When Bands stay good (or get good again)

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  • So, bands that have been consistently great throughout their careers or had a renaissance.

    Chemical Brothers. Still enjoy their new material 20 years after their debut.

    Underworld. Barbara Barbara a real return to form. Karl Hydes work with Brian Eno really good as well.

    Damon Albarn. Never a really a Blur fan until Think Tank but lots of stuff from Gorillaz, Good, the bad. Africa Express, Mali Music, DRC music, production on Tony Allen. So much interesting work.

    Gruff Rhys. Somehow completely missed the SFA though the 90’s (got into them through his solo work) but all his projects are interesting.

    tdog
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    Having listened to OK Computer and realising Radiohead are depressing to then seeing them mesmerise the crowd at Glastonbury truly stunned me.

    They have stayed true and have a loyal following for that.

    Oh and to top it off Phil Selway is a top bloke! 😉

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    ABBA.
    Half Man Half Biscuit.
    The Beatles.
    Zappa.

    cokie
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    NOFX- First Ditch Effort was an awesome album. Much more polished and better recording quality, yet kept some of the punk roots. Lovely.

    Future To The Left- A Peace & Truce Of.. was also a fantastic album. Just carried on the weirdness.

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    Clutch, going since 1990 and still cranking out some quality riffage, with their last 2 albums containing some of their best.

    Case in point:

    [video]https://youtu.be/X8cmbmwFAl8[/video]

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    The Doors!
    Opinions vary over The Soft Parade, which some don’t like but I rate. BUT L.A. Woman is on a par with, if not better than their first album.

    New Model Army. Formed 1980, only the lead singer Justin Sullivan remains of the original line-up.

    Hardly heard of n the mainstream but still touring to large audiences – especially in Europe (see the recent Woodstock festival in Poland) – and releasing new albums, they’re a hard band to pigeon-hole. Not metal, not punk, continually evolving.

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    Any of those still going Rusty? 😉

    Radiohead, yup.
    Underworld
    Jay-Z is on his 15th or so album and still damn good
    deUS 10th album was still great. 2012, so not sure if any more coming
    there may be a few more, but I’m fickle 8)

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    The Wedding Present

    The joke being that all the songs sound the same, but really they don’t and they’ve put out some brilliant albums in the last 10 years that are quite a contrast to their original ‘C86’ jangly guitar sound.

    I mean they can still do that and live they’re still great, but to paraphrase John Peel “The boy Gedge continues to write some of the best love songs of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Era. You may dispute this, but I’m right and you’re wrong!”

    The most STW song of all time?

    [video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSyLKb5gqR8[/video]

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    I would have said Clutch, but beaten to it.

    Modest Mouse, Manchester Orchestra, Queens of the Stone Age and The Shins for me. I also think Ugly Duckling and DJ Format are still great. Mainly because what they do hasn’t really changed and if it ain’t broke and all that.

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    Tool, just get better admittedly it’s been 7 years since the last album but Maynard has kept it going with his side projects

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    Duh, how could i forget – Iggy. No not Izalea 😡

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    Dinosaur Jr’s comeback stuff was pretty strong. It possibly doesn’t stand out as anything special, because 1000 bands were influenced by Dinosaur in the interim, but it’s consistently good.

    +1 for QotSA – although I’d have said more of a return to form then a staying good IMHO, sounded like they were running out of steam prior to Like Clockwork, which was superb.

    CountZero
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    ABBA.
    Half Man Half Biscuit.
    The Beatles.
    Zappa.

    Possibly arguable, as three out of the four no longer exist, but HMHB just keep turning out great, really funny songs with such well observed lyrics.
    And I’ve got tickets to see them in Bath.
    I’d second Blur as well, The Magic Whip was a surprisingly good album considering how long they’d been apart, and live at the IoW Festival they were blisteringly good, Albarn is such a good frontman.
    Looking forward to seeing The Shins at Greenman this weekend, looks like I’ll be able to see them, Sleaford Mods and Peej one after the other with minimal overlap! Result. 😀

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    Possibly arguable, as three out of the four no longer exist

    Adds CZ to list.
    Punches Kate Bush doll and decides to frown at old people at Biscuit gigs.

    donks
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    Belle and Sebastian have pretty much turned out decent stuff throughout. see also:

    Ride
    Spiritualised
    Wedding present (as noted)
    PJ Harvey
    The Fall
    Beck

    Most have done quite a bit of material and give or take a few (probably lots for the fall) of ropey songs they have kept things moving and changed styles and are still making credible stuff.

