I’ve noticed I don’t own any albums from nearly 20% of the bands in my top 50 artists list*. The reason these artists rank so highly is I enjoy a number of their songs I’ve acquired for free from their PureVolume sites, DownloadPunk free samples, from band websites, or from other various locations during about six years of scrounging the web for free and legal music.
I’ve also purchased songs from some of the bands on iTunes. The main reason I haven’t bought any of the below-mentioned albums is a lack of money or holding out for Christmas gifts (hint to my family who reads this site). Please read on for a list of the bands, the albums I’ve been missing out on, and places you can find some of their songs for free.
Album I’d Like: Greatest Hits
Current Songs: I’ve purchased and acquired a number of songs from “Enema of the State” and their 2003 self-titled release. I don’t want to go back in time and get their old albums since they’re essentially expired, so I’ll settle for the Greatest Hits. The members have gone on to other bands: Angels & Airwaves (2006 release), Plus 44, and The Transplants.
Album I’d Like: They’re Only Chasing Safety (Special Edition)
Current Songs: Various acquired and I purchased “Some Will Seek Forgiveness, Others Escape” after reading of its inclusion on X 2005.
Artist: Reggie and the Full Effect
Album I’d Like: Songs Not to Get Married To
Current Songs: I got hooked on “Get Well Soon” (PunkRockVids: Video) when I downloaded the music video. It features Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, having a terrible time after his divorce. It’s an amazingly hypnotic song with a depressing vibe. I’ve now also bought the song “Happy V-Day” for inclusion on my playlist titled “It Hurts” (full of somewhat sad music for sad times especially when it comes to relationship woes).
Artist: Panic! At the Disco
Album I’d Like: A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out
Current Songs: The one and only reason they’re on the list is ’cause I got hooked on “The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide is the Press Coverage.” I like the title, I like the beat, and I like the pop tastiness. The song is even better live ’cause it contains a lot more raw energy.
Artist: Hawthorne Heights
Album I’d Like: The Silence in Black & White
Current Songs: Various acquired. I love the music of “Ohio is for Lovers” and the acoustic versions of a couple of other songs are nice, too. “Ohio” is what it’s all about.
Artist: Sum 41
Album I’d Like: Chuck
Current Songs: I bought Pieces, Fat Lip, and In Too Deep from iTunes. Pieces is on my “It Hurts” playlist. I heard “Fat Lip” a ton at the end of high school. “In Too Deep” is just a catchy song.
Artist: The Starting Line
Album I’d Like: Say It Like You Mean It
Current Songs: I’ve got a bunch of songs from PureVolume and I have many leftover from early this decade when mp3.com hadn’t yet been destroyed by soulless corporate greed. I mostly like their older material and I listened to songs from the above album many, many times during college.
Artist: Amber Pacific
Album I’d Like: The Possibility and the Promise
Current Songs: “Gone So Young,” “Thoughts Before Me,” and “Always You” have gotten a lot of play. I acquired from DownloadPunk and PureVolume.