Who gets a free pass in music?

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Who gets a free pass in music?

Postby GoogaMooga » 08 Jan 2020, 22:40

Whom do you give a free pass, like or tolerate it all, right down to the last bum note? Artists or bands where you have just got to have it all. They can do no wrong in your book.

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Re: Who gets a free pass in music?

Postby Count Machuki » 08 Jan 2020, 22:41

James Brown. I'll listen to any damn thing that dude put out.
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Re: Who gets a free pass in music?

Postby GoogaMooga » 08 Jan 2020, 22:41

Me too.
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Re: Who gets a free pass in music?

Postby toomanyhatz » 08 Jan 2020, 22:59

NOBODY!!

There are those - Dylan's a big one - whose failures are usually at least interesting. Usually.

I don't currently own Under the Red Sky on any format, though. And I'm OK with that.

The idea that artists are infallible in any way - even the ones I love the most - is offensive to me. Not healthy for fan or artist.
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Re: Who gets a free pass in music?

Postby Flower » 08 Jan 2020, 23:07

Irma Thomas

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Re: Who gets a free pass in music?

Postby trans-chigley express » 09 Jan 2020, 04:36

The Beatles (but they really never did much wrong).
XTC
Steven Wilson

I own everything by Mike Oldfied but he doesn't get a free pass as I consider an awful lot of it to be shit.

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Prince
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Re: Who gets a free pass in music?

Postby Tom Waits For No One » 09 Jan 2020, 09:56

trans-chigley express wrote:
XTC


Agreed, but IMHO they haven't produced anything that would need to be excused.
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Postby never/ever » 09 Jan 2020, 10:05

The lower the album count, the easier this question can be answered....for instance Nick Drake....three peerless albums.
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Re: Who gets a free pass in music?

Postby Walk In My Shadow » 09 Jan 2020, 10:05

Dylan.


Except when he's singing the phone book (I mean Standards).
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Postby bobzilla77 » 09 Jan 2020, 15:27

Pete Townshend. Neil Young's pass expired a few dlbuns ago.
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Re: Who gets a free pass in music?

Postby Matt Wilson » 09 Jan 2020, 16:34

The Dead for me.

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Re: Who gets a free pass in music?

Postby Count Machuki » 09 Jan 2020, 17:06

Tom Waits For No One wrote:
trans-chigley express wrote:
XTC


Agreed, but IMHO they haven't produced anything that would need to be excused.


I very very seldom feel the need to hear their first two LPs anymore.
What's that one, 'My Weapon' (?) - that wants excusing.
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Re: Who gets a free pass in music?

Postby Matt Wilson » 09 Jan 2020, 17:20

I consider myself a big XTC fan. Own all their albums, a box set, etc. But when I was making my top ten lists for the '70s and '80s on my current thread, I only included Skylarking for 1986 and Oranges & Lemons for 1989. So even something like Black Sea, which I think is a very good album, wasn't quite good enough to make the grade in 1980 compared to other, better albums that year.

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Re: Who gets a free pass in music?

Postby Hightea » 09 Jan 2020, 19:45

XTC were too uneven for me and I like lots of their catalog.
Dylan is pretty much a lock for me but I'm not that impressed by some of his works but will still listen to them
Daevid Allen - yes I'm a weird bird but I love so many of his side projects. Did he do some crap (yes) but I still listened.
The Grateful Dead - prior to Jerry passing they did some bad songs but nothing I couldn't listen too.
Neil Young and Peter Gabriel would be two I'll listen to anything new by them.

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Re: Who gets a free pass in music?

Postby robertff » 09 Jan 2020, 20:16

There's quite a few to be honest, probably too many to mention.



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Re: Who gets a free pass in music?

Postby trans-chigley express » 10 Jan 2020, 04:21

Tom Waits For No One wrote:
trans-chigley express wrote:
XTC


Agreed, but IMHO they haven't produced anything that would need to be excused.

I give their first couple of albums a free pass but regarding everything else I agree with you.

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Re: Who gets a free pass in music?

Postby The Slider » 12 Jan 2020, 19:29

Neil Young and David Bowie
Though I never *buy* NY records any more
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Re: Who gets a free pass in music?

Postby GoogaMooga » 12 Jan 2020, 21:47

Bowie - pass on Laughing Gnome.
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Re: Who gets a free pass in music?

Postby The Slider » 12 Jan 2020, 23:11

I love the Deram stuff
The Laughing Gnome may be lesser but some of it is magnificent - When I Live My Dream and Silly Boy Blue in particular
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