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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by EddieLocrian, Sep 2, 2020.
Jethro Tull not in either; time to cue our colleague's "I've seen what makes you cheer" quote?
I consider it an honor for an artist not to be inducted to RRHOF at this point.
B52s - Best American Band ? - possibly.
Definitely the best American band named after a nuclear capable strategic bomber*.
* Or cocktail/hairstyle named after a nuclear capable strategic bomber
For the last 30 years?
Los Lobos unequivocally.
Dave Hildago’s only rivals on Vocals?...
Sir Paul & Andy Williams.
I love the B52's but, the Ramones are the best American band. If you wanna check out another underrated American band, the Cramps featured probably the best female guitarist I can think of. Rock (lobster) on!
Dunno about “best” American band, but they definitely rate as one of THE MOST FUN American bands. Great stuff, listening to them makes me happy
And that's what I'm thinking - they can use music to lead you to dance and have fun and that's one of the best things for a pop Band.
They are genious because they accomplished being fun, dancy, punk-ish, quircky and artsy all at the same time. They are instantly recognisable and timeless.
Frankly, I can't recall just now any other band that managed all that.
they're a great band, And they have some sweet hooks, and I love their harmonies and they certainly were influential and cool and american and all but...
If you're a total guitar freak, and I am a total guitar freak to be sure, they have a somewhat limited appeal.
Besides I guess I can't get behind the whole greatest band thing, there have been many great bands, probably many of them unheralded.
..as if the ultimate goal of music "is dancing and having fun" in any case.
Huge fan of the B-52s but I’ve long considered Aerosmith to be the best American “band.” Although lately I’ve been thinking Cheap Trick.
Best American band to me are The Replacements. Paul Westerberg never got the credit as one of the finest lyricists/ songwriters of all time. A master at turning a phrase or changing the meaning of a song in the final verse which leaves you thinking. In a song from his solo career, "Things", he sings about all of the things he likes about his partner, making it sound like a love song. The final verse "I packed my things today", tells you that it's actually a break up song.
I am a huge fan of Los Lobos, but I wouldn’t even put them in the conversation.
....and let us not forget Wilco. What a catalog.
They were required listening when I enlisted in the Weirdo Army all those years ago. Still holds up today and still a staple in the weirdo subculture, it's a shame so many only know of Love Shack.
I posted Give Me Back My Man here some time ago. What a loss. Amazingly inventive guitarist I wish I'd paid more attention to as a kid.
I'd say Talking Heads ? Although they were a different kind of fun, I guess... B52s are just flat out fun stuff
Best American band? I'll play that game:
Original Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Original Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Original Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Original Bruce Springsteen & the E St. Band (w/ Miami Steve)
Original Beach Boys
Original Grateful Dead
Great list developing!
Guns and Roses (flame away)
But yeah, B-52s, standard fare during my college years. I rocked Rock Lobster A LOT.