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As far as Death Metal goes, there has been many styles and era`s of it and I liked the early stuff. As to who started it, not quite sure, but there is always a consensus and debate that it was either Death or Possessed. I love both band, but only Death`s first 3 albums, after that they got really strange and less thrashy/speed type death metal. 

As for Djent, that makes my skin crawl as much as rap does-yuck!! Can throw all of the cookie mobster death metal singers in there as well.

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Be-Bop Deluxe : Inventive themes and stories played out through theatrical musical scenes using composition, musicianship and production values that eclipsed most other art-school-sprung prog rockers. Still iconic. And Bill Nelson is a hellofa melodic guitarist.

Marshal Crenshaw : His debut 1982 album laid bare plaintive schoolboy heartache expressed in upbeat catchy hooks hung on the strings of a reverb'd Strat, basic percussion, and bass. He strongly influenced New Wave with both his songwriting and that trio's sparse, open instrumentation. Although Holly influenced Crenshaw, this wasn't Buddy Holly redux; I hear it as Crenshaw's modern take on the blues' bared emotions.

Van Halen : Yeah, there are hundreds of bands pushing a party-band shtick, but Van Halen came by that identity authentically and honestly. They own that genre. My close second is the first Montrose album, coincidentally featuring the Red Rocker on vocals, and produced by Ted Templeman to give it, like the first Van Halen album, that fiercely live, in-your-face sound.

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On 1/8/2021 at 5:33 PM, Willie G. Moseley said:

 

Rush: "Hard progressive"?

Steely Dan: "Intellectual rock'"? Tears For Fears might also fit into this category but they could be perceived as too, er, emotional...

Mother's Finest: "Power funk" (I've seen this used, as well as "funk rock") Founded in 1972. To what extent have the RHCPs acknowledged any influence?

Johnny A.: Darned if I know what his stuff should be called...(was listening to One November Night earlier today, which inspired this post)

YMMV

Others?

 

 

Steely Dan: Ennui Rock

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On 1/9/2021 at 1:17 PM, Toadroller said:

I'm not quite sure how to follow the premise of the thread. Doesn't unique = genre of one?

Simply strolling through my own tastes, many of the artists have their own style. 

The Cowboy Junkies have their own thing

Thomas Dolby is unique

There ain't nothing like Queen

Ah... Devo, St. Vincent, Aimee Mann, Janelle Monae, Prince, Rickie Lee Jones, Monk, U2, Robbie Robertson, etc.

There are plenty of bands that can be tossed into genres like Hair Metal (Ratt, Dokken, Motely Crew and all the hangers-on that came in just a minute too late in 87-90)

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Came here for Thomas Dolby.

Was not disappointed.

Paul Simon with Graceland?

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^^^The somewhat primeval video for "Mad At You" (from which the image on my Joe Jackson nomination post is culled) remains a personal favorite on accounta 40 years later it's still cynical and hilarious at the same time. Wonder if he was inspired by Roger Daltrey on the cover of The Who Sell Out...

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On 1/16/2021 at 8:20 PM, Menehune said:

My close second is the first Montrose album, coincidentally featuring the Red Rocker on vocals, and produced by Ted Templeman to give it, like the first Van Halen album, that fiercely live, in-your-face sound

Took the words right out of my mouth!

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