1. [artist[Porcupine Tree
I was looking at Oceansize
on last.fm, two bands I'd both heard great things about and not been able to find records for. Putting those two in to the radio at some point ended up with Porcupine Tree. I think it played me 'Signify
' but I may be mistaken. but I researched what albums I ought to listen to most and ended up grabbing In Absentia
from OiNK's Pink Palace. I remember being slightly scared by the cover. It sat on my hard-drive for a while, and when I eventually listened to it I was blown away. Love followed and the other two bands were forgotten about... for now ;)
Slow burn this, Blue
was one of the first albums I bought and Say It Ain't So
was the one I'd heard first before that - from BBC Radio 6music or a localish station called The Storm. I remember liking what I heard of Make Believe, which came out not long after I got it. But my real obsession with them only started when Red came out a few months ago. Strange, hm?
GAWD... most people say Creep, right? And that's not far off... My first song was The Bends
afaik... or it could have been 2+2=5 or Go to Sleep. Either the radio or my mother's CD collection is to blame.
4) Nine Inch Nails
Easier, the first song I heard was Starsuckers, Inc.
as I heard it on the radio when I was younger (we're talking about 12) and tried downloading it from somewhere. Unfortunately I only found the real song Starfuckers, Inc.
- and this being when I still went to church, it put me off them a bit. Later on came the Hand that Feeds, when I'd had a few years to get over it, but my real obsession came after watching SE7EN for the first time in a dark room and that fantastic remix of Closer over the titles.
5) The National
From the website of Emerald Wizard Radio, which I found looking for Libertines lyrics. This was the site of a German/Egyptian who obviously had access to all the best promos and put together amazing playlists on a weekly basis. No longer around. My interest was confirmed when I read an excellent writeup in MOJO magazine. They've been pretty consistently enjoyable since then (late 2004) and along with Radiohead and HOTS they're the only ones who can say that.
6) Sneaker Pimps
I think I must have heard 6 Underground
on the radio when I was really young because when I listened to it later I found I could still remember most of the words. But I only really started listening to them after my first and only drugs experience - their album Splinter
is the sound of a come-down, up to about track 10 when you can look back on what happened...
7) PJ Harvey
A long term awareness bloomed into
actually listening to her when I bought White Chalk
after seeing some of her live performances for it on TV, notably The Devil
. Having said that I had heard Death Is Not the End
a couple of years ago but I don't think it counts as I thought it was Kylie Minogue... oops
8) The Cooper Temple Clause
Relentlessly egged on by the forwardirektion:
forum I picked up the leak of Make This Your Own
& heard Homo Sapiens
first because it was in the wrong order. I really wish I'd heard Blind Pilots
a few years earlier though.
Similar to the above, but it was Retreat! Retreat!
that I heard first. Incredible live band.
10) Joanna Newsom
She popped up on so many best-albums-ever lists at forwardirektion:
that it was inevitable that I'd listen eventually, but the first song I heard was This Side of the Blue
on the Orange 'New York Blackout' ad.
11) Eliott Smith
I have almost no idea how why or when I started listening to him. Probably due to hype or possibly a recommendation here. The first song was Angeles
12) Bat for Lashes
Picked up the album after lots of good reviews and fairly conventionally listened to Horse and I
The first song I heard was Jesus, Etc.
. Bookends nicely, this one, as it was a recommendation from the lead singer of the next one.
14) Hope of the States
Former favourite band after hearing The Red, The White, The Black, The Blue
all over the airwaves.
Another bookend, because it was another direct recommendation from Mr Herlihy, though like (6) I could remember the words to Wide Open Space
16) The Boxer Rebellion
I got into them through Last.fm's similar artists for (8) recently and hot damn, I picked Watermelon
to start with, which is incredible.
17) The Flashbulb
I got his latest album through the Vanity House feature on what.cd after he put it up. Lots of small tracks - I've only listened to it twice. 1st would be Prelude
18) British Sea Power
Slow burner, got into them after spying them in some Rough Trade liner notes. The first song was the epic EP version of Remember Me
19) Sigur Rós
One of those bands for whom "success" follows ad placement; like Coldplay's Clocks in 2002, Hoppípolla
was all over BBC and C4 placements in 2005.
Toured frequently with (14) and (9) and a cutely good band that instil joy into the hearts of their listeners especially with songs like Ores
or The Naughtiest Girl Is A Monitor
(Album evaluation still on-going.)