FM and I tossed this idea around a few years ago, and I still think it is a worthy idea that maybe should be revisited, file sharing between the regulars here. My tastes run rather eclectic, I guess, since I can go from listening to Khandoshkin to The Clash within the space of 5 minutes. I hate all country music, all the crud that calls itself rap/gangsta (with the notable exceptions of Public Enemy and De La Soul, who were not only influential but actually had something poignant to say) and any of the bubble-gum Top 40 music one would find here in the US and in Russia (FWIW, Nashe Radio is the only station worth listening to in Russia IMHO.) So, list what you have/like to listen to and let's see if we can swap some stuff. I'll start with what I can never get tired of listening to: American/UK/EUR: 1. The Pixies - My favorite band of all time, One of the few bands that never disappointed in concert, and weren't so overproduced in the studio so as to sound completely different when seen live. Their 2004 reunion tour kicked off in Minneapolis, it was by far the best rock concert I have ever seen. There's something to be said for a band when the frontman of Radiohead says "We stopped using guitars because we ran out of Pixies stuff to rip off." 2. The Clash - Nothing more needs to be said about these fellas. Anyone who listens to their two best albums, "London Calling," and "Sandinista!" and who cannot appreciate both their poignancy and their contribution to the musical revolution that was punk/no wave/new wave/alt-rock...well, just give up on listening to rock music forever and take up knitting or something. 3. The Replacements - No Minnesota bias here, these guys set up the whole Seattle grunge thing all by their lonesome. In the middle of the 80's new wave rage, The 'Mats were a fresh beacon of hope for true, unadulterated, wear your emotions on your sleeve rock & roll. 4. Radiohead - although their recent releases may indicate that they might finally be getting a bit full of themselves, the early stuff, especially their seminal work "OK Computer" (IMHO, although a strong argument can also be made for "Pablo Honey" and "Hail to the Thief") will go down in history as one of the best rock albums ever made. 5. (tie) Kraftwerk, Jean Michele Jarre - Anyone that thinks that electronica/techno-pop started in the US should listen to what these two pioneer acts were doing in the mid to late 70s. I was fortunate enough to find the entire J-M-J discography on ebay a few years ago for $40, rates as one of my bargain purchases of all time. Russian/Belarusian/Ukrainian: 1. Agata Kristi - Say what you will about Grebenshikov, but these guys as far as I am concerned are the real legends/pioneers of Russian rock. They have by far passed the longevity/body of work test; I thought that "Триллер, Часть 1" was one of their finest efforts, and I will never forget screaming through the Lithuanian countryside on the way from Kaunas to Palanga with this disc playing at volume 10, again, and again, and again. 2. Leningrad - just superbly fun to listen to. One may think Shnurov is rude, the boorish type - well, he is! That doesn't change the fact that this band has continually pushed the envelope and charted new territory at every given opportunity. Finally seeing Leningrad live in Chicago in 2004 was indescribable - the entire band was completely liquored up well in advance of the show, but took to the stage and drilled out a 2 hour set that was as tight as any I've ever seen. Hopefully the band will soon be planning a "2008 Victory Tour" in the US again soon, as has been rumored of a few Piter chatboards - Dima, you're not invited, you'd get your @SS kicked by the AFZ-Chicago dudes, apparently they are familiar with your body of work. 3. DiDulYa - best guitarist since Joe Satriani - vastly underrated and unnoticed outside of Belarus & Russia. He tours a lot there, has never made a US tour - hopefully soon. I am planning my next trip to Minsk around his concert dates, would love to see him live, apparently he puts on quite the show. 4. Chaif - probably don't deserve legend status, but just one of my personal favorites. 5. DDT - what more needs to be said?