How many bands would you consider yourself a hardcore fan of?

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I don't mean "oh yeah they're good, I have two of their CDs", but something bordering on obsession. If you were to whittle down your collection to those bands that you literally couldn't live without, who would be left??

Gear! (Gear!), Sunday, 29 February 2004 05:33 (nineteen years ago) link

the Fall-ah
Richard Buckner

Donna Brown (Donna Brown), Sunday, 29 February 2004 05:38 (nineteen years ago) link

Bob Dylan
Van Morrison
Neil Young
Todd Rundgren

jim wentworth (wench), Sunday, 29 February 2004 05:44 (nineteen years ago) link

new order/joy division
show + ag (back before with their latest wack 12-inch.stilla fan though.)
curtis mayfield
slick rick
james brown
marvin gaye

sirus (sirus), Sunday, 29 February 2004 05:48 (nineteen years ago) link got a while?

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 29 February 2004 05:49 (nineteen years ago) link

got nothin' but time here, son

Gear! (Gear!), Sunday, 29 February 2004 05:53 (nineteen years ago) link

I'm more of a generalist when it comes to music so the only one I can think of in terms of being obsessive about is R.E.M.

For everything else, I'm pretty much content to just own the essential recordings and leave it at that.

maypang (maypang), Sunday, 29 February 2004 05:55 (nineteen years ago) link

Just the prime ones, now...

jim wentworth (wench), Sunday, 29 February 2004 05:55 (nineteen years ago) link

Gary Numan
Judas Priest

the music mole (colin s barrow), Sunday, 29 February 2004 05:59 (nineteen years ago) link

I would interpret 'hardcore' as 'artists about whom I am completist'.

PJ Harvey
Helium/Mary timony
Lida Husik
Geraldine Fibbers/Carla Bozulich
Shannon Wright

I have to be completist about at least one band/artist at any given time, or my life is less fulfilling.

Lots of stuff i consider essential, like old REM or Echo and the Bunnymen, I wouldn't say I'm hardcore about. I'm less hardcore currently about PJH but I love her old stuff enough to never get rid of it, and own enough that it still looks sort of obsessive.

Blood and sparkles (bloodandsparkles), Sunday, 29 February 2004 06:02 (nineteen years ago) link

the Old 97's
the Buzzcocks
the Descendents
Mazzy Star
The Jesus & Mary Chain

miloauckerman (miloauckerman), Sunday, 29 February 2004 06:05 (nineteen years ago) link

to answer my own question:

Handsome Family
Neko Case
Steely Dan
Yo La Tengo

Gear! (Gear!), Sunday, 29 February 2004 06:10 (nineteen years ago) link

I couldn't live without Fugazi or Nina Nastasia.

Or Jean Micheal Jarre's "Oxygene".

billislord, Sunday, 29 February 2004 06:31 (nineteen years ago) link

(sorry, that was truly atrocious)

billislord, Sunday, 29 February 2004 06:32 (nineteen years ago) link

bardo pond
kool keith

but i could manage without them.

brian badword (badwords), Sunday, 29 February 2004 06:32 (nineteen years ago) link

james brown
david bowie
the ramones
the make-up

twelve, Sunday, 29 February 2004 06:39 (nineteen years ago) link

The Smiths
Patrick Adams
Arthur Russell
My Bloody Valentine
Sly Stone
P-Funk (up until 82 or so)
Tricky (up until 2000)
Joy Division

Those are the artists I'd act the completionist with.

Jedmond (Jedmond), Sunday, 29 February 2004 07:31 (nineteen years ago) link

Doesn't include acts that are too recent for me to know yet ("I have all their albums!" "They've only released one."

Jedmond (Jedmond), Sunday, 29 February 2004 07:33 (nineteen years ago) link

And add Levan remixes (although that's mostly in mpeg form).

Jedmond (Jedmond), Sunday, 29 February 2004 07:35 (nineteen years ago) link

Neil Young (especially with Crazy Horse) begins and ends all things for me. There is no record I'd rather hear than ANY of his records at any given time, and there is never a mood that doesn't allow me to listen to ANY of his records. He's why I play guitar, why I love music.

