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What is your favorite musical group?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on July 6, 2011

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“The National.”

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“I’d probably go with Dead Man’s Bones.”

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“Death from Above 1979.”

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“I don’t really have one. I have pretty diverse tastes so I can’t pick just one.”

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Blessed4x 2 years, 9 months ago

My kids have been playing Borderlands on the pc during this heat wave, so I'm kinda hooked on Cage the Elephant right now. Odd little band. My favorites tho would have to be Bowling for Soup, The Offspring and Fleetwood Mac.

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Gene Wallace 2 years, 9 months ago

San Francisco - Golden Gate Park - "Hippie Hill" --Chocolate George's Funeral - Hippie and Biker Love-In - The "Dead" playing for Free.

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orangechubb 2 years, 9 months ago

ZZ top, Canned heat, Dead, Stevie Ray, Howlin Wolf, Stones, Robert Cray, John Lee Hooker.

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Gene Wallace 2 years, 9 months ago

1968 - My Corvair - Cruising Sunset Blvd through Hollywood - The Whiskey, Gazzaries, the "Bowl" in Griffith Park ....

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pagan_idolator 2 years, 9 months ago

And then there is this guy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfRq7R... I want to marry him when I grow up.

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pagan_idolator 2 years, 9 months ago

Thanks to Pandora I have all kinds of bands to obsess over. Young Dubliners have been around for awhile but saw them a few years ago and they were great. Love their version of this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28Bq_2....

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camper 2 years, 9 months ago

Bob Dylan. Blonde on Blonde was my favorite, but even his bootlegs and are prolific and compilation records are just as amazing.

One too many mornings live

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beeshlii 2 years, 9 months ago

49'ers down by the riverside.

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TopJayhawk 2 years, 9 months ago

I'm an old timer. Just give me some Pink Floyd or Dire Straits. A lttle Kansas for local pride. Just put it on, and crank the dang thing up. My ears have bled so many times the scar tissue on the ear drums can take anything.

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riverdrifter 2 years, 9 months ago

Oh, I have lists, like Bea said. Best performer I ever saw?

http://www.davebrubeck.com/live/

Wonderful person, too. He's signed all my albumns.

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prospector 2 years, 9 months ago

I win. I bet myself that I would have never heard of the bands the respondents would name.. I was right.

Cassandra Wilson is the best jazz singer alive..

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Liberty275 2 years, 9 months ago

Right now... Sex Pistols, The Stooges, Nirvana, The Metors, The Cramps, Blondie and X. Ramones too. Hank Jr, Elvis, Beatles, Shakira, Nugent. 2 Live Crew.

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riverdrifter 2 years, 9 months ago

Steely Dan, Chicago, Greatful Dead and Dire Straits. Seen'em all many times. I've been listening to The Black Angels of late.

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ShePrecedes 2 years, 9 months ago

I am 50 years old presently.

I am crazy about Linkin Park. A Thousand Suns drumbeats right into my soul.

Anything band right now that talks about Revolution is great.

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Russell Fryberger 2 years, 9 months ago

Porcupine Tree in the modern music world.

Howlin Wolf, Big Mama Thorton, John Lee Hooker, in the raw music at it's best world.

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thuja 2 years, 9 months ago

You've never heard of them.

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tange 2 years, 9 months ago

Saw the question, this morn, and began assembling my list, then realized it would be a LIST and hit delete. Grabbed a copy of Script of the Bridge for my commute, but found it oddly unnatural, surreal, like that robin outside the kitchen window at the end of Blue Velvet. The Chameleons, tho', will always be that favorite, otherworldly band, having discovered them as I was just getting the other side of a divorce. (The deep therapy, however, had been done with Garbage's v2.0—Shirley, if you ever want me, I'm yours; I'll even wear the collar.)

Don't really know what I like, so much as what I listen to. Find myself returning to the music of Wire and Radiohead, although frontmen for both can attain a level of self-indulgence to which even I cannot bear to listen. When they get it right, tho', they nail it... or unnail it, as it were. Frank Black's scream-of-consciousness delivery, in contrast, rides the wave of indulgent self-mutilation.

