Thre are many groups or artists that have inspired me through the years for numerous reasons & it's really impossible to list them all. However, there are always those select ones which stuck in your head for various reasons & you simply cannot overlook them. These are, in my honest opinion, quintessential bands for every music lover out there & I can't recommend them enough.
Perhaps one of the earliest rock band I fell in love with in my early teens. To this day, they still sound great & I'm hoping one day to catch them live. From The Joshua Tree to their most recent endeavors, U2 is consistent & reliable in their approach to great music.
This is another great electro-roc group that I first explored in my early teens & they stuck with me. Perhaps it's the uber cool sound or Dave Gahan's awesome vocals. Either way, I can't imagine any record or tape collection without atleast one Depeche Mode album. I've never seen them live but...haven't given up hope.
One of my all-time favorite goth groups & I discovered them when I was around 14 or 15 thanks to the radio promotion for their album Disintegration. Although what you heard on the radio was never quite as good as the album cuts, this was one of their greatest albums & I still play it often to this very day. That's not to suggest there aren't any other good Cure albums as there most definitely are but perhaps I'm a bit impartial to Disintegration. Saw them live once & they played for well over 3 hours. Love 'em!
Sadly, I've never been to one of the Pink Floyd shows & that includes the light shows but I have collected quite a few of their albums through the years. Although Dark Side Of The Moon & The Wall are favs amongst many, I prefer Atom Heart Mother. I also love the film Pink Floyd The Wall & own this on DVD.
My first introduction to Morrissey starts here. I don't own all of their albums of course but have loved their music since I was around 16. Easily my favorite song is " Boy With The Thorn In His Side". I also followed Morrissey's solo work & still purchase an album of his discography from time to time. I've never seen either The Smiths nor Morrissey live unfortunately.
Zep was one of the first bands I'd ever heard of that really managed to bring the blues sound to the rock frontier. Although simply labeling them as a hard rock blues band is an understatement, not many can make that claim to fame & this hybrid of great musical styles was literally a stroke of genius.
Perhaps Freddie Mercury will always live on in the hearts of those who remember him. Queen was perhaps one of the most innovative rock bands ever which managed to incorporate opera into their amazing sound & create some of the addictive songs ever placed to vinyl. Where would we be without Queen? Although Queen lives on, I don't honestly believe anyone could ever take the place of Freddie.
When it comes to really influential reggae/punk, you needn't look any further than Bad Brains. If it weren't for BB, we may never have experienced Beastie Boys or Red Hot Chili Peppers. Although I am more inclined to recommend their earlier works first, you really can't go wrong with any Bad Brains CD. They are all awesome in their own right.
While I don't own every CD album ever recorded, I do love the earlier albums with lead vocalist Rozz Williams. Christian Death has often been labled as death rock although I tend to believe their material could very well be construed as Goth right up there with Bauhaus.The CDs with Valor Kand are a hit & miss however in my honest opinion. Try Catastrophe Ballet for a lighter touch with the doom & gloom.
Bauhaus was Peter Murphy's powerhouse goth band in the early eighties. I just so happened to remember their infamous single "Bela Lugosi Is Dead" which was featured in a creepy montage of the cult-classic film The Hunger. Although that may not be their greatest track per se, this was not a bad intro to one of their earliest pioneers of the goth music movement.
See the full review, "Bela Lugosi's Dead Lyrics".
Ian Curtis was one of my favorite lyricists of all time right up there with Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, & Leonard Cohen. I highly recommend you stay away from Joy Division completely if you are depressed or feeling down. There is nothing so uplifting about their music to take you away from doom & gloom even though their material is nothing less than brilliant in my opinion. Try their Closer album for a taste of what you're missing.
NIN is perhaps one of the most influential goth-inudstrial bands ever & Trent Reznor has my vote of confidence for most ambitious musician still alive today. I own quite a few of his CDs includes the instrumental Ghosts 1-4 but yet have never been able to catch a live show. Oh well, maybe one day.