posted on October 8, 2010 at 9:40 pm

shift worker

using me up

same old same old

boo hoo

now cry now yell now laugh

i remember better times than these n it makes me sick

i ache for sleep to nullify this

burn my bridge when i come to it

i’d plunge into slumber like a heavy white stone

sinking sinking somewhere down there is some oblivion

yeah its gotta be warmer n darker than this

yeah its gotta hold me tighter yeah its gotta rock me until gone

can i find one damn room where nobody ever comes

can i run against the red lights

can i keep a stupid secret man well can i

maybe i need a long long holiday in the delight of gardens

i feel cold its indescribable

fighting the hydra

a hundred new heads but not one brain

a hundred new brains but not one thought

a hundred new thoughts but not one idea

a hundred ideas but not one of them beautiful

you woulda thought i’d had enough

but i fall for those tricks everytime

i swim in the turbulent water

jesus it wears you out fast kicking against the nouvelle vague

in mordor where the shadows lie

new teeth old me

wheres me little precious then…wheres me reward…..

wheres me jumped up pumping pup

the road is long and harrowingly narrow

listen to the sparrowfall

84 Responses to “in a dark mood in a black land”

  1. avatar
    DavidP | 8 October 2010 at 10:20 pm #

    keep fighting the hydra
    and searching for your reward
    its going to come somehow
    what would the future you
    say to you now?
    concentrate on the o, the om mani padme hum, the heartbeats
    might help thaw the cold
    sounds like spending some quiet time surrounded by nature would do you some good right now too. try going for a slow walk in Coopers Park in Bondi Junction. There’s some nice walking trails in there beyond the tennis courts –,+Bondi+Junction&sll=-25.335448,135.745076&sspn=54.959746,79.013672&ie=UTF8&hq=Cooper%27s+Park,&hnear=Bondi+Junction+New+South+Wales&ll=-33.887157,151.254476&spn=0.012718,0.01929&t=h&z=16

  2. avatar
    Ryan McKay | 8 October 2010 at 10:52 pm #

    cautiously consider compromise,
    when within the grasp of one who can hypnotise,
    namelessly knowing that you have intellectualised,
    a fleeting yet pure vision of love from her eyes.

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    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 8 October 2010 at 11:22 pm #

    I wish i had a hundred responses to this but sadly i do not. At the bleakest moments-light finds a way to shine thru. Right now i am heading off to the hospital- i took my mother to the ER yesterday afternoon- tests-poke ya-probe ya-take pictures inside and out- still no idea where all the pain is originating from. Kidneys i believe- more tests today-she is sad, scared, upset. Seventy+ , lived a golden life- time to leave is not here yet with beautiful grandchildren hovering on her every word. I have to take care of her-protect her-make decisions for her. Its hard, i have 2 older brothers that are counting there gold coins as she lies in wait. Families are fucked up- guess we dont get to pick them …eh??? I wouldnt have picked my siblings- they are dread and deceitful, my nicknames for them. Well, gotta go-all hospitals smell like…

    Darrin K.

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 9 October 2010 at 6:36 am #

      darrin, much love on you n yer mum
      i’m very moved by your devotion to her

      • avatar
        BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 9 October 2010 at 10:00 am #

        Thanks SK !!!!
        Surgery at 10:30am, Saturday (Chicago)
        She is tough-a fighter. A true Bohemian woman by origin. Makes me mostly Bohemian with some Irish blood (ahh…yes…that explains the temper-mine). Makes my two brothers a pair of…. I know-your right…be nice for her sake-stay positive.
        Thanks again and have a GREAT SHOW at the Ding Dong Lounge (thats fun to type)in Melbourne on Saturday.

        Darrin K.

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          Jonny Hollywood | 10 October 2010 at 6:14 pm #

          DAI – KOO – MYO
          CHO – KU – REI
          SAY – HE – KI
          CHO – KU – REI
          HON – SHA – ZE – SHO – NEN

          • avatar
            BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 10 October 2010 at 11:37 pm #

            Thank you Jonny-that was great. This is not a blog site, this is a family gathering with loved ones across many bodies of land and water, time and space. thanks everyone for spending even a second of ur day thinking and wishing well for my mother and my family. LOVE YOU ALL !!!!!

            Darrin K.

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        BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 9 October 2010 at 10:10 am #

        I ordered the gb3 cd couple weeks ago – very excited to receive it (waiting patiently). So in the need for new music. And I am very jealous of Newtown and Melbourne near the end of this month for those performances. Anyone reading this…BUY UP THOSE TICKETS AND MAKE THEM SELLOUTS !!!!!! Gotta do my part in the marketing scheme of things.

        Darrin K.

      • avatar
        Anonymous | 9 October 2010 at 10:44 am #

        i love it that EVERY fucking day you post a shot of your head. WHY NOT POST MORE?????

  4. avatar
    eekie | 9 October 2010 at 1:02 am #

    Three things:

    1) Hug.

    2) This too shall pass.

    It’s true, you know. Everything — the good, the bad, the fucking miserable — it all ends eventually. There will be a time when your current state will be a distant memory.

    3) God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.

    Also good advice (whether you believe in a god or not). Sometimes the hardest, most painful thing in the world is realising you can’t make everything all right.

    Much love to you, Steve,


    • avatar
      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 9 October 2010 at 10:44 pm #

      Well said and written …..Spot on !!!! Three is a simple, yet complex number.
      Darrin K.

