Part of the reason for this is to inform the world that they don’t need to rely on family-oriented themes, or religious tunes. And I’m relatively obsessive compulsive about playing something appealing, especially when there’s not much else to do.
I’m pretty open to hearing many different genres, including jazz and classical, yet I grew up a listener of rock. Here are some:
I enjoy the avant-garde flavour of post-punk with certain bands such as Cabaret Voltaire, Joy Division, New Order, and The Residents.
New wave is often high-spirited which is one of the reasons for listening to Devo, Oingo Boingo and The Talking Heads.
Electro-funk derived from disco, and jazz musician Herbie Hancock has orchestrated some songs with that particular genre. Midnight Star is an electro-funk band that I also listen to.
Ministry and Front 242 are examples of electronic-derived aggressive bands that most people may not like, but they are both incredible nonetheless.
Brian Eno and Tangerine Dream are mellower, ambient types which can be peaceful to listen to.
New age is spiritual and heavenly sometimes, yet I don’t really listen to that genre as much anymore, although I did when God told me to take a break from rock. Ha! Kitarō and Enya are still memorable though.
Pop and rock is obviously the most significant, obviously, and there are many bands to choose from such as Michael Jackson, where I thought his This Is It documentary music video was fabulous, and man is alive and well! He will play music for all of us again, someday. Queen, Madonna and Prince are also always great to hear.
Synth-pop, where the synthesizer is the commanding instrument, is a big favourite with names such as Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, OMD and Yazoo.
I used to listen to ska, which is Jamaican-reggae based, during my teens, and I still enjoy Madness very much so. Dance Craze is an excellent band sampler album from 1981, for those that may be interested.
And I’m not allowed to listen to Moby, until he walks away from Christianity.