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!

Other segments: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

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!

Other segments: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

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!

Other segments: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

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)

The Final Rip: C

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!

Other segments: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Complete(ish) Collections

CAKE (1994 Motorcade of Generosity, 1996 Fashion Nugget, 1998 Prolonging the Magic, 2001 Comfort Eagle, 2004 Pressure Chief, 2007 B-Sides and Rarities, 2011 Showroom of Compassion) — I totally love these guys; probably one of my favorite bands ever. Between the syncopated rap-singing, the great lyrics, the stripped down sound, the brilliant use of trumpet, and copious vibraslap, it all just works amazingly well. So many amazing songs to choose from, but the first I heard was “Rock ‘n Roll Lifestyle” which to this day remains awesome.

Cake - Rock 'n' Roll Lifestyle

The Chemical Brothers (1995 Exit Planet Dust, 1997 Dig Your Own Hole, 1999 Surrender, 2002 Come With Us, 2004 Push the Button, 2007 We Are the Night, 2010 Further, 2015 Born in the Echoes) — 1995 was the year I first started to listen to techno (guess electronica taxonomists are calling this “big beat” now), and The Chemical Brothers, along with Orbital, was one of the first groups I got into. This is a genre of music where the individual albums don’t mean so much to me; I just like having a big pile to shuffle in a playlist, so I’m always happy to have more.

The Chemical Brothers - Go

The Crystal Method (1997 Vegas, 2001 Tweekend, 2002 Community Service, 2004 Legion of Boom, 2006 Drive, 2009 Divided by Night, 2014 S/T) — These guys are part of what I would call the “second wave” of techno bands that I started listening to in the mid-90s, also tagged as “big beat.” After fleshing out my Chemical Brothers and Orbital collections, I went in search of more similar fare and found these guys.

The Crystal Method - "Name of the Game" [Official Video]

Partial Collections

Cabaret Voltaire (1987 Code) — Late in high school I was given a mix tape of a bunch of electronic music, ranging from new wave to industrial, and a couple of songs from Code were included. At one point I had dug further into their catalogue, but I guess I decided that this one was the real keeper. It is also one of three classic industrial albums (along with Ministry‘s Twitch and Nitzer Ebb‘s That Total Age) that seemingly took forever to get their first CD release.

CABARET VOLTAIRE 'Dont Argue' video edit 'CODE' album version [HQ Audio]

Tracy Chapman (1988 S/T) — Great songwriter and an excellent debut album, just never took the time to keep up.

Coil (1987 Hellraiser Themes, 1991 Love’s Secret Domain) — I was initially intrigued by the creepy Hellraiser Themes but was completely floored by Love’s Secret Domain, which to me is a creepy, funky, drug-induced masterpiece (the initials are no coincidence, I’m sure). I’ve flirted with some of their other catalogue but never pulled the trigger. Plus they’ve been hard to find at a reasonable cost.

Coldplay (2002 A Rush of Blood to the Head) — Yeah, these guys were really big for a while there, and this ended up in my collection.

Coldplay - The Scientist

Creature Feature (2007 The Greatest Show Unearthed) — One of the opening acts when we saw Schoolyard Heroes. Light & cheesy horror-pop fun.

Creature Feature - Buried Alive (Official Performance Video)

The Cure (1981 Faith, 1982 Pornography, 1985 The Head on the Door, 1986 Staring at the Sea: The Singles, 1987 Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me, 1989 Disintegration, 1990 Mixed Up, 1992 Wish) — Disintegration came out the year I graduated high school and I quickly fell in love with the atmospheric, moody sound. Then I discovered Pornography which was darker and moodier and became my favorite Cure. Since then, I’ve dabbled with filling out the collection, but it’s still far from complete.

Greatest Hits

The Cars (1985 The Cars Greatest Hits, 2002 Complete Greatest Hits, 2011 Move Like This) — Poppy and yet kind of moody as well. Yes, there are two GH collections because they don’t entirely overlap, LOL. Their 20+ year comeback album was pretty good too!

The Cars-Shake it up

Collective Soul (2001 7even Year Itch: Greatest Hits 1994-2001) — I remember hearing these guys all the time on the radio and yet not connecting the dots that all these songs were by the same band until I finally picked this up!

Collective Soul - Run (Music Video)

The Final Rip: B

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!

Other segments: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Complete(ish) Collections

Beck (1993 Loser, 1994 Mellow Gold, 1996 Odelay, 1998 Mutations, 1999 Midnite Vultures, 2002 Sea Change, 2005 Guero, 2006 The Information, 2008 Modern Guilt, 2014 Morning Phase) — “Loser” was all over the radio when we first moved to the Bay Area, but when Odelay landed he really took off. Beck was one of a number of artists we got to see at the LIVE105 “Green Christmas Ball” in 1996. Overall I think I prefer his (currently) mid-career albums, especially Guero and The Information, but they all have their charm. I also like the way he mixes in downbeat, melancholy albums amid the more crowd-pleasing ones.

