Day 5 – From your favourite ever band

Imagine if one band was removed from existence. One catalogue of music and following influences wiped out. Which artists couldn’t you live without? For me, there is only one, straight away I knew that was how to determine my favourite ever band. The only band that I simply couldn’t imagine not existing, and not making the albums they need, and not creating the subsequent influence.

Radiohead – There There

Didn’t discover this band until about five years ago, after the urging of friends and Channel 4’s 100 Greatest Albums, but I quickly worked my way through their records, followed by EPs, B-sides, demos, live versions… probably the only band whom I can conceivably made a top 100 favourite tracks about, and still love number 100. They are constantly inventive and not afraid to change their sound and they have dictated the mainstream for over a decade. Claims that they are the only band to have dominated two decades are fair enough, they would be no complaints if they were named both band of the 90s and band of the 00s. The only reason I would not put them as favourite current band is that they have not put out a really good record in seven years (a contentious opinion, I understand), and because what I have heard of material for their eigth album is not particularly promising. But nevertheless, the sheer volume of interesting music that this band have created is more than enough to warrant their position as my favourite band of all time.

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