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!
Machines of Loving Grace (1991 S/T, 1991 Rite of Shiva, 1993 Concentration, 1995 Gilt) — These guys were on the edge of industrial but had a really unique sound and fascinating lyrics, which made me sad when they gave it up after just 3 albums. But I’ll take three brilliant albums.
Marilyn Manson (1994 Portrait of an American Family, 1995 Smells Like Children, 1996 Antichrist Superstar, 1998 Mechanical Animals, 2000 Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death), 2003 The Golden Age of Grotesque, 2007 Eat Me, Drink Me, 2009 The High End of Low, 2012 Born Villain, 2015 The Pale Emperor) — Marilyn Manson came to the fore in the wake of Nine Inch Nails and made their controversial mark early on with the seminal Antichrist Superstar album. But it was the amazing follow up Mechanical Animals that revealed their true potential, eschewing some of the (anti-)religious imagery in favor of a more trippy glam rock sound. It’s too bad that they didn’t stay the course in this regard, but unlike many other industrial bands, it seems they manage to tweak their formula every few albums just enough to keep me interested.
MC Solaar (1991 Qui sème le vent récolte le tempo, 1994 Prose Combat, 1997 Paradisiaque, 1998 S/T, 2001 Cinquième As, 2003 Mach 6) — This entry is all due to my wife, since I can’t understand a word of quickly rapped French!
Metallica (1984 Ride the Lightning, 1986 Master of Puppets, 1988 …And Justice for All, 1991 S/T, 1996 Load, 1997 Reload, 1999 S&M, 2003 St. Anger, 2008 Death Magnetic, 2016 Hardwired… to Self-Destruct) — As a dude who got into these guys with the “black album” I am not ashamed to admit that I embrace all of it, the early epic stuff, the more focused “sell-out” stuff, even the noisy St. Anger, and the newer stuff.
Muse (1999 Showbiz, 2001 Origin of Symmetry, 2003 Absolution, 2006 Black Holes and Revelations, 2009 The Resistance, 2012 The 2nd Law, 2015 Drones) — Totally fell in love with these guys around the Absolution timeframe. Hearkening back to a time of concept albums and big stadium rock, I appreciate their “go big or go home” attitude, even when it doesn’t always hang together. Plus that Matt Bellamy can really sing!
Madonna (1990 The Immaculate Collection, 1998 Ray of Light, 2000 Music) — Gotta have some Madonna, especially the 80s stuff. Though her foray into a more electronica-influenced sound won me over to picking up a couple of her late 90s releases.
Meat Beat Manifesto (1990 Psyche-Out) — Never really got into these guys, who were often lumped into the “industrial” category in my industrial listening era. But I did pick up this CD single from the 99% album and found it worth a spin now and again.
Men at Work (1981 Business As Usual, 1983 Cargo) — Two perfect albums from these guys. Never even tried the third one; maybe I was afraid they’d break the streak (from what I hear, they did). For all their pop hits they were really quite moody and deep, which is of course why I loved them.
Ministry (1986 Twitch, 1987 Twelve Inch Singles: 1981-1984, 1988 The Land of Rape and Honey, 1989 The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste, 1991 Jesus Built My Hotrod, 1992 Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs) — When I was first introduced to industrial music, I received a mix tape with songs from Twitch and The Land of Rape and Honey on it, and to me at that time Ministry really defined the sound that I wanted out of an industrial band. Of course, nobody else is really like Ministry. I was originally of the opinion that Twitch was the greater of the two, but over time I’ve come to appreciate the raw fury and vision of its followup. Sadly, once Paul Barker left/was kicked out, solo Al Jourgensen just kept churning out carbon copies of the same music and I gave up. But Ministry will always be hugely influential in my industrial upbringing.
Moby (1996 Animal Rights, 1999 Play, 2000 Mobysongs (1993-1998), 2002 18, 2005 Hotel, 2008 Last Night, 2009 Wait for Me, 2011 Destroyed, 2013 Innocents) — Moby popped onto my radar with the release of Play and the incessant use of his moody, electronic music in “The X-Files” and many other TV shows/movies of the time. Unlike many others I didn’t grow totally sick of it and have really enjoyed most everything he’s released since then.
Modest Mouse (2004 Good News for People Who Love Bad News) — This album really put these guys on the map, and of course being from my current hometown, they were all over local radio. Still a pretty good album and a unique sound, just never pursued them.
My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult (1988 I See Good Spirits and I See Bad Spirits, 1989 Kooler Than Jesus, 1990 Confessions of a Knife…) — TKK’s first few albums had an amazing dark sound to them, but afterwards they traded their pseudo cult shtick for more sex-oriented topics and I lost interest. The first album in particular made for a pretty ominous listen and kind of made you wonder if they were really serious. Unfortunately my copy of Confessions of Knife was damaged, so I bought a fresh copy and found they had swapped out the original “Do You Fear (The Inferno Express?)” for some lesser remixes. Boo!
John Mellencamp (1997 The Best That I Could Do 1978-1988) — Always kind of been a fan of John Cougar, or John Cougar Mellencamp. His videos were quite popular on MTV in the early days, and he had kind of a midwestern vibe that I guess worked for me.