Playlist, Part 2

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 gave away when I left the Swanktuary.

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.


808 State
The Afro-Cuban All Stars
The Allstonians
The Alterbois
Los Amigos Invisibles
Laurie Anderson
The Authority
The B-52’s
The Balanescu Quartet
Barenaked Ladies
Shirley Bassey
Sandra Bernhard
The Beta Band
Black 47
Justin Bond
The Bonedaddys
Book of Love
BOP (harvey)
Brave Combo
The Brodsky Quartet
Brown Belt
The Busters
Reuben Butchart
David Byrne
Candy Butchers
Cherie Curry
Church of Betty
Circle Jerks
Colon on the Cob
Corn Mo
Elvis Costello & The Brodsky Quartet
The Creatures
The Cure
Terence Trent D’Arby
Da Lipstyxx
The Dead Milkmen
De La Soul
Depeche Mode
Digable Planets
Dirty Excuse
Dresden Dance
The Dueling Bankheads
Duran Duran
Echo & The Bunnymen
Elva Snow
El Vez
Cesaria Evora
The Flaming Lips
Julian Fleisher
Lisa Flores
Lisa Jackson
Diamanda Galas
Galaxie 500
Gang Green
Gang Starr Posse
Gene Loves Jezebel
The Go-Gos
Go West
Guadalcanal Diary
Hayseed Dixie
The Hazzards
Imogen Heap
The Hi-Hats
I, Gingko
The Indigo Girls
The Jack Rubies
Joe Jackson

Kid Koala
Kiki & Herb
Killing Joke
The Klezmatics
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Let’s Go Bowling
The Losers Lounge
Lyle Lovett
Man or Astro-Man?
The Manta Rays
The Maul Girls
Jonny McGovern
Meat Beat Manifesto
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Modest Mouse
Mr. Cranky
New Order
The NY Citizens
Pere Ubu
The Pixies
PJ Harvey
Poi Dog Pondering
Pop Will Eat Itself
Potato 5
The Power Station
The Proclaimers
The Promise
Public Image, Ltd.
The Rain Dogs
Anthony Rapp
Royal Crescent Mob
The Scissor Sisters
The Scofflaws
John Sebastian
The Selecter
Shadows of Dreams
Shy Five
Sigur Rós
Siouxsie & The Banshees
The Skatalites
Sleep Chamber
The Smiths
Jill Sobule
Special Beat
The Spin Doctors
Stephanie St. John
The Sugarcubes
The The
They Might Be Giants
Think Tree
The Three Terrors
Toad the Wet Sprocket
The Toasters
Too Much Joy
Russ Turk
The Velvet Mafia
The Violent Femmes
Rufus Wainwright
The Wau-Wau Sisters
The Who
“Weird Al” Yankovic
Yolanda & the Plastic Family


Bryan Adams
Marc Almond
The Brand New Heavies
Gio Black Peter
I Know I Have No Collar
Brian Kennedy
Gill Manly
Ste McCabe
The Melting Ice Caps
The Night Terrors
Sleeping States

3 thoughts on “Playlist, Part 2”

  1. Not bad, you remember most of the really obscure ones (I’m particularly impressed about Mr. Cranky). Two you might have forgotten. Didn’t you go see Peter Murphy with us at Avalon? With all those opportunities you never saw Nine Inch Nails?

  2. “No” to both. I was never that into Peter Murphy as a solo act, and I think all those NIN shows happened during junior year when I had too much work and lived too far away to have much fun.

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