I've been chatting to friends of mine lately and discovered that although we have pretty similar music taste, we all came up with different bands that we'd want to hear in a pub/club. So I'm kind of interested...which bands would you most want to hear on a night out? Are they the same bands you listen to most at home/car/wherever or do you want to hear different things when you're out?
This was difficult. I like an awful lot of bands, and as well as loving indie (with all the associated "what-exactly-is-indie" debates that tends to bring when talking to some people), I'm also rather partial to some punk, rock, metal and a bit of goth, as well as harbouring an occasional longing to have been around in the late 60s/early 70s. I tend to much prefer clubs that play a range of music rather than just one thing or the other, but judging by the lack of particularly varied alternative nights out there, I'm not sure how many people feel the same. I also get a bit fed up of hearing bands that I like, but always the same song by them. I love Pulp, but if I ever hear Common People or Disco 2000 again in a club it's more likely to make me cry than want to dance...come on, they have decades worth of albums to choose from, let's not just play the two tracks that suddenly trendy people in the mid 90s decided they liked! And don't even get me started on the ratio of Ziggy Stardust to Any Other Bowie Songs, or the likelihood of ever hearing a James song which isn't Sit Down.
Anyway, it goes without saying that my top 10 is likely to change from week to week, but off the top of my head, in no particular order, the bands which first come to mind that I'd currently get most enthusiastic about hearing on a night out are:
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Pulp (provided it's not any of the Britpop-era singles!)
Don't count them