Now that that's out of the way, I can mention the second-placers: Royal Trux and Drive By Truckers.

Past obsessions include Morrissey / Smiths, Whiskeytown, The Fall, and Slayer.

roger adultery (roger adultery), Sunday, 29 February 2004 07:58 (nineteen years ago) link


mullygrubber (gaz), Sunday, 29 February 2004 08:00 (nineteen years ago) link

dEUS (I know far too much about'em. if Tom Barman ever needs to relive his past, he can come to me.)
fleetwood mac (i know little trivia, but i know their music far too good.)

nathalie (nathalie), Sunday, 29 February 2004 08:44 (nineteen years ago) link


cinniblount (James Blount), Sunday, 29 February 2004 08:45 (nineteen years ago) link


@d@ml (nordicskilla), Sunday, 29 February 2004 09:04 (nineteen years ago) link

The Velvet Underground
The Flaming Lips
My Bloody Valentine

Dude (The Yellow Dart), Sunday, 29 February 2004 09:06 (nineteen years ago) link


russignol, Sunday, 29 February 2004 09:06 (nineteen years ago) link

Spacemen 3/Spectrum/Spiritualized
The Church

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Sunday, 29 February 2004 09:08 (nineteen years ago) link

there are 4, but I am not a completeist about any of them

christhamrin (christhamrin), Sunday, 29 February 2004 09:25 (nineteen years ago) link

Hmmmm... bands/artists where I own just about every record and then some:

Bob Dylan *
Neil Young
Rolling Stones *
Led Zeppelin *
Miles Davis **
John Coltrane **
Quicksilver Messenger Service *
George Clinton and projects ***
Fred Anderson
Ornette Coleman **
Anthony Braxton ****
Art Ensemble of Chicago *****
Sun City Girls ******

* I own at least 6 bootlegs each by all these artists.
** yes, I really do have just about everything, thanks to the glory of boxsets. Got both artist's Prestige sets, Miles's complete Columbia and Capitol sets, John's Atlantic and Impulse sets, Miles's Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud and various 80s sessions, John's Bethlehem recordings and various Blue Note appearances as leader and sideman... Even a few Coltrane boots. Oh, and I'm pretty sure I own close to every note Ornette Coleman has played.
*** got just about everything. All the Parlet albums, all the Horny Horns albums, the Eddie Hazel lp, the Godmomma lp, the George Clinton "Family Recordings" series of CDs ... sheesh, even the "By the Way of the Drum" 12" and the freakin' Jimmy G and the Tackheads lp.
**** I've got everything up until about the mid-80's
***** Ditto (basically, everything up until their stint on DIW)
****** Yeah, I am a collector scum. I really do have just about every note these guys have officially released.

Broheems (diamond), Sunday, 29 February 2004 09:46 (nineteen years ago) link

I don't think I'm a completist about anything these days. I guess if I had to pick a few artists I'd say I really loved, it'd be;

Talk Talk
Disco Inferno
The Stone Roses
Bark Psychosis

But that's totally subject to change every five minutes, and doesn't take into account all the artists who I love one and a half albums or a few singles or just one damn song by. I really wouldn't want to never be able to hear "Groove Is In The Heart" or 3ft High & Rising or "Lazarus" or Dig Your Own Hole or "I Want You Back" or In A Silent Way again, but there are big chunks of each of those artists' output that I'm not arsed about in the slightest.

Sick Nouthall (Nick Southall), Sunday, 29 February 2004 11:24 (nineteen years ago) link

soul coughing is about the only band i've ever gone head over heels for and even that has faded since they broke up

ipsofacto (ipsofacto), Sunday, 29 February 2004 12:26 (nineteen years ago) link

Now - Belle and Sebastian.

Back in the day - the Manic Street Preachers

Also the Boo Radleys, Teenage Fanclub, the Trash Can Sinatras, Jesus and Mary Chain to some fair extent as well.

ailsa (ailsa), Sunday, 29 February 2004 12:27 (nineteen years ago) link

Lots and none. You know how it goes.

Sym (shmuel), Sunday, 29 February 2004 12:28 (nineteen years ago) link got a while?
-- Ned Raggett (ne...), February 29th, 2004

HAHAHHA...yeaaah...gonna have to think for a bit...

