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The follies of youth vs. longevity [Mar. 17th, 2005|11:53 pm]
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The Challenge: Name a band/solo artist you liked in High school, who is still releasing music now, who you still enjoy as they (and you) have matured.

The conditions:

1) You must have graduated from High School in 1995 or earlier to play. Sorry to any young whippersnappers, but the 10 year mark is important because tastes change and bands break up, and that's the whole point of the exercise.

2) Bands you name must have been releasing music and/or touring consistently from your high school years to now, without any breaks of longer than 3 years. Exceptions can be made for bands that have been around that long who regularly take over 3-4 years to make records (The Beastie Boys are a great example here, and Tom Waits took off 6 years between Black Rider and Mule Variations), but any one on a 4+ year hiatus  (Guns 'n' Roses, anyone?) with no new material is excluded.

3) You had to be aware and a fan of the band when you were in High School. Do I adore Tom Waits now? Yes. Was he recording when I was in High School? Yes. Was I a fan at that time? I wish, but no. Therefore, I cannot count Tom Waits for this contest.

4) You must have purchased/taped/burned one of the artists last 3 albums AND still listen to it and like it for the artist to count. For example, if you name David Bowie as an artist you liked then and now, you must possess, listen to, and enjoy either "Hours", "Heathen" or "Reality" (his last 3 albums from 1999 to now. If you don't own any of these, you aren't "still a fan", you merely liked Bowie when he didn't suck).

Under these conditions, I had a hard time. The only ones I can name for sure is Einsturzende Neubauten; I bought Strategies against Architecture in about 1986, and I've bought (and still listen to) at least 2 of their last 3 records ("ende neu", "Silence is Sexy"  and "Strategies III", which is a comp, but still) and Marc Almond, of whom I'm the only straight non-fag-hag fan outside of the UK. I cannot count the Cramps, because I haven't listened to a record of theirs since 1990's "Stay Sick", which still was disappointing. Don't even ask me about "Flamejob" (1994)  or "Look Mom no Head" (1991) , which I'm sure I've heard but have never bothered to acquire.

And you?
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[User Picture]From: tawnyarocks
2005-03-18 08:19 am (UTC)
They Might be Giants. And that's about it. Wait, no, does nine inch nails count? Trent always takes forever between albums. I think I'm getting off easy by being at the absolute last year for the cut off. class of ninety-five y'all!
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[User Picture]From: plymouth
2005-03-18 08:19 am (UTC)
I graduated in 94 so I guess I count... just :)

I've been listening to The Offspring and Metallica since high school. I have Metallica's latest and Offspring's 2nd-to-latest (don't have the latest mostly because I have been lazy about music lately but I am going to pick it up Real Soon Now(TM) ).

I think that might be it. So many of the bands I loved broke up. *sigh*. I am still mourning Stabbing Westward.
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[User Picture]From: ringbark
2005-03-18 08:29 am (UTC)

Chris de Burgh

Fan of Chris de Burgh while I was still at high school. In those days, he had only issued three or four albums, but I still enjoy them, and have continued to buy and enjoy all his albums ever since. "Road to Freedom", his latest album, is in the CD player even as I speakwrite. When did I leave high school? 1979.

Others? Bob Dylan...didn't really get into Dylan till 1981. The Stranglers? Still enjoy their material from early in their career, but haven't bought a new album from them in ages. So many other bands might be in the list, but have failed for one reason or another. Either I got into them too late, haven't kept up to date or they haven't kept on making records...
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[User Picture]From: bassfingers
2005-03-18 08:31 am (UTC)
Peter Gabriel. Yeah, there's a 6 year gap there, but he has slowed down a bit in his old age...
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[User Picture]From: theda
2005-03-18 08:32 am (UTC)
I am so lame but...

Duran Duran
Depeche Mode
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[User Picture]From: herbaliser
2005-03-18 03:55 pm (UTC)
yeah. I pondered The Cure, but...
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[User Picture]From: tyrsalvia
2005-03-18 09:04 am (UTC)
Ok, I was class of 96, but even then, I can't come up with any. Most of the bands I was big into in highschool have since broken up (Oingo Boingo, Concrete Blonde) or I don't like anymore (Metallica).

Oh, maybe the B52s count. They spent a long time not really touring, though.
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[User Picture]From: shoutingboy
2005-03-18 09:57 am (UTC)

Borderline case...

Offhand, as close as I come is this: I listened to Prince some in high school, liked him about as much as most non-fans did back then (class of '85), kinda knew some of his songs but didn't buy any albums. Came to appreciate him more in college. Bought no albums after "Diamonds and Pearls", but I did go to his concert last year, and they gave a copy of his new "Musicology" album to concertgoers. And I've only listened to a couple of songs from the album so far, but so far they're intriguing. Not sure what I think about the album yet.

