The Final Rip: I-J

Here is where I talk a little about various artists whose music I own. (S/T means self-titled.)

Since MTV was a big part of my early music experience, I tried to find videos of one song for each band just for fun. Apologies in advance for some of the more lurid examples, I mostly picked them based on the song, not on the video content!

Complete(ish) Collections

Jump, Little Children (1998 Magazine, 2001 The Early Years, Volume 1, 2001 Vertigo, 2004 Between the Dim and the Dark) — “Hey, I know one of the band members” is why we first picked up their music, since my wife’s cousin is their cello/guitar player, but I quickly grew to appreciate them independent of this connection. Was always interesting to hear tidbits of their efforts to get signed. Even though they’ve officially moved on to other projects, they still have quite the following in the south. And I find it cool that Joan Osborne covered the beautiful “Cathedrals.”

Jump Little Children - Cathedrals

Partial Collections

INXS (1984 The Swing, 1987 Kick) — Mid-80’s INXS had just an amazing string of albums. At one point I had Shabooh Shoobah and Listen Like Thieves as well as these two, then decided it was time for a Greatest Hits collection, then realized I didn’t like anything newer and was missing some key favorites, so I started picking up some of the albums again! The Swing is definitely my favorite album, but “Need You Tonight” is probably my favorite song.

INXS Need You Tonight - Mediate

Izdatso (2001 S/T) — I tend to find straight up trance/dance music better on mixed compilations rather than as individual artists’ albums. This is a typical case of a good-enough-to-keep-but-doesn’t-blow-me-away CD. Band doesn’t even warrant a Wikipedia entry, apparently.

Izdatso - Western Nights

Greatest Hits

In This Moment (2015 Rise Of The Blood Legion – Greatest Hits) — Another recent addition to the lineup after hearing some good stuff on Octane. Weird that this 2015 collection doesn’t include anything from their 2014 album, including “Big Bad Wolf” which was the first song that caught our attention. Also interesting to find that their earlier work is less screamy than their harder, more recent stuff. Personally, I prefer the screamier stuff!

IN THIS MOMENT - Blood (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

Michael Jackson (2003 Number Ones) — Oh come on, everyone needs some MJ in their collection! Also: the video for “Thriller,” featuring zombies before they were trite.

Michael Jackson - Thriller (Official Video)

Billy Joel (1985 Greatest Hits, Volume I & Volume II) — I remember wondering as a kid if it was ok to like Billy Joel because my grandpa was a fan, LOL. Honestly don’t care too much for his later stuff, and I can take or leave a few of the items on here, but I do have a soft spot for a lot of the tunes in the middle, especially when he rocks it up a little.

Billy Joel - Pressure

Howard Jones (1993 The Best of Howard Jones) — HoJo is one of those artists who was omnipresent during my teenage years but who never clicked onto my radar until much later. I picked up this collection and realized that I knew pretty much every song, but just didn’t recognize them by name.

Howard Jones - New Song

Journey (1988 Greatest Hits) — Apparently I’m the only person who thinks “Separate Ways” is a masterpiece and the best Journey song ever. So be it!

Journey - Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)

The Final Rip: G-H

Here is where I talk a little about various artists whose music I own. (S/T means self-titled.)

Since MTV was a big part of my early music experience, I tried to find videos of one song for each band just for fun. Apologies in advance for some of the more lurid examples, I mostly picked them based on the song, not on the video content!

Complete(ish) Collections

Dave Gahan (2003 Paper Monsters, 2007 Hourglass) — Solo efforts by Depeche Mode’s lead singer and obviously why I own them. Doesn’t stray too far afield from music that DM might actually do.

Dave Gahan - Dirty Sticky Floors

Garbage (1995 Garbage, 1998 Version 2.0, 2001 beautifulgarbage, 2005 Bleed Like Me, 2012 Not Your Kind of People, 2016 Strange Little Birds) — Picked up their first album when “Vow” became a pretty big hit in 1995. Everything they’ve released has been pretty solid. Dark and poppy at the same time, just like I like ’em!