I had supplanted the Chameleons with several iterations of Dulli, but, have to admit, don't even listen to the latest album. Discovered The National with the release of High Violet, loved it, played it to death, bought concert tickets to see them open for Arcade Fire, then promptly replaced them, buying everything ever released by the latter. Most recently discovered UNKLE during a fight scene in Repo Men. (Liked another track from the same by Dave Stewart, but quickly realized I wouldn't be picking up any of those albums.) Spoken word, not Rollins, Mark E. Smith.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 9 months ago

Mutant Fish! (if you were familiar with the Fayetteville, AR punk scene in the early 1980s)

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HollisBrown 2 years, 9 months ago

Definitely the Smithereens. And the Smiths! Viva Morrissey!

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looza 2 years, 9 months ago

The Smithereens..............................."quivers down my backbone I get the shakes in the kneebone"

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Carol Bowen 2 years, 9 months ago

The Alfred Packer Memorial String Band. The first time I heard them was at the post office on April 15 back in the 1980's.

Lately, I been listening to the old group: The Monkees.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 9 months ago

Man, this is bugging the crap out of me. There was this local band in the 80's, I'm thinking they were called The Lonesome Hound Dogs. They used to play at the Crossing sometimes. Every song they covered had this acid trippy interlude in the middle of it. I mean even if they played a Nat King Cole song it had some Pink Floydish type solo in the middle. Was it the Lonesome Hound Dogs, or was I just really drunk?

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Andini 2 years, 9 months ago

add one more to my list....The Beat Farmers (rest in peace Country Dick Montana & Buddy Blue) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iquVd1...

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HollisBrown 2 years, 9 months ago

My brother saw Dan Henley on one of his self-centered solo tours. I think it was at Sandstone. Bro said there was this big fat, sloppy-drunk biker in front of him who kept yelling "Play Hotel California!!!!!!!!" Yeah, like that's gonna happen, biker boy. After a while the guy got quiet, threw up in his seat, then sat in it. To me that would have been more entertaining than seeing Dan Henley. My bro had some cool concert experiences. He threw a lighter at Ozzie Osbourne one time. It actually hit his cape.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 9 months ago

That would be The Eagles 28th Reunion Tour. They even kicked Don Felder out. Is there anybody left? I guess it doesn't matter. Only Dan Henley matters. Just ask him.

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autie 2 years, 9 months ago

Hollis, I think you may have overestimated the number of Black Oak's hits. Strickly a narrow audience there....pretty hip with the white red neck psuedo acid dropping hippies back in the day (1970, 71 or so).....

Bob, does this mean we won't be going to the Eagles reunited?

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beatrice 2 years, 9 months ago

This is like asking who your favorite child is. Can't pick just one.

Favorite ten (right now): The Beatles Pink Floyd The Clash The Meat Puppets The Dresden Dolls Queen Alan Parsons Project The Brazilian Girls Led Zeppelin St. Vincent

Favorite individual performers: David Bowie Frank Zappa Janis Joplin Kate Bush Billy Bragg Candye Kane Al Dimeola Tori Amos Joan Armatrading Joe Jackson

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dajudge 2 years, 9 months ago

Bluestem. Arnie and the Midnight Express.

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Kontum1972 2 years, 9 months ago

Zorro and the Blue Footballs....

nice hair MeG

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HollisBrown 2 years, 9 months ago

I remember when Metallica used to open for Bread. That was a good date concert.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 9 months ago

The Black Keys, The Eagles of Death Metal, The White Stripes, Ben Folds, Mumford and Sons, Fleet Foxes, The Shins, and of coarse, They Might be Giants.

Hey, this is kinda fun!

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HollisBrown 2 years, 9 months ago

CW, the fat, ego-inflated heads of Don Henley and Glen Frey won't allow anymore room for another bass player. They haven't even been able to perform "Take It to the Limit" since they kicked Randy Meisner out. Joe Walsh is from Wichita..........

