My Favorite Artists Using The Martin C. Strong Method of 30 Artists & 20 Bonus Tracks
updated over 2 years ago
My 30 band / 200 track selections following the rules set forth in The Great Rock Discography Survey: The Great Rock Discography Survey: Martin C Strong's Best Artists And Songs In 1995
After more aborted attempts then I'll admit, I've kept my promise to myself and took Discographer Martin C Strong's challenge
This list is simple to understand & painful to compile. List your 200 all-time favorite tracks using the following framework:
► 10 Songs from Fave Artists #1-10
► 5 Songs on Artists #11-20
► 3 Songs on Artists #21-30
► 20 Bonus Tracks
I have a valid excuse for why it took so long to publish my selections: I hated the task & would've probably preferred chewing tin foil & live maggots while driving a rusty railroad spike thru my nether regions. I'm fickle & polyamorous by nature (with the divorce papers to prove it) so compiling 30 favorite artists & 200 top tracks without a gun held to my head was pure masochism. No matter what form the previous attempts took, they always resulted in far too many culled favorites. Kevvy's tip to 'Approach it as a photographer...Select (as opposed to limiting) them', helped - but the resulting image always ended up looking something like this.
Though there are no hard and fast rules, I opted to include some of my favorite classical pieces. Because I had such a difficult time picking 30 artists, for each of the 3 tiers, I opted to use 5 decimalized time periods & picked 2 artists for each period:
► '55-65: Rock & Roll Era
► '65-75: Rock Era
► '75-85: Punk/New Wave Era
► '85-95: Alternative Era
► '95-Present: Indie Era
Iceberg Dead Ahead!
I don't like the end result. Way too many safe bets on a snapshot that's changed 10x already.