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 October 2010 at 1:39 am #

    Have you ever thought of what Odysseus would have become if there was no journey to keep him from Ithaca for 20 years — by the time he’d found home again (concealed as a beggar) he’d have already been there a long time since and there would never have been an Odyssey to be told. He never became a pig for a purpose, that’s it; and neither did Poseidon destroy him nor any other battles. He was saved from nothingness by others’ distractions, attacks, and obsessions. He was a hero because of, not instead of. And even his epic was known, and at first only in song, because he told of his journey to a court with a man on their stage.

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      Lara | 9 October 2010 at 6:45 am #

      So true. Someone needs to tells the story, so this reader is grateful for those who are not content with life in the pig-pen. Still, everyone needs a relaxing wallow in the mud from time to time.

      • avatar
        Lara | 9 October 2010 at 6:48 am #

        Oh, and let’s not forget a little support from a certain civic goddess.

  6. avatar
    Steven Krut | 9 October 2010 at 2:25 am #

    It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure. – Joseph Campbell

  7. avatar
    davem | 9 October 2010 at 2:30 am #

    Love you Sir.

  8. avatar
    Mr. Argent | 9 October 2010 at 3:14 am #

    Bon Jour Est’ce Que,
    I can highly recommend L-Theanine, an amino acid, which helps rebuild your natural GABA levels. GABA is depleted when THC has been hanging ’round the receptors too long. It really helps with relaxation and concentration simultaneously. It’s also inexpensive and very safe.
    I am excited about the reissues but am concerned about the remastering. I’m hoping they’re not “brick walled” or pumped up in dbs. Your music needs space to breathe and the super compressed sound of the latest remasters from a lot of artists are not pleasing for us fidelity inclined folk.
    Thanks again for your poetic and musical gifts.

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 9 October 2010 at 8:02 am #

      and Hyaluronic Acid… swear by it — your body feels 25 again and it’s veggie/plant derived – identical to what our bodies produce(d). We lose almost 1/2 of our own naturally by the time we’re 30 — and then it just depletes at even a more rapid rate until there is none. It only takes a few weeks at a couple per day (w/a V-C) to know the difference… ligaments, joints, muscle tone, skin, hair, nails, bones, brain, eyes (everything!)… it’s why babies “bounce” when/if they fall… they have a lot.

      • avatar
        Anonymous | 12 October 2010 at 4:56 pm #

        Interesting!Decided to do some homework and educate myself further……
        Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid)
        Can be sourced from rooster combs or a vegan version which is fermented sugar beets and soy.I know which one I would choose!I still haven’t recovered from the shock of a close call with chicken feet in a “yum cha” all those years ago.Couldn’t help thinking about our pet chickens.That and more (+++++) led me to lead a vego life ever since.

        • avatar
          Anonymous | 25 October 2010 at 5:21 am #

          try NOW’s Hyaluronic Acid (w/MSM) VCaps (vegetarian formula). It’s what they shoot into race horses for joint support. The stuff made out of meat products is cheap waste product (besides immoral).

  9. avatar
    . | 9 October 2010 at 3:42 am #

    once upon a dream when class was queen
    you know june cleaver, mrs. brady, and donna reed
    the long road in front of me, enough to make them scream
    life imaginary, filled with mystery and pageantry
    i couldn’t exist there, although i’m clean
    the glamour fades with the sinking sun
    into the fields with the others i’m shunned
    endlessly trapped with not a place to go
    echo pain in my temples, long and slow
    where am I, who the bloody hell knows
    some factory across the river in toronto
    work the line, make it profit, let it go
    twenty years hence i’ll fit the perfect mold
    mind and spirit bankrupt as the economy slows
    another profession, maybe, as the sad reality unfolds
    i think i get it…poet, philosopher, rogue

    • avatar
      Lisa | 9 October 2010 at 2:08 pm #

      . I have been enjoying your posts here on TTB. Been wanting to say something for days and now I have. Keep on writing!

  10. avatar
    bionicanna | 9 October 2010 at 4:48 am #

    i know that land. it seems to have the strongest power when i’ve been away too long.

  11. avatar
    cazziem | 9 October 2010 at 5:57 am #

    Even those of us who are not capable of switching off at the end of the day need a break once in every few years SK to step back and take stock. You sound like I feel, like you need to get away from everything that’s familiar and re-assess?? failing that, pack a bag and head on over to Blighty!! I’m sure you won’t be struggling for offers of santuary.

    I reckon it must be something to do with the alignment of the planets, cos I have been struggling with emotions myself. We only have one shot at life so do we do what’s right for the majority, or what’s right just for ourselves??

  12. avatar
    Lara | 9 October 2010 at 6:38 am #

    Good morning, Mr. K. Hope your sleep was restful and free of many-headed hydras.

  13. avatar
    Shoffy | 9 October 2010 at 7:25 am #

    Well Steve, as usual you have plenty of advice to choose from, plenty of friends to help you and lots of people who love you. In the end you will make the best decision for you, its gotten you this far, right or wrong, every day day you move forward you have one more day to look back on. Keep it up buddy. Shoffy

  14. avatar
    Steve Taylor | 9 October 2010 at 7:29 am #

    Hey SK

    Cazziem’s suggestion of a trip to the UK is spot on, how about a couple of shows at the Borderline for old time’s sake? It’s been a while.


