I love hearing what other like in music and lately I have been finding some unique (if not weird) albums. Share with me your favorites that are unique to you. Anything goes. Here are mine:
Bob and Doug Mckenzie- The Great White North album : Based on the SCTV characters played by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas , this surround sound madness is a fun one to just let it play. Especially on Headphones.
The Moog Cookbook: This group, to my knowledge, only made two albums and they are great. Instrumental re-imaginings of some of your favorite hits. Songs include Teen Spirit, Basket case, and Buddy Holly to name a few.
Blue Man Group: I’ve been following them since I was a teen and the music is just FIRE! Best way to explain it. For guys who make instruments from PVC pipe, it’s worth a listen.
Klaatu: A group thought to be the Beetles secretly back together, their sound is totally unique and has a lot of elements that feel like they are from the Beetles. I highly recommend listening to them.
Negativland fan here, and I suspect hope there might be a small clutch of other MSTies who are as well.
The best way I can describe their output is that they ingest massive amounts of audio, from lots of varying sources, then mince it and spit it out into a totally new and recontextualized thing to make a statement or tell a story (albeit a bizarre story).
The thing most people know from Negativland is “some U2 cover where Casey Kasem flips out” (Col. Sanders and Orson Welles got similar treatments) but no territory is safe from their tape reels. One song teaches us the origins of the U.S. national anthem while another imagines Disney’s Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln going in a very different direction. They have an entire album dedicated on the topic of cola war advertising. And when they aren’t working on an album, they’re on the radio (still, although in a more limited capacity these days) playing live with listener participation.
Years ago, David Bowie decided to do a “garage band” after being burned out on songs like China Girl and Let’s Dance. He enlisted a young Reeves for guitar, and two sons of comedian Soupy Sales. No, seriously. They created Tin Machine, released 2 records, broke up, but Bowie kept Reeves for 10 years, longer than any guitar player in his career. In between bands, Reeves released his debut album TSSON. Its a mish-mash of alternative (the first song features Frank Black on vocals), shoegaze and just flat out noise. Oh yeah, forgot to mention that both Bowie and Gary Oldman sing on 2 cuts as well. Yeah, you can’t make this up. These days, you can find him playing full time for The Cure.
PS. I was fortunate enough to meet him in Nashville at his album release party for his band The Imaginary Friends. A LOT bigger than I thought, think Jonah tall! Absolutely one of the nicest people I’ve ever met.
Very good chance you are correct, I like them as well.
I assume a fair number of MSTies are also fans of They Might Be Giants. And of course it’s been pointed out before that Man or Astro-Man has an MST3K connection. The band Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet are good too, most folks know them for “Having An Average Weekend”, which was used as the theme song for The Kids In The Hall.
I can’t not mention Daft Punk. I know they’re huge, and not a mystery to most, but it still stands, that I love nearly every track of theirs I have heard, and even those that I don’t love, I still like a fair bit.
If you already know (or whatever, no prerequisites) Daft Punk, and want more ever changing (from album to album as bands naturally change) French House (not unlike Daft Punk with Random Access Memories, this French duo also went in 1970s sounding direction with their album , Woman) I have to recommend Justice, they have many tracks that sound like a study of Daft Punk’s sound, but rarely imitating it, and they certainly go in their own direction, which I feel is worthy of respect. That being said, I don’t fault One More Time, they do a helluva job as a tribute band, IMO. Justice also has a great single that I feel needs mentioning. D.A.N.C.E. is a tribute to Michael Jackson, released two years prior to the King of Pop’s passing.
If we’re going a bit off of the wall, I discovered Tales of Mystery and Imagination when I was in high school, still a devotee of Edgar Allan Poe, and this 70’s rock sound puts a great point on the selected works represented.
Another great bit of fun, is the discography of Orbital, who opened any given live performance for quite a stint of the 1990s with their version of the Doctor Who theme.