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What is your favorite musical group?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on July 6, 2011

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Photo of Matthew Huff

“The National.”

Photo of Meg Dejmal

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

Photo of Daniel Smith

“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.”


somedude20 5 years ago

I would like to see her like herself!

labmonkey 5 years 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.

somedude20 5 years ago

I have seen Metal Lica many times and love Puppets but I would have to interject that "Kill Em All" is the best. Raw, powerful and D. Mustaine co-wrote many of the tracks on the album

labmonkey 5 years ago

The best album for when I am angry is actually the first five songs of Godsmack's first album.

labmonkey 5 years ago

I would kill to go to the Big Four concert.

labmonkey 5 years ago

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

labmonkey 5 years 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.

Gene Wallace 5 years 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.

ksriver2010 5 years ago

Wow. Nightwish. It is very rare to find someone besides me and my small group of friends who likes obscure European prog rock! I say: Dream Theater, Spock's Beard, Neal Morse, Symphony X, and anything that Mike Portnoy drums on.

Bill Lee 5 years ago

Bluethings, Mike Finnigan & Kelley Hunt.

RoeDapple 5 years ago

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

LadyJ 5 years ago

That reminds me, I was reading his autobiography last week, should finish it.

labmonkey 5 years ago

That song and Lay you Down makes him the white Barry White... then he makes a song with Loretta Lynn where she calls him up all excited to talk to him and he dumps her cold. I vote Pimp.

pagan_idolator 5 years ago

I am still mad at Richie Blackmore for playing that Fluffy Bunny Pagan crap. What a waste of a great guitarist.

Gene Wallace 5 years ago

Hollis: Not exactly. I'm in IMDB. Two degrees from the casts of the first three "Pirates" movies. CCG! I'm 62, no frat brats for me. CSULA - Physics; USAF - RFS/ECMS ... Met a few celebrities, though. MJ in disguise at Magic Mountain, before that Pepsi commercial. Gomez Addams and the Killer Tomatoes. Old Yellow Eyes, Data. Idolater - He's playing some of his best now. If you thought he was good on guitar, you should see him on mandolin: and Hurdy-Gurdy, even. I would never call Richie, "Fluffy". He is a musical perfectionist.

Maddy Griffin 5 years ago

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

Scott Drummond 5 years 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.

somedude20 5 years ago

have you heard old Bobby D covering Europe's "The Final Countdown"?

Scott Morgan 5 years ago

heheheheheh, good one. Jim Dandy is still working although he looks every bit the part of a an aging rocker.

Barefoot Jerry would be a nice listen.

pagan_idolator 5 years ago

I loves me some Black Oak Arkansas!

gphawk89 5 years ago

Chuck just got his statue put up near the place he STILL plays every so often in St. Louis.

labmonkey 5 years ago

I thought you liked Marvin Berry and Van Halen.

Kirk Larson 5 years ago

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

labmonkey 5 years 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.

somedude20 5 years ago

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roadwarrior 5 years ago

thanks rocker dude, absolutely.............Little Feat........Lowell George. 'Trouble' Yelled hey ! when the stove blew up, upset ? why yes.........the footprints on your ceiling are almost gone. So momma lay your head down in the shade cause your eyes are tired, and your feet are too and ya wish the world was as tired as Ill write a letter, and Ill send it away...and put all the trouble in it you've had today !! "

labmonkey 5 years ago

At least we keep the hippies away....

Julie Craig 5 years ago

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

Split personality I guess.

Scott Morgan 5 years ago

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

K_Verses_The_World 5 years 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

MarcoPogo 5 years ago

Cliff was already dead when "One" came out.

labmonkey 5 years ago

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

Mixolydian 5 years ago

I saw REM at the old Hoch Auditorium in 81. Stipe was downing a bottle of Jack in the band tour bus behind the building waving lewdly at passer bys. Totally smashed on stage, so drunk you could actually make out what he was singing. Tried to play the harmonica and just gave up mid song. Great concert.

Kirk Larson 5 years ago

I was at that REM show at Hoch. Front row seats. A housemate of mine slept in line to get them. Opener was the dB's, a great but underappreciated band.

avaholic 5 years 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

avaholic 5 years 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

avaholic 5 years 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

Kontum1972 5 years ago

Zorro and the Blue Footballs....

nice hair MeG

dajudge 5 years ago

Bluestem. Arnie and the Midnight Express.

beatrice 5 years 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

Carol Bowen 5 years 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.

looza 5 years ago

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

Flap Doodle 5 years ago

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

beatrice 5 years ago

Plugz - Hombre Secreto (from the television show Man from U.N.C.L.E.), used in the movie Repo Man. Not the same thing, but thought you might enjoy.

Russell Fryberger 5 years 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.

pagan_idolator 5 years ago

Saw Heart in concert about 8 months ago. Those ladies are still awesome to listen to and watch.

riverdrifter 5 years ago

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

Liberty275 5 years 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.

riverdrifter 5 years ago

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

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

TopJayhawk 5 years 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.

Liberty275 5 years ago

Nice choice. I''ll cue up Meddle now that you mentioned the band.

Easily one of the most talented progressive rock bands ever. Johnny Rotten hated them: "McLaren was impressed with Lydon's ragged look and unique sense of style, particularly his orange hair and modified Pink Floyd T-shirt (with the band members' eyes scratched out and the words I Hate scrawled in felt-tip pen above the band's logo)."

I once went to dinner on a date with a girl, and I knew it was going to be a great evening when she said "I'll bring my appetite and you bring the Pink Floyd.

camper 5 years 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

pagan_idolator 5 years 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:

pagan_idolator 5 years ago

And then there is this guy: I want to marry him when I grow up.

Gene Wallace 5 years ago

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

Gene Wallace 5 years ago

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

Blessed4x 5 years 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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