  15. avatar
    Tanya | 9 October 2010 at 8:42 am #

    Amen…once again. Thanks for putting words & feelings to my sentiments.

  16. avatar
    robertmadore | 9 October 2010 at 9:02 am #

    We’re living in a strange time. And it’s getting more intense. The frequencies…are shifting. The positivity and negativity that enliven the circuit that is the human body is burning with intensity(nugent). The potent polarities manifest minute by minute(doobie)…you see it on the news…even hear it in your own head if you listen.

    You’re like a plant or tree with swollen buds Steve. Take that stored energy being fed to you and bloom/blossom again!!!

  17. avatar
    kevin Dyer | 9 October 2010 at 9:52 am #

    I wasn’t going to post today. So I will make this short. As far as taking something for mood and mental balance, the natural Amino Acid called SAM-E works well for me.(When I take it) It must be taken with folic acid tablets to work though. Take 400 milligrams of SAm-e with some folic acid at night for a week and see if it works

  18. avatar
    Lyra | 9 October 2010 at 10:43 am #

    there’s a big light at your back,maybe it comes from the other side of the world,if you turn to see it,I will have the illusion to send it to you:)
    I really wish you a brighter time:)

  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 October 2010 at 10:46 am #

    To be brainless like me can be tough
    im also very envious

  20. avatar
    Cocoamo | 9 October 2010 at 10:54 am #

    As the future relentlessly bombards
    Grit your teeth, close your eyes, put on your armor.
    Keep your children safe.
    The storm will wear itself out and everything will be all right.
    I don’t know why, but I just know.
    Take heart. Courage.
    Take comfort in the knowledge that you have our love and support–will try to put a light around you all.

    Your friend in Pennsylvania (now in Cocoa Beach)

  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 9 October 2010 at 11:07 am #

    I come here too your good little blog with a simple message, please donate to this Your sense of seriousness, your faith that your ideals still matters, it has a place in today’s media, so please donate. Let Steve Kibey survive and live a well funded life, lets make this experiment now.

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 11 October 2010 at 1:00 pm #

      i am a piss head

    • avatar
      Lisa | 11 October 2010 at 4:43 pm #

      Nice turn around there Anon! Glad to see you’ve had an attitude adjustment no doubt courtesy of our humble hero that rules this domain. Isn’t it much more pleasant to have a cheery outlook on life? Thought so…

  22. avatar
    Karen | 9 October 2010 at 12:46 pm #

    the planets? maybe …what planet are we on at the moment

    hopefully its fleeting ……….been down it sucks …….been very very down it really sucks …..& people give advice like cheer up things arent so bad exercise eat well sleep well …works if you can do it but its not easy if the black dog takes hold… I never give advice I dont feel I really know … hard enough looking after myself
    hope your ok sk
    take care

  23. avatar
    Cedgie | 9 October 2010 at 1:20 pm #

    CH has been busy lately caught up in an emotional/circumstantial whirpool in cold black murky putrid water. Im smimming my heart out as not to drown, just looking forward to emerging a fitter swimmer! I love the ‘dark mood’ pic & blog. Love it not because I’m sadist but because when you expose your rawest frustrations, my loving care for your wellbeing is deeply stirred. I have no magic, but if I did… A lovely secret warm sunroom, I would add to your home, a private sanctuary only for you. The french doors (which in themselves are a glass & timber artwork) open to the most exotic garden where the most heavenly fragrant flowers of every species bloom all year round. Your own piece of paradise is sent to you from my heart. Love & serenity SK

  24. avatar
    lily was here | 9 October 2010 at 3:23 pm #

    Focus on the positives out there, and there are many. We can fail many times, make bucket loads of mistakes. But you cant ever let it stop you from picking yourself up when everything’s falling to pieces. Dust yourself off and be the best person you can be.


  25. avatar
    hellbound heart | 9 October 2010 at 4:21 pm #

    the Black Dog is shadowing you, i believe….find solace with the ones you love……

    love always……

  26. avatar
    dwellingwell | 9 October 2010 at 6:07 pm #

    Whenever I write with the Middle earth lexicon, I am usually in a bad space. Especially when I summon Gollum or Grima. Maybe Nazgulls are safer. The Balrog could be good.If your are that trusting. I like the ending.

    wheres me little precious then…wheres me reward…..

    wheres me jumped up pumping pup

    the road is long and harrowingly narrow

    listen to the sparrowfall
    Or maybe: I listen to the cry of a falling Sparrow
    not sure there, there.

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 11 October 2010 at 12:36 am #

      or listening to [an] Ascent (The Ending)… it is very beautiful too; like hearing a sunset or listening to what the snow will look like when it’s finished falling –pretty. one of my favorite enos.

  27. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen | 9 October 2010 at 7:31 pm #

    Darrin, I’m very moved by your dedication to your mum, too. I feel the same way about mine. Recently she told me (pretty much out of the blue) that she knew that I would always be there for her. It warmed my heart.

    • avatar
      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 10 October 2010 at 11:50 pm #

      Thanks Thomas-those are very kind words. Have a great day !!!!!
      Darrin K.

