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    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?
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    The Cramps and The Gun Club

    Trentemoller @ Mezzanine 04/06/14
    The Knife @ The Fox 04/15/14
    Factory Floor @ The Independent 04/16/14
    The Afghan Whigs @ Slim's 04/17/14
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    The Decemberist @ Crystal Ballroom 05/30/14
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    Madonna and Nirvana

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    The Smashing Pumpkins

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    +1 for the reference.

    Conceptually, this exercise almost screams out for bands that had limited runs or that called it quits before quality slipped or they ran out of ideas.

    The Police would be the first band I think of. Five A grade albums in six years, went out on top of the world, and had the good sense to not screw with the recorded legacy when they did reunite.

    For the new millennium, LCD accomplished something similar.
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    U2
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    Moby

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    Quote Originally Posted by algunz View Post
    U2
    ....
    Maybe my favorite band, but I couldn't really endorse the last two.
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    Beck

    I should stop. Right?

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    Death Grips
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    Quote Originally Posted by algunz View Post
    Beck
    this is the first thing that came to my head. he doesn't really have material that was deemed not good by the overall masses, is that alright?
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    Even those goofy lo fi albums he did?
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    Jane's Addiction
    No Doubt
    Green Day

    These are 3 that I have to defend way too often. Screw you haters!

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    Spoon
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    Quote Originally Posted by algunz View Post
    U2
    ....
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    Moby
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    Beck

    I should stop. Right?
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    Jane's Addiction
    No Doubt
    Green Day

    These are 3 that I have to defend way too often. Screw you haters!
    I love moments from all of these artist, and Beck is one that might be close to this justification for me, but U2, even with Rattle and Hum and the 2000s? Moby, even with the middling crap he's found necessary to release? Jane's Addiction, even with that last album that was just tripe? No Doubt, with Rock Steady? Green Day, with those last three pathetic releases and 21st Century Abortion? With Beck, I just can't do The Information, the early, non-label no-fi releases are just novelties and Stereopathic Soul Manure is more miss than hit.

    And Madonna. Damn Gunz, that's a tough one.

    Everyone: justify, rather than list. What is it about a band you love unconditionally that makes you adore them? Otherwise I'm going to just rip all over your shitty taste in bad bands.
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    it would be between Beck and Sonic Youth for me.

    Beck, for me, always has this laid back slacker vibe, where it's like hes just shooting the shit with you through song. Like talking with a good friend where only you two understand each other. a good example of this is like when a friend goes through a shitty time, I would relate that scenario to Sea Change. Mutations would make me think of the conversations you would have on drugs or being on vacation while on drugs. So on and so forth...
    But as for Sonic Youth, I have loved every one of their albums. The mixture of ethereal creepiness and the sound of guitars wailing and moaning like mechanical whores just makes me hard. I don't know how else to put it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nosurprises12 View Post
    Spoon
    Telephono. Nuff said. I love spoon, but Telephono. It's a bad album.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miroir Noir View Post
    Even those goofy lo fi albums he did?
    I defend Stereopathetic Soul Manure & One Foot in the Grave totally yes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drewski27 View Post
    Sonic Youth
    Now, for me, that's an interesting one. I mean, I can acknowledge that the S/T EP, some of the SYR recordings, NYC Ghosts and Flowers, and maybe even the Ciccone Youth album aren't very good, but I think I'd join you there. Even at their worst, Sonic Youth have always found a way to captivate me and make me love their music. Despite being described so frequently as aloof and too cool, I feel a genuine enthusiasm coming out of the speakers whenever I listen to them, and it makes me love them even when they're covering 20th century avant garde musicians.
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    The Mountain Goats. I had so much fun and discovered so much to love when I listened to the entire massive catalog last summer. John's early releases aren't masterpieces, but they are very special and I love them all.

    This would be easy to rip apart speaking from a critical, musical technical skill standpoint, but I'll be damned if that matters to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by icedKeg View Post
    I defend Stereopathetic Soul Manure & One Foot in the Grave totally yes.
    I love me some One Foot in the Grave. Have you heard the pre-Odelay lo-fi stuff? A Western Harvest Field by Moonlight and Golden Feelings? I even love that style usually, but those albums are almost all miss and just too ironic and goofy to be good to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmack86 View Post
    Now, for me, that's an interesting one. I mean, I can acknowledge that the S/T EP, some of the SYR recordings, NYC Ghosts and Flowers, and maybe even the Ciccone Youth album aren't very good, but I think I'd join you there. Even at their worst, Sonic Youth have always found a way to captivate me and make me love their music. Despite being described so frequently as aloof and too cool, I feel a genuine enthusiasm coming out of the speakers whenever I listen to them, and it makes me love them even when they're covering 20th century avant garde musicians.
    Ciccone Youth was an odd record for sure, but it was still pretty fantastic. They definitely cleaned up their sound towards the end, but I'll be damned if Sonic Nurse wasn't one of my favorites.
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    Portugal. the man. One of my favorite bands even though it has waned with the last couple releases, just because of the similarity between a lot of the tracks. However have seen them about 10 times always have a amazing time at their shows and seeing how they have evolved as band over the years is pretty awesome. They also helped me have one of the greatest times I have ever had. I was having a fun day with lucy and was walking through the rain and listening to censored colors album and it was quite amazing. To add on fall of troy has always held a special place in my heart. My friends continually tell me they are pop punk crap and make fun of them but I will go down with anything Thomas erak does.
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    The Cure.

    Also I second the Mountain Goats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drewski27 View Post
    Ciccone Youth was an odd record for sure, but it was still pretty fantastic. They definitely cleaned up their sound towards the end, but I'll be damned if Sonic Nurse wasn't one of my favorites.
    Murray Street is either my second or third favorite SY album. They were amazing in how they found such a creative resurgence that far into their existence.

    And like I said in my first post, I just can't hop full-on with The Cure. Wild Mood Swings is terrible. The Top is more miss than hit. Bloodflowers is overlong and kind of boring. The last album wasn't good. I love the band to death, but they've not been solid since Wish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmack86 View Post
    I love me some One Foot in the Grave. Have you heard the pre-Odelay lo-fi stuff? A Western Harvest Field by Moonlight and Golden Feelings? I even love that style usually, but those albums are almost all miss and just too ironic and goofy to be good to me.
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    Last album was their best in a decade or so, imo. I'd actually list ST as their worst, even that I can enjoy though if it's on, just never feel the need to listen to it.

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    What about SY and 20th century avant garde covers? That sounds intersting.

    I will say Ulver and Mike Patton's 4 main groups have great batting averages
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    Sorry everyone, but Trampled by Turtles does it for me
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    I don't like you any more.
    We can head butt each other like elk in heat next time we see each other to solve our differences.

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    Last album was their best in a decade or so, imo. I'd actually list ST as their worst, even that I can enjoy though if it's on, just never feel the need to listen to it.
    I loved the S/T, but it was the album that caused them to tour when I first saw them, so that had something to do with it. I think the Cure would be a band on the cusp for me, but there's just too much of their material I don't listen to or care for much.
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