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Your top 5 bands
19 December 2011
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Please dont' make me look for the old "Top 10" thread to make sure my results are the same! (They mostly are...) Numbers 2-10 tend to fluctuate a bit, but stay essentially the same (and have done so for 20 years, give or take)

 

2. Led Zeppelin

3. MX-80 Sound (who gave me my name!)

4. Parliament and Funkadelic

5. John Coltrane

6. The Velvet Underground

7-13 jimihendrixmilesdavisblueoystercultthebyrdscaptainbeefheartrushabba

I just want to play. I’d like to think I could work opposite Sinatra, B.B. King, the Beatles, or a polka band... - Jazz musician Rahsaan Roland Kirk, 1967
19 December 2011
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What, no Neil Young? And you call yourself a Canadian…sheesh.
*realises he still hasn't done his list* Here's mine.
1. Beatles
2. Neil Young (and all other groups, including but not limited to Buffalo Springfield, CSNY, the Stills Young Band, Crasy Horse, the Stray Gators, or anything else)
3. Arcade Fire.
4. Florence + the Machine (I think I prefer Lungs to Ceremonials, but they are both great)
5. The Clash
Other notable choices include: Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen (and The E Street Band) or Tom Petty (and his HeartBreakers).

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
20 December 2011
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Von Bontee
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Hey, Neil's in my, I dunno...Top 28 or so! But I've never had any particular patriotic all-consuming love for Canadian music - we're a distant third behind the USA and UK on my particular music-map. But just for you, lemme compromise and give you my Top 5 CANADIAN acts:

 

1. Neil Young (incl. Buffalo Springfield et al, of course)

2. Rush

3. nomeansno

4. Simply Saucer

5. Voivod

One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!" -- Paul McCartney
21 December 2011
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1 Beatles

2 DeBarge

3 Wham!

4 Daft Punk

5 The Who/ The Hollies

26 December 2011
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Beatles

Duran Duran (before they got back together)

The Who

Jimi Hendrix Experience

The Rolling Stones

 

Others: Simple Minds, Allman Brothers, Stone Temple Pilots, etc. 

15 January 2012
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Alright let's see... AT THE MOMENT:

1. Beatles

2. Rolling Stones

3. Coldplay

4. Radiohead

5. Two Door Cinema Club / The Kooks (can't separate)

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16 January 2012
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No Leonard Cohen or Gordon Lightfoot from our Canadiens????

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16 January 2012
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Re Cohen/Lightfoot. I don't know enough of either of their music to make them Top 5, but Leonard does have my favourite song of all time (Hallelujah), so he'd be high just for that.

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
16 January 2012
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Same here. I mean, of course we know some of their songs. And I like what I hear, I just can't rank them in my favourites at this time. Hallelujah is one of my favourite songs to play on guitar, and of course Lightfoot has a song called Alberta Bound, which I have to love, because it's all about where I live. It especially applies to me because I'm studying abroad but I'm Alberta bound every now and again.

EDIT: I love Neil Young and Arcade Fire too, they just don't make it to the top right now.

EDIT 2: wow looking back at that it really just looks like I'm a huge Anglophile a-hard-days-night-george-1I guess I am...a-hard-days-night-ringo-7

 

And thanks for the welcome in the other thread, Mr. S. I missed it here!brian-epstein

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16 January 2012
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mr. Sun king coming together said:

Re Cohen/Lightfoot. I don't know enough of either of their music to make them Top 5, but Leonard does have my favourite song of all time (Hallelujah), so he'd be high just for that.

Gordon: I know enough of his hits well enough to enjoy a Greatest Hits album, should I ever buy one, and could feasibly investigate backwards and discover more greatness there. (Guaranteed, practically, that I won't enjoy anything from the '80s or thereafter however.)