  28. avatar
    Fireseed | 10 October 2010 at 4:24 am #

    Fantastic photo! Warm vibes from England’s fair shores…

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    dwellingwell | 10 October 2010 at 6:27 am #

    I have this idea I would like to get my great writer friend Brian Boury to help me with.He is a true poet. He already wrote a script called “The Tale of Turin” which will be up on my site eventually. The idea I have is for a short story about the inner disassociated experience and breakdown of King Theoden as Grima has him in his whispering clutches. Grima plays him like a fiddle until Gandalf comes to break the spell.

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    andy | 10 October 2010 at 6:39 am #

    ‘a hundred ideas but not one of them beautiful’………
    i rely on you.
    every day.
    i’m a selfish so ‘n so aren’t i?
    you keep me informed.
    in the most eloquent way.
    how it is to be alive today.
    the joy.
    the pain.
    being the time being.

    your aspirations are so high….
    is attainment a realistic goal?
    yer already the best…

    just don’t get into psychic self-harm….don’t go beating yourself up.
    yours is a life less ordinary.
    much man-type love,

  31. avatar
    bluesidhe | 10 October 2010 at 12:17 pm #

    Dammit. Steve, you can’t save everyone but you can save yourself. I love you and always have. You have wisdom, you illuminate the world. And you rock mine. You can SEE what others don’t. You give warmth in the dark. Some day this will all be gone…Why can’t you just stay? The world is empty without someone to give meaning to it. Believe.

  32. avatar
    dwellingwell | 10 October 2010 at 5:57 pm #

    Darrin wrote:” wouldn’t have picked my siblings- they are dread and deceitful, my nicknames for them.” I can relate. I got stuck with something similar. It seemslike the most sensitive are always the target of these pack formations.(“Howling the pack in formation” Barrett) .. R.D Laing goes way into it. . He claims that the sensitive victims of the wolfpacks can sometimes be driven to schizophrenia.Most these poor people then get blasted with drugs and locked into these reductive violent labels. I was just driven to depression thank goodness.Could be genetic or a mix. They tried to break me, but couldn’t finish the job. Have faith in yourself Darrin. Fuck what the Darkeners have to say. They never mattered anyway

    • avatar
      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 11 October 2010 at 12:06 am #

      I enjoy reading ur contribution to this site every day. It is profound, simplistic, and insightful. I often imagine smashing both my brothers over the head with a hammer that is from the ACME corporation. Than i realize that its a cartoon weapon from a cartoon company and thats were both of my siblings belong, because they are a joke to me and my family. Depression is a serious disease. I was diagnosed with Severe Major Depression with Panic and Anxiety Disorder last November and convinced to swallow their toxic chemicals- i had a severe reaction and ended up in a unit for 28 days. Yes, chemical intervention along with talk therapy may contribute to the wellness of some or even many. In my case, it was extremely damaging and life thretning. I live each day thru the beauty of my children and enjoy the air i breathe. Be weary of DSM-VI…it is the book created by few to destroy so many by catagorizing everything like a receipe. They said i was going to rebound back into my previous state quickly without their psycotropic drugs. Its been nearly a year, i live with extreme pain (physically) everyday. I am better equipped mentally and emotionally now, without them or their toxins, worse things happened to me in the unit then i can possibly describe, some i am very scared to share with people. I do know this, i am no longer “dead inside emotionally” and i fight to survive each day with a kind heart, love in my life, and a clear mind- and hopefully pain free.

      Darrin K.

  33. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 October 2010 at 6:42 pm #

    If I went over a post limit, I apologize. This topic is a serious one to me:Suicide. I realized later that all the authors I mentioned, took themselves out. Mishima did Hari Kari, , then Kawabata after having Mishima’s ghost come to him in dreams for 90 unending days, John keneddy Toole, and Trakl. But Dostoyevsky, Shakespeare, Neruda, Borges, Cortazar, Rilke, Tolstoy.. etc..they kept going . The way I see it, life is so short, why not stick it out? We will be eternally dead soon enough.The key is to get good at suffering . I think it can be done. Much of my suffering is becoming a drone in the back -ground to me anyways. I like what Nietzsche said :”The thought of suicide has gotten me through many a dark night” . But S.K, I don’t know you, but I know you are a good soul with serious talent. You can figure it out.You will be happy again.

  34. avatar
    dwellingwell | 10 October 2010 at 6:45 pm #

    If I went over a post limit, I apologize. This topic is a serious one to me:Suicide. I realized later that all the authors I mentioned, took themselves out. Mishima did Hari Kari, , then Kawabata after having Mishima’s ghost come to him in a dream for 90 unending days, John keneddy Toole, and Trakl. But Dostoyevsky, Shakespeare, Neruda, Borges, Cortazar, Rilke, Tolstoy.. etc..they all kept going . The way I see it, life is so short, why not stick it out? We will be eternally dead soon enough.The key is to get good at suffering . I think it can be done. Much of my suffering is becoming a drone in the back -ground to me anyways. I like what Nietzsche said :”The thought of suicide has gotten me through many a dark night” . But S.K, I don’t know you, but I know you are a good soul with serious talent. You can figure it out.

  35. avatar
    isolde | 10 October 2010 at 7:30 pm #

    here comes the sun

  36. avatar
    neptune | 10 October 2010 at 7:41 pm #

    I don’t cry much, because I hold in the pain … but when I do it feels good, and such a relief — and then I trudge on. Hope that you have found some small space by now. Before, with little ones, I wanted it too, but now that they are all gone and far away, I don’t want all this quietness. Cheery thoughts and a bright day to you. Have a nice swim. 😉

  37. avatar
    veleska1970 | 11 October 2010 at 1:47 am #

    much love and hugs.

