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!
Radiohead (1995 The Bends, 1997 OK Computer, 2000 Kid A, 2001 Amnesiac, 2003 Hail to the Thief, 2007 In Rainbows, 2011 The King of Limbs, 2016 A Moon Shaped Pool) — First got into Radiohead during The Bends years, with their dreamy falsettoy sound, then came to love OK Computer and pretty much all the follow-ons. These days I’m particularly fond of some of their odder bits like “Life In a Glasshouse” and “We Suck Young Blood,” but like much of my music, I’m in it deep for the melancholy moodiness of it all.
Rage Against the Machine (1992 Rage Against the Machine, 1996 Evil Empire, 1999 The Battle of Los Angeles) — Listening to these guys feels like getting yelled at by a drill sergeant with some sick grooves in the background, and it’s undeniably compelling.
Ruby (1995 Salt Peter, 1996 Stroking the Full Length, 2001 Short-Staffed at the Gene Pool) — Kind of hard to peg Ruby, sort of trip-hoppy, I guess. Anyway, two albums and out, though it appears she’s started recording again in the past few years.
Rush (1974 Rush, 1975 Caress of Steel, 1975 Fly by Night, 1976 2112, 1976 All the World’s a Stage, 1977 A Farewell to Kings, 1978 Hemispheres, 1980 Permanent Waves, 1981 Exit… Stage Left, 1981 Moving Pictures, 1982 Signals, 1984 Grace Under Pressure, 1985 Power Windows, 1987 Hold Your Fire, 1988 A Show of Hands, 1989 Presto, 1991 Roll the Bones, 1993 Counterparts, 1996 Test for Echo, 1998 Different Stages Live, 2002 Vapor Trails, 2007 Snakes & Arrows, 2012 Clockwork Angels) — Ah, Rush. I actually actively disliked Rush when I was a kid, as all my guitar-playing friends were gaga over their musicianship, and for whatever reason I was feeling ornery. When I went to college and met my wife, I discovered she was into Rush, so I decided to give them another try and was kind of surprised to discover how much I liked them. My personal favorite period is probably the 1980-1984 era when they introduced the synthesizers, but before they started to overwhelm the sound. Honestly, however, I love pretty much all their stuff top to bottom now.
R.E.M (1986 Life’s Rich Pageant, 1987 Document, 1988 Green, 1991 Out of Time, 1992 Automatic for the People, 1994 Monster, 1996 New Adventures in Hi-Fi) — I picked up Document when “The One I Love” became a big hit in the late 80’s and quickly fell in love with the unique sound of R.E.M. Of course, then their popularity skyrocketed, but I still enjoyed most of their releases until my interest started to flag after their 1996 release. Ironically, I think my favorite album is the one they released before Document: Life’s Rich Pageant. Check out young Michael Stipe in the video of my favorite song!
Red Hot Chili Peppers (1989 Mother’s Milk, 1991 Blood Sugar Sex Magik, 1995 One Hot Minute, 1999 Californication, 2002 By the Way, 2006 Stadium Arcadium, 2011 I’m With You) — Picked up BSSM a few years after it came out, but was really sold on these guys when they hit their more soulful period starting with Californication and its two follow-ups. Based on the sample size I have, I’m pretty sure John Frusciante is a critical component to my enjoyment, as the albums without him just don’t do much for me. I should probably just pare back to those 5 and call it good.
Ratt (1990 Flashback With Ratt) — Ratt, Dokken, and Def Leppard are all that remain of my hair metal phase from early high school. For some reason these guys were always my favorites.