Submitted by WERZOMBIES PRESS
So far so good.
Twenty musical artists down and 380 left.
We hope more people start taking a peek at what The PRESS is offering here…a chance to broaden musical horizons and get into some serious tunes discourse with the Fabulous 400.
We have ZERO doubt that this list, which will take over three months to go through, will indeed make for some serious controversy.
It will include artists of all genres and will either not include some popular ‘talents’ or rank some much lower than people expect and others a wee bit higher.
How do we choose these artists and rank then?
Well the criteria did not include who we were told we should like or who did more marketing. There will be no Brittanies, Christinas, or Boy Bands. There will be no American Idols or fabricated glam bands who are barely serviceable in live performances.
We will rank according to first and foremost, talent. We judge lyrics, vocalization, and ability to play music. Then we consider influence, longevity, and cultural impact. MUSIC is MUSIC it is NOT not music.
We hope to get comments. The music styles and preferences run quite rangy here…some bands you may not have heard of and we hope you enjoy them as we do.
Now let’s keep this boogie-sized countdown shaking a tail feather with Numbers 380-376:
Why do we include them? One of the best Euro-dance bands of the 1990s bar none!
Why could we have skipped them? Not enough of a catalog. They needed more than two albums.
Memory? Hearing one of the extended remixes of “Move on Baby” and playing it again…and again…and again.
Why do we include him? Some really strong songs and an ability to make instrumentals to work out to.
Why could we have skipped them? We wouldn’t have but the lack of melody pushes this Scandanavian down a notch.
Memory? Seeing him in concert back in 2001 and sweating my arse off.
Why do we include them? Strong rock band with enough good songs to warrant attention.
Why could we have skipped them? A little too cliche and repetitive to warrant more attention.
Memory? “Now or Never” blowing me away and the words hitting me at the competitive level.
Why do we include them? Strong German industrial sound that makes one pound a steering wheel.
Why could we have skipped them? A little too Rammstein to not be Rammstein.
Memory? Playing an entire Oomph! marathon one day and realizing I wanted to wrestle a Grizzly afterwards.
#376 RED FLAG
Why do we include them? One of the better post-Depeche Mode bands to almost not sound like them at times.
Why could we have skipped them? Tried too hard to change their sound from the DM style and failed miserably.
Memory? When I heard “Machines” the Tony Edit and flipping out, dancing to it over and over again in my living room at the Fraternity house.
#396 Blind Guardian
#397 The Bravery
#398 The Verve
DAY 2 of Countdown
#391 Kate Bush
#392 Seven Mary Three
#394 Paul Van Dyk
#395 Sonata Arcata
#387 Captain Hollywood Project
#388 4 Strings
#389 Ian Van Dahl
Day 4 of Countdown
#383 2 Brothers on the 4th Floor
TUESDAY we wrap up the first 30 songs of the countdown! Stay Tuned!!!