Prince is still a hell of a performer, but his concert was largely an oldies show. I'm given to understand that it was a kind of farewell tour--"farewell" to his back catalog. He's going to keep writing and touring, but he doesn't want to play the old stuff any more--so he had one last tour with it to satisfy people.

Other than that? Hrm. Paul Simon comes close, but he's kind of on an extended hiatus. I don't think he's done a new album since "Rhythm of the Saints" ~15 years ago--yeesh, has it really been that long? I hope he's okay. (I was a "Simon & Garfunkel" fan more than a "Paul Simon" fan--yes, I was that big a dork--but I did know all the words to "50 ways to leave your lover".)
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[User Picture]From: dougo
2005-03-18 01:17 pm (UTC)
I loved Rush in high school, and I love their latest album (not the covers one, haven't heard that yet), but there was a lot of stuff in the middle that was kinda enh. So they fit the letter of your rules but probably not the spirit.

I feel about the same about U2 as I did then: some songs are great, most are kind of lame. I don't actually have any albums after The Unforgettable Fire.

Hm, Love & Rockets? I was only just starting to get into them senior year (I flaked out on a chance to see them on the Earth Sun Moon tour). And they've been dormant for a while, but that's because of the Bauhaus tours (which I've also missed). But, I pretty much love every album.

This would be more fun if it were about college than high school. In high school (1984-1988) I was only into prog (which was mostly already dead at the time) and metal (which died as soon as Metallica met Bob Rock).
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[User Picture]From: redmenace
2005-03-18 01:22 pm (UTC)
Has Fugazi Broken up? I could count Billy Bragg since I bought his recent comp as well...
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[User Picture]From: jtemperance
2005-03-18 02:47 pm (UTC)
The Fall
Sonic Youth
Robyn Hitchcock
New Order (but they've had a hiatus or two)

That's all I can think of right now. There's other artists (Brian Eno, Lou Reed) who are still recording but I haven't been able to get into their more recent stuff.
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[User Picture]From: jtemperance
2005-03-18 02:49 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, U2.
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[User Picture]From: erikred
2005-03-18 03:33 pm (UTC)
Tough assignment! I wracked my brains (and my iTunes list) and finally came up with Red Hot Chili Peppers (had some reservations, but ended up actually liking "By the Way"). I know it's utterly mainstream, but everyone cool either 1) wasn't in my sphere in High School or 2) stopped producing music that I'd buy.

Speaking of Marc Almond, I still have an mp3 of "Mug's Game" that I listen to regularly. It really captures a time of life. Someone else's life, and an utter waste, sure, but life nonetheless.
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[User Picture]From: dirtylibrarian
2005-03-18 04:12 pm (UTC)
I think I can barely squeak in with They Might Be Giants also...I think I accidentally got into them at the end of my senior year when I bought an album by them from BMG (when what I really wanted was The Lightning Seeds). I haven't liked all their albums, in fact, I largely lost interest in them when they started doing regular 4 piece band stuff...but their kids albums have me hooked back in...much closer to the quirky stuff of their youths.

I'm also going to cheat and say Mike Patton. Even though Faith No More is long dead and gone, Mike has gone on to do all sorts of interesting stuff which I have followed with interest. I particularly like some of the Mr. Bungle stuff, but absolutely adore the work he did on Dan the Automator's project Loveage with the splendid album Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By. I went and saw them when they toured just a few years ago, and got Mike Patton's autograph. Tee hee.
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[User Picture]From: ltmurnau
2005-03-18 05:01 pm (UTC)
The Residents.

Long Live the Eyeball Men.
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[User Picture]From: lara7
2005-03-19 12:24 am (UTC)

not cool enough

I was not cool enough to be aware of the residents in high school. Also Nick Cave and Tom Waits, who would fit the criteria if I'd been aware of them before college....now I love all 3.
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[User Picture]From: holyoutlaw
2005-03-18 06:14 pm (UTC)
I graduated high school in 1975. No fair!

Can have been broken up since forever, although they recorded on each other's solo projects quite a lot. I have the Can Box and Can DVD, which are recent releases of archival material, and if I see a new solo recording by the surviving members (Michael Karoli died a few years ago) I snap it up. I bought one of the "ReMastered" CDs, and if there was ANY new material on the others, I'd buy them all.

If Kraftwerk released a new album, I'd check it out at least, but I didn't like anything after Ralf and Florian.

Even the musicians/bands that were just post high school -- Talking Heads, Eno, Television, Elvis Costello -- have either stopped recording, broken up, or passed my interest.

Some part of my hind brain will keep going through the memory stacks, archives, and warehouses, and report back at three a.m. a week from now with a band or musician that fits all these criteria, whereupon I will leap up from bed with a cry of "But of course! It's _____!" only to realize I've forgotten why recalling the name of _____ was so important.
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