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Old 02-04-04, 11:04 AM
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Favorite 2+ Decade Spanning Artist

List off yr favorite musicians that have been in the game for 2 decades or more, any decades. My standard, suburban, college student list, in rough order, looks like:

Paul Westerberg
Sonic Youth
Wire
Tom Waits
Mission of Burma
Pere Ubu
The Cure*
Nick Cave*
Steve Albini
Lou Reed*

*though ___ hasn't had a really great album in a decade or so.

Predictions: David Bowie, Metallica, Iron Maiden, and Lou Reed will *probably* own this thread.
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Iron Maiden
Slayer
Jean Luc Ponty
Dave Brubeck
Dolly Parton
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Depeche Mode
Tori Amos
The Cure
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the cure (get bloodflowers if you have not, from 2000)
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Rush
Bowie
Van Halen
REM
U2
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David Bowie
The Rolling Stones
Bob Dylan
Depeche Mode
U2
Tom Waits
Talking Heads
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Originally posted by BRIAN 1972
the cure (get bloodflowers if you have not, from 2000)
Here's another vote for 'BloodFlowers' . I can't wait to hear some new Cure material.
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My criterion for "in the game" is having put out at least two good albums, 20 years apart. And if I'm only counting pop artists, the only ones that even come close are Bob Dylan, Richard Thompson, Tom Petty, and Elvis Costello. I don't think the Stones have released anything listenable since Tattoo You and that was in '81. The Who fare even worse, as do the Kinks. As far as younger artists, they all either split up (The Clash, The Jam) or began to suck after a few years (REM, U2). Now, if you count The Jam and Paul Weller as the same artist, then I'll add him to the list.
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Talking Heads = 1977-1988 < two decades. David Byrne, on the other hand, would be another pick that I forgot. And I included Paul Westerberg with his Replacements work in mind, so Paul Weller for The Jam would be legit.
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David Bowie
Jethro Tull
Iron Maiden
Pink Floyd/Roger Waters
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Metallica
Pink Floyd
Fleetwood Mac
Rush
U2
Depeche Mode

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Originally posted by fallow
Talking Heads = 1977-1988 < two decades. David Byrne, on the other hand, would be another pick that I forgot. And I included Paul Westerberg with his Replacements work in mind, so Paul Weller for The Jam would be legit.
As far as I'm concerned, Talking Heads were a good band from Talking Heads '77 through Remain in Light. Speaking in Tongues was OK, but after that I think everything was suckekeke.
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Pursuant to the qualification discussion, I'm willing to have the time period between first and last album be a little less than 20 years, if only because artists are playing music before their first album and after their last album.

Or maybe this is just tweaking the "rules" so that I can include TMBG on my list.

Anyway, here's my list of favorite artists that have 2+ decades under their belt...

They Might Be Giants
U2
R.E.M.
Miles Davis

And, pushing the timeline...
Lyle Lovett
The Jayhawks
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Bowie, again.
Ozzy Osbourne
Alice Cooper..I didn't like Trash very much, but he picked up speed again with Brutal Planet.
AC/DC
Bryan Ferry/Roxy Music

Since you say musicians I like, and don't specify that they have to be popular,
Christian Death [in various incarnations]. Although I thought that Born-Again Anti-Christian was something of a disappointment; it wasn't bad in and of itself, but it sort of had a different focus from the last couple albums.

Hmm,
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If by two decades, we just mean spanning two decades rather than 20 years: Pearl Jam

If 20 years, then: U2
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Originally posted by Josh Hinkle
If by two decades, we just mean spanning two decades rather than 20 years: Pearl Jam

If 20 years, then: U2
Really those are the only two who are still making new albums that I like but if it is just artists who are still recording/touring (Even if they should have stopped long ago then my list would include..
Dylan
Bowie
Lou Reed
Stones
AC/DC
Ozzy
R.E.M.
Fleetwood Mac
The Cure
Sonic Youth
Iggy Pop
Metallica
Rush
Neil Young
Elvis Costello
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Originally posted by Josh Hinkle
If by two decades, we just mean spanning two decades rather than 20 years: Pearl Jam

If 20 years, then: U2
I mean the duration of two decades, but it isn't like I'm going to delete the thread for breaking rules. I'm not really a hard-ass.

I'd say that is legitimate, SAShepherd.
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Originally posted by wendersfan
My criterion for "in the game" is having put out at least two good albums, 20 years apart. And if I'm only counting pop artists, the only ones that even come close are Bob Dylan, Richard Thompson, Tom Petty, and Elvis Costello. I don't think the Stones have released anything listenable since Tattoo You and that was in '81. The Who fare even worse, as do the Kinks. As far as younger artists, they all either split up (The Clash, The Jam) or began to suck after a few years (REM, U2). Now, if you count The Jam and Paul Weller as the same artist, then I'll add him to the list.
Muy excellente post. I agree with everything said, but believe the Kinks had some good albums in the 80's.
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Rush

then waaaaaaay back is

Metallica
Jethro Tull
U2
Ministry
The Cult

*Sigh* They just don't make rock groups the way they used to.
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Another vote for They Might Be Giants, and a first for XTC.
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Rush
Pink Floyd
Steely Dan
U2
Yes
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Phish
David Byrne/Talking Heads
R.E.M.
Bob Dylan
Lou Reed/Velvet Underground*
Rolling Stones**
David Lowery/Camper Van Beethoven/Cracker***

*Though his recent work has been spotty and the Raven stunk.
**Though just about all their new music for the past 20 years has stunk.
***It's only been 19 years since Telephone Free Landslide Victory, but I'll assume CVB formed in at least 1984.
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Primus
U2
R.E.M.
Peter Gabriel
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neil young (over 30 years apart, "everybody knows this is nowhere, and "greendale." both albums are AMAZING!

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