that incur the same desire to smash my sound equipment, Chris Evans and sorry to say this because I was a fan of Yes way back, Jon Anderson. His speaking voice reminds me very much of that damned annoying actor Joe Pesci. (Sorry Fed, went off on one then.)

      ash

  18. D.Q.

    Gong. Bonzo Dog Dooh Dah Band. America. Rick Wakemann. Gordon Lightfoot. Clearlight Symphony. Peter and Gordon. Chad and Jeremy. Tommy James and the Shondells. Faust. Can. Neu. Focus. It’s a Beautiful Day. The Standells. The Troggs. Petula Clark. Linda McCartney (she had a solo album). Mary Hopkin. Maria Muldar. The Youngbloods. The Lemon Pipers. Julie London. Tina Louise. Anton Karas. Strawberry Alarm Clock. The Cyrcle. OMD.

    Hey. Did you folks see that Rob Grill of the “Grass Roots” died last week? He sang “Midnight Confession” and “Temptation Eyes” and some other 60s hits?

    When I was a little boy I had this orange transistor radio that I would secretly slip under my pillow and fall asleep listening to. “Midnight Confession” was a favorite songl Was it 1968?

  19. Claudio Roberto Cussuol

    Just a few more:

    Mostly Autumn
    Marillion
    Karnataka
    Breathing Space
    Touchstone

  20. Alessandra

    Did anyone mention these ones?

    – Caravan
    – The Creation
    – The Pretty Things
    – Gentle Giant
    – The Pogues
    – The Cranberries
    – Blind Melon
    – Screaming Trees
    – Sonic Youth
    – Bad Religion
    – The Offspring
    – Primus
    – System of a Down
    – Stiltskin
    – Counting Crows
    – Placebo

  21. Alessandra

    I would also add:

    – Love
    – The 13th Floor Elevators
    – Tomorrow
    – Jane’s Addiction
    – Mudhoney
    – Living Colour
    – The Cult
    – Bauhaus
    – Nine Inch Nails

  22. Jan Vandevanter

    A few more:

    Marshall Tucker
    Cream Cheese Incident
    Phish
    James Brown
    Little Richard
    Elvis (TKB)
    Wide Spread Panic
    Leon Russell
    Derek Trucks
    John Meyer
    ZZ Top

    • FEd

      Obviously I didn’t say that there are 500 better bands than Radiohead. There are maybe 100 or so, but surely not 500. 😉

    • tim_c

      A voice of sanity from the past. 🙂

      I’m trying my best to fight the good fight here, Mate, but it seems some people’s ears are beyond repair.

    • Lucia

      Dear Tim, you are a brave warrior, I know. But not always right justice wins, in this world.

      Anyway, to be honest and let Fed gloat, I didn’t like very much Radiohead’s last album. Anyway, to be also honest, I listen to Radiohead every day since I was 19 years old (now I am 33) and yesterday I was listening to a live track from a new show (this one) and I was moved… as I should shame to admit I was!

      There is not story. There are a lot of great bands. There are a lot of great songs. But there is only one Thom’s voice! And Fed, don’t comment that this is lucky!!!! 😛

    • ash

      :)) at Tim.

      Hello again Lucia. 🙂 We’re only joking. We started naming bands who were worse than Radiohead too. . . and a suggestion was made that the same lists could be posted. :))

      ash

  23. D.Q.

    I was looking at all the lists carefully, and being thrilled when I saw a band I hadn’t thought of, and I was thinking about the fact that what I love about this site is that so many people really CARE, PASSIONATELY about music.

    Music is one of my favorite things about being alive, and nowadays you meet so many people who just don’t care about it. And I don’t understand that. Music is like the air we breathe. I mean I NEED it. I can’t imagine not living without music and thinking about it all the time.

    I mean, I’ll meet highly intelligent people and casually ask them, “So what have you been listening to lately,” and you get a pause and a reply like, “Ngaaah. I dunno…”

    Or you meet people who have NO music collections whatsoever and you think, “I couldn’t live like that. I don’t understand…”

    Anyway. I love all the lists.

    p.s. Did someone list Nico or John Cale? I can’t remember. I really love John Cale’s “Fear Album” and most of all “Paris 1919.” “Paris 1919” is one of my all time favorite albums. Definitely in my top ten albums somewhere after Dark Side and Pepper.

    • Sharon Woods

      D.Q.,

      You took the words right out of my soul. You wrote the post I was composing in my head! And Gong’s on your list! 😀

      When I lived in Texas, I transcribed “Oily Way” in its entirety to the paper covers of my college textbooks! Having once lived in what’s become the epicenter of the United States’ worst oil spill, the title has become prophetic!

      Recently, I found an original single, “In the Year 2525”! 8| It looked like the time capsule that it was, and plays perfectly! I also found “The Best of Blondie” and The Police’s “Synchronicity”.

      My earliest memory of a record is “Scarborough Faire” by Simon and Garfunkel. That one resonates deep in the DNA. 8)

      I found these Paul Simon lyrics from “My Little Town”:

      And after it rains, there’s a rainbow,
      And all of the colors are black.
      It’s not that the colors aren’t there,
      It’s just imagination they lack.
      Everything’s the same back
      In my little town.

      COLOSSAL news!!! For my birthday, we are going to see ARLO GUTHRIE! I’m so excited, I’m tearing up just thinking about it! 😀

    • Sharon Woods

      2 weeks, and believe me when I say that time will drag like Dali clock!

    • D.Q.

      Hey Ken, I don’t know why, but I’ve never heard “Rebel.” I’ve never heard John Miles. He’s great!!! Thanks for the heads up.

    • D.Q.

