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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!