Now that the R.E.M. listening club’s entering it’s end times, I thought I’d see who’s up for starting another (happy to wait for the R.E.M. thread to finish before kicking this one off, mind). I’ve recently got hold of the complete works of the two bands below and feel they’re ripe for a good old hard listen, fnarr fnarr etc.
Always enjoyed the Pet Shop Boys singles and keep meaning to get round to their back catalogue. Although YLT are my favourite band and whilst I know they’re albums well, this opportunity is a rare indulgence. TORN.
Aye, that was my thinking with putting up Pet Shop Boys as an option. Quite familiar with the singles and the occasional album tracks, but haven’t ever investigated further. I suspect we’re probably not alone in that.
Absolutely on for doing more of these. Going through 30 years of albums takes a long time though. The REM one’s been going on since October & there’s still another few weeks before finishing.
Might be worth doing a shorter discography before going through a YLT or Nick Cave sized back catalog.
Few suggestions on that basis:
Haha no thats okay.
The thought of either YLT or PSB coming around to beat me up is very funny though.
I was thinking maybe some less well known but well regarded. Go Betweens or The Feelies.
Maybe not even stick to one band, maybe a label or theme.
Like, Our Bands could be your life equivalent for Canada, Scotland etc
Lots of options
Depends how in depth and far back you want to go and the stature of artists.
Do we include Leonard Cohen, Buffy St Marie, Neil Young, The Band?
I’d be happy for stuff like:
Mary Margaret O’Hara, The Tragically Hip, Plumtree, Sloan, New Pornographers, Hayden up to the early 2000s explosion of bands like Wolf Parade, Metric, Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, The Besnard Lakes, Great Lake Swimmers, The Dears, Feist, Japandroids, Caibou, Owen Pallet, The Acorn, Woodpigeon etc
Yeah, I’m up for more once the R.E.M. discography has run its course. It was mentioned in the thread a little while back with Low, Tom Waits & Bjork as potential suggestions.
I’d be good with YLT too, less so maybe Pet Shop Boys who I can only ever endure in small doses.
I would like to hear all The Fall records at some point, but I know from the R.E.M. thread how you get quite submersed in the listening club albums. I’m not sure that listening to that much M.E.S. consistently for so long can be good for anyone’s mental wellbeing…