MikZ's Taste in Music
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I've put this section together because I want a record of all my CDs.
You can also tell a lot about a person's music tastes by their CD
collection, and the radio stations they listen to. Still, I'll start
MikZ's 12 Favourite Bands
- Midnight Oil—I have every album they ever released, and am working on the EPs. They're a brilliant band live, and I admire Peter Garret in his role as an activist as much as I admire him in his role as the band's lead.
- The Deadly Nightshades—Latin gothing poppy folk voodo? Gypsy punk? Acoustic thrash? Peter, Paul and Mary on speed? Who cares? I love 'em!
- They Might Be Giants—I aim to have every album they ever put out. They're excellent musicians and write the trippiest lyrics!
- The B-52s—They've always been one of my faves and they become somewhat of an anthum for House Dreamland as it was developed. They play hippy, poppy songs about sex, free love, drugs 'n' rock'n'roll... and space... and nature...
- You Am I—such honest, resonating lyrics, and I'm just a sucker for a guitar rock band.
- Bedridden—Silly bunch of yobbos who make music that I somehow like.
- TISM—John Howard would love them, because they don't give a fuck about political correctness either.
- Lemon Jelly—My Favourite Electronica... listening to this stuff makes me feel so good!
- Custard—A Queensland band that really go off! Their web page has purple flashing neon, too!
- INXS—I idolised them in the 80s, and still really like them.
- Frank Black—Ye Gods this is great rock! And by a guy who loves the heat and Southern Californian deserts as much as I do!
- Blur/Space/Supergrass—These three Brit bands take equal twelfth place.
- AC/DC—Nothing like a bit of good old-fashioned loud rock to soothe me.
- DEF-FX—It's disappointing that the first band I ever moshed to have split. Moshing's such a trip to watch... dozens of people jumping up and down simultaneously like Muppets!
- Headless Chickens—Kiwi band with a mix of styles, but mostly pretty intense.
- Hoodo Gurus—Good old 80s rock'n'roll...
- Mental As Anything—ditto.
- Models—Okay, so they're out of mind and out of sight now, but I loved them in the 80s.
- The Sharp—real rock! Almost made it into my favourites list.
- Shpongle—the best of the trippiest.
MikZ's CD Collection
Various artists albums
Triple J—A truely alternative radio station that can be picked up in every major city and town in Australia. They also put out really cool albums...
- Culture: Music from Black Australia—music that I really enjoy, played by a dozen different Aboriginal rock bands
- Earthcore—a fantastic mix of music from about a dozen nations on five continents
- Eleven—a very loud compilation
- Hottest 100 (volumes 1 to 11, two discs each)—great alternative music from every year since 1992
- The J Files: The Best B Sides of All Time—comes pretty close to living up to its title
- Totally Wireless—"not just unplugged; totally wireless!" One of my favourite CDs
- Unearthed (volumes 1 to 5)—a generally very good mix of music from unsigned bands from small country towns
100% Hits Volume 9—A present from somebody. A mix of good and bad mainstream music from 1993.
Australian Music Day 1992—I literally found it at the bottom of a packet of cereal. Contains all kinds of cool stuff... and a lot of cheesy stuff.
Australian Rock Classics (vinyl)—good mix of 60s, 70s and 80s music
Bring Your Own Art—A CD somebody made for Rose's birthday party in 2002, the theme of which matched this title.
Buena Vista Social Club—Latin American CD that Josh got me—I like it
Celebrate Oz Rock—A great mix of 1980s mainstream Australian rock music.
Counting the Beat—Another great mix, this time of early 80s pop from all over the world.
Free Death—Kinda Gothic ambiance; one ongoing 7cm CD
Goa Gil, Celba, Kode IV @ Burning Man—Lots of great goa, techno and ambiance music, which brings back wonderful memories of Burning Man.
Heavy! The best of hard rock—Well, not that hard, but it's an okay CD considering I got it for free with a tank of petrol.
