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While any ranking, rating, or review of art, film, fashion, or music is largely worthless and annoying, we here at subnormal add our incomplete and trite list to the annals of history for one reason and one reason only—we wanted to think of some of our favorite music we wanted to hear now, and we figured we might as well type it out to teach some of you teeny boppers a thing or two. And so with that, the following are subnormal magazine's pick of the Top Music, in various genres, and in no particular ranking order. We know there are many hundreds of other great bands and singers out there that are not on these lists, but we have to end it somewhere. Without a doubt however, these are certainly some of the greatest in the world:

Best New Wave Bands of All Time

Psychedelic Furs
Depache Mode
Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Culture Club
The Residents
The Smiths
Mazzy Star
Missing Persons
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Bow Wow Wow
Tears for Fears
Simple Minds
Echo and the Bunnymen
New Order
Adam and the Ants

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Best Industrial / Dance Bands of All Time

Skinny Puppy
Atari Teenage Riot
Nine Inch Nails
Marilyn Manson
Front 242
Blok 57
FrontLine Assembly
VNV Nation
Apotygma Berserk
Sleep Chamber
My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult
Lords of Acid
Einsturzende Neubauten

Best Gothic Bands of All Time

Christian Death
Siouxsie and the Banshees
Sisters of Mercy
Mission U.K.
Kommunity FK
Red Lory Yellow Lory
Fields of Nephilim
Alice Cooper
Death In June
Shadow Project
Clan of Xymox
Joy Division
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Three Witches
Alien Sex Fiend
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Best Rock Bands of All Time (Punk / New Wave)

Sonic Youth
Smashing Pumpkins
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Pixies
Husker Du
Afghan Whigs
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Iggy and the Stooges
Patti Smith Group
Billy Idol
The Bangles
The Damned
Roky Erikson
Nik Turner with Hawkind / Helios Creed
The Cult
Public Image Limited
Live Skull
Janes Addiction

Best Pop / Rock Bands (Modern)

The Stone Roses
The Cure
Jesus and Mary Chain
The Breeders
30 Seconds to Mars
Neds Atomic Dustbin

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Best Solo Pop Artists of All Time

Michael Jackson

(Note: best male and female vocalists are determined by vocal range, quality of voice, tone, pitch, and aesthetic)

Best Female Vocalists - Modern (Living)

Karen O.
Chrissie Hynde - Pretenders
Thalia Zedek (Live Skull)
Joni Mitchell
Diamanda Galas
Gitane Demone
Tori Amos
PJ Harvey
Patti Smith
Lana Del Rey
Sinead O'Connor
Ute Lemper
Kate Bush
Sarah McLachlan
Pat Benatar
Barbra Streisand
Bette Midler
Cyndi Lauper

Best Male Vocalists - Modern (Living)

Mick Jagger - Rolling Stones
Robert Plant - Led Zeppelin
Paul McCartney
Steve Perry - Journey
Dennis DeYoung - Styx
Greg Dulli - Afghan Whigs
Bruce Dickinson - Iron Maiden
Roger Waters - Pink Floyd
Phil Collins
Geddy Lee - Rush
Henry Rollins
David Lee Roth - Van Halen
Richard Butler - LSL, Psychedelic Furs
Charlie Sexton
Iggy Pop
Andrew Eldritch - Sisters of Mercy
Peter Murphy
Perry Farrel - Janes Addiction
Dave Vanian - The Damned
Lee Ronaldo - Sonic Youth
Thurston Moore - Sonic Youth

Best Punk Bands of All Time

The Clash
X-Ray Specs
(...) Fuzzbox
Black Flag
Afghan Whigs
The Slits
B.H. Surfers
Pussy Riot
Misfits (with Danzig)
Dead Kennedy's
Dead Milkmen
Bad Religion
Bikini Kill
Richard Hell and the Voidoids
Lydia Lunch
Sex Pistols
Social Distortion
Suicidal Tendencies
Rudimentary Peni
The Exploited
Ill Repute
Velvet Underground, Nico
C. Jerks
Still Little Fingers
Naked Raygun
Bad Brains
The Damned
Minor Threat

