Saturday, August 08, 2009

50 Bands Live: a Facebook meme

OK, here are the rules. Test your memory and your love of live music by listing 50 artists or bands (or as many as you can remember) you’ve seen in concert. List the first 50 acts that come into your head. An act you saw at a festival and opening acts count, but only if you can’t think of 50 other artists. Oh, and list the first concert you ever saw - you can remember that, can’t you?

Wanna try? Copy my post. Paste the copy into a new note or comment. Make your list. Add a title. If it’s on Facebook, tag your friends (including me).

Oh, and I decided to alphabetize my list, just ’cos. And I didn’t include people I’m related to.
  1. Daniel Ash
  2. Bauhaus
  3. The Box
  4. David Bowie
  5. Bootsauce
  6. Camera Obscura
  7. Jason Collett
  8. Covenant (a much better show than I had expected from an electronic group!)
  9. Lisa Dalbello
  10. Terence Trent D’Arby
  11. Dead Can Dance (well worth the long wait)
  12. The Dears
  13. Deathcab For Cutie
  14. Duran Duran (better than expected)
  15. Editors
  16. English Beat
  17. The Fixx (Cy Curnin has the perfect pop voice)
  18. FM
  19. Gresham Flyers
  20. Hidden Cameras
  21. Images in Vogue
  22. King Apparatus (how many times? six?)
  23. Midnight Oil (soooo excellent)
  24. Moxy Früvous
  25. Peter Murphy (godfather of goth)
  26. My Favourite Dress
  27. National Velvet
  28. New Pornographers
  29. Nine Inch Nails
  30. Sinead O’Connor
  31. One
  32. Pink Floyd
  33. The Police (my 13-year-old self fainted, my now-self was just happy)
  34. Carole Pope
  35. Ra Ra Riot
  36. The Raging Butanes
  37. Leon Redbone (first concert I ever went to alone)
  38. Anni Rossi
  39. Shuffle Demons
  40. Sisters of Mercy
  41. Skaface
  42. Sloan
  43. The Specials
  44. Regina Spektor
  45. Spirit Of The West
  46. Spoons
  47. Sting
  48. Teenage Head
  49. They Might Be Giants (favourite live band, ever)
  50. Violent Femmes
Of this list, the first was either Images In Vogue or FM, I think it was IIV (they were pretty close together that year).

How about you?


  1. I left off a number, including Belle & Sebastian, but that's what happens, deal.

  2. Tell no way, don't tell me you saw the Spoons! :)

  3. I did indeed! Part of the CFNY Canada Day bash one year, I think that was not long after Tell No Lies came out actually. I remember they did Those Old Emotions, that made me happy...