Registered User Join Date May 2014Posts 417First off, word of warning, you think I’m an ass about web development? You get me started on music, you’ll be lucky if I EVER shut up.
It’s very hard for me to nail down a specific genre as a ‘favorite’ — part of that is being a musician, part of that is having perfect pitch, more of that is having been raised around people of varying, but exceedingly good taste. I’m a 70’s kid and ’80’s teen who’s grandmother was a jazz/opera singer who took him to see musicals of all sort until the age of 14 and let me hang out at adult bars with the live performers, who’s mother was a talented pianist and vocalist, and who’s father had a collection of music ranging from AC/DC to Zepplin… and a uncle who was a card carrying member of the Kiss army…
I’m a fan of anything with a pulse, emotion, talent and actual feeling in it; sadly that puts a LOT of what other people like right out of the running since the pre-programmed pre-packaged cookie cutter style that perpetuates many genre’s makes my ears want to bleed the same way ’80’s AM radio soft rock did as a child. Used to be there was a radio station in my hometown that played nothing but that wussy garbage — their call letters were WPLM. “We Play Lousy Music” was the joke.
Much of that though comes from being a musician (Sax, Flute, EWI, Bass) — there’s what USED to be called “non-committal music”, I use the term these days and I get that stare like I have eight heads, but it refers to a type of music where the background behind the vocalist is so soulless you can either tell it’s pre-programmed electronica, or that the artists are just going through the motions. Another great sign is when you sit there the whole song waiting for the song to actually start.
Quite obviously this makes me a metalhead, and not that hair metal spandex crap; Motorhead, AC/DC, Metallica before the one with talent died (so pre Justice) and they were replaced by alien pods (which I figured was halfway through the black album), Jackyl… Though I don’t tread too far into death metal as that DOES just become noise at a certain level of thrash. Hard Rock is good too — despite the presence of disco pissing on music in that age, there were some really good hard rock bands in the late 70’s and early ’80’s like Bad Company, 38 special…
… and mainstream rock of that era is cool too; there was this thing back then called… well, to be frank — TALENT, that is sadly lacking of late thanks to auto-tune and computer generated backup.
But I mean Rush, Kansas, Steve Miller Band, CCR, BTO, ELO, Boston (first album only — one album wonder?), Heart (before they had the coolness sucked out of them in the ’80’s), Pat Benetar… all cool in my book.
Which is not to say everything I listen to is ‘hard’ — I’ve been a fan of Jazz (particularly pre-disco fusion) and blues; my Robert Cray and Albert Collins collection is complete. One of my favorite genre’s is texas rock — my favorite band in that genra being Omar and the Howlers… For those of you unfamiliar with the group, the funniest description I ever heard of them was “Captain Beefheart sings Creedence Clearwater” — ok… for those of you unfamiliar with Captain Beefheart, he was that weird guy that used to hang around with Frank Zappa… that’s a joke…
Omar and the Howlers: Wall of Pride