Top 5 “E” Artists
Though one of the most popular letters on Wheel of Fortune, ‘E’ is not among the most frequent starting letters for band names. According to my 1001 book, Sir Reginald Kenneth Dwight is classified as John, Elton otherwise he’d be a shoe-in here!
I have a feeling this list could be revamped considerably once I’ve had a chance to explore more Europe, EL&P, ELO, and Echo & The Bunnymen.
They may not rival the ‘B’s or ‘S’s in terms of quality or quantity, but there’s still plenty of music worth hearing from the 5th letter of the alphabet.
5. Eno, Brian
The closest I’ve come to a rant so far in the project? My lukewarm review of Brian Eno’s solo debut. I have to give him credit though for being on the 1001 list more than any other artist, in many different capacities and collaborations. So far I enjoy his work as a producer more than his work as a performer, but his diverse resume is tough to argue with.
4. Econoline Crush
I wasn’t crazy about their more radio-ready singles from later years, but their industrial sound from the first couple CDs appealed to me.
3. Ellington, Duke
I was pleased to see Ellington at Newport make an appearance at the beginning of American Hustle, on vinyl no less.
2. The Everly Brothers
Some recency bias is involved of course; favourable review to follow in album #312.
Prior to posting, I searched for a recent SNL skit, ‘Before they were stars,’ from when Drake was the host/musical guest. Alas my search was unsuccessful but there was a very funny clip (and spot on impression) of Eminem on ‘Felicity.’ Worth seeing if you can find it!
I haven’t heard any of his full albums from the last 10 years, but if they’re anywhere near the potency of the first two (The Slim Shady LP and especially The Marshall Mathers LP), he should be a lock in the #1 spot for years to come.
To celebrate the “E”s, reviews of Eels, Eurythmics, and The Everly Brothers are on the calendar for this week, enjoy!