A serious band project has to be credible in word, deed and appearance in media and
towards the audience. So does for example Neil Young who is just the way he is,
with all abilities and errors. Bands that take too much money for concerts and
merchandising products, or change their style of music several times for hipness,
or abuse media for their own (financial) benefit, or have wrong values, or are not
able to handle their instruments, or sell themselves, or ..., or a mixture of all these
points are - to my opinion - not credible. Everyone has to judge the importance of these points and
come up with his very own attitude towards a band. Not every cool band has to fulfill all
There are fun bands that fulfill none of these points, but are nevertheless ultra-cool,
such as Shonen Knife.
incomplete list of my all-time faves (site-internal links):
If you want to listen to good music on the radio, you should try Deutschlandfunk (on ASTRA satellite, audio subcarrier of 3sat) on Friday evening from 1:00 to 3:00 CET in the night. They have a motto for the show and often the music they play is very good.
the everlasting tip:
Get high and fly with the music of Flashback by Mr. Blowfish every Sunday from 19:00 to 21:00 CET on mdr Sputnik. Every week a different type of music, but mostly this garage-oldie-unknown-beat-surf-trash-pop-punk-kinda thing. Sadly, this best radio show ever was canceled with the beginning of the year 2000. But if you ever read or hear of Mr. Blowfish again, go to his parties, listen to his shows and praise the music he plays.