I've seen this meme in three different journals. I think this was originally "list 20 bands you've seen live" and then if you saw a band live that was on my list, let me know in a comment, then take those bands and create your own list of 20 using our common bands plus others to complete the list. A variation on this would have me list all the bands I've seen live and then compare this to the number of people I've had sex with to see which number is greater.
This begs the question of definition. How do we define a band? How do we define sex? If we limit it the former only to non-jazz, non-classical, non-choral groups and expand the latter to be as liberal as possible, it's possible that the number of people I've slept with exceeds the number of bands I've seen live. Alas, both numbers are pathetically small.
I'm going to expand my definition of band to include commercially-recorded jazz ensembles, but I'm still going to exclude all classical ensembles. (I could make a separate and lengthy list of those.) I'm also not going to include a cappella groups, college or otherwise, except for LSM. As I'm typing this, I don't know if I'll be able to list 20 "bands" or even if the number will exceed the number of people I've slept with (6 if you restrict it to PIV sex, 8 or 9 if you broaden your definition).
- The List of "Bands"
- The Oak Ridge Boys
- Ladysmith Black Mambazo
- Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
- Les Brown and His Band of Renown
- Rachel McCartney and Brian Webb
- Rubén Blades
- Papa Wemba
- Doc Severinson, who probably shouldn't count because I performed with him, which isn't the same as seeing him live.
Hmmm…. I guess the "bands" win, if you count Severinson.
So, which of these have you seen live?