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    princey | 11 October 2010 at 9:00 am #

    Hiya sk, I had a great time on Saturday night seeing’n’listening to you and Ricky rock the Ding Dong Lounge, it was fantastic! Hearing your solo stuff played live was something I’ll never forget and will probably never see again, thanks so much for coming down here (when you’re feeling so down yourself :()And hearing a few Church classics (Comedown, Buffalo, Don’t Look Back) was a big (and pleasant!) surprise, but I have to say it sounded SO different having other muso’s play the parts of Marty, Peter and Tim and you on bass, no-one can do what the awesome foursome, known as The Church, can do on stage together. The Church are definitely one-of-a-kind! (I’m not putting down the band, they were great). So thanks again to you and Ricky and the Hoffman’s for coming down and showing all the young ones that were there, how it’s done! 🙂
    Love Amanda
    P.S.This dark and moody blog has got me worried about you though, hope you write soon and let us know how you are.

  39. avatar
    dwellingwell | 11 October 2010 at 10:51 am #

    After being away I see them anew. I am back in Stultify High. But now the fog has cleared.The shapes are more defined. I wired the wiring . I know these machines down to their resistors an incapacitors .. . They come on trucks from off time assembly lines . They are the machines that devour the ghost inside. Simulacrum resembling something inviting and alive. But they were only one way lanes to facilitate my self hate. My higher self knew from the start, but was drugged and dragged along .Time to press “Restart”

  40. avatar
    Donna | 11 October 2010 at 1:47 pm #

    Steve, hope you’re doing OK. Thinking of you…Donna

  41. avatar
    Anonymous | 11 October 2010 at 2:07 pm #

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    Your ranking means you suck