Stooges/Iggy Pop
Replacements/Paul Westerberg
Beat Happening
Stone Roses
The Smiths
Velvet Underground
Cheap Trick
The Clean
Guitar Wolf
Augustus Pablo/King Tubby
Desmond Dekker
Willie Colón/Hector Lavoe/Rubén Blades
Mano Negra/Manu Chao
Soda Stereo
Los Fabulosos Cadillacs
A Tribe Called Quest
DJ Shadow
Boards of Canada
Husker Du
The Police (NUT teh Sting!!!)
Men At Work

...that's as close to definitive as you're likely to get from me.

Francis Watlington (Francis Watlington), Sunday, 29 February 2004 13:09 (nineteen years ago) link

none : (

cozen (Cozen), Sunday, 29 February 2004 13:10 (nineteen years ago) link

Probably the only _real_ contender would have been Low, but I've kind of lost interest since "Trust".

Snnap Dragon (snnap dragon), Sunday, 29 February 2004 13:16 (nineteen years ago) link

"bands": none
genres: plenty

strongo hulkington (dubplatestyle), Sunday, 29 February 2004 13:26 (nineteen years ago) link

labels: even more

strongo hulkington (dubplatestyle), Sunday, 29 February 2004 13:26 (nineteen years ago) link

I knew I was going to forget a few...

T. Rex
Black Sabbath
The Jam
Angelo Badalamenti

Francis Watlington (Francis Watlington), Sunday, 29 February 2004 13:36 (nineteen years ago) link

I'm somewhat of a completist for the following bands/artists:


Iron Maiden
Katatonia (at least the pre-2000 stuff)


Ural 13 Diktators

Siegbran (eofor), Sunday, 29 February 2004 13:52 (nineteen years ago) link

Beach Boys, Pavement, Danielson Famile and, wierdly, most Dave Pajo projects bar Zwan.

Flotsam of the Fishfolk (Flotsam of the Fishfolk), Sunday, 29 February 2004 14:17 (nineteen years ago) link

I agree with the completist requirement. Therefore:
David Bowie
Elvis Costello
PJ Harvey

d. powers (popmatters devon), Sunday, 29 February 2004 14:45 (nineteen years ago) link

Oh, and Richard Hell/The Voidoids. And Foreigner.

d. powers (popmatters devon), Sunday, 29 February 2004 14:47 (nineteen years ago) link

Although some of these I no longer obsess too much over since I have most of their stuff already and/or they split up but:

The Boo Radleys
The Beach Boys
Aphex Twin
Beastie Boys

dog latin (dog latin), Sunday, 29 February 2004 14:49 (nineteen years ago) link

White Stripes

Wow, how utterly white of me.

Jazzbo (jmcgaw), Sunday, 29 February 2004 15:14 (nineteen years ago) link

Just Radiohead.
But that's because I'm so hardcore about them that in comparison nothing else could possibly qualify.
If hardcore just meant "I own all their albums and would definitely try to see them live if they played nearby," then there would be a lot more bands on the list.

Melissa W (Melissa W), Sunday, 29 February 2004 15:22 (nineteen years ago) link

far too much out there to be a 'hardcore' fan of anything.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Sunday, 29 February 2004 15:38 (nineteen years ago) link

Yeah, ok.

We all know my answer.

Foo Fighters and Killing Joke.

I've been fine without Nirvana. Really. But I've got to listen to Killing Joke on vinyl at least once a day. And I'm a huge Foo Fighter fan and have to have those cds.

I'm more of a 'hardcore' Dave Grohl fan than anything else, really.

Aja (aja), Sunday, 29 February 2004 15:45 (nineteen years ago) link


Ronan (Ronan), Sunday, 29 February 2004 15:49 (nineteen years ago) link

Completist? None, I'm too fucking old for that sort of thing anymore.