      Thanks for the kind words Sharon. You have fabulous tastes!!! 🙂

      You’re one of the only people I know of who knows about Gong. When I was 17 and finished high school I hitchhiked across America and Highway 1 in Canada (back when I was a bit more wild and reckless). While riding over the Canadian Rockies I got a ride by a former roadie for Gong. I can’t tell you how much fun that was. Listening to unbelievable music, seeing the crystaline lakes glowing purple and turquoise with glacial flour–something out of a Maxfield Parrish illustration. And the Roadie had wonderful goodies to share at his fingertips… Hah!!!

      In the words of Phil Collins, “Pleaaasse, take me baaack!!!” Hah!!!

    • Sharon Woods

      D.Q.,

      8) You hitched a ride with one of the Octave Doctors from the Planet Gong?

      Their quirky rhymes and jazzy music are still so much fun, aren’t they?

  24. Pete - Coventry

    Cant see…

    Yes
    Genesis
    Soft Machine
    Van der Graaf Generator

    …on anybody’s lists.

  25. Simon J

    500 bands better than Radiohead, huh?

    Would 500 elastic bands count?

    Happy Days,
    Simon J

  26. Andrew

    O how I wish I could have made that chat session but I didn’t. So Lucia, it wasn’t me who made that suggestion but it is good one. I bet it was Michèle.

    Anyway, here are some to add to the list.

    38 Special
    After the Fire
    Arc Angels
    The Blues Brothers
    Buckcherry
    Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen
    Damn Yankees
    The Dead Boys
    Foghat
    Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
    Graham Parker & the Rumor
    Head East
    Henry Rollins Band
    Izzy Stradlin & the Ju Ju Hounds
    James Gang (FEd, how could you forget the band Joe Walsh was in prior to the Eagles?)
    Jeff Beck Group
    Jet
    Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
    Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers
    L.A. Guns
    Les Claypool’s Frog Brigade (c’mon, they covered PF Animals)
    Loverboy
    Metal Church
    Michael Schenker Group
    Molly Hatchet
    Mountain
    Mr. Big
    The Outlaws
    Oysterhead
    Pantera
    Poison
    Red Rider (Lunatic Fringe is their only hit but RH only had CREEP)
    The Runaways
    Silverchair
    Skid Row
    Slash’s Snakepit
    Slaughter
    The Specials
    Staind
    Ted Nugent & The Amboy Dukes
    Tesla
    Testament
    Type O Negative
    Ugly Kid Joe
    Violent Femmes
    Warrant
    Weezer
    The White Stripes
    Zebra

    Did I dig deep enough??

    Thanks.

    Andrew

    • Michèle

      😮 Not me. I wouldn’t want to get shot down by Lucia, you know she is keeping an eye on us all…

    • FEd

      That’s some good digging.

      We did mention The White Stripes, actually. As for forgetting the James Gang, I’m shaking my head in disbelief and disappointment as I type this. I also forgot Jet.

    • Lucia

      🙂 Andrew, Michéle, don’t worry, I don’t suspect you. Just Fed could think that there are 500 (or 100) bands better than Radiohead!!

  27. tim_c

    I do hope you Philistines are going to put your money where your mouths are and pay to watch some of these bands. Those that are still alive that is. Oh, and those that actually have enough fans to fill a church hall of course.

  28. D.Q.

    James Gang!!! Absolutely. I LOOOOOVE the James Gang. “Midnight Man.” “Walk Away!” Yaaaaaah!!!

  29. D.Q.

    Joe Walsh’s “Barnstorm” would also make my top ten album list of all time. Most people have never heard of it, but it’s this incredible album. It’s got spacey, melodic, magical guitar. The lyrics are really nice. He looks backwards towards childhood with longing in some of the songs, in a wistful, honest way. The guitar work is understated but brilliant. More than once I’ve thought, “Gilmour would like this album. I wonder if he’s ever heard it.”

  30. D.Q.

    Hey Everybody,

    David’s old friend Roger has a box set of solo records that is finally available over here in America this week. Included is “Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking”–which is my favorite of his. I’ve read that Roger originally presented it to his pals along with “Wall” saying he would make a solo album out of whatever they rejected and the Floyds opted for the “Wall.” Ever since I’ve read that, I’ve always wondered what “Hitchhiking” might have morphed into if the full Floyd had done it instead of the Wall or the Final Cut.

    I wish that things had been “sweeter” in the band at that point. I wish David could have told Roger, “These lyrics need reworking” maybe helped him with the rougher parts. I wish David and Rick could have thrown in a few songs–inspired by the concept. When you listen to it, you really get the feeling that the ghost of something really interesting lurks in the themes and the lyrics. Eric Clapton tries channelling David’s guitar in some parts, but only David Gilmour can play with that David Gilmour magic–yet you get an idea of the “what might have been.” I really wish they’d all tried working this up to Floyd standards before Waters left, but of course–in reality–at that point it would have been impossible. Sigh. When I listen to the thing I feel it’s a missed opportunity. An impossible wish, that could never have been. Hearing it I always feel a twinge of regret. It’s interesting though. 🙂

    Have a wonderful weekend…

    • Bella

      D.Q.

      I hear every word you say, my friend. How many hours over the past decades have some of us spent day-dreaming of Floyd situations which would magically result in more Floyd music?

      Everything that could be said about this unfortunate karmic situation has been said; every angle explored; every tear wept.

      It amuses me when I hear Nick Mason express surprise that fans don’t mind having 50 different versions of the same song. HE STILL DOESN’T GET IT!! Maybe none of them get it.

      At least after Sept. 26 we’ll be able to add a few more versions to our already mile-long play-lists of “same songs”.

