Originally Posted by I Heart Thomas Muster
After Greg Cartwright's bands (in no particular order):
Echo & the Bunnymen
My Bloody Valentine
The Exploding Hearts
New York Dolls
Guns N Roses
I've had several "favorite bands" over the years, but Front 242 may have been my favorite, favorite band at the time (late 80's). In my opinion, they trancended the Industrial genre. Great layering of sound, cold but communicative, dark but also energetic and fun. Killer beats, too. There was a lot of emotion in their music expressed specifically through the perspective of the technical revolution and rapid media evolution. Today their music sounds dated and, simultaneously, ahead of its time. Friends either loved them or hated them.
As far as All Time Favorite Band, I have to say it's a toss-up between REM and Red Hot Chili Peppers, though.