The Playlist

I don't see as many bands play live as I once did, even though I tend to like music better that way. For one thing, it's a whole lot pricier and more of an ordeal here than it was back than when I lived in Boston near a handful of great venues. My music interests have also expended considerably over the years as I’ve filled in the gaps in my pop knowledge, and frankly most older acts that I’ve rediscovered aren't as much fun to see when they're past their prime. As for the newer stuff the kids all listen to? Well, I barely have the energy to keep up when I’m still trying to track down MP3s of every song that once lived in the 110-cassette mixtape library I once curated.

In the interests of good record-keeping, though, here's my updated master list. If you remember ever seeing someone with me that I’ve left out, please let me know, since this is largely reconstructed from memory.

1986–2017:

3Puen!
808 State
Bryan Adams
The Afro-Cuban All Stars
The Allstonians
Marc Almond
The Alterbois
Los Amigos Invisibles
Laurie Anderson
Ariel
The Authority
The B-52's
The Balanescu Quartet
Barenaked Ladies
Shirley Bassey
Bear in Heaven
Sandra Bernhard
The Beta Band
Björk
Black 47
Justin Bond
The Bonedaddys
Book of Love
BOP (harvey)
The Brand New Heavies
Brassy
Brave Combo
The Brodsky Quartet
Brown Belt
Bullet
The Busters
Reuben Butchart
David Byrne
Candy Butchers
Cazwell
The Chakras
Cherie Curry
Chucklehead
Church of Betty
Circle Jerks
Colin Self
Colon on the Cob
Colourmusic
Consolidated
Julian Cope
Corn Mo
Elvis Costello & The Brodsky Quartet
Covergirl
Crazy and the Brains
The Creatures
Allison Crutchfield & The Fizz
The Cure
Cherie Curry
Terence Trent D'Arby
Da Lipstyxx
The Dead Milkmen
De La Soul
Depeche Mode
Digable Planets
D'Influence
Dirty Excuse
Beth Ditto
Dom
Dresden Dance
The Dueling Bankheads
Duran Duran
Echo & The Bunnymen
Elva Snow
El Vez
Cesaria Evora
Faggot
Fishbone
The Flaming Lips
Julian Fleisher
Lisa Flores
Fringes
Diamanda Galas
Galaxie 500
Gang Green
Gang Starr Posse
Gene Loves Jezebel
Get People
Gio Black Peter
The Go-Gos
Go West
Guadalcanal Diary
Hayseed Dixie
The Hazzards
Heart
Imogen Heap
The Hi-Hats
Hyetal
Idles
I, Gingko
I Know I Have No Collar
The Indigo Girls
The Jack Rubies
Joe Jackson
Lisa Jackson
The Julie Ruin
Brian Kennedy
Kid Koala
Kiki & Herb
Killing Joke
Kinky

The Klezmatics
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Let's Go Bowling
Little Hurricane
The Losers Lounge
Lyle Lovett
Gill Manly
Man or Astro-Man?
The Manta Rays
Manufacture
The Maul Girls
Ste McCabe
Jonny McGovern
Meat Beat Manifesto
The Melting Ice Caps
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Miss Fairchild
Moby
Modest Mouse
Monopuff
Morplay
Moxa
Mr. Cranky
New Order
Niki and the Dove
The Night Terrors
Gary Numan
The NY Citizens
OK Go
Pansy Division
Paxton
Pere Ubu
Phranc
The Pixies
PJ Harvey
Poi Dog Pondering
Pop Will Eat Itself
Potato 5
The Power Station
The Proclaimers
The Promise
Public Image, Ltd.
Radiohead
The Rain Dogs
Lee Ranaldo
Anthony Rapp
R.E.M.
Royal Crescent Mob
Saint Etienne
JD Samson & MEN
The Scissor Sisters
The Scofflaws
John Sebastian
The Selecter
Shadows of Dreams
Shy Five
Sigur Rós
Siouxsie & The Banshees
The Skatalites
Sleater-Kinney
Sleep Chamber
Sleeping States
SmaxXx
The Smiths
Jill Sobule
Special Beat
The Specials
The Spin Doctors
Stephanie St. John
The Sugarcubes
Teen Vice
Texas Is the Reason
The The
They Might Be Giants
Think Tree
The Three Terrors
Tippy Toes
Title Fight
Toad the Wet Sprocket
The Toasters
The Toilet Boys
Too Much Joy
Tribe
Trophy Wife
T.S.O.L.
Russ Turk
Twist and Shout
Ultramarine
The Velvet Mafia
The Violent Femmes
Rufus Wainwright
The Wau-Wau Sisters
The Who
Xavier
"Weird Al" Yankovic
Wire
W.I.T.
Yaaks
Yolanda & the Plastic Family
Zog

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