Hits 4U '92—Another present, from the brother of somebody I don't like anymore. It has Right Said Fred's I'm Too Sexy, which I have the single of anyhow, and it goes down from there.
Hits of '81+'82—I bought it for Dexy's Midnight Runner's Come On Eileen. It also has The Jam's Town Called Malice, but the other 15 songs are really boring.
Insane! The best of dance—another one that I got free with a tank of petrol. It's all right, actually, and highlighted by Northend Mix's The Winner Is (anybody who was in Sydney when we won the right to host the Olympic Games will remember that song!)
Keep on Dancing (vinyl)—you can do just that if you can ignore the cheesiness of 80s rock!
KFOG 104.5/97.7: Live From the Archives 7—It came in the mail when I was living in the San Franciscan suburb of Richmond, addressed to somebody who didn't live at my address. To be honest, I haven't played it yet, but it's from an okay radio station, so it's probably an okay CD.
KWOD: Blank Astronomy—A twisted CD by KWOD, a commercial radio station in Sacramento, California. They got a bunch of local bands to pick lyrics sent in by the station's listeners, and make songs out of them. Cool.
Late Night Beats—Lots of mellow Brit dance music. Cool.
London on the Line—80s Brit rock and Brit pop. Cool.
Mellow Grooves—soundtrack for a wedding I was once invited to.
Something For Everybody—One of the campiest CDs I have. Music from films from Australian director Baz Luhrmann, including Stricktly Ballroom, Midsummer Night's Dream, Murial's Wedding and of course Romeo and Juliet.
Pop in je Moerstaal (deel 1)—80s Dutch music. Cool.
Rock Triple Plays—Three each from Dragon, The Angels, Mondo Rock, The Party Boys and The Bombers. Cool.
Saturday Morning Cartoons' Greatest Hits—Big 90s American bands play music from many well-known (and a few not-so-well-known) American cartoons.
Throbbin '84 (vinyl)—when I remember who got me this, they're in trouble!
Thru The Roof '83 (vinyl)—some really good songs on this album. Some really bad ones, too.
Other CDs by Artist
1927—Popular in the late 80s, even though they play the kind of music that these days you'd only hear on those commercial radio stations that specialise in playing no music. You know, "no heavy rock", "no rap crap", etc. I still listen to the band occasionally.
Adam Ant—About as weird as mainstream 80s music got...
- Antics in the Forbidden Zone
Aphex Twin—One of the best ambiance artists that I've heard.
- Come to Daddy
- Selected Ambient Works Volume II (2 discs)
Arniee and the Terminaters—a band that exists purely to take the piss out of Arnold Swartzernigger (sp?)
Ars Cantus—not the Polish outfit; the San Franciscan chior, featuring my lover, dragon_spirit
Art of Noise—one of the best ambience bands I have
- Ambient Collection
- the Seduction of Claude Debussy
B-52s—Mainstream hippies gone mad. Songs about sex, drugs and a whole lot of lovin'. Contrary to popular opinion, I think one of their more recent albums, Good Stuff, is the best. I'm bummed not to have heard any original work for a while, even though their concert that I saw at the Shorline Ampetheatre in San Francisco was disappointing.
- The B-52s
- Bouncing Off the Satellite (vinyl)
- Cosmic Thing
- Good Stuff
- Good Stuff (single)
- Tell It Like It T-I-Is (single)
- Wild Planet
Bananarama—Possibly the tackiest CD I have. Mostly gets played by other people who find it, but I admit to enjoying it when they do.
Barnes—Okay, so I was a commercial victim in the 80s. I got better.
- Gonna See my Baby Tonight (single that I literally found at the bottom of a cereal packet)
- Soul Deep
- Two Fires
Beavis and Butt-Head—I don't watch them... really I don't! Honest! I mean, I don't even have a television! Their CDs are designed to appeal to crass American post-X-gen males, but this one also happens to appeal to me.
- The Beavis and Butt-Head Experience
Bedridden—I don't think they know they're on CD. I think people secretly record them while they're drunk at parties in Canberra or Adelaide. This is one of my favourite bands.