LondonLee (LondonLee), Sunday, 29 February 2004 16:09 (nineteen years ago) link

Joy Division/New Order
Augustus Pablo
Stockholm Monsters
A Certain Ratio
World Of Twist
Dusty Springfield
X-Ray Spex
The Kinks
King Tubby
Subway Sect
The Zombies
The Jam
Human League

Dr. C (Dr. C), Monday, 1 March 2004 14:49 (nineteen years ago) link

Replacements / Westerberg
Husker Du / Mould
Bad Religion
Walt Mink

subgenius (subgenius), Monday, 1 March 2004 15:45 (nineteen years ago) link

Groups I'm most fanatical about:

Talking Heads
The Roots

Soloists I'm most fanatical about:

Tom Waits

Only group I might be willing to kill whilst defending the honor of:


nickalicious (nickalicious), Monday, 1 March 2004 15:58 (nineteen years ago) link

If I listed every band that I've ever been a fanatical fan of, my fingers would fall off.

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Monday, 1 March 2004 16:34 (nineteen years ago) link

The last time I came near to this was Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields, four or five years ago. I can't see it ever happening again to be honest, my listening is too atomised now.

Tico Tico (Tico Tico), Monday, 1 March 2004 16:52 (nineteen years ago) link

In a league of their own:
Captain Beefheart

Under control by comparison:
The Damned
Tom Waits

Mere passing adolescent flirtations:
Aztec Camera
Nick Cave
Ornette Coleman
The Cure
Miles Davis
The Fall
Flaming Lips
Joy Division
Killing Joke
Charles Mingus
Monochrome Set
Pere Ubu
Prefab Sprout
The Slits
The Smiths
Theatre Of Hate
The Vibrators
Frank Zappa

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Monday, 1 March 2004 16:57 (nineteen years ago) link

At the moment, not completist or anything, off the top of my head:

PJ Harvey

mei (mei), Monday, 1 March 2004 19:38 (nineteen years ago) link

used to be with Prince, Moby, Pavement years ago. none anymore though.

Matos W.K. (M Matos), Monday, 1 March 2004 19:44 (nineteen years ago) link

this is the main reason I didn't go to their concert when they played here. A sea of thick rims, tight t-shirts and W hand signs...shudder...
-- Anthony Miccio (anthonymicci...), March 1st, 2004.

You know, it's funny, 'cuz I was so apalled by this unrepentant fanboy behavior when I first encountered it my first year of college that I actually dared to investigate further, and thus, the rest is history. As they say!

Francis Watlington (Francis Watlington), Monday, 1 March 2004 20:37 (nineteen years ago) link

+ Black Dice
+ Xiu Xiu

BICICLETA EMOCIONAL!!! (Jon Williams) (ex machina), Monday, 1 March 2004 20:38 (nineteen years ago) link

def. Radiohead, borderline obsessive with the Drive-By Truckers, recovering REM-aholic

Josh Love (screamapillar), Monday, 1 March 2004 20:54 (nineteen years ago) link

Royal Trux/Neil Michael Hagerty
Red Crayola
Grateful Dead (more and more all the time!)
Bob Dylan (though I'm a little burned out)
Aphex Twin
Lync (even though they just made one album)

morris pavilion (samjeff), Monday, 1 March 2004 21:03 (nineteen years ago) link

Oh yeah, and the one Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers album... nuts, I couldn't live without that, either.

morris pavilion (samjeff), Monday, 1 March 2004 21:04 (nineteen years ago) link

I can't believe I forgot to mention Saint Etienne and Skynyrd and Al Green and War

Gear! (Gear!), Monday, 1 March 2004 21:12 (nineteen years ago) link


PITCHBLENDE (own a portion of the original cover art to their last record, take a guess which one!)
BOREDOMS (played first super aRe era material in the united states live at my radio station when i was in the booth)
MY BLOODY VALENTINE (getting my copy of loveless signed by all 4 members)
PAVEMENT (saw them live over 25 times between 1991-1996)
DRIVE LIKE JEHU (own original LPs/7" with custom artwork, saw them live over 12 times)
FURTHER (words can not say)

gygax! (gygax!), Monday, 1 March 2004 21:15 (nineteen years ago) link

Yo La Tengo
Marvin Gaye
Tribe Called Quest
Massive Attack
Joy Division
Stevie Wonder
The Byrds
Gram Parsons
The Kinks
De La Soul
Velvet Underground
The Clash
The Jesus and Mary Chain
Ultramagnetic MCs/Kool Keith
Elvis Costello
(kind of boring really)

