At some point last year, I started a Musical A-Z list, but it fizzled out around letter F. I’ve always meant to get back to that, so what better time than now, when I’ve got a month’s worth of content to suss out? Since it’s my list, I’m allowing myself to add two names to a few letters, simply because there is no way I can leave one of these two performers off…you’ll see what I mean when I get to B.
A is for AC/DC
Been a fan since I was young…this was a gimme.
B is for David Bowie and The Beatles
One of the greatest individual performers who ever lived plus one of the most important bands of all time.
C is for The Cure
The first band I ever saw live and the band behind Disintegration, one of my favourite albums ever.
D is for Depeche Mode
My favourite band ever. I’ve seen them 10 times over the last 28 years, including two shows in another country.
E is for Erasure
I had to show this dynamic duo…wait for it…a little respect *puts on Ray-Bans Horatio Caine style*
F is for Foo Fighters
I guess we know who the real talent in Nirvana was, don’t we? *prepares for barrage from Cobain devotees*
G is for Garbage
Shirley Manson and Butch Vig. That is all.
H is for Hendrix, obviously Jimi
One of the greatest ever to strum a guitar.
I is for INXS
This was a hard one, with Inspiral Carpets and Imagine Dragons almost taking the spot. In the end, I had to go back to my 80s roots and pick the lads from Australia.
J is for James
A favourite since my college days, I had the privilege of interviewing singer Tim Booth before the band’s gig in Toronto in the early 90s. There’s SO much more to this band than Laid.
K is for Killing Joke
This was a tough one. There are many K bands I like some stuff from…The Killers, Keane, K-OS…okay, not so much K-OS. In the end, I went for the band with the most badass name,
L is for Lush
Another band I’ve loved since my college days…not seeing them is one of my big concert regrets.
M is for Muse and Paul McCartney
The only band that one day might challenge Depeche Mode for top spot. Arguably the best combo of audio and visuals I’ve ever seen live…even better than U2 and Pink Floyd. Paul McCartney is a living, breathing rock god, and it was an almost spiritual experience seeing him perform live.
N is for Nine Inch Nails
My mind was absolutely blown the first time I heard Pretty Hate Machine. I don’t recall seeing a performer with more on-stage energy than Trent Reznor.
O is for Oasis
One of the standard bearers of the Britpop movement. They could have been all-timers had the brothers Gallagher not been absolute dicks to each other.
P is for The Police and Pulp
The Police were the number one band on my musical bucket list to see, and having the opportunity to see them on their reunion tour is a memory I’ll always treasure. Pulp is one of those bands I can listen to no matter what kind of mood I’m in, and the fact their singer is in a Potter movie doesn’t hurt either.
Q is for Queen
Who else could it be?
R is for REM
This one took me a while to settle on. I was leaning at different times to Radiohead, Rise Against and Rage Against The Machine, but I once again leaned on my 80s roots and went with the best thing to come out of Athens, Georgia not named Herschel Walker.
S is for Suede
You know those bands that hook you the very first time you hear them? That was me with Suede and their song Metal Mickey. Their album Dog Man Star is, like the aforementioned Disintgration, one of my all-time faves.
T is for Thirty Seconds to Mars
This one came out of nowhere. I had heard of Jared Leto’s band, but it wasn’t until a trip to Michigan a few years ago when I truly became a fan. ESPN was using their song Closer To The Edge as their college bowl coverage theme, and I was sold.
U is for U2
You were expecting Ultravox or Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker? One of the biggest bands of all time, and one of my faves.
V is for The Verve
Richard Ashcroft and Nick McCabe. Man, what a combo. Those two are absolute magic together, and if you need conformation of that, go watch their performance of Love Is Noise from Glastonbury 2008.
W is for The White Stripes
It’s almost illegal how good Jack and Meg White are together. The opening to Seven Nation Army, no matter how many times I hear it, always gets the blood pumping. They’re just a fun band.
X is for X Ambassadors
Almost by default, but damn they rocked opening for Muse in January.
Y is for Yaz
Pickings were slim for Y, so I went with a band I loved back as a teenager.
Z is for Zeppelin…Led Freaking Zeppelin
I know I’m cheating by putting them under Z, but there was no way I could leave Zeppelin off the list. They have replaced The Police as my ultimate bucket list band.
So there we go…a musical trip through the alphabet. Tomorrow, I’m going to be that guy, even though Kay Adams told me not to be. I’ll explain more later.