Musical Idiosyncrasies

I don’t really like the Beatles, at all.

I prefer any Bob Marley song over “Get Up Stand Up” or “I Shot the Sherrif”, I’ll take “Stir it Up” or “Waiting in Vain” anyday, all day.

I grew up listening to Bob Denver, Crosby, Stills Nash & Young, ELO, Loggins and Messina, Cat Stevens, Van Morisson, The Doors, Grateful Dead, etc. (8-tracks in the car, LP’s in the house).

The first album I ever bought was Lionel Richie’s, “Dancing on the Ceiling” – still a great album.

Bob Segar’s “Fire Inside” makes me drive really fast.

U2 is arguably one of the greatest bands at continuing to be “great”.

I love any version of “Can’t Help Falling In Love”.

Call me cheesy, but Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” is such a great son.

I’ve been known to blast “Crystal Method”, “Way Out West”, “Prodigy” and the likes when I need to get things done.

I prefer the Don Henley version of “The End of the Innocence” (as opposed to the Bruce Hornesby version).

I’m a big Carrie Underwood fan, but I don’t really like country music. And, on that note, every time I see Taylor Swift perform live, I really wish she sounded better. There, I said it.

My son is a huge Daughtry fan. I can take him in doses. (Daughtry, not my son).

I love it when a band comes on the scene with a popular song, then you listen to the album and all the other songs are way better than the single.

There’s not many Coldplay songs I don’t like.

Crash Test Dummies, “God Shuffled His Feet” is probably my favorite studio recording.

My favorite live album is probably Peter Gabriel’s “Secret World Live”. Seriously, if you love music, you should listen to this or watch the DVD.

I also am not a Dave Matthew’s fan – he rubs me the wrong way.

I love blues, guitar stuff. BB King, Stevie Ray, Mark Knopfler, Albert King, Gary Moore, Johnny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Robert Cray, etc. but, my favorite guitarist of all time is: David Gilmore (Pink Floyd), with John Mayer running a very distant second.

I bought Pink Floyd “The Wall” on cassette.

Have you heard DJ Sammy’s version of “Heaven”? Google it.

Ever listen to Dread Zepplin? Google them. I don’t listen to them anymore, but there was a time when they were on heavy rotation, kind of like Rush & Presidents of the United States used to be.

Led Zepplin. Yes, please.

There’s this group of musicians that just never get old: Tom Petty, John Cougar Mellencamp, John Fogarty, Bryan Adams.

My wife gets me my hip-hop-pop-rock tunes: Justin Timberlake, Black Eyed Peas, honestly, I just sing along – don’t know half of the artists or songs… I am however a big fan of JT.

I love this song “Dynomite” by Taio Cruz. Whatever, don’t judge me.

And for those who think I don’t like the more whiny, dramatic, 00’s rock. I do. Bravery, Keane, Snow Patrol, Athlete, Aqualung, Killers, Death Cab. etc.

There was a time when it was all about: U2, INXS, and REM – in that order. U2 still has it. INXS, well that’s a sad story, and REM, well I’m sure we all are thinking about three letters to describe them now…

Lenny Kravitz – the one man soul-machine.

There was also a time I thought of Lyle Lovette as simply, “that tall guy with Julia Roberts”. WHOA, was I uninformed. Google him, listen and be amazed.

For some reason Mark Cohn’s “Walking in Memphis” brings a tear every time I hear it and I have no idea why.

Mariah Carey – Yes. Matisyaho – No. Sorry Vince.

Michael Jackson, RIP.

Let’s talk dummers. I’m talking real drummers, who play in real bands, who play real music (not like Vinnie Colaita, or  Terry Bozio). Let’s see… (in no order)

  • Kenny Aronoff (John Cougar Mellencamp)
  • Alex Van Halen
  • Manu Katche (Peter Gabriel, and all sorts of stuff)
  • John Bohnam (Led Zep)

Sting – heck yes.

Postal Service – oh yeah, throw in the Raconteurs why don’t you as well.

If you listen to Pandora, choose “Album Leaf” and you will hear the coolest mix of music ever. I can’t even name one band, but it’s pretty interesting music.

The 90’s was full of grunge rock bands. My favorite? Stone Temple Pilots.

And, I don’t like KISS. Well, let me rephrase that: I don’t listen to KISS, never have, never wanted to. I guess I just never got the pyrotechnics-makeup-tongue thing. (And by the way, I don’t think they are the Devil).

There’s so much good music out there. What about you?

4 thoughts on “Musical Idiosyncrasies

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  2. tiffany

    I’m exhausted just reading this! Thanks for sharing, looks like I’ve got some stuff to look up.

  3. Bethany Rogers

    Wow, Alex, you put a lot of thought into this! I would think it was a little much, IF I did not think almost as much about music.
    Totally agree about the Beatles. Stones over Beatles any day. You like your rock a little more all American, down the middle than I do. I agree about Dave Matthews, can’t stand his music. My go-to rock is AC/DC and Aerosmith. I love Elvis Costello, and the Ramones. I also really like Queen. I have learned to appreciate, and in some cases, really like country. Because of my son Alex, I am not stuck in the ’80s, or even ’90s. He introduced me to Thrice, and Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, which is one of my new favorites.
    I have met people who don’t care about music, and they seem as odd to me a person with an arm growing out of their chest. I look at them with my head tilted like a confused labrador.
    I love my Ipod, and I love music!

  4. Alex McLean Post author

    Tiffany – let me know how it goes.
    Bethany – sounds like we’re kindred spirits! LOVE me some AC/DC!

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