      Twinge of regret? How about gut-wrenching pain.

      Bella

    • NewYorkDan

      DQ, it is really instructive for the musician and songwriter in me to listen to “Hitch-hiking” for many of the reasons you mentioned. The first thing that took me was listening to Clapton play guitar riffs that were obviously written for Gilmour. It doesn’t work. Next, lyrically, some of it should really have been reigned in. Some of the lyrics are “out there” and even some 27 years later I still have no idea what those lyrics are about. Finally, Waters did not have the skills to make a great record on his own (not at that point). By rejecting any input from others, he lowers the quality of the finished product. I remember this in my own work, my own life. As I’m writing songs with my band and they suggest things I don’t like at first, I have to remember that they may be onto something and that I need to listen to them. I should be open and try things before rejecting any idea because it was not my idea.

    • D.Q.

      Hey New York Dan,

      You hit some nails on the head. Bands–especially–don’t work when things get too autocratic. The only one I was ever in was making some incredibly nice music, and it broke up simply because the alpha member in the band got too dictatorial. The songs we had were really good. It could have been a really wonderful band. Oh well.

      Good luck with yours. Bands are like getting married, in a way… All the triumphs, tragedies and complexities…

    • D.Q.

      Hey Bella,

      I agree with your amusement with Nick Mason not understanding why fans would want so many multiple versions. I love them. They all have their own stories–the different versions. There’s this one bootleg versions of “Us and Them” that just about knocked me down when I heard it some time back. It had some chilling/spine tingling–Richard Wright improv, right at the beginning that made me think I was in a Gothic Cathedral. I LOVE some of the singing David does on the live versions of “Green is the Color”–I actually like them better than the officially released versions.

      There’s so much really neat stuff out there. Give me 500 versions. Give me 1000.

      I also have had those moments of “Gut Wrenching Pain.” I know exactly what you are talking about. It goes with loving music as much as the people at this site do. When you really love music as much as we do, stuff can hurt. Particularly when you hear unfinished song fragments, or some of the bootleg tapes and you’re thinking, “WHY DIDN’T THEY….!!!? Jeezzzus, they could have done something with this!!!” And you want to go back in time, like that fan does in that science fiction book “Glimpses” where he talks Brian Wilson into finishing “Smile” and the Doors into finishing and polishing up “Celebration of the Lizard.” (Apparently this Summer a Beach Boys version of “Smile” is actually coming out. And 80+ year old Doris Day has a brand new record out in September that I will actually buy. Yaaaah Go Doris!!! Hah!!!) 🙂

  31. Thomas O'Connell

    I would have to say Quicksilver Messager Service, Grateful Dead, Mothers of Invention, Lee Micheals, Steve Miller Band, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, The Bryds, Buffalo Springfield, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Country Joe and The Fish and of course Frank Zappa are so much better than Radiohead.

    Take care,
    Thomas 😀

  32. Josh

    I’m hoping someone already mentioned these and I just overlooked them but….

    The assorted acts of Mr. Maynard James Keenan

    Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer (pronounced PUH-SUH-FUR, in case you have troubles)

    …and also again I may have just overlooked it if somebody said it but,

    Peter Gabriel (Okay, technically solo artist and not a band but whatever)

    Other bands/solo artists I enjoy infinitely more than Radiohead….

    Adele
    AFI
    Alice in Chains
    Audioslave
    Bad Company
    Bon Iver
    Breaking Benjamin
    Brendan Benson
    Cee Lo Green
    Corinne Baily Rae
    Death Cab For Cutie
    Dido
    Disturbed
    Evanescence
    Everlast
    A Fine Frenzy
    Finger Eleven
    Fleet Foxes
    Foreigner
    Glen Hansard
    Marketa Irglova (both of them seperately and as The Swell Season)
    Gnarls Barkley
    Godsmack
    Gorillaz
    Iron & Wine
    James Blunt (Thats right HE is better than Radiohead)
    Keane
    Linkin Park
    Lenka
    Lykke Li
    Mad Season
    Maroon 5
    Modest Mouse
    Motorhead
    Mudvayne
    Muse
    Mute Math
    My Morning Jacket
    The Offspring
    OneRepublic
    Outkast
    The Postal Service
    The Raconteurs
    Rage Against the Machine
    Stevie Ray Vaughn
    Stevie Wonder
    Sting
    Stone Sour
    Styx
    Sublime
    Supertramp
    System of a Down
    The Temptations
    311

    …and it goes on and on and on, many of the more famous groups have already been mentioned.

    The basic point is, in my opinion, almost anyone is better than Radiohead.

  33. Alessandra

    I’ve just thought about these bands. I’m not sure, but I can’t see any of them in the comments above.

    Iron Butterfly
    Blind Faith
    Incredible String Band
    Extreme
    Dream Theater
    Mogwai
    The Mars Volta
    Dave Matthews Band

    • FEd

      Did we really leave out Dream Theater? Oh dear. They’re miles better than Radiohead.

      (Sorry.)

  34. frank par

    I can’t even think now, all bands are generally covered, so for Michéle, I’ll add Trooper, Saga, and The Kings to the Canadian list. 😛

  35. KenF

    Here’s a little something for the weekend…

    Aqualung
    Blackfoot Sue
    Climax Blues Band
    Darkness
    Extreme
    Flaming Lips
    Garbage
    Happy Mondays
    Ides Of March
    Jilted John
    Kings Of Leon
    Little Feat
    Modern Lovers (Jonathan Richman & The)
    Nouvelle Vague (Just for you Michele)
    Ozark Mountain Daredevils
    Poison
    Quiver
    Radio…. REO Speedwagon
    Starsailor
    Tubeway Army
    Usher
    Velveteens
    Walls Of Jericho
    Xtreme
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs
    (Frank) Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention

    (How am I doing, Michéle?) Detention, I fear… :v

  36. Andrew

    Well if the White Stripes were mentioned then it must have been during the chat cause I’m having a heck of time finding the mention in this string.