- Bedridden (EP)
- It's All Fun and Games Until Someone Loses an Eye
Bellicose—not much to say about this one, other than that I really like this single.
Billionaires for Bush & More!—a bunch of songs about how fucked up the U.S. is politically in 2002
Björk—The woman who cleverly makes music sound like CD players fucking up.
Black 47—Irish political rock. Yay!
Black Grape—I'm really not sure how to class this band, but it sounds good!
Black Sorrows—The closest thing to country music I have, except maybe for K.D. Lang.
Blur—Their newer stuff took a while to grow on me, but it did.
- Blur—Australian and New Zealand Tour Edition
- The Great Escape
- Modern Life is Rubbish
Bobs—An American band that write great songs with weird lyrics and no instruments.
Bragg—Very sincere, soothing, not-too-morose British pop vocalist
Cake—late 90s Sacramento band.
- Comfort Eagle
- Motorcade of Generosity
- Prolonging The Magic
Carlisle—I bought the CD mainly to have Summer Rain on CD, but I enjoy the rest of the music
Cat Power—Folkish band that Shelley introduced me to (and the CD is one that she ripped)
- What Would the Community Think
Clail—early 90s ambiance, maybe? I hate classifying bands!
- Who Pays the Piper? (single)
Clerks soundtrack—Part of Kevin Smith's New Jersey Trilogy.
Clouds—Aussie chick heavy rock band—I used to run into them at TV studios a lot.
- Penny Century (with bonus CD Pre-Raphaelite)
- Say It (single)
Cold Chisel—Good old-fashioned pub rock.
Collective Soul—The theme music for the first time I lived in the USA.
Collict—A guy who I failed high school Chemistry with in 1989, and made this twisted christmas CD in 2000.
- Trev's Christmas Collection
Creedence Clearwater Revival—my ex, Leese, bought me this at a garage sale. I don't know why.
Crowded House—Successful New Zealand pop band
- Chocolate Cake (single)
- Fall At Your Feet (single)
Crunch Pod Media—A genre called "noise", which means it's just a bunch of weird noises. For example, from the first album, many of the noises come from a Game Boy
- #3: Digital Masturbation (EP)
- #6: The Line Between Pleasure and Pain (EP)
Custard—Alternative rock band that appeals to a University crowd, like the one that I spent most of the 90s with.
- Goodbye Cruel World (best of)
Deadly Nightshades—Simply the best band for playing at a small pub in inner-city Sydney.
- Big Inner CIty Paranoia (EP)
- The Deadly Nightshades
- Real Face
Dead or Alive—Seemed to get played in fetish clubs a lot.
Denton and the cast of Live and Sweaty—The same bloke who made unsuspecting bands play weird versions of the Led Zeppelin song Stairway to Heaven did this!
- As Long As We Beat New Zealand
Devo—The first pop band I ever liked, way back when I was in kindergarten. Twenty years later I finally have a CD.
Dire Straits—Another bad that was huge in the 80s. All I have is a "best of" CD; I need to get more!
Disposable heroes of Hiphoprisy—Intelligent political lyrics to hip-hop... great music for when I'm angry at the world
- Hypocrisy is the Greatest Luxury
Everything but the Girl—Peaceful, rhythmic music.
Extreme—A one-hit wonder of 1990
Fargone Beauties—A silly cover band
Fatboy Slim—electronica artist on my "CDs to Buy Since I Like the MP3s Enough" list
- Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars
Fauves—They're Beach Boys wannabees, but I like 'em
Flin Flon—From the U.S. Uni scene, I believe.
Frenzal Rhomb—I won this from 2SER. It's loud, obnoxious, and in a lot of ways rather silly. Perfect for those loud, obnoxious and silly moods.
Garbage—A really good mainstream American band. Funny how I got their first cheap because nobody had heard of them at the time!
Ghostwriters—Relaxing, back to basics music.
