Immersing in one band one at a time and then another- anyone do this?

brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 28,914
It's sort of a life-long habit of mine.  I get totally immersed in a band for long stretches at a time.  I always listen to a variety of stuff but during these periods of time, the focus of my listening and general musical interests revolve around a single band or musician.  I guess you could even call it a phase.  And my favorites from over the years often get repeat immersions. 

It all started with the Beach Boys in the early 60's.  In the late 60's it was more diverse with Hendrix, the Who and John Mayall taking the lions share of my listening time.  Then, in the mid 70's it was Jethro Tull.  As the years went by it was Neil Young (maybe the biggest repeater), The Replacements, The Psychedelic Furs, The Ramones, Pearl Jam, Juliana Hatfield and lately, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers .  And in there, maybe a few others I can't think of right now. 

And it seems like the older I get, the more intense the immersion into a band.  Right now I feel almost obsessed with Tom Petty and his band.  (Partly due to Zanes' incredibly tremendous book, Petty.)

Is this weird and unusual, or do other people do this?
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  • RenfieldRenfield NYC NYPosts: 539
    I do not think it’s weird or unusual. I’ve done it with The Who, Bowie, Cat Stevens, Don Henley, Tom Waits, and Bob Dylan. I’m on an immersive binge-listening with PJ going on 3 years now.

    p.s. There may be others I can’t recall at the moment- haven’t had my morning coffee yet. 
  • goldrushgoldrush everybody knows this is nowherePosts: 4,779
    I do this quite a lot too. Neil Young is probably the biggest repeat play for me as well - sometimes his whole discography in chronological order, sometimes just the Horse records. The Black Crowes and the Afghan Whigs would be some other examples of regular repeats. I probably spent years just listening to PJ in the early days, but it’s been a while now...

    Occasionaly a song will get stuck in my head and I’ll spend a couple of days just listening to that artist. A kind of ‘short term’ binge I guess. Tom McRae, Scott Matthews, and Joseph Arthur have all been regulars over the years.
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  • RenfieldRenfield NYC NYPosts: 539
    goldrush said:
    I do this quite a lot too. Neil Young is probably the biggest repeat play for me as well - sometimes his whole discography in chronological order, sometimes just the Horse records. The Black Crowes and the Afghan Whigs would be some other examples of regular repeats. I probably spent years just listening to PJ in the early days, but it’s been a while now...

    Occasionaly a song will get stuck in my head and I’ll spend a couple of days just listening to that artist. A kind of ‘short term’ binge I guess. Tom McRae, Scott Matthews, and Joseph Arthur have all been regulars over the years.
    I was wild about Joseph Arthur after seeing RNDM in 2016. Got the chance to see him 4/5 times shortly after seeing RNDM. 1st time was incredible- no mics/no amps, acoustic only room, he was fabulous. But the more I saw him the more erratic he was, actually left the last show early. Maybe I’ll take another shot with him.
  • willbarclaywillbarclay Ottawa, Canada Posts: 3,159

    I do it all the time and have for many years.

  • JPPJ84JPPJ84 Hamburg, Germany Posts: 1,052
    I definitely listen to music „in phases“ where I almost exclusively listen to just one band. It’s been like that for years. It can last for weeks or many months.
  • cdthomas1981cdthomas1981 KCMO NativePosts: 698
    Not weird to me.  I constantly go through the same phases.  My most recent was Sonic Youth.
    "Your light's reflected now, reflected from afar. We were but stones, your light made us stars"
  • dankinddankind I am not your foot. Posts: 14,616
    Not weird to me.  I constantly go through the same phases.  My most recent was Sonic Youth.
    Fucking Thurston! Why couldn't that asshole just keep it in his pants?
    I SAW PEARL JAM
  • cdthomas1981cdthomas1981 KCMO NativePosts: 698
    dankind said:
    Not weird to me.  I constantly go through the same phases.  My most recent was Sonic Youth.
    Fucking Thurston! Why couldn't that asshole just keep it in his pants?
    I know right!?!?  I also bought a copy of Kim's memoir.
    "Your light's reflected now, reflected from afar. We were but stones, your light made us stars"
  • dankinddankind I am not your foot. Posts: 14,616
    dankind said:
    Not weird to me.  I constantly go through the same phases.  My most recent was Sonic Youth.
    Fucking Thurston! Why couldn't that asshole just keep it in his pants?
    I know right!?!?  I also bought a copy of Kim's memoir.
    Great book. A lot sadder than I thought it would be.
    I SAW PEARL JAM
  • cdthomas1981cdthomas1981 KCMO NativePosts: 698
    Thinking about which bands/artists I've immersed myself into over the years.  There may be more, but this is mostly top of mind.
    • Pearl Jam
    • The Beatles
    • Led Zeppelin
    • Neil Young (with and without Crazy Horse)
    • Johnny Cash
    • Radiohead
    • The Flaming Lips
    • Van Halen
    • Coheed and Cambria
    • Pink Floyd
    • The Black Keys
    • The White Stripes
    • Arctic Monkeys
    • Sonic Youth
    • A Tribe Called Quest
    • Gorillaz
    • Incubus
    • Brandi Carlile
    • R.E.M.
    • Stone Temple Pilots
    • Queen
    • Rage Against the Machine
    • Talking Heads
    • Wilco
    • Tom Petty (solo and w/Heartbreakers)
    • Queens of the Stone Age
    • LCD Soundsystem
    • Sam Cooke
    • Arcade Fire
    • 311
    "Your light's reflected now, reflected from afar. We were but stones, your light made us stars"
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 28,914
    Renfield said:
    I do not think it’s weird or unusual. I’ve done it with The Who, Bowie, Cat Stevens, Don Henley, Tom Waits, and Bob Dylan. I’m on an immersive binge-listening with PJ going on 3 years now.

    p.s. There may be others I can’t recall at the moment- haven’t had my morning coffee yet. 
    Cool, and good choices!

    I'm a bit late getting it together with the coffee this morning myself, haha!
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  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 28,914
    goldrush said:
    I do this quite a lot too. Neil Young is probably the biggest repeat play for me as well - sometimes his whole discography in chronological order, sometimes just the Horse records. The Black Crowes and the Afghan Whigs would be some other examples of regular repeats. I probably spent years just listening to PJ in the early days, but it’s been a while now...

    Occasionaly a song will get stuck in my head and I’ll spend a couple of days just listening to that artist. A kind of ‘short term’ binge I guess. Tom McRae, Scott Matthews, and Joseph Arthur have all been regulars over the years.
    Nice.  Yes, Neil is always great to go back to.  As time goes on, I find myself spending time listening to some of the "minor" albums- even Landing on Water when I'm feeling adventurous!
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  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 28,914
    edited June 11
    dankind said:
    Not weird to me.  I constantly go through the same phases.  My most recent was Sonic Youth.
    Fucking Thurston! Why couldn't that asshole just keep it in his pants?
    dankind ,What's going on with Moore to create such a reaction?

    “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”
    -Aldous Huxley
    ***********
    M.I.T.S.









  • cdthomas1981cdthomas1981 KCMO NativePosts: 698
    brianlux said:
    dankind said:
    Not weird to me.  I constantly go through the same phases.  My most recent was Sonic Youth.
    Fucking Thurston! Why couldn't that asshole just keep it in his pants?
    dankind ,What's going on with Moore to create such a reaction?

    Brianlux, do you know why Moore and Gordon ended their marriage?  Thurston was sleeping around on Kim, which eventually led to enough tension to supposedly break up the band.
    "Your light's reflected now, reflected from afar. We were but stones, your light made us stars"
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 28,914
    brianlux said:
    dankind said:
    Not weird to me.  I constantly go through the same phases.  My most recent was Sonic Youth.
    Fucking Thurston! Why couldn't that asshole just keep it in his pants?
    dankind ,What's going on with Moore to create such a reaction?

    Brianlux, do you know why Moore and Gordon ended their marriage?  Thurston was sleeping around on Kim, which eventually led to enough tension to supposedly break up the band.
    Bummer.  Kim is so cool.  Yeah, sounds like Thurston really blew it.
    “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”
    -Aldous Huxley
    ***********
    M.I.T.S.









  • cdthomas1981cdthomas1981 KCMO NativePosts: 698
    brianlux said:
    brianlux said:
    dankind said:
    Not weird to me.  I constantly go through the same phases.  My most recent was Sonic Youth.
    Fucking Thurston! Why couldn't that asshole just keep it in his pants?
    dankind ,What's going on with Moore to create such a reaction?

    Brianlux, do you know why Moore and Gordon ended their marriage?  Thurston was sleeping around on Kim, which eventually led to enough tension to supposedly break up the band.
    Bummer.  Kim is so cool.  Yeah, sounds like Thurston really blew it.
    The reason why I knew this, is because I immersed myself in Sonic Youth for a while. :-)  I love this topic!
    "Your light's reflected now, reflected from afar. We were but stones, your light made us stars"
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 28,914
    brianlux said:
    brianlux said:
    dankind said:
    Not weird to me.  I constantly go through the same phases.  My most recent was Sonic Youth.
    Fucking Thurston! Why couldn't that asshole just keep it in his pants?
    dankind ,What's going on with Moore to create such a reaction?

    Brianlux, do you know why Moore and Gordon ended their marriage?  Thurston was sleeping around on Kim, which eventually led to enough tension to supposedly break up the band.
    Bummer.  Kim is so cool.  Yeah, sounds like Thurston really blew it.
    The reason why I knew this, is because I immersed myself in Sonic Youth for a while. :-)  I love this topic!
    Haha!  Cool!


    “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”
    -Aldous Huxley
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  • tempo_n_groovetempo_n_groove Posts: 21,124
    I used to do this but not anymore.  If a band that I discover has that much of a backlog then I most likely missed the fire or passion that made them great in the first place so I won't bother.  This is why I like newer music.  The desire is usually greater in the beginning.
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 28,914
    I used to do this but not anymore.  If a band that I discover has that much of a backlog then I most likely missed the fire or passion that made them great in the first place so I won't bother.  This is why I like newer music.  The desire is usually greater in the beginning.
    Makes sense.

    I somehow have missed the fire on a number of bands and musicians the first time around.  Maybe that's because I was so immersed in someone else at the time?  I don't know.  But here are some examples:

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.  I have been a fan since one day back in early 1980 when a friend of mine played me Damn the Torpedoes.  I loved seeing Petty and band with Bob Dylan when they did that great tour.  I always loved seeing the band play on late night shows.  But I also long resisted these guys a bit because they were SO DAMN BIG. At some point in my life (around the advent of punk, probably), I developed a strong distrust of anything that gained mass appeal.  But then a little while back I watched off of the Bagdanovich movie and just finished Warren Zanes' book, Petty, and it dawned on me, "Well, damn, if there's anyone who ever deserved this much attention and popularity, it's Tom Petty".  I'm hooked for life.

    Dinosaur Jr.   Blame it on J's voice.  But also credit that voice.  After reading Michael Azerrad's book, Our Band Could Be Your Life, I looked into Dinosaur Jr (was already a big fan of most of the others in the book), and decided they were interesting but not my thing.  And then, years later, I came across a CD of Where You Been and like the guitar work and the weird songs but hated the voice.  And then that voice grew on me.  And grew!  Now they're one of my all-time favorites.

    Juliana Hatfield.  Simply put, she just gets overlooked.  I guess some people don't like her "girly" voice.  I didn't catch on until she worked with one of my biggest musical heroes, Paul Westerberg (whom I've loved at first sight).   But again, this voice grows better with each listening and she uses it so well.  And she's such a great songwriter and a bad ass guitarist, bass player, keyboard player.  Lover her!


    “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”
    -Aldous Huxley
    ***********
    M.I.T.S.









  • Tim SimmonsTim Simmons Posts: 4,041
    Constantly.

  • FifthelementFifthelement LotuslandPosts: 6,035
    Sometimes.  I find lately that I immerse myself more in genres or eras.  Currently it’s alternating between jazz/swing from the 30s and 40s and R&B and Delta/Chicago Blues from the 20s to the 50s.  
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  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 28,914
    Sometimes.  I find lately that I immerse myself more in genres or eras.  Currently it’s alternating between jazz/swing from the 30s and 40s and R&B and Delta/Chicago Blues from the 20s to the 50s.  
    I can dig it!
    “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”
    -Aldous Huxley
    ***********
    M.I.T.S.









  • cdthomas1981cdthomas1981 KCMO NativePosts: 698
    I just thought of this thread as I'm going through a big Jack White phase (solo, White Stripes, Raconteurs, Dead Weather).
    "Your light's reflected now, reflected from afar. We were but stones, your light made us stars"
  • HesCalledDyerHesCalledDyer MarylandPosts: 15,262
    Maybe not one band at a time, but often a different handful of bands at a time.  Some bands can overlap phases, and most always get some sort of return until they work their way into the normal rotation of everything.  This is often influenced by my concert schedule, too.
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 28,914
    I just thought of this thread as I'm going through a big Jack White phase (solo, White Stripes, Raconteurs, Dead Weather).
    Every now and I'll come across a thread and think, "I wonder who started this one..."  and then see it was me.  LOL, Mr. Short Term Memory.  :lol: 
    “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”
    -Aldous Huxley
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  • erebuserebus Posts: 160
    Went through the discographies of Leonard Cohen, Bowie and Petty after they passed.
    Am currently in a Cure phase surrounding their 40th anniversary and Hall of fame induction 
    1996: Toronto
    2003: St.Paul
    2005: Thunder Bay
    2008: West Palm Beach, Tampa
    2009: Chicago I, Chicago II
    2010: Boston
    2011: Toronto I, Toronto II, Winnipeg
    2012: Missoula
    2013: London, Pittsburgh, Buffalo
    2014: St. Paul, Milwaukee
    2016: Quebec City, Ottawa, Toronto I, Toronto II
  • LoujoeLoujoe Posts: 909
    Always. All about dub reggae for the summer. Got sick on the beatles for a bit. Blasted my ears and mind to bits on the dead Kennedy's. Short james brown kick. Its natural. My musical mood changes all the time. Maybe its partly a seasonal thing and partly what I find at the salvation army that kicks it off. Played the smiths pretty hard for a while lately. 
  • tempo_n_groovetempo_n_groove Posts: 21,124
    erebus said:
    Went through the discographies of Leonard Cohen, Bowie and Petty after they passed.
    Am currently in a Cure phase surrounding their 40th anniversary and Hall of fame induction 
    If you need to talk to someone after or during your listening of the Cure I'm here for you.

    This must be awful and I don't want you to do something drastic...

    Nobody willingly listens to The Cure, right?
  • tempo_n_groovetempo_n_groove Posts: 21,124
    Loujoe said:
    Always. All about dub reggae for the summer. Got sick on the beatles for a bit. Blasted my ears and mind to bits on the dead Kennedy's. Short james brown kick. Its natural. My musical mood changes all the time. Maybe its partly a seasonal thing and partly what I find at the salvation army that kicks it off. Played the smiths pretty hard for a while lately. 
    I do Bedouin Soundclash or Jack Johnson radio during the summer, Misfits radio while riding my bike and James Brown and soul whilst cooking.
  • BrainofBGABrainofBGA AustraliaPosts: 2,388
    On reflection I do it too...

    been listening to Aussie band You Am I a lot lately and before that Tool. I seem to just get in a ‘zone’ with a particular band for a few weeks / month at a time. 
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