Why did I pick Jamiroquai at No. 4 in my original post? That is a question that only Non-Existent Entities and my former self will know the answer to. However, that terrible choice, along with a good few others will be rectified here, this evening! Are you on the edge of your seat? You bloody well should be. For those who actually read my original post (Hi Mum!), expect about as many similarities as my Top Ten Graphic Novels (Redux) because I’m scraping the bottom of the top ten barrel for something that slightly resembles content, sort of.
10. The Strokes
For the relatively short time that I have been properly listening to The Strokes, they have easily become one of my favourite indie bands. This is mainly due to the bouncy drum beats that, coupled with simple guitar riffs and Julian Casablancas’ laidback vocals, make for an overall positive experience, nothing too complicated, just easy to listen to.
Heart In A Cage – First Impressions of Earth
Last Night – Is This It?
Reptilia – Room On Fire
You Only Live Once – First Impressions of Earth
Electricityscape – First Impressions of Earth
9. The White Stripes
A slight move down from No. 8 doesn’t at all take away from Jack White’s talent as a musician. His mastery of the guitar has led to some of the most iconic riffs of the new millennium, while his sometimes haunting lyrics couple this to brilliant effect. This band had somehow managed to maintain, for it’s lifetime, a mainstream and underground fan base. Notice how I didn’t talk about you, Meg, take a hint.
Fell In Love With A Girl – White Blood Cells
Black Math – Elephant
Icky Thump – Icky Thump
Blue Orchid – Get Behind Me, Satan
There’s No Home For You Here – Elephant
8. The Black Keys
Another newbie, another couple o’ indie rockers, another bout of nice, simple music. Like The Strokes, there isn’t anything to challenging about The Black Keys. However, it manages a light and quite addictive feel due to the thumping drum beats and frequent solos. It’s the kind of music I like to eat a bagel to, that’s high praise.
Gold On The Ceiling – El Camino
Strange Times – Attack & Release
Lonely Boy – El Camino
Remember When (Side B) – Attack & Release
Psychotic Girl – Attack & Release
Probably the only Non-Rock orientated band on the list, and a non-mover at that, this band combines two of my favourite things: trippy music and cartoons. While the electro-trip-hop-techno music stylings of Damon Albarn keep my ears happy, Jamie Hewlett’s artwork that makes their videos a joy to watch, especially when Bruce Willis is in them.
19-2000 (Soulchild Remix) – G-Sides
Clint Eastwood – Gorillaz
DARE – Demon Days
On Melancholy Hill – Plastic Beach
Rock The House – Gorillaz
I’m relatively new to Muse. I have always found their music alright but I was always turned off by a single factor; Matt Bellamy and his stupid, stupid face. He just always seems a bit bloody pleased with himself. I could easily imagine him finishing up on the toilet and thinking “Yeah, I am that good. ” However, when it took me a disappointingly long time to realise that I could just avoid the videos, I found that, though he does have a stupid face, Bellamy is immensely talented on the guitar and can reach the falsest of ettos if he was so inclined.
Supermassive Black Hole – Black Holes And Revelations
Knights of Cydonia – Black Holes And Revelations
Plug-In Baby – Origin Of Symmetry
New Born – Origin Of Symmetry
Feeling Good – Origin Of Symmetry
5. Arctic Monkeys
To cap off the surge of Indie Bands that have invaded the bottom half of this list is the granddaddy of them all. Yes, yes, they are a bit ballbaggy in their latest sort of image. However, in my opinion, the music has far from suffered. However (yep, another contradiction), the earlier stuff contains some of my favourite albums and songs, with their debut that’s name I can’t be assed to type being the best indie has to offer, in my opinion. While Matt Helders’ drumming is so depressingly brilliant that I just can’t stand it, Alex Turner’s poetic lyrics and very, very northern delivery give the band a charm that others just can’t achieve.
