Musical Genius

Hello boys & girls of RAnnDomized!

Who here loves music? Please come forward and share your musical preferences with me and your fellow RAnnDomizers – we’re always interested in discovering (or rediscovering) good bands.  While we wait for you, let’s talk about me and my music, shall we?

I used to have this poster!

I’m a hardcore fan of music in all of its forms.  In recent weeks, I’ve gone old-school, perusing through my old CDs and reminiscing about the days when my bangs were higher then Robert Smith’s. I’ve been listening to old favorites like The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Sex Pistols, Joy Division, Molodoi, The Stoneroses, The Cure, Ministry – just to name a few.  Personally, I’ve always felt that the best alternative and industrial bands emerged in the 90s;  in some cases, I only discovered them at that time, though they may have existed prior to the 90s.  Back in the day (I was in high-school), I discovered my absolute favorite DJ ever, on CHOM FM: Claude Rajotte. He was my alternative music guru, and introduced me to bands that I didn’t even know existed (think The Butthole Surfers, The Gruesomes and Nitzer Ebb).  Every Monday night, he was on air between 9pm-12am. It was musical bliss.  Anyway, while I was thinking about how fabulous the 90s were musically, I thought it might be fun to make a list of all the bands that I’ve seen live – those I can remember, anyway. So, put on your thinking caps people because you will be tasked to a) tell me who some of your favorite old-school bands are and b) tell me about your favorite concert (or your very first concert – whichever works best!).

Check out my concert list:


The Answer
The Arcade Fire
Beastie Boys
The Breeders
Chainsaw Kittens
Dashboard Confessional
Depeche Mode
Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprosy
Econoline Crush
The Flaming Lips
Foo Fighters
George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars
Great Big Sea
Green Day
Gypsy Kings
Jesse Cook
Luscious Jackson
Massive Attack
Me, Mom & Morgentaler
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
No Doubt
Peter Cetera (I know, he doesn’t fit in to my repertoire of fabulous music!)
The Pixies
PJ Harvey
Porno for Pyros
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Remy Zero
The Rolling Stones
The Smashing Pumpkins
Snow Patrol
The Tea Party
Tripping Daisy
The Verve
Third Eye Blind
The Watchmen
Violent Femmes

I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few but I think that list is pretty respectable, wouldn’t you? My last show was in September’09, when I traveled to Toronto to see my #1 band of men: U2.

So now it’s your turn! What bands are you still listening to, and how many shows have you been to? What was your favorite? Last show you went to/next show you’re going to?


14 thoughts on “Musical Genius

  1. Here are the ones I can remember, some of them are embarassing! Don’t judge as I was 16 and influential! LOL
    Alexis on Fire
    Barenaked Ladies (I first saw them when they were “Two Barenaked Ladies” in my high school’s battle of the bands, just before they hit it big)
    Beastie Boys
    Bel Biv Devoe (goes with being a “Blockhead”)
    Billy Talent
    Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
    Blue Rodeo
    Coldplay (many times)
    Cool and the Gang (I was 8, and my mom took me)
    Cypress Hill
    Dashboard Confessional
    David Usher
    Fall Out Boy
    Great Big Sea
    Greenday (a few times)
    Gypsy Kings
    Jimmy Eat World
    Justin Timberlake (poor boy got boo’ed off the stage at SARSFest)
    Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch (hey, Mark Wahlberg is now a fine actor!!)
    Matchbox 20
    My Chemical Romance
    Nellie Furtado (only because she was part of the Slane Castle Festival in Ireland…I really can’t stand her!!!)
    New Kids on the Block (I was 16 and highly influenced – hey at least it kept me young and innocent)
    Page and Plant
    Pearl Jam (a few times)
    PJ Harvey
    Red Hot Chilli Peppers
    Richard Ashcroft
    Rise Against
    Sam Roberts
    Snow patrol
    Sonic Youth
    Spirit of the West
    Stomping Tom! (LOL)
    The Eagles
    The Flaming Lips
    The Guess Who
    The Killers
    The Rolling Stones
    The Tea Party
    The Tragically Hip
    The Transiberian Orchestra
    U2 (many many times!)
    I’m sure there are some I forgot, and some are too embarassing to admit to LMAO!
    Looking forward to adding some the next time they come around,like Kings of Leon and Arcade Fire (who I will see this summer in Moncton NB!)

    • It’s OK, we won’t judge you despite your interesting taste iin music :-p. We’ve been to a lot of the same shows! I forgot to mention that I also saw U2 many, many times 😀 And Snow Patrol – and Great Big Sea!