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    159 Television
    160 Kings Of Leon
    161 Buddy Holly
    162 Metallica
    163 The XX
    164 Stereolab
    165 Kate Bush
    166 Peter Gabriel
    167 Michael Franti & Spearhead
    168 Postal Service
    169 Queens of the Stone Age
    170 Muse
    171 Grizzly Bear
    172 DeVotchKa
    173 Fela Anikulapo Kuti
    174 David Byrne
    175 Bonnie “Prince” Billy/ Will Oldham/Palace Music
    176 Cat Stevens
    177 The Knife
    178 Okkervil River
    179 Gang of Four
    180 Ween
    181 Frightened Rabbit
    182 Black Angels
    183 Wolf Parade
    184 Ray Charles
    185 Oasis
    186 Nada Surf
    187 Devo
    188 The Fall
    189 Dandy Warhols
    190 The Notorious B.I.G.
    191 Buzzcocks
    192 Jesus and Mary Chain
    193 Blondie Buy!
    194 Bloc Party
    195 Stone Roses
    196 Chemical Brothers
    197 The Grateful Dead
    198 Ben Harper
    199 Lou Reed
    200 Siouxie and the Banshees
    201 Beach House
    202 Bauhaus
    203 The The
    204 Ted Leo & the Pharmacists
    205 The Pogues
    206 Chuck Berry
    207 The B-52s
    208 Metric
    209 Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
    210 Afghan Whigs
    212 Menomena
    213 Uncle Tupelo
    214 M. Ward Buy!
    215 Thievery Corporation
    216 Gnarls Barkley
    217 Roxy Music
    218 Teenage Fanclub
    219 DJ Shadow
    220 Gillian Welch
    221 Duran Duran
    222 Lucinda Williams
    223 The Byrds
    224 Dinosaur Jr.
    225 The Wedding Present
    226 Louis Armstrong
    227 De La Soul
    228 Moby
    229 Muddy Waters
    230 Mark Lanegan
    231 The Posies
    232 Luna
    233 Joseph Arthur
    234 Dolly Parton
    235 Pela
    236 MGMT
    237 Funkadelic
    238 The Head and the Heart
    239 The Long Winters
    240 Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
    241 Superchunk
    242 Throwing Muses
    243 Modern Lovers/ Jonathan Richman
    244 The Kills
    245 Tegan and Sara
    246 Franz Ferdinand
    247 Stevie Ray Vaughn
    248 Dead Kennedys
    249 Mudhoney
    250 Regina Spektor
    251 Mark Kozelek/ Red House Painters/ Sun Kil Moon
    252 Al Green
    253 Air
    254 Hot Chip
    255 Townes Van Zandt
    256 The Cave Singers
    257 The Wrens
    258 Aimee Mann
    259 Bob Mould
    260 Kings of Convenience
    261 Joni Mitchell
    262 Howlin’ Wolf
    263 Snoop Doggy Dog Buy
    264 Elbow Buy!
    265 The Specials
    266 Gram Parsons
    267 Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros
    268 Minutemen
    269 Arctic Monkeys
    270 Cake
    271 Of Montreal
    272 Blonde Redhead
    273 Wire
    274 Cold War Kids
    275 Whiskeytown
    276 The Walkmen
    277 Damien Jurado
    278 Catherine Wheel
    279 At the Drive In
    280 Aphex Twin
    281 Rufus Wainwright
    282 Pinback
    283 NAS
    284 The Frames
    285 David Bazan
    286 The English Beat
    287 The Dead Weather
    288 The Chameleons UK
    289 Feist
    290 Theloniuous Monk
    291 INXS
    292 Red Hot Chili Peppers
    293 Gang Starr
    294 Explosions in the Sky
    295 Passion Pit
    296 Pulp
    297 Visqueen
    298 J Dilla
    299 Underworld
    300 Caribou
    301 Frank Zappa
    302 Foo Fighters
    303 Steve Earle
    304 The Old 97’s
    305 Gomez
    306 Florence and the Machine
    307 Soul Coughing
    308 Godspeed You! Black Emperor
    309 The Helio Sequence
    310 Rilo Kiley/Jenny Lewis
    311 Bad Brains
    312 Ghostland Observatory
    313 Sparklehorse
    314 Spiritualized
    315 The Sonics
    316 The Misfits
    317 Black Flag
    318 T. Rex
    319 Suede
    320 The Dismemberment Plan
    321 Loretta Lynn
    322 Run-DMC
    323 Charlie Parker
    324 Calexico
    325 Bobby Bare Jr.
    326 Eels
    327 She & Him
    328 Atmosphere
    329 Los Campesinos!
    330 James
    331 Toots and the Maytals
    332 Vic Chesnutt
    333 Dead Can Dance
    334 The Orb
    335 Flight of the Conchords
    336 Screaming Trees
    337 Camper Van Beethoven
    338 Carissa’s Weird
    339 Damien Rice
    340 The Cars
    341 Manu Chao
    342 Parliament
    343 Crowded House/ Neil Finn
    344 The Zombies
    345 Love and Rockets
    346 Ray Lamontagne
    347 Kristen Hersh
    348 Sly and the Family Stone
    349 M83
    350 NWA
    351 The Moondoggies
    352 Galaxie 500
    353 The Killers
    354 Joe Jackson
    355 Tokyo Police Club
    356 Earth Wind and Fire
    357 Can
    358 The Psychedelic Furs
    359 Grandaddy
    360 Peter Tosh
    361 Duke Ellington
    362 Presidents of the United States of America
    363 Robyn Hitchcock
    364 The Church
    365 Roy Orbison
    366 Travis
    367 Jose Gonzalez
    368 Robert Johnson
    369 Melvins
    370 Etta James
    371 Foals Buy!
    372 Cheap Trick
    373 Talk Talk
    374 Antony & the Johnsons
    375 Lee “Scratch” Perry
    376 Boards of Canada
    377 Liz Phair
    378 Janis Joplin
    379 Low
    380 Ministry
    381 Ratatat
    382 Bo Diddley
    383 Gogol Bordello
    384 Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
    385 Mission of Burma
    386 Everything But the Girl
    387 David Grey
    388 Surfer Blood
    389 Common Market
    390 Bill Withers
    391 Citizen Cope
    392 Butthole Surfers
    393 Crystal Castles
    394 Smog
    395 Goldfrapp
    396 Zero 7
    397 The Fugees
    398 Bomba Estereo
    399 Thao with The Get Down Stay Down
    400 Shellac
    401 Archers of Loaf
    402 Stars
    403 Peter Murphy
    404 Serge Gainsbourg
    405 Royksopp
    406 The Dead Milkmen
    407 Mazzy Star
    408 Mogwai
    409 Lily Allen
    410 Del The Funkee Homosapien
    411 Le Tigre
    412 Heart
    413 Jeremy Enigk
    414 Doves
    415 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
    416 Dr. Dog
    417 Harvey Danger
    418 Django Reinhardt
    419 Bill Monroe
    420 Deer Tick
    421 Camera Obscura
    422 Badly Drawn Boy
    423 Swervedriver
    424 Caetano Veloso
    425 Public Image Limited
    426 MC5
    427 Van Halen
    428 Big Black
    429 Buffalo Tom
    430 Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark
    431 Kiss
    432 The Small Faces
    433 The Heavy
    434 The Gossip
    435 The Beta Band
    436 The Avalanches
    437 Taj Mahal
    438 Mos Def
    439 Super Furry Animals
    440 Rocket From the Crypt
    441 Snow Patrol
    442 !!!
    443 Shearwater
    444 Ra Ra Riot
    445 Head Like a Kite
    446 Pedro the Lion
    447 Dusty Springfield
    448 John Lee Hooker
    449 Mike Doughty
    450 Miike Snow
    451 Ozomatli
    452 Scissor Sisters
    453 Fever Ray
    454 Deerhunter
    455 Love
    456 Lemonheads
    457 Daniel Johnston
    458 Kanye West
    459 Paul Westerberg
    460 Broken Bells
    461 Herbie Hancock
    462 The Clean
    463 Donovan
    464 Fruit Bats
    465 Elvis Perkins in Dearland
    466 Cracker
    467 Buena Vista Social Club
    468 Charles Mingus
    469 Clem Snide
    470 Buffalo Springfield
    471 Descendents
    472 Born Ruffians
    473 13th Floor Elevators
    474 Califone
    475 Blitzen Trapper
    476 Alejandro Escovedo
    477 The Raveonettes
    478 American Music Club
    479 The Libertines
    480 Adam and the Ants
    481 A Place To Bury Strangers
    482 Fresh Espresso
    483 Ventures
    484 The Verve
    485 Waylon Jennings
    486 Temple of the Dog
    487 The Breeders
    488 Sugarcubes
    489 The Meters
    490 The Streets
    491 The Raconteurs
    492 The Jesus Lizard
    493 Sugar
    494 The Gits
    495 Supersuckers
    496 We Were Promised Jetpacks
    497 Pere Ubu
    499 Slint
    500 Peter Bjorn and John
    501 St. Vincent
    502 Sleigh Bells
    503 School of Seven Bells
    504 Frank Black/ Black Francis
    505 McLusky
    506 Rancid
    507 Basement Jaxx
    508 The Supremes
    509 Link Wray
    510 Lloyd Cole
    511 Ladytron
    512 Joan Jett
    513 Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5
    514 Leadbelly
    515 Young Fresh Fellows
    516 Erykah Badu
    517 Fatboy Slim
    518 Eagles of Death Metal
    519 Dick Dale
    520 Matt & Kim
    521 The Pretenders
    522 Devendra Banhart
    523 Bat For Lashes
    524 Common
    525 Tricky
    526 Bikini Kill
    527 Best Coast
    528 Beat Happening
    529 Captain Beefheart
    530 Brian Jonestown Massacre
    531 16 Horsepower
    532 The Jayhawks
    533 Murder City Devils
    534 Unrest
    535 And You Will Know Us By the Trail of the Dead
    536 Art Brut
    537 The Damned
    538 The Wailers
    539 Killing Joke
    540 Battles
    541 Rogue Wave
    542 Cream
    543 The Feelies
    544 Son Volt
    545 The Horrors
    546 The Chills
    547 The Charlatans UK
    548 Squeeze
    549 Ride
    550 Sky Cries Mary
    551 Airborne Toxic Event
    552 R.L.Burnside
    553 The Delgados
    554 Ned’s Atomic Dustbin
    555 Jackson 5

