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Information Society: In Praise of Passions Just Like Mine and Other Uber-Fan Sites

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Today bought a major dark cloud over the days of Morrissey and The Smiths fans everywhere, even more so than the reissue of Viva Hate. Passions Just Like Mine, the long-running discography/videography/gigography for Manchester’s favorite singer/songwriter, has closed up shop.

In a statement, the site’s founder, Stephane, announced a desire to pursue “a few other personal projects in mind (unrelated to Morrissey)” but was still taking suggestions as to “what to do with the body.” (The body of the site is currently gone,  as Stephane “could not deal with the site just stagnating there, slowly becoming incomplete.“)

As a fan, I’m going to miss PJLM’s exhaustive comprehension to its subject – as you can guess, such a quality is endearing around these parts – not necessarily out of my love for Moz or The Smiths (although I cherish both) but particularly because I love websites that keep such musical flames alive. Were it not for the devotion of fans and the usability of HTML, I’d never known there were at least two versions of Duran Duran’s Rio I’d want to acquire. My Tears for Fears Reissue Theory post wouldn’t have been the same. Sure, sometimes you get lucky on Wikipedia, but it’s hard to beat a well-crafted, singularly obsessive music site.

So in tribute to Stephane and his work, we ask you, our readers: what are your favorite sites obsessively devoted to music? It can be one artist, a few, a whole label, whichever. We want you to pay tribute to them, because we’re lucky to have them all in our lives.

Written by Mike Duquette

April 11, 2012 at 17:10

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  1. <–"Searching For A Gem", the most comprehensive sire for Bob Dylan collectors known to mankind.


    April 11, 2012 at 17:59

  2. Mine would have to be – an exhaustive look into Prince’s discography and Third Man Records website. So many goodies on there and The Vault packages are great for fans of vinyl & Jack White related material.

    Steven Adamson

    April 11, 2012 at 18:00

  3. World of Genesis:


    April 12, 2012 at 09:32

  4. Thrashers Wheat does a great job for Neil Young Fans

    Mark N

    April 12, 2012 at 10:01

  5. Well for a two hit wonder band (they did release 3 albums though!) my favourite is the one devoted to New Musik It’s very indepth!


    April 12, 2012 at 14:17

    • Love “This World of Water”! I hear a lot of New Musik in such current bands/acts as Owl City.

      Jason Michael

      April 12, 2012 at 14:49

  6. A great site for Monkees fans is the Monkees Mixography, detailing which versions of songs are available on which albums. Once I found it my Monkees collection expanded from just the “Listen to the Band” box set to over 40 CDs and a handful of LPs. Not bad for a band that originally released 9 studio albums!

    Jason Michael

    April 12, 2012 at 14:43

  7. Elvis Costello is well served by Great for all of the reissue differences.


    April 13, 2012 at 12:21

  8. This Pet Shop Boys site is the ultimate destination devoted entirely to the music of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe. Very obsessive and so thorough and informative – even the pair have endorsed it!


    April 13, 2012 at 22:42

  9. Along with the Pet Shop Boys site noted above, there is a very compreshensive discography at .

    My personal favorite fansite is , dedicated to the iconic US indie band Guided by Voices and all related projects of various members over the years.


    April 15, 2012 at 07:46

  10. – the Depeche discog website. it’s so thorough the are releases noted on the site that even I haven’t seen 😉 Definitely worth checking out.

    …I can’t believe “Passions” is gone. R.I.P. That site was a great resource. I had noticed it was a behind on current info. None the less, It will be missed!


    April 25, 2012 at 10:58

    • It now looks as if “Passions” has been reprieved and will be coming back any day now in a new and improved format


      April 25, 2012 at 18:26

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