    Here are a few more and I don’t know how some these were missed:

    Anthrax
    Beastie Boys
    Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
    Blind Faith
    Charlie Daniels Band
    Derek and the Dominoes
    Devo
    Dave Edmunds
    Elvis Costello and the Attractions
    The Fabulous Poodles
    Humble Pie
    Iggy Pop and the Stooges
    Joe Jackson Band
    Nick Lowe
    M (yes, I rather listen to Pop Musik)
    The Plasmatics
    Prince
    Rockpile
    Steve Miller Band
    Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble
    The Vapors (how many would rather be Turning Japanese?)

    And a couple I could understand why they were missed:

    Dread Zeppelin (reggae covers of Zeppelin music with a lead singer who sounds like Elvis)
    Gwar (maybe not for the music but certainly an entertaining stage show)

    Are we at 500 yet? If not, how close? I’ll rack my brain some more.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

    • FEd

      You know, I think I’ve gone full circle. There really could be 500 bands that I like more than Radiohead.

      I don’t believe we mentioned, and can’t believe that we may not have mentioned, Humble Pie or Derek and the Dominoes. (Yes, when it came up originally in the chatroom, I meant.) We left out so many supremely talented artists. Suddenly “500” doesn’t seem to be such an outrageous figure to throw around.

      Did we mention Blind Faith the first time ’round? Here’s ‘Do What You Like’, anyway. What a band, what a song. Thanks for including them, Andrew (and Alessandra).

  37. Jan Vandevanter

    Let’s not forget Mr. Buddy Guy.

    Will be seeing him this weekend at Red Rocks.

  38. Alessandra

    This song came to my mind this morning. I liked Soul Asylum some years ago, then I completely forgot them.

    Listening to that song again made me think about Spin Doctors, I don’t know why. Maybe it’s just because I was listening to these bands in the same time.

    This topic is definitely a test of memory. 🙂

    • FEd

      I haven’t heard that song in ages or seen the incredibly powerful promo video.

      I can’t help but smile; these songs take me back to happy times. I don’t remember the kind of hat the singer’s wearing in the ‘Two Princes’ video being ‘in fashion’ in 1992/3, though.

      Remember this one from 4 Non Blondes? I’d be very surprised if you don’t, but they certainly deserve a place on our list.

    • Andrew

      FEd,

      Thanks so much for reminding me of the 4 Non Blondes song. I got chills listening to it. That is such a great song and I love her vocal delivery.

      Hearing it again it also reminded me of The Bangles, particularly their cover of the Simon & Garfunkel song “Hazy Shade of Winter” – here.

      And a few other girl bands you may add to the list, The Go-Gos and Bananarama.

      Thanks.

      Andrew

    • Pavlov

      “What’s Up” was what I chose as the backdrop music to the video of my one and only skydiving experience at Blue Sky Ranch in down-State New York in June 1993. Oh my, what a memory … Got me thinking about the Stereo MC’s (did we mention them?) – dimly lit places, dancing and a bit of fun. 😉

    • Alessandra

      “What’s Up?” is another nice song I had forgotten. Thanks for reminding me of it. 4 Non Blondes singer is also wearing a strange hat in the video, by the way.

      About Spin Doctors singer’s hat: I’ve always thought he’s wearing it (and those clothes) in “Two Princes” to play his part, according to the lyrics he’s singing, but maybe it’s just a hat and my speculation is completely useless. I like that hat anyway. 🙂

  39. Josh

    Oh yeah, did someone mention Arcade Fire yet? Well there it is in case they haven’t, they’re definitely much better than Radiohead as well.

    OK GO as well.

  40. taki

    Hi all,

    I was trying not to publish any duplicates, but that wasn’t easy, so I made a list of all comments until #47, removed all single artists and added my few. The result was 761 bands. Enjoy…

    Best regards
    Taki

    10cc
    13th Floor Elevators THE
    38 Special
    4 Non Blondes
    A Fine Frenzy
    A Perfect Circle
    A-Ha
    ABBA
    ABC
    AC/DC
    Aberfeldy
    Accept
    Aerosmith
    After the Fire
    Agonist THE
    Alan Parson’s Project THE
    Alarm
    Alice Cooper
    Alice in Chains
    All American Rejects
    Allman Brothers Band
    Alphaville
    Alter_bridge
    Amen Corner
    America
    Amon Düül II
    Animals THE
    Anthrax
    Aphrodite’s Child
    Apocalyptica
    Aqualung
    Arc Angels
    Arcade Fire
    Argent
    Arrogant Worms THE
    Asia
    Asking_alexandria
    Astral Cars Band
    Atomic Rooster
    Audience
    Audioslave
    Avantasia
    Average White Band
    Aztec Camera
    B.B. King
    B52′s
    BBM
    Bachman Turner Overdrive
    Bad Company
    Bad English
    Bad Manners
    Bad Religion
    Badfinger
    Band Of Gypsy’s
    Band THE
    Band of skulls
    Barclay James Harvest
    Bauhaus
    Be Bop Deluxe
    Beach Boys THE
    Beastie Boys
    Beatles THE
    Beatsteaks
    Beautiful South
    Beck
    Bee Gees
    Bees THE
    Bellamy Brothers
    Big Brother and the Holding Company
    Big Country
    Big Head Todd and the Monsters
    Billy Talent
    Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
    Black Sabbath
    Black Veil Brides
    Blackfoot Sue
    Blind Faith
    Blind Melon
    Bloc Party
    Blodwyn Pig
    Blondie
    Blood Stain Child
    Blood, Sweat Tears
    Bloodhound Gang THE
    Blue Öyster Cult
    Blues Brothers THE
    Bob Marley & The Wailers
    Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
    Bon Iver
    Bonaparte
    Bonzo Dog Dooh Dah Band
    Boomtown Rats
    Boris
    Boston
    Bread
    Breaking Benjamin
    Breathing Space
    Bryd THE
    Buckcherry
    Budgie
    Buffalo Springfield
    Bullet For My Valentine
    Bush
    Buzzcocks
    Byrds THE
    C.C.S.
    C.S.N & Y
    CSN
    Caesars THE
    Caliban
    Camel
    Can
    Canned Heat
    Caravan
    Carolina Liar

