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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by EddieLocrian, Sep 2, 2020.
Lake Street Dive. A great American band with an excellent vocalist.
If you think about the origins of Americana and the musicality of both individuals and as a band, it had to be...
If you have any doubts do watch again the Last Waltz or the Once were brothers.
And no, Dylan or Zappa were not a band.
Aren't Fleetwood Mac more of a transatlantic group, with (during the classic Buckingham-Nicks days) three Brits and two Yanks? Also, I'd add CCR to the list.
Would have made my list but they're 4/5 Canadian, 1/5 American.
Planet Claire : of course I remember this... How many times I played it in my student band !
To be honest, I thought that the B-52s were English...
I love the B-52's. They were one of the very few US bands considered 'cool' at my UK college in the early '80's. My favorite is 'Roam'
And I loved the cool guitar playing and I thought Kate was considerably hot (what did I know?, she was 12 years older than me and eventually married a lady - but its still true)
Is there a "B-52s Live at Budokhan" album? No. Well, there's a reason for that.
Best American band: no way. They definitely deserve their credit, but they are not in the same league as say Cheap Trick, the Ramones or Creedence Clearwater Revival.
I definitely appreciate the B-52s (I use to crush on Kate Pierson pretty hard, too). Certainly a solid band but my fave American bands list is probably topped by Heart, then CCR, Cheap Trick, and The Smithereens as an honorable mention. I want to add The Pretenders but not entirely an American act.
Now that I think about it, are there any Canadians in Heart? Hrm.
The B52s were performing during a marathon my wife ran in Arizona a handful of years ago. Twas fun.
I’m familiar with a lot their songs, I remember Love Shack was in heavy rotation on MTV/VH1 when I was in grade school. Maybe they were just a bit before my time to fully appreciate.
A great American band (or at least one of my favs) = Pixies. And Husker Du.
Love 'em, have done since the first album. As noted above, one of the few truly cool US bands from that era (as seen from the other side of the Atlantic) along with Talking Heads. A master class in simple but effective guitar playing, and some of the best harmonies ever.
I've been in love with Kate forever, too.
They’re cool and all but they don’t even crack my top 10.
What I find hard to understand is why anyone had to RE-discover the B-52s.
Cosmic Thing is a great album.
Ha! When they first came out I thought "Man... what a goofy band and song" but funny thing is, Love Shack sort of grew on me over time. Today, we actually perform this song! LOL!!! Crazy... and what's more is that song ALWAYS gets the place jumpin'! It's a heck of a tune to learn though... took us forever to rehearse it, and we don't do it much honestly, BUT we pull it out as an ace up the sleave if we need to liven the place up a bit B52's are FULL of talent and I wish I had appreciated them sooner.
"Given the 'understanding' that America produces the best Vocalists whereas the UK produced (historically) the best Bands"
That's a bold statement.
Sort of like the early-90's when Metallica was mentioned and everyone referenced "Enter Sandman"...
They had another song? Oh yeah, 'Unforgivable' or something like that?
Haha - asking for trouble with that thread title! But I agree - hard to see how anyone could not like the B52's!
Funny you should mention REM, though... I was never a fan, but the best thing they ever did was 'Shiny, Happy People' - and guess who is singing along on that one...
yes - Kate Pierson! (the video is awesome!)