The Final Rip: U-Z

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

Suzanne Vega (1985 S/T, 1987 Solitude Standing, 1990 Days of Open Hand, 1992 99.9 F, 1992 In Liverpool, 1995 Nine Objects of Desire, 2001 Songs in Red and Gray, 2007 Beauty & Crime, 2010 Close-Up, Volume 1: Love Songs, 2010 Close-Up, Volume 2: People & Places, 2011 Close-Up, Volume 3: States of Being, 2012 Close-Up, Volume 4: Songs of Family, 2014 Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles) — My wife was a big Suzanne Vega fan when we met, and I was familiar with her more popular songs from the MTV days, so we’ve enjoyed being mutual fans as the years have passed. I thought it was a pretty nifty idea of hers to re-record most of her catalog acoustically and release them over a short span from 2010-2012. And for some reason “The Queen & The Soldier” can just wreck me emotionally from its opening line.

Suzanne Vega - The Queen And The Soldier

Weezer (1994 S/T (Blue), 1996 Pinkerton, 2001 S/T (Green), 2002 Maladroit, 2005 Make Believe, 2008 S/T (Red), 2009 Raditude, 2010 Death to False Metal, 2010 Hurley, 2014 Everything Will Be Alright in the End, 2016 S/T (White)) — Loved the blue album and Pinkerton. Was glad they came back strong with the green album, and happy to see them prolific, even if some of their stuff is a little uneven. These guys can totally write a hook though! Also, “Pork and Beans” is one of the best videos ever if you are at all aware of the history of YouTube memes.

Weezer - Pork And Beans

Partial Collections

U2 (1983 War, 1987 The Joshua Tree, 1991 Achtung Baby, 1993 Zooropa, 1997 Pop, 2000 All That You Can’t Leave Behind, 2004 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, 2009 No Line on the Horizon) — I’m a bit of an odd U2 fan. War is my favorite album. I think The Joshua Tree is overrated. I totally hated Rattle and Hum. But felt that the Achtung Baby-Zooropa-Pop sequence put them back on track. And I’m kind of meh on their later stuff, honestly.

New Year's Day U2 Video

Waterbone (2003 Orion Prophecy) — A little techno-Egyptian fusion music for the collection.

Waterbone - Hymn To Isis

Way Out West (2004 Don’t Look Now) — Random electronica I must have picked up when trying to explore the genre more. Not bad, but not good enough to make me pick up more of their stuff.

Way Out West - Anything But You

Wumpscut (2006 Cannibal Anthem, 2007 Body Census) — Modern industrial band from Germany, definitely Skinny Puppy-inspired. Wow, they’ve released a lot of albums! These two will do for the moment.

Wumpscut - Remember One Thing

Thom Yorke (2006 The Eraser) — Like Radiohead but a little different. It’s all good!

Thom Yorke - Black Swan

Zohar (2001 Onethreeseven) — Another techno band with a Middle East influence.