The cliche of this post’s title is that the music we like in high school is what stays with us forever after. So all you early ’80s hair band junkies, guess what? Thinking about the show this morning Dave Matthews Band also came to mind as an even more popular band which I’ve never enjoyed. Coldplay at least I can point to too much of Chris Martin’s falsetto vocals and incomprehensible lyrics but DMB is harder to say. The lack of electric guitars is no problem, some of my favorite music (Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ, for instance) are largely acoustic.
Honestly I have yet to find a band whose first (commercial) release was after 1980 who have made a whole album I really enjoy, much less a career’s worth. What year did I graduate high school? 1979. U2 are the last group to make my personal pantheon. Until about ten years ago my answer was U2 and REM but Stipe and Co. fell off about the time Losing My Religion became the single most aired song on any medium, when Peter Buck decided to stop playing the jangly electric guitar grooves I loved so much. Say what you want about Bono’s ego or politics but those guys know how to rock and have kept their music fresh.
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