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It is a rare occurence that one should stumble into my room without music playing in the background. For that matter, it is a rare occurence that someone should stumble into my room, but we shall ignore that for the moment. My musical tastes diverge somewhat from the norm, but not too much. This page is an attempt to describe my musical tastes to stalkers.

My favourite band at the moment is 10,000 Maniacs. My first 10kM album was Hope Chest, which is probably vastly different from what you have heard. Early 10kM is much more new wave, and less poppish. than MTV Unplugged---not that there's a problem with poppishness. "Pit Viper" (from Hope Chest) is my favourite 10,000 Maniacs song, though I also like "Jezebel" (from Our Time in Eden), "Maddox Table" (from The Wishing Chair), and their version of R.E.M.'s "(Don't Go Back to) Rockville" (from the Candy Everybody Wants single).

I own the following 10,000 Maniacs and related albums:

I began listening to Tori Amos in early 1996, when my then-girlfriend Nerissa introduced me to "Leather" and "Crucify". I bought Boys for Pele and from the Choirgirl Hotel when they were released (or soon after). I recall being disappointed that from the Choirgirl Hotel did not mention my name anywhere---each of the previous albums mentioned the name "Neil" (referring to Neil Gaiman) in one song each. My favourite Tori songs at the moment are "Space Dog" (from Under the Pink), "Girl" (from Little Earthquakes), and "Honey" (from the Cornflake Girl single).

I own the following Tori Amos albums:

Sometime in March or so of 1997, I heard a very good song on MTV; I wanted to go out and buy the album, but I couldn't find it at any of the local record stores). The song, "Co-Coward", was by a band I had never heard of. A few months later, having not heard the song (or, for that matter, the band) again, I found the album and bought it immediately. The album was Dust Bunnies by Bettie Serveert; I was hooked. That August, I bought Lamprey, Palomine, and all the singles I could find. When I saw Venus in Furs at a record store, I of course bought it. "Co-Coward" remains one of my favourite Betties songs, along with "Sundazed to the Core" (from Palomine), "Spine" (from the What Friends? single), "Sower and the Seeds" (from Private Suit), and "Ray Ray Rain" (from Lamprey).

I own the following Bettie Serveert albums:

Back in 1987, when I was about six years old, I heard a song I really liked---"Hazy Shade of Winter", performed by the Bangles. About nine or ten years later, I heard the song again (for the first time in years), and discovered that I still liked it. A bit of web searching revealed that the song was originally by Simon and Garfunkel---those old geezers? After discovering that "Mrs Robinson" was on the same album (I had heard the Lemonheads version), I expressed the desire to own that album (Bookends). My girlfriend surprised me by buying me the album. A couple of years later, I heard "The Sounds of Silence" and decided I would like to own more Simon and Garfunkel material. I went out and bought "Sounds of Silence", "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme", and a greatest hits CD. My favourite Simon and Garfunkel song is still "Hazy Shade of Winter", although "The Boxer" and "A Simple Desultory Philippic" are close behind.

I own the following Simon and Garfunkel albums:

Everyone's heard R.E.M.. I first heard them many, many years ago, but I didn't become a fan until sometime in 1998 or 1999. I was just walking along one day, and *BAM* I liked R.E.M.. My favourite R.E.M. songs at the moment are "Find the River", the untitled 11th track from Green ([This World is Big]); "Fall on Me", and "You are the Everything".

I own the following R.E.M. alba:

I've always (well, not always, but for the past 5 or 6 years, at least) liked punk. On a whim in 1998 or so, I bought a Bad Religion CD. I liked it. So now I listen to Bad Religion. My favourite Bad Religion songs include "Cease", "I Want to Conquer the World", "Don't Pray on Me", "Kerosene", and "What Can You Do?"

I own the following Bad Religion CDs:

Of course, these aren't the only artists I listen to, but they're the ones I listen to the most often. Now, aren't you glad you just wasted N minutes of your life?

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Neil Moore
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