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Nov 3 2007, 14:29

I've seen several variations on this exercise, so I thought I'd try one:

First, make a list of your top-20 artists overall. Then, for each of these artists, add the 8 most similar artists to your list. Delete any duplicates, count up the number of entries on your list and this will give you some idea of how eclectic your listening habits are. A score of 9 represents an extremely unvaried musical taste while a 160 represents an extremely varied one.

Here is my list of unique artists:

Bruce Springsteen
Jackson Browne
Van Morrison
Neil Young
Bob Dylan
Paul Simon
Tom Petty
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Townes Van Zandt
Rodney Crowell
Joe Ely
Jerry Jeff Walker
Steve Earle
Billy Joe Shaver
Robert Earl Keen
Tom Russell
Uncle Tupelo
Jay Farrar
Golden Smog
Whiskeytown
The Jayhawks
Drive By Truckers
Old 97s
Gillian Welch
Emmylou Harris
Neko Case
Lyle Lovett
Gram Parsons
Patty Griffin
The Rolling Stones
U2
Dire Straits
John Lennon
Billy Joel
International Submarine Band
Hank Williams
Merle Haggard
Reverend Horton Heat
The Cramps
Mojo Nixon
The Meteors
Stray Cats
Deadbolt
Hasil Adkins
Demented Are Go!
Bruce Robison
Hayes Carll
Slaid Cleaves
Guy Clark
Charlie Robison
Buddy Miller
The Bottle Rockets
Kelly Willis
BR-549
Mary Gauthier
Elvis Costello
Talking Heads
XTC
Squeeze
Joe Jackson
Nick Lowe
The Jam
David Bowie
Lucinda Williams
Willie Nelson
Son Volt
.38 Special
The Black Crowes
Joe Walsh
ZZ Top
Molly Hatchet
Lynyrd Skynyrd
John Mellencamp
Billy Squier
Pat Green
Roger Creager
Chris Knight
Cross Canadian Ragweed
Waylon Jennings
Slobberbone
Blue Mountain
Richard Buckner
John Prine
James McMurtry
Robbie Fulks
Ray Wylie Hubbard
The Avett Brothers
Nickel Creek
J. J. Cale
Peter Green
John Mayall
Omar & The Howlers
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
Johnny Winter
John Lee Hooker
Buddy Guy

96 unique similar artists; 96/160=60%.

Commenti

  • mitrado

    Blah blah blah ... another journal with nothing interesting to read ...

    Nov 3 2007, 23:08
  • jcshepard

    Well, then, puffy-eyed friend, look up one, look down one, and you should at least be amused if not informed...

    Nov 7 2007, 17:31
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