Go soundtrack—collection of hip American 90s music
Graney 'n the Coral Snakes—I've always wanted to see a coral snake. Hell, now that I'm living on the American mainland, I don't even get to see coral!
- Feelin' Kinda Sporty (single)
Headless Chickens—Loud, creative New Zealand band. One of my faves.
- Body Blow
- Mr Moon (single)
Heaven 17—Big sound dance band
Hoodo Gurus—classic Aussie rock and roll band
- 1000 Miles Away (single)
- Blow Your Cool!
- Come Anytime (single)
- Mars Needs Guitars
Hope Blister—the music is as moody as the name suggests
Hunters and Collectors—Another classic Australian band that kept up with the 90s.
- Where do you Go? (single)
Icehouse—A classic Australian band that didn't quite keep up with the 90s.
Idiot Box soundtrack—A fun but occasionally disturbing film about Westies.
Inspiral Carpets—Depressing British band
INXS—The band I idolised as an adolescent, and contrary to popular opinion, thought were pretty good in later years too. The Swing is my all-time favourite album of any band.
- Elegantly Wasted
- Full Moon, Dirty Hearts
- Kick (vinyl)
- Listen Like Thieves
- Listen Like Thieves (vinyl)
- Live Baby Live
- Shabooh Shoobah
- Suicide Blonde (single)
- The Swing (vinyl)
- Welcome to Wherever You Are
Jack—A musician who used to hang out at Harbin Hot Springs, and they made a tribute CD for him
Jackson—I'm not sure if this belongs here, or under "L".
Jebediah—Perth-based 90s alternative rock band
- Glee Sides and Sparities
Jesus Christ Superstar—The version with Kate Ceberano (single)
Joel—I bought this one for Mum.
John—I like his music, but he totally disappointed me politically at the 2001 MTV awards.
- Club at the End of the Street (single)
Karma County—Acoustic, warm and fuzzy
Kidjo—earth South African artist who really got me into collecting world music
Kiss—Yes, that 70s band that spat blood, but this is one of their more recent works...
- God Gave Rock'N'Roll To You (single)
Lamb—This is what you get when you cross jazz with ambience. Wonderful!
K.D. Lang—Buried between the country stuff, there's some really great music.
- All You can Eat
- Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
Lemonheads—American rock band.
- The Best of The Lemonheads
Lemon Jelly—my favourite electronica... this stuff really makes me feel good!
Letters to Cleo—American girlie poppie band... I liked one or two of their songs when I first lived there.
Levellers—A Pommy band that my ex's grungie half-brother from Seattle introduced me to.
Love and Other Catastrophes soundtrack—I enjoyed the film, and the soundtrack has quite a comprehensive mix of music.
Madness—Fun, weird, Brit band from the 1970s and 80s.
Massive Attack—Mood music... almost ambient
- Unfinished Sympathy (single)
Max-Q—Michael Hutchence without INXS for a while
MC 900 Foot Jesus—Intelligent rap music... he's put out some excellent songs, so I'll probably get more CDs over the years.
- The City Sleeps (single)
- Hell with the Lid Off
- One Step Ahead of the Spider
Midnight Oil—Without a doubt, my favourite band of all time. Brilliant bloody rock music with clear political themes, most of which I support very strongly. And fuck they go off live!!!
- 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
- Bird Noises (EP)
- Blue Sky Mining
- Diesel and Dust
- Earth and Sun and Moon
- Head Injuries
- Midnight Oil
- Place Without a Postcard
- Redneck Wonderland
- Red Sails in the Sunset
- Sometimes (single)
- Species Deceases
- Surf's Up Tonight (single)
- Underwater (single)
Moby—electronica, but with a more traditional rock sound
Mondo Rock—80s rock band. They played live on a boat that was doing a harbour cruise that I won from a commercial radio station once, and they were handing out this CD:
Monty Python—Those British idiots who are just silly!
Moulin Rouge soundtrack—the film is sensational, and the music is part of the reason
Mulray—Does breakfast radio. In the late 80s he was hilarious, but Triple M told him to turn up the smut, so he lost it. (Is there a language where MMM stands for "radio for chauvinists"?)