Bruce Urquhart (Bruce Urquhart), Monday, 1 March 2004 21:20 (nineteen years ago) link

I'm embarassed to admit that I used to have a Sebadoh collage covering the door to my room. Ah, 1996.

roxymuzak (roxymuzak), Monday, 1 March 2004 22:07 (nineteen years ago) link

By "embarrassed," I hope you mean proud as hell!

morris pavilion (samjeff), Monday, 1 March 2004 22:48 (nineteen years ago) link

my serious answer after my hilarious ferenc joke

daft punk, jacques lu cont. maybe just daft punk really though. or maybe even just thomas bangalter.

Ronan (Ronan), Monday, 1 March 2004 23:05 (nineteen years ago) link

Not necessarily (though very probably) my favorite bands, but I would probably be considered a hardcore fan of:
My Bloody Valentine
New Order
Jesus and Mary Chain
Daft Punk
Todd Edwards
Galaxie 500
House of Love

there are tons of bands I like equally but know that there are WAY more hardcore fans out there:
Roxy Music
Spacemen 3
many more.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Monday, 1 March 2004 23:09 (nineteen years ago) link

-- Bruce Urquhart (burquhart...), March 1st, 2004.


Uhmmm...nice choices, dude...

Francis Watlington (Francis Watlington), Monday, 1 March 2004 23:20 (nineteen years ago) link

i feel overjoyed to meet anyone who is hardcore about..

disco inferno
galaxie 500
kendra smith
the clientele
love as laughter
the fall
the marine girls
the stockholm monsters

and many i forget!

chomi2004, Tuesday, 2 March 2004 01:59 (nineteen years ago) link

i suppose i'm hardcore about galaxie 500, but they don't release much these days

the surface noise (electricsound), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 02:01 (nineteen years ago) link

Alice in Chains
Queens of the Stone Age?
Iced Earth?

It almost surprises me, that I'm not that hardcore fan of that many bands. Yet, my obssesion for Soundgarden its almost to the point of religious fanatism; you know, ala Alex in NYC with Killing Joke.

Cacaman Flores, Tuesday, 2 March 2004 03:02 (nineteen years ago) link

Emmylou Harris
Royal Trux
Afghan Whigs/Twilight Singers
Hank Williams
Sonic Youth
the Kinks

Catherine (Catherine), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 03:32 (nineteen years ago) link

Bardo Pond
Cocteau Twins

Leee the Whiney (Leee), Tuesday, 2 March 2004 04:39 (nineteen years ago) link

two years pass...

elliott smith
tom waits

got all the above's records and have played them all to death, have seen them live numerous times (except waits :( ), have dug out most of the rarer stuff, etc.

i'd like to include other bands like the cure, my bloody valentine, katatonia, fugazi, but i'm not quite there.

Charlie Howard (the sphinx), Tuesday, 21 November 2006 14:25 (sixteen years ago) link

Q and not U
Belle and Sebastian
Animal Collective
sigur ros

working my way up to:
Beach Boys

Cap'n Guthrie (Digestion is Easy!), Tuesday, 21 November 2006 14:45 (sixteen years ago) link

i own almost everything stephin merritt has ever done, save one future bible heroes e.p. and the showtunes stuff. just met him a month or so ago at a gothic archies performance with lemony snikett, which was great. i don't think there is anyone except maybe pavement that i hold in such high esteem, and alas i am too young to have been around to see them, although i have seen malkmus with the jicks.

jonathan - stl (jonathan - stl), Tuesday, 21 November 2006 15:55 (sixteen years ago) link

deus, fleetwood mac and dead man ray.

