What Type of Fan Are You? - U2
- Casual fans' favorite - The Joshua Tree, The Unforgettable Fire, or All That You Can't Leave Behind
- Serious fans' favorite - Achtung Baby
- Avid fans' favorite - War or Zooropa
- Diehard fans' favorite - Boy or October
Sometimes, you can tell how avid a fan is by what their favorite album by an artist is. This series hopes to fine tune this practice.
In general, diehard fans fall in love with the qualities that most separate a given band from other artists. As a result, they tend to gravitate to albums others may consider rather self-indulgent. They also tend to steer away from the more popular "favorites".
I'm dividing fans into four categories - casual, serious, avid, and diehard. Casual fans gravitate toward the more well-known or recent work. Serious fans usually latch on to an only slightly lesser-known work which is still perfectly enjoyable by non-converts. Avid fans go in for less popular work that showcase the band's less mainstream or more distinctive sides. Diehard fans tend to praise work that only diehard fans ever admit to enjoying, work where a given artist's personality completely absorbs the album, for better or worse.
Just a working theory for now, but I'll post a few bands to get the idea rolling. I'm open to ideas or help fine-tuning each list.