Bigod 20 (1991 Carpe Diem, 1992 On the Run, 1992 Steel Works!, 1994 Supercute) — In college and just afterwards I couldn’t get enough Front 242, so this Front 242 clone band was just the ticket. The wife and I still put on our fake German accents and quote “Carpe Diem” and “The Bog” at each other to this day. Pure fun. And their cover of Madonna‘s “Like a Prayer” is just perfect.

Bigod 20 - The Bog (Dance Mix)

Bill Carson & His Checkered Past (2004 The Copper Look) — Wow, so not even a Wikipedia article on these guys. Amazon lists it as “country” or “roots rock” but all I know is I love it. “Languid” is the word that comes to mind, just utterly laid back and calm, and so very different from most anything else in my collection. Wish there had been a follow-up!

Tracy Bonham (1996 The Burdens of Being Upright, 2000 Down Here, 2005 Blink the Brightest, 2010 Masts of Manhatta) — Another Bay Area discovery (note the 1995-era album), Bonham had a pretty popular hit “Mother Mother” that played all the time. Always felt like she should have had more success as the rest of her material is quite good.

Tracy Bonham - Navy Bean

Partial Collections

Babylon Zoo (1995 Spaceman) — Love this song so I picked up the single, but was never curious enough beyond that to check out this band. Turns out the version I’m familiar with is a remix (below). The original is notably different.

Babylon zoo - Spaceman (Extended, HQ)

Barenaked Ladies (1992 Gordon, 1994 Maybe You Should Drive, 1996 Born on a Pirate Ship, 1998 Stunt, 2000 Maroon, 2003 Everything to Everyone, 2006 Barenaked Ladies Are Me, 2008 Snacktime!, 2010 All in Good Time) — Like everyone else, I caught wind of these guys when “One Week” was all the rage, but digging into their back catalogue I found a lot to like, and their first three albums are all pretty brilliant. Haven’t been keeping up with them recently, but they’re on my list to get back to.

Tonight Is The Night I Fell Asleep At The Wheel - Barenaked Ladies

Jean Baudin (2008 Solace, 2012 Mechanisms) — A staple at California Extreme, of all places, this dude uses a custom 11-string bass and a unique playing technique to produce some incredibly cool and haunting sounds. Might be more classical than rock, but since it’s an amplified instrument, we’ll keep him in the rock category for now.

Jean Baudin - Frosty Acres - @ NorCal BASSIX Master Class

Beastie Boys (1986 Licensed to Ill, 1989 Paul’s Boutique, 1998 Hello Nasty, 2004 To the 5 Boroughs, 2011 Hot Sauce Committee Part Two) — Licensed to Ill (which is brilliant, don’t let revisionist history tell you otherwise) made me aware, but “Intergalactic” is what really won me over to these guys. In the end I’m probably most partial to Paul’s Boutique.

Beastie Boys - Intergalactic (High Quality)

The Beatles (1967 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1968 White Album, 1969 Abbey Road, 2000 1) — Everybody’s gotta have some Beatles in their collection, right? Obviously I’m mostly into their later stuff, with the White Album being peak Beatles for me. Toss in the Greatest Hits collection 1 to cover the earlier bits and I’m good here.

The Beats - While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Björk (1993 Debut, 1996 Telegram, 1997 Homogenic, 2000 Selmasongs, 2001 Vespertine, 2004 Medúlla, 2007 Volta) — Quirky and a bit challenging at times but always interesting. Medúlla in particular, assembled almost exclusively from vocals and vocal samples, is a fascinating listen.

Björk - Bachelorette (Official Music Video)

Bush (1994 Sixteen Stone, 1999 The Science of Things) — Sixteen Stone is a cornerstone of the grunge era, even if you think they were just cheap Nirvana knockoffs. I honestly never really bought into that narrative and just enjoyed it for what it was.

Bush - Little Things

Greatest Hits

The B-52’s (1998 Time Capsule: Songs for a Future Generation) — Sure, there’s “Rock Lobster” and “Love Shack“, but the rest of their collection is pretty fun as well.

The B-52's - Private Idaho (1980)

Pat Benatar (2005 Greatest Hits) — Now here’s an MTV staple. Just an amazing collection of great songs. I can remember the video for practically every one of them!

Pat Benatar - You Better Run

Bon Jovi (1994 Cross Road) — Another MTV regular with a great collection of songs. I still say he probably regrets that last key change in “Livin’ on a Prayer” now that he’s older. Sadly this is an early hits collection and misses one of his better recent anthems “It’s My Life.”

Bon Jovi - Wanted Dead Or Alive

David Bowie (1995 The Hearts Filthy Lesson, 2016 Legacy) — Prior to his passing, I will admit to only owning the single to “The Hearts Filthy Lesson” owing to Trent Reznor‘s involvement and its use in the movie Se7en. Now I must edumacate myself.

David Bowie - The Heart's Filthy Lesson (Seven movie video)