I really love music. I can’t really think of anyone who doesn’t love music, but when I was younger, I made it my business to know everything about my favourite bands and artists. Why? I don’t know, I was 12 and we all have strange hobbies when we’re twelve.
I like to think that I have a very eclectic taste in music, and the only genres I don’t really listen to are country, hip-hop and extremely experimental genres. I wouldn’t say that I hate those things because I don’t feel that strongly towards them, but I have my likes and dislikes just like everyone else. I do, however, think that listening to only one genre of music for your entire life is not a good way to live. Because why limit yourself like that? There’s so much good music out there and you limit yourself by saying “oh, it’s X genre so I’m just not going to listen to that because it’s all terrible”. How boring.
Nine Inch Nails
I only started listening to Nine Inch Nails in 2015, but they are probably my absolute favourite band now. A few albums are concept albums, and the way that Trent Reznor is able to tell a story through music and lyrics just constantly amazes me. Describing how exactly the music sounds is pretty difficult because it’s electronic, but it’s also kind of metal, sometimes it’s aggressive, and sometimes it’s not. But a lot of the time it’s angsty. So angsty. But I like it that way.
No, this isn’t the boy from A Thousand Perfect Notes. Yes, this is the guy who won a Grammy and pissed off a ton of immature Beyonce fans. Beck is another artist whose music is extremely hard to describe, but that’s because every album he’s made is a different genre of music entirely. He’s difficult to pigeonhole into any specific genre because even when he makes an album that is inspired by a particular style, he reimagines it to the point that it becomes something different. However, I would recommend his latest album to new listeners because it’s easily his most accessible.
I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with this band. I absolutely adore the music, but I really hate Billy Corgan and the fact that he’s an anti-vaxxer and supports Alex Jones. Gross.
I’ve been a Pumpkins fan since I was around 11 years old and saw them on MTV2 back when it still existed (well, it does still exist, it just got rebranded into MTV Rocks), and what I love about them is that no matter how far into grunge or electronica they went, they still had elements of psychedelia in there.
But Billy Corgan, seriously, vaccinate your kids and pull your head out of your ass.
Madonna is the Queen of Pop. It’s undisputed, not up for discussion, and you can’t change my mind. Anything that your fave does, Madonna probably did it first. For me, Madonna albums kind of fluctuate in quality, some are incredible and then some are just okay and don’t stand out much in my mind. But nothing tops Ray of Light. Well, Like a Prayer is up there, but Ray of Light is definitely my favourite album of hers.
Lana Del Rey
Lana is really unique to me because nobody really has a voice like hers anymore. She really embodies the feel of the 60s and 70s, but without the societal problems, and I can’t really think of anyone in the mainstream who does that. A lot of her songs are about love, and usually, I’d think that it’s repetitive, but with Lana, I don’t feel that way because none of her songs feel like soulless love songs made for money.
I really like strange music, and Bjork is probably the strangest artist I listen to. Like Beck, all of her albums have different styles, but they’re not completely different from one another. Her first two albums are electronic pop, while her third added in lots of strings, her fourth was much more minimalist, her fifth was a capella, her sixth used a lot of world influences, her seventh was very experimental and had instruments made for it, her eigth uses strings again but is very very sad, and I still haven’t listened to her ninth album yet so I can’t describe it. Very different, and very varied. Great stuff.
Yes, I like U2. Fight me. U2 are one of very few bands that I’ve seen live, and their shows are incredible to see because they (Bono in particular) have such an amazing stage presence. One thing I don’t understand is when people complain about them having political songs and using their celebrity status to help activists because U2 has always been a political band. They’re Irish and were making music during the Troubles so of course they would be political.
System of a Down
Oh, look! Another political band! I wasn’t a metal fan for a very long time apart from a couple of songs here and there. When I was a teenager I would have preferred to listen to early metal like Black Sabbath, but as I get older, my taste in music becomes more abrasive and SOAD is probably the second most abrasive band I listen to (Slipknot is the heaviest band I listen to btw). I was very late getting into SOAD because their last album was released over 10 years ago and even though they haven’t technically broken up, they don’t really make music together anymore which is a huge shame because I love all of their albums so much.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
This isn’t a political band, but they do have some songs here and there that talk about social issues. No really, not every single song by RHCP is about California. One of their early songs is about the abuse Native Americans face, and they also wrote the lyric “death to the message of the Ku Klux Klan”. I actually prefer the Peppers earlier work to their more recent albums because I love their funky stuff so much more. But then Californication rolled around and they become a more generic alternative rock band. Wah. And they also don’t perform their older songs live anymore, which really sucks. I get that there are likely a lot of painful memories attached to them (one of the original members died of a drug overdose and they all went to school together), but still. They’re so much fun to listen to.
I’m not really into hip-hop because I can never find anything that really grabs me. I can only hear a man say “bitch” so many times in one song before I get fed up. But what drew me to Death Grips is how different they are to other hip-hop artists that I’ve heard because they draw inspiration from outside of hip-hop and it makes them sound very unique.