      • I LOVE Great Big Sea live! They usually have a show every summer! I’m going to try and go again this year.

  2. let’s see. Who can I remember seeing:
    Garth Brooks (MANY times – go ahead…laugh)
    Alan jackson
    Randy Travis
    Reba Macentire
    Come to think of it….a LOT of country music, there are quite a few more, but I can’t remember them.
    the one and only Stompin’ Tom (!)
    Eminem 3 times
    Depeche Mode
    Smowpatrol (with you :-))
    Athlete (and whoever the band they were the opening act for)
    Whoever played at Warped tour in the late 90’s
    Peter Cetera
    ZZ Top
    Canadian Brass
    A few symphony orchestras
    A few choir festivals
    Indigo Girls
    Real McKenzies
    Random punk bands who I can’t remember
    Canadian Military Massed Bands (BEST concert of my life, bar none!)

    There are others, but I can’t remember them.
    A very varied mix and I can tell by the list where I was in my life at each concert. They were all ‘phases’, but now they’re all coexisting happily in my musical life.

    Right now, I’m in love with Coeur de Pirate singing Mission Bells. And…Dizzee Rascal who cracks me up.

    • You forgot to mention that you were my date for Peter Cetera, which was when I’d had that badass allergic reaction, and was on those mental drugs that had me bouncing off the walls! LOL!

  3. The fact that I started my family when I was really young made it difficult to be able to go to concerts. So, I didn’t. Correction….I went to one concert with my sister-in-law to see Poison when VH1 was taping the show “Behind the Music”. It was a blast. There is obviously no way in the world that I could compare to your list of concert conquests.

    I love a wide variety of music in many different genres. Rock, Alternative, Pop, Rap, R&B, Oldies, Hip Hop…… I can also say that I dislike many artists, groups, bands in those same genres. I just enjoy good music. Out of your list of conert conquests, this is who I have in my iPod currently, all of which I would love to have been able to see in concert.

    Beastie Boys
    Depeche Mode
    No Doubt
    The Pixies
    Porno for Pyros
    Red Hot Chili Peppers
    The Rolling Stones
    Smashing Pumpkins
    Snow Patrol
    The Verve
    Third Eye Blind
    Violent Femmes

    There are many concerts and shows that happen here in Vegas and I am hoping, now that the kids are getting older, that Mr T and I will be able to sneak away a bit more to enjoy some of them 😉

    • I enjoy a wide variety of music as well – I think the only thing that I don’t like is country and the polka 😀

      Yes, you can sneak out or find a really good babysitter!

  4. Wow! That’s a HUGE list of concerts! My first concert was Bryan Adams, & I’ve gone for a few Indian classical music & ghazal concerts. Music I enjoy listening to – nickleback, alanis morissete, lady antebellum, nirvana, pink Floyd, Jim Morrison…to name a few

  5. A post about music, one of my favorite things! Music from the 90s will always hold a special place in my heart. Last week , I was reminiscing to some Luscious Jackson.

    I just sat here trying to count the number of shows I’ve attended, and decided to go with “a lot”, because that it easier. My list is similar in size to yours, however. I am totally JEALOUS that you got to see Foo Fighters. I am in love with Dave Grohl, and have not managed to be able to see them live yet. 😥

    I think the best concert I have been to was Pink on her Funhouse Tour. She sings wonderfully while spinning upside from ropes hanging from the ceiling, and the visual stimulation of all the dancers and performers was intense.

    • I like Luscious Jackson!

      I have to admit that I don’t remember much about the FF show – they were playing at Edgefest, which was a summare festival and quite a few bands played that day, LOL!

      The Pink show sounds awesome! She’s got good energy – wouldn’t mind seeing her. My next show (I’m sure I’ll get one or two in before that) is Katy Perry – I’m taking my niece to her first concert and Katy was her pick! I suspect I’ll be surrounded by lots of screaming teens LOL!

      • Katy Perry… that could be really good or really bad. I like some of her music, but I’ve also heard her sing live on stage at some award shows where it was lackluster. And, then there is that screaming teen thing.

        You’ll have to blog about it, regardless. I’m sure you will have a great time introducing your niece to the awesome world of live concerts!

        Don’t forget to wear your cherry chap stick. hee hee hee

      • LOL, thanks for the reminder – I forgot about the chapstick!

        Yes, the screamers may be a problem but I’m sure I’ll get blog pics 🙂 And luckily, I have two dates with Bono and the boys the following weekend – I can purge the screaming teen trauma 😉

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