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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2009 2:02:15 PM PST
Yes, Robert! It never got better than Red Red Meat, Hum, and the Archers of Loaf. Maybe you needed to be in Chicago at LoungeAx and the Metro in the early '90s. For British bands, I'd add Wire, The Wedding Present, and Catherine Wheel. And for a long-running, totally underappreciated (in America anyway) band, Portland, Oregon's Dead Moon.

Posted on Nov 12, 2009 9:11:05 PM PST
T. Tinoco says:
I love the individual songs that I've heard from a lot of these bands but im afraid i dont really know most of their songs.(Modest Mouse, Neutral Milk Hotel, radiohead, Pinback) But my favorite indie bands would have to be Arcade Fire!!, Sufjan Stevens, Fleet Foxes (though their fairly new only 1 album but so good), and The Bird and the Bee. I don't know if Coldplay counts as Indie but if they do then theyre definitely in too and I love the Killers!

Posted on Nov 13, 2009 5:44:27 PM PST
Hutson Olsen says:
After taking music courses at Yale and Chicago, I have this to offer:

The greatest "indie" band of all time, in terms of artistic range, brilliance and creativity, has to be The Chameleons. They only put out 4 albums, but their first three records were considered among the finest ever recorded. Their debut, Script of the Bridge, was likened to Shakespeare's Hamlet, and it remains one of the greatest works of art EVER. Echo and the Bunnymen are up there too, as are the Cocteau Twins. These are great artists, all of whom are superior to The Smiths, U2, The Cure, and Radiohead. Echo, The Chameleons, and The Cocteau Twins constitute their own genres, people, and they do so with such ease that it makes everyone else look silly.

As far as the "quintessential indie" band, defined in terms of being excellent but also representing the larger ethos, both Sonic Youth and The Smiths are fair choices. Maybe Pavement too. But they are not as good.

Posted on Nov 13, 2009 9:12:42 PM PST
Estragon says:
Of all time? Go back far enough and it has to be the Velvet Underground. Or it could be Pere Ubu (maybe the most "indie" of any band ever). I'll stick with one of those two though it's really impossible to say.

Posted on Nov 16, 2009 2:59:34 AM PST
J. Tilley says:
theres alot of bands i love like the flaming lips, polyphonic spree, silver jews, smog, ida, crooked fingers, still love joanna newsom oh and we cant forget about boo radleys

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2009 6:45:36 AM PST
Chris G. says:
Great choice! The Boo Radleys are my favorite.

Posted on Nov 20, 2009 8:20:35 PM PST
What about Guided By Voices and Fugazi?

Posted on Nov 23, 2009 7:00:22 AM PST
Mr. Moist says:
Sonic Youth and the Pixies.

Posted on Nov 28, 2009 2:39:07 AM PST
Van says:
1-Bright Eyes
2-Engine Down
4-Modest Mouse

I can't believe my eyes, no mention of Bright Eyes? Sure Engine Down may seem to lean toward the post-hardcore persuasion at first glance, but if you become familiar with them they clearly fall under the indie genre. Radiohead and Modest Mouse need no explanations obviously. Sparta on the other hand may. If you're one of many who've pegged Sparta as nothing more than "The lesser half of At the Drive-in", I strongly recommend that you look further into some of their work. My personal favorite Sparta track has to be "Collapse".

Posted on Dec 1, 2009 12:10:13 PM PST
M. Kirshner says:

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2009 1:22:27 PM PST
melkents says:
you are correct...takes some working out.
Top of the class suggestion.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2009 1:24:44 PM PST
melkents says:
If you were a Brit, it would be Human League....or New Order??
Just s suggestion, that's all.
Yes I'm a Brit. (of sorts)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2009 1:26:40 PM PST
melkents says:
No....way off. try The Cribs. Maybe Flaming Lips.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2009 1:27:25 PM PST
melkents says:
Do you mean Primal Scream???

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2009 1:28:40 PM PST
melkents says:
Most would....but give Pavement a listen...

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2009 1:30:21 PM PST
melkents says:
No! It's New Order, cos they sais so once upon a time.
So,...why disagree with the mighty Joy Division???

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2009 1:33:10 PM PST
melkents says:
Bjork was awesome with the Sugarcubes.
Cute and sexy too..check out their DVD. Footage from Iceland
and the USA.
It is mesmerising!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2009 1:36:14 PM PST
melkents says:
No...wrong. The smiths and Primus of course!

I mean who else is there..[except about 500 others..]

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2009 1:41:38 PM PST
melkents says:
I love neither but great choice. No offense.

It would be good to chill with Jesus & The Mary Chain. Would it not??

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2009 1:43:10 PM PST
melkents says:
I like this. Velvet underground??
No..don't think so.
How about Bjork??

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2009 1:44:47 PM PST
melkents says:
Are you sure..
Wait there's always Iron Butterfly. Bit of hippy indie
never hurt too many planet earth peoples.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2009 1:45:57 PM PST
melkents says:
OK you win for the band no one has heard of.

How about the Dead Milkmen.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2009 1:47:43 PM PST
melkents says:
Finally someone who actually knows what they are talking about.

Thank you. Wonderful. TK you win! The Smiths are the best ever.

Posted on Dec 4, 2009 6:49:06 PM PST
D. Taylor says:
Well, I was born in the 90's so I missed most of the indie music before then (though I recently bought "The Velvet Underground and Nico" - I love it). Most of the indie I enjoy is from the late 00's, so while I'm obviously not the authority on indie music, here's what I've found lately that I like (along with my favorite album by them):

Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
Neko Case - Middle Cyclone or Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
Feist - Let It Die or The Reminder
Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
Monsters of Folk - Monsters of Folk
Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
M. Ward - Hold Time
The National - Boxer
Panda Bear - Person Pitch
Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
The Shins - Wincing the Night Away
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois (also knows as "Illinoise" or sometimes "Sufjan Stevens Invites You To: Come On Feel the Illinoise")
Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga or Kill the Moonlight
Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema or Electric Version

If Radiohead counts as an indie band, then they are my #1 favorite (and possibly #1 band from any genre).

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2009 6:55:41 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 4, 2009 7:22:24 PM PST
Chris G. says:
"Finally someone who actually knows what they are talking about."

Thank you, Mr. Authority on indie music. ; P
We all bow down to your wonderful music taste.

-It all comes down to a matter of opinion, so no need to blast somebody just because someone's taste does not match your own.
Now believe me, The Smiths are probably in my Top 5 Favorite bands of All-Time, but you can't expect everyone to choose them as # 1.
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