The Final Rip: T

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!

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Complete(ish) Collections

Serj Tankian (2007 Elect the Dead, 2010 Imperfect Harmonies, 2012 Harakiri) — Solo efforts from the System of a Down lead singer to hold me over until SoaD deigns to drop a new album. These are more political with more varied instrumentation but don’t quite hold together as well as the full band’s work.

Serj Tankian - Sky Is Over (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

That 1 Guy (2000 Songs in the Key of Beotch, 2007 The Moon Is Disgusting, 2010 Packs A Wallop!, 2014 Poseidon’s Deep Water Adventure Friends) — Very quirky and fun one-man band playing his own invented instrument, the “magic pipe,” which is sort of a hybrid upright bass and super synth pad that he can use to create whole songs on. Check him out live sometime, he puts on a great show!

That 1 Guy "Mustaches" Video

They Might Be Giants (1986 Then: The Earlier Years, 1990 Flood, 1990 Istanbul (Not Constantinople), 1992 Apollo 18, 1992 I Palindrome I, 1992 The Guitar (The Lion Sleeps Tonight), 1993 Why Does the Sun Shine?, 1994 Back to Skull, 1994 John Henry, 1996 Factory Showroom, 1998 Severe Tire Damage, 2001 Mink Car, 2002 No!, 2002 They Got Lost, 2004 Indestructible Object, 2004 The Spine, 2004 The Spine Surfs Alone, 2005 Here Come the ABCs, 2007 The Else, 2008 Here Come the 123s, 2009 Here Comes Science, 2011 Album Raises New And Troubling Questions, 2011 Join Us, 2013 Nanobots, 2015 Glean, 2015 Why?, 2016 Phone Power) — I really disliked TMBG for the first six months after I was introduced to their quirky pop magic, but once Flood was released in 1990 I saw the error of my ways. Since then I’ve become a huge fan. Probably my favorite disc from them is the Back to Skull EP which features a complete re-imagining of “She Was a Hotel Detective” in a glorious 70s falsetto pastiche, and “Ondine,” one of their bleakest songs. At one point I could sing from memory all their songs from the beginning until around Severe Tire Damage because I had a set of cassette tapes I’d made that I just looped over and over in the car. Sadly, I’ve not kept up that particular skill.

Snail Shell - They Might Be Giants (official video)

Tool (1993 Undertow, 1996 Ænima, 2001 Lateralus, 2006 10,000 Days) — I’m not as hard-core a fan as most other Tool fans I know, but I definitely appreciate their sound and interesting approach to music.

Tool - Schism (HD 720p)

Partial Collections

Tears for Fears (1985 Songs From the Big Chair) — Classic 80s album with so many great songs, but for whatever reason I can’t stand the follow-up (Seeds of Love), which has kept me from exploring any further.

Head Over Heels by Tears For Fears

TGT (The Genetic Terrorists) (1988 Machine Gun) — Ahhh, back in the days when you could sample liberally from movies like “Robocop,” “The Running Man,” and “Aliens” and get away with it. These guys released this single and one album and that was all she wrote.

TGT - Machine Gun 1990

Télépopmusik (2001 Genetic World) — Fun downtempo electronica.

Breathe - Telepopmusik

Greatest Hits

Talking Heads (1988 Naked, 1992 Popular Favorites: Sand in the Vaseline) — Naked was one of those albums I bought from a record club out of curiosity and fell in love with after giving it some time to settle in. Eventually I discovered that I liked a lot of their other stuff as well but settled for the hits versus backtracking through all their albums.

Talking Heads - (Nothing But) Flowers

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (1993 Greatest Hits) — Another band I knew of who had a bunch of songs I was pretty familiar with but didn’t realize the full extent until I grabbed their greatest hits. I always loved the surreal “Don’t Come Around Here No More” video, an old MTV favorite.

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - Don't Come Around Here No More