When i was in high school bands like Rage Against the Machine, Live, Weezer, Metallica, etc etc pervaded my stereo. After that magical year or two i just got pretty much tired with the deteriorating quality the genre has been pumping out. Have you listened to Live's "V" album??? If you have then you'll know what i mean. Now also being an eighties music fan, one of my favorite songs from that generation is 99 Luftballons by Nena. I don't know german but that song rocks! I couldn't explain to myself why i liked their music even though i don't understand a word they were saying. While trying to conjure some sense into this issue, i stumbled along a band Japanese band named Pizzicato Five. "Sweet Soul Revue" is their hit single which is sang in korean. I very much like that song and yet again i could not understand why. There's also the Filipino rock band Wolfgang. "Mata ng Diyos" (Eye of God) is just a phenomenal song with its thundering drum pounding and hard edged guitar riffs. Lately, Shakira's spanish/latin(?) songs have really caught my attention. IMHO, her north american singles "Whenever Wherever" and "Underneath your Clothes" don't really reflect her own musical tastes. I think it's a marketing ploy of her record company to make her wildly popular amongst the north american crowd. She's also milking the latin/pop craze that's been going on lately. Most of her spanish songs have subtle rock elements into it mixed with her own spanish flavor. If you see her MTV Unplugged concert (imagine Britney spears doing an unplugged concert....NO WAY) she does show some immense singing talent. My personal favorite songs of Shakira are "No Creo", "Ojos Asi", "Te dejo Madrid" and "Si te Vas".