    • Alessandra

      …I made a list of all comments until #47, removed all single artists and added my few.

      Taki,

      You’ve done a great job. 🙂

    • ash

      You did a great job Taki. 🙂 I thought about how the counting could be done, it fried my brains trying to think it through never mind actually doing it! 8|

      ash

  41. Taki

    Carpenters
    Cars THE
    Cats Can Fly
    Chad and Jeremy
    Charlatans THE
    Charlie Daniels Band
    Chicago
    Chicken Shack
    Children Of Bodom
    Chilliwack
    Cinderella
    Clannad
    Clash THE
    Clearlight Symphony
    Climax Blues Band
    Cockney Rebel
    Coldplay
    Collective Soul
    Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen
    Commitments THE
    Commodores
    Counting Crows
    Country Joe and The Fish
    Cranberries THE
    Crazy World of Arthur Brown
    Cream
    Cream Cheese Incident
    Creation THE
    Creedence Clearwater Revival
    Crickets THE
    Crowded House
    Cult THE
    Cure THE
    Curved Air
    Cyrcle THE
    Damn Yankees
    Damned
    Dandy Warhols
    Danzig
    Darkness
    Darts
    Dave Edmunds
    Dave Matthews Band
    Deacon Blue
    Dead Boys THE
    Dead Weather THE
    Death Cab For Cutie
    Deep Purple
    Def Leppard
    Depeche Mode
    Derek and the Dominoes
    Devo
    Dexy’s Midnight Runners
    Dick Dale And His Del-tones
    Dio
    Dire Straits
    Disturbed
    Donots
    Doobie Brothers THE
    Doors THE
    Dr Feelgood
    Dr Hook
    Dr John And The Nightrippers
    Dread Zeppelin
    Dream Theater
    Drifters THE
    Drivin’ and Cryin’
    Dropkick Murphys
    Drowning Pool
    Duran Duran
    ELP
    Eagles THE
    Earth Wind & Fire
    Easybeats
    Echo & The Bunnymen
    Eddie & The Hotrods
    Edgar Broughton Band
    Eels
    Ektomorf
    Elbow
    Electric Light Orchestra
    Elvis Costello and the Attractions
    Eläkeläiset
    Emerson, Lake & Palmer
    Empire Of The Sun
    Eskimo Joe
    Etna
    Europe
    Eurythmics
    Evanescence
    Everlast
    Extreme
    Fabulous Poodles THE
    Faces
    Fairground Attraction
    Fairport Convention
    Faith No More
    Fall Out Boy
    Family
    Farm
    Faust
    Femme Fatale
    Fields of the Nephilim
    Fine Young Cannibals
    Finger Eleven

    • FEd

      We did leave out quite a few, didn’t we? I’m glad you mentioned The Charlatans, Coldplay (we forgot Coldplay?!), Counting Crows, The Cranberries, Cream (Cream! I’m sure we mentioned them in the chatroom), The Creation, Extreme… Oh, so many good ones.

    • Taki

      I think that with very effort we could reduce the list to 500 real good groups an leave out some, as I had to do with Nena. 😛

      It was a real pleasure to got through the list and do some work for the blog after the many weeks I rather read than co-wrote.

      Regards

      Taki

    • Andrew

      FEd,

      In your introduction you told us to leave out Cream. Were you sneaking a listen to some Radiohead and got a bit confused?

      Thanks.

      Andrew

      • FEd

        So I did.

        A ball of confusion, Andrew, that’s what my head is today.

        Did we mention The Temptations, or are they more of a group than a band?

    • Alessandra

      I think we also left out:

      Melvins
      Meat Puppets
      Crash Test Dummies
      Pixies
      My Bloody Valentine

      Hope your day is going better, FEd.

