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!
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”?)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.