Gorillaz (2000 Gorillaz, 2001 G Sides, 2005 Demon Days, 2007 D-Sides, 2010 Plastic Beach) — One of my strongest memories is spacing out to the video for “19-2000” while chilling out in our Paris hotel room in between sightseeing during the summer of 2001. Not everything they do works, but when it does, it’s usually incredibly catchy. (Dare I mention “Dare”?)

Gorillaz - 19-2000 (Official Video)

Gravity Kills (1996 S/T, 1998 Perversion, 2002 Superstarved) — With songs featured on both the Se7en and Mortal Kombat soundtracks, it’s no wonder I picked up their debut album. Their sound trends toward early Nine Inch Nails, and although I find them pretty listenable, they ultimately ended up being more to my wife’s taste than mine.

Gravity Kills ~ Guilty 1995 HD

Partial Collections

Peter Gabriel (1982 S/T (Security), 1986 So, 1989 Passion: Music for the Last Temptation of Christ, 1990 Shaking the Tree: Sixteen Golden Greats, 1992 Us, 2002 Long Walk Home, 2002 Up) — To me, “Shock the Monkey” is one of the best songs and videos of the early MTV era, and what really made me into a Peter Gabriel fan. (Admission: I never got into Genesis during his era as lead singer.) The album it appeared on was one of the first all-digital albums recorded, and certainly the earliest DDD CD I owned, though not the first I purchased. His soundtrack efforts have been pretty brilliant as well. Only wish he would put out more new material!

Peter Gabriel - Shock The Monkey

Genesis (1983 S/T) — Everyone loves to rip on Phil Collins-era Genesis, but honestly their self-titled 1983 release is one of my all-time favorite albums. Sure, it includes the cheesy “Illegal Alien,” but outside of that it’s filled with great atmospheric and moody music. Too bad the original “Mama” video isn’t available. Even the peppier “That’s All” has a dark feel to it that I can’t entirely explain. I’ll also note that Phil Collins’ solo music of this era has a similar feel (think “In the Air Tonight” and “I Don’t Care Anymore”), so I have to admit to being a bit of a fan, at least for this time period.

Genesis Mama - Lyrics

Martin L Gore (2003 COUNTERFEIT2) — Solo effort by the other main Depeche Mode singer. Was going to put this in the “complete(ish)” column until I noticed that there was a new (instrumental) release in 2015, so I guess that’s only a 50% collection. Oh well! This album is all covers of other artists’ work, most of which I’d never heard before.

Martin L. Gore - Loverman

Halestorm (2009 Halestorm, 2015 Into the Wild Life) — Another recent Octane pick-up. The world needs more female-fronted hard rock bands.

Halestorm - "I Am The Fire" [Official Video]

PJ Harvey (1993 Rid of Me, 1995 To Bring You My Love, 1998 Is This Desire?, 2000 Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea, 2004 Uh Huh Her, 2007 White Chalk, 2009 A Woman a Man Walked By) — I first got into PJ in the early 90’s with her stripped-down “Rid of Me”-era songs. Each album has been a bit of a journey, some a little out there for me, but she definitely has her unique sound and some real classics in her discography.

PJ Harvey - Down By The Water

Haujobb (2003 Vertical Theory) — Part of my effort to find “modern” industrial-sounding music to complement my collection of classic industrial bands. This release works well enough but I haven’t been too eager to flesh out the catalogue in my collection.

Haujobb - Renegades of Noize

Hole (1994 Live Through This) — You might think Courtney Love sold out or destroyed her career or sullied the name of her husband or whatever, but this is a powerful collection of songs.