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avaholic 2 years, 9 months ago

The Black Keys, The Eagles of Death Metal, The White Stripes, Ben Folds, Mumford and Sons, Fleet Foxes, The Shins, and of coarse, They Might be Giants

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avaholic 2 years, 9 months ago

The Black Keys, The Eagles of Death Metal, The White Stripes, Ben Folds, Mumford and Sons, Fleet Foxes, The Shins, and of coarse, They Might be Giants

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avaholic 2 years, 9 months ago

The Black Keys, The Eagles of Death Metal, The White Stripes, Ben Folds, Mumford and Sons, Fleet Foxes, The Shins, and of coarse, They Might be Giants

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HollisBrown 2 years, 9 months ago

I only saw a band before they really exploded one time. 1985? REM, "Fables of the Reconstruction" tour. Memorial Hall. My best friend and I got there 30 minutes before the show and we got 11th row center on the floor. Bob Geigel was working in the box office. I started laughing and said "You're still here?" He..was...pissed. The following year REM played Memorial again on the "Life's Rich Pageant"(my favorite) tour. The year after that they sold out Kemper in one hour.

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labmonkey 2 years, 9 months ago

Apocalyptica... You can't beat headbanging Finnish cello players...

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HollisBrown 2 years, 9 months ago

Autie, you read my mind. Definitely Black Oak Arkansas and all1.5 of their greatest hits. When Metallica first hit the scene I thought it was a joke until I heard "One". I pretty much lost interest after Cliff died.

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CWGOKU 2 years, 9 months ago

The Eagles. I want to be their bass player

Great avatar SomeDude!

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K_Verses_The_World 2 years, 9 months ago

Come you ladies and you gentlemen, a-listen to my song Sing it to you right, but you might think it’s wrong

Dylan, of course

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Scott Morgan 2 years, 9 months ago

One group, whole collection, yea have to go with Little Feat.

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Julie Craig 2 years, 9 months ago

It all depends on what day it is. . . Eagles, REO, Dixie Chicks, Rascal Flatts, Temptations, etc etc etc

Split personality I guess.

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autie 2 years, 9 months ago

I always liked the Sons of the Pioneers real good too.

some of you boys makes me feel like I was raised on a desert island when you'll get to talkin about that death metal/heavy metal and a bunch of bands that sounds like something off of a south park episode.

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somedude20 2 years, 9 months ago

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labmonkey 2 years, 9 months ago

I wonder if I am just starting to get old, but I think that most new rock music sucks now. The only good hard rock/heavy metal produced now comes from older bands (I actually like Death Magnetic by Metallica... it actually sounds what would have been a natural progression from One if Bob Rock never got involved), or supergroups with at least one famous older member (Hellyeah, Chickenfoot, anything with Slash). Most of current rock is whiny, my father never loved me music (i.e. Shinedown, Seether), and heavy metal has devolved in to a few repetitive riffs with what sounds like the Tasmanian devil on crack at vocals. You listen to older metal, there are several different movements to songs (with a blazing guitar solo in there). Someone listening a thousand years from now can listen to Stravinsky, then listen to early Metallica/Megadeth/Testament, and it is not a stretch they would think that was a natural progression of music in the 20th century.

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Kirk Larson 2 years, 9 months ago

If I had to pick one it would have to be XTC. But there are many others...

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BABBOY 2 years, 9 months ago

Rage Against the Machine Metallica (old stuff) Megadeath (old stuff) Audioslave (1st Album or CD)

Oddly, add to that list some more alternative stuff like The Police, U2, and The Cars.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 9 months ago

You're on, grammaddy. I already posted this, but it's worth another look. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0md__...

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Gandalf 2 years, 9 months ago

How about Bill Clinton playing his sax?

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Gandalf 2 years, 9 months ago

Zamfir The Trogg's The Zombies

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scott3460 2 years, 9 months ago

The heart-stopping, pants-dropping, hard-rocking, booty-shaking, earth-quaking, nerve-breaking, Viagra-taking, history-making, legendary … E-STREET BAND!

Oh, and their band leader too.

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Andini 2 years, 9 months ago

U2, eels, Doves, Madness, The Dandy Warhols, R.E.M., Super Furry Animals, Spoon, The Raveonettes & Burning Spear.

I can't pick just one so I picked 10.

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grammaddy 2 years, 9 months ago

George Clinton and the P-funk All Stars, Parliament, or Bootsy Collins. Whoever's currently flying the Mothership.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 9 months ago

"At this time, Omnia, followed by Nightwish, Qntal, Faun, Wendy Rule, Corvus Corax and Blackmore's Night."