Best Drummer

Neil Pert - Rush
Steve Shelley - Sonic Youth

Best Guitarist

Lee Ronaldo - Sonic Youth
Thurston Moore - Sonic Youth
Dave Navarro - Janes Addiction
James Hetfield - Metallica
Slash - Guns N' Roses

Best Bassist

David Williams - Micheal Jackson, Madonna, and more (Guinness Book of World Records, most studio albums, guitar solo, "Billy Jean")
Kim Gordon - Sonic Youth
Geddy Lee - Rush
Paul McCartney - The Beatles
Flea - Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Best Pianist / Keyboardist

Elton John
Tori Amos
Sarah McLachlan

Best New Artists (last 5 to 10 years)
Teegan and Sara
Empire of the Sun
Ting Tings
Diamond Rings
Naked and Famous
Youngblood Hawke
Capitol Cities

Best Theme Band for Film or Television

The Silver Platters (Brady Bunch)
The Partridge Family
The Monkeys
Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Davey Jones
Donnie and Marie
The Young Ones

Best Bands / Artists of the 50's, 60's, 70's and All Time

Eric Burden and the Animals
The Mamas and the Papas
The Byrds
The Doors
The Beatles
The Kinks
Janis Joplin / Big Brother and the Holding Company
Led Zeppelin
Black Sabbath
The Rolling Stones
Pink Floyd
Patti Smith
The Everly Brothers
Tommy James and the Shondelles
The Ventures
Neil Young and Crazy Horse
Joan Jett and the Heartbreakers
The Go Go's
David Bowie

Best Modern Country Artists (not living)

Johnny Cash
Patsy Cline

Best Metal Bands of All Time

Ozzy Osbourne
Motley Crue
Judas Priest
Iron Maiden
Quiet Riot
Def Leppard

Best Rap Artists of All Time

Public Enemy
Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy
L.L. Cool J
Too Short
Snoop Dogg
Beastie Boys
Herbie Hancock


8 tracks / music videos


There is something in Matrix theory which states that the dividing line between conscious awareness and the subconscious is called the limen, or liminal threshold. In the musical world, Skinny Puppy would accurately be described as the acoustical equivalent of the limenal threshold. Effectively burning down the dimensional barrier between conscious and unconscious awareness, seeping in to the cerebral cortex and central nervous system through the waveforms conscious level of sound, and yet concurrently, traversing the paths of the unknown, into the force of the matrix, subatomic power; dreamscapes, ecstatic dimensions, and terrorfests of the sleeping unknown. Skinny Puppy is the industrial / gothic / punk rock equivalent of psychotherapy on speed. Of nitro-ecstasy with stereophonic distortion ready to incite the revolution.

The imitable Skinny Puppy is as to industrial rock music as Gustav Klimpt is to the world of art. Legendary, masterful, otherworldly, and transcendental. The force of cEvin Key, and Skinny Puppy here combines like a fusion of atomic power perfectly contained in a tower of mass force barely able to contain itself. For sound is indeed a force of nature, and Skinny Puppy is like a tsunami packed in a Marshall stack of gun metal grey and black powder, ready to blow you into oblivion.

This collection has been out a while, and some of the songs are years old, but so is work by Pink Floyd and the Beatles. Works by the masters and classics never tire— such is Skinny Puppy.

SKINNY PUPPY, video collection 1984-1992 (Nettwerk America)

Skinny Puppy is what I consider to be, one of the most important bands in the existence of musical history, past, present, and future. On this amazing DVD here we have some of the best songs of all time including STAIRS AND FLOWERS, FAR TOO FRAIL, DEEP DOWN TRAUMA SOUNDS, TESTURE, SPASMOLYTIC, and the other club classics including DIG IT, SMOTHERED HOPE, and KILLING GAME. Wow. If you already listen to Skinny Puppy, then you are wasting your time reading this, so just buy this for goodness sake, what are you waiting for? It’s masterful. And the videos are outstanding. If you do not know of this phenomenal band, and like stuff like Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson, then slide that stuff aside for awhile and listen to one of the originators that influenced it all—The best in the world, Skinny Puppy.

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