I enjoy listening to music. What kind of music doesn't really matter, as I can find things to enjoy in almost every musical genre. I truly believe that music is a universal language, with only a few dialects that don't travel well. I can go from listening to metal to classical to Motown to traditional Irish without blinking.

An abbreviated tour of music which I like...

I enjoy the music of classical/orchestral composers like Dietrich Buxtehude, Frédéric Chopin, Gustav Holst, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

I enjoy some 1950s rock: Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Ritchie Valens.

Based solely on how many CDs of theirs I own, The Beatles and Queen would be at the top of the list.

I'm a longtime fan of classic British Metal bands, such as Black Sabbath, Diamond Head, Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest, as well as solo projects of members of those bands like Bruce Dickinson and Rob Halford. I also like other metal bands such as Cradle of Filth, Megadeth, Sirenia, and Trivium. I was a major fan of Metallica in the 1980s, but as their career progressed into commercialised mediocrity in the 1990s I started to lose interest.

One of my all-time favorite bands are the horror punk gods known as The Misfits. I've liked them in all of their incarnations, from the original band in the late 1970s which included Glenn Danzig (whose subsequent work I'm also a fan of) on lead vocals and Jerry Only on bass/backing vocals; to the resurrected band in the 1990s with Michale Graves replacing Danzig; to the current lineup of Only on lead vocals/bass, and Black Flag's Dez Cadena and Robo on guitar/backing vocals and drums respectively. I also like horror punk bands Balzac (from Japan) and Calabrese.

Of Irish inspired bands, Black 47 is one of the best, along with former Black 47 member Chris Byrne's Seanchaí and the Unity Squad.

Since I'm an admitted Goth, I can't forget bands such as Bauhaus and Siouxsie and the Banshees, now can I? I also like more recent Goth/Goth-influenced bands such as Apocalypse Theatre, Inkubus Sukkubus and Mors Syphilitica

Punk? The Ramones and the Sex Pistols.

Shane MacGowan is a genius, whether performing with The Nips, The Pogues, or The Popes.

Other bands which I enjoy listening to: Depeche Mode, Die Form, Duran Duran, Erasure, Haunted By Angels, and Lacuna Coil.

Most recent concerts attended: Duran Duran with Ima Robot (9 March 2005); The Misfits with Durango 95 and River City Rebels (8 October 2005).

Thus ends the abbreviated tour of my musical tastes, which covered less than 10% of what I listen to on a regular basis.