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Five Best Musical Artists...

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
...in the world at this current time. Solo Artists, bands, composers, whoever you think has done the most to define music over the past few years, and will continue to do so for a while yet.

Mine:

The Arcade Fire
The Flaming Lips
Radiohead/Thom Yorke
Bright Eyes
Kanye West

Comments

  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Who I think are the 5 best, and who I think has done the most to define music are two different things tbh. For the second thing, I only have two that are in the first thing, and they are:

    Snow Patrol
    Robert Plant (he counts :p)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Can I put bands down? If so, my influential list of people who have shaped the world of popular music go as follows.

    1) Bill Hayley - there would be no rock and/or roll without him
    2) Captain Beefheart / Frank Zappa - did more for music than anyone will ever truly realise
    3) Lennon / McCartney - most of the stuff written today is based on stuff they wrote 40 odd years ago.
    4) Zep. Obviously.
    5) The Who - ignoring the Stones who always copied what the Beatles did, the Who were the real innovators, pushing the boundaries of what rock could accomplish. And my favourite band of all time.

    Past few years there has been fuck all really. But at a push...

    1) Rage Against The Machine - bringing a conscience into metal
    2) System of a Down - made metal contemporary and non-old sounding.
    3) Sum 41 - interesting one but the only people who have pulled off the whole punk rock/metal/pop thing well and vaguely originally.
    4) Faith No More - no rap metal, no prog metal or any post- movement would exist without these guys. Mike Patton is an annoying genius.
    5) Guns N' Roses - perhaps the last great rock band.
  • Teh_GerbilTeh_Gerbil Stalin's Organist Posts: 13,327
    In no real order

    Motorhead
    The Who
    The Kinks
    Slayer
    Anthrax
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    No order here.

    Frank Zappa for pure ingenious wit
    Zack de la Rocha for his politics
    Paul McCartney for just being a member of the most influential band ever
    Oasis for writing good working class indie music
    Morrisey for his lyrics even though he is a twat
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    God, people are really taking artistic license with the phrase "the last few years."
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Kraftwerk
    Gang of Four
    Juan Atkins/Derrick May/Mad Mike/other Detroit techno bods
    The Clash
    Nick Cave
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    sonic youth
    mars volta
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    IMHO -

    We Are Scientists
    The Zutons
    Richard Ashcroft
    Snow Patrol
    Kasabian.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    God, people are really taking artistic license with the phrase "the last few years."

    Well define 'the last few years'? Few doesn't exactly mean an exact quantity (though my severely moronic brother did once try to convince me that few meant three).
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    happy mondays
    prodigy
    slipknot
    dr dre
    dj hixxy
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Linkin Park
    Slipknot
    Avenged Sevenfold
    Funeral For A Friend
    Evanescence
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Snow Patrol? What the fuck? :confused:
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Blagsta wrote:
    Snow Patrol? What the fuck? :confused:

    Exactly, and Slipknot aswell?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    For me (some are more recent than others):

    The Flaming Lips
    The Beta Band
    Sufjan Stevens
    Ben Folds
    The Specials
    ...and my bonus answer is Michelle McManus

    :thumb:
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    turlough wrote:
    Exactly, and Slipknot aswell?
    Well imo slipknot pretty much pathed the way for a lot of nu-metal bands into the mainstream and also spawned a lot of 'spin off' music genres (emo, love-metal)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Regina Spektor
    Joanna Newsom
    Rufus Wainwright
    Jeff Buckley
    Modest Mouse
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    icey wrote:
    Well imo slipknot pretty much pathed the way for a lot of nu-metal bands into the mainstream and also spawned a lot of 'spin off' music genres (emo, love-metal)

    There is absolutely no connection with emo music and slipknot. I used to be a fan in my teenage days and they are pretty influential to a certain group but they're not pioneers or nothing.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Radiohead
    The Postal Service
    Muse
    Interpol
    Prodigy
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    icey wrote:
    Well imo slipknot pretty much pathed the way for a lot of nu-metal bands into the mainstream and also spawned a lot of 'spin off' music genres (emo, love-metal)

    What? Dude, learn some music history!

    Though the origins of all musical genres are open to huge debate, usually held in the pub, nu-metal is generally agreed to have spawned around the time of, and largely because of, Faith No More. From there, the bands to really cement it were Korn and the Deftones. Slipknot were just following in the wake of those three. Some people would stick Rage in there aswell though I wouldn't.

    Emo and Love-metal spawned by Slipknot? Take a step back and read that again. For the record, people are generally split over who it actually was that kick started emo. Some think Weezer, some think the Foo Fighters. Some people even look as far back as the Cure for the defining characteristics of emo to show up. I personally think it was Weezer but it's all open to debate. There's no such thing as love metal - just the stupid little sub-genre Him have invented for themselves so they don't have to characterise their music by 'conventional' terms as that would be totally conformist.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    slipknot didnt invent it they just made it mainstream, so they should have at least some credit I guess.

    for 5 bands...

    muse
    sikth
    cradle of filth
    tool
    coheed

    I think those 5 are all doing something original and it all works really well.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    muse- wrote:
    muse
    I never would've guessed. :p
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I never would've guessed. :p

    ha ha.

    :D
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    i would say two of the people who have heavily influenced music in the last 15 years are Dr Dre and liam howlett of The Prodigy.

    artists such as RATM, Chemical Brothers, Massive Attack, Leftfield and DJ Shadow, but i feel their influence hasn't been as great since the end of the 90's.

    within the last 5 years or so, im not so sure. I would put RJD2 on this list, and possibly rappers such as MF Doom and Aesop Rock, but i doubt they're known well enough.

    Kasabian have the potential to do something great in the coming years. i really cant think of much else from this decade though. There seems to be a lot of one/two hits from the next big band/singer, but then you never hear from them again.

    maybe christina aguillera? dangermouse (of Dangerdoom, Gorillaz and Gnarls Barkley)? maybe not......erm...........im stuck.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Green Day
    QOTSA
    Foo Fighters
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Mine are:
    ~The Shins
    ~Ben Folds
    ~Bob Dylan (old stuff...i haven't listened to anything recent of his)
    ~Bloc Party
    ~David Bowie
    plus Death Cab for Cutie
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Above & Beyond
    Markus Schultz
    Digital Witchcraft
    Armin Van Buuren
    Sander van Doorn
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