Greatest Hits

Hall & Oates (1983 Greatest Hits: Rock ‘n Soul, Part 1, 2001 The Very Best of Daryl Hall & John Oates) — Hey this almost-redundant-but-not-quite dual greatest hits collection thing is a real trend in my collection! The first (and second) band I got to see in concert, they have an undeniable legacy. I actually remember singing “Maneater” in elementary school music class with mimeographed, poorly-transcribed lyric sheets, LOL. Their Out of Touch album definitely mixed things up a bit and produced some interesting additions to their oeuvre.

Daryl Hall & John Oates - Method of Modern Love

Heart (2002 The Essential Heart) — Most people remember Heart for their early rockers, but as an MTV child I was indoctrinated into their mid-80s poppy phase. Songs like “These Dreams,” “What About Love,” and “Never” are almost disturbingly emotionally loaded singles that immediately take me back to watching music videos late into the night during high school.

Heart - These Dreams

Huey Lewis & The News (2006 Greatest Hits) — Sure, the whole Huey Lewis monologue in American Psycho was priceless, but here’s another MTV era pop phenomenon who was ultimately just harmless fun. “Hip to Be Square” and “The Power of Love” (from Back to the Future) were always my faves.

Huey Lewis And The News - Hip To Be Square

The Final Rip: F

Here is where I talk a little about various artists whose music I own. (S/T means self-titled.)

Since MTV was a big part of my early music experience, I tried to find videos of one song for each band just for fun. Apologies in advance for some of the more lurid examples, I mostly picked them based on the song, not on the video content!

Complete(ish) Collections

The Faint (1998 Media, 1999 Blank-Wave Arcade, 2001 Danse Macabre, 2003 Danse Macabre Remixes, 2004 Wet From Birth, 2008 Fasciinatiion, 2014 Doom Abuse) — Picked up Danse Macabre on a whim shortly after I moved to Seattle and instantly fell in love with the old school synths combined with the dark lyrics and heavy sound. Totally feel these guys deserve more attention.

The Faint - Agenda Suicide

Fatboy Slim (1996 Better Living Through Chemistry, 1998 You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby, 2000 Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars, 2004 Palookaville) — Along with The Crystal Method, Fatboy Slim was part of my “second wave” of mid-90s electronica. He only released a handful of albums which are all quite excellent (apart from a cover of “The Joker” which I could have done without). Plus you can thank him for giving us Christopher Walken dancing!

Fatboy Slim - Weapon Of Choice

The Fatima Mansions (1989 Against Nature, 1990 Viva Dead Ponies, 1991 Bertie’s Brochures, 1991 The Only Solution: Another Revolution, 1992 Valhalla Avenue, 1994 Lost in the Former West) — OMG, this band. Another one of my all-time favorites. A complete fluke find after picking up the single “The Only Solution: Another Revolution” which I had heard might be industrial (kinda, sorta, but the rest of his stuff, not so much). Think more Irish with a bad attitude, biting political lyrics, and an amazing ability to write hooks. If you search “aaron giles fatima mansions” you can see that I tried (and often failed hilariously) to transcribe all the lyrics and share them over Usenet back in the day.

The Fatima Mansions - Blues For Ceauşescu

Fischerspooner (2000 #1, 2005 Odyssey, 2009 Entertainment) — Picked up these guys based on their first single “Emerge.” Another electronica band, though this one is classified as “electroclash.” Man, people overthink these things. The bonus track “Megacolon” from the first album is, uh, interesting to say the least.

Fischerspooner Emerge Original

Front 242 (1982 Geography, 1984 No Comment, 1987 Official Version, 1988 Front by Front, 1991 Mixed by Fear, 1991 Tyranny (For You), 1993 05:22:09:12 Off, 1993 06:21:03:11 Up Evil, 1993 Angels Versus Animals, 1998 Headhunter 2000, 1998 Re:Boot, 2003 Pulse, 2003 Still and Raw) — The opening of “Until Death (Us Do Part)” is to this day one of my favorite album openings of all time, and was what originally sold me on industrial music when I first heard it. It’s also probably why Front By Front is my favorite of their albums. I also have a soft spot for the two extended remix EPs, Mixed by Fear, and Angels Versus Animals. Was great to have some new music from them in 2003 after 10 years, but they failed to repeat in 2013 like I had hoped!

front 242 - until death ( us do part ) clip

Partial Collections

Mylène Farmer (1988 Ainsi soit je, 1991 L’Autre, 1992 Beyond My Control, 1992 Dance Remixes, 1995 Anamorphosée, 1999 Innamoramento) — My girlfriend (now wife) studied abroad in Paris her junior year and discovered Mylène Farmer. I luckily got the opportunity to spend a few months in nearby (via the TGV) Geneva and so we had a bit of a cultural music exchange. I have no idea what she’s singing about, but she’s got some pretty, moody music to go with them. My entry point was almost certainly “Beyond My Control,” which samples one of my all-time favorite movies, Dangerous Liaisons. (And check out the steamy soft core vampire action in the video — how very French!)

Mylene Farmer Beyond My Control clip

Filter (1995 Short Bus, 1999 Title of Record, 2002 The Amalgamut, 2008 Anthems for the Damned) — Started listening to these guys originally due to their Nine Inch Nails connection and their debut single, “Hey Man, Nice Shot.” For whatever reason, the wife ended more into them than I was, though we haven’t checked out much from them in the last 10 years or so.

Filter - Hey Man, Nice Shot (Official Video) HD

Fluke (1997 Risotto, 2001 Progressive History X, 2003 Puppy) — More great electronica for the mix! Latched onto Fluke as a result of “Atom Bomb” from the Wipeout 2097 video game soundtrack, of all things.

Greatest Hits

The Fixx (1989 One Thing Leads to Another: Greatest Hits) — “Stand or Fall” was one of my favorite MTV memories, and in college it seemed everyone had this greatest hits compilation. Definitely a worthwhile purchase, as pretty much every track on it is gold. My biggest disappointment was that they cheaped out and included a live version of “Stand or Fall” instead of the real one. (This is one of my most common complaints about hits compilations — stop with the live versions!)

STAND OR FALL- THE FIXX (1983)

Foreigner (1982 Records, 2014 The Best of Foreigner 4 & More) — Again, two not completely overlapping greatest hits albums. Man, I remember distinctly that “Hot Blooded” was just absolutely huuuuuuge when I was young and impressionable, though I always preferred the follow-up “Double Vision.”

Double Vision - Foreigner

Frankie Goes to Hollywood (1993 Bang!… The Greatest Hits of Frankie Goes to Hollywood) — Between “Relax” and “Two Tribes,” Frankie Goes to Hollywood had an amazing debut and was in constant rotation on MTV. They only ever released two albums, both of which I owned at one point. This compliation CD pretty much covers all the essentials.

Frankie goes to hollywood - Two Tribes (HD)

The Final Rip: E

Here is where I talk a little about various artists whose music I own. (S/T means self-titled.)

Since MTV was a big part of my early music experience, I tried to find videos of one song for each band just for fun. Apologies in advance for some of the more lurid examples, I mostly picked them based on the song, not on the video content!

Complete(ish) Collections

Eat Static (1993 Abduction, 1994 Implant, 1995 Epsylon, 1997 Science of the Gods, 2000 Crash and Burn!, 2000 Prepare Your Spirit, 2001 In the Nude!, 2004 Alien Artifacts, 2008 Back to Earth) — This psychedelic, sci-fi themed electronica group was a more recent discovery thanks to a coworker. Pretty solid all around, but also challenging to get ahold of. I ended up doing a bulk order direct from their UK store to fill out my collection.

