There are all kinds of fun arguments to be had over which band is best or whether one’s taste is critically defensible (*cough*Brian used to listen to Madonna and Gloria Estefan*cough*) and, of course, my favorite – can we separate what we like from our critical faculties (that is, is your “favorite” list different from your “best” list)?
But there’s one sure measure of what music we really care about the most, for whatever reason, and that’s how much of our money we spend on it. So today’s TunesDay question is this: what artists do you own the most music from?
Feel free to answer however makes sense, and yes, we take into account the fact that you may own everything from a band that quit too soon. I have one of those myself. Here’s my list:
U2: I own everything. All the studio CDs, the live CD, the live EP, several CD single packages, the B-Sides, assorted single releases, plus the greatest video hits DVD and a VHS tape of their ZooTV Sydney show (which I’d kill to have on DVD).
Van Morrison: 14 CDs, including his brilliant disc with The Chieftains and a best of collection.
Graham Parker: 12 CDs, and I’m embarrassed not to own more.
Queen: Almost everything. I mean, I worshiped this band, but no amount of idolization is going to get me to buy the Highlander and Flash soundtracks.
Rick Springfield: Nine, I think, including his Christmas CD.
REM: Everything except the live album.
Don Dixon: All nine of his proper releases, some stuff that he didn’t release, his latest duo disc with Marti Jones, and some Arrogance to boot. In other words, everything I’ve been able to lay my hands on.
Peter Gabriel: Eight.
Now, the special cases.
The Police: Next to U2, my favorite band ever. But they packed it in after five studio CDs. So I only have the box set and the live CD.
Others I own a lot of (or all of): Johnny Clegg/Juluka/Savuka, Fiction 8 (I think I have everything they’ve done), Sarah McLachlan, Lush, Springsteen, Curve, Verve, Elton John, Garbage and Green Day.
How about you?