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Why the heck aren't they on the list?!


Many of you might wonder why some of the most groundbreaking and great artists don't appear on my Album and Artist lists. Well, this web site is very subjective, but this page is my attempt to explain why some of the more obvious artists didn't make it on the lists. Maybe you'll find the one you're looking for...

And please note that I do acknowledge the importance of each of the artists below. They just didn't rock my world sufficiently - at least not yet.

The list of lost sons and daugthers

  • The Beatles
    The Beatles would be an obvious choice for one of my 25 favourite artists. They are more or less legendary in every aspect of their career. However, I have this unsettled opinion on The Beatles. Their work ranges from absolutely brilliant to sickeningly banal (their first albums), and so, even though they've had such a great influence on all bands that came after, they were a band themselves with flaws and embarrasing moments like everybody else. Today, people tend only to look at their better moments (of which, fortunately, there were too many to mention).

  • David Bowie
    Bowie's difficult. He's done too many great things to mention, but at the same time he's produced a lot of crap too. Generally, I think the quality of his music is a bit too uneven to really catch me. But he is one of the great in a historical perspective.

  • Nick Cave
    Very sinister. His musical landscapes and moods are a big mouthful - one I haven't had the guts to bite of yet. Or the patience.

  • Eric Clapton
    Clapton is just....well, there. He plays a mean guitar and writes great songs, but his bluesy moods get kinda boring eventually.

  • Bob Dylan
    I have a hard time with Bob Dylan. Or to put it in another way: I don't like his music. I totally acknowledge the importance of his work and that he's had a certain influence on parts of the music scene over a long period of time. But at the end of the day this doesn't change the facts that he can't sing and that much of his music tends to be a bit too straightforward rock to me. As a lyricist his qualities are somewhat greater, but so far I haven't taken too much time to dive into Dylan's universe. In conclusion, another artist whose best songs are often better when done by other artists.

  • Michael Jackson
    They call him the king of pop. And yes, he has done a lot of great stuff and knows how to put together a groovy tune. But there's too much pathetic plastic about his life and attitude to really make him a serious contender for my lists. And I'm not all that crazy about his mellow approach to music.

  • Billy Joel
    Much respect. I really like Billy Joel and love his earlier work. "The Stranger" is a massive effort and should belong in every home. But he lost it a little bit in the '80's and has had a hard time coming back ever since.

  • Elton John
    He's gone all pop these days, but looking at his entire career, one has to give the man some credit. He has been there all along - at least it feels that way. And many great albums have come out of his fingers. But he's not really trendy, is he....?

  • Led Zeppelin
    They have written great songs. But like The Rolling Stones, they are very rock and roll to me, and rock and roll is not my preferred thing to put on the stereo. I find myself preferring their songs when they're covered by other artists.

  • Madonna
    She doesn't mean enough for me to put her on my lists, but she's made so many great albums that she actually does qualify for a spot in the sun. "Like A Prayer", "Bedtime Stories" and "Ray Of Light" are all little masterpieces within their genre. And her influence on others is often not appreciated enough. But still she hasn't meant enough to me to be chosen, even though I'm a fan.

  • Van Morrison
    Another universe I haven't fully discovered yet. Like Neil Young, his body of work just doesn't move me enough to make it to the top of my list. The man surely has written a classic or two and I'm sure his musical skills are impressive...But I hate the way Danish music papers always hail Mary when he releases a new album. Let's get some objectivity, please!

  • The Police
    Sting is on the album list. This more or less means that The Police are also in there somewhere. This is his kindergarten and where he learned most of what he knows today. His work and that of the Police are played often on my stereo.

  • Prince
    He used to be the king of what he did. Then he changed his name and lost important parts of his songwriting skills in the process. now he's merely an ordinary player in popular music.

  • Queen
    Freddie was a great entertainer. The music of Queen is full of quality but it tends to be a little too bombastic and theatrical in the long run.  They are best in their ballads when they downtone the musical image. But Freddie's death was a great loss for music.

  • Lou Reed
    "Transformer" is a good album - maybe his best. But he does have a rather dull voice and ordinary songwriting skills. I guess you have to have been there when he was hip to fully understand what he represents and stands for.

  • The Rolling Stones
    They're rock and roll. 1-2-3-play and go. I'm not really into that, and even though they also have their highs, too often I just find them boring. Mostly, I see them as music for the generation before me.

  • Patti Smith
    There's no doubt that Patti Smith has influenced a lot of the strong women in music today, for example PJ Harvey and Alanis Morissette. But her universe is a little too sinister for me and I haven't been able to fully come to terms with her male voice.

  • Neil Young
    One of my favourite perversions, this one. Neil Young has written a bunch of great songs, but his voice is rather thin. Every now and then I actually really like his music, but just as often he's one of the artists whose music is better when covered by others (I know I'll get my ass in a sling for this one...).


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