  42. Taki

    Flaming Lips
    Fleet Foxes
    Fleetwood Mac
    Flobots
    Flock Of Seagulls
    Flowerpot Men
    Flying Burrito Brothers THE
    Flying Pickets
    Focus
    Foghat
    Foo Fighters
    Foreigner
    Foundations
    Four Seasons
    Four Tops THE
    Fourmost
    Fox
    Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention
    Frankie Goes To Hollywood
    Franz Ferdinand
    Freddie & The Dreamers
    Free
    Frijid Pink
    Fugazi
    Fugees
    Fun Boy Three
    Gallagher & Lyle
    Garbage
    Generation X
    Genesis
    Gentle Giant
    Gerry & The Pacemakers
    Gillan
    Gipsy Kings
    Girlschool
    Glitter Band
    Gnarls Barkley
    Godley & Creme
    Godsmack
    Gojira
    Golden Earring
    Gong
    Good Charlotte
    Gorillaz
    Gov’t Mule
    Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
    Graham Parker & the Rumor
    Grant Green
    Grateful Dead
    Green Day
    Gris
    Groundhogs
    Guano Apes
    Guess Who THE
    Guns ‘n Roses
    Gwar
    Hall & Oates
    Happy Mondays
    Hawk
    Hawkwind
    Head East
    Heart
    Heaven 17
    Heaven Shall Burn
    Helloween
    Henry Rollins Band
    Herd
    Herman’s Hermits
    Hives THE
    Hole
    Hollies THE
    Hot Chocolate
    Hot Hot Heat
    Hotlegs
    Housemartins
    Human League
    Humble Pie
    INXS
    Ian Drury & The Blockheads
    Icehouse
    Ides Of March
    Iggy Pop and the Stooges
    In Flames
    Incredible String Band
    Iron & Wine
    Iron Butterfly
    Iron Maiden
    Isley Brothers
    It Bites
    Itchy Poopzkid
    It’s A Beautiful Day
    Ivy League
    Izzy Stradlin & the Ju Ju Hounds
    J.Geils Band
    Jackson 5 THE
    Jam
    James
    James Gang
    Jamiroquai
    Jane’s Addiction
    Japan
    Jeff Beck Group
    Jefferson Airplane
    Jet
    Jethro Tull
    Jilted John
    Jimi Hendrix Experience THE
    Jimmy Eat World
    Jimmy Page And Robert Plant
    Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
    Joe Jackson Band

  43. Taki

    …Band
    Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers
    Joker’s Wild
    Jon & Vangelis
    Journey
    Joy Division
    Judas Priest
    Justified Ancients of Mu Mu.
    K Naan
    KC & The Sunshine Band
    Kaiser Chiefs
    Kajagoogoo
    Karnataka
    Katrina & The Waves
    Killers THE
    King Crimson
    Kings Of Leon
    Kinks THE
    Kiss
    Korn
    Kraftwerk
    Krankies THE
    Kula Shaker
    Kursaal Flyers
    L.A. Guns
    Lacuna Coil
    Led Zeppelin
    Lee Micheals
    Legion Of The Damned
    Lemon Pipers THE
    Lemonheads THE
    Lenka
    Les Claypool’s Frog Brigade
    Level 42
    Limp Bizkit
    Lindisfarne
    Linkin Park
    Little Feat
    Liverpool Express
    Living Colour
    Lone Star
    Lostprophets
    Louise Attaque
    Love
    Loverboy
    Lovin’ Spoonful
    Lykke Li
    Lynyrd Skynyrd
    M
    M-People
    MGMT
    Mad Season
    Madness
    Magna Carta
    Magnum
    Mamas & Papas
    Man, Manhatten Transfer
    Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
    Manic Street Preachers
    Marbles
    Marillion
    Marmalade
    Maroon 5
    Mars Volta THE
    Massive Attack
    McGuinness Flint
    Medicine Head
    Megadeth
    Men At Work
    Men Without Hats
    Mental As Anything
    Merseybeats
    Metal Church
    Metallica
    Michael Schenker Group THE
    Midnight Oil
    Mike & The Mechanics
    Mindbenders
    Modern Lovers
    Modest Mouse
    Mogwai
    Molly Hatchet
    Monkees
    Monty Python
    Moody Blues THE
    Morris Minor & The Majors
    Mostly Autumn
    Mott The Hoople
    Mountain
    Move THE
    Mr. Big
    Mr. Bloe
    Mr. Mister
    Mud
    Mudhoney
    Mudvayne
    Mungo Jerry
    Muse
    Mute Math
    My Chemical Romance
    My Morning Jacket
    Mötley Crüe
    Mötörhead
    Nashville Teens
    Nazareth
    Neil Young & Crazy Horse
    Nektar
    Neu
    New Order
    New Vaudeville Band
    Nice
    Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
    Nickleback
    Nightwish
    Nikitaman

  44. Taki

    Nile
    Nine Inch Nails
    Nirvana
    No Doubt
    Nouvelle Vague
    OMD
    Oasis
    Ocean Colour Scene
    Odyssey
    Offspring THE
    Okkervil River
    One Republic
    Orb THE
    Osmonds
    Outlaws THE
    Oysterhead
    Ozark Mountain Daredevils
    O’jays
    Pantera
    Papa Roach
    Parlor Mob THE
    Patti Smith Group
    Pavlov’s Dog
    Pearl Jam
    Pendragon
    Pet Shop Boys
    Peter and Gordon
    Phish
    Pilot
    Pink Floyd
    Pinkerton’s Assorted Colours
    Pirahnas
    Placebo
    Plasmatics THE
    Platters
    Pogues THE
    Poison
    Police THE
    Porcupine Tree
    Portishead
    Postal Service THE
    Prefab Sprout
    Pretenders THE
    Pretty Things THE
    Primal Scream
    Primus
    Prince
    Principal Edwards Majic Theatre
    Prism
    Proclaimers
    Procul Harum
    Prodigy
    Psp
    Psychedelic Furs
    Public Image Ltd.
    Puddle Of Mudd
    Puscifer
    Queen
    Queens Of The Stone Age
    Queensrÿche
    Quicksilver Messenger Service
    Quintessence
    Quireboys
    Quiver
    R.E.M.
    REO Speedwagon
    Rabbitt
    Raconteurs THE
    Radha Krishna Temple
    Rage Against the Machine
    Rainbow
    Ramases
    Ramones
    Rare Earth
    Rasmus THE
    Raspberries THE
    Razorlight
    Reamonn
    Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Red Lorry Yellow Lorry
    Red Rider
    Reo Speedwagon
    Reply
    Right Said Fred
    Rise Against
    Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians
    Rockin’ Berries
    Rockpile
    Rolling Stones THE
    Roxy Music
    Rubettes
    Run DMC
    Runaways THE
    Rush
    Rutles
    Sad Cafe
    Saga
    Salamanders THE
    Samson
    Santana
    Saxon
    Scaffold
    Scorpions
    Screaming Trees
    Searchers
    Seether
    Selecter
    Semisonic
    Sensational Alex Harvey Band THE
    Sepultura
    Sex Pistols
    Shadows
    Sham69
    Shamen
    Shangri-Las
    Shazam THE
    Showaddywaddy
    Shriekback
    Sigue Sigue Sputnik
    Silverchair
    Simon And Garfunkel

    • Taki

      … that entry was KenF’s, FEd. Can’t tell about the video, since I can’t view it here in good ol’ Germany (due to copyright reasons).

