How did you get into your favorite artists?
Posted by Tabernacles E. Townsfolk on November 8, 2018, 6:14 pm
The Fall: This one isn't too clear, but I'll do my best. I was either still lurking or I had just started posting on Babble, and there were a few Fall champions back in the day, Prindle being one (and carrying a lot of weight) but there were some others. I have two memories; I'm not sure which came first. In one of them I downloaded Live at the Witch Trials and Levitate from Soulseek sometime either before or after my year in college. In the other, I downloaded Grotesque from iTunes in school. In both memories I was new to the band and hadn't heard the other one. I was intrigued enough to buy 50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong but didn't like it. I'm at a loss as to say when my fandom began except that in fall 2005 I bought Fall Heads Roll when it came out, with my first (unfavorable) exposure either in early-to-mid 2004 or winter 2004-05.
Pet Shop Boys: I know this one dates to college. I think I searched in iTunes for "Girls and Boys" (by Blur) and I found the PSB cover on one of the Further Listening discs (Very?) and downloaded it. It's not a great cover, but for whatever reason I downloaded Actually and ate it up. By the time I was burning CDs for friends in mid 2005 I was a confirmed Pethead. (I think I learned more about music than about academics in school!) I have fond memories of playing Discography over and over while I played NHL 2005 and SaGa Frontier. The track that really hooked me was "Where the Streets Have No Name/Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You" -- killer cover, nice reimagining of a sacred cow, the wit...
Leonard Cohen: A cover -- not *that* cover, but Nick Cave's cover of "Avalanche" on Kicking Against the Pricks. The Cohen version had a different mood, more somber than apocalyptic (I haven't heard Pricks in years so I'm going off memory what it sounded like), and damn, them vox. I read a few reviews that suggested Songs from a Room (odd, since it's generally the worst-reviewed of the three) and bought it -- yes, in college -- and it so fit my mood at the time that I started spinning that over and over, and bought The Songs of Leonard Cohen and found it like Room, but perhaps more hopeful and certainly more lush (for lack of a better word). I've shed tears to both of them.
- Re: How did you get into your favorite artists? - Oliver November 12, 2018, 8:02 pm
- Re: How did you get into your favorite artists? - RF November 11, 2018, 10:56 am
- Re: How did you get into your favorite artists? - Alex Zaitsev November 9, 2018, 5:28 pm
- Re: How did you get into your favorite artists? - Nick E. November 9, 2018, 3:57 pm
- via Prindle and Starostin (nt) - Ryan November 9, 2018, 9:08 am
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- Phish is by far my most interesting "how did you get into them" story. - Ken November 9, 2018, 3:50 am
- Re: How did you get into your favorite artists? - John Schlegel November 8, 2018, 10:08 pm