Leonard: I've got his debut album, and I guess I kinda enjoy it, and I guess he's a genius and all (I even read his '60s novel Beautiful Losers long before hearing any of his stuff!), but his music (his singing, his melodies, his sensibility) is basically unappealing to me, that's just the way I roll. My weakness, not his. I've never shown any great appreciation for singer-songwriters per se. I think he's more of a literary guy who branched out into music relatively late in life than a Dylan or Lennon or Neil Young. (But I don't wish him any ill will…)

One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!" -- Paul McCartney
16 January 2012
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No problem, Jet. And ITSWD, never refer to Canadians with an e - it'll mean hockey to us.

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
16 January 2012
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Haha yeah, Mr. S, that's exactly what I thought when I read that. As I'm neither from Montreal nor a Montreal fan (and I don't think I play on their NHL team, but I can't be sure) it doesn't really apply to me. I guess you can call any Francophone-Canadian a Canadien though.

Good post Von, I thought that was pretty spot-on.

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16 January 2012
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[Mr Sun King and Jet!, Sorry about that - despite being a Yank, I have French ancestry, and sometimes it pokes through!

As a guitarist, I've always loved playing Lightfoot and Cohen stuff. Just like Donovan, Dylan, Cat Stevens, you only need a guitar, and you're all set.

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17 January 2012
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That's okay! you just made us think about hockey. which is never a bad thing. oh what kind of guitar do you have? I like to think of myself as a guitarist too...

wow seriously off topic! Ill leave. stay-on-topic!!!

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17 January 2012
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Jet! said, "oh what kind of guitar do you have?"

Lots!

A '68 Fender Telecaster, Fender Telecaster made of recycled redwood (very light!), 12-string Rickenbacker (had to see if I could play the opening chord to "A Hard Day's Night," but also sounds great with Lightfoot's "Song for a Winter Night"), D-41 Martin acoustic, Yamaha 12-string acoustic ; had a Gibson SG, but impossible to keep it in tune.

Most recent acquisition is a "You Rock" guitar - a synthesizer really, but you play it like a guitar. Pretty remarkable! (there are You Tube demonstrations).

(But I'm seriously off topic too...)

 

The You Rock guitar looks like one of the guitars from the Beatles' Guitar Hero game (there, back on topic)

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17 January 2012
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To get us back on topic, my top 5 Canadian Artists (Neil Young refers to all bands listed in my earlier post on this page)
1. Neil Young
2. Arcade Fire
3. Blue Rodeo
4. City And Colour (Alias for Dallas Green - City and Colour was his side project from Alexisonfire, until he decided City and Colour was more important)
5. Sam Roberts

Honorary mentions: Sheepdogs (I really like their first album, and I expect lots from them in the future, but they haven't done enough yet) and the Tragically Hip (don't know enough.)

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
17 January 2012
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No Joni Mitchell? Harsh.

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17 January 2012
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JET!
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Nice, Mr. S! I do like that list. I lost my Sam Roberts CD but I just bought a new one off iTunes for like $6 I think. I'm thouroughly enjoying it. Wow and thanks to you that just launched a frenzy of digging around in Canadian music... there goes the morning...

 

ITSWD, that's definitely a guitar fleet to be jealous of! I am not even close with my Strat and my Taylor. Though I just bought a ukelele and it's pretty fun.

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18 January 2012
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Jet! I think the most famous ukelele song of the last half century is Tiny Tim's "Tiptoe Through the Tulips"

It's a riot - check it out if you don't already know it.

(I don't think Tiny Tim will make anyone's Top 5 list - except maybe among ukelele enthusiasts, but he was AMAZING in one respect: his voice could reach soprano notes AND the lowest baritones. I once heard him sing an opera - both the male and female parts.

But I think he was deranged. His version of "Girl" is one of the creepiest songs I've ever heard)

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18 January 2012
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My favourite Leonard Cohen song is Famous Blue Raincoat. Sit yourself down, turn the lights low and listen to it properly. It's beautiful.

I don't really care for Hallelujah – the production is awful. Really 80s, and those backing vocals don't help. The John Cale and Rufus Wainwright versions are far superior IMO.

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