      Best regards

      Taki

  45. Taki

    Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
    Simple Minds
    Simple Plan
    Simply Red
    Siouxsie & The Banshees
    Skid Row
    Skindred
    Skunk Anansie
    Slade
    Slash’s Snakepit
    Slaughter
    Slik
    Slipknot
    Slits
    Sly & The Family Stone
    Small Faces
    Smashing Pumpkins
    Smiths
    Smokie
    Snow Patrol
    Soft Boys THE
    Soft Cell
    Soft Machine
    Sonic Youth
    Soulfly
    Soundgarden
    Spandau Ballet
    Sparks
    Specials
    Specials THE
    Spencer Davis Group
    Spin Doctors
    Spinal Tap
    Spirit
    Splinter
    Splodgenessabounds
    Springfields
    Squeeze
    Staind
    Standells THE
    Starsailor
    Status Quo
    Stealer’s Wheel
    Steeleye Span
    Steely Dan
    Steppenwolf
    Stereophonics
    Steve Miller Band
    Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble
    Stiff Little Fingers
    Stiltskin
    Stone Roses
    Stone Sour
    Stone Temple Pilots
    Stone The Crows
    Stranglers THE
    Strawberry Alarm Clock
    Strawbs
    Stray Cats
    Style Council
    Styx
    Sublime
    Suede
    Suicidal Tendencies
    Sum 41
    Supermax
    Supertramp
    Supremes THE
    Sweet
    Sweet THE
    Swing Out Sister
    Swinging Blue Jeans
    System of a Down
    T-Rex
    Talk Talk
    Talking Heads
    Tangerine Dream
    Tavares
    Tear for Fears
    Teardrop Explodes
    Tears For Fears
    Ted Nugent & The Amboy Dukes
    Temptations THE
    Ten Pole Tudor
    Ten Years After
    Tesla
    Testament
    Texas
    Them
    They Might Be Giants
    Thin Lizzy
    Thomas Oliver Band THE
    Thompson Twins
    Three Days Grace
    Three Dog Night
    Thunder
    Tin Machine
    Tin Tin
    Toad the Wet Spocket
    Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
    Tommy James and the Shondells
    Tomorrow
    Tool
    Toots and The Maytals
    Tornados
    Toto
    Touchstone
    Traffic
    Transvision Vamp
    Travelling Wilburys THE
    Travis

    • Taki

      You’re very welcome, and yes, it did test my memory, FEd.

      My list of records that I need to buy is now significantly longer, but there are some rarities I need to buy in September. 😉

      Best regards

      Taki

  46. Taki

    Treherbert
    Tremeloes
    Treorchy
    Troggs
    Troggs THE
    Trooper
    Tubes THE
    Tubeway Army
    Turtles
    Twisted Sister
    Type O Negative
    Typically Tropical
    Téléphone
    T’Pau
    U2
    UB40
    UFO
    Ugly Kid Joe
    Ultravox
    Undertones
    Union Gap
    Unit Four Plus Two
    Uriah Heep
    Utopia
    Van Halen
    Van der Graaf Generator
    Vapors THE
    Velvet Revolver
    Velvet Underground THE
    Velveteens
    Verve THE
    Vibrators
    Village People
    Vinegar Joe
    Violent Femmes
    Violinski
    Visage
    Voice Of The Beehive
    Volbeat
    WASP
    Wah
    Walker Brothers
    Walls Of Jericho
    Wang Chung
    War
    Warrant
    Waterboys
    Wayne Toups And Zydecajun
    Weezer
    Wet Wet Wet
    Wham
    White Stripes THE
    Whitesnake
    Who THE
    Widespread Panic
    Wild Cherry
    Wings
    Wishbone Ash
    Wizzard
    Wolfmother
    Wombats THE
    Wonder Stuff
    Wurzels
    Wuthering Heights
    X-Ray Spex
    XIT
    XTC
    Xtreme
    Yardbirds THE
    Yazoo
    Yazz
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs
    Yello
    Yellow Magic Orchestra
    Yes
    Young Rascals
    Youngbloods THE
    ZZ Top
    Zebra
    Zephyrs
    Zombies

    The total amount had be reduced to 759 because of two duplicates I oversaw.

    Best regards,

    Taki

  47. Taki

    …what a start to the weekend. 🙁

    First an idiot killed 100 people in Norway, then Amy Winehouse joined Club 27.

    I can’t find words…

    Taki

  48. Andrew

    I just read that Amy Winehouse was found dead today, July 23, in her apartment. She was 27.

    Scary, another music talent who died at 27 and I believe all the others had issues with drugs/alcohol/life.

    Jimi Hendrix
    Jim Morrison
    Kurt Cobain
    Janis Joplin
    Brian Jones
    Ron “Pigpen” McKernen (Grateful Dead)

    There are others but these are some of the best known. Of course in the case of the Grateful Dead, the last job you want is to play keyboards, I think it was four of them that died and Ron was the first. And I believe Bruce Hornsby is the only one who survived the curse.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

  49. Sharon Woods

    2 weeks! And believe me, that time will drag past like a handless clock!