    • avatar
      thetimebeing | 11 October 2010 at 9:09 pm #

      i dunno
      im happy im on the fucking list at all
      where did you rate?

      • avatar
        Shoffy | 13 October 2010 at 10:20 pm #

        ahead of roy orbison, you gotta be happy with that, well done kilbey. Shoffy

      • avatar
        Anonymous | 16 October 2010 at 2:45 pm #

        After 30 fucking years, well done kilbey

    • avatar
      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 11 October 2010 at 11:32 pm #

      That list is skewed. How in the hell would the Pixies rate before Pearl Jam in FUCKING SEATTLE !!!, and they (Pearl Jam) ranked out at 22?. Look-Assnonomouse. You have NOTHING to contribute to this site or the legions of people who interact with joy in their hearts, not spite (so sorry to all for this language and descriptions of brutality). So- put away your 8-track player, unplug your beta machine and black/white TV, and go to the library and borrow a damn book. A nice fiction with unicorns and trolls, because that is as close as you will ever get to FUCKING REALITY !!!
      Your a JOKE. And to waste that much time telling someone else where they rank in life, using a useless poll, is disturbing. WE ALL FEEL SORRY FOR THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO DEAL WITH YOU ON A DAILY BASIS. BLESS THEM FOR THEIR PATIENCE THAT THEY HAVE, FOR NOT PUTTING A PILLOW OVER YOUR HEAD AND PUSHING DOWN !!!!

      Darrin K.

      PS- My list would have ‘the church’ tied for #1 with Depeche Mode, Dispatch, and Savatage. And I bet u that ASSNONMOUSE used his time to start a discussion, but we have all had this discussion in the past…havent we???

    • avatar
      Lara | 11 October 2010 at 11:53 pm #

      Seems like a pretty great list to be on. I note that Thelonius Monk is #290 and Bill Monroe is in the 400s. They must suck, obviously.

    • avatar
      eekie | 12 October 2010 at 1:26 am #

      “Seattle voted for Favorite Artists of All Time!
      Your ranking means you suck”

      Or it could mean that many people in Seattle have sucky taste. 😉

      For me, as long as I like ’em I don’t care where anyone else puts them on their list. I’m pretty good at thinking for myself.

    • avatar
      Donna | 13 October 2010 at 1:21 pm #

      This list is hilarious! Gotta love those people in Seattle!

  42. avatar
    Karen | 11 October 2010 at 9:47 pm #

    what a numbat truly
    why join?
    guess theres one In every crowd but it screams envy & bitterness sad sad man
    makes you look like a total tosser anon whom ever you are

    who gives a shit if he puts his head on every blog
    we like his head … we like his art music and written word thats why we are here ….why are you? sad twisted shallow hollow shell of a person

  43. avatar
    Richard | 11 October 2010 at 10:11 pm #

    and look at all the suckers below you guys

    Roy Orbison for example – that girly high voice
    Pretenders – exactly
    Lloyd Cole – couldn’t write a lyric to save himself
    The Chills – unoriginal
    Goldfrapp – synth tart
    Django Reinhardt – puh-lease!

    and those try hards that didn’t get there at all
    triffids, go-betweens, julian cope, placebo, madness, abba(!)

    • avatar
      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 12 October 2010 at 2:33 am #

      Well done Richard !!!!

      Darrin K.