You a celebrity, Gene?

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HollisBrown 2 years, 9 months ago

Goo Goo Dolls. Ooh, and Robbie Thomas, king of the hooks. Does he still wear those big hoop earings? I know Bono still wears those stupid bubble glasses.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 9 months ago

I also had a hardon for White Stripes from 2002-2007. But when I want the very best, I get 4 CD players and crank up Hootie and the Blowfish, Gin Blossoms, Spin Doctors, and Train at the same time. Rock n' Roll Heaven. Oops, Righteous Brothers reference.

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Gandalf 2 years, 9 months ago

I went over my stored songs on my computer Johnny Cash has the lead followed by Ray Stevens.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 9 months ago

Conway Twitty, pimp or perve? And as I put my arms around you I can tell you've never been this far before bum bum bum

Perve.

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Gandalf 2 years, 9 months ago

Hey, Hey what about the Monkee's?

I don't really have any favorite group but I do have over 200 songs on my prefered music disc. It contains songs from the 50's, 60's 70's and 80's. Very few past that.

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RoeDapple 2 years, 9 months ago

Okay, I'm in agreement with ku_law today. none. the singing nones . . .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHhyyRByuJ0

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Bill Lee 2 years, 9 months ago

Bluethings, Mike Finnigan & Kelley Hunt.

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Gene Wallace 2 years, 9 months ago

At this time, Omnia, followed by Nightwish, Qntal, Faun, Wendy Rule, Corvus Corax and Blackmore's Night. Also, Lady Gaga, (her latest album's message is Great), and Adam Lambert. Lots of late '60s and early '70s Rock. No R&B, Rap or Country. American and Celtic Folke, Yes! Most modern Pop, No! Especially not Beiber and Katy Perry. Idol, NO!; The Voice, Yes! EXCEPT for the Finale.

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labmonkey 2 years, 9 months ago

My favorite local (regional) band back in the day was The Sound and the Fury. If you can find a song somewhere called "Surreal World," I highly recommend it.

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labmonkey 2 years, 9 months ago

Also... Conway Twitty was a pimp. He was the Barry White of country music.

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labmonkey 2 years, 9 months ago

Although my tastes change now and again, I always come back to Metallica. The whole album of Master of Puppets is, IMHO, the greatest rock album ever made, and Ride the Lightning produced one of the best rock instrumentals in The Call of Ktulu.

I am almost as happy though cranking up some George Jones or Waylon Jennings.

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Multidisciplinary 2 years, 9 months ago

Currently, I'd say Three Dog Night. great performances. Otherwise, many people, The Band, Eagles, Aerosmith, Rob Thomas..I'm in a retrospective mood right now. I like Katy Perry, She's the only one to write a song about my ex. He doesn't like penis either, and he's had too many happy meals...but the rest makes me crumble with laughter when she sings about him.

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Roland Gunslinger 2 years, 9 months ago

Tough to answer as my tastes vary wildly... but if I had to pick one I'd probably have to go with Queens of the Stone Age.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 9 months ago

Hmm. Katy Perry likes Dead Man's Bones. I figured she liked herself the most.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 9 months ago

Chronologically: Age 3- The Kingston Trio, Peter Paul and Mary. I was barely able to reach up and turn the record player on. 2nd grade-Michael Jackson. "Music and Me". The good stuff. 3rd-6th grade-Elton John 7th-12th grade- The Who College- Heavy on U2 and REM 1986-Present- Bob Dylan I was drinking heavily in the 90's so I passively listened to a lot of FM radio. But Uncle Bob was always there. When I moved to HI I took the "Biograph" set with me, knowing I wouldn't have a turntable to play it on. Kept it there for 8 yrs. and brought it back here with me in 1996. Kind of my Gideon's Bible. It's out in the garage.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 9 months ago

Finally, a question I can answer seriously. Bob Dylan and His Band. And who in the hell are these people talking about? These people aren't celebrities. Every time you ask a celebrity who their favorite band is, or what they're listening to, or what they're favorite book or movie is, they ramble on about Keats and Yates, or Rambaud, Fellini films, Straus or Wagner, always some oh-so-hip nonsense you've never heard of.

/snaps fingers in clapping fashion

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