I listen to a lot of music. Or at least, I think so. Is a collection of around 10,000 songs a lot? Most are on CD, which causes some storage problems.
But I'm still interested in discovering more.
So, this thread is for anyone else out there who might not listen to the radio as much these days but still wants to discover new music, or for that matter, people who want to find music they probably should have been listening to when they were younger. Or those who want to know what music was around before they were born! It's all good.
My suggestion is that people post a short introduction to the band/musician, explaining how they first "found" them and whatever other details we might be interested in, followed by links to a few songs (YouTube, for example) so that we can have a listen.
I'll kick things off - obviously you can be as elaborate or concise as you want in these posts:THROWING MUSES
I'll spare you the lengthy back story on how I found the Muses, but once I began to understand their music, it was life-changing. (And I really, really don't like using the term "life-changing", because people over-use it, but this time it applies.) Since then, I've been steadily collecting not only all their records, but all their side projects - and there are a few.
More on Wikipedia here
Now for the songs (all on YouTube, half are the official clips, the other half audio uploads), no language or other warnings:Dizzy
Lead singer and primary songwriter Kristin Hersh hates this song, because it was written to be a "hit single", which it was. The band don't play it at concerts, and fair enough - it's a lot more polished than the rawness of their early work. Still, if someone's heard of the Muses, this will probably be the song they'll mention first, so you might as well know it too.Not Too Soon
Co-founder Tanya Donelly contributed one or two songs of her own to each Muses album or EP and would be the singer as well. This is her best one, from The Real Ramona
, the fourth Muses album, and the last one she would be on for a long time, as she left the band and eventually formed Belly (more on them another time).Two Step
Also from The Real Ramona
, broadly considered to be their best record. This is my favourite Throwing Muses track.Bright Yellow Gun
If someone's heard of the Muses but they don't mention "Dizzy", they'll probably mention this one, as it was also fairly successful as a single and in the US, will pretty much be the only song of theirs which is played on mainstream radio.Shark
, the last album (1996) before the Muses broke up for several years for various reasons, including poor finances.Slippershell
So, in 2003 in the Muses returned, with Tanya Donelly as a guest on their eponymous album. After that, they pioneered a model based upon listener subscription funding studio time and so on, rather than label contracts. Last year, Purgatory/Paradise
was released, and at this stage I'd argue that it's their best album yet.
Interested? From here, you'd be best listening to Anthology
, their "best of", or if you'd like to start with a studio album, then The Real Ramona
is the best entry point.
Hope you enjoyed that - all feedback welcome! Your turn! :rolling: