Favorite Musical Acts

by grantandrewwilks | created - 23 Feb 2016 | updated - 08 Mar 2016 | Public

My favorite musical artists of all time.

1. Talking Heads

Soundtrack | True Stories

Started performing in the New York club, CBGBs. They released their first album, "Talking Heads: 77", in 1977. They recorded the film, Stop Making Sense (1984), in 1984, with director Jonathan Demme. After releasing their 1988 album, Naked, the group broke up. In 1992, they released "Popular ...

2. Bauhaus

Soundtrack | The Butterfly Effect

Bauhaus were an English goth rock band, formed in Northampton, England in 1978. The group consisted of Daniel Ash (guitar, saxophone), Peter Murphy (vocals, occasional instruments), Kevin Haskins (drums) and David J (bass). The band was originally named Bauhaus 1919 in reference to the first ...

4. David Bowie

Soundtrack | Labyrinth

David Bowie was one of the most influential and prolific writers and performers of popular music, but he was much more than that; he was also an accomplished actor, a mime and an intellectual, as well as an art lover whose appreciation and knowledge of it had led to him amassing one of the biggest ...

5. The Cure

Soundtrack | Ant-Man

Members have included Robert Smith, Perry Bamonte, Simon Gallup, Porl Thompson, Boris Williams, Jason Cooper, Roger O'Donnell, Laurence Tolhurst, Andy Anderson, Phil Thornalley, Michael Dempsey, and Matthieu Hartley.

6. Siouxsie and the Banshees

Soundtrack | Grosse Pointe Blank

Siouxsie and the Banshees were an English punk rock band, formed in London in 1976 by vocalist Siouxsie Sioux and bass guitarist Steven Severin. They have been widely influential since their debut album The Scream was released in 1978 to critical acclaim. During their career, Siouxsie and the ...

7. Joy Division

Soundtrack | Donnie Darko

Joy Division were an English rock band formed in Salford in 1976. The group consisted of vocalist Ian Curtis, guitarist/keyboardist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook and drummer Stephen Morris. Their debut album Unknown Pleasures was released in 1979. Curtis suffered from personal problems and ...

8. New Order

Soundtrack | The Beach

New Order is an English rock band formed in 1980 by vocalist and guitarist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook and drummer Stephen Morris. New Order were formed in the demise of their previous post-punk band Joy Division, following the suicide of vocalist Ian Curtis. They were joined by Gillian ...

9. The Sisters of Mercy

Soundtrack | Gegen die Wand

The Sisters of Mercy is an English gothic rock band, formed in 1980 in Leeds. After achieving early underground fame there, the band had their commercial breakthrough in the mid-1980s and sustained it until the early 1990s, when they stopped releasing new recorded output in protest against their ...

10. The Velvet Underground

Soundtrack | Men in Black 3

The Velvet Underground had its origins, oddly enough, in the world of manufactured pop music, around 1965. Long Island native songwriter/singer/guitarist Lou Reed had gone from college at Syracuse University to a day job as a staff composer and musician for Pickwick Records, whose specialities (...

11. The Smiths

Soundtrack | (500) Days of Summer

Members were singer Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce.

12. Echo & The Bunnymen

Soundtrack | Grosse Pointe Blank

Broadcaster Terry Christian said that at one time the band could have been as big as U2. Richard Osman called them "a terrific band" that seemed to have become "lost to history".

14. Blondie

Soundtrack | Ready Player One

Blondie rates highly as the single most popular and successful group to emerge from the 1970s New York City punk/New Wave music scene. Blondie was founded by singer/songwriter Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein in 1974. Drummer Clem Burke, bass player Gary Valentine and keyboardist Jimmy Destri...

15. Depeche Mode

Soundtrack | Atomic Blonde

Depeche Mode is an English electronic band formed in Basildon, Essex in 1980. The group consists of founders David Gahan (lead vocals, co-songwriting), Martin Gore (keyboards, guitar, chief songwriting), and Andrew Fletcher (keyboards). Depeche Mode have had 50 songs in the UK Singles Chart and ...

16. Iggy Pop

Soundtrack | Coffee and Cigarettes

Legendary Rock 'n' Roll wildman and substance abuser. Recorded a series of classic rock albums with The Stooges and later as a solo artist. Worked extensively with David Bowie.

19. Gary Numan

Soundtrack | Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Gary Numan was born, Gary Anthony James Webb in Hammersmith, London on 8th of March 1958. His first job was working as a dispatch boy with a courier company at Heathrow where his father worked as a bus driver. His first band was Mean Street who only used him because he had a lot of music gear. He ...

20. Killing Joke

Soundtrack | Weird Science

Killing Joke is an English rock band formed in October 1978 in Notting Hill, London, England. The band achieved mainstream success in 1985 with both the album Night Time and the single "Love Like Blood". Killing Joke have influenced many later bands and artists, such as Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, ...

21. Public Image Ltd.

Soundtrack | Point Break

Public Image Ltd is an English post-punk band formed by singer John Lydon (a.k.a. Johnny Rotten), guitarist Keith Levene, bassist Jah Wobble, and drummer Jim Walker. The group's personnel has changed frequently over the years; Lydon has been the sole constant member. Public Image Ltd has released ...

22. The Jesus & Mary Chain

Soundtrack | The Crow

The Jesus and Mary Chain are a Scottish alternative rock band formed in East Kilbride in 1983.

23. Adam Ant

Soundtrack | Ant-Man

Adam Ant is best known as a singer. He led Adam and the Ants in the early 1980s. Soon after he began a solo career with hits like "Goody Two Shoes" His most recent solo album was 1995's "Wonderful", which spawned the top 40 US single by the same name. His biggest contribution to music was probably ...

24. Cocteau Twins

Soundtrack | Judge Dredd

Cocteau Twins were a Scottish rock band active from 1979 to 1997.

27. Tears for Fears

Soundtrack | Ready Player One

Tears for Fears are an English pop rock band formed in Bath in 1981 by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith. Their debut album, The Hurting, released in 1983, reached number one on the UK Albums Chart, while their second album, Songs from the Big Chair, released in 1985, reached number one on the US ...

28. The Jam

Soundtrack | Grosse Pointe Blank

The Jam is known for his work on Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), Stranger Than Fiction (2006) and EuroTrip (2004).

29. Billy Idol

Soundtrack | The Wedding Singer

Born William Michael Albert Broad in Middlesex, England, in 1955, the first child of Bill and Joan Broad. When he was 2, his father moved the family to Long Island, New York, in pursuit of the American dream. They returned 4 years later (now with a baby sister, Jane) to Dorking. America made a big ...

30. Television

Soundtrack | CBGB

Members have included vocalist/guitarist Tom Verlaine, guitarist Richard Lloyd, bassist Richard Hell, drummer Billy Ficca, bassist Fred Smith, and guitarist Jimmy Rip.

32. Elvis Costello

Soundtrack | Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

Elvis Costello was born Declan Patrick MacManus in London, England and raised in Liverpool. The son of British band leader Ross MacManus, Costello took his pseudonym from Elvis Presley and his father's stage name (Day Costello). He began performing professionally in 1969 and was a musician and/or ...

34. XTC

Soundtrack | Hot Fuzz

XTC was an English rock band, formed in Swindon in 1972 and eventually disbanded in 2006. They achieved only sporadic commercial success in the UK and US, but attracted a considerable cult following. They had a total of 10 albums and 6 singles that reached the UK top 40. XTC have since been ...

35. Jonathan Richman

Soundtrack | There's Something About Mary

Massachusetts native Jonathan Richman first gained fame as the frontman for the legendary The Velvet Underground-influenced proto-punk band "The Modern Lovers", who recorded their first and only album in 1973. The self-titled record included such classics as "Roadrunner", "Pablo Picasso" and "She ...

36. Oingo Boingo

Soundtrack | Donnie Darko

Originally called "The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boing" and first appeared on The Gong Show (1976) in 1976.

38. Squeeze

Soundtrack | Reality Bites

Squeeze is a British rock band that formed in Deptford, London in 1974 and that came to prominence in the United Kingdom during the new wave period of the late 1970s, and continued recording successfully in the 1980s and 1990s. They are known in the UK for their hit songs "Cool for Cats", "Up the ...

40. Elliott Smith

Soundtrack | Good Will Hunting

Elliott Smith was born on August 6, 1969 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA as Steven Paul Smith. He died on October 21, 2003 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

41. LCD Soundsystem

Soundtrack | 21

42. St. Vincent

Composer | XX

St. Vincent was born on September 28, 1982 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA as Annie Erin Clark.

44. Til Tuesday

Soundtrack | The Fighter

'Til Tuesday were an excellent and intelligent 1980s New Wave rock quartet from Boston, Massachusetts. The group first got together in 1982. The band members were: Aimee Mann (vocals/bass), Robert Holmes (vocals/guitar), Joey Pesce (keyboards), and Michael Hausman (drums). Their music was ...



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