- Nice Legs, Shame about the Fez
- What a Rude Album (vinyl)
Murmurs—Cutsie acoustic with attitude.
Nevil—hell, I just liked this song:
New Zealand Symphony Orchastra—doing Split Enz music!
Nine Inch Richards—a cool Nine Inch Nails rip-off (not that I don't like NIN!)
Olsin—I have no idea what this is. Somebody gave it to me as a promo, and I haven't played it yet.
- Live Close By, Visit Often (EP)
Oval 94—One of the CDs I bought when I was buying lots of electronica.
Pain Factor—Bay Area metal band who handed their CD to me at a party, and I actually really liked it!
Pet Shop Boys—British poppy dance music.
π soundtrack—excellent, trippy film with a brilliant, trippy soundtrack
Pink Floyd—You know who they are.
Police—Classic band of the 70s and 80s.
- The Adventures of
Priscilla: Queen of the Desert soundtrack—Probably the most camp CD I have!
Pulp Fiction soundtrack—Great film, great music.
Queen—Classic American 1980s band
- Bohemian Rhapsody (single)
Radiohead—Depressing British band.
RAW FM soundtrack—Music from an ABC Television series. I never watched it, but it looked pretty good, and the music is fantastic!
Rea—It's a good thing that he doesn't have a sister named Di. This is one of the few 5cm singles I have. They're so cute!!
- The Road to Hell (single)
Rebecca's Empire—American rock soloist
Regurgitator—Not a band to play around your mother.
REM—American pop band that have put out some great music.
- Automatic for the People
- New Adventures in Hi-Fi
- Out of Time
Right Said Fred—Relax, I only have one single!
Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack—I won this one for being the best-dressed newcomer at the audience participation thingie in Sydney back in 1990.
Romeo + Juliet soundtack—another Baz Luhrmann film, so you know the soundtrack's going to be good
Safran—Yes, the prat from the first season of the ABC series Race Around the World! (The first track on the single is a riot, and the second and third will leave you begging for more!)
- Not the Sunscreen Song (single)
Schneider—One of the B-52s, and he sounds like it too.
Sharp—Gutsy early 90s rock band
Sidewinder—Alterno band that put out some great songs sometimes.
- The Gentle Art of Spoonbending
Sisters of Mercy—Loud Goth Rock—great for scaring the neighbours.
- A Slight Case of Overbombing
Skinwalker—I won this one. It was good enough to play more than once, but crikey it's dark!
Skyhooks—70s Aussie rock band—pretty genderfucked for their time
- The Latest and Greatest (vinyl)
Smashing Pumpkins—successful mid-90s American rock band
- Bullet with Butterfly Wings (single)
Soft Cell vs Club 69—contains several remixes of that well-known 80s song
Soup—A DJ whose stuff I like enough to buy on CD.
Space—I'm not sure about the band members, but the music's pretty queer!
- Avenging Angels (single)
- Tin Planet (Finally!! I only looked for it for four years!)
Spiderbate—Another alterno band that put out some great songs sometimes.
- The Unfinished Spanish Galleon of Finley Lake
Split Enz—Classic Kiwi pop band.
Sugarplastic—It seems like everyone I know hates this band. I understand why, but I like them anyhow.
Supergrass—Loud, British, often happy, often drunk... I was disappointed when I saw them live in Portland, USA though!
- In It For The Money (limited edition)
- I Should Coco
Supertramp—Big in the 1970s... I still like their music.
- The Autobiography of Supertramp
Talking Heads—Another band big in the 1970s, but I like their 80s stuff better.
- Clifford J.
Tasner—political sattire... okay, but not the best
- Billionaires for Bu$h & more!
They Might Be Giants—Brilliant music, insane lyrics, great live!