    Black Sabbath.

    They were great. They are still great.

    Mr Woppit
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    **** me it’s Fred Titmus.

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    Dinosaur Jr’s a good one. Bit like the Wedding Present , I suspect (not listened to them since I bought Kennedy on 12″!) – same formula over the years, but just great songs . Love em.

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    Nine Below Zero. Awesome in the early 1980’s, still smashing it out now.

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    Deftones one of the only bands that I have 100% enjoyed every album.

    Pigface
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    I say the Damned, brilliant then awful now very respectable again and seem to be constantly touring.

    If only they would dump Eloise etc from the live show.

    Magma/Christian Vander. Still serving up surprises with groundbreaking virtuosity and intensity since the late 60s.

    Motorpsycho go from strength to strength the last two recent LPs are both stunning IMO

    Same goes for Elder

    Nile Rodgers*/Chic still singlehandedly making Glastonbury an event worth seeing.

    *hope he’s OK/get well soon :/

    Black Sabbath.

    They were great. They are still great.

    Now I’m a massive Sabbath fan, but really? All their best material came out in the space of about 4 years starting in 1970! Nothing since Technical Ecstasy has really come close to the good stuff.

    The only bands/artists I can think of that really haven’t got worse with time it’s either because they died/gave up/haven’t had time to get shit yet.

    The ones that do keep putting out good music seem to put stuff out incredibly infrequently – maybe putting out too many records just bleeds the fun out of it and you start producing crap.

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    Beck, love the way his music has evolved and how it’s influenced by events in his life (Sea Change being the main one).

    Same with Damon Albarn too, You could see and hear how his music was maturing with Blur and his solo stuff.

    Happy to see hmhb with multiple commendations.

    I’m stuck for more to add really. Did the Smiths put out a bad record? Tom Waits? Though I’ve paid little attention to him in recent years and actually had to check her wasn’t dead before posting…

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    ps44 –
    Nine Below Zero

    Sometimes it’s hard to tell who is serious…

    mikey74
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    Iron Maiden
    Neurosis
    Clutch, sorta (Earth Rocker was awesome but their last one left me cold).
    Unsane
    YOB

    there’s loads

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    I’d echo the comments about Beck and Damon Albarn. I’d also add King Creosote, Steve Mason, Edgar Jones, Johnny Marr, Chuck D, Gaz Coombs and The Charlatans.

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    Bob Mould and all his bands.

    No filler at all.

    redmex
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    Elouise is the only dammed tune i could listen to

    Ryan Adams

    Not a band but hey.

    Mark Lanegan
    Afghan Whigs
    Posies

    CountZero
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    Adds CZ to list.
    Punches Kate Bush doll and decides to frown at old people at Biscuit gigs.

    😆
    Poor Kate!
    ”Tis true, though the other three are essentially timeless. At the last Biscuit gig I went to in Bath, there was a mosh pit started at the front, pretty much entirely made up of men ‘of a certain age’, shall we say.
    I frowned, a lot!
    And I’m a man of a certain age, and I’m really too damned old to be behaving like that!

    Mark Lanegan

    Can’t argue with that, very grumpy man, though.

    Elouise is the only dammed tune i could listen to

    Rather atypical, it’s a Barry Ryan song.

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    New orbital tracks are awesome.

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    Now I’m a massive Sabbath fan, but really? All their best material came out in the space of about 4 years starting in 1970! Nothing since Technical Ecstasy has really come close to the good stuff.

    The only bands/artists I can think of that really haven’t got worse with time it’s either because they died/gave up/haven’t had time to get shit yet.

    The ones that do keep putting out good music seem to put stuff out incredibly infrequently – maybe putting out too many records just bleeds the fun out of it and you start producing crap.
    13 is brilliant. As is Heaven and Hell. I’m not so familiar with the stuff in between though.

    CountZero
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    Calexico
    The Dears
    Belly

    johndoh
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    I wouldn’t say 13 is brilliant but it’s pretty good but..

    Black Sabbath
    Paranoid
    Masters of Reality
    Vol 4
    Sabotage

    remain some of the best music ever published by rock bands.

    most of the other stuff is dross but a few highlights on Technical Ecstasy, Heaven and Hell and Never Say Die.

    But for a bunch of very old blokes 13 remains decent rather than amazing.

    Lifelong Sabbath fan.

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