We've all heard the question about what music you would take if you were to be stranded on a desert island. That's ridiculous, though. That kind of thing never happens. I've got a better idea.
1. Let's say the laws that govern our universe were suddenly and radically altered specifically in regard to music.
2. Let's further say that an eccentric authoritarian government was able to seize power over every aspect of our lives for precisely one year, after which point their power would expire and everything would go back to the way it was. There is no doubting their power and also no doubting it's precise one-year time line.
3. This government then issues a decree: you must select one band or artist. The music of that band or artist will be the only music you hear for precisely one year, the duration of this government's odd power.
4. You will have no control over which song you hear at a given time. It will be a shuffle of the entire catalog. You can simply choose to listen to music or not to.
5. Often, however, music just occurs during the course of life. So let's say you go with REM. When a child sings Happy Birthday, you will instead hear, say, Cuyahoga. And not kids singing that song, I'm talking about the original REM recording emanating from the children's mouths. The "I'm Lovin' It" commercial jingle for McDonald's might become Gardening at Night. Someone walking down the street with their lips in a pucker will not make a whistling sound, they will producing the full recorded version of maybe Oddfellows Local 151. Every cell phone ring tone is REM.
6. Other people will hear different music of their own choosing.
7. You have no volume control.
8. Again, after one year all will return to normal and your catalog expands once again.
So. You must pick a band or an artist that will be your entire musical experience for one year.
Factors to consider:
a. How expansive is the catalog of work from this music provider? Are there recordings you're unfamiliar with?
b. Considering there's a decent chance you get sick of them, is it a music provider you're willing to risk hating/resenting for the rest of your life?
c. How dynamic is this music provider? Do they represent a multitude of moods and genres or are they one kind of music all the time?
So the question is: Which band or artist do you choose to be your only source of music for a period of one year?
Also, one more thing: this eccentric authoritarian government wants you to explain your choice. If you don't pick anyone, they will automatically assign you Big Country.