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Saturday, February 02, 2008

Music by the Decade QUESTION

Groundhog's Day is for recollecting: It's not THAT neat and tidy, but it seems that each decade of my music collecting life was dominated by a few groups or solo artists.
1960s: The Beatles, the Supremes. Sure, I could add the Rascals, the Rolling Stones, the Temptations, Simon & Garfunkel, and undoubtedly others.
1970s: Clearly Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon. I have every album each one put out (yes, even Stevie's Secret Life of Plants). Other contenders: Joni Mitchell, Joan Armatrading, Beach Boys, Elton John, Neil Young.
1980s: Talking Heads, the Police. I also considered Bruce Springsteen, Prince, REM, Neil Young.
1990s: Johnny Cash and Nirvana. Also Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lyle Lovett, U2, Beatles.
2000s: There hasn't been an overriding group, but I'll suggest that compilations by Fred Hembeck and Lefty Brown (along with Lefty's fellow travelers) has definitely shaped my music the most this century.

So what music has dominated your life at various points? You don't have to break it down in 10-year periods, as I did, but whatever bite-sized time frame you wish.

1 comment:

Anthony said...

80s: Led Zeppelin, Def Leppard, Dio, Black Sabbath, Rush, Pink Floyd, (Please forgive me) Stryper, Petra, Keith Green, John Michale Talbot

90s: First and Foremost, Pearl Jam, then Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, U2, Sarah McLachlan, Indigo Girls, The Choir, The 77s, Veil of Ashes, Dead Artist Syndrome, the Prayer Chain, The Violet Burning, Rich Mullins

2000s: Audio Slave, System of a Down, India Arie, Norah Jones, Derek Trucks, Fernando Ortega

Though I don't like the distinction, following a spiritual awakening of sorts in the late 80s, I began to listen to Xian music. Early on, I would often have periods where I would clear my collection of "secular" music. As a result, I would often buy a record again and again. From talking to other zealous types I have found that this is not too uncommon of a phenomena. Anyways, I am glad to report that I have not thrown anything out in over fifteen years, unless it just sucked.