I was reading through some old Cosmo Lee posts on Invisible Oranges (great metal blog, guys, from an excellent writer) and he had this post where he asked readers what bands they would defend through their entire catalog, warts and all, no matter how many duds they have. It was metal stuff, so people were understandably skewing that way, but it got me thinking; what acts could I profess adoration for, from front to back, through the flaws, without fail? It's tough. For me, the Beatles are nigh-unimpeachable, but I'd never recommend Beatles For Sale to anyone. I love Can, but only through the mid 70s. The Cure is great, but should anyone ever listen to Wild Mood Swings? I don't think so.
The ones that most clearly jump to mind for me are those twin pinnacles of knotty guitar work, odd melodies and constant innovation, Fugazi and Sleater-Kinney. Both acts have put out albums I'm not 100% on (End Hits and The Hot Rock, respectively) but I'd still find great moments on both albums and I'll still listen to them without complaint. I haven't heard the newest releases so I guess it no longer applies, but I really could say the same for Rancid. Indestructible is not a good album by most measures, but I love the damn thing, and pretty much everything prior to that was unassailable in my book. Fucked Up might be there for me at this point: they've got so many releases, even though there are only three albums, and I just adore everything, even the weird Stars on 45 Christmas single.
So hey, what band(s) can you support unconditionally, through the thick and thin, like a child with a habit for shoplifting or minor arson?