Nathalie (stevie nixed), Tuesday, 21 November 2006 15:56 (sixteen years ago) link


2 american 4 u (blueski), Tuesday, 21 November 2006 16:09 (sixteen years ago) link

Black Sabbath
Deep Purple
Husker Du/Sugar

Bill Magill (Bill Magill), Tuesday, 21 November 2006 20:03 (sixteen years ago) link


autovac (autovac), Tuesday, 21 November 2006 20:57 (sixteen years ago) link

happy to say that these days, none

The Lex (The Lex), Tuesday, 21 November 2006 21:16 (sixteen years ago) link

Depeche Mode
Crowded House
The Beatles

And that's about it, I think.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Tuesday, 21 November 2006 22:21 (sixteen years ago) link

beau brummels
royal trux

QuantumNoise (Justin Farrar), Tuesday, 21 November 2006 22:23 (sixteen years ago) link

how can you consider yourself a hardcore fan of the beatles, geir if you don't like revolution #9?

alex in mainhattan (alex63), Tuesday, 21 November 2006 22:42 (sixteen years ago) link

Philistines Jr
My Bloody Valentine (Strwby wine doesn't count)
Cocteau Twins
Fila brazillia
Squirrel Bait
Husker Du ( reproduce and remaster)

and 1000 others

Jessie the Drunk Dutch Mountain Dog (Jessie the Drunk Dutch Mountai), Tuesday, 21 November 2006 22:49 (sixteen years ago) link

The Fall.
Talking Heads.

GLC (ZakAce), Wednesday, 22 November 2006 00:25 (sixteen years ago) link

how can you consider yourself a hardcore fan of the beatles, geir if you don't like revolution #9?

There are considerably more Genesis tracks that I dislike (OK, I could have said Genesis 1970-1980 to make it more accurate)

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Wednesday, 22 November 2006 01:27 (sixteen years ago) link

But generally put, I love Beatles whenever they sounded like The Beatles (i.e. mostly, at least through 1967)

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Wednesday, 22 November 2006 01:28 (sixteen years ago) link

the bands i own the most stuff by and listen to the most are probably the red hot chili peppers, talking heads, and depeche mode. if you count people, also give me theo parrish and carl craig (productions and deejay mixes) and im good to go.

pipecock (pipecock), Wednesday, 22 November 2006 03:28 (sixteen years ago) link

mahogany, outrageous cherry, rainer maria (RIP), for against. the only one of those i don't have everything by is OC (missing their first album and two 45s)

electric sound of jim [and why not] (electricsound), Wednesday, 22 November 2006 03:31 (sixteen years ago) link

about 4 bands

tremendoid (tremendoid), Wednesday, 22 November 2006 03:39 (sixteen years ago) link

Give or take the occasional mediocre live album or unauthorized collection of middling outtakes, I would not want to be without the complete recorded works of:

MX-80 (Sound)
Led Zeppelin
John Coltrane Quartet (and, eventually, Quintet)
Velvet Underground
Captain Beefheart

Black Sabbath, Pere Ubu, Van Halen, Motorhead all coulda made this list but for unfortunate changes in personnel that altered 'em forever. (My support for most bands is mile-wide/inch-thick.)

Monty Von Byonga (Monty Von Byonga), Wednesday, 22 November 2006 05:40 (sixteen years ago) link

Aretha Franklin

shieldforyoureyes (shieldforyoureyes), Wednesday, 22 November 2006 09:00 (sixteen years ago) link

different collections were built up at different points in my life . . .

high school:

The Misfits/Samhain
Throbbing Gristle
Velvet Underground
Sonic Youth
Einsturzende Neubauten


Nurse With Wound
Enoch Light

grad school:

Iannis Xenakis

In terms of sheer number of releases owned it is a tie between Nurse WIth Wound and Enoch Light.

Drew Daniel (Drew Daniel), Wednesday, 22 November 2006 09:22 (sixteen years ago) link

for me, most of the bands around the mr bungle axis - faith no more, fantomas, secret chiefs 3, trevor dunn's trio convulsant, lovage, ASVA, tomahawk, etc. not only do I have all the official releases, but I'm also awash with bootleg audio and video. I suppose that qualifies as 'hardcore'.

mister the guanoman (mister the guanoman), Wednesday, 22 November 2006 09:51 (sixteen years ago) link


chad (chad), Thursday, 23 November 2006 06:41 (sixteen years ago) link

ever since file-sharing got easy i haven't had the displeasure of being obsessed with any band to the point of buying every crappy album, thank god.

a name means a lot just by itself (lfam), Thursday, 23 November 2006 06:46 (sixteen years ago) link

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