Perfect iTunes Bands
November 23, 2010 3 Comments
With the Beatles entire catalog out on iTunes, a question arises: what person in his right mind would shell out the hundreds of dollars necessary to get the entire Beatles catalog on iTunes?
Especially when you can get essentially the entire Easybeats discography for twenty bucks.
I’ve recently discovered a phenomenon I’ve come to think of as the perfect iTunes band. This is a band that was actually a great (perhaps underrated) band, but didn’t release so many records that you’d bankrupt yourself trying to collect their discography on iTunes. It’s an interesting niche because you find yourself turning away from the Beatleses and the Rolling Stoneses and U2eses of the world, and trying to think of ‘great’ or ‘classic’ bands that, for one reason or another, flamed out after an album or three.
There’s a sort of ‘sweet spot’ centered around a three-album-career type of band, a band that was near-great, that called it quits at least ten years ago, and was good/popular enough to have some sort of ‘all-the-songs’ collection up on iTunes for $20 or less. Easybeats are the canonical example. For $20, I’m certainly willing to convince myself they were one of the greatest bands ever. And maybe they actually were.