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#2…Top 5 Favorite Musicians of All Time May 6, 2010

TNT’s #2 Musician of All Time
2. Joan JettJett made it possible for women to rock, without her, we’d be generations behind.  The face of women in rock music,  she is an authentic rock icon.  She always knew what she wanted and she stopped at nothing to get it.  Still touring with The Blackhearts, she also has her own label- Blackheart Records.  Joan Jett is woman, hear her rock!  Bottom line- Jett kicks ass!

Alex’s #2 Musician of All Time
2. A) Prince – Androgyny may not be all it’s cracked up to be, but this dude has put out dozens of albums where he wrote, composed, and played every instrument.  If that’s not musicianship I don’t know what is.

2. B) Smokey Robinson – After seeing this guy live, who is pushing his 70’s, and hitting up a seminar at SxSW where he was a keynote speaker, this dude has done it all.  He basically made the MoTown genre what it is today, and worked with almost every act ever to come out of the Motor City.  Besides writing lyrics and singing, he produces and owns a label.  In short, he has pulsed through the veins of the music industry for 50 years, never missing a beat.

Mark’s #2 Musician of All Time
2. Andy Summers – Although I am not an accomplished guitar player myself, I count The Police’s Andy Summers as a personal guitar hero of my own (his classically trained background only).  Interesting enough, if you listen to all the Police records, you will notice one big detail, he never used straight distortion.  Instead, he used his own distinctive palette, which featured a barrage of effects pedals, which he used to create the sonic soundscapes contained within each police song.  To see what I mean, check this site out for a gander at his artillery:
RECOMMENDED: Zenyatta Mondatta (“Don’t Stand So Close to Me”, “When the World is Running Down”, “Driven to Tears”), Ghost in the Machine (“Secret Journey”, “Invisible Sun”, “Omegaman”), Synchronicity (“Synchronicity II”)

Angela’s #2 Musician of All Time
2. Green Day – Not only is Green Day one of my favorite bands since childhood, but I also rank them as a top artist (collectively) because of their consistency with delivering phenomenal live shows as well as their continuing growth musically.  Lots of bands from the 90’s never made it out of that decade. . . but Green Day did something not many bands can do to maintain longevity Evolve.  No, they don’t sound 100% like they did on Dookie, but why would I want them to?  I’ve grown up since then, and I’m glad they have been able to grow with me.  In their maturity, they haven’t been afraid to take risks and follow their music wherever it may take them. . and for that, I admire and respect their work beyond a regular fan.

Klone’s #2 Musician of All Time
2. Maynard James Keenan (1964 – ) – Born James Herbert Keenan, Maynard = Tool.  Tool = one of the most visionary rock bands of recent decades.  One could argue that Keenan is one of the many artists whose multifaceted talents place them in the same arena as icons like David Bowie and Frank Zappa, artists who clash with the mainstream by creating their own genre with the music they write, performances they conceive, and constantly reinvent themselves as an extension of their art.  Maynard is notably reclusive, making few public appearances other than at charity events, but his on-stage presence is one of confidence and experimentation.  This blatant lack of spotlight antics makes me feel like Keenan is even more of a true artist, concerned with creation first, and cash second.


#5…Top 5 Favorite Musicians of All Time May 3, 2010

TNT’s #5 Musician of All Time
5. Freddie Mercury – Talking about charisma and diversity, Freddie Mercury takes the cake (Just like Marie Antoinette).  I love that every song he ever wrote defied genres.  From the gospel feel of “Killer Queen” to the protest-ish  lyrics in “Bicycle”, Mercury is a rock n’ roll icon.  Every song he’s been involved with is amazing, and judging by my first reaction to his music, I would have killed to see him live. ❤

Alex’s #5 Musician of All Time
5. Mozart – Gotta keep it real with the classics (real classics), and not only did this powdered wig wearing dude write symphonies and epics, he wrote “twinkle, twinkle little star” before his fifth birthday.  Suck on that, Jackson five!

Mark’s #5 Musician of All Time
5. David Bowie – The musical chameleon, and an artist who is a huge influence on my musical life.  What stands out about his music so much isn’t just his genre hopping, but his willingness to try new things while at the same time being able to stick with the times and doing it all on his own terms with a fresh approach to each song.  RECOMMENDED: Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps): title track, “Fashion”, Heathen: “Heathen [the Rays]” and “Cactus”

Angela’s #5 Musician of All Time
5. Maynard James Keenan – Maynard, in all his strange behavior, is a brilliant musician.  From A Perfect Circle to Tool, his vocals are incredibly distinct and his lyrics are even more so.  The live performances are always something you wouldn’t ever expect to see, except at a show with Maynard…always dark and mysterious, Maynard has been able to bring something different to the world of music and make a mark on the industry.

Klone’s #5 Musician of All Time
5. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)
– Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilius Mozart could be considered, arguably, to be the world’s first true rock-star.  Dead by age 35, the man had accomplished more than many modern musicians have in their lifetimes, including having composed and performed his first pieces for European royalty by age 5.  For a glimpse of what made him a role-model for the likes of Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix, one would do well to check out the Academy Award winning 1984 musical film “Amadeus”.  Regardless of your stance on classical music, Mozart’s life-work has endured centuries and is still used in popular culture today.

Dan’s #5 Musician of All Time
5. The Donnas – There’s just something about these lady rockers that I can’t get enough of.  Do I care that their lyrics are all about getting wasted and partying?  No, not at all.  After all, they’ve got quite a number of albums under their belt.  We heard them turn 21; we watched them get skintight; we spent the night with them.  After parting ways with Atlantic Records, they started their own record label, Purple Feather Records, and released Bitchin’.  The Donnas put out fun music that you can jump around to, and sometimes that’s the best food for the soul.