Eat Static - Ganesha

Electronic (1991 Electronic, 1996 Raise the Pressure, 1999 Twisted Tenderness) — Bernard Sumner of New Order plus Johnny Marr of The Smiths, with frequent guest vocals by Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys: this is pretty much one of the first new wave “supergroups.” As usual, not quite matching the lofty expectations, but still had a pretty good run overall.

Electronic - Disappointed

Partial Collections

Einstürzende Neubauten (1993 Tabula Rasa) — One of the pioneers of industrial music, this was a band I always felt I should be more into than I actually was. This is known as one of their more accessible albums and I think I decided that was good enough for me!

Einstürzende Neubauten Tabula rasa - 1205(te nacht)

Evanescence (2003 Fallen, 2006 The Open Door) — Interesting combination of sad piano + vocals with a harder rock sound underneath. Singer Amy Lee has a remarkable voice.

Evanescence - Everybody's Fool

Everything but the Girl (1994 Amplified Heart) — Dipped into this on the basis of “Missing”, but never really managed to sell me on anything beyond it.

Everything But The Girl - Missing (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)

Greatest Hits

Erasure (1992 Pop! The First 20 Hits) — As a huge Depeche Mode fan, of course I was had to also be into Erasure. I followed them pretty religiously for their first few albums but then kind of lost momentum, eventually trading down to this GH collection. Of course, even just listening to “Ship of Fools” makes me second-guess that decision!

Erasure - Ship of Fools (Official Video)

Eurythmics (1991 Greatest Hits) — This may only be a Greatest Hits entry, but I did care enough to seek out the UK release which has 4 more songs than the U.S. release. That counts for something, right? Another band who hit it big during the MTV days and thus caught my attention with their videos during my formative years.

Eurythmics - Missionary Man (Official Music Video)

The Final Rip: D

Here is where I talk a little about various artists whose music I own. (S/T means self-titled.)

Since MTV was a big part of my early music experience, I tried to find videos of one song for each band just for fun. Apologies in advance for some of the more lurid examples, I mostly picked them based on the song, not on the video content!

Complete(ish) Collections

Deee-Lite (1990 World Clique, 1992 Infinity Within, 1994 Dewdrops in the Garden, 1996 Sampladelic Relics & Dancefloor Oddities) — If you want a pick-me-up, there’s little out there more infectious than Deee-Lite. “Groove Is In the Heart” was huge, but that whole first album is just great. They kind of flamed out commercially after that, but I went back and picked up their subsequent albums and found them to be great in their own way.

Deee-Lite - "Good Beat" (Official Music Video)

Depeche Mode (1981 Speak & Spell, 1982 A Broken Frame, 1983 Construction Time Again, 1984 Some Great Reward, 1986 Black Celebration, 1987 Music for the Masses, 1990 Violator, 1993 Songs of Faith and Devotion, 1997 Ultra, 2001 Exciter, 2005 Playing the Angel, 2009 Sounds of the Universe, 2013 Delta Machine, 2017 Spirit, plus ~24 CD singles) — Simply judging from the completeness of my collection, Depeche Mode is clearly near the top of my list of favorite bands. I was introduced to them in high school during the Black Celebration era, but Music for the Masses was the first album I picked up, and I was totally hooked. Overall, my favorite album has to be 1982’s A Broken Frame, with its amazing bookends of “Leave in Silence” and “The Sun & the Rainfall,” and everything in between. My favorite DM song, though, is probably “Walking in My Shoes” from Songs of Faith and Devotion, a song which always hits me in the feels.

Depeche Mode - Walking In My Shoes (Remastered Video)

Duran Duran (1982 Rio, 1983 Seven and the Ragged Tiger, 1986 Notorious, 1988 Big Thing, 1989 Decade, 1990 Liberty, 1993 S/T, 2004 Astronaut, 2007 Red Carpet Massacre, 2010 All You Need Is Now, 2015 Paper Gods) — I’ve been a DD fan since the early days, largely based on their large MTV presence and evocative/bizarre videos. (This also gave me an “in” with the girls in grade school, ha!) Also was a huge fan of their James Bond theme, “A View to a Kill.” Their music was always an interesting mix of poppy and new wave, with lots of pretentiousness, and lyrics that made no sense except as word painting and pure imagery. Their “reboot” with 2004’s Astronaut has produced a series of top-notch albums, so I’m thrilled to see that they’re still actively making new music.