  44. avatar
    dwellingwell | 12 October 2010 at 5:58 am #

    Cokecans make up these lists for other Cokecans. I have my own list and history of Rock music.I guess taste is “relative” but I don’t think so. I wish I could go inside other people’s heads for a sec to understand how they are experiencing music. The Psychology gets in the way It is not unmediated experience. very mediated. Very lame. Fame is no guarantee of unmediated listening. (Clearly) Someone said: Django Reinhardt –” puh-lease!” Right there tells me you have no clue. The two greatest most natural Guitar players ever recorded were Jimmi Hendrix and Django. Llloyd Cole wrote a great lyric on “Rattlesnakes” So whatever that poster says …grain of salt. I look at it from eras. In the 80’s, to me, Echo and the Bunneymen were the best band. I agree with “Mac the mouth ” on that one. The Church remain in my top 5 for best 80’s bands. Saying the Chills were unoriginal is lame. You must make your living as a professional music critic. Makes sense.

    • avatar
      Richard | 12 October 2010 at 8:11 am #

      dwellingwell, I think you may have misunderstood my post

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    Thomas Thomsen | 12 October 2010 at 7:13 am #

    I agree. I’m just glad The Church are even on the list. Then again, it’s fucked up that a band such as Vampire Wekend is on the list, too!?

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    Karen | 12 October 2010 at 9:06 am #

    Erm I like the go betweens…………….

  47. avatar
    dwellingwell | 12 October 2010 at 9:43 am #

    Richard, I stand corrected .I did not even read that whole post.

    • avatar
      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 12 October 2010 at 11:08 am #

      Like ur choice of the 2 guitarists, i would easily pick Alan Holdsworth and Criss Olivia. Saw Holdsworth many times-years ago and spent time after shows discussing scale improvisions. When Savatage toured early on(80’s), i was also lucky to spend time before and after shows discussing influences and styles. He was an incredible guitarist, and a special human being- he gave all his time to his fans-a complete regular guy with an unbelievable gift. R.I.P – Criss…i know ur up there in Heaven amazing the masses with ur unique style.

      Darrin K.

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    dwellingwell | 12 October 2010 at 4:36 pm #

    Darrin, Alan Holdsworth lives in my folks town in Southern California. A couple years ago when I was living up there, I kept running into him. We talked about recording guitar and microphones. He was very nice and down to earth.On the subject of Guitar greats, In 92, I went to GIT in London and went to all these Tal Farlow gigs.He was in his early 70’s by then.He still played great. I would talk to him after every show. I then asked him for a Guitar lesson. He agreed. I interviewed him and played his custom Gibson Tal Farlow model they made for him.Best Jazz guitar I ever played. Tal reminded me of Jimmy Stewaert. . A true gentleman. If I can find the tapesof the interview, I will put that on my site. He died a few years after that. It was an honor for me to have spent time with him.

    • avatar
      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 12 October 2010 at 10:50 pm #

      What a great experience that must have been !!!!
      Have a great day !!!!!

      Darrin K.

    • avatar
      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 12 October 2010 at 11:10 pm #

      Where do u live now? Southern California must have been heaven weather wise.

      Darrin K.

  49. avatar
    dwellingwell | 13 October 2010 at 6:25 am #

    Darrin, I am in San Diego now. It is nice weather for the most part. Some good folks around here and there. Every place is a pond full of wooden ducks with a few real ones interspersed though. I think I must just stick to my guns on my sense of what is Up and down. As my good friend Brian wrote to me:” I look at it this way — I don’t care what 99% of people have to say about 99% of things, so why should I care what they have to say about me? That would be inconsistent. Why attribute more gravity to their words when they direct them my way than I do the rest of the time? Following that rule, nothing anyone says is likely to affect me much.” Good Advice

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    Anonymous | 13 October 2010 at 7:50 am #

    Hey, can someone delete that post above ? I hadn’t had my coffee yet. Anyways Darrin, here is a good youtube of Tal talking and playing with Lenny Breau. When they are on the dock playing, for a sec you can see Tal do this thing where he hits a low bass note with his right hand. When I saw him, he would tap the guitar like bongo drums as well . He was all into being a sign painter. He told me “People need signs more than they need Jazz” Lol. They called Tal “The Octopus” because of his giant hands that could blanket the neck. . Notice when Lenny is complimenting Tal . I like the way Tal seems to be receiving the compliments. Like he wasn’t operating out of an Ego . I was more affected by Tal as a person than Musician. I can’t play like that anyways. I play slow and Mellow. Chord melodies Like “Tenderly”

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    dwellingwell | 13 October 2010 at 7:52 am #

    Hey, can someone delete that post above ? I hadn’t had my coffee yet. Anyways Darrin, here is a good youtube of Tal talking and playing with Lenny Breau. When they are on the dock playing, for a sec you can see Tal do this thing where he hits a low bass note with his right hand. When I saw him, he would tap the guitar like bongo drums as well . He was all into being a sign painter. He told me “People need signs more than they need Jazz” Lol. They called Tal “The Octopus” because of his giant hands that could blanket the neck. . Notice when Lenny is complimenting Tal . I like the way Tal seems to be receiving the compliments. Like he wasn’t operating out of an Ego . I was more affected by Tal as a person than Musician. I can’t play like that anyways. I play slow and Mellow. Chord melodies Like “Tenderly”

  52. avatar
    dwellingwell | 13 October 2010 at 9:57 am #

    Why does it post me as “Anonymous” when I only log in as Dwellingwell ? There is a glitch in the program . The blog is out of joint

  53. avatar
    aparadekto | 28 October 2010 at 2:03 pm #

    Hey, I can’t view your site properly within Opera, I actually hope you look into fixing this.

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