- Appolo 18
- Factory Showroom
- John Henry
- Mink Car (single)
- Misculaneous t
- Severe Tire (sic) Damage
- Then: The Earlier Years
- They Got Lost
- They Might Be Giants ("the pink album")
Things of Stone and Wood—Melbourne pop band that got played to death in the early 90s.
Threesome soundtrack—Fairly good film that has some cute music.
Tiddas—Soothing music with real meaning
TISM—Melbournecentric arseholes who don't give a stuff about who they offend. Shit they're good!
- The Beasts of Suburban
- De Rigueurmortis
- Gentlemen, Start Your Egos
- Great Truckin' Songs of the Renaissance
- Hot Dogma
- Machiavelli and the Four Seasons
- Yob (single)
To Roco Rot—electronica
Transglobal Underground—Slightly rappy rock with an international feel to it. Great stuff!
- International Times
- Rejoice Rejoice
Transvision Vamp—Wendy James is possibly one of the loudest women in the UK
Triple M—Sydney mainstream commercial radio station
- Doctor Dan's Theme (single)
UMO—UMO stands for Unidentified Musical Object. I think their brand of electronica is pretty identifiable, though!
Until the End of the World soundtrack—Lots of good mood music
Utah Saints—Early 90s one-hit wonder
Vega—Sometimes I just don't know what to say about an artist, except that I just like them.
- Blood Makes Noise (single)
Venable—I first saw her at a They Might Be Giants concert in San Francisco and I bought her CD straight away.
Violent Femmes—American alterno band.
Was Not Was—Weird little alternative American band
Whitlams—Recently they've become amazingly popular, although I always enjoyed their older stuff as well.
- Eternal Nightcap
- Introducing the Whitlams
XTC—They really exist! They're not just the subject of a They Might Be Giants song!
- The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead
- Weird Al'
Yankovic—The only artist I've ever heard of who makes polka music that gets airplay!
Yello—The VERY FIRST CD I ever got!
- Oh Yeah (single)
Yothu Yindi—Probably the first popular indiginous Australian band.
You Am I—Way back when they started out, I actually worked with their drummer. But they sacked him from the band, because he always turned up late for rehursals. Oddly enough, he also always turned up late to work, but since this was Telstra when they had a monopoly, they didn't sack him. The band continued on to be the great one that they are today. As for the drummer? Who knows? Maybe he still works for Telstra.
- #4 Record
- Hourly, Daily
- Purple Sneakers (single)
Young Einstein soundtrack (vinyl)—I won this by ringing in and being on ANZ RockSat on 21/01/1989. My first time on national radio!! Bloody great album, too.
Zeppelin—Actually, there's few Led Zeppelin songs that I like, but I like all the songs on this tribute album.
ZZ Top—Pronounced "zee zee top"
Stuff to Get
Actually, there's a whole bunch of stuff on my to-get list that's not here, but I couldn't be bothered updating it right now.
- Belly—I adore Feed the Tree, and their other stuff is pretty good too.
- Cranberries—They write music that can be labelled "beautiful" without being pewky.
- Nine Inch Nails—Nothing better to annoy the neighbours with. Don't know about this web page, though...
- Molar—A Melbourne grunge band whose music I always wanted
- New Waver—Some twit in Melbourne with an organ who sends up other peoples' music.
Radio Stations MikZ Listens To
My radio is usually tuned to one of these...
- 2SER FM—Student Radio run by Macquarie University and UTS.
- Triple J—Can be picked up from almost anywhere in the country, which is indeed a beautiful thing.
- FBI—One of several stations competing for a permanant licence to 96.9MHz in Sydney. This one should win. FBI! Rah rah rah!!!
- Triple R—For when I'm in Melbourne, Victoria.
- Triple Z—For when I'm in Brisbane, Queensland.
- KDVS—similar to 2SER, for when I'm in Sacramento, California.
- KALX—almost as good as KDVS, for when I'm in San Francisco, California.
- KUSF—almost as good as KALX, also for when I'm in San Francisco, California.
- KPFA—the Bay Area's most left-wing talk station; I balance it out by also listening to NPR.