Music has always been a major part of my existence. One good thing that came from having parents with precious little in common is that I developed an eclectic musical palate. So I not only knew Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye, but also Little Feat, Derek and the Dominos and Yes. As a result, there's hardly anything that comes on the radio that I don't know. Though hip-hop most definitely has my heart and soul, good music is good music, so I present some of my favorite artists/bands to you.
Guns N Roses: Though Metallica (also to appear on this list) is arguably a better band, something about the combination of Axl and Slash just does it for me. I preferred them (like a couple of others on this list) before they became MTV whores, but I must say, "Use Your Illusion I" had some gems on it. Eventually, Axl Rose started smelling himself and the shit hit the fan. I still haven't forgiven him for "The Spaghetti Incident?" I don't know what was going on there.
Green Day: A chorus about masturbation propelled them into the mainstream. However, this is sadly a case of yet another great band that went doctors' office rock. "Dookie" was a great CD and I don't blame people for loving it, but they began to cater to "the crowd." I guess I can't knock anyone for wanting to make money, and I won't say that they became sucky. They just lost some of the edge that I loved so much.
Metallica: THEY FUCKING ROCK. No explanation required. It would be easy to claim that being a Metallica fan is cliche if they weren't such a good damn band. Well, in my opinion anyway...which is the only thing that counts around these parts.
L7: These white brawds are pissed. I don't mean regular pissed. I mean Pat Robertson getting dropped off in the middle of a boy-boy teabagging contest pissed. They also have some of the best fight riffs I've ever heard. Let me state that I do not expect straight men to like, or understand this band, but that does not detract from it's greatness. There's a line in "Fast & Frightening" that says "got so much clit, she don't need no balls." Brilliant!
Alanis Morrissette: Yes, she was on Nickelodeon. Yes, she is very VH1 friendly. but I don't care. "Jagged Little Pill" was a great album. Her lyrics cover the spectrum of female emotion whether it's affectionate ("don't be surprised if I love you for all that you are"), introspective ("how about not equating death with stopping") or the ever popular anger ("everytime I scratch my nails down someone else's back I hope you feel it"). Everybody needs something that is different, yet they can still relate to it. Yeah, I guess I sounded a little corny and groupie-ish. Cut me some slack...I'm not made of wood man.
NOFX: Great punk band...GREAT! I loved "Punk in Drublic", but "White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean" is my absolute favorite. They are irreverent about everything...including themselves. Gotta love that. Well, at least I do.
Rage Against the Machine: This band does nothing to help my agression issues, but damned if their music isn't the shit. I have to battle the urge to just punch somebody when I'm listening to them. Listen to "Guerrilla Radio" and you'll see what I'm talking about. "TURN THAT SHIT UP!!"
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If you feel that there is a glaring omission, please feel free to share your opinion.