Duran Duran - The Chauffeur

Partial Collections

Terence Trent D’Arby (1987 Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D’Arby, 1989 Neither Fish Nor Flesh) — In 1987 there were two big solo pop stars making huge waves: George Michael and Terence Trent D’Arby. From the opening of his debut album, I was hooked with the poetry of his lyrics and his music, at times minimal and at times lush. At one point I owned all of his pre-Sananda Maitreya albums but eventually pared it down to just the first two.

If You All Get To Heaven: Terence Trent D'Arby *HQ SOUND*

The Dandy Warhols (2003 Welcome to the Monkey House, 2008 …Earth to the Dandy Warhols) — Was briefly into these guys during the Welcome to the Monkey House era, but interest kind of faded shortly afterwards. Apparently Monkey House was produced by Nick Rhoades of Duran Duran, which might be just the influence I needed to enjoy them.

The Dandy Warhols - We Used To Be Friends

Death Cab for Cutie (2005 Plans, 2008 Narrow Stairs) — Although DCC was on the radio constantly here in the Seattle area, I only gave them a real shot after discovering and falling in love with Ben Gibbard‘s side project The Postal Service. I’d say both of these albums are just fine and enjoyable to listen to, but not enough to motivate me to explore more of the catalogue.

I Will Possess Your Heart (Album Version video)

Def Leppard (1981 High ‘n’ Dry, 1983 Pyromania, 1987 Hysteria) — Ah, the hair band days. In high school I started off with Pyromania, which had a number of singles on heavy MTV rotation. When Hysteria landed, they grew even more popular, but after that they seemed to recognize their formula and it became a little too obvious for my tastes. Meanwhile, I had come around to loving the immediate predecessor, High ‘n’ Dry, and still consider “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak” to be one of the best songs of the 80’s.

Def Leppard - Bringin' On The Heartbreak (Official Music Video)

Die Warzau (1991 Big Electric Metal Bass Face) — During my 90’s techno/industrial phase I was hungry for more bands in that genre, and this Nitzer Ebb-influenced band fit the bill.

Red All Over - Die Warzau

Disturbed (2015 Immortalized) — Recent addition at the wife’s suggestion.

Disturbed - The Vengeful One [Official Music Video]

DJ Irene (2002 Phonosynthesis, 2003 Fearless) — A little pump-you-up trance music for late night programming.

DJ Irene-Chainsaw[The Crow Remix]

DJ Tiësto (2004 Parade Of The Athletes) — Performance for the 2004 Summer Olympics, but I have to admit it was the “Adagio for Strings” cover that attracted me, long before I was ever familiar with the Barber piece, and even longer before I was familiar with the “Agnus Dei” choral setting.

Tiësto - Adagio For Strings

Greatest Hits

DEVO (1990 Greatest Hits, 1990 Greatest Misses) — I don’t do much karaoke, but when pressed, I can do a mean rendition of “Whip It“. It’s awesome that they released a collection of “Greatest Misses,” and pretty much love them all, so I figure some day I will bite the bullet and dig into their back catalogue more extensively.

Devo - [I Can't Get No] Satisfaction (Video)

Dokken (1999 The Very Best of Dokken) — Early high school years were the time of hair metal bands, and Dokken was always one of my favorites.

Dokken - "Into The Fire" (Official Music Video)

The Doors (2000 The Best of The Doors) — I was a serious Doors fan in college and at one point owned all their albums. Eventually I backed off a bit and settled on this collection, which is relatively thorough.

The Doors - Riders On The Storm (HQ)