    My family’s utterly flabbergasted! How do I even begin to describe how much this means to me? My father, a pianist, music teacher, builder, and gardener, had an irregularly ingenious head like Woody Guthrie! In tribute, my ‘ukulele case is inscribed, tongue in cheekily, “This machine kills fascists.” 😀

    The Mojo magazine article at the beginning of RW’s announcement of the tour? I bought it just as much for the Woody Guthrie article! 😉

    The local folk band jams we go to see every week always include Guthrie songs! Not to mention reading his autobiography and biographies, the Lomax recordings, Arlo’s albums, Sarah Lee Guthrie’s recent children songs, Marjorie Guthrie’s past writings, etc…

    And next year is Woody Guthrie’s 100th Birthday! His hometown, Okemah, OK celebrate annually in early July with a free annual folk music festival! See woodyguthrie.org.

    I have a dear decrepit bayou friend, another Floydian who in his colorful past was a for-hire chef for many great musicians (The Doors and Janis Joplin), including one party at Alice’s Restaurant! I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen his pictures! The church is still there!

    • D.Q.

      Alice’s Restaurant is great!!! I love Arlo. He’s one of very few artists that actually speaks out publicly against America’s Banks. He sees them as a force of great evil.

      Of course his dad did as well.

    • Sharon Woods

      What an amazing voice he has! It’s a pure shock of white electric voltage to hear that lightning bolt live!

      … Disappointingly, I made my husband memorize the “Alice’s Restaurant Anti-Masacree Movement” all for nought, as Arlo Guthrie without explanation didn’t perform it! Now we wanna kill, kill, kill (I’m only joking)! 😉

      I’m not joking when I say this, that I was in fact the only person wearing a “This Machine Kills Fascists” T-shirt, I must be getting a bit old fashioned! 😉

      NO matter: “This Land is Your Land”, “The City of New Orleans” and “Goodnight Irene” were sung heartily by all!

      Huddie Ledbetter aka “Leadbelly” is the author of “Goodnight Irene.” Was this song as popular overseas? Arlo mentioned a statue of Leadbelly in Shreveport, LA, which is a stone’s throw from MY hometown “In The Pines”!

  50. Hydrea

    Sorry FEd, I’m off topic.

    I’m so sad about Amy Winehouse. She was only 27 years old!!

    I think she was a great artist, really. I loved her beautiful and amazing black voice. So, I would share my thoughts about her with you.

    Thanks.

    Hydrea

  51. tony

    And one that is always forgotten(dont know why): UFO.

    Also Pallas and The Enid for those who were at High Voltage this weekend.

    • Taki

      No, it was not. 😉

      One of my all time favourites is “Lights out”:

      Wind blows back and the batons charging
      It winds all the way
      Right to the butt of my gun
      Maybe now your time has come

      From the back streets there’s a rumbling
      Smell of anarchy
      No more nice time, black boy shoe shines
      Pie in the sky dreams

      Lights out, lights out in London, hold on tight till the end
      Better now you know we’ll never wait till tomorrow
      Lights out, lights out in London, hold on tight till the end
      God knows when I’m coming on (my) run…..

  52. D.Q.

    Hey You Lovers Of Fine Music!!! Did you folks see the new “official” Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon teasers that have been posted onYouTube? They are really, really, wonderful. The Dark Side Immersion Box Set Trailer includes some of the original film that was shown behind them on their tours. It looks like they have better prints than those that are on the “PULSE” DVD. The color and clarity are wonderful. (I can barely wait for that box set. I’ve ordered two copies. One to look at and play and one to stash away–in case something happens to the first copy, once the thing eventually goes out of print.)

    There’s a really brief cut showing young Mr. Gilmour singing, during “Us and Them.” Cheeezus, I miss having long hair like that. Remember hoisting yourself out of a pool and feeling it all stuck up against yer back?

  53. Luis Martins

    Hi David!

    This is Luis Martins from Portugal, I’m a big fan of you and I wonder if you may visit a small village in Portugal: Santo Antão do Tojal (Loures).

    There is a Plaza called Monumental Plaza from XVI century, that probably is a nice place to make a “small concert” and a nice opportunity to know better our country.

    Keep making good music as always!

    😉

  54. D.Q.

    There’s a special edition MOJO 60’s issue finally available in the U.S. this week. It’s got a picture of Mr. Gilmour’s old Busking buddy Syd with two sugar cubes in his mouth. Also one of early Pink on a fire escape on the side of their hotel in California.

    As usual Pink Floyd doesn’t get a section in the retrospective. The mainstream rock press has always done a horrible job of writing/notwriting about the Floyd and Gilmour. (I get so mad about that sometimes.) I mean–during the sixties–in a couple of years Floyd had gone from Piper to Ummugumma. Ummugumma is friggin’ amazing. Particularly the live stuff. Astronomy… Set the… and Careful… WOW!!! I’m always stunned when I listen to it.

    The Mojo special issue is still amazing though. Packed with fabulous stuff. A lot of it focuses on Brian Wilson’s “Smile.” And there’s a wonderful interview with Eric Burdon who talks about Hendrix, Hendrix’s manager who died in a plane accident, and Hendrix’s money, that washed up on some beach somewhere when the manager died.

  55. D.Q.

    The Amazing Taki left out “the Left Banke.” A CD/Vinyl crisp reissue of their best is out now too. “Pretty Ballerina” “Walk Away Rene.”

    Love that stuff.

    Fabulous job Taki! Wow!