Still Take You Home – Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not
D Is For Dangerous – Favourite Worst Nightmare
R U Mine? – AM
From The Ritz To The Rubble – Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not
Fluorescent Adolescent – Favourite Worst Nightmare
4. Rage Against The Machine
There aren’t many words to describe RATM. A few are, “YEEEEEEEAAAAHHHHH!” or “UGH!”, for instance. Each band member brings a noticeable and essential element to the overall sound. Brad Wilk with the offbeat drumming that again, depresses me. Tim Commerford and his underratedly funky bass, very much need for that extra funk blast. Tom Morrello with his pioneering use of the guitar to make the best sounds on the planet, as well as great riffs to accompany that funk blast. Finally, Zack De La Rocha and his godliness. Very rarely could I call a band “quotable”, but De La Rocha makes this one just that, with the best wordsmithing in the rock/metal genre.
Sleep Now In The Fire – The Battle Of Los Angeles
Bulls On Parade – Evil Empire
Freedom – Rage Against The Machine
Bombtrack – Rage Against The Machine
Testify – The Battle Of Los Angeles
The Top Three, oh yes, the big ol’ top three, better than top four, not as good as top two.
3. Queens Of The Stone Age
The highest climber, climbing six places, QOTSA just keeping destroying my face every time I listen to them. The fluctuation, sometimes even merging, of Hard Rock, Stoner Rock and a tad bit of Metal keep the music fresh and unlike others. The overall stoner influences definitely from Josh Homme’s guitar and, in particular, haunting and laidback vocals. Nick Olivieri, though, from all accounts, a bit of a dick, is a rock bassist, no doubt, even pulling out a wicked solo every now and then, as well as his wang in Rio. Moreover, for the every-now-and-thens when Dave Grohl joins the band as drummer, he does seem to influence the sound in a Foo Fighters way, and that is just lovely.
Go With The Flow – Songs For The Deaf
Everybody Knows That You Are Insane – Lullabies To Paralyze
Smooth Sailing – …Like Clockwork
No One Knows – Songs For The Deaf
Medication – Lullabies To Paralyze
2. Foo Fighters
Back again to Dave Grohl and to the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make, between this band and my No. 1. Foo Fighters, and I’ve said this on many occasions, are rock, and I will fight you. They have a beautiful mix of nostalgia, humour, likeability and talent, and that’s just them. Their music is hard rock, no frilly bits or dipply-wags. The overall perfect rock that these guys pump out on a 2-4 year basis just can’t be topped on a technical perspective, keeping mainstream and alternative audiences ecstatic with every new release. They are just so great my arms hurt.
You know the honourable mentions, get ready for ’em.
System Of A Down
I’m getting bored, you probably know what No. 1 is.
1. Red Hot Chili Peppers
Oh my God. There are so many things I could say about this band. They essentially take all the best bits from all my favourite bands. They have brilliant and usually nonsensical lyrics, like Clutch, and even when they aren’t stupid they’re still great, like Arctic Monkeys. They have an awesome and charismatic frontman in Anthony Keidis who can pull off a no-guitar, no-mic-stand combo because he is the second best dancer on the planet, behind Gerardo Velez, and has a stage presence like no other. On top of that, he has great vocal range, being able to rap and sing perfectly. This range is only topped by that of the guitarist, sorry their best guitarist, John Frusciante, who is not just one of the greatest living guitarist on the planet but also the undisputed king of the higher harmony and Dave Navarro. Flea is just Flea, the rock star bassist who make bass the coolest instrument every time he plays it and, with Keidis, brings the overt sexuality that, as a 14 year old boy, makes me laugh a lot. Chad Smith is another depressingly amazing drummer with a barrage of off-beat attacks and he looks like Will Ferrel, we’re over it. Whatever they do it will be amazing, even if it’s crap, and I have a lot of hope for their future material.
Can’t Stop – By The Way
Suck My Kiss – Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Around The World – Californication
Dani California – Stadium Arcadium
By The Way – By The Way
Lots of hugs, kisses and lacerations