Detroit Rock Ranked by Spotify

I finally added a bunch of Detroit artists. Eminem jumped straight to the top of all artists (not just those from Detroit) in my little database. Before you complain about a couple, skip to the explanation at the bottom.

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The J. Geils Band not only because of “Detroit Breakdown” but because so many people used to think they were from Detroit because of their popularity in the city.

I am allowing Meat Loaf because … well, I’m biased — he’s like my favorite … but, also … his first album was on the Motown label and he sang lead on Ted Nugent‘s second solo album.

I feel kinda bad that Ted Nugent is at the same level as The Hives.

The Hollywood Vampires are on the list — despite the fact that they suck — because Alice Cooper.

The one Iggy Pop and James Williamson album is SOOOOO underrated. Way better than the last album or two by the Stooges and several of Iggy‘s solo efforts.

I feel kinda bad that Was (Not Was) is at the same level as Esham. Nothing against eitherĀ The Hives or Esham but … seriously.

The Frost suffers from sharing the same Artist ID # as some chump who calls himself Frost. I’ve told Spotify about this but, obviously, they haven’t fixed it.

Dick Wagner deserves better. Much better.

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Major Milestone Monday

After lots of hard work, I have D3 not only working with my database but have album art to go with the albums. It took me a while — even after I got the album covers to appear — to get the covers to display where I wanted them. I had to do math a lot. Still not “done,” but this is a big, big deal. This is my #BadAssTakeover.

I have cron jobs that regularly reach out to Spotify and store the popularity of artists, albums, and tracks. Here is a sampling of the bar graphs I can now do. Albums are in chronological order and the numbers are the popularity scores as of Sunday, April 22, 2018. Their popularity scores are relative to all albums on Spotify but I don’t know how they work … I don’t know if an album’s popularity takes into consideration the tracks’ popularity.

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Alice Cooper

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Alice has tons of compilations which is frustrating for multiple reasons. He’s one of the artists that makes me think a vertical graph might be better.

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David Bowie

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As you might expect, Bowie has a ton of albums even without compilations.

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I’m not sure what the albums without art are … their titles are visible in a sortable table on a different page but I’m busy at the moment …

Bride

I chose them as a sample for a couple reasons. One, they have relatively few albums and two, they were played last night on IntenseRadio during The Great Scott Diversion.

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Deliverance

I really don’t like Deliverance but a lot of people do and they have a new album out.

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Iron Maiden

I feel like I should like Iron Maiden more than I do. Today was a bad Iron Maiden day for me. I’ve been trying to find a relatively inexpensive used copy of Live After Death (on vinyl) and finally found one at a local used record shop but they wouldn’t sell it to me because it wasn’t priced yet. How do I know it was relatively inexpensive if it wasn’t priced yet? The cover was in horrible condition.

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Led Zeppelin

I chose them because I wanted to show some really tall columns … all that “gray space” in the screen shots is how high up the columns could go.

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Led Zeppelin is another reason my recent … I’ve started buying records again — for the first time in over 30 years — and it’s a lot less fun than I thought it would be.

Meat Loaf

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I think all those blank spaces are compilations. He’s like Alice that way. Ew.

Mortification

Mortification, like Deliverance, are in my database because I wanted a health selection of thrash and black metal and similar artists to compare to each other.

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One Bad Pig

Because I love them.

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They only have four albums which is sad. Well, they’ve also got a demo and a live album but those aren’t on Spotify.

Resurrection Band/Rez Band/Rez/Resurrection Band

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For some reason, there’s at least one … wait … it does say Resurrection Band … I thought Ampendectomy was a Glenn Kaiser solo album. Can you believe Lament isn’t their most popular album? People are dumb.